Ambrosia Neldon, Author at Leader Publications

Buchanan

Podcast tells Buchanan’s story through eyes of its residents

BUCHANAN — When other girls her age were listening to New Kids on the Block and Mariah Carey, a young Stacey Martin could be found eating ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, July 23, 2021 8:36 am

Berrien County

‘Return to normal’: Brandywine will not require vaccinations, face coverings unless mandated by local or state agency

NILES — As Berrien County students and teachers return to school next month, they can expect to do so without masks, so long as COVID-19 ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Monday, July 19, 2021 7:15 pm

Brandywine Education

Familiar face to lead Brandywine athletics

NILES — In the last two decades, Coach David Sidenbender has amassed more than 400 wins for Brandywine baseball, more than 100 wins for Brandywine tennis, ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:59 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan celebrates past, present community members with awards banquet

BUCHANAN — With smiles as bright as the sun overhead, the Buchanan business community celebrated being together again as it hosted chamber awards Wednesday evening. After ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:01 pm

Buchanan

Berrien Springs woman dies when vehicle collides with semi in Buchanan

BUCHANAN — A Berrien Springs woman is dead after the vehicle she was riding in collided with a parked semi-truck Thursday afternoon, according to the ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:18 pm

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Nominations open now for Best of the Best

On my walk home for lunch earlier this week, I couldn’t help but realize how many people were out on the streets in the middle ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, June 11, 2021 2:12 pm

Brandywine Education

PHOTO GALLERY: Brandywine Class of 2021 celebrates making it through pandemic challenges

When the Class of 2021 entered its senior year, they knew the details of their own pomp and circumstance were dependent on, well, circumstance. After ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Sunday, June 6, 2021 7:18 pm

Cass County

Edwardsburg man injured when motorcycle collides with guard rail

PORTER TOWNSHIP — An Edwardsburg man was injured in a motorcycled accident when he swerved to miss an animal on Sunset Boulevard near US-12 Thursday evening. ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Friday, May 21, 2021 7:28 am

Berrien County

Teacher faces disciplinary action for allegedly soliciting 14-year-old

NILES — A Brandywine teacher is facing disciplinary action after he was recorded on video allegedly attempting to meet what he believed was a 14-year-old ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Sunday, April 11, 2021 11:05 am

Berrien County

Buchanan man will serve prison for crash that paralyzed woman

NILES – A Buchanan man who caused an accident on M-139 north of Niles last October was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Monday, March 29, 2021 1:10 am

Horizons

Niles native reflects on nine months as traveling nurse taking care of COVID-infected patients all over U.S.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, hours from her home in Michigan, a nurse stands by a bedside, her iPhone in one hand, her patient’s hand in the ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:35 pm

Horizons

Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocates represent children in foster care system

In the three southernmost counties in southwest Michigan, nearly 700 children are in foster care. Removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse, these ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:00 pm

Horizons

Amid pandemic, community responds to increased need with increased generosity

By AMBROSIA NELDON & SCOTT NOVAK Less than one month after a global pandemic reached the area, southwest Michigan residents learned how dangerous the virus ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:43 pm

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Looking back on a year of togetherness

One year ago, Leader Publications published its 39th edition of Horizons. Packed with stories about progress, innovation, forward-thinking and up-and-coming leaders, we broke our tradition ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:30 am

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

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