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.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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

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

DOWAGIAC — For Jennifer Quail, 2019 produced a lot of milestones.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

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.

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

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College board members decided Monday to search internally for the college’s next president.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

DOWAGIAC — An era will soon be ending at Southwestern Michigan College as President David Mathews announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

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

DOWAGIAC — A husband and wife are dead following a shooting in Dowagiac over the weekend.

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
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
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

DOWAGIAC — Three people from Indiana were arrested after police were called to a fight at an apartment complex in Dowagiac Tuesday.

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

DOWAGIAC — The city’s 19th annual Easter Eggstravaganza will be held this coming Saturday at City Hall Park, city officials said in a news release.

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.