Madness is finally here, let’s hope the rain stays away. If you didn’t get the complimentary copy of the Mint Hill Times in your driveway yesterday, pick one up at one of our boxes around town. This week’s paper is chocked full of great stories as well as advertisements from local businesses. In a down economy, no one needs our support more than our hometown businesses, so we encourage you to patronize them! So what’s in the paper this week?

• Did you know the winner of Big Brother, Jordan Lloyd,  is not from Matthews, but actually from Mint Hill? She grew up in Farmwood and says the first thing she’s going to do with the $500,000 check is help her mom get into a new house. Read an interview with her and see pictures of the Big Brother after-party in this week’s paper.

• Lacey Hampton reports that veterans are excited about the potential military museum at the Park on Fairview. Last night, the commissioner voted 5-0 in favor of moving forward with the planning stages of the museum. Early conceptional drawings were also shown. This has the potential to be a world class military museum.

• You want Madness? This week’s paper has it! You can find last minute additions to the festival, find out how to register for the chili cookoff, read interviews with some of the musicians who will play the festival and get a full schedule in our annual complimentary edition of the Times.

• Find out what the candidates for mayor and commissioners of Mint Hill are saying in our annual candidate survey previewing November’s election.

• What is up with the Bridges at Mint Hill Mall? Why is high school football so good in this town? Tim Long answers those questions and more in a section we call Mint Hill: FAQ. (And if you have questions you would like us to find answers to, send them on!)

We may not be the biggest paper in the world, but the Mint Hill Times is proud to be your only true hometown newspaper!