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
Human trafficking victims can be hiding in plain sight, even in small and rural communities like those in Southwest Michigan. That was the message Thursday from survivor and advocate Theresa Flores in three presentations in the area.
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
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
Sunday, September 01, 2019
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.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
DOWAGIAC — The school year hasn’t started yet, but Southwestern Michigan College officials are anticipating fall enrollment to be stable and not decline, as it is at other community colleges around the state.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Police are continuing to investigate a double shooting in Dowagiac over the weekend, but evidence so far points to murder-suicide, Dowagiac police said Monday.
Monday, August 05, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Brian DeLong is passionate about Dowagiac and Southwest Michigan, whether it’s economic development and attracting more people to the area, or serving people’s spiritual needs as a minister.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
DOWAGIAC — A South Bend resident faces several number of charges after allegedly causing an accident and then leaving the scene, only to be tracked down later by Dowagiac city police.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Board of Education has chosen Jonathon Whan as the district’s new superintendent. Whan, now the superintendent of the Grant, Mich. school district, was one of three finalists interviewed Monday night.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College board members have approved a conservative budget for the 2019-20 year that expects flat enrollment and a small increase in state aid.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College and its faculty union remain far apart in contract negotiations despite having 27 individual tentative agreements. The two sides have been meeting with state mediators over the last two months.
DOWAGIAC — A man who was confronted by police after they saw him riding a bicycle at night with no lights or reflective clothing turned out to be wanted on several warrants.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
CASSOPOLIS — A Flint area woman who left her dogs inside her car while she gambled at the Four Winds Casino in Dowagiac has pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted animal killing or torturing. She will be sentenced June 28 in Cass County Circuit Court.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Farm & Artisan Market is cultivating plans to kick off its sixth season in downtown Dowagiac Saturday as it welcomes Earl’s BBQ on Saturdays.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
DOWAGIAC — As she gets set to graduate from Southwestern Michigan College on Saturday, honor student Emily Fellows believes her college experience has prepared her well for her next venture. She will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elem…
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac man was arrested Friday night after he allegedly fled from police before being caught with drugs. He also did not have a valid driver’s license, police said.
Friday, April 19, 2019
DOWAGIAC — After months of negotiations have failed to produce a new contract with the college’s full-time faculty, Southwestern Michigan College officials are asking for mediation.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Union School District will soon have a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Paul Hartsig announced his resignation in late March and had it formally accepted by the Board of Education at a special meeting this week.
Thursday, April 04, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Simon Pokagon was called a “showboat” by some during his life, but his writings show that he was both a prophet and a chronicler of Native American history and lore.
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Giving back is important to Dowagiac resident and businessman Brian Antisdel. He’s turned his life around the last few years and now has dedicated his life to helping others.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
CASSOPOLIS — Cass County is losing its second administrator in less than a month. Just weeks after County Administrator Karen Folks resigned her position, Interim County Administrator Angie Steinman has announced she’s leaving to take another position.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College students will have a new degree option this fall that focuses on entrepreneurship. SMC Business and Advanced Technology School Dean Stacy Young reported on the new degree at Monday’s board meeting.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College’s lawsuit against the state Office of Auditor General may be over, but the issues at the heart of the matter remain unresolved for Tom Buszek, a persistent critic of SMC’s leadership.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
DOWAGIAC — The annual Ice-Time Festival takes place this Saturday in downtown Dowagiac with a variety of activities on tap. People can watch carvers create unique ice sculptures, as well as enjoy other events such as wood carving, the annual frozen fish throw, campfires and a chili cookoff.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
DOWAGIAC — A new era in nursing education was launched Wednesday with the opening of Southwestern Michigan College’s expanded nursing building. The revamped facility allows nursing students to enhance their education through the use of new simulation and skills labs.
Thursday, January 03, 2019
DOWAGIAC — New legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder late last week has vindicated Southwestern Michigan College in its fight against the state over state teacher retirement pension contributions for part-time student workers, SMC President David Mathews said Wednesday.
Monday, December 31, 2018
DOWAGIAC — A proposal to acquire land to link existing trails in Dowagiac looks to be on schedule to get a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant in 2019.
DOWAGIAC — 2018 was an eventful year at Southwestern Michigan College. The faculty formed a union, the college sued a state agency and former college dean Elaine Foster was elected to the board of trustees. Work also continued on the nursing building expansion, and new programs and partnersh…
Friday, December 28, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
DOWAGIAC — As he prepares to retire at the end of this month, Tom Atkinson can look back at a long and fulfilling career in law enforcement that spans nearly five decades.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
DOWAGIAC — The city of Dowagiac is spending $12,000 on a new study of the city’s housing market. The housing study comes on the heels of a new retail market study completed earlier this fall.
Sunday, December 09, 2018
DOWAGIAC — A survey of Southwestern Michigan College staff this fall reveals employees concerned about divisions among staff and administrators, faculty unionization and enrollment declines.