To help keep residents informed during the ongoing health emergency, this section is continuing to evolve.

Though many events have been canceled, some, like mobile food pantries and blood drives, will continue to take place. The top portion of this section will list such events and be updated daily. Cancelations and closures of various events, agencies and public buildings will be listed below those items.

Testing Available

The state of Indiana, in a partnership with OptumServe Health, has opened a coronavirus testing site at the Indiana National Guard armory at 77 German St. in Peru. Individuals who are symptomatic or COVID-19 or close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients are eligible for testing. Residents will not be charged for testing and insurance is not required, but those with insurance are asked to bring information with them. For more information or to schedule a test, visit or call 888-634-1116.

Events and Information

The Peru Public Library has reopened to the public with social distancing guidelines and other precautions in place.

The United Way of Miami County is now accepting grant applications for money from a coronavirus relief fund made possible by the Lilly Endowment. Money from the $225,000 dollar fund is expected to paid out in three phases – for immediate relief to longterm recovery – and is targeted to help “human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.” To apply, visit the local United Way website at

May 19

The Miami County Board of Health will host its quarterly meeting via video conference on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should go to https://global.goto or call 312-757-3121 and use access code 219-490-773.

The North Miami School Board will convene an executive session on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. A regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and be broadcast live on the North Miami Facebook page.

The Peru Community Schools Board of School Trustees will convene an executive session on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. A regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. A link for others to watch the meeting via the internet will be provided on the school corporation website and social media pages.

County reminds residents to update dog tags

Dog tags are available at the Miami County Courthouse, Room 107, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The fee is $5 per dog.

Residents can also mail payment to Miami County Courthouse, 25 N. Broadway, Room 107, Peru, IN 46970. They are asked to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and tags will be mailed along with a receipt. Please make checks payable to Miami County Treasurer.

Those living within Peru city limits need to purchase tags from City Hall.

For questions, call 765-472-3901 Ext. 1860.

North Miami preschool and kindergarten registration opens

North Miami Community Schools is currently accepting online applications for both Little Warriors Preschool and kindergarten.

Little Warriors Preschool is certified through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Child Care Developmental Fund and is Paths to Quality Level 3 Certified.

The school offers both full-day and half-day options. Half-day preschool is open to all 3-and 4-year-olds, and the full-day preschool is open to all 4-year-olds. Children must be 3 or 4 no later than Aug.1 of the current school year to enroll. Preschool is every Monday through Thursday, and tuition is and $35 per week for half-day or $60 per week for full-day.

The elementary is also registering students for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Students must be 5 years old by Aug. 1 to attend kindergarten. Registration for both programs can be found on the North Miami Elementary School site under “PK/K Registration Information.”

For questions, please contact the elementary school at 765-985-2155 on Monday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Cancellations and Closures

The Miami County YMCA is closed to the public. Y Transit and meal delivery is still operating. For assistance or questions call 765-472-1979.

The Peru Lions Club Cheer Club is halting visits due to visitation restrictions in place at area nursing homes.

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