Ambrosia Neldon, Author at Leader Publications

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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