Archive - Apr 18, 2011 - News Article
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."
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.
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.
RALEIGH â€” 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.