Top stories in Cassopolis in 2018

  1. Dussel’s Farm Market fire and car crash — Dussel’s Farm Market had a couple of big surprises as it prepared for the holiday season. The main building caught fire, causing thousands of dollars in damages, but the Dussel’s team rolled up their sleeves to set up shop in one of the greenhouses. Then a car crashed through the greenhouse, causing more damage and further delaying Dussel’s sales. No one was injured in either accident.

  2. Cassopolis Public Schools changes in leadership and programming – In 2018, two new principals were appointed for Ross Beatty High School (Robin Hadrick) and Sam Adams Elementary (Deb Stermer). Since taking over leadership in Cassopolis, the Cass schools have moved to project-based learning, or New Tech, which shifts learning to more technology-focused and experiential education. New Tech provides students with more hands-on projects that are more applicable to real life.

  3. Historic Courthouse debates — The Cass County board of commissioners heard from community voices in 2018 about the fate of the historic courthouse in downtown Cassopolis. Two resolutions, one to retain ownership of the courthouse for the purpose of restoration, and another to transfer ownership to the Cass County Economic Development Corporation, were voted down by the board. While the county retains ownership of the courthouse, no restorations are to be made, and the CCEDC did not make any movement on developing the or otherwise restoring the building.

  4. Imagine Cass — Cassopolis was the focus of a development program through MSU’s School of Planning Design and Construction. The program welcomed Cassopolis residents to imagine projects that would breathe new life and ideas into the village. MSU students then created designs and models to conceptualize the ideas of residents. Due to Imagine Cass, Cassopolis will have projects and designs already prepared for approval from the village council. Imagine Cass spurred community interest, participation and anticipation.

  5. Cassopolis students start coffee shop — Several students from Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School began a coffee shop in conjunction with the Village of Cassopolis. Students met with business owners, investors and other interested parties to get funding and push their idea off the ground. In October, the students finally shared their products with the community at the Sinclair Gas Station in downtown Cassopolis. An official location for the shop will be coming to Cassopolis soon.

Education

EPS reports no threat to students following report of suspicious individual

Berrien County

LMC supports Biden’s plan for free community college

Dowagiac

Mobile medical unit providing free ultrasound, STD testing

Berrien County

Niles man, Buchanan woman share experiences from COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Business

Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce celebrates business award winners

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: April 30-May2

Dowagiac

Dowagiac National Guard Hosts Food Truck Muster

Brandywine Education

Tri-County Head Start planning new Cass County facility

Cass County

Cass County commissioners support four-year terms

Berrien County

Broadband survey finds lack of access for Berrien County residents

Cass County

COA partners with health department to deliver vaccines to homebound residents

News

Local EMS to deploy COVID-19 treatments in-house to high risk patients

Berrien County

Niles MSP post searches for missing man

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Van Buren counties report new COVID-19 deaths

Buchanan

Buchanan woman named junior member of American Angus Association

Berrien County

Berrien County Conservation District hosting native plant sale

Cass County

Cass County Fair to host Spring Fling Campout

Dowagiac

Town and Country Garden Club to host annual plant sale

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Dowagiac elementary students thank nurses during National Nurses Week

Edwardsburg

Biggby Coffee location opens in Edwardsburg

News

Fort St. Joseph archaeology virtual camps coming this summer

Business

Two new businesses receive ribbon-tying ceremonies from Dowagiac chamber

News

Niles Renaissance Faire returns May 15 to Plym Park

Cass County

Cassopolis man injured in shooting at Constantine little league game