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Dowagiac Rotary Club receives grant from District 6360 Foundation

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Rotary Club continues to find ways to support its community. A $2,000 check from ... Read more | Add your comment

Cassopolis resident combines love of gardening with giving back

VANDALIA — Erez Brandvain has always loved gardening. So, it should come as no surprise that he has ... Read more | Add your comment

COA to host ‘Ice Cream Social Distancing’ events

CASSOPOLIS — This month, one local organization will be serving up something sweet for Cass County residents. The ... Read more | Add your comment

Niles nonprofit offers robotics, sewing summer camps

NILES — Entering the Niles S.T.E.A.M. Room, one will see a classroom area with tables and chairs circled ... Read more | Add your comment

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary Club receives grant from District 6360 Foundation

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Rotary Club continues to find ways to support its community. A $2,000 check from the Rotary District 6360 Foundation was presented ... Read more | Add your comment

by Max Harden.

Cass County

Underground Railroad Society of Cass County receives grant

DOWAGIAC — Help is on the way for The Underground Railroad Society of Cass County. The historical organization was awarded $10,000 by the Michigan Humanities ... Read more | Add your comment

by Max Harden.

News

Niles resident works to raise butterflies, educate community

NILES — Milkweed plants have long been regarded as unfavorable weeds in fields and gardens. Niles resident Caryn Adler is hoping to change the plant’s ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, July 10, 2020 2:11 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Union Schools superintendent offers update on reopening plans

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools’ plan to reopen schools is taking shape. In a Friday press release, Superintendent Jonathan Whan said the district is gathering ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, July 10, 2020 2:06 pm

Cass County

Niles man sentenced in 2019 shooting incident

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man who shot his gun out of the windows of a car last year was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 10, 2020 1:00 pm

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer signs mandatory mask order

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, July 10, 2020 11:36 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks donate to Saint Francis Outreach

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Elks Lodge is doing its best to live up to the saying “Elks care, Elks share.” The lodge received a Gratitude ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, July 10, 2020 11:25 am

Education

Edwardsburg Public Schools Foundation hosting drive-in movie

EDWARDSBURG — So far this year, people have been limited in their entertainment choices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Edwardsburg Public Schools Foundation will ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, July 10, 2020 10:00 am

Education

Fourth, fifth graders launch rockets during YMCA’s Summer My Way

NILES — A parade of rocket scientists exited Northside Child Development Center on Thursday morning. Carrying their rockets, the scientists made their way to the ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, July 10, 2020 9:26 am

Cass County

State AG office to handle Diamond Lake Party case

CASS COUNTY — The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has agreed to review the case of a Fourth of July party hosted at Diamond Lake in ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, July 10, 2020 9:01 am

college athletics

Big Ten to play conference-only games in seven sports

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday afternoon that if it is able to play sports this fall, it will play league-only contests in seven sports, ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:08 pm

Edwardsburg

Inaugural Edwardsburg Art Fair Aug. 1

The inaugural Edwardsburg Art Fair will be hosted by the Edwardsburg American Legion Aug. 1. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:00 pm

golf

Niles City Golf Tournament registration under way

The decision has been made to have the Niles City Golf Tournament at Plym Park later this month. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:00 pm

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer signs executive directive requiring implicit bias training for health professionals

LANSING — On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer singed an executive directive requiring health care professionals in Michigan to undergo implicit bias training to obtain and ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:26 pm

Buchanan

High Profile Boutique Cannabis to open next week in Buchanan

BUCHANAN — The black and green building at 804 E. Front St. is the latest marijuana business to bud in Buchanan. High Profile Boutique Cannabis ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:13 pm

Dowagiac

Janel’s Industries named one of Michigan’s 50 Companies To Watch

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac company has been recognized for its efforts once again. Government contractor Janel’s Industries will be recognized as one of the “Michigan ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:07 am

News

Wonderland Cinema to show “The Incredibles” Friday

NILES — For those missing the movie experience of Wonderland Cinema, the owners will host an outdoor movie showing this Friday. Wonderland Cinema will be ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:22 am

NASCAR

MIS to host four races without fans in August

There will be racing at Michigan International Speedways this August. There just will not be any fans in the stands. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:47 pm

Professional golf

PGA cancels Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup until next year

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed two more sporting events — the 2020 Ryder Cup and 2020 Presidents Cup. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:07 pm

Buchanan

Fernwood Botanical Gardens offering pop-up weddings

NILES — The historical grounds and unique settings within Fernwood Botanical Gardens are a popular wedding destination for couples through the warmer seasons. Adapting to ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:00 pm

Education

Niles Community Schools hosts annual libraries, adapted for social distancing

NILES — The sounds of happy reunion filled the south part of the Niles High School parking lot just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. As parents ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 2:30 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan to interview superintendent candidates starting Monday

BUCHANAN – Buchanan school board members have selected seven people including three current or former district employees to interview next week to become the district’s ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:49 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac District Library expansion continues following COVID-19 delay

DOWAGIAC — Construction on the Dowagiac District Library’s coronavirus-stalled $7.4 million expansion-renovation projects marches on. After breaking ground on the site in October 2019, construction ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:00 pm

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support emergency global funding for COVID-19 in CARES 2.0

I just want to express my support for increasing the international affairs budget. I believe that we can do better to achieve equal opportunities for ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:00 pm

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sen. Peters is an outstanding public servant

Our elected representatives should be focused on public service.  Sen. Gary Peters is a clear and strong example of what it means to be a ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:00 pm

High school baseball

Senior bios: Edwardsburg’s Conner Nelson

Conner Nelson is a senior on the Edwardsburg baseball team. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:14 am

Leader Columnists

CULTON: Think of other people

Over the weekend, Cass County made national news after a video showing hundreds of people celebrating the Fourth of July on Diamond Lake, not wearing ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:00 am