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The Evergreen Foundation has recently modified its eligibility criteria for prospective grantees. This spring the foundation will host a series of informational sessions in each county to review grant criteria and application requirements. Dates and locations will be posted on the Evergreen Foundation web site.

The Evergreen Foundation’s mission is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment, and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs. Foundation grants are available to support programs and services in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.


Edwin and Joanne Nolen of Cartoogechaye will celebrate their 55th anniversary on Jan. 23 at a square dance weekend at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The couple was married Jan. 23, 1960, in Mason, Ohio.

The couple has three children, Chuck Nolen, Bill Nolen and Jenny Porter and twin grandchildren, Samantha and Sydney Nolen.





David A. and Janice Dills McClure of Franklin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19.

The couple was married on that date in 1964 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Franklin.

They experienced a special family weekend celebration at Alpine Mountain Village Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The couple has two children, Lori Smith and husband Chuck, and Kristi Geoghagan and husband Michael of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Alyssa Smith and Bryson Geoghagan.

John and Sharon Stokes celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 22.

Their family, son John and daughter/son-in-law Cheryl and Evron Rogers presented them with a stay at the Biltmore Inn in Asheville.

The couple were married Dec. 22, 1954, in Jacksonville, Fla.

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