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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Lake Michigan College and Southwestern Michigan College campuses won’t look like they did this time last year when students return for instruction on Sept. 8.

Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020

CASSOPOLIS — The legacy of Lewis Cass, a longtime territorial governor of Michigan in the early 1800s, will be scrutinized in the next few months by a committee being formed by the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Thursday, July 02, 2020

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announced Wednesday that in-person courses will run during the fall 2020 semester, on-campus residence halls will be open and the institution will operate as normally as is reasonably possible while maintaining safety, according to a news release.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

DOWAGIAC — Police and firefighters are asking adults who have matches and lighters in their homes to keep them out of reach of children and talk with them about fire safety, after a child accidentally started a fire at a house in Dowagiac.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

NEW BUFFALO — Despite a couple Michigan casinos announcing their intention to reopen next month, there are no set plans yet for the three Four Winds Casinos in Southwest Michigan to reopen.

Friday, May 15, 2020

DOWAGIAC — Three men were arrested Thursday after police acted on a search warrant at a house in the 100 block of Hamilton Street in Dowagiac.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Farm & Artisan Market is being allowed to open during the COVID-19 pandemic, but precautionary measures are still being put in place to keep everyone safe, according to Vickie Phillipson, program director for the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority.

Saturday, May 09, 2020
Wednesday, May 06, 2020

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac man ended up crashed onto nearby railroad tracks Tuesday afternoon after he accidentally hit the gas pedal on his vehicle while stopped at an ATM.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020

DOWAGIAC — A new exhibit at the Dowagiac Area History Museum pays tribute to the community’s African American residents just in time for Black History Month. It also is the start of a renewed effort to get more representation of minorities in the museum exhibits.

Friday, February 14, 2020

DOWAGIAC — More changes are coming to Southwestern Michigan College. Less than two months after Joseph Odenwald took over as the college’s eighth president, the SMC board will be welcoming a new trustee in coming weeks.

CASSOPOLIS — Two men were bound over for arraignment in Cass County Circuit Court after court action Wednesday. The two are charged in connection with the Jan. 27 murder of Michael Collins in Dowagiac.

Monday, February 10, 2020

DOWAGIAC — Helping teens and young adults find their purpose in life has become the passion of Benton Harbor native Michelle Tyner, admissions counselor at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

DOWAGIAC — Joe Odenwald’s first board meeting as Southwestern Michigan College president featured good news on the enrollment front, an update on the strategic planning process and the start of a year-long board policy review.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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The weather might not seem much like winter, but two area communities are moving forward with their ice festival plans. Niles will host its 16th annual Hunter Ice Festival Jan. 17-19, while Dowagiac is holding its 24th annual Ice Time Festival on Feb. 1.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020
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DOWAGIAC — A new era is starting at Southwestern Michigan College and it has a distinct southern flavor. New college president and Louisiana native Joseph Odenwald has already set down roots in the area in the two years he’s been here, including frying catfish each fall at freshman orientation.

Monday, January 06, 2020
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CASSOPOLIS — The long-delayed trial of former Southwestern Michigan College instructor George Field has been delayed again. Field had been scheduled to go on trial on 17 felony counts Tuesday.

Friday, January 03, 2020
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DOWAGIAC — For Jennifer Quail, 2019 produced a lot of milestones.

Thursday, December 26, 2019
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DOWAGIAC — When David Mathews attended the groundbreaking for the first Southwestern Michigan College building back in 1965 when he was just 5 years old, he didn’t think he’d one day be the college’s seventh and longest serving president. Growing up, he wanted to join the Army and become a G…

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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DOWAGIAC — Outgoing Southwestern Michigan College President David Mathews will gain a new title come January. Meanwhile, incoming President Joseph Odenwald gave a sneak peek at some of his plans.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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DOWAGIAC — As a young man in 1960s Dowagiac, David Bainbridge just knew that he had to save historical artifacts when he had the chance. Now 50 years later, some of the items he collected years ago are on display in a new exhibit at the Dowagiac Area History Museum.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Thursday, December 05, 2019
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DOWAGIAC — More changes are coming to Southwestern Michigan College in coming months. Not only is President David Mathews retiring and SMC Vice President Joseph Odenwald moving up to be the new president, Business and Advanced Technology Dean Stacy Young is leaving to take a new job.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

DOWAGIAC — The Southwestern Michigan College full-time faculty now have a contract in place that gives pay raises and other benefits, following 18 months of negotiations. Faculty union members ratified the contract earlier this month and the SMC board approved it Monday.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Area History Museum Fall Lecture Series continues this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., with Ruth Stevens presenting “Getting the Vote: A History of Women’s Suffrage in Michigan.”

Thursday, October 31, 2019

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College and its faculty union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract to run through June 2023. Details of the proposed agreement won’t be divulged until after the union votes next week and the board votes on Nov. 18, SMC President David Mathews …

DOWAGIAC — The Cass County Democratic Party will be hosting state representative and congressional candidate Jon Hoadley at the Round Oak for a town hall event from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Cass County Democratic Party.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac city voters have only one contested race to decide Nov. 5. Three Dowagiac City Council candidates are running unopposed, while two people are vying to become the next city clerk.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

DOWAGIAC — Could the impasse between Southwestern Michigan College and its faculty union soon be over? SMC President David Mathews said Monday that all but one contract issue have been settled ahead of a negotiation session next week, and possible fact finding.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac residents will get the chance to offer their opinions of city parks and future plans at a public hearing set for Monday at Dowagiac City Hall. The hearing will start at 7 p.m., just prior to that night’s city council meeting.

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019

DOWAGIAC — A student at Southwestern Michigan College was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly posting threatening language and images of firearms on social media.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A number of area communities have fall festivals and events planned for this weekend and into the first half of October.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

DOWAGIAC — At a time when other colleges and universities are seeing declines in enrollment, Southwestern Michigan College appears to be beating the odds and is seeing a small increase in the number of students enrolled.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

DOWAGIAC — Four candidates have applied and four candidates will be interviewed to be the next president of Southwestern Michigan College. SMC Board members voted Monday night to interview all four in an all-day session of interviews on Sept. 30.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CASSOPOLIS — Dowagiac resident Rolandis Russell has admitted shooting into a group of people last summer outside a Dowagiac bar and killing Fabian Wesaw. Russell pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in Cass County Circuit Court.

Sunday, September 08, 2019
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DOWAGIAC — The Wayback Machine was set at full throttle Saturday at Southwestern Michigan College.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

DOWAGIAC — The history of a favorite Dowagiac eatery will be the kickoff topic for the Dowagiac Area History Museum’s 2019 Fall Lecture Series.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac City Council has a new member after the resignation of Third Ward Councilman Charles Burling and the appointment of Randy Gross to fill the position.