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Dowagiac women aim to create change through local government

DOWAGIAC — The saying “being a twin is like being born with a best friend,” is one that ... Read more | Add your comment

Niles roller rink reopens following legal battle

NILES – A Niles roller skating rink was able to take the chains off its doors and reopen ... Read more | Add your comment

Michiana Family Center seeks mentors for foster teens

MICHIANA — A regional organization is looking to provide one-on-one support to foster teens across the Michiana region. ... Read more | Add your comment

Nobo Michigan opens Edwardsburg location

EDWARDSBURG — A new business is going green and strong in Edwardsburg village limits. Nobo Michigan, 69411 M-62, ... Read more | Add your comment

High school basketball

Buchanan holds on to top Niles in battle of BCS undefeated teams

The battle for first place in the BCS Athletic Conference Red Division turned into a war at Niles High School Friday night. Read more | Add your comment

by Scott Novak.

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Log: Feb. 15-22

Feb. 15 3:16 a.m. — M-62, chase pursuit 4:23 a.m. — US-12/Anderson, slide off 4:33 a.m. — Dailey/Yankee, car deer accident 9:31 a.m. — M-62, ... Read more | Add your comment

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Dowagiac

SMC graduate experiences Super Bowl

DOWAGIAC — Nicole Maroney, a 2020 Southwestern Michigan College sports management graduate from New Buffalo, found herself working behind the scenes at Super Bowl LV. ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:00 am

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Looking back on a year of togetherness

One year ago, Leader Publications published its 39th edition of Horizons. Packed with stories about progress, innovation, forward-thinking and up-and-coming leaders, we broke our tradition ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:30 am

Columns

WILSON: Good fences make great neighbors

W alter Rego is a Master Wall Builder, specializing in International Perimeter Enhancement Technology. Recently, this reporter had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. ... Read more

by Larry Wilson, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:00 am

High school basketball

PHOTO GALLERY: Niles, Buchanan collide in BCS showdown

The host Niles Vikings and Buchanan Bucks squared off in a BCS Athletic Conference Red Division basketball doubleheader Friday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, February 26, 2021 11:49 pm

Scoreboard

Daily Data: Saturday, Feb. 27

GIRLS BASKETBALL BUCHANAN 55, NILES 48 At Buchanan BUCHANAN 55 Hailey Jonatzke 9, Jillian McKean 6, Claire Lietz 2, LaBria Austin 13, Claire Shelton 0, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, February 26, 2021 11:22 pm

Dowagiac

SMC COVID task force leader talks with Dowagiac Rotary Club

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Rotary Club is returning to Front Street Crossing. After months of remote Zoom meetings, the club will return to in-person meetings ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, February 26, 2021 2:22 pm

Columns

LASATA: Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide a helpful resource that could save time, money

Tax season is upon us and, as southwest Michigan residents are preparing to file their taxes, questions may arise about what to do or about ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, February 26, 2021 2:21 pm

Columns

PUCKETT: What to do when you do not know what to do?

Have you listened to the news lately? Are you confused, discouraged, outraged? Maybe all of these, but regardless of what we perceive, we must persevere. ... Read more

by Dan Puckett, Friday, February 26, 2021 2:21 pm

Berrien County

Michigan Works! announces community wide survey to learn about COVID-19’s impact

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Michigan Works! is issuing a call to action to the community to fill out a six-question survey to understand the true impact ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, February 26, 2021 1:29 pm

Cass County

Cass County prepares to adjust to criminal justice reforms

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County is preparing to implement criminal justice reforms passed down by the state legislature. On Jan. 4, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 26, 2021 11:45 am

Cassopolis

Businesses battle over land use in Cassopolis’ Industrial Park

CASSOPOLIS — There is a battle brewing in Cassopolis’ Industrial Park. Schwintek Inc., a Cassopolis manufacturing company, and High Top Buds LLC, a marijuana grow ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 26, 2021 8:59 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Feb. 19-24

Friday, Feb. 19 5:50 a.m. — 29000 block of Amerihost, suspicious situation 7:30 a.m. — W. Prairie Ronde/N. Lowe, traffic stop 11:15 a.m. — 400 ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, February 26, 2021 8:00 am

Berrien County

Mount Calvary Baptist to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic March 5

NILES — The Berrien County Health Department will again be providing free COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only at Mount Calvary Baptist Church from 10 a.m. ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, February 25, 2021 6:00 pm

High school sports

COLUMN: Just when you think it is safe

I am going to kick myself for beginning to believe that we were going to get through the winter sports season unscathed. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:30 pm

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports new COVID-19 death

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Berrien County has reported one new COVID-19 death, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. As of Thursday, Berrien ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:20 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County Health Department, Spectrum Health Lakeland give vaccination updates

BERRIEN COUNTY – The Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland came together Thursday morning to provide an update on COVID-19 cases in the ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:36 pm

Cass County

Applications open for Cass County Sheriff’s Community Scholarship

CASSOPOLIS — For the 23rd year in a row, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is looking to give back to the community it serves by ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:09 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners send message to state on regionalizing COVID-19 approach

BERRIEN COUNTY – March has been declared “Restaurant Month” in Berrien County. The declaration took place Thursday, as the Berrien County Board of Commissioners voted ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:47 pm

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD to host superintendent interviews Monday

CASSOPOLIS — The Lewis Cass Intermediate School District Board of Education continues to move forward with the process of selecting a new superintendent of schools. ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:36 pm

High school bowling

Tough week for local bowling teams

It was not the best of weeks for the Brandywine and Niles bowling teams. Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:03 pm

Cass County

Michigan Works! to open office in Cass County administration building

CASSOPOLIS — To better support the individuals and businesses in Cass County, Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren announced Thursday that it will be opening ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:30 pm

High school basketball

ROUNDUP: Eddies remain atop Wolverine Conference standings, Bucks rout Beavers

The Dowagiac boys basketball team's shooting woes continued against Wolverine Conference leader Edwardsburg Wednesday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:20 pm

High school basketball

ROUNDUP: Edwardsburg, Brandywine girls pick up wins

The Edwardsburg girls basketball team had little trouble with visiting Dowagiac in Wolverine Conference action Wednesday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:05 pm

Business

Dollar General, marijuana microbusiness, Iron Shoe expansion coming to Niles

NILES – A new Dollar General store is in the plans for the west side of Niles, Iron Shoe Distillery will be expanding its dining ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:24 am

Dowagiac

Silver Creek Township Planning Commission tables short-term rental ordinance draft vote

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP — The community spoke, and the Silver Creek Township Planning Commission listened. After listening to concerned citizens during the public hearing scheduled ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:12 am