Sarah Culton, Author at Leader Publications

Leader Columnists

CULTON: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas. It’s Horizons time! If you are not familiar, Horizons is an annual publication ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 19, 2021 11:54 am

Cass County

Cass County Cancer Service seeks volunteers

CASS COUNTY — A local nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to continue providing essential services to Cass County residents for years to come. Cass County ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 19, 2021 11:26 am

Cassopolis

Veteran donates American flags to Cassopolis Middle School

CASSOPOLIS — Starting Monday, students at Cassopolis Middle School will be able to start their mornings with the pledge of allegiance, thanks to a donation ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 19, 2021 10:36 am

Business

Niles tattoo shop cited for noncompliance

NILES — Earlier this month, a Niles tattoo shop was cited by the health department for noncompliance and a failure to document routine tests. According ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 5:58 pm

Dowagiac

Pokagon Band to host virtual Sugar Bush season

DOWAGIAC — One annual tradition will be going virtual, thanks to COVID-19. This year, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will be hosting a virtual ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 12, 2021 2:50 pm

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Giving Tree seeks winter weather donations

EDWARDSBURG — Those driving through Edwardsburg are likely to see a strange sight — a tree decorated with garment bags filled with pants, shirts and ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 12, 2021 2:36 pm

Cassopolis

Cassopolis children donate to animal control in honor of late father

CASSOPOLIS — Two Cassopolis children recently honored their father’s memory by giving back to the community. Izzie, 12, and JR, 8, Kennedy celebrated the birthday ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 12, 2021 1:13 pm

Berrien County

United Way scholarship focuses on community service

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — High school seniors dedicated to community service in southwest Michigan have the chance to win a scholarship toward their post-secondary education. United ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 12, 2021 9:17 am

Cass County

Cass County receives award of excellence for financial reporting

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County recently continued a more than 20-year tradition of excellence in financial reporting. Last week, County Administrator Jeff Carmen announced Cass County ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:45 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council approves grant application for park alongside Dowagiac Creek

DOWAGIAC — Though snow may have blanketed southwest Michigan Monday evening, Dowagiac City Council members’ minds were on green grass, as the council approved an ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 1:15 pm

Cassopolis

Project Graduation hosts adopt a senior program

CASSOPOLIS — Seniors graduating in the class of 2021 have had a rough year full of stops, starts and COVID-19 restrictions. Recognizing this, one Cassopolis ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, February 6, 2021 8:00 am

Cass County

Cass District Library asking for community input on facilities master plan

CASSOPOLIS — This week, Cass District Library Director Barbara Gordon’s office was filled with old blueprints and building plans. Soon, she hopes to update those ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 5, 2021 2:22 pm

Berrien County

Applications open for annual Honor Credit Union scholarship

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — One regional business is looking to reward graduating seniors for making their communities better places. Applications are currently open for Honor Credit ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 5, 2021 12:32 pm

Cass County

Cass County commissioners recognize Black History Month

CASSOPOLIS — This month, elected officials are celebrating the history and legacy of Cass County’s African American residents. Thursday evening, the Cass County Board of ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, February 5, 2021 7:40 am

Buchanan

Buchanan teen becomes one of nation’s first female Eagle Scouts

BUCHANAN — This month, Buchanan teen Emily Long will see her childhood dream come true — a dream she used to think would have been ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, February 3, 2021 1:56 pm

Education

Edwardsburg Public Schools prioritize students as staff continue to adjust to COVID-19 mandates

EDWARDSBURG — Evidence of Edwardsburg Intermediate School’s dedication to excellence and student success is easy to see when walking through its building. A banner declaring ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, January 29, 2021 12:36 pm

Cass County

Midwest Energy and Communications launches grant program aimed at creating vibrant communities

CASSOPOLIS — One Cass County business is looking to help make the communities it serves a little more vibrant. Electric cooperative Midwest Energy and Communications ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, January 29, 2021 8:44 am

Cass County

Granger Community Church food drop supports southwest Michigan food pantries

CASSOPOLIS — This week, employees at local food pantry Helping Hands of Cass County are looking at full shelves. “I’ve got two industrial shelves, and ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, January 28, 2021 3:35 pm

Cass County

Family of farmworker killed in Cassopolis accident files wrongful death suit

CASSOPOLIS — The family of a young man killed in a 2019 workplace accident near Cassopolis has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his former ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:07 pm

Buchanan

Commission votes to make One Buchanan official city board

BUCHANAN — Last year, Reader’s Digest named Buchanan “The Nicest Place in America.” Now, thanks to action taken by the Buchanan City Commission, leaders of ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:00 am

Cass County

Cass County commissioners approve five-year parks plan

CASSOPOLIS — The future of Cass County is looking green. Following a public hearing Thursday evening, the Cass County Board of Commissioners approved the Cass ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, January 22, 2021 2:31 pm

Berrien County

Slow vaccine rollout hinders southwest Michigan distribution

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Last week, Cassopolis resident Jim Bronke sat down at this computer and decided he was ready to get the COVID-19 vaccine. At ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:00 pm

Buchanan

‘Freddie the Stoner’ says Jimmy Kimmel changed his life

BUCHANAN — One year ago, Freddie Miller, 29, was unemployed, living with his mom in New Paris, Indiana and without a driver’s license. Today, he ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:51 pm

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD to become Heritage Southwest ISD

CASSOPOLIS — Following nearly half a year of deliberation, the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District has a new name. Following a Wednesday vote by the ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:44 am

Cassopolis

LEE celebrates MLK Day with virtual event

CASSOPOLIS — Though they may have been miles apart physically, more than two dozen Cassopolis residents came together Monday to celebrate the life and legacy ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:17 pm

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