Max Harden, Author at Leader Publications

Community News

Organizations commemorate 1781 February Raid in Niles ceremony

NILES — A special ceremony was held Saturday to commemorate an American Revolutionary War event that led to Niles becoming known as the “City of ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, February 20, 2024 3:28 pm

Berrien County

Early in-person voting begins in southwest Michigan

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Michigan voters now have the right to cast a ballot early and in person at an early voting site before Election Day. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, February 19, 2024 4:09 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man gets jail time for meth possession

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who is awaiting sentencing on charges in Berrien County was sentenced to jail in Cass County. Caleb Evan-Earl Stacks, 31, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, February 16, 2024 4:52 pm

Community News

Edwardsburg school board authorizes bond proposal, seeks renewal of non-homestead millage

EDWARDSBURG — The Edwardsburg Public Schools Board of Education has approved the ballot language for the upcoming May 7 election where district residents will be ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, February 16, 2024 4:43 pm

Business

Dowagiac reaches lease agreement for ‘Twistees’ building

DOWAGIAC — An ice cream parlor that has served the Dowagiac community for more than 40 years will soon have a new lease on life. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, February 16, 2024 10:35 am

Community News

PHOTO STORY: Elementary school hosts 100th birthday party for retired schoolteacher

NILES — A local elementary school celebrated its 100th day of classes in a special way. Howard-Ellis Elementary School hosted an honor ceremony jointly celebrating ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:29 pm

Community News

Dowagiac’s South Front Street Streetscape Project moves forward

Dowagiac’s South Front Street streetscape will soon be receiving a facelift. The Dowagiac City Council also approved a resolution to negotiate agreements with engineering firm ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:12 pm

Education

Niles 5th grader wins statewide art contest

NILES — A local elementary schooler was recognized for her artistic talents in a statewide competition. Janet Palmisano, a 5th grader at Eastside Connection in ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 15, 2024 1:51 pm

Community News

Dowagiac approves Wounded Minnow building Brownfield plan

DOWAGIAC — A new redevelopment project in the City of Dowagiac is moving forward. The Dowagiac City Council approved a resolution Monday adopting a Brownfield ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 3:19 pm

Community News

Niles City Council approves CDBG Action Plan amendments, discusses zoning

NILES — The Niles City Council tackled several topics during its Monday meeting including the city’s Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan, area public ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 1:52 pm

Dowagiac

Odor prompts brief evacuation at Dowagiac High School

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union High School was evacuated as a precaution Tuesday morning due to a reported gas odor, according to the Dowagiac Union Schools ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, February 13, 2024 3:09 pm

High school basketball

Brandywine basketball teams sweep Dowagiac, girls clinch Lakeland title

The No. 3-ranked Brandywine girls basketball team locked up the Lakeland Conference championship with a 50-30 win over host Dowagiac Friday night. Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, February 10, 2024 6:39 pm

Cass County

Man gets prison time for Cassopolis home invasion

CASSOPOLIS — A man who broke into a Cassopolis area home nearly 10 years ago is going to prison. Brian McCall Mathis, 43, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, February 10, 2024 9:21 am

Community News

‘We’re all family’: Local dance studio produces Miss Dowagiac, Miss Niles

DOWAGIAC — Natasha Griggs and Amelia Rodgers are used to sharing the stage as members of the Miss Michele & Co. dance studio. Now, the ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, February 9, 2024 7:45 am

Business

D’s Nutz Donuts off to strong start after sold-out opening weekend

EDWARDSBURG — Community members can not get enough of D’s Nutz. D’s Nutz Donuts, located at 68972 M-62, Edwardsburg, opened its doors last week Thursday, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 8, 2024 2:16 pm

Buchanan

Booked on a feeling: Buchanan bookstore aims to foster community, conversation

BUCHANAN — Carla Mayer has had a passion for reading for as long as she can remember.  A former English and art teacher with years ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 8, 2024 6:38 am

Business

Oak and Ash wins 2024 Ice Time Chili Crawl

DOWAGIAC — Restaurants brought the fire as they competed to be the public’s favorite in the Dowagiac Ice Time Festival’s annual Chili Crawl Competition. When ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, February 5, 2024 4:25 pm

Community News

Presbyterian Women’s Association to host 50th annual Salad Smorgasbord, Style Show

EDWARDSBURG — A local annual event is celebrating a milestone this year. The Presbyterian Women’s Association is gearing up for its 50th Annual Salad Smorgasbord ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, February 5, 2024 2:46 pm

Berrien County

Court of Appeals: Judge erred when sentencing man for shooting MSP trooper

NILES — The Niles man in prison for shooting a Michigan State Police trooper two and a half years ago will likely be resentenced after ... Read more

by Max Harden, Sunday, February 4, 2024 10:14 am

Business

Monthly supper club takes customers on culinary trips ‘around the world’

NILES — Each month, a local event space’s latest project takes customers on a globe-trotting food journey. The Embers at Signal Point – an event ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, February 3, 2024 5:00 am

Community News

Ballard Elementary earns ‘Reward School’ ranking for academic performance

NILES — A local elementary school was recognized for its academic excellence. Ballard Elementary School celebrated its designation as a “Reward School” by the Michigan ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, February 2, 2024 1:41 pm

Business

Pretty a-glaze-ing: D’s Nutz Donuts opens in Edwardsburg

EDWARDSBURG — Community members lined up in Edwardsburg Thursday morning to taste D’s Nutz Donuts for the first time. Open from 5 a.m. to 2 ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, February 1, 2024 7:17 am

Business

Round Barn Public House to launch breakfast menu

BARODA — An area restaurant will soon be providing guests with a tasty way to kick-start their weekends. Round Barn Brewery and Public House has ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, January 31, 2024 4:17 pm

Community News

EPS community gives input on potential bond election

EDWARDSBURG — A local school district is hoping to make important changes to its infrastructure with the help of its community. Edwardsburg Public Schools hosted ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, January 30, 2024 3:07 pm

Berrien County

US-12/M-51 bridge demolition in Niles starts Thursday

NILES — The demolition of the US-12 bridges over M-51 is set to take place this week, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. As ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, January 29, 2024 2:30 pm

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