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Voter registration closes next week

Voter registration for the upcoming election ends Tuesday, Oct. 9. Residents who still need to register must be over 18 years of age and present their Indiana Driver’s License, State ID or Government issued photo ID at the time of registration. Citizens can either register online or visit the voter registration office on the first floor in the Miami County Courthouse.

Trash pick-up schedule delay

The Peru Street Department will be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day. Residents can expect Monday’s trash to be picked up the following day with Tuesday’s garbage.

Combined Sewer Overflow Advisory

Due to excess rainfall in the past few days, one or more combined sewer overflows are active. Residents are encouraged not to swim, wade, or ingest any water in the river seeing as it may contain sewage or wastewater. For more information on the situation, contact Peru Utilities Wastewater Plant at 765-473-7651.

Segregationist’s name coming off Indiana University building

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana University is removing the name of a former university trustee who opposed racial integration from a Bloomington campus building.

The decision by the IU Board of Trustees on Friday came about 10 years after the push began to rename the Wildermuth Intramural Center. The Herald-Times reports it was named in 1971 for Ora Wildermuth, a judge from Lake County who served on the IU board from 1925 to 1952.

IU President Michael McRobbie says the views expressed by Wildermuth were deplorable.

In one 1948 letter, Wildermuth claimed the average intelligence of blacks was so far below whites that he believed it was “futile to build up hope for a great future.”

IU Trustee Patrick Shoulders of Evansville opposed the change, saying he found Wildermuth’s statements abhorrent but that they shouldn’t be judge by today’s standards.