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April 19th, 2011

Thieves rob shelter, animals

April 19, 2011

Thieves who robbed the Humane Society of Catawba County on Monday night didn't just steal from the non-profit agency.

They stole from the animals it works to protect.

"It is quite heart-breaking that someone would break in and steal," said Juli Reed with HSCC. "It is heart-breaking that somebody would take advantage of us and the animals."

When Humane Society staff members arrived at the facility on 20th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday morning, they immediately saw signs of a break-in.

April 18th

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.

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.

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.

Freefall, justice create awareness

April 15, 2011

Brittany Inskeep has always wanted to skydive. In fact, it's on her bucket list.

On April 30, Inskeep will check off the skydiving adventure from her list as she takes the plunge to raise money for the Rape Crisis Center.

"It's an awesome way to raise awareness about sexual violence," said Inskeep, a victim's advocate at the Rape Crisis Center.

Victim robbed after helping men

April 15, 2011

Two Hickory men were arrested Thursday after robbing a man at gunpoint after the victim assisted the men with car repair.
Travis Lee Webb, of Hickory, told Hickory Police he stopped to help Geno Marquis Jordan, 23, of Hickory, and Sherrod Jaquis Weaver, 19, of Hickory, with a purple Chevrolet Caprice in the area of Third Avenue Southwest.
According to Hickory Police, Webb said the suspects were going to sell him an amp, so he followed the men to a house in the 200 block of 10th Avenue Southeast at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

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