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Business

Niles restaurant week to showcase 18 restaurants

NILES – The creators of the inaugural Niles Restaurant Week are looking forward to 18 Niles restaurants showcasing menus and culinary offerings beginning next Monday. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:00 pm

Dowagiac

SMC plans to host in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies

DOWAGIAC – Southwestern Michigan College President Joe Odenwald is optimistic about vaccine distributions and is planning to host in-person graduation ceremonies outdoors in the spring. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:00 am

News

Niles PD to get body-worn cameras for each officer

NILES – Body-worn cameras are on their way to the Niles Police Department, after an anonymous donor offered to cover the more than $50,000 cost ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:39 am

News

Niles City Council approves expansion of local provisioning center to include grow, processing

NILES – The next steps for Arwen, LLC to grow its business a little greener were approved unanimously at the Monday night regular Niles City ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:10 pm

Dowagiac

SMC Guarantee aims to provide financial support to students of all ages

DOWAGIAC – Over the last year, the state of Michigan implemented Futures For Frontliners and the Michigan ReConnect program to aid in allowing frontline workers ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:57 am

Berrien County

During virtual learning, students experiencing homelessness can fall through the cracks

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Recently, the number of students experiencing homelessness in some way throughout Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties seems to be lower than ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:07 am

Buchanan

Buchanan Superintendent Patricia Robinson on getting students back into the classroom, serving community

This February, to celebrate Black History Month, Leader Publications will be running profiles on African American leaders and community members making history in southwest Michigan. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:00 am

Berrien County

Berrien commissioners consider drafting resolution opposing restaurant restrictions

BERRIEN COUNTY – Quiet extension of restaurant capacity limits statewide took center discussion for the Berrien County Board of Commissioners Thursday morning. The commissioners discussed ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:58 pm

Berrien County

Capacity limits quietly extended for restaurants across Michigan

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – On Feb. 4, the update to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order allowed contact sports to resume with COVID-19 ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:55 pm

Edwardsburg

Local churches adjust Ash Wednesday services to comply with COVID-19 precautions

By CHRISTINA CLARK & SARAH CULTON SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Just after 6:15 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, Father Christian Johnston watched as members of his congregation ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:08 am

Education

Eastside Connections students assembling Black History Month virtual museum

NILES – Eighty seventh and eighth graders at Eastside Connections School are researching a putting together a virtual museum in honor of Black History Month. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:57 am

Local Government

Niles Township takes steps to hire new fire chief

NILES TOWNSHIP – A new fire chief is on the horizon for the Niles Charter Township Fire Department. On Monday evening, the process moved closer ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:30 pm

Berrien County

Snow day delays vaccine appointments

BERRIEN COUNTY – A snow day means for many scheduled activities get pushed back for the day. Unique to the ongoing pandemic, those activities can ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:56 pm

Business

Niles sisters expand cosmetics line

NILES – After selling around 1,600 pieces of their cosmetic line to date, sisters Neriah and Naomi Stephens have continued to pick up momentum with ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:20 pm

Giving

City of Niles, Michigan Gateway Community Foundation partner to help community members

NILES – A new roof is just one of the repairs a partnership between a regional organization and the city of Niles have been able ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:15 am

Berrien County

Southwest Michigan warned of heavy snow fall, dangerous driving conditions

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Berrien and Cass counties are currently under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Roller ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, February 15, 2021 1:12 pm

Berrien County

DASAS recognizes National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Krista DeBoer, executive director of Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services, said one of the most important things about February being National Teen ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, February 15, 2021 10:03 am

Business

Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day offer Niles residents a chance to stock up on sweets

NILES — With Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday coming up, sweet treats are on the minds of bakers around the area. At Gabrizio Italian Café ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Saturday, February 13, 2021 8:00 am

Education

Vikings Return initiative puts recent graduates back in classrooms

NILES — A unique challenge posed by COVID-19 in the classroom led to an opportunity for recent high school graduates to rejoin the classroom in ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, February 12, 2021 9:39 am

Berrien County

Berrien County Road Department director on administrative leave, commissioners appoint interim director

BERRIEN COUNTY – The Berrien County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mac Elliot acknowledged Thursday that the director of the Berrien County Road Department, Jason Latham, ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:16 pm

Business

Downtown Niles business services, sells sewing machines, hosts quilting classes

NILES – Dale Dean III has always been taken in by the workings of a sewing machine. Dean recalls when he was a child, watching ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:31 am

DEVELOPING NEWS

Mother: Attempted kidnapping stopped by bystander stepping in

This is a developing story. As details become available, this piece may be updated. CORRECTION: The time of the incident has been corrected. The Niles ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:06 pm

Berrien County

Vaccinations may be yearlong process in Berrien County

BERRIEN COUNTY – Spectrum Health Lakeland President Loren Hamel believes the COVID-19 “vaccination stage” will stretch through the end of 2021. “It may go beyond ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:54 pm

Education

Despite pandemic challenges, NHS production a success

NILES – While the lines may have read “bah humbug,” Niles High School actors were in high spirits following a limited in-person and virtual production. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:43 am

News

Niles City Council member poses Black History Month challenge

NILES – Niles City Council member Charlie McAfee challenged her fellow council members on Monday evening to learn more about African American contributions to the ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:33 pm

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