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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.

Spectrum Health requires COVID-19 vaccine for staff, volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS –Spectrum Health has announced that it will require the COVID-19 vaccine for team members, medical staff, students, volunteers and contractors. “As a mission-driven ... Read more

4 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.

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.

Caring Circle, Lakeland Homecare to host community open house in Niles

NILES – In honor of the recent expansion and relocation of services to Niles, Caring Circle and Spectrum Health Lakeland Homecare will host a community ... Read more

10 hours ago by Submitted.

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.

Fort St. Joseph Open House returns Aug. 7-8

NILES – The Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House returns this year, as the Western Michigan University Archaeological Field School has been at work for ... 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.

Mayor presents volunteer with Certificate of Appreciation

NILES — Earlier this summer, Niles residents and visitors were treated to a bit of a makeover in the downtown district, as several volunteers pitched ... Read more

1 day ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Niles man gets jail, probation on assault-related charges

In Berrien County Court Monday, a man was sentenced to jail and probation for assault-related charges. Jacob Wayne Hunt, of Regent Street in Niles, pleaded ... Read more

2 days ago by Debra Haight.

Two arrested on drug trafficking charges in Niles

NILES — Southwest Enforcement Team detectives and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration have concluded a joint investigation of an interstate drug trafficker operating in ... Read more

2 days 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.

Drunk driver sentenced to prison

NILES — An area resident is headed to prison on drunk driving charges after being sentenced Monday in Berrien County Court. Matthew James Zech, 32, ... Read more

2 days ago by Debra Haight.

Niles chamber welcomes in-home health care company to the community

NILES — A new health care company is in town and ready to take care of southwest Michigan residents. Last Thursday, the Greater Niles Chamber ... Read more

2 days ago by Sarah Culton.

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 christina.clark@leaderpub.com 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.

Following name change, Heritage Southwest unveils new signs, website

CASSOPOLIS — A local school district finally has a new face to match its new name. Heritage Southwest Intermediate School District, which serves Dowagiac, Cassopolis, ... Read more

5 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Man found hiding in tree fort after deliberately sideswiping another vehicle in Barron Lake Thursday

HOWARD TOWNSHIP — A hit-and-run suspect has been apprehended after an incident near Barron Lake Thursday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

PAW Inc. to present ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ this weekend

EDWARDSBURG —Performing Arts Workshops, better known as PAW Inc., students will have Michiana thinking pink when they present their production of “Legally Blonde Jr.” this ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

Niles District Library lecture series explores the life of 18th Century British soldier

NILES – He may have lived at Fort St. Joseph more than 250 years ago, but the life of Ensign Francis Schlosser offers many timely ... Read more

6 days ago by Debra Haight.

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