CULTON: Take a peek into the future with Horizons

While southwest Michigan may be known for its history, Thursday, Leader Publications is looking toward the future.

That is when Horizons 2020, bearing the theme “a vision for the future,” hits shelves. Typically, our annual Horizons edition serves as a community yearbook of sorts, to look back at the year before. However, this year we decided to set our eyes on what is ahead. This edition shares 25 stories featuring area residents’ vision for the future. Within its pages, we will share the story of a Buchanan teen who is looking to change the face of the Boy Scouts of America, a Dowagiac man’s pursuit to keep civic organizations relevant, Edwardsburg and Cassopolis leaders imagining a new future for their downtowns, Niles manufacturers who are looking to change the future of our workforce, and many, many more. Each story is different but impactful in its own way.

Our staff has been working on this project since October, writing and reporting its stories, selling its ads to celebrate area employers and designing its pages. With each passing week, we have grown more excited and prouder of this edition. As reporters, we put our passion into these stories, and we hope that our effort is evident to our readers.

For me, this is my third year working on Horizons, and I can confidently say this my favorite yet. The reason that I do what I do is that I love to tell the stories of people of Michiana. This year, the people we were able to meet and the stories that they shared with us truly impacted me and showed me aspects of southwest Michigan I had not considered before. I hope these stories will be just as impactful for you.

Now, after months of work, we can’t wait to share these Horizons stories with you. So, this Thursday, flip through the Horizons edition you will find within your paper and share our vision for the future.

Berrien County

Michigan sees more than 200 new COVID-19 deaths

Newsletter Sports

Chieftain Golf Outing still set for June 18

Sports

Decision on on-campus workouts will not be set until May 15

News

Niles’ The Erly talks canceled, shifted plans

Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland reminds citizens that care for assault victims is still available

Dowagiac

While navigating uncharted territory, Rotarians reflect on historic events that have halted weekly meetings

Dowagiac

Silver Creek Township looks to road improvements, pays bills

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Despite changes, our mission remains the same

Berrien County

Leader Publications changing print cycle, remaining source for regular news updates

Berrien County

State looks to increase public awareness of meals program for seniors

Berrien County

‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order extended to April 30

Newsletter Sports

Area youth leagues holding out hope that they can salvage a season

Sports

NIEHOFF: During the break, think about being a better sports fan

Obituaries

Lillian Townsley

Buchanan

Lehman’s Farmhouse and Brewery joins fight against COVID-19

Dowagiac

Dowagiac seniors react to possibly missing milestones during COVID-19 pandemic

Business

5 Mile Drive-In remains hopeful for start of season

Obituaries

Glen Burchfield, of Niles

Obituaries

John W. Pontius

Columns

WILSON: Breakfast of social distancers

Berrien County

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation on track to make awards

Berrien County

Michigan Small Business Relief Grants approved

Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland receives support for COVID-19 response efforts

Brandywine HS

Abdullah earns fourth all-state honor