Sarah Culton, Author at Leader Publications

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Niles teen takes home three first place wins in Cass County Fair youth horse, pony show

CASSOPOLIS — Dalia Awshana has always known her horse, Jimmy, was made for jumping. When the now 19-year-old first brought her chestnut and white-colored horse ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:37 pm

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Dowagiac Police Department hosts National Night Out event

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac’s Burke Park was filled with music, community members, police officers and firefighters Tuesday evening for an event meant to bridge the gap ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, August 4, 2021 1:49 pm

Giving

Niles church nearing fundraising goal for new community playground

NILES — Drivers on Bertrand Road the last few months have likely taken notice of a banner featuring a bright red fundraising thermometer tallying up ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, August 4, 2021 8:00 am

News

Niles Township reconsiders document scanning project, rescinds special meeting vote

NILES TOWNSHIP — Monday evening, the Niles Township Board of Trustees reversed action it took last week on a document scanning project. Last Thursday, the ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 10:55 am

Giving

Niles church to host Family Fun Fest Saturday

NILES — A day of free fun is coming to the Niles community this weekend as a local church hosts a family-friendly event. Community Evangelical ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:40 am

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Cass County Fair names royal court

CASSOPOLIS — A new monarchy is in town — just in time for the 2021 Cass County Fair. Saturday evening, the Cass County Fair hosted ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Monday, August 2, 2021 1:19 pm

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Cass County Fair kicks off with opening ceremonies, parade

CASSOPOLIS — For the first time in two years, the Cass County Fair grandstand was alive with cheering fans Sunday evening as the 2021 fair ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Monday, August 2, 2021 9:29 am

Business

Event organizers, local dispensaries call inaugural Niles Cannabis Festival a success

NILES — Event organizers and local cannabis companies called the inaugural Niles Cannabis Festival a success. The festival, which was approved by the Niles City ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Sunday, August 1, 2021 12:28 pm

News

PHOTO STORY: Inaugural Niles Cannabis Festival sells nearly 800 tickets

NILES — The city’s inaugural Niles Cannabis Festival is well underway, and event organizers say things are going better than they could have hoped. The ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, July 31, 2021 6:10 pm

Cass County

Fair organizers excited for fair after 2020 cancellation

CASSOPOLIS — Every day, Cass County Fair President Brian Kuemin walks outside and is reminded that fair week is right around the corner. All it ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am

Berrien County

Law enforcement, state leaders warn residents to be aware of rental scams

VANDALIA — On July 19, Vandalia resident Bianca May heard a knock on her door. On the other side was a woman who said she ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, July 30, 2021 10:12 am

News

Niles Township approves document scanning project

NILES TOWNSHIP — A project approved Thursday aims to create easier document searching and preservation in Niles Township. At a special meeting Thursday morning, the ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 29, 2021 5:35 pm

News

Community turns out to raise funds for teen battling rare condition

NILES — Wednesday evening, Niles community members came together to drink, dance and raise funds for a teen battling a rare tumor condition. From 7 ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 29, 2021 3:22 pm

News

New dog park, garden coming to the Niles Housing Commission

NILES — Niles Housing Commission residents will soon have a new place to take their furry friends. Wednesday evening, the Niles Planning Commission approved a ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:47 pm

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg looking forward to inaugural art fair

EDWARDSBURG — Artists from across Michiana will help paint a new vision for the future of Edwardsburg during the first Saturday in August. The inaugural ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:05 pm

Business

Niles Planning Commission approves special land use request for marijuana microbusiness

NILES — A new marijuana microbusiness may soon take root in Niles’ budding cannabis industry. Wednesday evening, following a public hearing, the Niles Planning Commission ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:05 am

Cassopolis

Cassopolis Public Schools superintendent resigns

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis Public Schools Superintendent Angela Piazza has resigned. The board of education accepted the resignation in a unanimous vote at a special board ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Monday, July 26, 2021 8:04 pm

Business

Niles chamber welcomes in-home health care company to the community

NILES — A new health care company is in town and ready to take care of southwest Michigan residents. Last Thursday, the Greater Niles Chamber ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Monday, July 26, 2021 11:10 am

Cass County

Following name change, Heritage Southwest unveils new signs, website

CASSOPOLIS — A local school district finally has a new face to match its new name. Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District, which serves Dowagiac, Cassopolis, ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, July 23, 2021 7:43 am

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Lions Club celebrates 75 years

EDWARDSBURG — One local club is celebrating 75 years of service in the Edwardsburg community. The Edwardsburg Lions Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary in ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 am

News

South Bend director films movie inside Niles funeral home

NILES — Owner of Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Services Steve Wickens is used to seeing his Niles business filled with flowers and mourners. Tuesday, his business was ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:00 am

Education

Edwardsburg hires new primary school principal

EDWARDSBURG — New faces will be in Edwardsburg classrooms this fall. Monday evening, the Edwardsburg Public Schools Board of Education met for its regular meeting. ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:44 am

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg VFW Post to host corn, sausage roast

EDWARDSBURG — This month, Edwardsburg residents will be able to enjoy a cookout while giving back to area veterans. Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, July ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, July 9, 2021 7:55 am

Cassopolis

Cassopolis to launch Rock the Block Summer Concert Series

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis residents can prepare to jam out at a new concert series coming to the village. This month, the village of Cassopolis will ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:30 pm

Business

PHOTO STORY: Niles Homegrown Market hosts successful inaugural event

NILES — Wednesday evening, music and the smell of fresh produce and baked good filled the air as residents flocked to the corner of Main ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:39 am

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