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Niles Burn Run returns this month for 20th ride

NILES – A chorus of motorcycle engines will be heard through downtown Niles as riders taking part in ... Read more | Add your comment

South Bend man gets prison for robbery of Niles business

NILES – A South Bend man was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for the ... Read more | Add your comment

PHOTO STORY: Niles Summer Concert Series kicks off with Bob Seger tribute band

NILES — This weekend, Niles residents got their groove on as a summer tradition returned to Riverfront Park. ... Read more | Add your comment

PHOTO STORY: Buchanan High School graduates Class of 2021

BUCHANAN — Friends, family and community members packed the stands at Memorial Field to see the Buchanan High ... Read more | Add your comment

High school football

Dowagiac turns to Davis as new football coach

Turning to its rich tradition, Dowagiac has hired alumn Duane Davis as its new varsity football coach. Read more | Add your comment

by Scott Novak.

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 892,469 cases, 19,548 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As of Monday, Berrien County reported 13,898 COVID-19 cases and 270 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Report.

High school softball

Eddies, Vikings, Chieftains earn all-division spots

Division 2 District champion Edwardsburg, along with Niles and Dowagiac, were well represented on the All-District squad, which was selected by district coaches recently. Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, June 14, 2021 3:06 pm

High school basketball

Busby named new Niles boys basketball coach

After three years as an assistant coach, Niles 2012 graduate Myles Busby has been named the new Vikings boys basketball coach, according to Niles Athletic ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, June 14, 2021 2:55 pm


SMC Board of Trustees adopts 2021-22 budgets

DOWAGIAC — Following a public hearing, the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees June 9 adopted 2021-22 fiscal-year budgets. The balanced $24,109,000 general fund for ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, June 14, 2021 1:51 pm


PHOTO STORY: Dowagiac Elks celebrate Flag Day

DOWAGIAC — One local organization celebrated a holiday honoring the American Flag. Friday, the Dowagiac Elks hosted a ceremony to celebrate Flag Day. The holiday ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, June 14, 2021 12:35 pm


Motorcyclist injured in Edwardsburg crash

EDWARDSBURG — A motorcyclist was airlifted to the hospital after colliding with a turning vehicle in the village of Edwardsburg. At approximately 5:45 A.M. Monday, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, June 14, 2021 12:25 pm

Collegiate cross country

Saylor to run for SMC in the fall

Ethan Saylor, of Dowagiac, signed a letter of intent for Southwestern Michigan College’s fall return to National Junior College Athletic Association cross country Friday. Read more

by Submitted, Monday, June 14, 2021 10:47 am

High school baseball

Buchanan wins regional title, advances to semifinals

Top-ranked Buchanan made quick work of two highly ranked opponents Saturday to claim a Division 3 Regional baseball championship and its first Final Four appearance ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, June 14, 2021 10:14 am


Niles Police Log: June 2-9

June 2 1:04 a.m. – S. Third, violation of controlled substance act 3:11 a.m. – 1200 block S. 11th, traffic stop 3:12 a.m. – Howard/N. ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, June 14, 2021 9:54 am

High school golf

Bucks’ Gartland, Valentine finish 62nd and 69th at state golf finals

Seniors John Gartland and Ethan Valentine finished 62nd and 69th at the Division 3 Boys Golf Finals at The Meadows on the campus of Grand ... Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, June 13, 2021 6:14 pm

High school softball

Lozmack delivers Buchanan a Division 3 Regional championship

Senior Sophia Lozmack had quite a day leading the Buchanan softball team to the Division 3 Regional championship Saturday. Read more

by Scott Novak, Sunday, June 13, 2021 1:56 pm

High school softball

Edwardsburg falls to Wayland in regional finals

The postseason run for the Edwardsburg softball team ended in the Division 2 Regional championship game at Otsego High School Saturday afternoon. Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, June 13, 2021 12:06 pm

High School baseball/softball

PHOTO GALLERY: Buchanan softball, baseball win regional titles

The Buchanan softball and baseball teams brought home Division 3 Regional championships Saturday. Read more

by Scott Novak, Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:19 pm


Daily Data: Sunday, June 13

BASEBALL Division 3 Regional Finals At Grand Rapids BUCHANAN 9, NORTH MUSKEGON 0 N. Muskegon   000  000      0 – 0 2 4 Buchanan        005      004      ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:00 pm


Hit-and-run injures Niles woman

HOWARD TOWNSHIIP — A 78-year-old Howard Township woman was injured in a hit-and-run crash near Barron Lake Saturday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, June 12, 2021 6:20 pm


Niles natives collaborate on song

NILES – Two artists with roots and backgrounds in Niles found each other through connections in Nashville to fuse their talents in a collaboration both ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, June 11, 2021 6:00 pm


Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac visit Dowagiac Rotary

DOWAGIAC — A local nonprofit organization’s project was the topic at hand during the Dowagiac Rotary Club’s Thursday meeting at Front Street Crossing in Dowagiac. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, June 11, 2021 5:00 pm

Cass County

Two sentenced on meth charges in Cass County Court

CASSOPOLIS — Friday in Cass County Court, a South Bend man currently in federal prison in Milan, Michigan, was given credit for time served for ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 11, 2021 4:04 pm


Drugs found in Ontwa Township residence

ONTWA TOWNSHIP — Two individuals were detained Friday after detectives found methamphetamines in an Ontwa Township home. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team announced that ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 11, 2021 2:19 pm


Annual Sister Lakes wakeboard tournament to return in August

SISTER LAKES — A local sports competition is ready to make a splash again after a COVID-induced absence last year. The Boarder Line’s annual Wakeboard ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, June 11, 2021 2:13 pm

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Nominations open now for Best of the Best

On my walk home for lunch earlier this week, I couldn’t help but realize how many people were out on the streets in the middle ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, June 11, 2021 2:12 pm

Cass County

Homeless man gets jail time for stealing vehicle in Dowagiac

CASSOPOLIS – A homeless man who stole a car in Dowagiac in January was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court to a year in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 11, 2021 2:04 pm

Golf outing

Chieftain Golf Outing still has openings

One year after having to cancel the Chieftain Golf Outing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dowagiac Athletic Department and Dowagiac Union School’s Foundation will ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 11, 2021 2:00 pm

Berrien County

Illinois man dead, Benton Harbor teen arrested after two vehicle Oronoko Township crash Monday

ORONOKO TOWNSHIP – A DeKalb, Illinois, man is dead and a Benton Harbor teen has been arrested after a crash Monday in Oronoko Township. Michigan ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 11, 2021 1:36 pm

High school track

Edwardsburg track and field state champion reflects on season, prepares for nationals

When presented with a challenge or obstacle during the 2021 track and field season, Luke Stowasser simply leaped over it. Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, June 11, 2021 1:31 pm


Long-lost friends, Navy veterans reunite after 58 years

DOWAGIAC — Longtime Dowagiac resident Walter Swann had some extra pep in his step Thursday afternoon — and for good reason. The Navy veteran was ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, June 11, 2021 11:41 am