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Roadwork on M-60 near Niles begins Monday

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Southwest Michigan drivers can expect delays as roadwork on M-60 begins Monday. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the shoulders ... Read more

2 hours ago by Submitted.

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department recommends masks indoors for all regardless of vaccine status

SOUTHWST MICHIGAN — One area health department is recommending masks for all individuals indoors — regardless of vaccine status. The Centers on Disease Control and ... Read more

4 hours ago by Staff Report.

Southwest Michigan organizations join forces to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, combat misinformation

BENTON HARBOR — The Berrien County Health Department, United Way of Southwest Michigan and Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, are joining forces to increase COVID-19 ... Read more

8 hours ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Police Department gears up for National Night Out event

DOWAGIAC — Community members will soon have an opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a local police officer in Dowagiac. The ... Read more

8 hours ago by Max Harden.

Berrien, Cass counties hosting backpack, school supply drives

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Students in need will have the opportunity to receive school supplies for the upcoming school year, as area organizations are hosting giveaway ... Read more

9 hours ago by Caleb Steensma.

Cass County to host hazardous waste, tire collection

CASSOPOLIS – Residents of Cass County will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted household wastes and chemicals next month. Cass County is hosting ... Read more

9 hours ago by Caleb Steensma.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 901,683 cases, 19,902 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As of Tuesday, Berrien County reported 14,035 COVID-19 cases and 280 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more

1 day ago by Staff Report.

Free Concert Friday caps SMC choir camp

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College Performing Arts’ July 25-30 Summer Institute Choir Camp for 16 area high school students culminates with a free public concert ... Read more

1 day ago by Submitted.

City of Dowagiac accepts donation of property for redevelopment

DOWAGIAC — A vacant plot of land will soon become part of the city of Dowagiac’s redevelopment plan. The Dowagiac City Council unanimously approved a ... Read more

1 day ago by Max Harden.

Dowagiac Police Log: July 23-26

July 23 7:13 a.m. – Orchard, suspicious situation 7:21 a.m. – West, assault complaint/suspect arrested 9:40 a.m. – Vineyard Place Apartments, malicious destruction of property ... Read more

1 day ago by Submitted.

PHOTO STORY: Niles, Dowagiac featured stops in Lemon Rally vehicle race

DOWAGIAC — Residents of both Niles and Dowagiac may have noticed interesting vehicles roll through town on Friday afternoon. What they could not have known ... Read more

1 day ago by Max Harden.

9-year-old injured in Cass County ATV accident

CASS COUNTY — A child was transported to the hospital this weekend after an ATV accident in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke of the Cass ... Read more

1 day ago by Staff Report.

Dowagiac woman gets probation, jail time in Berrien County stolen property case

In a meth and stolen property case heard Monday in Berrien County Court, the victim said that the incident has left her afraid to leave ... Read more

2 days ago by Debra Haight.

SMC ETS ventures back outdoors

DOWAGIAC — After last summer’s homebound Zoom camps, Southwestern Michigan College Educational Talent Search Director Maria Kulka eagerly got her students up and moving with ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Police Log: July 21-23

July 21 8:25 a.m. ­– W. Wayne/N. Front, traffic stop 10:30 a.m. – 500 Block Main, assault complaint 10:30 a.m. – Police Department, warrant arrest 3:05 p.m. – ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

Three injured in Silver Creek Township crash

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP — Three were injured in a collision in Silver Creek Township Saturday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Richard Behnke ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Report.

Former SMC instructor accepts plea deal in sexual misconduct case

CASSOPOLIS – A former Southwestern Michigan College instructor accused of having improper relations with a student he was counseling has accepted a plea deal just ... Read more

5 days ago by Debra Haight.

Vandalia resident sentenced to 10 months in jail for drug offense

In Cass County Court Friday, a Vandalia man was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Randy Ray Deweerd, 60, of South Street in Vandalia, pleaded ... Read more

5 days ago by Debra Haight.

Students experiencing homelessness remain hard to identify after year with remote education

By CHRISTINA CLARK SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Throughout the pandemic, educators and students have navigated new challenges both in classrooms and during remote instruction. The ... Read more

5 days ago by Christina Clark.

Dowagiac man heading back to prison on weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man on parole for armed robbery was sent back to prison Friday after being convicted by a Cass County jury last ... Read more

5 days ago by Debra Haight.

Earl’s BBQ a hit at Summer in The City

DOWAGIAC — Earl Collins is no stranger to the food industry. A Dowagiac resident, Collins has been cooking since he was 12 years old, helping ... Read more

5 days ago by Max Harden.

Local firefighter celebrates 30 years of service

DOWAGIAC — At a celebration hosted this week in downtown Dowagiac, Burt Dodd was the man of the hour. Flanked by coworkers and family alike, ... Read more

5 days ago by Max Harden.

Emily Schrock returns to SMC in alumni position

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announces that alumna Emily Schrock returned July 19 as alumni relations and development coordinator. Schrock, valedictorian of Constantine High School’s ... Read more

5 days ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Rotary Club breaks ground on centennial sign

DOWAGIAC — A project years in the making is finally getting underway. Members of both the Dowagiac Rotary Club and Dowagiac City Council were on ... Read more

5 days ago by Max Harden.

PHOTO STORY: Fifth annual Open Header Cruise sets participation record

DOWAGIAC — It was a car lover’s dream in downtown Dowagiac on Thursday evening. Engines were revved and horns were honked as the fifth annual ... Read more

5 days ago by Max Harden.

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