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Gov. Whitmer announces state will open to full capacity on June 22

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday accelerated the end of all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet following increased vaccinations. Beginning June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100 ... Read more

7 days ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Fire Department to host corn and sausage roast fundraiser

DOWAGIAC – The smells of sausage and corn will fill the air next month just in time for a time-honored tradition in Dowagiac. Early next ... Read more

7 days ago by Caleb Steensma.

Cass County Tractor Pullers to host fundraiser for cancer patients

CASSOPOLIS — Later this month, a line of tractors will parade through Cass County for a good cause. The Cass County Tractor Pullers will host ... Read more

7 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Spectrum Health, Beaumont Health take first step toward creating new health system

GRAND RAPIDS, SOUTHFIELD – Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health announced Thursday they have signed a Letter of Intent to explore creating a new health system Leaders from ... Read more

7 days ago by Submitted.

Local law enforcement hosts Bike with a Cop event in Cassopolis

CASSOPOLIS — Wednesday evening, Cassopolis children had a “wheel” of time at an event hosted by area law enforcement. Michigan State Police and the Cassopolis ... Read more

7 days ago by Sarah Culton.

As residents begin summer construction projects, county urges them to take preventative steps against erosion

CASS COUNTY — As the state begins to emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns and warmer weather is here to stay, many southwest Michigan residents are tackling ... Read more

7 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Local EAA chapter to host 34th pancake breakfast fly-in

NILES – All-you-can-eat pancakes and aircraft land together for the 34th annual Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 865 Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast in Niles on Sunday, June 27. ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Monday night music coming to The NODE

NILES – Monday night music and open mics are coming to The NODE. A Facebook promotion for the event proclaims “Niles Open Air Open Stage.” ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 892,830 cases, 19,578 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As of Wednesday, Berrien County reported 13,908 COVID-19 cases and 271 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce hosts ribbon tying ceremony for Diva’s Fashion and More

DOWAGIAC — This week, a Dowagiac business that opened during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic received a warm, official welcome to the business community. ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Dowagiac Police Log: June 11-16

June 11 7:16 a.m. – Prairie Ronde, private property crash 8:50 a.m. – Spruce/Walnut, traffic crash 9:32 a.m. – Paul/Spruce, traffic crash 12:01 p.m. – ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

May, M-62 intersection to get new design

EDWARDSBURG – The Michigan Department of Transportation has completed the design process for a project at the intersection of M-62 at May Street in Edwardsburg. ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

Niles history mural coming to downtown parking lot

NILES – A new mural will soon change the scenery of the parking lot at the corner of N. Second and Sycamore streets in downtown ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Lyons Reading Fund donates more than 400 books to Dowagiac Middle School students

DOWAGIAC — Thanks to the donation of a local family, Dowagiac Middle School students will be able to travel this summer to lands far away, ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Pucker Street Dam removal, Dowagiac River restoration near completion

NILES – The current is moving right along at the Dowagiac River restoration project, where the Pucker Street Dam once stood just north of Niles. ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Buchanan commission approves two beautification projects

BUCHANAN – Beautifying the city was the ultimate goal of two actions taken by the Buchanan City Commission this week. Commissioners approved purchasing equipment to ... Read more

1 week ago by Debra Haight.

Buchanan commission votes ‘no’ on ducks, reconsiders future with Niles chamber

BUCHANAN – Topics at Monday night’s Buchanan City Commission meeting ranged from allowing people to raise ducks in the city to whether the city should ... Read more

1 week ago by Debra Haight.

Niles City Council approves Riverfest, fireworks

NILES – Summer events, including fireworks, were approved unanimously by the Niles City Council during its Monday evening meeting. The Niles Riverfront Optimist Club is ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Open air market coming to The NODE beginning in July

NILES – A new open-air market experience is coming to downtown Niles beginning in July. According to organizer Kristin Bivens, the Niles Homegrown Market will ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Ice cream shop opens on M-62 in Edwardsburg

EDWARDSBURG — A new Edwardsburg business is serving up the latest scoop. Cousins Melanie Brennan, of Mishawaka, and Beth Medina, of South Bend, opened ice ... Read more

1 week ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles Burn Run returns this month for 20th ride

NILES – A chorus of motorcycle engines will be heard through downtown Niles as riders taking part in an annual ride next weekend. The Niles ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 892,469 cases, 19,548 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As of Monday, Berrien County reported 13,898 COVID-19 cases and 270 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

SMC Board of Trustees adopts 2021-22 budgets

DOWAGIAC — Following a public hearing, the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees June 9 adopted 2021-22 fiscal-year budgets. The balanced $24,109,000 general fund for ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

South Bend man gets prison for robbery of Niles business

NILES – A South Bend man was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for the robbery of a Niles Township business in ... Read more

1 week ago by Debra Haight.

PHOTO STORY: Dowagiac Elks celebrate Flag Day

DOWAGIAC — One local organization celebrated a holiday honoring the American Flag. Friday, the Dowagiac Elks hosted a ceremony to celebrate Flag Day. The holiday ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

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