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Gov. Whitmer closes schools for the remainder of the year

LANSING — Michigan students will not be returning to school this year. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday that orders schools to close ... Read more

11 hours ago by Submitted.

Niles photographer extends photo sessions for graduations, proms

NILES — While schools remain under state mandates until at least April 13, and are likely to remain closed through the rest of the scheduled ... Read more

13 hours ago by Christina Clark.

Mendel Center announces an online series for a stay-at-home world

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Right now, most Michiganders are in their homes, following a “stay home” order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month to slow ... Read more

13 hours ago by Submitted.

SMC extends online classes through the end of spring semester

DOWAGIAC — Students at one southwest Michigan community college will not be seeing the inside of a classroom for the rest of the semester due ... Read more

2 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles, Brandywine address uncertainty in school year

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Uncertainty continues in the wake of class cancellations amid COVID-19 concerns. Schools were mandated to shut down in-person classes as of March ... Read more

3 days ago by Christina Clark.

Junior Achievement provides at-home resources

NILES — In response to recent school closures, Junior Achievement is now providing free online resources to students, teachers and parents. With a wide variety ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Sororities make donation to Fitch Camp in spite of canceled soup fundraiser

DOWAGIAC — Despite the cancellation of an annual fundraiser, one local sorority was shocked by how supportive the community remained. Last week, Pat Franz, the ... Read more

3 days ago by Hannah Holliday.

Michigan apple industry donates apples for school children

SUBMITTED LANSING — Michigan’s apple industry will donate nearly 346,000 fresh apples and 726,000 sliced apple packages to feed school children who are currently out ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

Community, school officials react to possibility of students not returning to classrooms

DOWAGIAC — The possibility of students not returning to the classroom for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19 is still a topic ... Read more

3 days ago by Hannah Holliday.

Emergency child care options to be provided for essential workers

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer handed down her executive order for “Stay at home, stay safe” on Monday, regional organizations were mobilized to ... Read more

6 days ago by Christina Clark.

MDE to request federal waiver for child nutrition programs

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday it will request a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the state child nutrition ... Read more

7 days ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Union Schools offering virtual read-aloud series

DOWAGIAC — Just because schools are no longer meeting in person does not mean that students’ literacy improvement is halted. After schools across Michigan were ... Read more

1 week ago by Hannah Holliday.

School lunch programs still a go

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Despite a stay at home order handed down by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, families in southwest Michigan can still pick up school provided ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

Berrien County Health Department confirms first positive cases of COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY – Saturday, The Berrien County Health Department identified the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in Berrien County. The positive tests were identified ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Hannah Holliday.

Edwardsburg, Cassopolis schools offer free meals to students during shutdown

CASS COUNTY — For many children in Cass County, the only meal they could rely on daily was the one they received at school. So, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

SMC hosts master class with orchestra’s principal flutist

DOWAGIAC — A flute master class is a music lesson with an audience. Kathryne Salo, of Lansing, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra principal flutist, was in ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Niles History Center offers virtual visits

NILES — Though students in the greater Niles area are learning from home for the next several weeks, local educators and organizations are working hard to ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Despite event cancelation, sororities still looking to benefit Fitch Camp

DOWAGIAC — For more than a decade, a soup luncheon hosted by Xi Delta Mu and the Masters local sorority has raised funds for Fitch ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Hannah Holliday.

Niles schools offer meals, support to students during school shutdown

NILES — As families across Niles bunkered down in their pajamas Tuesday, educators and support staff across Niles Community Schools were hard at work. Although ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

GALLERY: Edwardsburg schools offering drive-up free breakfast, lunch

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg Public Schools will provide free breakfast and lunch to everyone. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Emily Sobecki.

Dowagiac plans to keep current spring break dates amid Coronavirus

DOWAGIAC — On Monday, Dowagiac Union Schools decided to keep its spring break dates as is. After receiving mixed messages from the state about if ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Hannah Holliday.

Edwardsburg schools offering drive-up free breakfast and lunch

EDWARDSBURG — Edwardsburg Public Schools will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger during the three-week mandated closure. Today through April ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Niles business providing meal packs during social distancing

NILES — Monday morning, Healthy Habits in downtown Niles was empty, save for employees and their children. Barstools that typically line the shake shop’s bar ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Community, schools rally to provide free meals to students during school closure

DOWAGIAC — Every morning for the past two years, Kailee Curtis wakes up to work the morning shift at the Dowagiac Marathon gas station that ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Schools closed until April 5 due to coronavirus concerns

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include newly released information. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Around 11 p.m. Thursday, local school administrators received news that ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

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