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Christina Clark, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

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

by Christina Clark, Friday, July 23, 2021 1:28 pm

Buchanan

New pet grooming spa opens in Buchanan

BUCHANAN – A friendly open counter and a white picket fence gate greet humans and canines alike as they enter Blue Paw Pet Spa, 324 ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10:05 am

News

Family reunites in Niles after years apart

NILES – John Boston II’s 39th birthday was special, as it was the first he spent with his biological mother and adopted parents together. The ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, July 19, 2021 5:06 pm

Berrien County

Metropolitan area status stays in place for Niles-Benton Harbor, for further study

NILES – The Niles-Benton Harbor Metropolitan Statistical Area will remain in place until more research is done by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:00 pm

News

Niles City Council adopts master plan

NILES – Monday, the Niles City Council met back in its chambers for the first time since the arrival of the COVID-29 pandemic last March. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:27 pm

Buchanan

Two 10-year-olds raise money for Buchanan nonprofit

BUCHANAN – On Sunday evening, two 10-year-olds set up a tent, despite the on-again, off-again rain, in front of the Buchanan Police Department on Front ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:32 am

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles Bluegrass Festival strikes chords with community

NILES – This weekend, the area in front of the Niles Amphitheater was filled with dancers meeting with one another and laughing as they coordinated ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, July 12, 2021 1:01 pm

News

PHOTO STORY: Bluegrass Festival begins again in Niles

NILES – The sounds of guitar strings picking drew an audience at the amphitheater at Riverfront Park Thursday afternoon. Beginning at 4 p.m. with the ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, July 9, 2021 9:34 am

Giving

Niles church to host sixth Serve the City Saturday

NILES – Taylor Bailey’s voice filled with excitement when she spoke about Relevant Church’s Serve the City outreach event. It was one of the first, ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:50 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County acting health officer gives optimistic COVID-19 update

BERRIEN COUNTY – Wednesday morning, the Berrien County Health Department hosted a Facebook Live address where Health Officer Nicki Britten gave her last COVID-19 update ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:05 pm

News

Niles Township swears in fire chief

NILES TOWNSHIP – Eleven months after the Niles Charter Township Fire Department’s former fire chief retired, its next chief was officially sworn in. Tim Jesswein ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:51 pm

News

Friday fireworks draw Niles community together

NILES – Families and friends arrived early at the Four Flags Apple Festival grounds on Friday. With fireworks planned to begin around 10 p.m., when ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 11:28 am

News

PHOTO STORY: Dirt bike procession rolls through downtown Niles in honor of fallen motocross rider

NILES – The number “643” was on display in Niles Thursday evening as a Niles man was remembered with a special motocross honor ride. Conrad ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, July 2, 2021 12:39 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners meet in person for first time since beginning of pandemic

BERRIEN COUNTY – The Berrien County Board of Commissioners met in person with the public present for the first time since meetings were mandated to ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, July 1, 2021 4:48 pm

News

Niles nursing home limits visitors due to COVID-19 cases

NILES – On Thursday afternoon, the Berrien County Health Department confirmed the Chalet of Niles, 911 S. Third St., Niles, is currently dealing with “a ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:46 pm

Berrien County

Regional power companies pull together during summer storms

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Severe weather can take out power in a small neighborhood or across large swaths of the region. Last week, southwest Michigan experienced ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:42 pm

News

Niles Public Safety Director talks cannabis festival contingencies

NILES – When the Niles City Council approved the second, larger Niles Cannabis Festival for Sept. 25, it came with contingencies. One of the contingencies ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:42 am

Brandywine Education

Brandywine schools launch pop-up library

NILES – Midday Tuesday, students on summer break entered door 15 of Brandywine Elementary School to see a familiar face, kindergarten teacher Sara Gleason. Though ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:53 am

News

Niles City Council approves two public hearings in July

NILES – Two public hearings were set for July at the Niles City Council meeting Monday evening. On Monday, July 12, the final Public Hearing ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Tuesday, June 29, 2021 11:32 am

News

Niles City Council unanimously approves second, larger cannabis festival

NILES – A second, larger Niles Cannabis Festival was approved unanimously by the Niles City Council Monday evening, with contingencies written into the approval. The ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, June 28, 2021 7:11 pm

Giving

20th annual Niles Burn Run raises funds to send burn-injured children to camp

NILES – Motorcyclists are sometimes known for being a tough crowd, but this past weekend, hundreds joined together in Niles to show their softer side. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, June 28, 2021 3:21 pm

Berrien County

LMC offers free tuition with multiple funding routes

BENTON HARBOR – Last week, Lake Michigan College announced an offering for free tuition for students in the 2021-2022 academic school year. In a release ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, June 28, 2021 12:29 pm

News

Despite weather, EAA fly-in breakfast draws supporters

NILES – After an evening of heavy storms through the area, the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 865 Fly-in/Drive-in Breakfast came in for a landing Sunday ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Monday, June 28, 2021 11:22 am

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles rolls out first Pride Ride

NILES – A small but mighty group of 14 cyclists gathered at the parking lot at Second and Sycamore streets in downtown Niles Thursday evening. ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, June 25, 2021 9:38 am

News

Niles nonprofit excited to see live events return to Michiana

NILES – With all COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lifted in Michigan on Tuesday, live events, indoors and out, were given the greenlight to return to a ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, June 25, 2021 8:15 am

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