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Niles Walmart limits entry, purchasing amounts

NILES — A line of people approximately six feet apart wrapped around the Niles Walmart building could be ... Read more | Add your comment

Buchanan farm-to-table brewery opens for carryout

Thursday morning, Chicago native Brian Dougherty stood inside of a nearly-empty taproom as a small team of staff ... Read more | Add your comment

Caruso’s continues to offer sweets, eats during COVID-19 closures

One local candy and soda shop that survived during the Great Depression is now hopeful it will continue ... Read more | Add your comment

With schools closed, early childhood educators adapt

From story time to learning to spell, learning has not come to a halt for students and teachers ... Read more | Add your comment

Berrien County

Southwest Michigan COVID-19 cases increase

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to rise in southwest Michigan. As of 3 p.m. Friday, the number of confirmed positive cases in ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Report.

Breaking News

Van Buren County reports first COVID-19 death

VAN BUREN COUNTY — The death toll of COVID-19 continues to rise, with another death reported in southwest Michigan by the Michigan Department of Health and ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Report.

berrien county

Weekly Berrien County board of commissioners meeting hosted live, online

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners hosted its weekly meeting Thursday in a new format to accommodate social distancing measures. Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, April 3, 2020 9:22 am

Southwest Michigan College

SMC student named Miss Agriculture 2020 — Rhode Island

Agriculture for Andrea “Andie” Lee began as soon as she could walk. Read more

by Hannah Holliday, Friday, April 3, 2020 9:20 am

LPGA-Symetra Tour

Symetra Tour postpones Four Winds Invitational

Local golf fans got some good news Thursday when the LPGA Symetra Tour rescheduled the Four Winds Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club for July 31 ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, April 3, 2020 9:16 am

PGA of America

Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores canceled

There was bad news for area golf fans on Thursday. Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, April 3, 2020 9:14 am

State

Michigan’s conservation districts still ‘open’ for essential services

Michigan’s conservation district offices may look quiet (and closed) from the outside due to the state’s COVID-19 crisis response. Yet staff are still busy fielding ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, April 3, 2020 9:12 am

southwest Michigan

Girls on the Run Southwest Michigan cancels spring 2020 season, 5K

Each spring, hundreds of girls from across southwest Michigan gather to show off the hard work developed during several weeks of practice at the Girls ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, April 3, 2020 9:10 am

Sports

MHSAA to announce status of winter, spring sports by Friday

The Michigan High School Athletic Association will announce no later than Friday afternoon the status of its 2019-20 winter and spring seasons, after the directive ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:43 pm

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer closes schools for the remainder of the year

LANSING — Michigan students will not be returning to school this year. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday that orders schools to close ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:46 am

Berrien County

Berrien County directs residents to hotline, non 9-1-1 for concerns

BERRIEN COUNTY — Although many people have questions regarding the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order signed by Governor Whitmer, Berrien County residents are requested ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:06 am

High school golf

Dowagiac’s Whitaker to play golf at Bethel University

There was a time when Dowagiac senior Greta Whitaker would have been signing to play softball at a college of her choice. Read more

by Scott Novak, Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:05 am

Column

Bowen: Pilots taking to social media to connect

The Bethel University Athletic Department announced a new initiative on Tuesday as a way to spread encouragement during this time of uncertainty and anxiety that ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:03 am

Berrien County

Local animal control services urge owners to have plans

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN —  As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan, local animal control services and shelters remain open to respond to emergencies and to ... Read more

by Hannah Holliday, Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:02 am

Berrien County

Funeral homes offer alternative services in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — When the family of the late Charles “Chuck” Dill celebrated his life Monday, the room they gathered in to host his funeral ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:01 am

Brandywine Education

Niles photographer extends photo sessions for graduations, proms

NILES — While schools remain under state mandates until at least April 13, and are likely to remain closed through the rest of the scheduled ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:59 am

Columns

WILSON: Leave me alone

These are strange times…strange times, indeed. I have survived blizzards that left people snowbound and hunkered down for nearly a week. I have witnessed tornadoes ... Read more

by Larry Wilson, Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:48 am

Berrien County

Mendel Center announces an online series for a stay-at-home world

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Right now, most Michiganders are in their homes, following a “stay home” order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month to slow ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:47 am

Berrien County

Four Winds Casinos reschedule several concerts due to COVID-19

DOWAGIAC — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos recently announced several concerts that were postponed at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:47 am

Berrien County

Berrien, Cass, Van Buren counties see uptick in COVID-19 patients

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to rise in southwest Michigan. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the number of confirmed positive cases in ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:29 pm

High school sports

GALLERY: Honoring our senior athletes

Since sports have been suspended, Leader Publications has asked the parents of senior athletes to decorate their front doors to honor their senior athletes. Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:20 am

High school basketball

Bobcats, Bucks land pair on first team

The top three teams in the BCS Athletic Conference Red Division each had two players named first-team on the boys basketball team. Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:10 am

Berrien County

Resources available for renters affected financially by COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY — As the calendar flips to April, there is some relief available for those facing housing rent that have been affected financially by ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:09 am

News

Community members step up in a mask shortage stitch

NILES — When Amy Krueger Archer shared on social media she was sewing face masks, she knew she wanted to do something meaningful to help ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:08 am

Motorsports

Indianapolis 500 postponed

The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:07 am

Berrien County

Berrien, Cass County commissioners hosting teleconference meetings

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Because of concerns over COVID-19, the social distancing ordered by Governor Whitmer and in compliance with executive order EO-2020-15, the Cass County ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:05 am

Columns

VANDENHEEDE: Message of hope

Dan Vandenheede is a Niles city council member who coaches in Dowagiac. He can be contacted by email, djvandenheede@gmail.com or by phone, (269) 635-8458. These ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:03 am