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

Emergency order presents challenges to growers, organizations

Buchanan

Buchanan Community Schools hosts virtual town hall with parents

Cassopolis

On the Mantle opens in downtown Cassopolis selling handmade skincare

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced to jail following drug overdose, probation violation

Cass County

MEC annexes back into the village limits

Buchanan

Buchanan selects new city manager

Dowagiac

New Dowagiac pastor aims to ‘recapture the heartbeat’ of the Bible

Edwardsburg

Monday Evening club adds plaque to celebratory marker

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg residents open Mosquito Joe franchise

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education votes to start year with distance learning

Education

Niles superintendent hosts outdoor, active meeting to discuss back to school concerns

Berrien County

Vikings assemble backpacks for students

Dowagiac

Dowagiac resident named 2021 Cass County Miss Agriculture USA Queen

Berrien County

Girls on the Run Southwest Michigan to host virtual short film festival Aug. 19

News

Niles nonprofit works to keep evictions out of courts

Berrien County

Berrien County Sheriff’s Office launches internal investigation into video incident

News

Whitmer signs executive directive recognizing, addressing racism as a public health crisis

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer approves $28 million in outdoor recreation development and acquisition grants

Berrien County

Arrest, use of force streamed on Facebook Live involved Berrien County deputy

Business

Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce unveils upcoming Same Day Rewards Program

Dowagiac

Renovation work begins on Dowagiac’s China Garden

Berrien County

Berrien, Cass County unofficial election results

Berrien County

Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with pickup truck

Berrien County

Berrien County services work to connect homeless to housing