Max Harden, Author at Leader Publications

Cass County

Area residents sentenced on meth charges

CASSOPOLIS — Two area residents were sentenced in Cass County Circuit Court Friday on meth related charges.  Christopher Joo, 39, of Phillips Street in Edwardsburg, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am

Community News

Schools, bus drivers struggle to keep up amid driver shortage

NILES — Pamela Behm enjoys being behind the wheel of a school bus. A bus driver of 23 years, Behm began her career as a ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 30, 2022 6:00 pm

Community News

PHOTO STORY: 50th annual Four Flags Apple Festival opens in Niles

NILES — A tradition spanning 50 years made its awaited return to Niles Thursday afternoon. The first day of the 50th annual Four Flags Apple ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 30, 2022 12:48 pm

Business

Pump(kin) it up: Mason’s Pumpkins ready for third annual Harvest Festival

DOWAGIAC — A local middle schooler’s business venture is preparing for its biggest event of the year. Mason Ausra, owner and operator of Mason’s Pumpkins ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 29, 2022 4:22 pm

Crime/Court

Area residents sentenced on assault, other charges

NILES — Four area residents were sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court here on assault, robbery and other charges. Adrian Michael Graves, 32, of ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:00 pm

Business

Niles to offer new type of marijuana license

NILES — A new type of marijuana license will soon be available to interested businesses. The Niles City Council voted 6-1 to direct staff to ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:07 pm

News Main

WATCH: Niles coach Scot Shaw addresses media following 31-14 loss to Vicksburg

ST. JOSEPH — Following Niles’ 31-14 loss to Vicksburg Friday night, head coach Scot Shaw spoke to Leader Publication about the game and what it’s ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 24, 2022 8:00 am

Cass County

Homeless man sentenced to probation for Milton Township home invasion

CASSOPOLIS — A homeless man was sentenced to probation for breaking into the home of a family member earlier this year. Jonathan Wilkes, 41, pleaded ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 24, 2022 6:00 am

News Main

WATCH: Niles football falls to Vicksburg 31-14

ST. JOSEPH — The Niles football team found tough sledding against Vicksburg Friday night. The Vikings allowed 24 unanswered points on its way to a ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 24, 2022 2:08 am

Community News

Sister Lakes teen creates SPD response kits for Girl Scout project

MILTON TOWNSHIP — A local Girl Scout’s latest project aims to help those involved in emergency situations have an improved experience. Megan Willis, of Sister ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 23, 2022 3:21 pm

Cass County

One arrested in Cassopolis drug bust

CASSOPOLIS — One man has been arrested in Cassopolis on drug-related charges, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 23, 2022 1:47 pm

Cass County

Health network offers support during Suicide Awareness Month

CASSOPOLIS — September is Suicide Awareness Month and a local organization continues to offer the community support. Based in Cassopolis, Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network is ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 23, 2022 12:00 pm

Business

50th annual Four Flags Apple Festival set for Thursday

NILES — A fall tradition returns to Niles next week. The 50th annual Four Flags Apple Festival kicks off Thursday at the Apple Festival grounds, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 23, 2022 10:00 am

Cassopolis HS

WATCH: FSU star Tyrese Hunt-Thompson talks Saturday’s homecoming matchup against Waldorf

BIG RAPIDS — The No.1-ranked Ferris State football team is 2-0 on the season and sophomore wide receiver Tyrese Hunt-Thompson is a key reason why. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:45 pm

Business

Ready to lead: New Hydro Aluminum plant manager embraces Cassopolis

CASSOPOLIS — Ingrid Guddal has always enjoyed the village lifestyle. A native of Norway, Guddal grew up in a small village similar to Cassopolis. That ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 22, 2022 3:59 pm

Business

Indeck Energy hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony

NILES — An event years in the making took place Tuesday in the Niles Industrial Park. Community members from Niles and beyond attended the Indeck ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 3:30 pm

Community News

Historic poet: Dowagiac artist using music to teach local history

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac resident is using music and media to educate listeners on local history. Ellis “LILEL” Bethea, a local music producer and hip-hop ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:28 pm

Community News

Niles Charter Township supervisor resigns due to poor health

NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP — Niles Charter Township is searching for a new supervisor after the municipality’s top official recently resigned due to declining health. Former ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:04 pm

Community News

City council approves columbarium purchase for Silverbrook Cemetery

NILES — The City of Niles is purchasing a 48-niche columbarium from Coldspring Memorial for Silverbrook Cemetery for $21,379. The cost of the project will ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:00 pm

Community News

Dowagiac First United Methodist to host annual fall rummage sale

DOWAGIAC — A local church is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year. First United Methodist Church, 326 N. Lowe St., ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 15, 2022 4:58 pm

Business

New Niles nonprofit hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony

NILES — Community members from Niles, South Bend and the beyond attended the enFocus ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at 423 Sycamore St. Suite 103, Niles. enFocus ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 15, 2022 1:03 pm

Business

Niles to consider offering new type of marijuana license

NILES — The City of Niles could soon be offering a new type of marijuana license to current and future businesses. The Niles City Council ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 15, 2022 9:55 am

Business

Niles to purchase new Dial-A-Ride bus

NILES — Niles Dial-A-Ride Transportation is addressing its aging equipment. The Niles City Council approved the purchase of a small bus from Hoekstra Transportation, Inc. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, September 14, 2022 6:30 pm

Community News

City Council confirms SMCAS special assessment district

NILES — City leaders have made a decision on a proposed increase in assessments for the local ambulance service. The Niles City Council voted 5-1 ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 13, 2022 12:28 pm

Breaking News

Niles approves new Outdoor Hub location

NILES — The Niles Outdoor Hub has found its new home in a familiar place. The Nile City Council voted Monday to dedicate approximately 44 ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, September 12, 2022 7:57 pm

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