I just saw some of the coaches for Independence football at the Rock Store BBQ in Mint Hill, including head coach Bill Geiler. Always looking for a scoop, I asked if they were ready for Mallard Creek Friday night at Patriots’ Stadium. Unlike past seasons for Independence, where the answer would have been “yes, but not sure how bad we will beat them,” Geiler hedged his bets and said “we will see.” A key to the game? Geiler said they have to protect QB Evan Guest.

Want more football? Check out this week’s Mint Hill Times for previews of both Independence and Butler. (Next week we preview the new school in town, Rocky River.) Butler is loaded, while Independence is rebuilding. Should  be an interesting year for Mint Hill prep football.

Also in this week’s paper:

Town officials expect Thompson Road to reopen tomorrow.

• Town officials expect Thompson Road to reopen tomorrow. But what was the delay of about a month all about?

• Want input about where new sidewalks will go in the town? Read about the current Pedestrian Plan that the town is developing.

• It’s Art in the Park this Sunday at The Park on Wilgrove. Read Lacey Hampton’s article on what’s new this year.

• This week’s editorial asks the question: Why did Christian LeMay, now former QB and student Butler, get a 40 day suspension for a supposed “youthful infraction?” It’s reminiscent to the way former Independence Coach Tom Knotts was treated by CMS.

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