Mint Hill Madness vendor applications ready Space available for arts and craft, businesses and nonprofits

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness is fast approaching and individuals, businesses, and nonprofits who would like to participate are invited to apply for booth space for the Memorial Day weekend outdoor festival.Mint Hill Madness Logo

This year’s festival will take place at Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy. 218.

Mint Hill Madness will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm; Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm; and Sunday 12-5 pm.

Arts and craft vendor booths will close at dark due to limited lighting. Continue reading


Local Veteran says ‘Thank you’

John Boone, 63, of Mint Hill, spent around 10 hours waving Marine Corps and American flags on the bridge over 485 at the Lawyers Road exit last Sunday, to show his gratitude and support for veterans and the country they fight for.

Boone, his four brothers, and his father all served in the military, and Boone served in the USMC 2nd Force Recon for five years, stationed in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

“I had the flags, had the truck and had the time,” Boone said. “I just wanted to do something for the Veterans and for America on Memorial Day. I just wanted to say, thank you. So, I just got up and went.”

Boone got plenty of support from passing motorists, saying that he kept wanting to quit, but people kept honking, waving, and stopping by. He had Iraq and Afghanistan veterans stop by, and a family took pictures with him. “I was surprised and honored. So, I stayed,” Boone said. “America is full of fantastic people. That’s the good news, is America is full of good people. From all walks of life, lots of people stopped by… It was unbelievable, unbelievable, I will never forget it.” PHOTOS COURTESY BROOKE BOONE