• Independence High School Principal Mark Bosco talks about what parents can expect next year when most of Mint Hill will be in the Independence school zone.

• It’s a family affair at Bain and Butler! Staff writer Lacey Hampton writes about three generations of teachers and students at Bain; she also reports on three sets of sisters on the Butler cheerleading squad.

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• Tim Long writes about the Larsens on Highway 218 who have grown 25 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. It’s an organic operation and get this: tomatoes are only $1 a pound and their stand is on honor system!

• High school football is back. Read about Independence’s amazing 42-41 win over Mallard Creek and Butler’s victory over state-powerhouse Mt. Tabor. It’s another great year for prep football in this area!

• Also, don’t miss photos of Art in the Park and fire department training!

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