Ambrosia Neldon, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

Family, friends of victim respond to release of convicted murderer

NILES — Wednesday afternoon, Cindy Slates reflected on a rainy day in Pennsylvania. After driving hours from Niles for a Christian rock concert and camping ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:24 pm

Breaking News

Niles Family Video closing as national franchise shuts down

NILES — Weeks after Family Video operations across the greater South Bend area shuttered their doors for good, the Niles location has also reached the ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:48 pm

Brandywine Education

Brandywine graduate contributed to development of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

PORTAGE, Mich. — As semitrucks carrying the first approved COVID-19 vaccine rolled out of Pfizer’s parking lot in Portage, Michigan earlier this week, millions of Americans ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, December 18, 2020 11:25 am

Berrien County

Berrien County health officials discuss new vaccine, declining trend in COVID numbers

BERRIEN COUNTY — Wednesday evening, a line down a hall at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph was filled with medical personnel, some overcome with ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:10 pm

News

Niles City Council approves microbusiness license, option agreement for two marijuana businesses

NILES — Two marijuana businesses are one step closer to serving the Niles community after the city council approved various steps in the process Monday evening. ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 12:32 pm

Leader Columnists

COLUMN: Finding the lights in the darkness

I grew up in a house that went all out for Christmas. My mom, who to this day I am convinced is a certified elf, ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, December 11, 2020 12:08 pm

Business

Grand LV owner organizes gathering to voice concerns about COVID-19 mandates

NILES — The strain of COVID-19 pandemic orders and mandates is no stranger to events space and wedding venue owner Melanie Kennedy. Owner of The ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, December 11, 2020 11:15 am

Community News

Boy Scouts spread cheer — at a safe social distance

BUCHANAN — In a year continually marked with changes and precautions, Boy Scout Troop 541’s Christmas meal delivery was not untouched. The troop gathered members ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:14 pm

Cass County

Visitors invited to Lawless Park as Northern Lights sighting possible tonight

JONES, Mich. — Cass County Parks are inviting the public to visit Dr. T.K. Lawless Park for free until midnight tonight, as a sighting of ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 4:33 pm

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Leader Publications newspapers transitioning to weekly format

Eight months ago, Leader Publications made significant changes to how the Niles Daily Star and Dowagiac Daily News are distributed — reducing frequency from five ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:52 am

Business

Shelton’s Farm Market helping to feed families in need with holiday gift baskets

NILES — The Shelton’s Farm Market crew is getting in the Christmas spirit and inviting the community to join in the fun. As in past ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 pm

Giving

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation grants $20,000 to help City of Niles fund home repairs

NILES — Recognizing that there is no place like home for the holidays, the city of Niles, with help from the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, has ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:42 am

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Five reasons to shop local

This week, our tummies were stuffed with turkey and all the fixings. We’ve taken advantage of Black Friday deals at larger retailers, and now it’s ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:05 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

Niles native shot during altercation with New Mexico police

LOS LUNAS, NM — A Niles native was shot and killed by police officers in Los Lunas, New Mexico late last week during a traffic ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 6:59 pm

News

Niles mayor asks public to heed warnings after testing positive for COVID-19

NILES — Niles mayor Nick Shelton has tested positive for COVID-19. Shelton posted to his official mayor Facebook page Friday evening announcing that he had ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, November 21, 2020 2:16 pm

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Do your part — if not for you, then for your community

As Gov. Whitmer made an emergency announcement Sunday evening temporarily moving the state back to Phase Two of the MI Safe Start Plan designed to ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:05 am

Berrien County

Brandywine Middle/High School to go remote Oct. 23 to 30

NILES — Students at Brandywine Middle/High School will move to remote learning for one week beginning Friday, after three positive cases and one probable case ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:45 pm

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Your actions impact the health of others

Seven months into the pandemic, we are all tired of hearing phrases used so often they are practically cliches. “Keep your social distance.” “We’re all ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, October 17, 2020 8:37 am

Cass County

Cass County seeing influx in domestic violence, burglary

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County continues to see an increase in domestic calls as residents are encouraged to spend more time at home. During Thursday’s meeting of the ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, October 16, 2020 11:16 am

Cass County

Elkhart man airlifted to hospital after Cass County crash

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — Three people were injured in a crash on Monette Street in Jefferson Township just before noon Friday. Cass County Sheriff’s deputies were ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, October 9, 2020 4:40 pm

Berrien County

Students, staff in quarantine at local school districts due to positive COVID cases

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Approximately one month into the school year, many school districts throughout southwest Michigan are responding cautiously to positive cases of COVID-19. After three ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, October 9, 2020 2:32 pm

Columns

Leader Publications invites public to participate in election conversation

One month from today, many southwest Michigan residents will head to the polls. Many others will have already voted by mail, but will begin the ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, October 3, 2020 2:40 pm

Uncategorized

NELDON: Leader Publications invites public to participate in election conversation

One month from today, many southwest Michigan residents will head to the polls. Many others will have already voted by mail, but will begin the ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:03 am

News

Niles mayor recommends trick-or-treat times

NILES — As statewide restrictions continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Niles residents may soon have a more fun reason to don a mask. Tuesday evening, ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:25 pm

News

Apple Festival Harvest Market offers venue for local vendors to sell wares

NILES — Although the Apple Festival Fairgrounds were free of the typical screeches and whirls from carnival rides this weekend, the sound of local vendors ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:26 pm

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