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Kelly and Luka Kinard from High Point will speak about vaping Jan. 24.

The Mooresville Graded School District will host a forum on the dangers of vaping in schools on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Mooresville High School.

Speakers at the 7 p.m. event will include Kelly and Luka Kinard, a mother and son from High Point whose experience with vaping addiction and its ramifications have been covered by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News.

Also scheduled to speak are:

• Dr. Matthew CiRullo of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, who will discuss the medical effects vaping has on youths.

• Carleen Crawford, regional tobacco control manager, will discuss trends in vaping, the effects on youths and specifically the viral rise in “Juuling.”

• Maj. Ron Chilton and Officer Dan Walther of the Mooresville Police Department, who will discuss the effects of vaping in Mooresville.

The speakers will answer questions following the presentations. The school district asks that questions be emailed in advance by Monday, Jan. 21, to Tanae McLean at

The forum will be in the school’s Performing Arts Center along Magnolia Street.

Library to close for MLK holiday

The Mooresville Public Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

As always, when the library is closed, no library materials are due. Book drop boxes will be open, but often overflow when the library is closed. The library suggests returning items when the facility is open.


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