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Dowagiac

Despite rising COVID-19 cases, Dowagiac schools vote to return to in-person learning

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools students will be returning to full-time, in-person instruction beginning Monday, Oct. 12. The DUS Board of Education voted 6-1 in ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:07 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Board of Education approves return to in-person instruction

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools students will be returning to full-time, in-person instruction beginning Monday, Oct. 12. The DUS Board of Education voted 6-1 in ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, September 28, 2020 10:42 pm

Berrien County

Niles man pleads guilty to meth use

NILES — A Niles man is receiving jail time after pleading guilty to using a controlled substance. Johnathan Micheal Tripp, 40, of Niles, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, September 28, 2020 4:19 pm

High school football

South Haven snaps 29-game losing streak in win over Niles

The Niles football team was ready. Read more

by Max Harden, Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:46 pm

Business

Dowagiac business celebrates 40 years

DOWAGIAC — Tom and Donna Pacheco have much to be thankful for. Their business, Pacheco Fabric Specialties, recently celebrated 40 years of business serving the ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 26, 2020 8:27 am

Dowagiac

SMC president provides school update to Rotary

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College was the topic at hand at the Dowagiac Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Thursday via Zoom. SMC President Joe Odenwald was ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 25, 2020 2:24 pm

Dowagiac

COVID-19 cases surge in Cass County

CASS COUNTY — Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise in Cass County. Ninety-eight new confirmed cases have been reported in the past two ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 25, 2020 10:43 am

high school volleyball

Niles sweeps Bridgman in BCS volleyball action

The Niles girls volleyball team took care of business against Bridgman on their home court. Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:30 pm

Dowagiac

Hale’s True Value Hardware donates paint, cleaning supplies to DUS

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools classrooms will be receiving a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the efforts of Hale’s True Value Hardware. The school ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:27 am

Dowagiac

SMC to produce radio show featuring Dewey Lake monster

By MAXWELL HARDEN max.harden@leaderpub.com DOWAGIAC — The legend of the Dewey Lake monster will soon be taking “center mic” at Southwestern Michigan College this fall. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:00 am

Dowagiac

DUS approves hire of new Sister Lakes assistant principal

DOWAGIAC — Sister Lakes is getting a new principal who is no stranger to the Dowagiac community. Ryan Zietlow was unanimously approved to be the ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:49 pm

Dowagiac

DUS approves ICG site improvement plan

DOWAGIAC — After several years of vacancy, the site of the former ICG building will finally be put to use. The Dowagiac Union Schools Board ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:50 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council authorizes loans for sanitary sewer improvements

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac’s aging sewer system will soon be receiving a much-needed facelift. The Dowagiac City Council recently approved resolutions authorizing $5 million and $5.17 ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, September 21, 2020 3:04 pm

High school football

Balanced attack propels Edwardsburg to 58-7 win over Vicksburg in season opener

After an offseason that featured many twists and turns due to COVID-19, high school football returned to Michigan Friday night, much to the delight of ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:57 pm

Business

Dowagiac business donates backpacks, school supplies to students in need

DOWAGIAC — School may be virtual for Dowagiac Union Schools students, but that does not mean that the demand for school supplies does not exist. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 19, 2020 8:14 am

Cass County

North Pointe Center class partners with church for cemetery cleanup project

DOWAGIAC — A local school class is making sure the Calvary Cemetery stays in top shape for visitors. North Pointe Center transition services teacher Tracy ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 18, 2020 8:44 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks to host annual Guys & Dolls Golf Outing

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Elks Golf Course is offering area residents a chance to tee off for a cause. The Elks’ annual Guys & Dolls ... Read more

by Max Harden, Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:54 am

Business

New furniture chain ready to serve Michiana

DOWAGIAC — There’s a new furniture store in town. ZSmart Furniture, 56153 M-51 S, Dowagiac, opened its doors to customers for the first time last ... Read more

by Max Harden, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:49 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council authorizes construction of new DUS parking lot

DOWAGIAC — The site of the former ICG building could soon be put to use by Dowagiac Union Schools. The Dowagiac City Council unanimously passed ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:11 pm

Cass County

Local health official awarded for community work

DOWAGIAC — A local health official has been acknowledged for her work in Cass County, Danielle Persky, deputy health officer and director of public health ... Read more

by Max Harden, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:55 pm

Dowagiac

Second annual Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac Paddling Poker Run a success

DOWAGIAC — Kayaks snaked their way down the winding Dowagiac River Sunday afternoon for the Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac’s second annual Paddling Poker Run. ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, September 14, 2020 1:28 pm

Cass County

Cass County COA to host opioid education presentation

DOWAGIAC — Cass county residents will have an opportunity this month to learn more about prescription opioids. The Cass County Council on Aging is hosting ... Read more

by Max Harden, Monday, September 14, 2020 11:31 am

Dowagiac

Extended Summer Food Program making a difference in Dowagiac

The district’s food service program continues to serve the needs of its students, even when kids are not in the classroom. The Extended Summer Food ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:08 am

Dowagiac

DUS adjusting to distance, virtual learning during first week of school

DOWAGIAC — Tuesday was the first day of school for Dowagiac Union Schools students. However, for parents like Elizabeth Dorsey, classes had yet to begin ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:07 am

Dowagiac

Area colleges support tuition-free college for frontline workers

DOWAGIAC — More than 625,000 of Michigan’s essential and frontline workers will have the opportunity to attend community college tuition-free. In a press release Thursday, ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, September 11, 2020 8:29 am

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