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Cass County parks build on Dark Skies momentum

When Edwardsburg resident Robert Parrish was 7 years old, Santa left him a telescope under the Christmas tree. While it may have been a cheap ... Read more

7 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Cyclists from throughout Michiana create a biking community in Buchanan

Gathering in the gravel parking lot of River Saint Joe Brewery on June 16, there was an excitement in the air as people saw others ... Read more

7 months ago by Christina Clark.

Despite shutdown, Edwardsburg Sports Complex still accomplishing goals

Despite a rollercoaster ride, work on the Edwardsburg Sports Complex has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the ESC board was forced to postpone ... Read more

7 months ago by Scott Novak.

Dowagiac council member honored by park dedication

Nestled next to the Dowagiac Creek is a quaint space, a space where folks can escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives to ... Read more

7 months ago by Max Harden.

Dowagiac woman uses love for sewing to create, distribute thousands of homemade masks

Diane Barrett-Curtis describes her sewing room as “organized chaos.” Located at the top of a tall staircase inside her Dowagiac home, the room — titled ... Read more

7 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Dowagiac sweethearts reunite after nearly 40 years apart

On New Year’s Eve 2017, Liz Momany, of Dowagiac, stood in the middle of Times Square in New York, squished into a crowd of cheering, ... Read more

7 months ago by Sarah Culton.

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

7 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Southwestern Michigan College, local community join forces to produce radio show

It was the summer of 1964. Children, parents and the entire Dowagiac community were enjoying the splendors summer brought with it. But this summer was ... Read more

7 months ago by Max Harden.

Buchanan organization strives to promote unity among residents

Walking along its sidewalks lined with charming brick buildings, many would think Buchanan was “nice” — a nice little town with nice little shops filled ... Read more

7 months ago by Sarah Culton.

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

7 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Michiana wedding industry takes pandemic challenges head on

When Amanda Leonard, of Niles, became engaged over Christmas 2019, she was excited to begin planning her and her fiance’s wedding. They picked out the ... Read more

7 months ago by Christina Clark.

Couple adopts downtown Dowagiac buildings to breathe new life into city center

After more than 20 years in the Seattle area, Shannon Lyons, and wife, Cathy McBride, were ready for a change. The consuming, long commutes on ... Read more

7 months ago by Christina Clark.

What makes your town great?

To celebrate the unity that got southwest Michigan through a difficult 2020, Leader Publications asked community leaders what they believe makes their towns great. WHAT ... Read more

7 months ago by Max Harden.

Local athletic rivalries bring communities together

Packed stadiums. Raucous pep assemblies. Intense banter. The joy of bragging rights. For communities across the country, high school sports rivalries are powerful events. Friends ... Read more

7 months ago by Max Harden.

Compassionate Callers Club offers lifeline to isolated seniors

Thursday may be Buchanan resident Karen Pratt’s morning off, but that does not mean she spends that time sleeping in. She wakes at 6 a.m. ... Read more

7 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Mascot tradition reborn with the return of SMC’s Ronnie Roadrunner

Southwestern Michigan College’s Zollar Gymnasium was the site of many a basketball game during the early to mid 1990s. Through the highs and lows of ... Read more

7 months ago by Max Harden.

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

7 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Niles businesses band together through uncertain times

Howard Tuthill has seen his family’s restaurant and bar Iron Shoe Distillery transform since opening in April 2019. A former muffler shop, the space has ... Read more

7 months ago by Christina Clark.

Hickory Creek Winery brings virtual tastings home

The tasting room at Hickory Creek Winery is small and intimate. It is an area where visitors to the winery quickly become friends with the ... Read more

7 months ago by Christina Clark.

Three sets of Dowagiac siblings bond on the volleyball court

Veteran Dowagiac volleyball coach Tony Hooley has seen a lot of things over his career. He has coached an entire family of girls during one ... Read more

7 months ago by Scott Novak.

Inspired by social media, Niles resident sparks giving movement throughout Michiana region

In late August, Paxton Schaller stood at the drive-thru window of Brew Ha Ha in Niles with her mother, Cherie. Five months into the COVID-19 ... Read more

7 months ago by Christina Clark.

More than ever, parents, teachers rely on each other amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we interact with each other, especially so in school systems across the country. More than ever before, parents and ... Read more

7 months ago by Max Harden.

Coaches use social media to engage players working from home

Since the Michigan High School Athletic Association decided to have fall and winter sports, area coaches and athletic directors have had to find ways to ... Read more

7 months ago by Scott Novak.

Buchanan teen hopes to be among first female Eagle Scouts

Growing up, Buchanan resident Emily Long had one dream that she wanted more than anything: to be an Eagle Scout. The dream was an impossible ... Read more

2 years ago by Sarah Culton.

Marijuana businesses brace for changes, a bright future

On a chilly November morning, George Lynch sits on a camping chair in the bones of an auto care center. Behind him are wooden beams, ... Read more

2 years ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

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