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Hazardous weather outlook includes damaging winds for Berrien, Cass counties

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN —The partly sunny skies seen in Niles around 2:30 p.m. are predicted to be exchanged for hazardous wind gusts by 4 to 5 ... Read more

1 day ago by Christina Clark.

Berrien, Cass County unofficial election results

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Listed below are the unofficial election results from Berrien and Cass counties for the Aug. 4 primary election with 100 percent of ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

Berrien, Cass County commissioner candidates prepare for primaries

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Listed below are Q&As with county commissioner candidates from Berrien and Cass counties who are running for contested seats in Tuesday’s primary ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Gov. Whitmer amends MI Safe Start order to limit indoor gatherings

LANSING. –Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. Under the Safe ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

United Way of Southwest Michigan teams up with “When We All Vote” to boost voter registration in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren xounties

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently partnered with “When We All Vote,” a nonprofit, non-partisan organization launched in 2018 to promote voter ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Berrien County hiring contact tracers as clinics reopen, COVID-19 deaths increase

BERRIEN COUNTY — As operations in the Berrien County Health Department have stabilized, clinics like the WIC and immunization clinic have reopened. The staff borrowed ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Homeschoolers educate parents about school at home options for fall

BERRIEN COUNTY — As the fall approaches with school administrators continuing to work out the details to provide a safe class environment amidst COVID-19 concerns ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

New statewide storytelling campaign shares COVID-19 response stories

LANSING — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently participated in the statewide launch of a new storytelling campaign, “United We Will,” to share its COVID-19 ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Impact Director Amanda Drew chosen for worldwide leadership program

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently announced that its senior director of impact strategies, Amanda Drew, has been selected to participate in ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Gov. Whitmer signs mandatory mask order

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-147, which reiterates that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer signs executive directive requiring implicit bias training for health professionals

LANSING — On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer singed an executive directive requiring health care professionals in Michigan to undergo implicit bias training to obtain and ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Leader Publications welcomes new reporter

NILES — Leader Publications has welcomed a new addition to its news team. Max Harden, of Niles, has joined Leader Publications as a news reporter. ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer closes indoor service at bars throughout lower Michigan, allows cocktails to go

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 on Wednesday closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys could reopen by July 4

LANSING — July 4 may prove to be the day theaters, bowling alleys and gyms reopen across the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. With ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer announces next steps for school reopening in the fall

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Growers, migrant workers adapt to COVID-19 changes

By CHRISTINA CLARK christina.clark@leaderpub.com SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN — With more than 700 acres, Schilling Family Farms in Eau Claire grows lush groves of fruit trees and ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Barbershops, salons prepare to reopen under new restrictions

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — One of Brandon Truitt’s favorite facts about his Edwardsburg barbershop is that he can say it is where his grandfather received his ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Area restaurants, bars open doors for diners this week

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Michiganders looking for a plated meal and hospitality will finally have the opportunity to dine in-house again. Restaurant and bar staff across ... Read more

2 months ago by Christina Clark.

Lakeland HouseCalls welcomes new physician

ST. JOSEPH – Spectrum Health Lakeland recently welcomed a new family medicine physician, Thomas Wright, DO, to the medical staff. Wright is the associate medical ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Berrien County reports three additional COVID-19 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Despite the slowing of COVID-19’s spread statewide, new death counts were reported in southwest Michigan Monday. Monday, Berrien County reported three new ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer rescinds safer at home order

LANSING — The state of Michigan is beginning to reopen. Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding the state’s safer at home order ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Local libraries set phased plans to safely reconnect patrons with materials, services

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — For more than two months, libraries across southwest Michigan have been even quieter than usual, lights turned low and doors locked tight as ... Read more

2 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Berrien County reports one new COVID-19 death

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 has claimed the life of a centenarian in Berrien County. Thursday, the Berrien County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 death, ... Read more

3 months ago by Staff Report.

United Way of Southwest Michigan creates Education Support Fund to help area schools with pandemic impact

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently announced that its board of directors approved the creation of an Education Support Fund and invested ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

MDARD offers guidance to U-pick operations in advance of opening for the season

LANSING — As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

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