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Classic Christmas concert

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com The hallways of Maconaquah High School were filled with Christmas cheer Tuesday evening during the band program’s Christmas Concert, leaving many people in the audience with a smile. The concert, a culmination of over

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Briefs

Ethan Cain, 21, Marion, who is facing charges of felony murder, level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice, A misdemeanor for theft and level 2 felony count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in the May murder of 22-year-old  Summitville man Dra

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Blotter

Peru Police Department 1:16 a.m., Wednesday, East Main and Ash streets, traffic stop. There was a traffic stop with a narcotics arrest. Arrests 1:16 a.m., Wednesday, Brian Eltzroth, 51, last known address 5608 W. 200 S., Wabash, possession of marijuana and possessi

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Fairmount man pleads guilty to child molestation

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com A Grant County man facing a charge for child molestation appeared in court Thursday morning for his guilty plea hearing. Kevin Brown, 27,  of Fairmount was facing a level 1 felony count of child molesting followin

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Cupcakes and carols

GATHER ‘ROUND:PHS Choir Director Jason Gornto gives instruction to the high school’s show choir in preparation for Monday’s concert.

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com All Peru Community Schools choirs are combining Dec. 17 for the second year to bring attendees the “Christmas, Choirs and Cupcakes” concert. Peru High School Choir Director Jason Gornto said the combined choir show

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Waters named head of IPAPA

By Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com Converse artist Avon Waters has been named the 2019 president of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, according to a press release. Waters, who served as the 2018 IPAPA vice president, has been a lifetime member of t

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PCS technological demands increase

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com Peru Community Schools is looking to transition three part-time tech aides to full-time positions, according to PCS Superintendent Sam Watkins during Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The school currently has two 12

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2019 Lilly Endowment winner named

By Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com North Miami High School Senior Sarah Eckrote has been named the 2019 Miami County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar scholarship winner. A Tuesday afternoon MCCF press release announced Eckrote has

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PPD uses taser on suspect

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com A Peru man was arrested Monday morning on charges of resisting law enforcement after he allegedly attempted to escape officers while under the influence of a hallucinogen, according to a Peru Police Department probable caus

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Garage project getting $300,000

By Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com The Miami County Council unanimously approved a $300,000 appropriation of funds Tuesday evening, meant to go toward the fuel island of the county highway garage construction project. The garage, which has been the center of

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Mac El class spreads Christmas cheer

DRIVING ON:Mrs. Rush’s fourht grade class poses at the end of their toy drive.

By Eric Stoff - stoffe@maconaquah.k12.in.us It’s a win-win-win kind of idea, and Tara Rush’s fourth grade class at Maconaquah Elementary School has been doing it for four years. Her class just wrapped up its annual Christmas toy drive, gathering 473 to

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Community Calendar

Dec. 14 PHS Class of 1956: will meet for lunch at Beef O’Brady’s at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 Peru Elks Lodge: will hold a breakfast with Santa from 8-11 a.m. Prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Pictures with Santa will be available and proc

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Elf-mas fun

PARTY HAT:An elf-hopeful wears his impromptu party hat to get into the spirit.

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com An important realization is the one in which we recognize we all need to be taught how to do almost everything. The Peru Public Library took this notion to heart when they invited kids to their inaugural elf school Tuesda

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Community Calendar

Dec. 12 St. Charles: will host the Food Finders Food Bank mobile pantry at 80 W. Fifth St. at 11 a.m. Income restrictions apply and those who come will be expected to bring a way to carry items home. For more information, contact Alex Buckles at abuckles@food-finde

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Cheer Club

This week’s Cheer Club member is Tom Leedy, who is going through rehabilitation at Blair Ridge, Room 109, 269 Meadowview Drive, Peru, Indiana, 46970. Tom is a 78-year-old lifelong Miami County resident who can be found working at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. I

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MCF visitor is arrested at facility

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com An Indianapolis woman is facing multiple possession charges and a conspiracy to traffic with an inmate charge following her arrest at Miami Correctional Facility Sunday afternoon. According to an Indiana Department of Corre

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Snacks with Santa

- CONTRIBUTED The Peru/Grissom Kiwanis sponsored a Donuts and Crafts with Santa Open House at the Miami County YMCA on Dec. 8. It was a great turn out and we got numerous Christmas cards made by the children that we will be delivering to local nursing homes be

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PCS educators receiving bonuses

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com The support for Peru Community School teachers continued Monday evening during the PCS Board of Trustees meeting in which a $58,000 Teacher Appreciation Grant was awarded to the school. The grant, awarded by the Indiana Dep

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City and bank partner on blight

by Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com Another blighted property has been torn down, but this one was different, as it was done in a partnership with a stabilization program with Wells Fargo bank. According to an email from Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President o

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'Tis better to give

by Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com Miami County elementary schools ended their week-long food drive Monday by loading up their donations and shipping them off to the Salvation Army, said Blair Pointe Elementary School Counselor Shine Hall. According to Hall,

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Community Calendar

Dec. 11 Maconaquah Board of School Trustees: will hold a public work session to interview prospective board candidates beginning at 6 p.m. at the MAC Administration Building, 7932 S. Strawtown Pike in Bunker Hill. Dec. 12 St. Charles: will host the Food Finders Foo

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Spreading Christmas cheer

WRAPPED UP:Volunteers who helped Peru Firefighters wrap gifts for their Christmas 4 Kids program stand next to their handiwork that took nearly three hours to complete.

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com After raising funds all year long for their Christmas 4 Kids program, the Peru Fire Department, along with several volunteers from local schools, met Saturday morning for a wrapping session before the program's big breakfas

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Blotter

Peru Police Department 3:01 a.m., Friday, 100 block of East Second Street, suspicious person. There was an ordinance violation followed by a theft. 3:15 p.m., Friday, 700 block of North Broadway Street, theft. There was a report of theft of fragrance products. 12:4

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Crash Reports

Peru Police Department 7:39 a.m., Friday, North Broadway and West Seventh streets. One vehicle accident involving Grace Tubb, 17, Peru and Joanna Bateman, 15, Peru. Bateman was injured with an abrasion on her knee, lower leg, foot. 11:04 a.m., Friday, 2964 West 100

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MCCF open for 2019 scholarships

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com The Miami County Community Foundation, a subsidiary of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, announced it is ready to accept applications for their more than $100,000 in scholarship funds for next year. Accordin

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Four County doubling down on employees

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com Four County Counseling Center is showing support to their employees with an investment of over $1 million in wage and benefits in an announcement . The investment is just one of several things Four County has done for

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Community Calendar

  Dec. 8 Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre: presents Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Peru Depot at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, call (765) 472-3680. Converse Church of Christ: will perform their original Christmas musical “I’ll Follow

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Juvenile suspected of go-kart chase

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com A vehicle pursuit Tuesday evening led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Miami County boy for charges of resisting law enforcement, police claim. According to Peru Police Chief Mike Meeks, at approximately 7:14 p.m., Officer Ch

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Christmas in converse

SANTA’S HELPERS: Two little elves received some inspiration while decorating their cookies at Town Hall in celebration of the Christmas season.

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com Christmas is right around the corner and Converse kicked off the holiday season with their annual Christmas in Converse event Thursday evening. The event, organized by Converse Live, has turned into a beloved town tradition

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Peru man sentenced on burglary plea

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com A Peru man was sentenced to in-home detention and probation Thursday on a felony charge of burglary. Jerry Spencer, 41, was arrested in February for an incident in 2017 in which he had a warrant issued for his arrest f

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Blotter

Peru Police Department 12:55 p.m., Thursday, 30 block of South Broadway Street, theft. There were stolen articles from a parked vehicle. 2:09 p.m., Thursday, 30 block of South Broadway Street, burglary. There was a burglary at a residence in this area. 7:43 p.m., T

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Salem's daughter hits NM stage

PLOTS & PLOYS:North Miami Drama Club practices for their fall production of "Salem's Daughter," a tale of learning to accept people for who they are.

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com It's an exciting weekend for North Miami Drama Club members as they kick off the year with their fall production of “Salem's Daughter.” The play, written by Craig Sodaro, is a twisted tale of suspense, murder an

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