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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

21 hours ago by Christina Clark.

Berrien, Van Buren counties see rise in number COVID-19 cases

MICHIGAN — Two counties in southwest Michigan have seen increased numbers of individuals infected with COVID-19, according to reports released Friday afternoon. As of 3 ... Read more

2 days ago by Staff Report.

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

2 days ago by Submitted.

Residents donate time, materials to help fill medical supply shortage

DOWAGIAC — Monday afternoon before a state “stay home” order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer went into effect, Dowagiac resident Sara Melvin flipped through a short ... Read more

3 days ago by Sarah Culton.

American Red Cross still seeking donations amid coronavirus

DOWAGIAC — James Lanning has worked for the American Red Cross for more than 10 years. During his employment, he has seen a lot of ... Read more

3 days 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

4 days ago by Staff Report.

County, healthcare officials further efforts to trace, monitor COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY — As the response to COVID-19 continues to grow in Berrien County, the Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland are furthering ... Read more

5 days ago by Staff Report.

Berrien County officials emphasize importance of ‘stay home, stay safe’ order issued in Michigan

BERRIEN COUNTY — Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 that temporarily requires all Michigan residents to “suspend activities that are not necessary to ... Read more

6 days ago by Staff Report.

Berrien County announces additional cases of COVID-19

BERRIEN COUNTY — The Berrien County Health Department was notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, cumulating in five confirmed cases ... Read more

6 days 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

1 week ago by Hannah Holliday.

Economic support available to small business owners

LANSING — The state of Michigan’s small business entrepreneurial support organizations have joined forces with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to ensure economic support is ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Senior centers close due to concern for the area’s most vulnerable population

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Michigan rising daily, local facilities are taking precautions to ensure the ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

With schools closed, parents seek childcare solutions

NILES — Michigan parents awoke to the reality of a new challenge on Monday morning as schools K-12 were shut down across the state. “As ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Libraries cancel all programs, remain open for time being

Update, March 16: The Niles District Library and Buchanan District have also announced total temporary closures.  Update, March 13: The Cass District Library and Dowagiac ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

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

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Pokagon Tribal Police chief honored by BSA for commitment to community

DOWAGIAC — Pokagon Tribal Police Chief William Lux was soaring high Wednesday evening as he was handed an award recognizing his contributions to the community. ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Spectrum Health announces new family, visitor restrictions

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has taken additional action to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing new hospital family and visitor restrictions. The ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Youth can explore the possibilities for future at 4-H exploration days

EAST LANSING — 4-H Exploration Days is Michigan State University’s largest pre-college program, annually attended by 2,400 youth and adult chaperones from across Michigan. The ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Spectrum Health offering free virtual screenings for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 to those with symptoms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health is offering free screenings for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to those who have symptoms and may be concerned they ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Leader Publications welcomes new reporter

NILES — Leader Publications has welcomed a new addition to its news team. Christina Clark, of Mishawaka, has joined Leader Publications as a news reporter. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Report.

MEC creates a place for smart devices, promotes smart homes

CASSOPOLIS — Candy Realm starts off every morning with a simple phrase. “Good morning, Alexa.” The smell of coffee fills the air as an integrated ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Hannah Holliday.

Southwest Michigan prepares for 2020 census

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — On Tuesday morning, Lisa Cripps-Downey, president of the Berrien Community Foundation, and Kathy Stady, Berrien County Census Hub Coordinator, leafed through a ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

LWV details how to vote early for 2020’s four elections

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — A few days out from the March 10 presidential primary election, the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties hosted ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

Pesticide workshop, exam to be offered

BENTON HARBOR — Berrien County MSU Extension announced Monday it will host a restricted use pesticide review workshop for private and commercial applicators from 9 ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Pop Up Giving set for Feb. 20

ST. JOSEPH — United Way of Southwest Michigan will host its fifth “Pop Up Giving” event Thursday, Feb. 20 at Silver Harbor Brewing Company 721 ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

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