Max Harden, Author at Leader Publications

News

2022 budget approved for Niles Township

NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP — As 2021 comes to a close, the Niles Charter Township Board of Trustees is shifting its focus to next year. The ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:42 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County Sheriff discusses false threats made following Oxford shooting

NILES — In the wake of the Oxford High School shooting last week, school districts and law enforcement agencies statewide are taking precautions as threats ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:04 pm

Business

Local married couple’s lemonade business off to strong start

NILES — When life presented Niles native Kim Grant and her husband, Christopher Boykin, with lemons, they made lemonade — albeit with a healthy twist. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:06 am

Giving

Niles church seeking donations for upcoming holiday gift shop for families in need

NILES — A local church is teaming up with area organizations in an effort to bring Christmas cheer to Niles families in need. Mount Calvary ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, December 6, 2021 3:44 pm

High school basketball

Niles girls basketball falls to Three Rivers 64-58 in overtime

The Niles girls basketball team’s first Wolverine Conference game did not go as the Vikings had hoped. Read more

by Max Harden, Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:40 am

News

Niles community leaders discuss at-risk citizens, share resources

NILES — More than a dozen community organizations convened at the Niles District Library Thursday morning for the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation’s meeting for at-risk ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, December 3, 2021 3:50 pm

Brandywine Education

PAW, Brandywine Music Department to host chili cook-off

NILES — A local organization and an area school district have cooked up a tasty way to support each other’s causes. Performing Arts Workshops Inc. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, December 3, 2021 1:40 pm

Business

Fernwood Botanical Garden revives holiday lights after 13 years

NILES — For the first time in 13 years, bright, beaming lights signaling the start of the holiday season could be viewed from the Fernwood ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, December 3, 2021 10:01 am

Brandywine Education

Brandywine Community Schools approves compliance with federal vaccine mandate

NILES — A local school district is preparing to ensure it is in compliance with a new federal mandate that seeks to stop the spread ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, December 3, 2021 8:12 am

Business

New downtown business eager to bring clothing, culture to downtown Niles

NILES — There is a new business in downtown Niles eager to offer high-quality clothing to the community. Lupita’s Dresses, 117 N. Second St., opened ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:40 pm

News

Uptown Notion to host inaugural Kids Only Christmas Shop

NILES — A local organization is giving area children the opportunity to participate in the gift-giving process this Christmas. Uptown Notion will be hosting its ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:30 am

Business

Dowagiac tree farm stands tall amid Christmas tree shortage

DOWAGIAC — Sam Butler, of Butler Tree Farms, gestured over to the sprawling field of Fraser Fir trees fanning out as far as the eye ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 11:31 am

Berrien County

Nonprofit fighting homelessness presented Golden Acorn Award for Excellence

BERRIEN COUNTY — Reshella Hawkins was at a loss for words last week Wednesday. Hawkins, the interim executive director of Emergency Shelter Services, 185 E. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, November 26, 2021 10:29 am

News

River Santa returns to Niles

NILES — It was a day Mike Peters will not soon forget. Peters, the owner of East Main Gardens, can remember the day his father, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, November 26, 2021 9:06 am

News

City of Niles recognizes National Hospice, Palliative Care Month

NILES — The Niles City Council recognized a local healthcare organization in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Mayor Nick Shelton and the Niles ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:07 pm

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles History Center hosts Holiday Open House

NILES — Two of Niles’ most historic buildings were filled with Christmas spirit this past weekend. The Niles History Center hosted hundreds of community members ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, November 22, 2021 2:03 pm

College footballl

Murphy named GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year

Murphy’s Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will. Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, November 22, 2021 10:28 am

News

Local family to host third annual Thanksgiving meal event at Niles High School

The Wortham family is gearing up for its Third Annual Feed the Family Thanksgiving Dinner event from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25 at ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, November 19, 2021 9:30 am

News

Dog stranded in Haiti reunited with Niles owner

NILES — A local teacher and her dog are together again after being separated due to international affairs. Brittney Gmeiner reunited with her dog, Lucy, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, November 19, 2021 8:30 am

News

Niles Planning Commission to begin rezoning process for vacant Wayne Street building

NILES — Zoning was the hot topic of Wednesday’s City of Niles Planning Commission meeting at City Hall. The commission voted unanimously to move forward ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:00 pm

Dowagiac

Silent auction raises more than $4,000 for Dowagiac man injured in skid steer accident

NILES —  A local business rallied to support a Dowagiac man recovering from a serious injury. Community members from Niles, Dowagiac and beyond journeyed to ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:15 pm

News

Niles Township, Park Board discuss resurfacing of pickleball courts at South Fireman’s Park

NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP — A plethora of passionate pickleball players proceeded to Monday’s Niles Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting to pledge their support of ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 3:56 pm

News

Niles business offers reward for information after Sunday morning shooting results in property damage

NILES — A local business is looking for answers after an early Sunday morning shooting resulted in property damage. Curly Q’s BBQ, 1125 Wayne St., ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 1:07 pm

Education

PHOTO STORY: Southside School honors veterans with drive-thru lunch event

NILES — A local school’s annual event provided veterans with warm meals from the comfort of their vehicles. Southside School, 1450 Silverbrook St., hosted a ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, November 15, 2021 2:14 pm

High school football

Edwardsburg football earns sixth regional title in eight seasons with 28-14 win over GR South Christian

Fans brave enough to challenge the elements and attend Friday's Division 4 regional football matchup between Edwardsburg and Grand Rapids South Christian witnessed "old school" ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, November 13, 2021 6:27 am

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