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Job fair to be held in Lenoir Thursday

The Ninth Caldwell is Hiring is set for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

The job fair is sponsored by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission in cooperation with Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and NCWorks Career Planning and Placement Center.

Since the first Caldwell is Hiring in December 2010, thousands of individuals seeking employment have been able to meet one-on-one with employers that have current or future staff needs.

This year, there is an opportunity for job applicants to pre-register online through NCWorks.

Applicants can call the EDC or the Lenoir NCWorks office to learn more about pre-registration.

Aside from the employment opportunities, Caldwell is Hiring participants will be provided information on how and where they can obtain job skills assessments and improvements.

For information regarding Caldwell is Hiring, visit the Caldwell EDC website at www.caldwelledc.org. Information also is available on the Caldwell is Hiring and the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission pages on Facebook.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:36:11 -0400

Area hospitals prepare for potential Ebola cases

Employees at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill met for an hour Wednesday afternoon to talk about just one topic -- the Ebola virus.

Dr. Craig Charles was in that staff meeting.

He said taking the threat seriously means recognizing that an Ebola case could one day be treated at a Charlotte area hospital.

"It's very possible someone may show up on our doorstep and we need to be prepared," Charles said.
 
Piedmont staff has been updating plans and preparing staff for weeks now. However, on Thursday new signs will go up at all hospital entrances.
 
Those signs are directed at anyone who's recently traveled to a country where they risked possible exposure to Ebola. The signs will have a clear message to those people, Charles said.
 
"Please don't come in the hospital now,” the signs read. “Go around to this area and press a button to alert personnel to come and take care of you."

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Doctors told Channel 9 the process will be very similar to one used when the SARS outbreak happened several years ago.
 
Channel 9 asked both major Charlotte hospitals what they are doing to prepare for Ebola.
 
Novant Presbyterian is reminding staff about the proper care of victims, closely monitoring the outbreak, reviewing all policies and processes for treatment and placing protective masks and suits in the emergency room just in case.

Novant statement regarding Ebola
 
Carolinas Health Care said that screening protocols are in place, they've reviewed the signs and symptoms of Ebola with staff, found an area in the hospital to isolate Ebola patients and are making sure bloodwork and tests related to the virus are separated from other patients.

CHS statement regarding Ebola
 
Much of what hospitals are doing has been in place since the Ebola outbreak first began in Africa.
 
Mecklenburg County's Health Director Marcus Plescia believes hospitals across the area are ready.
 
“We have state of the art hospitals in this community, we're very lucky with that. We have nationally renowned experts working in them," he said.
 
Health officials also feel confident that a virus like Ebola would not rapidly spread in the United States, mostly because of how it travels.
 
"It's not like you and I standing here talking, and one of us is likely to catch it from the other," Plescia said. "It really requires much closer contact with bodily fluids."

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:18:07 -0400

School shooting suspect's family says he was bullied

Students returned to Albemarle High School Wednesday just 24 hours after gunshots rang out on campus.

Classmate Bernard Miller remains in a Charlotte hospital after, police said, 15-year-old Jalen Russell shot him twice in front of the school.

Some students told Channel 9 reporter Tina Terry it was hard for them to walk through the doors after Tuesday’s shooting.

FULL COVERAGE: Student shot at Albemarle High School
 
Students said there was lots of raw emotion inside the school as teens thought about their classmate who was shot.

Police said Miller was shot two times in the courtyard after getting into an argument days ago.

"My dad is the fire marshal, so he was standing out here this morning. So it was easy for me to walk back in school this morning knowing he was out here and we were safe,” said student Lainey Taylor.

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Students made banners and placed them around the school in honor of Miller.

Russell’s family told Channel 9 the teen had been taunted and bullied for days. Russell’s grandmother said he took a gun from her house to Albemarle High School and shot Miller before class.

The grandmother said bullies sent her grandson a disturbing text Tuesday before school. She said they threatened to beat him up that day at school and even to kill him.

IMAGES: Police: 1 shot at Albemarle High School

Before Russell ever arrived at school, his family members said, he was already worried about what Miiller might do to him.

They said Miller and other kids at the school had taunted Russell for days.

"He's always just had a hard time in school. He was being bullied in school,” his grandmother said.

PHOTO TIMELINE: Shooting at Albemarle High School

But Russell's uncle, Sherard Wall, said he didn't realize how bad things had gotten.

"He always said kids would pick on him, but I didn't know it was this serious," said Wall.

He told his mother about the text, and she called the school that morning and left a message.

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But they didn't realize Russell had already searched the family home, found a hidden gun and was taking it to school.

Police said that around 7:40 a.m. he got into an argument with Miller and shot him two times.

"I was devastated. I was devastated Jalen's a great kid,” Wall said.    

Wall said he's not upset that his nephew defended himself, but he's disappointed that he used a gun.

Social media updates: Police say 1 shot at Albemarle High School

"I think he didn't think things through. Sometimes you have to walk away. Scars will scab, bruises will heal, and pride and ego -- it all gets the best of everybody,” Wall said.

Channel 9 reached out to a family friend of the victim to see how Miller is doing and to get their reaction to the bullying claims, but hasn't heard back.
    
Russell's uncle said he's praying for Miller's recovery.  

Channel 9 asked the suspect's uncle about a case of violence at Russell’s last school.   
 
Hear what Russell's family had to say about another school fight that they said got him kicked out of school last year tonight at 11 p.m.

Police are looking over footage from 40 cameras placed around the school in case of situations like this one.

Channel 9 also learned a new panic-button system was just installed in all Stanly County schools.
       
The superintendent said it was used during Tuesday's emergency.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:39:29 -0400

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