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• The Armed Forces Museum and Archive of the Carolinas, which is set for the Park on Fairview in Mint Hill, is beginning its fundraising campaign in full in the coming weeks. The museum will cost around $2.5 million.

Once a gold assay office, then the Wilson's home in the 1950s, and now a restored gold assay office at the historical society.

• Wayne Wilson surprised his dad JW with a 90th birthday party last week. Even more of a surprise, they held it in the one room house the family lived in for 10 years in the 1950s. The house remained empty for half a decade until a few years ago when it was given to the historical society where it will be restored as a gold assay office in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

• Mint Hill Women’s Club, which originated in Farmwood in 1974, is beginning its new year by looking for new members. Lacey Hampton reports.

• Jamie Jamison profiles Butler defensive lineman Colin Parsons.

• Get previews and recaps for Butler and Independence football.

• Leslie Southerland writes about the act of burning books.