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Column: Celebrating the achievements of our school community

With the end of the 2021-22 school year nearly upon us, I would like to encourage our entire ...

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James R. Craig Jr.

Jan. 30, 1971-April 20, 2022   James Robert Craig Jr., age 51, of Cassopolis, died Wednesday, April 20, ...

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: We need competent leadership in the White House

Under Joe Biden’s presidency: 1) Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring over our southern border each ...

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COLUMN: Promoting acceptance, understanding during Autism Awareness Month

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions that affect an individual’s ability to interact ...

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COLUMN: Coming back to life

There is a fresh feeling in the air. At my feet, the bulbs that had lain sleeping in ...

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COLUMN: Reducing road repair costs for local communities

Repairing Michigan’s roads has been a focal point of efforts to upgrade the state’s infrastructure and local roads ...

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COLUMN: Extracurriculars promote student achievement, growth and pride

At Niles Community Schools, we focus on the well-being and growth of the whole child. While academics remain ...

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COLUMN: Enrollment figures have teams on the move

In my three-plus decades of covering high school sports in southwest Michigan, I do not believe I have ...

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Berrien County’s share of cannabis tax revenue is disproportionate to level of support

I’m writing as a Berrien County taxpayer, and more specifically, as a City of Buchanan resident. In November ...

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Student production shines light on issue students face

When I received the copy of the March 19th Dowagiac Daily News, the first article I read was ...

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Commissioners need to work harder to create reasonable contract

“Back the Blue,” but talk is cheap at the Cass County Commission. It isn’t Nancy Pelosi or A.O.C. ...

Columns

COLUMN: Free informational publications available for southwest Michigan students

Part of the free services my office provides residents of the 21st Senate District is offering a host ...

Leader Columnists

CULTON: Goodnight, and good luck

I’ve always kind of hated putting my own words to the page. That might sound silly considering I ...

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LASATA: Be a heart-health role model

Each year, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more than 600,000 Americans. Heart disease affects all ages, genders, ...

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MATHEWS: Cass County Friend of the Court shares advice for co-parenting

Does the cold weather have you planning for a spring trip to a warmer location already?  If you ...

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KAUFMANN: Secrets of a weight loss champion

For many of us, January is dominated by our weight loss resolutions. We may start off strong by ...

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APPLEGATE: Changes in NHS leadership bring opportunities for reflection, excitement for the future

The past two years have proven how important our educators are when it comes to the academic, emotional ...

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LaSata announces ‘Explore Michigan’ art contest

The holiday season has come and gone, and 2022 has now arrived. As an exciting way to begin ...

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LASATA: Sharing an experience with southwest Michigan students

One of the things I enjoy most as a legislator is the opportunities I have to engage with ...

Leader Columnists

PHOTO COLUMN: Stop to smell the roses

As a community newspaper reporter, most of my time is spent sniffing out stories I believe the community ...

Columns

Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus.

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was ...

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KAUFMANN: In search for a bigger heart

Sometimes the troubles of the world directly affect our lives. The continued pandemic and its variants are stressing ...

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PERSKY: Health officer pleads with community to prevent COVID-19

How many people would still be alive if not for COVID? How many more loved ones and people ...

Columns

LASATA: Bundle up and explore Michigan’s great outdoors

Winter in Michigan provides a wide variety of enjoyable activities that range from a day of family fun ...

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A thanks to the community

On behalf of Helping Hands of Cass County, we cannot close out 2021 without celebrating the generosity of ...

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