Sarah Culton, Author at Leader Publications

Business

Cassopolis to welcome first marijuana dispensary

CASSOPOLIS — A new Cassopolis business has “high” expectations for success. Marijuana dispensary Bud Express LLC, 901 E. State St., Cassopolis, is set to open ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Monday, April 19, 2021 3:56 pm

Cass County

Cass County votes to engage Kalamazoo studio for Cass County Historic Courthouse services

CASSOPOLIS — Plans to transform the Cass County Historic Courthouse are moving ahead. Thursday, the Cass County Board of Commissioners voted to engage Intersect Studio, ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 16, 2021 9:52 am

Cass County

Cass County Veterans Affairs Office welcomes new leadership

CASSOPOLIS — A change in leadership at the Cass County Veterans Affairs Office was welcomed with a standing ovation Thursday evening. During its regularly scheduled ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 16, 2021 8:56 am

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce hosting monthly giveaways

EDWARDSBURG — The Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce is offering a new program to both promote local business and give residents a chance to win a ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 16, 2021 8:09 am

Education

Niles teacher accused of assault pleads not guilty

NILES — A Niles teacher accused of assaulting two students has pleaded not guilty. Thursday, Southside School teacher Sara “Sally” Irons, of Niles, was arraigned ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:07 pm

Cass County

Cass County Fair Food Drive-Thru event returns April 23-25

CASSOPOLIS — A smash hit event is returning to Cass County later this month to appease area residents’ tastebuds. The Cass County Fair will host ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 pm

DEVELOPING NEWS

UPDATE: Police respond to bomb threat at Edwardsburg factory

EDWARDSBURG — Employees have returned to work after police responded to a bomb threat Wednesday morning at an Edwardsburg factory. According to Ontwa Township/Edwardsburg Police ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 10:55 am

Business

Biggby Coffee opens Cassopolis location

CASSOPOLIS — Tuesday morning, a line of cars snaked through a parking lot in downtown Cassopolis and trailed into State Street. The parade of vehicles ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:10 pm

Berrien County

Area health departments pause Johnson and Johnson vaccine administration

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Tuesday morning, area health departments took swift action in halting the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine administration, following recommendations by national healthcare ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:14 pm

Cass County

Cass County hosting workshop about child abuse prevention

CASSOPOLIS — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. To recognize the designation, two Cass County agencies have partnered to host an event designed to ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 9, 2021 2:07 pm

Cassopolis

Cassopolis couple working to get musical nonprofit off the ground

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis resident Barry Clark knows the power music can have on someone’s life. After learning to play the guitar in his teens, music ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 9, 2021 9:08 am

Education

Edwardsburg chamber fundraising to donate personalized tumblers to graduating seniors

EDWARDSBURG — Members of the Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce know what it means to be a proud Eddie. That is why they are raising funds ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:32 am

Buchanan

Buchanan native hired as DC Comics digital content producer

BUCHANAN — Growing up, Buchanan native Kelsie Patrick grew up watching superheroes on the movie screen. Her favorite was always Wonder Woman, who she said ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, April 3, 2021 8:30 am

Leader Columnists

CULTON: The fight against COVID is not over

My great-uncle never liked having his picture taken. Whenever anyone brought out a camera, he would scowl, duck and run, hide his face behind a ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, April 3, 2021 7:00 am

Cass County

Cass County commissioners hear presentation on historic courthouse

CASSOPOLIS — A plan for the Cass County Historic Courthouse may be moving forward soon. Thursday evening, Cass County Commissions heard a presentation from Intersect ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 2, 2021 11:03 am

Business

Cardinal Candle Co. celebrates anniversary amid pandemic

NILES — On April 2, 2020, Jill Chamberlain was a bundle of emotions. She flung between panic and overwhelming excitement as she prepared to launch ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, April 2, 2021 8:47 am

Cass County

Cass County residents call for Second Amendment sanctuary county

CASSOPOLIS — With new federal gun restrictions looming, some Cass County residents are asking the board of commissioners to take a stand for Second Amendment ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, March 26, 2021 1:21 pm

Cass County

Great Start Collaborative to host training on diversity, equity

CASSOPOLIS — One area organization is putting its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom at the forefront of a community training next ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, March 26, 2021 8:53 am

Cass County

2021 Cass County Fair to take place Aug. 1-7

CASSOPOLIS — After having to cancel in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of Cass County’s most beloved annual events is back on — ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, March 26, 2021 7:50 am

Dowagiac

Silver Creek Township Planning Commission votes to bring in experts to consult on short term rental ordinance

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP — Action regarding a potential short-term rental ordinance in Silver Creek Township continues to move slowly. Wednesday evening, the Silver Creek Township ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:56 pm

Education

Niles Community Schools teacher arrested on assault charges

NILES — A Niles Community Schools teacher was arrested last week on charges of assaulting two students. Special education teacher Sara “Sally” Irons, of Niles, ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Monday, March 22, 2021 12:19 pm

Cass County

Cass County commissioners urge state to allow regional approach for COVID-19 restrictions

CASSOPOLIS — The Cass County Board of Commissioners voted to urge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to take a regional approach to COVID-19 restrictions at its regular ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, March 19, 2021 9:43 am

Buchanan

Buchanan Restaurant Week kicks off March 24

BUCHANAN — A week full of specials is cooking up in Buchanan. The Buchanan Chamber of Commerce will host its first Restaurant Week from Wednesday, ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, March 19, 2021 8:24 am

Dowagiac

First United Methodist to host annual rummage sale after a year of canceled events

DOWAGIAC — After a year of canceled events, organizers at a Dowagiac church are ready to get back to work by hosting an annual spring ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, March 18, 2021 9:40 am

Cass County

COA to host drive-thru Easter dinner

CASSOPOLIS — The Easter bunny will be hopping through one Cass County organization during an upcoming drive-thru dinner event. The Cass County Council on Aging ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:13 pm

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