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Cassopolis organization to host walk honoring National Suicide Prevention Month

CASSOPOLIS — Representatives of an area advocacy organization will be taking to the streets later this month to spread a simple message: “you are not ... Read more

4 days ago by Sarah Culton.

PHOTO STORY: A-Mazing Acres opens for season

EDWARDSBURG — One of southwest Michigan’s top fall attractions has opened for the season. Wednesday, A-Mazing Acres, 18430 US-12 E., Edwardsburg, opened for the season, ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

Niles teen builds Eagle Scout project on McCoy Creek Trail

BUCHANAN — A Niles teen recently took the final step toward a lifelong dream — by making steps for others. Kyle Welch, 18, of Boy ... Read more

5 days ago by Sarah Culton.

New short-term rental property group to offer guests ‘curated’ Dowagiac experience

DOWAGIAC — Desmond Lathan was the man of the hour Tuesday evening. The Chicago real estate associate and Dowagiac entrepreneur hosted several guests from the ... Read more

5 days ago by Max Harden.

Two women injured in La Grange Township crash

LA GRANGE TOWNSHIP — A Dowagiac woman was injured in a Wednesday night crash, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Richard Behnke reported ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

Niles hosts town hall between community, law enforcement

NILES — An event hosted in the heart of Niles this week aimed to help bridge the gap between law enforcement officers and the residents ... Read more

5 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Berrien County Commissioners respond to mask mandate

BERRIEN COUNTY — The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has responded to a recent mask mandate issued by the Berrien County Health Department. On Sept. ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

Local talent development leader honored by Michigan Works! Association

LANSING — Kelly Wilson, a vocational training specialist at Berrien, Cass, Van Buren Michigan Works!, was awarded a “Shining Star” Award by the Michigan Works! ... Read more

5 days ago by Submitted.

SMC attracts more than $4 million in grants

DOWAGIAC — During Sept. 8’s regular meeting on the Dowagiac campus, the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees enjoyed three presentations on SMC landing more ... Read more

5 days ago by Submitted.

Downtown Niles to welcome new dance studio

NILES — A new business will be pirouetting into downtown Niles later this month. Expressions Dance Studio is set to open at 210 E. Main ... Read more

6 days ago by Sarah Culton.

MEC accepting applications for Strengthening Schools Grant program

CASSOPOLIS — Applications are now open for an annual grant program. Midwest Energy and Communications is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Strengthening Schools Grant ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac City Council, Cass County Transit Authority renew Transit Operating Agreement

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac City Council moved to approve a series of resolutions involving the Cass County Transportation Authority during Monday’s city council meeting. The ... Read more

6 days ago by Max Harden.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 976,505 cases, 20,535 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As of Tuesday, Berrien County reported 15,165 COVID-19 cases and 284 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Dowagiac police arrest suspect in Monday hit and run crash

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Police Department has made an arrest in a Monday hit and run crash that left a motorcyclist in critical condition. Dowagiac ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Niles City Council approves social district permits

NILES — The Niles City Council got down to business Monday evening. During its regularly scheduled meeting, the council approved a number of business items, ... Read more

6 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles muralist brightening downtown

NILES — One corner of downtown Niles just got a little more colorful, thanks to a collaboration between a local business and an area artist. ... Read more

6 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Buchanan commissioners decline to pay annual dues to Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce

BUCHANAN – An attempt to pay nearly $9,000 in annual dues to the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce failed at Monday’s Buchanan City Commission. Commissioners ... Read more

7 days ago by Debra Haight.

Man arrested after standoff in Niles

NILES — A wanted man was arrested by state police following an hours-long standoff Tuesday morning. The investigation began Tuesday morning when the suspect, who ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

Police investigating Porter Township crash

PORTER TOWNSHIP — A Sturgis man was transported to the hospital following a Monday morning crash in Porter Township. Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke reported ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

Former Niles marijuana business partner pleads guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct

NILES – A former partner in a Niles marijuana business has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in connection with an incident in late 2019 ... Read more

7 days ago by Debra Haight.

Dowagiac police investigate hit-and-run crash

DOWAGIAC — Police in Dowagiac are investigating a Monday afternoon hit-and-run crash that left a motorcyclist critically injured. At approximately 2:43 p.m., Dowagiac police were ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

South Bend man gets prison for drunk driving

NILES — In Berrien County Trial Court Monday, a South Bend man is going to prison for third offense drunk driving. Terrence Lamont Malone, 33, ... Read more

1 week ago by Debra Haight.

Under the Harvest Moon festival to bring back scarecrow contest

DOWAGIAC – Scarecrows on Parade is returning to downtown Dowagiac this fall in anticipation of Under the Harvest Moon.  Co-hosted by Leader Publications, the Scarecrow ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Dowagiac Police Log: Sept. 10-13

Sept. 10 5:54 a.m. — 100 Block Main, public peace 8:35 a.m. — W. Prairie Ronde/N. Paul, traffic stop 10:30 a.m. — S. Front/Beeson, traffic ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Former Brandywine teacher sentenced to probation on charges of accosting a child for immoral purposes

NILES – A former Brandywine school teacher convicted of accosting a child for immoral purposes was sentenced to probation in Berrien County Trial Court Monday. ... Read more

1 week ago by Debra Haight.

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