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Kings Mountain Casino Still Stirring up Controversy

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 Close to fifty protesters came out to Tuesday night's Kings Mountain City Council Meeting to oppose the construction of a casino in the area.

Back in September 2013, the Catawba Indian Tribe proposed a casino near the Dixon Road exit near 1-85. It's been met with growing opposition ever since.

In January, a group called the Kings Mountain Awareness Group was formed to educate the community on what leader Adam Forcade believes would be the devastating effects of a casino in the community.

Tuesday night dozens of people signed up to speak during the public hearing portion of the city council meeting. The proposed casino was not on the meeting agenda, but people against its construction are taking every opportunity they can to make their opinions heard by decision makers.

Forcade says he believes the casino will bring crime and poverty to the area. Charles Carrigan disagrees. He stood up at the meeting to tell council members that Cleveland County needs the jobs the casino would bring.

All but one city council member believe the casino would be a positive thing for the city. They have sent their letters of support to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs -- the bureau that still needs to make a decision as to whether or not the piece of land currently designated for the casino will be placed in trust.

 

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