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Dowagiac Navy veteran reunites with friend after 58 years

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac resident Walter Swann has accomplished much during his 79 years of life. A Navy veteran and a retired professional boxer, Swann has ... Read more

6 hours ago by Max Harden.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Cass County reports one new COVID-19 death

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Cass County reported one new COVID-19 related death Tuesday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. As of Tuesday, ... Read more

22 hours ago by Staff Report.

Dowagiac City Council approves first responder hazard pay

DOWAGIAC — City employees who have been serving on the front lines since COVID-19 made its way to Michigan will be receiving a boost to ... Read more

23 hours ago by Sarah Culton.

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

24 hours ago by Max Harden.

Cass County Courts to continue to provide the public with access to justice via Zoom during COVID-19

CASSOPOLIS — The Michigan Supreme Court has tracked over one million hours of Zoom hearings by courts across the state of Michigan, including the Cass ... Read more

1 day ago by Submitted.

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

2 days ago by Max Harden.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 122,735 cases, 6,731 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported an increase in COVID-19 cases Monday. Berrien County reported 1,691 confirmed cases and ... Read more

2 days ago by Staff Report.

SMC enrolls 1,800 students for fall 2020

DOWAGIAC — The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees heard last Monday night from President Dr. Joe Odenwald that fall enrollment finished at 1,800 students ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

MDHHS makes COVID-19 recommendations about Halloween trick-or-treating, celebrations

LANSING — To help ensure the only thing scary about Halloween is the costumes, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance ... Read more

2 days ago by Submitted.

Region sees upward trend in house sales, values

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The stay-at-home orders experienced across the country may have triggered a house buying wave in consumers. Recent reports on the real estate ... Read more

4 days ago by Christina Clark.

Cass County Fair to host Halloween campout

CASSOPOLIS — Next month, Cass County residents will have a chance to camp with ghouls, witches, goblins and more, thanks to an event hosted by ... Read more

4 days ago by Sarah Culton.

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

4 days ago by Max Harden.

Gov. Whitmer reopens movie theaters, strengthens mask requirements in schools

LANSING —Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-183, which amends the MI Safe Start order to reopen movie theaters and performance venues and 2020-185, ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

Sign ups now open for annual Rake a Difference event

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — As the fall leaves prepare to change, one regional organization is planning for an annual service project. Sign-ups are currently open for ... Read more

5 days ago by Sarah Culton.

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

5 days ago by Max Harden.

Silver Creek Township considers setback amendment, short-term rentals

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP — Changes are still in development in Silver Creek Township. Wednesday evening, the Silver Creek Township Planning Commission met via Zoom. During ... Read more

5 days ago by Sarah Culton.

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

5 days ago by Max Harden.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 119,597 cases, 6,700 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported an increase in COVID-19 cases Thursday. Berrien County reported 1,647 confirmed cases and ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Cass County Animal Control to host Empty the Shelters event

CASSOPOLIS — Thursday morning, Cass County Animal Control Director Ron Butts struggled as he tried to hold a wriggling, 30-pound cat in his arms. “He’s ... Read more

6 days ago by Sarah Culton.

Committee formed to review Lewis Cass ISD name

CASSOPOLIS — The Lewis Cass Intermediate School District is moving forward with plans to consider a name change for the district. Superintendent Brent Holcomb recently ... Read more

6 days ago by Sarah Culton.

JMG Student of the Year starts second year at SMC

DOWAGIAC — Stanford University’s loss is Southwestern Michigan College’s gain, according to SMC officials. Mia Clay, 19, a 2019 Benton Harbor High School graduate, began ... Read more

6 days ago by Submitted.

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

6 days ago by Max Harden.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County announces additional COVID-19 death

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Another Berrien County resident died as a result of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported. Berrien County reported ... Read more

7 days ago by Staff Report.

Positive COVID-19 tests force cancellation of Moose Riders’ Cass County Cancer Service Ride

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Moose Riders’ fifth annual Cass County Cancer Service Ride has been canceled due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Moose ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

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

1 week ago by Max Harden.

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