Christina Clark, Author at Leader Publications

Business

Business owners adapt to unusual Small Business Saturday

NILES — The Saturday after Thanksgiving is traditionally Small Business Saturday, following Black Friday, famous for its sales at big retail and department stores. In ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, November 30, 2020 2:23 pm

Education

Niles fine arts teacher awarded grant

NILES—On Monday, Niles High School Assistant Principal Chris Porter and Fine Arts Teacher Peter Helm received a $1,000 grant from the Niles Education Foundation. Helm, ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, November 27, 2020 9:45 am

Giving

Drive-up Thanksgiving event serves 300

NILES — On Thanksgiving Day, the Wortham family helped feed 300 people by 12:45 p.m. The family and volunteers celebrated together as they cleaned up ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, November 27, 2020 7:27 am

Berrien County

Holidays, COVID-19 pose mental health stresses, experts say

NILES — Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health impact is still difficult to quantify. As the holiday season approaches with even more ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:00 am

News

Hometown Christmas at Amtrak Deport canceled

NILES — The Niles Amtrak depot will be lit with holiday cheer again this year, but without the usual ceremonial gathering with carols that area ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, November 26, 2020 8:00 am

News

City finalizing plans on outdoor dining district

NILES — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep indoor dining shuttered, Niles residents will soon have a chance to enjoy a drink and a ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:35 pm

Business

Small business Saturday on for Niles

NILES — Black Friday has historically garnered quite a bit of buzz, with footage of shoppers lined up waiting for doors to open or special ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:28 pm

Giving

Niles nonprofit aims to provide 100 Thanksgiving Day meals

NILES — Spero House is preparing 100 meals for those in need of a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. Spero House’s volunteers, located at 24 ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 9:01 am

News

Niles couple plans for socially-distanced Thanksgiving

BERRIEN COUNTY — Thanksgiving celebrations will look different this year for many across the U.S. heeding COVID-19 precautions and mandates from public health officials across ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:54 am

News

Niles City Council welcomes new member

NILES — The Niles City Council meeting approved Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security grants for three downtown businesses. City ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:58 pm

News

Niles City Council approves outdoor dining zone

NILES — Niles City Council unanimously approved an outdoor dining zone at Monday night’s virtual city council meeting. The zone was proposed by the Main ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 11:43 am

News

Niles District Library decorates for holidays

NILES — There is a place in Niles where Harry Potter, a dragon, Candy Mountain, murder hornet sightings and COVID-19 testing sites all reside in ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:29 am

Business

New Niles restaurant to celebrate creativity

NILES — Creativity is at the center of a new restaurant coming to Niles. On every table inside Create Bar and Grill, 1245 S .11th ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:38 am

Education

Niles High School students finish out investment tournament in top half

NILES — Four Niles High School students took on an investment competition during a time when stock markets are notably volatile: election season. Vikings Stuart ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:10 am

News

Main Street DDA, volunteers decorate downtown Niles for holiday season

NILES — Businesses and the Main Street Downtown Development Authority are preparing for the holiday season. On Thursday morning, in the unseasonably warm temperatures and ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, November 20, 2020 9:39 am

Berrien County

Local group fitness instructors, institutions react to pandemic order

NILES — The latest pandemic order given by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday called to put ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:58 am

Cass County

Milton Township, Cass County Road Commission discuss cost of design, engineering new roundabout

MILTON TOWNSHIP—At the regular Milton Township meeting on Tuesday evening, first steps for the roundabout at the Gumwood Road and Redfield Street intersection were mentioned. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 3:04 pm

Berrien County

SMCAS taking increased precautions amid increasing COVID-19 rates

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Personal protection equipment is just one of the many layers of precaution the emergency responders at the Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 2:20 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County sees sharp increase in COVID-19 cases

BERRIEN COUNTY — Area health officials are concerned about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and are urging the public to take precautions against the ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:07 am

Education

Niles High School prepares to cease in-person instruction for three weeks

NILES — Niles Community Schools Superintendent Dan Applegate feels more ready for this round of remote learning than he did in the spring. Applegate has ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 3:31 pm

Brandywine Education

Brandywine Middle/High School cancels choir concert

NILES — For the Brandywine Middle and High School choir instructor Denise Boger, the challenges with singing safely, and sometimes remotely, due to COVID-19 precautions ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:41 pm

News

Niles Township votes yes to add resort amendment

NILES TOWNSHIP — The Niles Charter Township meeting stretched for two hours Monday evening as residents expressed concerns about a zoning ordinance amendment. The zoning ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:16 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan schools adjust to remote learning

BUCHANAN — On Nov. 10, Buchanan Community Schools Superintendent Patricia Robinson announced all schools in the BCS district would move into remote learning from Nov. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:45 am

Giving

Second annual event to provide Thanksgiving meals to seniors, community members in need

NILES — Holiday gatherings may be smaller this year due to COVID-19 pandemic orders, but for those in need, the Wortham family will continue to ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, November 16, 2020 1:08 pm

Breaking News

MDHHS issues three-week order restricting gatherings, schools, restaurants, more

MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order to take place for three weeks, beginning Wednesday, to limit indoor ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:08 pm

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