Max Harden, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

Niles restaurant receives community support for refusing to close indoor dining

NILES — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services may have extended the COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan through the end ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, January 16, 2021 6:23 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac resident marks centennial birthday

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac resident will soon be joining the centenarian club. Lois Fox, of Forest Glen Assisted Living, 29601 Amerihost Dr., will be turning ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, January 16, 2021 9:00 am

Dowagiac

First woman of color to lead DUS board

DOWAGIAC — Upon returning home from a recent Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education meeting, board member Ronda Sullivan’s phone rang. On the other end ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, January 15, 2021 2:54 pm

Dowagiac

Brent Brewer appointed to DUS school board

DOWAGIAC — There is a new board member in town, and he is a familiar face in the Dowagiac Union Schools community. Wednesday, after hours ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:35 am

Berrien County

Fitness organizations gear up for reopening of indoor activities

DOWAGIAC — Area fitness organizations received good news from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Wednesday afternoon press conference. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:56 am

Business

New Dowagiac store feels embraced by community

DOWAGIAC — Business has been good to Elizabeth Cuadros. Cuadros, owner of Diva’s Fashion & More, 56044 M-51 S., has been in business for roughly ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:32 am

Dowagiac

Wayne Township, Road Commission reach street improvement agreement

DOWAGIAC — A local municipality is calling on the Cass County Road Commission for help. The Dowagiac City Council authorized an agreement with the Cass ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:42 pm

Dowagiac

Cass County Council on Aging awarded grant from Pokagon Fund

CASSOPOLIS — A local organization will be able to provide free meals to senior community members thanks to another organization’s generosity. The Cass County Council ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:59 am

Berrien County

Area residents receive probation in Berrien County Court Monday

NILES – A number of area residents were given probation sentences in Berrien County Trial Court Monday. Mathew Weidler, of Niles, was sentenced to two ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, January 11, 2021 4:02 pm

Dowagiac

Pokagon water specialist meets with Rotary

DOWAGIAC — Water was the topic at hand at the Dowagiac Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Thursday via Zoom. Grant Poole, a 1990 graduate of Dowagiac ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, January 11, 2021 9:37 am

Dowagiac

Patrick Hamilton to host Strong Beginnings preschool program

DOWAGIAC — A local organization is offering a preschool program area families can be a part of. Dowagiac Union Schools’ Patrick Hamilton Elementary School, along ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, January 8, 2021 8:47 am

Dowagiac

DUS prepares for return of in-person learning next week

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools students and teachers will be returning to in-person learning next week, and the district is gearing up for their return. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, January 7, 2021 1:00 pm

Business

State, federal COVID-19 aid on the way for local businesses

DOWAGIAC — Help is coming to small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a $465 million COVID-19 relief ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, January 7, 2021 9:10 am

Cassopolis

Local performance group hosting shoe drive to raise money for trip

DOWAGIAC — A local performance group is raising money for an upcoming trip, one pair of shoes at a time. Positively Dance, a performance group ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:25 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac event pavilion ready for use in spring

DOWAGIAC — Community members will soon be able to enjoy outdoor programs, events and more in downtown Dowagiac. According to the city of Dowagiac and ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:47 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Manager City reflects on 2020, looks forward to next year

DOWAGIAC — As 2020 comes to a close, Dowagiac city manager Kevin Anderson was proud of what the city was able to accomplish. The city ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:24 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac organization sets donation record in 2020

DOWAGIAC — The COVID-19 pandemic may have dominated 2020 headlines, but that did not stop the Dowagiac Elks Lodge from having a record-setting year. The ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, December 31, 2020 8:46 am

Cass County

Health department administers Cass County’s first COVID-19 vaccines

DOWAGIAC — After months of waiting, Cass County now has the tools to fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:16 am

Dowagiac

Longtime DUS school board president steps down

DOWAGIAC — Larry Schmidt is a patient man. One would have to be if they were a driver’s education instructor for more than 30 years. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, December 24, 2020 10:00 am

Business

Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce welcomes new president

DOWAGIAC — The new year will bring new leadership to the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce. After serving as Chamber President for the past several ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, December 24, 2020 8:43 am

Dowagiac

DUHS student takes first place at culinary arts competition

DOWAGIAC — When the cookie dust settled, Sara Torbet stood on top. The Dowagiac Union sophomore took home two first-place finishes in the 2020 Downtown ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:00 pm

Business

Dowagiac manufacturer donates $1,000 to DASAS

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac manufacturer gave a local nonprofit a timely gift this holiday season. Steinbauer Performance LLC, 22790 Fosdick St., donated $1,000 to Domestic ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 9:58 am

Business

Flagstar Bank awards pair of Dowagiac businesses with COVID relief grants

DOWAGIAC — A pair of Dowagiac businesses received much-needed financial boosts this holiday season. Flagstar Bank recently announced it will be awarding grants of $5,000 ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:25 pm

Cass County

Cass County Toys for Tots delivers joy, toys to families

CASS COUNTY — The 2020 Toys for Tots program looks a little different this year, but the joy the program brings to children across the ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, December 19, 2020 5:26 pm

Cass County

Feed The Hungry campaign surpasses 2020 goal, raises $37,000

DOWAGIAC — The C. Wimberley Automotive parking lot was packed Friday morning, and it was not because of a holiday car sale. The 11th annual ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, December 18, 2020 6:34 pm

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