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Van Buren County reports first COVID-19 death

VAN BUREN COUNTY — The death toll of COVID-19 continues to rise, with another death reported in southwest Michigan by the Michigan Department of Health and ... Read more

5 hours ago by Staff Report.

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

10 hours ago by Submitted.

Berrien County directs residents to hotline, non 9-1-1 for concerns

BERRIEN COUNTY — Although many people have questions regarding the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order signed by Governor Whitmer, Berrien County residents are requested ... Read more

12 hours ago by Submitted.

Local animal control services urge owners to have plans

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN —  As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan, local animal control services and shelters remain open to respond to emergencies and to ... Read more

12 hours ago by Hannah Holliday.

Funeral homes offer alternative services in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — When the family of the late Charles “Chuck” Dill celebrated his life Monday, the room they gathered in to host his funeral ... Read more

12 hours ago by Sarah Culton.

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

12 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

12 hours ago by Submitted.

Four Winds Casinos reschedule several concerts due to COVID-19

DOWAGIAC — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos recently announced several concerts that were postponed at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event ... Read more

12 hours ago by Submitted.

Berrien, Cass, Van Buren counties see uptick in COVID-19 patients

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to rise in southwest Michigan. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the number of confirmed positive cases in ... Read more

1 day ago by Staff Report.

Resources available for renters affected financially by COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY — As the calendar flips to April, there is some relief available for those facing housing rent that have been affected financially by ... Read more

1 day ago by Staff Report.

Community members step up in a mask shortage stitch

NILES — When Amy Krueger Archer shared on social media she was sewing face masks, she knew she wanted to do something meaningful to help ... Read more

1 day ago by Christina Clark.

Berrien, Cass County commissioners hosting teleconference meetings

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Because of concerns over COVID-19, the social distancing ordered by Governor Whitmer and in compliance with executive order EO-2020-15, the Cass County ... Read more

1 day ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac restaurants rally to stay open

DOWAGIAC — When Cindy Brosnan, co-owner of Round Oak Revisited and Philo’s Pub, heard restaurants would be allowed to stay open for curbside delivery and ... Read more

2 days ago by Hannah Holliday.

Dowagiac artist moves classes to virtual during COVID-19

DOWAGIAC — Like other aspects of life during COVID-19, art is continuing to evolve, but for one local artist, the transition is seamless. Nestled in ... Read more

2 days ago by Hannah Holliday.

Area Agency on Aging honors COVID 19 home-care heroes

ST. JOSEPH — Right now, as many work from home and find new books and Netflix shows to keep occupied, there is a group of ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

Million Meal Challenge will help feed the hungry during COVID-19 crisis

LANSING — The COVID-19 crisis has prompted mandated school closures and idled workers, dramatically increasing the need for healthy food. To address the demand on ... Read more

2 days 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.

First Cass County resident dies as a result of COVID-19

CASS COUNTY — The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed a life in Cass County. The first death of a Cass County resident as a result of ... Read more

2 days ago by Sarah Culton.

The Brass Eye adapts business to beer, wine delivery

NILES — The Brass Eye in downtown Niles has a different look about it. The welcoming atmosphere is still the same, but the dining and ... Read more

3 days ago by Christina Clark.

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.

Local corrections officers complete training

BERRIEN COUNTY — Three Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies, Christine Cipriano, Mia Rankin and Kendra Warman, have graduated from the local corrections officer training academy at ... 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.

Pokagon Band extends closure of its Four Winds Casinos

DOWAGIAC — In consideration of requests from both Michigan and Indiana state governments for residents to stay home to help prevent the spread and minimize ... Read more

3 days ago by Submitted.

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.

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