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Posted on: August 5, 2021

Lenoir Connect, August 2021

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Events continue in August in the City of Lenoir, NC, with concerts, cruise-ins, and races. Come do more in the Lenoir!

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Posted on: July 30, 2021

New tractor makes quick work of greenway debris

Jeff Holland sweeps the greenway with the Ventrac broom, July 29, 2021

The City's new Ventrac tractor made quick work of sand and mud on the greenway yesterday during the first test of the broom attachment.

The majority of the greenway is located in flood plain. During heavy rains and storms, sand and mud often wash onto the greenway. In the past, Parks and Recreation staff would have to plow off what they could and then shovel the rest by hand. 

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Posted on: July 30, 2021

Police Dept accepting applications for K9 Academy

Students and the dogs line up during the 2018 canine academy

The City of Lenoir Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizen's Canine Academy. The academy starts in September and participation is limited.

During the academy, K-9 officers will instruct participants on basic obedience exercises and help class members address any obedience issue with their dogs. Instructors will not provide aggression/protection training, and no overly aggressive dogs will be...

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Posted on: July 28, 2021

Section of North Main Street closed this evening

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City staff will close a section of North Main Street this evening to perform utility work.

Staff will close North Main Street from Ashe Avenue to West Avenue around 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Public Utilities Department workers are installing a new sewer tap for a property owner. The work will take a few hours. 

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Lenoir Local Episode 3: Unity Park Community Gardens

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In Episode 3 of Lenoir Local, Joshua Harris talks with David Horn and Ellen Roberts about the Unity Park Community Gardens.

Horn is the Garden Coordinator as well as a Master Gardener. Ellen Roberts is a Master Gardener volunteer who helps keep things growing. Topics include the history of the gardens, how to rent garden beds, free gardening classes, and the new Community Shar...

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Free jazz concert at the MLK Jr. Center

Reggie Graves and Jazz Theory

Head to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, and enjoy the free Bring Back the Music Jazz concert.

Lexxi, Groove Masters Band, and Reggie Graves and Jazz Theory will perform starting at 6:30 pm. A food truck will be on site and free COVID vaccines will be available from Happy Valley Medical Center.

Bring a comfy chair or blanket and hang out for a night...

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Posted on: July 15, 2021

It mows, it sweeps, it trims!

Jeff Holland sitting on the Ventrac at Mulberry Rec

The City of Lenoir Parks & Recreation Department purchased a new, 8-wheeled tractor that will help keep grass mowed and the greenway cleared around town.

Parks and Recreation Director Kenny Story said his department purchased the Ventrac 4500Z because it's versatile and able to perform many jobs. 

The tractor currently has a 72-inch finish mower attachment.  Staff are waiting for ...

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Posted on: July 12, 2021

Police statement on shooting in front of county courthouse

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The City of Lenoir Police Department released the following statement earlier today about the shooting incident in front of the Caldwell County Courthouse.

Fact Statement for Immediate Release

Date: July 12, 2021Time: 2:00 PMCircumstance: ShootingLocation: Roadway in front of 216 North Main Street, Lenoir

Victim Information:

Victim #1Travis Lee Webb1211 SW Spainhour St. Apt. #1Lenoir, NC 28645DOB: 11-04-1985 (3...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Lenoir Local: Meet Mayor Gibbons

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Communication & Public Information Director Joshua Harris talks with City of Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons about growing up in Lenoir and why he decided to get involved in local government.

Check out previous episodes at www.cityoflenoir.com/lenoirlocal or cityoflenoir.podbean.com.

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Posted on: June 30, 2021

Police release fact statement on Laurel Place incident

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The City of Lenoir Police Department released the following fact statement on the incident that occurred today at 1226 Laurel Pl NW.

Fact Statement for Immediate Release 

Date: June 30, 2021Time: 3:30 pmCircumstance: Death InvestigationLocation: 1226 Laurel Pl. NW      Lenoir, NC 28645 

Summary: On June 30, 2021, the Lenoir Police Department r...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

City of Lenoir starts new podcast

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The City of Lenoir has started a new podcast to inform residents about news, events, and services. The first episode is available today.

The podcast is called Lenoir Local. Shows will cover a variety of topics including events, things to do, City services, community interest topics and more. Communication and Public Information Director Joshua Harris plans to release a new episode every ot...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Mayor Joe Gibbons selected as Vice Chair of NC Mayors Association

Joe Gibbons, Mayor

Mayor Joe Gibbons has been selected as vice chair of the N.C. Mayors Association Board of Directors and will serve a one-year term helping to lead the organization and its 11-member board.

The N.C. Mayors Association (NCMA) is an affiliate organization of the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM). The purpose of NCMA is to provide a platform for all of the state’s mayors to work together regarding the major goals and challenges of ...

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

City adds Main Street Attendant to focus on Downtown Lenoir

Darren Bryant

There's a new City employee walking around Main Street and West Avenue, and his job is to keep Downtown Lenoir clean and tidy and help out visitors as needed.

Well, Darren Bryant isn't technically a new employee. For the past year, Darren has worked in the Sanitation Division of Public Works. He moved into the Main Street Attendant position June 1, and has been learning the ropes, or rather, the sidewalks, for ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

City cleans up two properties

A side of the house at 1921 Marigold Ln before demolition

City staff recently completed cleanup projects on two properties in town.

Workers demolished the houses at 1921 Marigold Ln SE and 510 Harris St. The City owns the property on Harris Street and staff plans to market the land for redevelopment. The City placed a lien for the cost of cleanup on the Marigold Lane property.

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Council approves 2021-2022 budget

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The City of Lenoir City Council approved the FY 2021-2022 Budget Tuesday night, June 1, 2021.

The FY 2021-2022 General Fund budget totals $18,594,890. The budget includes a 3% cost of living raise for City employees; $590,000 for street paving; $125,000 for greenway paving and planning; $60,750 for code enforcement, demolition, and property clean ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Council welcomes new K9 Team

K9 Atos

City Council welcomed Police Department K9 Handler Jo Lo and his partner Atos during the City Council meeting Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Atos (pronounced 'a-tos) is the newest canine to work for the City of Lenoir Police Department and Master Patrol Officer (MPO) Jo Lo is the newest handler. MPO Lo has more than 20 years' experience in law enforcement. He has worked for t...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Finance receives Certificate of Achievement

GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Lenoir Finance Department has for the 30th time received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The GFOA presented the award to the City for its most recent comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Year Ended June 30 2020 (PDF). A CAFR is a set of financial statements that contains a wide variety of...

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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Girl Scouts donate birdhouses to Community Gardens

A few of the birdhouses donated by Girl Scout Troop 2374

Girl Scout Troop 2374 donated 10, handmade and painted birdhouses to the Unity Park Community Gardens Monday, May 24, 2021.

The troop's headquarters is located at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church just across the street from the gardens. The Girl Scouts often visit and Scout Leader Cyndie Feemster said the girls wanted to do something special for the gardens. Garden Coordinator Da...

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Posted on: May 26, 2021

City reconfigures downtown parking lot

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City workers restriped and reconfigured the City parking lot located on the 100 Block of Mulberry Street NW between Mulberry Street and Main Street in Downtown Lenoir.

Staff moved one accessible parking space from the eastern side of the lot to the western side near Main Street, and workers painted no-parking areas in the lot. People who park in the no-parking areas could be towed at their own expense.

The City leases th...

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Bloom Blast in Downtown Lenoir

Bloom blast plants

Public Works staff spruced up Downtown Lenoir this past Friday with hundreds of fresh, colorful plants and flowers.

Three Public Works staff planted more than 350 plants and flowers in 21 planter boxes in downtown. Each planter has nine to a dozen new plants that will fill out in the next month or so.

"The Cemeteries Division takes a lot of pride in planting these ...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

City Council honors Sgt. Greg Snider

Mayor Gibbons shows Sgt. Greg Snider a shadow box with a City of Lenoir flag and coins.

The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring Police Sergeant Greg Snider Tuesday night, May 18, 2021, during the City Council meeting.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented a resolution to Snider honoring his years of service to the City of Lenoir. Mayor Gibbons also presented a small City of Lenoir flag and coins to Snider.

"We want to say thank you for all that you have done and all...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

COVID impact aid still available

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Money is still available to help qualifying City of Lenoir residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Payment assistance is only available for current or previous City of Lenoir water, sewer, and solid waste bills and current or previous mortgage/rent payments that are behind due to COVID-19 for people who live inside the City of Lenoir City limits.

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

Recommended budget addresses Council priorities

General fund slide from the FY 21-22 Budget Presentation

City Manager Scott Hildebran presented his FY 2021-2022 Recommended Budget to City Council Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The budget addresses Council priorities determined during the February 2021 retreat and during Council and departmental meetings held during the past year. The top priority of Council for the past few years has been to offer competitive compensation and b...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Education Foundation donates Chromebooks to MLK Center

A stack of Chromebooks at the MLK Center

The Education Foundation, Inc. of Caldwell County recently donated 10, brand new Chromebooks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Education Foundation Director and City Councilman Ben Willis delivered the Chromebooks to the MLK Center Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The donation comes at a good time for the center. Currently, only four people can use the MLK computer lab at one time due to C...

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

High-tech sludge dryer up and running

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The City's high-tech poop dryer is up and running at the Lower Creek wastewater treatment plant.

In the video below, Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas talks with Communication & Public Information Director Joshua Harris about how the sludge dryer turns wastewater sludge into a dry, ready-to-use fertilizer.

The City of Lenoir City Council ap...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

City launches WaterSmart portal for customers

A mobile phone showing an example of the WaterSmart portal

The City of Lenoir's WaterSmart customer portal is live.

WaterSmart gives City of Lenoir Public Utilities customers online access to their water usage data, monthly bills, and more. Customers can access the portal at lenoirnc.watersmart.com. A link to the portal is also on the front page of the City website.

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

City Council recognizes Hibriten Men's Soccer Team

Hibriten Men's Soccer patch

The City of Lenoir City Council honored the Hibriten High School Men's Soccer Team last week during the City Council meeting.

Mayor Joe Gibbons presented a resolution to the team during the City Council meeting Monday, April 19, 2021, and congratulated them on a successful season and for making it to the state championship game. Read the resolution below.

RESOLUTION HONORING HIBR...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Summer ball returning to Walker Stadium

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The Old North State League (ONSL) is bringing summer baseball back to Walker Stadium in Downtown Lenoir.

ONSL is the newest summer collegiate baseball league in North Carolina. The league has teams all across the state. Lenoir's team, Lenoir Legends, will play its first home game at Walker Stadium Sunday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. Click here to see the full sched...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

City paving more greenway, increasing access for residents

City staff load a paving machine onto a trailer

City staff paved 1.5 miles of greenway during the past couple of weeks bringing Lenoir's total paved greenway to nearly 9 miles. The City's goal is to connect residents to recreation centers via greenway and sidewalks.

Public Works Department crews paved another section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) from College Avenue south to Morganton Boulevard last week. Workers also paved a section of greenway from the Lenoir Rotary Soccer complex to S...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

City to start reopening facilities Monday

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City of Lenoir facilities will reopen Monday with limited access and some restrictions.

City Hall and the Police Department will reopen to the public Monday, April 26, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Visitors are asked to check their temperature on entry, use the hand sanitizing stations, wear face masks, and social distance while inside any City facilit...

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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Paving is in the air

Workers pave Victoria Court in Lenoir, NC

The City of Lenoir recently repaved several streets around town and contractors have more to do. The Public Works Department also plans to pave more greenway soon.

Last week, contractors paved Link Place, Peacehaven Place, Lutz Street, and Sherlee Street. Today, contractors are paving Victoria Court and Victoria Lane. They should be finished up in a day or two. Next to be paved is Commercial Court and sections of Un...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

City and County helping clean up litter

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a litter resolution to Commissioner Donnie Potter, April 6, 2021

The City of Lenoir City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting litter cleanup in Lenoir and supporting Caldwell County's first annual "Clean Caldwell Day."

Mayor Joe Gibbons presented the resolution to Caldwell County Commissioner Donnie Potter during the City Council meeting. City staff will pick up litter during the annual City of Lenoir Employee Spring Litter Sweep Day, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Staff ha...

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

City staff participating in NC Litter Sweep next month

Two City of Lenoir Firefighters pick up litter on Harper Avenue in Lenoir

No one likes a litter bug, and no one likes trash in their community. City staff plans to get out and help clean up Lenoir during the North Carolina Litter Sweep next month.

The 2021 Spring Litter Sweep is taking place April 10-24. Normally scheduled in April and September, Litter Sweep is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Residents throughout the state participate ...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Jesse Plaster named Main Street Champion

Jesse Plaster

Local preservation architect Jesse Plaster was named the City of Lenoir Main Street Champion during the recent North Carolina Main Street Conference.

Plaster has invested a lot during the past several years to renovate and improve several buildings in Downtown Lenoir. His business, J B Plaster Architect, is located at 626 Harper Ave. in downtown - a building that Plaster owns. In addition to being a do...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Downtown Lenoir wins award for building rescue project

A man walking a dog outside of 818 Harper Ave in downtown Lenoir

The City of Lenoir Main Street Department, architect David Maurer, and his wife Allison Gray recently received a North Carolina Main Street Award for saving the old Stine’s Ice Cream Parlor building in Downtown Lenoir.

Stine’s Ice Cream Parlor was located at 818 Harper Ave. The ice cream shop shut down sometime before the 1960s. The property was used for various purposes during the following decades. 

The Brakefield family owned the building. Their fat...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Single family homes going up in Lenoir

A new single-family home on Woodbine Place in Lenoir

Contractors are building several new single-family homes in subdivisions across the City of Lenoir, and one local company is building new spec homes for the first time in more than a decade.

Single-family home permits have increased in Lenoir over the past few years. Owners and developers are currently building new homes in Georgetown Estates, Parkview, Powell Park, and Summerhill subdivisions in Lenoir. These are four of nine subdivisions in...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Downtown Lenoir creates digital scavenger hunt with big prizes

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Downtown Lenoir's digital scavenger hunt starts next week, and the prizes are no small potatoes.

Sponsored by Smoking in the Foothills BBQ, the goal of the scavenger hunt is to bring people to Downtown Lenoir to explore local businesses and shops. Players will have to read clues and explore downtown to find the answers. Players win points by completi...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

HPC members tour historic renovation project

An 3D Google Earth photo showing Blue Bell, Steele Cotton Mill, and the freight depot

Developer Yorke Lawson recently gave a tour of the Blue Bell apartment project to a few members of the City's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

"This is a historic project in more ways than one," Planning Director Jenny Wheelock said. "It's preserving a piece of history, and it’s the first project to be developed under the City’s new preservation ordinance as a local landmark."...

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Council sets priorities for 2021

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The City of Lenoir City Council set a vision for Lenoir in 2021 during a two-part, virtual retreat last week. Council's top priorities focused on employees, housing, infrastructure, and cleaning up the city.

City Council held their annual retreat during two Zoom meetings. The first session was Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at 8:30 am and the second session was Thursday Feb. 25, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. The agenda for the sessions is available online at www.cityoflenoir.c...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

City receives $250K Recreational Trails Program grant

The end of the paved section of rail trail beside Harper Avenue in Lenoir, NC

The City of Lenoir recently received a $250,000 Recreational Trails Program grant to design and build three street crossings along the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) that runs through downtown.

The total project cost to design and build the crossings is $312,000. The grant is $250,000 and the City is matching the grant with $62,500 in local in-kind funding. 

Part of the OVNHT runs along the old railroad bed through the City of Lenoir fro...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

City Council honors Todd Laws and Scott Kanupp

Todd Laws and Scott Kanupp

The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring employees Todd Laws and Scott Kanupp during the Feb. 16, 2021, City Council meeting.

Mayor Joe Gibbons read and presented to both men resolutions honoring their years of service to the City of Lenoir.

Battalion Chief Laws began his career as a firefighter with the City of Lenoir Fire Department in March 1991. He was promoted to 2nd Lieuten...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

City Council honors the life of Gary Everhardt

Mayor Joe Gibbons, Senator Jim Broyhill, and Gary Everhardt in front of Fr. Crider, Sept. 27, 2014

The City of Lenoir City Council recognized the life and accomplishments Gary E. Everhardt Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, during the City Council meeting.

Mr. Everhardt was a Lenoir native. He served as the Director of the National Park Service and Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and he was a strong advocate of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which runs through Lenoir and Caldwel...

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

City Hall opening on delay

Winter Weather Delay

Due to possible inclement weather, City of Lenoir City Hall will operate on a delay tomorrow. City offices will open at 10:00 am Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

If the weather disrupts Thursday's garbage collection route, staff will pick up trash later in the day or possibly Friday.

Related: Be prepared for severe weather, Feb. 17, 2021

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Be prepared for severe weather

Icy pine tree (Pinus sp.) branches after an ice storm; Boxborough, Massachusetts

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm warning for 7:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, through 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night.

Read the storm warning details on the NWS website at https://www.weather.gov/gsp/winter. Rain, freezing rain, and ice have the potential to take down trees and power lines and cut off electricity.

Ready.gov has a lot of tips on emergency preparation and ho...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Find your way in the City of Lenoir

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City staff revealed a new wayfinding plan and city-wide brand to City Council earlier this week. The goal is to install signs around Lenoir that promote city amenities and call residents and new comers to "Create With Us."

Staff and Council have been discussing wayfinding for a few years, but one frequent concern was, "What will the signs look like?" In 2019, the Lenoir Tourism Development Authority (LTDA) agreed to fund the wayfinding/brand project. The mission o...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

City starts cleanup of old industrial site

Piles of concrete, brick, and debris on the Virginia Street property

The City of Lenoir started cleaning up an old industrial site located at the corner of Virginia Street and College Avenue near downtown. The cleanup is the first step in putting the property back into productive use.

The City contracted with RCI Demolition (RCI) to start removing possible Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) from the Virginia Street site. RCI is working to separate old brick and concrete from the debris piles. Once the materials are separated, RCI will...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Rohr reappointed to 2021 NLC FAIR Committee

T.J. Rohr

City of Lenoir Attorney T.J. Rohr has been reappointed to serve on the National League of Cities (NLC) 2021 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) federal advocacy committee.

The FAIR Committee is responsible for developing policy positions and leading NLC’s advocacy on issues involving intergovernmental relations including Federalism and unfunded mandates, Census, municipal pensions, municipal bonds and capital finance, tax r...

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

City gem getting renovations thanks to generous donation

Pagoda at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park

The City of Lenoir will be making some renovations to the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park this year thanks to a generous donation from the Broyhill Family Foundation.

The Broyhill Family Foundation donated $100,000 to replace the wood on the observation deck on the north end of the park and to convert the park restrooms into three, single-unit restrooms, similar to the units at J.E. Broyhill Park. Known as the Walking ...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

More multifamily housing on the horizon

A construction worker paints the metal windows at the new Blue Bell apartments.

Construction is underway on two multifamily housing projects that will add more than 100 new apartments to the City of Lenoir.

Yorke Lawson and Tom Niemann, owners of Blue Bell Lenoir, LLC, are building 46 market-rate apartments in the old Lenoir Cotton Mill/Blue Bell, Inc. plant on College Avenue in downtown. Mark Morgan, owner of MC Morgan & Associates, INC, has broken grou...

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Police K9 Axel passes

K9 Axel

After providing six years of exemplary service to the City of Lenoir Police Department, and providing his handler and family six years of love and companionship, Police K9 Axel passed away yesterday, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, due to cancer.

Axel was born June 30, 2013, in the Czech Republic and was purchased by the City of Lenoir Police Department in August 2014. Sgt. Zachery Poythress trained Axel from start to finish while the sergeant earned certification as a Comprehensive Polic...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Don't forget about curb-side Christmas tree pickup

An automated garbage truck collects empties a City of Lenoir garbage cart

The City of Lenoir offers lots of sanitation services for customers, including picking up Christmas trees. Residents can request many of those services on the City website.

The Sanitation Division provides weekly garbage collection, bulk and white goods pickup, yard waste collection, limbs and trimmings pickup, leaf collection, and Christmas tree pickup. The division also manages the City's Recycling Center, located at 1121 ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

New year, new homes in Downtown Lenoir

Jesse Plaster stands in an apartment at 1001 West Ave in downtown Lenoir

The new year will bring new places to live in Downtown Lenoir as developers finish up work on two new housing projects in the heart of the city.

Jesse Plaster and Angela Postigo are building five apartments at 1001 West Ave. in downtown, and Steven and Jamie Stewart are working on converting 819 Harper Ave. into a mixed-used building with office space on the first floor and an apartment on the sec...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Luminary display starts tonight

A close up photo of five luminaries at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir, NC

City of Lenoir employees set out roughly 8,000 luminaries Friday morning at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The annual Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park starts tonight at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.Every December, City staff and volunteers place thousands luminaries on the graves at Blue Ridge Memorial Park to honor families whose loved ones ar...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Holiday safety tips from the City of Lenoir

A picture of Christmas presents in front of a Christmas tree

Keep your Christmas merry and your New Year happy with a few holiday safety tips.

City of Lenoir Fire Chief Ken Hair said the holidays are always a good time to remind everyone of important fire safety tips.

“According to the National Fire Protection Association, 44% of holiday home fires start when decorations are placed too close to a...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

City trims trees in downtown

The trees in front of City Hall have been pruned.

A professional contractor recently finished trimming dozens of trees in Downtown Lenoir.

"Over the past couple of years, we’ve had some concerns with streetscape trees limiting signal visibility at intersections," Public Works Director Jared Wright said. "By hiring a professional tree trimming contractor, we were able to perfor...

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Posted on: December 3, 2020

New section of greenway completed at Wilson Park

A man walks a dog on the new greenway at Wilson Park.

Public Works finished paving a new section of greenway at Wilson Park, and Parks & Recreation recently sowed the shoulders.

The gate between the parking lot and the new section at Wilson Park will remain closed until staff can install new bollards, however, the public is welcome to use the new section, just mind the shoulders.

Wilson Athletic Park is located at 1010 Powell Rd N...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

City Council honors Donald Hall

Donald Hall

The City of Lenoir City Council honored retiring employee Donald Hall Tuesday night, Dec. 1, 2020, during the City Council meeting.

Hall started working for the City of Lenoir on Aug. 1, 1980, as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator I. In 1987, Hall obtained additional certification to Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II and further certification in 2000 to Wastewater Treatment Pl...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Main Street America puts spotlight on City businesses

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Last month, Main Street America interviewed three Downtown Lenoir business owners as part of the Business Spotlight: Women-Owned Businesses on Main Street series.

Main Street America talked with Jennifer Sime, owner of Doodle Bugs; Iris Bender, owner of Taste of Havana; and Heather Bryant, owner of High Country Herbs. Doodle Bugs, located at 106 Main St. NW, is a boutique specializing in children's clothing and gif...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

City expanding greenway at Wilson Park

City workers have graded and prepped new section of greenway at T.H. Wilson Park.

Public Works staff have prepped a new section of greenway at T.H. Wilson Park. Workers plan to pave the new section Monday, weather permitting.

Public Works Street Division staff have already graded the new section and put down stone base. The section will add about 700 feet to the greenway and create a loop around the park. The loop will be just over 3,000 feet or about .56 miles long.

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Warren Harper, City's first African American firefighter, passes

Warren Harper, Nov. 16, 1943 - Nov. 14, 2020

The City of Lenoir extends our condolences to the family of Mr. Warren Harper, who passed away Saturday Nov. 14, 2020. Mr. Harper served as the City of Lenoir's first African American firefighter.

Mr. Harper retired from the City of Lenoir Fire Department in 1999 after 30 years of dedicated service. Fire Department Chief Ken Hair, then an engineer, worked with Mr. Harper for the last seven years of Mr. Harper's career with the City.

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

City of Lenoir Christmas tree in Downtown Lenoir, Nov. 18, 2020

How lovely are your branches!

City of Lenoir staff from several departments put up and decorated the City's 20-foot-tall, 1,000-light, supersize Christmas tree Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2020. 

Public Works delivered and placed the tree on the southwest corner of the square in front ...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Bright lights, big savings

The City Hall lobby has been upgraded with new LED lighting.

City Building Maintenance staff have spent the last few months installing more than 900 new, LED lights in several City facilities. The LED lights are brighter, more energy efficient, and they are already returning savings.

Public Works Director Jared Wright said the lighting upgrade was a project waiting for the right time and the right price. 

"Earlier this year, we were buying new lights for a couple parks, so we decided to check on prices and possible incent...

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Turkey Tuesday canceled this year

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Below is a joint statement from Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilmember Ike Perkins regarding Turkey Tuesday.

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with all the City of Lenoir facilities closed, Turkey Tuesday, which is hosted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center has been cancelled. We pray and look forward to giving out Turkeys next year, 2021. Everyone contin...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Person in a ghost costume, Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

The CDC as well as NCDHHS suggest alternative Halloween activities instead of traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. If residents do choose to trick-or-treat or hand out candy, they should follow the NCDHHS and CDC guidelines below.

Click here to read information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Click here to read the CDC Holiday Guidelines.

Happy Halloween from the City of Lenoir!

Photo by Daisy Anderson from Pexels

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Leaf collection starts in November

Truck performing leaf pickup

The Public Works Department has started collecting leaves in hot spots across the City of Lenoir. All residents will get at least three leaf pickups between November and January.

Residents should rake or blow leaves into piles behind the curb or ditch line. Be sure to remove all bricks, rocks, sticks, or glass. Those items can injure employees and damage equipment.

Residents will get three leaf pickups - one pickup in November, one...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Paving on Mulberry Street starts Monday

Paving message board on Mulberry Street in Lenoir, Oct. 23, 2020.

Workers will start paving Mulberry Street Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, weather permitting. On-street parking will not be permitted on Mulberry Street during paving. Drivers should expect delays.

Earlier this week, contractors paved Greenhaven Drive from Blowing Rock Boulevard to Arlington Circle and Industrial Court from Morganton Boulevard to Polychem Court. Workers will restripe the lanes on the streets once paving is complete for all three roa...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

City Council honors Jeff Hayes and Roger Barlow

Jeff Hayes and Roger Barlow

The City of Lenoir City Council honored retired employees Jeff Hayes and Roger Barlow Tuesday night, Oct.20, 2020, during the City Council meeting.

Jeff Hayes retired Sept. 1, after 36 years of service with the City. Mr. Hayes started his career with the City of Lenoir in 1984 as a Water Plant Operator. He was promoted to Chief Water Plant Operator in 1989.

Roger Barlow retired Aug. 1, after 30 years ...

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Paving project started this week

Greenhaven Drive from Blowing Rock Boulevard to Arlington Circle was repaved Oct. 19, 2020.

Workers started a paving project this week, and the first street to be resurfaced was Greenhaven Drive. Greenhaven Drive now offers a smooth ride from from Blowing Rock Boulevard to Arlington Circle.

Industrial Court should be paved this week from Morganton Boulevard to Polychem Court, and Mulberry Street will be paved next week from Morganton Boulevard to College Avenue, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen issues. On-street parking on Mulbe...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

City moving forward with some events, canceling others

Christmas Star on Hibriten Mountain

The City of Lenoir plans to hold some holiday events this year and cancel some others based on Centers for Disease Control and State guidelines.

The City is moving forward with the Downtown holiday light show. Staff plans to place a massive Christmas Tree in Downtown, and the City will also hold the Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in December.

"Due to state and federal guidelines,...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

City Council honors Richard Hedrick

Richard Hedrick

The City of Lenoir City Council honored long-time Planning Board member Richard Hedrick Tuesday night, Oct. 6, 2020, during the City Council meeting.

Mr. Hedrick served 23 years on the Planning Board, first as the Extraterritorial representative, then as a regular member. He also was an inaugural member of the Lenoir Historic Preservation Commission. Mr. Hedrick retired off the Planning Board in August...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Like online services? We have a few.

Woman sitting at a desk holding a phone in front of a laptop

The City of Lenoir has several online services available through the City website. We also have plenty of ways to get in touch with City staff.

Pay Online

Our most popular online service is Pay Online. Customers can pay their City utility bills and tax bills via our payment portal. Residents can also set up an automatic bank draft to pay bills. That way, customers don’t have to bother with logging...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

City paving streets

Greenhaven Street in front of the Martin Luther King Jr Center

A couple key thoroughfares in the City of Lenoir will get a fresh layer of asphalt during the next few weeks.

Sections of Greenhaven Street, Industrial Court, and Mulberry Street should be paved by the end of October, weather permitting and barring any unforeseen issues.

Mulberry Street will be paved from Morganton Boulevard to College Avenue. Greenhaven Street wi...

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Posted on: September 17, 2020

Want backyard chickens? There are a few rules.

A chicken hen and eggs, Photo by Alison Burrell from Pexels

City of Lenoir residents can keep backyard chickens as long has they apply for and receive a permit, but backyard roosters aren't very welcome.

City of Lenoir Code allows for up to four backyard chicken hens. Roosters are not allowed under the Backyard Chicken Permit. Residents must apply for a permit and follow the rules outlined in Sec. 3-2 of the City Code:

  • Hens must be kept within an enclosed ...
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Posted on: September 3, 2020

City opening playgrounds and picnic shelters tomorrow

Playground equipment at Lenoir Optimist Park

In response to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order 163 (EO163), the City of Lenoir is opening City playgrounds and picnic shelters at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.

The City’s outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, and skate park will be open as well.

Governor Cooper recently announced that the state will move into Phase 2.5 starting tomorrow. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect and are even ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

City offering payment plans for some utility customers

Calculator and pen on top of financial document

The City of Lenoir recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created financial hardships for some of our residential utility customers.

In an effort to provide a way for customers to bring their balances up to date, the City will offer payment plans for customers who were unable to pay their utility bills since March, April, May, June, and July this year. Customers will have to meet the f...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Utility bill help available for City residents

American bills including five, ten, and twenty

The City of Lenoir and Caldwell County Yokefellow, Inc., are partnering to provide utility bill assistance for City water, sewer, and solid waste fees.

The help only applies to City of Lenoir bills, not any other type of bill such as power, phone, or internet.

Funds are available to residents who live inside the city limits of the City of Lenoir and meet the income requirements. To qualify, gross househol...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Post 29 recognizes Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year

American Legion logo

American Legion Post 29 Commander Wayne Mihelich honored and recognized a City of Lenoir Firefighter and Police Officer Tuesday night Aug. 4, 2020, during the City Council meeting.

Mihelich recognized James Greer as Firefighter of the Year and Chris Maher as Police Officer of the Year for the City of Lenoir.

"Lt. Greer is an integral part of the Fire Department’s success internally and externally," Fire Chief Ken Hair said....

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Barlow retires, several firefighters being promoted this month

From left, Chris Jacobs, Jonathan Wright, Anthony Harrison, Hunter Winkler, and Cassidy Auton.

With the retirement of Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Roger Barlow, several opportunities for promotion within the Fire Department opened up.

Fire Chief Ken Hair has made the following promotions from within the department that will be effective later this month.

Chris Jacobs has been promoted to Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal effective Aug. 24.  Jacobs has served the department since Sep...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

High-tech sludge dryer coming to wastewater treatment plant

Gryphon Drying System input

One of the foundations of modern civilization is indoor plumbing. Running water and flushing toilets make life better. In a city, everything flushed down a toilet doesn't magically disappear. It all gets treated at a sewer plant.

This week, workers started installing a new treatment system at the Lower Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Staff have nicknamed the new equipment "the poop dryer." The new system will replace the plant’s old treatment process, "the poop mi...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

City of Lenoir wins Excellence in Communications Awards

NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards, First Place in Audio, Second Place in Website

The City of Lenoir was among 21 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) 2020 Excellence in Communications Awards.

The City of Lenoir won First Place in Digital Technology - Audio, and Second Place in Digital Technology - Website.

Local government communicators from across North Carolina submitted 192 entries in the 2020 NC3C award program. All entries were judged by p...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Controlled burn on Sunset Street

The front of the house located at 213 Sunset St.

The City of Lenoir Fire Department will perform a controlled burn at 213 Sunset St. tomorrow, June 24, 2020. Residents will see smoke in the area.

The house located at 213 Sunset St. caught fire a couple years ago and has been vacant since. Recently, the property owner asked if the City’s firefighters would use the structure for training purposes. The burn will allow the City’s firefighters to get s...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Statement from Mayor Joe Gibbons Regarding the Death of George Floyd

Joe Gibbons, Mayor

As the Mayor of the City of Lenoir, I wish to express my thoughts regarding the tragic and unnecessary death of Mr. George Floyd that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I join many of our neighbors across our communities and our country who are hurting and angry regarding the senseless brutality that led to the death of Mr. Floyd. I am disturbed and saddened by these actions and the tragic loss of life. There are no excu...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Section of greenway near Days Inn closed

A close up of the sinkhole on the greenway

A small section of the City of Lenoir greenway near Days Inn on US 321 has been closed due to a sink hole.

City staff will repair the sinkhole as soon as possible. Until then, the public should avoid this section of the greenway.

More parking and access points are listed on the greenway page. Click here to visit the Greenway page.

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

WPCC student donates plants to Community Garden

Brandy Richthammer unloads plants from her truck, Friday, May 29, 2020

A Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) horticulture student delivered nearly 1,000 plants to the Community Garden Friday, May 29, 2020. Community garden volunteers will tend the plants this summer and donate the harvest to local ministries.

Brandy Richthammer is a horticulture program student at WPCC. To help raise money for the program, students and staff hold an annual plant sale where they sell plants that have been raised by the spring semester students. Due to COVID-19 lock downs, the p...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

City facilities remaining closed through Safer At Home Phase 2, July 4th Celebration canceled

Safer at Home Phase 2 graphic

City of Lenoir facilities, including the outdoor pool, will remain closed through Safer At Home Phase 2. Staff, with the approval of City Council, also canceled the July 4th celebration.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued his Safer At Home Phase 2 executive order Friday, May 22, 2020. Phase 2 limits mass gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. Click here to read the press release. S...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

No increase in taxes or fees in proposed 2020-2021 budget

FY 2020-2021 Budget Presentation, Scott Hildebran, City Manager, City of Lenoir, NC

City of Lenoir City Manager Scott Hildebran presented his 2020-2021 proposed budget to City Council Tuesday night, May 19, 2020. There is no increase in taxes or fees in the proposed budget.

The proposed budget and presentation are available online at www.cityoflenoir.com/budgetproposal. City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget during the June 2, 2020, regular meeting. After the public hearing, Council will vote on the b...

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