Five candidates are running this year for Mayor of Peru. Republicans Michael (Don) Sturch, Terry Smith, Sherry Raber and Wayne Bunker are contesting for the Republican Primary on May 2. Democrat Stephanie Graf is also running and will contend against the Republican candidate in the November …

“Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act,” directed by Stephanie Wagner, debuted at Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre on Thursday.

The Miami County Republican Party is hosting an event on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to give mayoral candidates a chance to directly address voters in the audience at Republican Headquarters in town.

On Jan. 26 the City of Peru was awarded $2.75 million in Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) funds to pursue its Riverfront Development Project. The money is part of $9.25 million the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC) disbursed Thursday.

If you went to the sunrise eagle viewing and Breakfast With the Raptors this weekend, you would have seen eagles fly and later three permanently injured birds of prey from the Salamonie Raptor Center where, in captivity raptors, can survive up to 50 years.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has announced winter storm warnings and advisories throughout mid and northern Indiana. Miami County is among the most northerly counties affected by the storm warning.

This week’s new Cheer Club member is Jed Brower. He lives at Hickory Creek, Room 17 at 390 West Boulevard in Peru, 46970.

This week’s new Cheer Club member is Lois Wilkinson. She lives at Aperion Care of Peru, Room 131 at 1850 West Matador Street in Peru, IN, 46970.

Republican lawmakers – along with Democrats and clean energy advocates – want Indiana to figure out solar and wind energy equipment decommissioning and disposal before the hazardous waste involved becomes a large-scale problem.

Mac Varsity Wrestling sectional runner-up & 9 wrestlers qualify for regionals

Dukes Memorial Hospital is taking the month of February to help the community learn ways to reduce heart disease risks with a 28-Day Healthy Heart Challenge. Participants will receive a daily email with short, informative articles, quick tips and a daily challenge to promote heart health.

The Miami County Commissioners unanimously approved the Miami Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) pursuing broadband expansion by soliciting Request for Information (RFI) documents from various energy service organizations.

Last June, Tina Corn of Peru was awarded the honor of being the 2021 Indiana Queen of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) by shedding 64 pounds, the largest weight loss from their starting weight that year of any TOPS member in Indiana.

Susan Rylands stepped down as Peru’s Clerk-Treasurer for Dec. 31 and Kurt Krauskopf has taken over the position and will serve the rest of her term, which ends on Dec. 31 of 2023.

Last week the Peru City Council voted 6-1 in favor of increasing trash fees to $20 per month. The revenue is to help the Street and Sanitation Department cover day-to-day costs and increase wages to department workers.

Peru Utilities has issued a statement seeking to reassure residents about the safety of the city’s water supply following Monday’s City Council meeting in which residents and city officials discussed soil and ground water contamination at and around the old Square D plant.

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Concerned citizens voiced their frustration at the Peru City Council meeting on Monday, worried about possible chemical contamination on their property. Some received letters last week indicating their homes need to be inspected.

The Peru Lions Club Cheer Club report for 2022

This week’s Cheer Club member is Doris Beck. She lives at Blair Ridge, Apt. 45, 269 Meadowview Drive in Peru. She was not available for an interview. Please feel free to send her cards if you would like.

This week’s Cheer Club member is Many Ann Fuqua. She lives at The Waters of Peru at 317 Blair Pike, Room 49, Peru, IN 46970.

The 2022 high school graduation rates for Peru Community, Maconaquah, and North Miami high schools were all at or above the Indiana average. According to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), 86.61 percent of Indiana’s high school students graduated throughout its 92 counties.

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The local community recently came together in support of Joe DeRozier and his dog, Max, who was near death. In return, DeRozier, a local baker, thanked the town by brightening the holidays, delivering dozens of free donuts with eager volunteers on Christmas morning.

The Miami County Commissioners are presently negotiating terms with Savion, the company responsible for the proposed Huckleberry Line Solar Project in northern Miami County.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning has been awarded a $42 million federal grant to be used over three years to improve early childhood opportunities.

House Republican leadership appears poised to dive into culture war issues again when session starts in January, setting a target on ESG investing – or environmental-, social and government-focused investing – within the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS).

At the Miami County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 19, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) stressed labor difficulties and how they are looking for more staff to accommodate the rise in inmates. The commissioners also welcomed the new warden for the Miami Correctional Facilit…

The Miami County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 19 discussed train loading changes that may close County Road 800 E for up to three days at a time. This could disrupt Oak Hill School bus routes along with normal Amboy traffic.

The New Year rang in with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ First Day Hikes. Dozens started the year with a trek near Mississinewa Lake at the Miami State Recreation Area (SRA) on Jan. 1.