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Dowagiac leaders begin planning process for Beckwith Park renovation

DOWAGIAC — Beckwith Park’s makeover is set to continue in the coming weeks, according to City Manager Kevin Anderson. After purchasing the vacant building formerly ... Read more

4 days ago by Max Harden.

Scam warning issued by Berrien County Sheriff’s Department

BERRIEN COUNTY — Around 11 a.m. Tuesday the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department posted a warning about a reported scam in the area to its Facebook ... Read more

5 days ago by Christina Clark.

Area organizations receive CARES funding

LANSING — Organizations in Berrien and Cass counties recently received an extra boost of funding. Michigan Humanities is recently announced $661,085 in emergency CARES Act ... Read more

5 days ago by Submitted.

Leader Publications welcomes new reporter

NILES — Leader Publications has welcomed a new addition to its news team. Max Harden, of Niles, has joined Leader Publications as a news reporter. ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

Niles Burn Run postponed until gathering mandates relax

NILES — “Kick stand down” reads the beginning of an update on the Niles Burn run website regarding the July 19 event. The popular motorcycle ... Read more

5 days ago by Christina Clark.

One injured in Penn Township crash

PENN TOWNSHIP—A New York resident was injured and taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday morning. According to Sheriff Richard J. Behnke of ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

First of three pop-up, drive-through libraries to be hosted Tuesday

NILES — Pop-up libraries for student reading programs are scheduled for three dates over the summer. However, the events will be less of a community ... Read more

5 days ago by Christina Clark.

Diamond Lake Fourth of July party could result in charges

CASS COUNTY — A Fourth of July party that has put Cass County under nationwide scrutiny could result in charges filed against its organizers. Saturday, ... Read more

5 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Two Berrien County residents sentenced to probation

NILES – Two area residents were sentenced to probation Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Christie Lynn Bates, 42, of Buchanan, pleaded guilty to attempted ... Read more

5 days ago by Debra Haight.

Apple Festival canceled, will return in 2021

NILES — A Niles summer tradition has been postponed until 2021. After months of research and discussion, the Four Flags Apple Festival Board of Directors ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Riverfront Optimist Club of Niles to host online concert Saturday

NILES — While the Riverfront Optimist Club of Niles’ flagship event, the Bluegrass Festival, was not given the go-ahead by the city for 2020, the ... Read more

6 days ago by Christina Clark.

Berrien Community Foundation announces arts challenge grant

BERRIEN COUNTY —  Non-profit arts organizations of Berrien County have joined forces for one matching grant that will benefit them all. The Berrien Community Foundation ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

One injured in Sunday motorcycle accident

CALVIN TOWNSHIP — A motorcyclist is reportedly injured after a single-vehicle crash on Sunday, according to Sheriff Richard Behnke of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Area schools offer virtual learning

BERRIEN COUNTY — On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released “Michigan’s MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap” providing guidance for how to approach ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

When virus stunted west coast tour, Umphrey’s McGee returned home to perform

NILES — When Umphrey’s McGee plays a show in its hometown of South Bend, the audiences usually turn out in large numbers in support. Rescheduling ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

LMC discounts fall tuition by 10 percent, restructures class options, implements safety plans for fall semester

BENTON HARBOR — It has been nearly four months since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Michiganders go about thier day-to-day lives. In that time, ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Union Schools recognize retiring staff

DOWAGIAC — With another school year come and gone, several Dowagiac Union School employees are preparing to enter the next chapter of their lives. This ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Dowagiac, Cassopolis awarded NEP grants

CASS COUNTY — Two Cass County communities were awarded state grant funding for visual improvements. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded $2.1 million in ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Former Niles resident aims to donate 500 backpacks with school supplies

NILES — A box of school supplies sits inside the dining room in Curly Q’s BBQ near the counter where orders are placed. The box ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Lawless Park to celebrate Michigan Dark Sky Awareness Month by opening on weekend nights

VANDALIA — Cass County stargazers now can view the night sky at a local International Dark-Sky Park. The Cass County Parks Board recently set a ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Outdoor prom event set for Aug. 1

EDWARDSBURG — A regional, all school prom has been greenlit as the original organizer has secured sponsors to partner with to put on the memorable ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

5 Mile Drive-In offering free entry to first responders on Fourth of July

DOWAGIAC — One Dowagiac business plans to celebrate America’s independence this weekend by giving back. This Saturday, in celebration of the Fourth of July, 5 ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Gov. Whitmer closes indoor service at bars throughout lower Michigan, allows cocktails to go

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 on Wednesday closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

SMC to continue in person instruction during fall semester

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announced Wednesday that in-person courses will run during the Fall 2020 semester, on-campus residence halls will be open and the ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

URSCC purchases photo album of Calvin Township, Vandalia residents

In early June, a member of the Underground Railroad Society of Cass County saw a photo album of African Americans from Calvin Township and Vandalia ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Scott Novak.

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