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Cassopolis opens new municipal complex

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis municipal services moved into a new home this week. On Wednesday, the village of Cassopolis ... Read more | Add your comment

Duo Form donates face shields to Edwardsburg Fire Department

EDWARDSBURG — One company formed a new community bond by donating personal protection equipment to area first responders. ... Read more | Add your comment

PHOTO STORY: Community celebrates Edwardsburg firefighter with parade

EDWARDSBURG — Last Sunday, the Edwardsburg Community hosted a drive-by parade to celebrate the 90th birthday of Dick ... Read more | Add your comment

Berrien County health professionals warn residents to remain vigilant

BERRIEN COUNTY — Berrien county health professionals had a stark warning about COVID-19 cases rising and hospitals potentially ... Read more | Add your comment

Scoreboard

Daily Data: Friday, Oct. 30

SOCCER Division 3 Regional finals At Byron Center SOUTH CHRISTIAN 5, DOWAGIAC 1 Halftime score South Christian 3, Dowagiac 0   First half SC – ... Read more | Add your comment

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Berrien County

MDHHS extends emergency orders

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has revised and extended its epidemic order to contain the spread of COVID-19, as Michigan ... Read more | Add your comment

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News

South Bend Police Department seeking information regarding missing Niles man

NILES — As of Thursday morning, the South Bend Police Department is still investigating the disappearance of 32-year-old Garrett Gilpin. According to Christine Karsten, representing ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:53 am

Cass County

DASAS welcomes new executive director

THREE RIVERS — Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services recently announced new leadership as of Oct. 1. Krista DeBoer, who had served as sexual assault therapist ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:00 am

High school football

Playoff tickets only available through GoFan

While the amount of tickets and who can purchase them varies at each site, 2020 Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoff games can only ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:55 am

Business

Cass County businesses struggle amid increase in COVID-19 cases

CASS COUNTY — Cass County businesses continue to feel the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of Tuesday, the county has reported 924 confirmed ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:03 am

News

MDHHS adds testing requirements for homes for the aged, large adult foster care facilities

LANSING — Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an epidemic order adding requirements for COVID-19 diagnostic testing in homes for the ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:10 am

Berrien County

Two injured at Old U.S. 31 and Ullery

NILES TOWNSHIP — Two people were injured at a busy Niles Township intersection Wednesday afternoon, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were dispatched ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 9:06 pm

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports additional 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 Wednesday, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:37 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac restaurateur arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac restaurateur has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual activity with a minor. Kevin Hanner, 51, of Front Street in Dowagiac, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:06 pm

Buchanan

Bike Buchanan pedals last ride of season

BUCHANAN — With the sun already hiding behind a thick layer of clouds on Tuesday evening, bicyclists arrived for a group ride with beating sun ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:01 pm

high school soccer

Chieftains advance to regional finals

Despite having two of its top scorers out of the lineup Tuesday night, the Dowagiac soccer team blanked Hillsdale 3-0 in the Division 3 Regional ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 3:11 pm

Buchanan

Caring Circle Services relocating to Niles

NILES – The Caring Circle office, previously located in Buchanan, has relocated their services to 60 N. Saint Joseph Ave. in Niles. The organization is ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:11 pm

Scoreboard

Daily Data: Wednesday, Oct. 28

SOCCER Division 3 Regional semifinals At Bryon Center DOWAGIAC 3, HILLSDALE 0 Halftime score Dowagiac 2, Hillsdale 0   First half D – Ethan Hannapel ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 1:31 pm

Dowagiac

SMC Board of Trustees devotes day to long-range planning

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees during its annual day-long strategic planning session Oct. 26 approved two new allied health programs, Associate in ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 1:01 pm

Cass County

Cass County COA celebrates veterans with online photo, story project

CASSOPOLIS — The Cass County Council on Aging came up with an interactive way to celebrate Veterans Day this year. The organization has created a ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:00 am

Berrien County

Salvation Army seeks volunteers for annual campaign

NILES — For many, the metallic ring of a bell inside a supermarket and the sight of a shining red kettle outside of a pharmacy ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:00 am

Leader Columnists

CULTON: Be sure to be safe this Halloween season

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of year — especially when I was a kid. There was nothing more exciting than choosing ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 9:10 am

Columns

APPLEGATE: Protecting students’ mental health in trying times

Across the country, there have been many reports of a growing mental health crisis as children struggle with the added stresses of the coronavirus pandemic. ... Read more

by Dan Applegate, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 9:09 am

Buchanan

Buchanan Field of Dreams Dog Park gets 10 new trees

BUCHANAN — Ten new trees were planted Saturday morning in Buchanan’s Field of Dreams Dog Park, in a community effort between the Buchanan Tree Friends ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:53 am

high school soccer

GALLERY: Dowagiac advances to Division 3 regional championship match

The Dowagiac soccer team advanced to the Division 3 Regional championship match with a 3-0 victory over Hillsdale at Grand Rapids South Christian High School ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9:48 pm

News

Niles gives marijuana consumption centers the green light

NILES — The Niles City Council voted Monday evening in a 5 to 2 vote to green light two local marijuana businesses to move forward ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:18 pm

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 164,274 cases, 7,239 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 cases and deaths are still on the rise, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. As of Tuesday, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:06 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan commissioners say goodbye to leaders, prepare for future

BUCHANAN – Monday’s Buchanan City Commission meeting featured farewells to Mayor Patricia Moore and Mayor Pro-Tem Dale Toerne, both of whom are not running for ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 3:09 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac receives USDA grant

DOWAGIAC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it is investing $891 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 43 states. ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:36 pm

Local Government

City council gives approval of funding for homeless aid, city administrator raise

NILES — A recent shooting, a city employee’s raise, and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding were up for discussion at Monday night’s ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:30 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council encourages safe trick-or-treating

DOWAGIAC — Trick-or-treating was the topic of discussion during the Dowagiac City Council meeting Monday at City Hall. The council passed a resolution during its ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:16 pm