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Dr. T.K. Lawless International Dark Sky Park releases 2021 stargazing schedule

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County stargazers will have many opportunities this year to view planets, constellations and more at ... Read more | Add your comment

Riverfront accommodations coming to downtown Niles

NILES — Views of the St. Joseph River, large, spa-like tiled showers, a mix of warm wood and ... Read more | Add your comment

Family, friends of victim respond to release of convicted murderer

NILES — Wednesday afternoon, Cindy Slates reflected on a rainy day in Pennsylvania. After driving hours from Niles ... Read more | Add your comment

Brent Brewer appointed to DUS school board

DOWAGIAC — There is a new board member in town, and he is a familiar face in the ... Read more | Add your comment

Dowagiac

First woman of color to lead DUS board

DOWAGIAC — Upon returning home from a recent Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education meeting, board member Ronda Sullivan’s phone rang. On the other end ... Read more | Add your comment

by Max Harden.

Cassopolis

Cassopolis organization to host virtual MLK Jr. Day celebration

CASSOPOLIS — The COVID-19 pandemic could not keep one Cassopolis organization from hosting an annual celebration of the Civil Rights movement and the impact Martin ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Culton.

Leader Columnists

CULTON: Don’t shoot the messenger

The past few weeks — honestly, the past few years — have been tumultuous in America. Between warring political parties, simmering racial tensions and upheaval ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:44 pm

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Past incident provides roadmap

On July 28, 2012, three anti-nuclear bomb peace activists from the Plowshares organization broke into a supposedly impenetrable maximum-security compound in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:42 pm

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trump incited mob violence against our democracy

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Donald Trump incited a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.  During the weeks prior to Jan. 6, Trump repeatedly urged his ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:41 pm

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, Congressman Upton

In past letters, I have been critical of Congressman Fred Upton because of his support of President Trump. On Jan. 13, Mr. Upton restored my ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:39 pm

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to a fantastic community

2020 took many events and traditions away from families, organizations and the community.  “Shop with a Cop” pairs local kids with Dowagiac police officers and ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:37 pm

Berrien County

Community partners come together for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and opportunities to participate in learning programs related to King and the civil rights movement ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 am

Education

Edwardsburg Public Schools accepting nominations for 2021-2022 Hall of Fame

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg Public School is encouraging the community to nominate alumni and current and former staff members to be honored by the district. The ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, January 15, 2021 9:45 am

college athletics

LMC basketball seasons canceled, volleyball will continue 

Lake Michigan College has canceled the 2021 seasons for both men’s and women’s basketball due to COVID-19.  Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:00 pm

High school sports

MHSAA announces winter tournament schedule

The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Representative Council approved an updated winter sports postseason schedule, officials announced Thursday afternoon. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:28 pm

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Cass, Van Buren counties report new COVID-19 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Cass and Van Buren counties reported new COVID-19 deaths Thursday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Cass County ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:56 pm

Cass County

Cass County 4-H encourages seniors to apply for scholarship

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County 4-H youth still have time to apply for a scholarship that could give them a leg up in their post-secondary education. ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:59 pm

High school sports

COLUMN: Waiting and wondering what is next

There was good news on Wednesday in the world of high school sports. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:36 pm

Business

Small Shops to debut at The Grand LV this weekend

NILES – A different kind of shopping experience debuts this weekend at The Grand LV. Without being able to host gatherings for months, Melanie Kennedy, ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:26 pm

Brandywine Education

Haunted house to donate scholarships to area seniors

NILES — The Niles Scream Park is offering local students a chance to be granted funds toward their continuing education. The Niles Haunted House Board ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:05 pm

Education

One-third of Virtual Vikings to return to classrooms second semester

NILES — High school students returned to classrooms last week, and Niles Community Schools Superintendent Dan Applegate could not be happier. “Things are going really, ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:05 pm

Business

Niles yoga instructor offering outdoor winter session Sunday

NILES — Cold yoga and specific breathing techniques that have been taught by “The Iceman” Wim Hof will be coming to The NODE on Sunday ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:44 am

Berrien County

Fitness organizations gear up for reopening of indoor activities

DOWAGIAC — Area fitness organizations received good news from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Wednesday afternoon press conference. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:56 am

High school sports

Coaches express mixed emotions about restart

There was a range of emotions from local winter sports coaches following the Michigan High School Athletic Association's announcement on when winter sports would restart ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:29 pm

High school athletics

Three winter sports allowed to restart in full

Following Wednesday’s announcement from the governor’s office and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and boys swimming and ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:24 pm

Dowagiac

SMC mourns former college president

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College flags are flying at half-mast to mourn the passing of President Emeritus David C. Briegel. President Briegel, who guided SMC as ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:07 pm

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 528,306 cases, 13,533 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As of Wednesday, Berrien County reported 9,368 COVID-19 cases and 194 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:00 pm

Breaking News

Niles man convicted of murdering girlfriend will be released from prison Thursday

CASSOPOLIS – Robert Eugene Leamon III is scheduled to leave prison Thursday morning after a last-ditch effort to keep him incarcerated by Cass County Prosecutor ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:39 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac murderer held without bond

DOWAGIAC — A woman accused of killing her boyfriend last week at a Dowagiac apartment complex is being held in jail without bond. Judge Stacy ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:29 pm

Business

Ice carvers begin work in downtown Niles

NILES – Niles has frozen over. The ice has arrived. As beloved community events have been canceled or altered throughout the pandemic, the wintertime 17th ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:02 pm

Berrien County

New MDHHS epidemic order allows indoor group exercise, non-contact sports

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated its epidemic order today to allow re-opening of additional activities where Michiganders can remain ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:33 pm