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April 18th, 2011

14 county employees fired in 6 months

April 18, 2011

Catawba County has fired about 1 percent of its workforce in the past six months.

Fourteen of the county's 1,100 workers received involuntary terminations of their positions for reasons ranging from unacceptable personal conduct to the employee's service no longer being needed.

"You're looking at a very small percentage (of employees)," said Cynthia Eades, Catawba County's Human Resources director. "Ninety-nine percent of the employees are doing exactly what they're supposed to."

Beer enthusiasts pour into Hickory

April 18, 2011

Saturday started with pouring rain, but by afternoon, the only thing pouring in Hickory was hundreds of gallons of craft brews under clear blue skies.

Union Square played host to the ninth annual Hickory Hops Brew Festival and was brimming with beer enthusiasts who lined up to fill their cups long before the 1 p.m. start.

'Most well-rounded job'

April 18, 2011

Jennifer Tuttle has a unique job. She helps heal wounds and broken hearts while enjoying time on playgrounds and coaching Girls on the Run. Tuttle is a school nurse.

"I get to be a mother, a playmate and a mentor," Tuttle said. "It's the most well-rounded job in nursing."

Tuttle, 41, has been employed as a school nurse for five years and currently cares for students and staff at South Newton and Thornton elementary schools. On Feb. 23, Tuttle's career became more rewarding as she passed the four-hour exam to become a national certified school nurse.

Storms damage more than 800 N.C. homes

April 18, 2011

RALEIGH — Officials say at least 800 homes in North Carolina were destroyed or damaged by the vicious storm system that killed at least 21 people in the state.

North Carolina public safety spokeswoman Julia Jarema said Monday morning that storms destroyed about 130 homes while damaging another 700. The numbers are preliminary, and teams are to spend much of this week assessing damage across the eastern half of the state. Jarema says officials do not have any dollar estimates on the cost of the damage.

UNC's Barnes staying for sophomore season

April 18, 2011

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will return for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.

Barnes was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, averaging nearly 16 points. The 6-foot-8 forward was widely regarded as the nation's top freshman entering the season and helped the Tar Heels win 29 games and the ACC regular-season championship and get within a game of the Final Four.

The Tar Heels will return all five starters and their top seven scorers from last season, making them a favorite to enter the year ranked No. 1.

April 16th

Shepard fans 11, Bears stay unbeaten

April 16, 2011

It was a “David versus Goliath” match-up when Bunker Hill faced Newton-Conover in baseball Friday.

The Bears entered the game a staggering 16-0 and 10-0 in CVAC games.
The Red Devils sported a 1-15 record. However, that didn’t stop Newton-Conover from playing their hearts out.

Red Devil pitcher Todd Church had his finest game of the season, striking out nine batters, but the Bears were just too much.

Bunker Hill scored six runs off of Church and pitcher Jacob Shepard struck out 11 batters, allowed one walk and three hits to give the Bears their 17th consecutive victory.

April 15th

Newton tank gets new coat

April 15, 2011

Newton's skyline is changing, and this week's addition of a steel crown to the city's familiar downtown water tank was just the beginning.
On Friday, the 63-year-old landmark was shrouded in a cloak of secrecy as renovations improve the appearance and stability of the towering structure. Behind a fluttering, rust-colored cloth, roaring sounds emanate and fill downtown Newton. When the project is complete, the tank still won't hold water, but it will be a valuable revenue stream for the city.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 15, 2011

Donnis Lee Payseur, 66, of Lincolnton, died Thursday, April 14, 2011.   Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Payseur family.

Brian Lee Hass, 43, of Hubert, formally of Newton, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Camp Lejeune.
Online condolences may be sent to www.jonesfh.org.

Barbara Ann Cooper Willis, 74, of Maiden, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at her residence.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Willis family.

House budget creates dark days for schools

April 15, 2011

A dark cloud covered Catawba County school systems this week as the N.C. House passed is education budget with a cut 3.8 percent higher than anticipated.

"It's a little worse than what we heard," said Glenn Barger, Catawba County Schools superintendent. "I appreciate the fact that they did save teachers in this version."

Teacher positions seem to be about the only line item saved in the House's budget, according to Barger and Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond.

HPD investigator convicted with DWI, appeals

April 15, 2011

A Hickory Police investigator is appealing his DWI conviction, after a single-car wreck in December.

Officer Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was convicted Thursday on a level five driving while impaired charge in Hickory District Court. Falowski's attorney, Gene Sigmon, filed an appeal in the ruling, which is on its way to the District Attorney's Office for a date in superior court.

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