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PHOTO STORY: Cassopolis organization hosts inaugural Walk of Hope

CASSOPOLIS — Several area residents walked the streets of Cassopolis this weekend for a cause. Cassopolis organization LEE, ... Read more | Add your comment

Dowagiac police investigating Saturday night shooting

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac woman was injured in a Saturday night shooting, according to police. At approximately 10:30 ... Read more | Add your comment

Area student dies of COVID-19

VAN BUREN COUNTY — A Van Buren County student has succumbed to the coronavirus, according to the Cass ... Read more | Add your comment

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department confirms COVID-19 associated death of a student in Van Buren County

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – On Friday, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department confirmed the COVID-19 associated death of a student ... Read more | Add your comment

Scoreboard

Daily Data: Tuesday, Sept. 28

SOCCER DOWAGIAC 7, STURGIS 0 At Dowagiac Halftime Score Dowagiac 5, Sturgis 0   First Half D – Cole Weller (Chris Mosier assist) D – ... Read more | Add your comment

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Division 2 district volleyball pairings announced

As certain as death and taxes, the Edwardsburg and Niles volleyball teams can be counted on to play in the district finals. Read more | Add your comment

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Bobcats. Bucks both 2-1 at Buchanan Quad

Host Buchanan and Brandywine were both 2-1 at the Buchanan Quad Saturday. Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, September 27, 2021 4:50 pm

Berrien County

Blossomtime Festival to return

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Following a COVID-19 induced pause, a southwest Michigan tradition is returning. After a long two-year absence, the Blossomtime Festival recently announced that ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, September 27, 2021 2:52 pm

News

Paddle auction to be hosted at Niles church Sept. 30

NILES — A Niles church will host a fundraiser next week. A paddle auction will be hosted starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, September 27, 2021 12:22 pm

Berrien County

Local league to register voters on National Voter Registration Day

NILES — On Sept. 28, the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties will join with thousands of other elections officials and organizations ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, September 27, 2021 10:19 am

Dowagiac

DAR to host rededication

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP — A regional organization plans to host a ceremony to honor the grave of a fallen veteran and his wife next month ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, September 27, 2021 10:07 am

News

Niles Housing Commission moves to make improvements, stabilize funding into the future

NILES — Approval of a Request for Proposal designed to make improvements and stabilize operational funding for public housing in the city, will be made ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, September 27, 2021 8:35 am

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The Niles JV win the Bronson Invitational

The Niles JV volleyball team went 4-1 to win the Bronson Invitational Saturday. Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, September 26, 2021 7:44 pm

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Vikings knock off three ranked teams to win its own quad

When Niles Coach Jenny Nate chooses a tournament to go to, or she hosts one herself, she is looking for the best available competition for ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Sunday, September 26, 2021 7:20 pm

High school golf

Chieftains wrap up second place with win over Niles

The Dowagiac golf team wrapped up second place in the Wolverine Conference’s regular season with a win over visiting Niles Friday. Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, September 26, 2021 12:12 pm

Scoreboard

Daily Data: Sunday, Sept. 26

CROSS COUNTRY Firebird Invitational At Kirtland Community College Women’s Overall Winner Haley Ellis, Lansing CC – 20:11   Southwestern Michigan Finishers Ava Hart 20:41, 34. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:51 am

Collegiate athletics

Southwestern Michigan runs well at Firebird Invitational

The Southwestern Michigan College women’s cross country team finished fifth and the men’s team sixth at the Firebird Invitational hosted by Kirtland Community College Friday. Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:56 am

High school football

Eddies run over Plainwell in battle of Wolverine undefeated teams

It was no contest in a battle of Wolverine Conference undefeated teams Friday night. Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:21 am

High school football

Buchanan holds on to edge Loy Norrix 23-20

When host Buchanan needed a stop, the defense stepped up as the Bucks held on for a 23-20 win over Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Memorial ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:50 pm

High school football

Big first quarter leads to easy Lawton win over Bobcats

Host Lawton scored 42 points in the first quarter and went on to defeat Brandywine 63-14 in a non-conference football game Friday night. Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:24 pm

High school football

Vicksburg special teams deliver 21-14 win over Niles

Statistics usually tell the story of any game. But on the rarest of occasions, statistics can lie. Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:48 pm

Scoreboard

UPDATED: Daily Data: Saturday, Sept. 25

FOOTBALL BUCHANAN 23, LOY NORRIX 20 At Buchanan Loy Norrix        14        0          0          6 – 20 Buchanan        7          7          9          0 – 23 LN – ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, September 24, 2021 11:51 pm

Cass County

Cassopolis man gets probation for drunk driving

CASSOPOLIS — In Cass County Court Friday, a Cassopolis man was sentenced to probation for third offense drunk driving. If successful, his felony conviction will ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:04 pm

Cass County

South Bend man resentenced in 1997 Union murder case

CASSOPOLIS – A juvenile lifer was resentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court to a term of years rather than life without parole. Darnell Devon ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:02 pm

Dowagiac

Army veteran talks his experience in Afghanistan

DOWAGIAC — An Army veteran spoke to a local organization about his experiences abroad. Alex Marshall served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and recalled ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:00 pm

Births

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Ludwig

Abigail and Jordan Ludwig are the parents of a son, Landen Ludwig, of Dowagiac. Landen was born Sept. 20, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. He ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 24, 2021 2:59 pm

Births

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Jackson-Rutkowski

Brittany Jackson and Cory Rutkowski are the parents of a daughter, Hope Rutkowski, of Niles. Hope was born Sept. 23, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland. ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 24, 2021 2:58 pm

Lifestyles

WEDDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Mosier

Kasandra (Shrum) and Maxx Mosier, of Dowagiac, were wed Sept. 17, 2021, at Marion Magnolia Farms in Cassopolis, officiated by Jennine Rutledge. The couple’s children ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, September 24, 2021 2:52 pm

Business

Local farm markets ready for fall season

NILES — Fall has officially arrived in southwest Michigan, much to the delight of local farms. Farms across southwest Michigan, including Sprague’s Family Fun Farm ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 24, 2021 2:47 pm

Business

Mason’s Pumpkins preparing for second-annual Harvest Festival

DOWAGIAC — A local elementary schooler’s business venture is nearing its biggest event of the year. Mason Ausra, owner and operator of Mason’s Pumpkins roadside ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 24, 2021 2:46 pm

Dowagiac

DUS, teachers continue contract talks

DOWAGIAC — Driving through town, Dowagiac residents may notice yard signs popping up throughout the community. The signs — colored orange with black lettering that ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 24, 2021 2:44 pm