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.

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners send message to state on regionalizing COVID-19 approach

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD to host superintendent interviews Monday

Breaking News

Michigan Works! to open office in Cass County administration building

Business

Dollar General, marijuana microbusiness, Iron Shoe expansion coming to Niles

Dowagiac

Silver Creek Township Planning Commission tables short-term rental ordinance draft vote

News

New SOS online, self-service options coming soon

Business

Niles restaurant week to showcase 18 restaurants

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 583,964 cases, 15,405 deaths

Cass County

Cass County GOP censures Congressman Fred Upton for vote against Marjorie Taylor Greene

Cass County

Cass County Veterans Affairs provides update to community

Business

Market Van Buren, MEDC announce formal partnership

Cassopolis

Cassopolis woman arrested for Dowagiac car theft

News

Niles Restaurant Week to host photo contest

Dowagiac

SMC plans to host in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies

News

Niles PD to get body-worn cameras for each officer

Cass County

Cass County COA to reopen fitness center, select programs March 1

Berrien County

MSP Niles troopers arrest man who set own residence on fire

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Cass counties reports new COVID-19 deaths

Buchanan

YMCA of Greater Michiana to host second annual Day of Giving

Buchanan

Buchanan selects new city treasurer

News

Niles City Council approves expansion of local provisioning center to include grow, processing

Dowagiac

Dowagiac awarded $75,000 in NEP grants

Dowagiac

SMC Guarantee aims to provide financial support to students of all ages

Berrien County

BCF awarded $60,000 grant to combat drug overdose epidemic