http://www.perrycountynews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Call center to close, 200 jobs likely lost http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/call-center-close-200-jobs-likely-lost <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/startek.jpg" alt="Still bustling with activity, the Startek call center in Tell City will soon close its doors. The company has cited a change in customer needs as the reason behind the June shutdown." title="Still bustling with activity, the Startek call center in Tell City will soon close its doors. The company has cited a change in customer needs as the reason behind the June shutdown." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> By STUART CASSIDY</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> TELL CITY &ndash;&nbsp;The Startek call center at 211 U.S. Highway 66 E. in Tell City will close its doors this summer, taking more than 200 jobs with it, company officials announced this week. A federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act&nbsp; notice of the planned job loss was submitted to the state Monday.</p> Citizens police academy begins http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/citizens-police-academy-begins <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/citizens_police_academy.jpg" alt=" Perry County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer and full-time Tell City dispatcher Micah Jackson speaks to members of a Citizens Police Academy during their first session last week at the Tell City Police Department. The 20 members will spend the next two months learning about police work and how police and sheriff’s departments and the county’s detention center operate. If they choose to, students can also be jolted with an electric stun gun and fire a handgun at the city’s firing range." title=" Perry County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer and full-time Tell City dispatcher Micah Jackson speaks to members of a Citizens Police Academy during their first session last week at the Tell City Police Department. The 20 members will spend the next two months learning about police work and how police and sheriff’s departments and the county’s detention center operate. If they choose to, students can also be jolted with an electric stun gun and fire a handgun at the city’s firing range." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> By VINCE LUECKE</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> While they won&rsquo;t carry a firearm or climb behind the wheels of police cruisers, 20 people enrolled in a new citizens police academy will get a big dose of first-hand knowledge about police work, as well as the duties of dispatchers and jailers.</p> Weekend power switch set for Troy http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/weekend-power-switch-set-troy <p> TROY &ndash; Having finalized plans with Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Troy Utilities Superintendent Bernard &ldquo;Pudder&rdquo; Linne said the switchover from Hoosier Energy will officially take place Sunday, April 30.</p> <p> The switchover will include an outage across all of Troy, for businesses and residences. It will take place in the morning, between 8 and 11 a.m., according to Linne. The outage is expected to last about an hour and a half, but could be as long as three hours if crews face unforeseen circumstances.</p> Lillpop faces rape charges; held without bond http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/lillpop-faces-rape-charges-held-without-bond <p> TELL CITY &ndash; Already facing multiple charges of having illegal sexual contact with minors, William Lillpop was arrested last week in Kentucky on new charges of rape and sexual misconduct.</p> <p> Lillpop, owner of Tell City Cinemas, had been free on bond but was ordered held without bond. He was first held in the Hardin County, Ky., Detention Center but was booked into the Perry County Detention Center on Monday.</p> <p> He was formally charged last week with two counts each of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor.&nbsp;</p> Hoosier National Forest recognizes volunteers’ accomplishments http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/hoosier-national-forest-recognizes-volunteers%E2%80%99-accomplishments <p> TELL CITY &ndash; April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week. The Hoosier National Forest would like to take the opportunity afforded by this week to recognize and thank the volunteers who use their time and talents to make the Hoosier National Forest a better place. The commitment volunteers have to the forest demonstrates how much they care about their community and the world around them, Hoosier National Forest officials said.</p> Knights of Columbus Soup preparation http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/knights-columbus-soup-preparation <img src="http://www.perrycountynews.com/sites/www.perrycountynews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/k_of_c_pat_crawford.jpg" alt="Tell City Knights of Columbus Council 1172 held its annual soup fundraiser Saturday. The soup crew of K of C members, Auxiliary and volunteers worked Friday preparing meat and vegetables for the kettles. Pat Crawford was one of several people peeling potatoes, onions and carrots. " title="Tell City Knights of Columbus Council 1172 held its annual soup fundraiser Saturday. The soup crew of K of C members, Auxiliary and volunteers worked Friday preparing meat and vegetables for the kettles. Pat Crawford was one of several people peeling potatoes, onions and carrots. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /> School seeks a ‘yes’ vote on referendum http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/school-seeks-%E2%80%98yes%E2%80%99-vote-referendum <p> By JAKE BETHEL</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> CANNELTON &ndash; A referendum question seeking a renewal of a special property tax levy approved seven years ago to help Cannelton City Schools will be on the May 2 ballot in that city only.</p> School repairs back on schedule http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/school-repairs-back-schedule <p> By STUART CASSIDY</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> TELL CITY &ndash; Upgrades to the heating and cooling system at William Tell Elementary will likely go on as planned this summer, as will a scaled-back version of a secured entryway.&nbsp; Energy Systems Group of Evansville was selected to oversee engineering designs and project management.</p> <p> That work is contingent on ESG finishing its engineering in time to get contractors on site.</p>