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Outdoor prom event set for Aug. 1

EDWARDSBURG — A regional, all school prom has been greenlit as the original organizer has secured sponsors to partner with to put on the memorable ... Read more

1 week ago by Christina Clark.

Gov. Whitmer closes indoor service at bars throughout lower Michigan, allows cocktails to go

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-143 on Wednesday closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan to protect the progress ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

MDHHS partnership makes COVID-19 testing easier

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is making it easier than ever for residents to find nearby COVID-19 testing sites and ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services promotes mortgage relief options, insurance during American Housing Month

LANSING — June is American Housing Month, and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is raising awareness about ways Michiganders can protect their ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

Michigan is first state in nation to match its 2010 census self-response rate

ST. JOSEPH — Michigan is the first state in the nation to match its 2010 census self-response rate –– a milestone that can be attributed ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys could reopen by July 4

LANSING — July 4 may prove to be the day theaters, bowling alleys and gyms reopen across the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. With ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer announces next steps for school reopening in the fall

LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan, with strict ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Growers, migrant workers adapt to COVID-19 changes

By CHRISTINA CLARK christina.clark@leaderpub.com SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN — With more than 700 acres, Schilling Family Farms in Eau Claire grows lush groves of fruit trees and ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Christina Clark.

Barbershops, salons prepare to reopen under new restrictions

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — One of Brandon Truitt’s favorite facts about his Edwardsburg barbershop is that he can say it is where his grandfather received his ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

Area restaurants, bars open doors for diners this week

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Michiganders looking for a plated meal and hospitality will finally have the opportunity to dine in-house again. Restaurant and bar staff across ... Read more

1 month ago by Christina Clark.

Gov. Whitmer, Department of Insurance and Financial Services announce order requiring auto insurance refunds due to COVID-19

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced Monday that DIFS Director Anita Fox has ordered all auto ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Berrien County reports three additional COVID-19 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Despite the slowing of COVID-19’s spread statewide, new death counts were reported in southwest Michigan Monday. Monday, Berrien County reported three new ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Gov. Whitmer rescinds safer at home order

LANSING — The state of Michigan is beginning to reopen. Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding the state’s safer at home order ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

MDHHS expands COVID-19 testing criteria to better protect residents

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently announced it is greatly expanding testing criteria for COVID-19 to provide access to additional ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Michigan acts to ensure Medicaid behavioral health services remain accessible during COVID-19 pandemic

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it plans to ensure residents will continue to have access to behavioral ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Berrien County reports one new COVID-19 death

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 has claimed the life of a centenarian in Berrien County. Thursday, the Berrien County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 death, ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

United Way of Southwest Michigan creates Education Support Fund to help area schools with pandemic impact

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — United Way of Southwest Michigan recently announced that its board of directors approved the creation of an Education Support Fund and invested ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

MDARD offers guidance to U-pick operations in advance of opening for the season

LANSING — As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Additional food assistance benefits in response to COVID-19 emergency extended through May

LANSING — Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits in the month of May in response to the ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Berrien County reports six additional COVID-19 deaths as Michigan loosens COVID-19 restrictions

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The death toll of COVID-19 rose in southwest Michigan Thursday. Thursday afternoon, Berrien County reported six additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing its total ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

Berrien County reports one new COVID-19 death

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Southwest Michigan has lost another life to COVID-19. Wednesday, Berrien County reported one new COVID-19 death, bringing the county’s death count to ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Michigan receives additional $35.1 million to help struggling households pay energy costs

LANSING — The state of Michigan has been awarded more than $35 million in additional federal funding to help vulnerable households struggling to afford utility ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Gov. Whitmer signs executive order expanding worker protections as Michigan reengages sectors of the economy

LANSING — Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-91 to ensure robust protections for Michigan workers as she continues to re-engage parts of the ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Gov. Whitmer reopens retail, restaurants, offices in Upper Peninsula, Traverse City regions

LANSING — Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Berrien, Van Buren counties report additional COVID-19 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Monday, Berrien and Van Buren counties reported additional COVID-19 deaths. According to the Berrien County Health Department, Monday’s death was a man ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

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