Leader Publications’ top stories of the week, Oct. 5-9

It’s Friday afternoon, and so a perfect opportunity to sit down with a cup of coffee and take a moment or two to relax with some reading and catch up on the week that was. 

In no particular order, these were Leader Publications’ most popular articles of the week:

Front Street building being demolished for Beckwith Park redevelopment

The demolition of the building at 135 S. Front St. began on Thursday. The downtown Dowagiac building is being demolished as part of the city of Dowagiac’s downtown development plan.

Niles High School staff member tests positive for COVID-19

On Monday, Niles High School announced that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The school administration is working with the BCHD, and contact tracing will be conducted.

Mason’s Pumpkins to hold inaugural Harvest Festival

Mason Ausra is the owner and operator of Mason’s Pumpkins roadside stand in Dowagiac. The nine-year-old is preparing his pumpkins for Mason’s Pumpkins inaugural Harvest Festival, which takes place later this month.

NOVAK: Buchanan’s Fazi teaches us an important lesson

High school sports can provide a treasure trove of life lessons. In his column, Scott Novak breaks down how one Buchanan football player taught an entire community about what it means to be a teammate.

Wonderland Cinema will show movies indoors for first time in seven months

After being closed for seven months due to COVID-19 mandates, Wonderland Cinema, along with movie theaters throughout the state of Michigan, was given the go-ahead to reopen its doors with conditions to customers.

Cass County

Woman in stable condition following Sunday shooting

Cass County

Suspect pleads guilty in Dowagiac murder case

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: COVID-19 cases continue to rise in southwest Michigan

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD Parents as Teachers program receives national recognition

Dowagiac

Sister Lakes Brewing Company hosts Dewey Lake Monster conference

Giving

Chili cook-off benefited displaced veterans through chow, competition and charity

Cass County

Cass County seeks volunteers for boards, committees

Berrien County

Operation Safe Stop runs this week

Cass County

Woman shot in Calvin Township, suspect arrested in Goshen

Cassopolis

Cassopolis Middle School student tests positive for COVID-19

Berrien County

Buchanan Township man hospitalized following Friday evening stabbing

Dowagiac

Dowagiac District Library launches new programs

Dowagiac

Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac to host fifth annual mommy, son event

Dowagiac

Rotary ready to volunteer at Sandhill Crane Run

Berrien County

YMCA of Greater Michiana opens full day childcare at Northside Child Development Center

News

Fall hiking tour planned at Madeline Bertrand County Park

Berrien County

Cass, Berrien counties to see internet accessibility expand

Cass County

Illegal immigrant sentenced on drug, cockfighting charges

Cass County

National Underground Railroad Network to include URSCC program

Cass County

Cass fire chief honored as VFW Michigan’s Firefighter of the Year

Berrien County

Berrien County holds at one official school COVID-19 outbreak in Stevensville

News

Niles History Center, Friends of Silverbrook offer virtual tour of Silverbrook Cemetery

Cass County

Cass County seeing influx in domestic violence, burglary

Cass County

COA hosts presentation on haunted lighthouses