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Emergency child care options to be provided for essential workers

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer handed down her executive order for “Stay at home, stay safe” on Monday, regional organizations were mobilized to ... Read more

2 days ago by Christina Clark.

Berrien, Van Buren counties see rise in number COVID-19 cases

MICHIGAN — Two counties in southwest Michigan have seen increased numbers of individuals infected with COVID-19, according to reports released Friday afternoon. As of 3 ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Report.

MDE to request federal waiver for child nutrition programs

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday it will request a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the state child nutrition ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Residents donate time, materials to help fill medical supply shortage

DOWAGIAC — Monday afternoon before a state “stay home” order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer went into effect, Dowagiac resident Sara Melvin flipped through a short ... Read more

4 days ago by Sarah Culton.

American Red Cross still seeking donations amid coronavirus

DOWAGIAC — James Lanning has worked for the American Red Cross for more than 10 years. During his employment, he has seen a lot of ... Read more

4 days ago by Hannah Holliday.

School lunch programs still a go

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Despite a stay at home order handed down by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, families in southwest Michigan can still pick up school provided ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

County, healthcare officials further efforts to trace, monitor COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY — As the response to COVID-19 continues to grow in Berrien County, the Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland are furthering ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Berrien County officials emphasize importance of ‘stay home, stay safe’ order issued in Michigan

BERRIEN COUNTY — Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 that temporarily requires all Michigan residents to “suspend activities that are not necessary to ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

Berrien County announces additional cases of COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY — The Berrien County Health Department was notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, cumulating in five confirmed cases ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

Berrien County Health Department confirms first positive cases of COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY – Saturday, The Berrien County Health Department identified the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in Berrien County. The positive tests were identified ... Read more

1 week ago by Hannah Holliday.

Economic support available to small business owners

LANSING — The state of Michigan’s small business entrepreneurial support organizations have joined forces with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to ensure economic support is ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Senior centers close due to concern for the area’s most vulnerable population

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan rising daily, local facilities are taking precautions to ensure the ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

With schools closed, parents seek childcare solutions

NILES — Michigan parents awoke to the reality of a new challenge on Monday morning as schools K-12 were shut down across the state. “As ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Libraries cancel all programs, remain open for time being

Update, March 16: The Niles District Library and Buchanan District have also announced total temporary closures.  Update, March 13: The Cass District Library and Dowagiac ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Schools closed until April 5 due to coronavirus concerns

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include newly released information. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Around 11 p.m. Thursday, local school administrators received news that ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Pokagon Tribal Police chief honored by BSA for commitment to community

DOWAGIAC — Pokagon Tribal Police Chief William Lux was soaring high Wednesday evening as he was handed an award recognizing his contributions to the community. ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Spectrum Health announces new family, visitor restrictions

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has taken additional action to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing new hospital family and visitor restrictions. The ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Youth can explore the possibilities for future at 4-H exploration days

EAST LANSING — 4-H Exploration Days is Michigan State University’s largest pre-college program, annually attended by 2,400 youth and adult chaperones from across Michigan. The ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Spectrum Health offering free virtual screenings for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 to those with symptoms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health is offering free screenings for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to those who have symptoms and may be concerned they ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Leader Publications welcomes new reporter

NILES — Leader Publications has welcomed a new addition to its news team. Christina Clark, of Mishawaka, has joined Leader Publications as a news reporter. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Report.

MEC creates a place for smart devices, promotes smart homes

CASSOPOLIS — Candy Realm starts off every morning with a simple phrase. “Good morning, Alexa.” The smell of coffee fills the air as an integrated ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Hannah Holliday.

Southwest Michigan prepares for 2020 census

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — On Tuesday morning, Lisa Cripps-Downey, president of the Berrien Community Foundation, and Kathy Stady, Berrien County Census Hub Coordinator, leafed through a ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

LWV details how to vote early for 2020’s four elections

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — A few days out from the March 10 presidential primary election, the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties hosted ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Pesticide workshop, exam to be offered

BENTON HARBOR — Berrien County MSU Extension announced Monday it will host a restricted use pesticide review workshop for private and commercial applicators from 9 ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Pop Up Giving set for Feb. 20

ST. JOSEPH — United Way of Southwest Michigan will host its fifth “Pop Up Giving” event Thursday, Feb. 20 at Silver Harbor Brewing Company 721 ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

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