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Drumathon fundraiser to support Dowagiac school board member suffering from cancer

DOWAGIAC — Community members looking to dance to the beat of their own drum will have a chance next month. The DogPatch Drumathon will be ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

C. Wimberley Feed the Hungry campaign raises $30,000

DOWAGIAC — Inside Vincent J. Jewelers on Monday afternoon, Jim Allen, chairperson of the C. Wimberley Automotive’s Feed the Hungry campaign, shared a record-breaking announcement. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Hannah Holliday.

Basketball tournament to honor Buchanan man, fraternity that supported him

BUCHANAN — Avery Brown, of Buchanan, would have turned 30 Feb. 24, but gun violence prevented that from happening in 2018. Brown’s relatives, however, intend ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Sticky Spoons Jam to host canned food drive for area pantry

NILES — From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, people can celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend by making donations that will leave both a ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Niles Township Fire Department Association hosts pancake breakfast

NILES — As snow pelted down Sunday morning, many local residents put on their coats and hats and braved the weather to smell — and ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Honor Credit Union pays it forward

DOWAGIAC — Members of Dowagiac Honor Credit Union helped pay it forward this season in a variety of ways.  Honor Credit Union has offered the ... Read more

1 month ago by Hannah Holliday.

Community supports benefit for Niles High School grad

NILES — When Becky Eaves heard that her childhood friend, Tim Glover, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2019, she knew she had ... Read more

1 month ago by Hannah Holliday.

Saint Francis Outreach backpack program serves its fourth year

DOWAGIAC — Saint Francis Outreach, founded in 2015, is in its fourth year of its backpack program, which supplies students in need at Dowagiac Union’s ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Redbud Ministries, scouts partner, deliver Christmas baskets

BUCHANAN — The mist of Kathy Slucas’ cold breath hit the wintry night air of Dec. 10 every few seconds as she lifted and adjusted ... Read more

3 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Vincent J. Jewelers in Dowagiac taking donations to help food pantry

DOWAGIAC — A small pair of sterling silver ball earrings sit on the counter at Vincent J. Jewelers. To some, they look like an ordinary ... Read more

3 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Four Flags Garden Club members decorate depot for the holidays

NILES — When Niles resident Karen Persa lived in Chicago, she said her heart broke each time beautiful, historic structures were torn down for high-rise ... Read more

3 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Annual Feed the Hungry campaign starts up

DOWAGIAC — From mid-November until the end of December, a truck and mid-sized SUV are stationed near the intersection of State Road and M-51 adorned ... Read more

3 months ago by Hannah Holliday.

Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac Rake a Difference

DOWAGIAC — Members of the Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac and the team from Shelly Myers and Martha Hassle Cressy & Everett Real Estate volunteered ... Read more

4 months ago by Submitted.

Farm market partners with local organizations, schools to give to those in need

NILES — With the spooky season wrapping up, the Shelton’s Farm Market crew is swapping pumpkins and cornstalks for wreaths and stockings — and offering ... Read more

4 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Students, teacher design Niles school pride, career development

NILES — During an Oct. 21 Niles School Board meeting, Superintendent Dan Applegate said the district talked about being one unified school — or, as ... Read more

4 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Kiwanis Club to pair children with free pairs of boots

NILES — James Wruck, president of Kiwanis Club of Niles/Southwestern Michigan, has this nickname for his group’s annual service event: “Give kids the boot.” Read ... Read more

4 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Cass County Tractor Pullers Club donates to help cancer patients

DOWAGIAC — Saturday, downtown Dowagiac was filled with pumpkin carvers, dancers and dogs dressed up in Halloween costumes for the city’s annual Under the Harvest ... Read more

4 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Area volunteers get recognition at United Way event

BENTON HARBOR — Jeanne Harris, Larry Sehy, Mark Tumbleson and Shani Zinn have at least two traits in common: they are all Buchanan area residents ... Read more

5 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Two art forms come to Thursday’s summer concert

NILES — The audience of Thursday’s Niles Summer Concert Series performance will experience local art forms both visual and sonic at Riverfront Park. Classic rock ... Read more

6 months ago by Submitted.

Area cancer service, pipeline company team up to help Niles resident in need

NILES — Last Friday morning, 10 employees of Wolverine Pipe Line in Niles woke up not to transport liquid petroleum products as they usually did, ... Read more

6 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Elvis impersonator to perform at Riverfront Park

NILES — Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, 42 years ago at age 42. However, the Niles Summer Concert Series will soon be bringing ... Read more

7 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Local organizations host supply drives for area students

By BEAU BROCKETT JR. beau.brockett@leaderpub.com NILES — Three local organizations are working to make the school year successful from the start for area children by ... Read more

7 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Performing Arts Workshops will partner with teenaged band Thursday

NILES — In a second-floor room of Melissa and Jason Rizzo’s Niles Charter Township home Monday, guitarists Sam Douglass and Joseph Rizzo strum out snippets ... Read more

7 months ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Volunteer of the week: Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a senior at Dowagiac Union High School. The 17-year-old has had a busy senior year thus far, recently starring in the school’s ... Read more

11 months ago by Adam Droscha.

Volunteer of the week: Colleen Ward

Colleen Ward, 54, of Buchanan, has been a volunteer at Redbud Area Ministries for the past four years. Redbud serves as a food pantry and ... Read more

1 year ago by Kelsey Hammon.

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