Top Stories

Former SMC instructor accepts plea deal in sexual misconduct case

CASSOPOLIS – A former Southwestern Michigan College instructor accused of having improper relations with a student he was ... Read more | Add your comment

Local firefighter celebrates 30 years of service

DOWAGIAC — At a celebration hosted this week in downtown Dowagiac, Burt Dodd was the man of the ... Read more | Add your comment

Dowagiac Rotary Club breaks ground on centennial sign

DOWAGIAC — A project years in the making is finally getting underway. Members of both the Dowagiac Rotary ... Read more | Add your comment

Podcast tells Buchanan’s story through eyes of its residents

BUCHANAN — When other girls her age were listening to New Kids on the Block and Mariah Carey, a ... Read more | Add your comment

Cass County

Vandalia resident sentenced to 10 months in jail for drug offense

In Cass County Court Friday, a Vandalia man was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Randy Ray Deweerd, 60, of South Street in Vandalia, pleaded ... Read more | Add your comment

by Debra Haight.

Berrien County

Students experiencing homelessness remain hard to identify after year with remote education

By CHRISTINA CLARK christina.clark@leaderpub.com SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Throughout the pandemic, educators and students have navigated new challenges both in classrooms and during remote instruction. The ... Read more | Add your comment

by Christina Clark.

Columns

OPINION: Supporting local journalism supports this community

The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 6:00 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man heading back to prison on weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man on parole for armed robbery was sent back to prison Friday after being convicted by a Cass County jury last ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 23, 2021 1:01 pm

Lifestyles

PET OF THE WEEK: Snickers, of Seven Star Rescue

Snickers loves people. She likes treats and the occasional wet cat food. When not getting affection from family, she enjoys soaking up the sun in ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 12:59 pm

Dowagiac

Earl’s BBQ a hit at Summer in The City

DOWAGIAC — Earl Collins is no stranger to the food industry. A Dowagiac resident, Collins has been cooking since he was 12 years old, helping ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, July 23, 2021 12:58 pm

Column

COLUMN: Coaches dealing with more than football now

There were a couple of common themes during the two-day Big Ten Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium. Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, July 23, 2021 12:22 pm

Big Ten Media Days

PHOTO GALLERY: Big Ten Media Days — Day 1

The first day of Big Ten Media Days was well attended at Lucas Oil Stadium Read more

by ameliorodriguez, Friday, July 23, 2021 11:05 am

Dowagiac

Emily Schrock returns to SMC in alumni position

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announces that alumna Emily Schrock returned July 19 as alumni relations and development coordinator. Schrock, valedictorian of Constantine High School’s ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 23, 2021 10:00 am

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Fifth annual Open Header Cruise sets participation record

DOWAGIAC — It was a car lover’s dream in downtown Dowagiac on Thursday evening. Engines were revved and horns were honked as the fifth annual ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:18 am

Cass County

Following name change, Heritage Southwest unveils new signs, website

CASSOPOLIS — A local school district finally has a new face to match its new name. Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District, which serves Dowagiac, Cassopolis, ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, July 23, 2021 7:43 am

News

Man found hiding in tree fort after deliberately sideswiping another vehicle in Barron Lake Thursday

HOWARD TOWNSHIP — A hit-and-run suspect has been apprehended after an incident near Barron Lake Thursday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, July 23, 2021 7:34 am

Dowagiac

Detectives seek charges against two residents following Wayne Township drug investigation

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Detectives are seeking charges against two area residents following a drug investigation in Wayne Township. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team announced ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:58 pm

Big Ten Media Days

Big Ten commissioner talks about the conference a year later

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren did not get a chance to oversee the conference’s media days in 2020, as they were canceled due to COVID-19. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, July 22, 2021 3:53 pm

Births

Birth Announcement: Bryant-Brown

Ashli Bryant and Darren Brown are the parents of a son, Malikii-lee Brown, of Niles. Malikii-lee was born July 16 at Spectrum Health Lakeland. He ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 3:25 pm

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg museum offering spaces for US-12 garage sale

EDWARDSBURG — The Edwardsburg Area Historical Museum again will offer 10-foot by 10-foot spaces for the U.S. 12 Garage Sale from Aug. 12-14. Rental spaces ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 2:45 pm

Dowagiac

Gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller promotes importance of women’s health in new Ascension campaign

KALAMAZOO – One of the most decorated American gymnasts in history is sharing her inspiring health journey in a new Ascension marketing campaign on the ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 2:41 pm

Brandywine Education

PAW Inc. to present ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ this weekend

EDWARDSBURG —Performing Arts Workshops, better known as PAW Inc., students will have Michiana thinking pink when they present their production of “Legally Blonde Jr.” this ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 1:44 pm

Collegiate athletics

Gunn donates $5,000 to SMC’s new Recruiting Gallery

Besides acknowledging a $5,000 gift to Southwestern Michigan College’s new Recruiting Gallery, the trophy hall displaying the Roadrunners’ national titles and All-American accolades, July 16 ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:30 pm

News

Niles District Library lecture series explores the life of 18th Century British soldier

NILES – He may have lived at Fort St. Joseph more than 250 years ago, but the life of Ensign Francis Schlosser offers many timely ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:11 pm

Big Ten Media Days

Big Ten Conference creates the George and Viola Taliaferro Fellowship

During his opening address at the 2021 Big Ten Football Media Days, Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren announced the creation of the George and ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 11:30 am

Big Ten Media Days

Alvarez joins Big Ten as special assistant

During his opening address at 2021 Big Ten Football Media Days, Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren announced that Barry Alvarez has been named special ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:54 am

Business

PHOTO STORY: Young Professionals see good turnout at third annual Paddlin’ Poker Run

DOWAGIAC — More than a dozen community members took a scenic ride down the Dowagiac River Saturday, July 17 for the Young Professionals of Greater ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, July 22, 2021 9:54 am

Berrien County

Portage Road construction scheduled to begin Monday

BERTRAND TOWNSHIP — A road near the cities of Buchanan and Niles will see road work beginning next week. Starting Monday, Portage Road from US-12 ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:53 am

High school baseball

Baseball field construction to begin this fall

The planning for the new baseball field across the street from Dowagiac Union High School continues, according to Chieftain Athletic Director Brent Nate. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 4:00 pm

Business

New Dowagiac vacation rental hosts Chamber After Hours event

DOWAGIAC — A house at 306 W. Division was the place to be Tuesday night. Dozens of community members gathered at 1870 House in downtown ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 3:10 pm

College football

COLUMN: Big Ten Media Days are back

It has been a few years since I last attended the Big Ten Media Days. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 3:09 pm