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First woman of color to lead DUS board

DOWAGIAC — Upon returning home from a recent Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education meeting, board member Ronda Sullivan’s phone rang. On the other end ... Read more

14 hours ago by Max Harden.

Edwardsburg Public Schools accepting nominations for 2021-2022 Hall of Fame

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg Public School is encouraging the community to nominate alumni and current and former staff members to be honored by the district. The ... Read more

19 hours ago by Sarah Culton.

Haunted house to donate scholarships to area seniors

NILES — The Niles Scream Park is offering local students a chance to be granted funds toward their continuing education. The Niles Haunted House Board ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

One-third of Virtual Vikings to return to classrooms second semester

NILES — High school students returned to classrooms last week, and Niles Community Schools Superintendent Dan Applegate could not be happier. “Things are going really, ... Read more

2 days ago by Christina Clark.

Brent Brewer appointed to DUS school board

DOWAGIAC — There is a new board member in town, and he is a familiar face in the Dowagiac Union Schools community. Wednesday, after hours ... Read more

2 days ago by Max Harden.

SMC mourns former college president

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College flags are flying at half-mast to mourn the passing of President Emeritus David C. Briegel. President Briegel, who guided SMC as ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

LMC Board of Trustees announce new officers for 2021

BENTON HARBOR — Lake Michigan College’s Board of Trustees met for the first time this year on Monday, Jan. 4, welcoming new board member Vicki ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Deubner named new Cassopolis school board president

CASSOPOLIS — For the first time since 2013, the Cassopolis Board of Education will have a new president. At its regular Monday night meeting, the ... Read more

4 days ago by Scott Novak.

Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education elects new president

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Union Schools Board of Education underwent a change in leadership Monday evening. Ronda Sullivan was elected the president of the Dowagiac ... Read more

4 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Patrick Hamilton to host Strong Beginnings preschool program

DOWAGIAC — A local organization is offering a preschool program area families can be a part of. Dowagiac Union Schools’ Patrick Hamilton Elementary School, along ... Read more

1 week ago by Max Harden.

Brandywine, Buchanan schools back to the classroom

BERRIEN COUNTY – Some students in Berrien County are relieved to have returned to in-person learning this week after more than a month out of ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Niles native on medal-winning Alma College iGEM team

ALMA, Mich. — A Niles native is helping Alma College win medals. The Alma College iGEM team, competing at an international synthetic biology competition for ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

DUS prepares for return of in-person learning next week

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac Union Schools students and teachers will be returning to in-person learning next week, and the district is gearing up for their return. ... Read more

1 week ago by Max Harden.

Cass County Farm Bureau seeks teacher nominations

CASSOPOLIS — One regional business is looking to give back to teachers by bringing the outdoors in. Cass County Farm Bureau is currently accepting nominations ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Ottawa Elementary seeks donation for bike program

BUCHANAN — Kindergarteners at Ottawa Elementary School may soon be riding bikes in their physical education classes. All Kids Bike is a national program on ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Virtual Vikings give presentation to city council

Some of the names of students have been updated since an earlier publication. The Niles Daily Star regrets the error and is happy to make ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

SMC graduates 17 new nurses

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College Dec. 17 welcomed 17 new nurses to America’s largest health-care profession with more than 3.8 million registered nurses nationwide. The ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Longtime DUS school board president steps down

DOWAGIAC — Larry Schmidt is a patient man. One would have to be if they were a driver’s education instructor for more than 30 years. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Max Harden.

SMC trustees review 2020 accomplishments

DOWAGIAC — The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees reviewed 2020 accomplishments Monday night during its regular monthly meeting conducted remotely via Zoom. The list, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Edwardsburg Middle School donates to food pantry

EDWARDSBURG — Students at Edwardsburg Public Schools recently helped make some community members’ holidays a bit brighter. Sixth-grade teacher Tonya Wright and the Edwardsburg Middle ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

DUHS student takes first place at culinary arts competition

DOWAGIAC — When the cookie dust settled, Sara Torbet stood on top. The Dowagiac Union sophomore took home two first-place finishes in the 2020 Downtown ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Max Harden.

Geer remembered for his dedication to Brandywine athletics

NILES — The Brandywine Bobcat Nation recently lost a member of its family. Ronald Henry Geer, 77, passed away Dec. 7. Geer was a bus ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Scott Novak.

Honor Credit Union announces winners of 11th annual Teacher Awards

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Honor Credit Union has announced the winners of its 11th annual Teacher Awards. This year has been and will continue to be, ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Eagle Lake Elementary hosts virtual field trip

EDWARDSBURG — Every fall, Eagle Lake second grade students enjoy a field trip to the Edwardsburg Area Historical Museum to learn about their village’s history ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Brandywine graduate contributed to development of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

PORTAGE, Mich. — As semitrucks carrying the first approved COVID-19 vaccine rolled out of Pfizer’s parking lot in Portage, Michigan earlier this week, millions of Americans ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

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