Imogene Downs Messer, born on Oct. 9, 1920, celebrated her 100th birthday at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2020, with family and friend Dorothy Morrow at the home of her son, Harold Dean Messer.

Maggie Valley Club hosted a unique celebration Oct. 10, in honor of Warren Bateman’s 98th birthday. Family, friends, and MVC members participated in a socially distanced, drive-by birthday greeting under the club’s porte-cochere.

The Rev. Darrell and Jane Webb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11, 2020. They were married at the Ninevah Baptist Church in Waynesville in 1970. They have two daughters, Misty Littlewood, who lives in New Zealand and Amy Mendez, who lives in Waynesville.

Raymond and Dianne Brooks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29. The couple were married at Green Valley Baptist Church in Waynesville on Aug. 29, 1970.

On July 2, Jean and Ulus Burnette celebrated their ‘diamond’ anniversary. Married on July 2, 1960, the Burnettes are celebrating many happy years together.

A 42-year employee in the same business is almost unheard of in today’s world. Canton resident Alan Caldwell retired as assistant manager of the Western NC Farmers Market, Asheville, Dec. 31.

Stephanie Gunter and Stephen Daniel Rice were married Oct. 19 in Canton, in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Michael Nations.

Pauline Russell celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday, Nov. 3, at a birthday reception given to her by her children at Spring Hill Baptist Church.

Waynesville residents Johnny and Pat (Franklin) Price celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends Oct. 6. They were married Oct. 8, 1969.

Samantha Bryant, of Candler, and Blake Franklin, of Canton, were married Saturday, May 4, at Hidden Valley Farm in Clyde. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Wes Austin.

Ms. Tammy Best and Mr. Jerry Wells of Clyde are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Lynn Wells, to Jacob Erwin Hollifield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hollifield of Waynesville. 

The Moody Family Reunion will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, at 4192 Soco Road.

Gerald "Bud" and Sandra Robinson Kirkpatrick of Waynesville are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20.

Dennis and Cheralyn Kendel will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 3-5 p.m., on Aug. 26, at the Ministry Activities Center at First Baptist Church.

Peyton Rebecca Fisher was awarded a bachelor of business administration in risk management and insurance, at the University of Mississippi’s commencement ceremony in Oxford, Mississippi, May 12.

Picture right to left is Ollie Price Green; daughter, Cora Lee York; grandson, John York; great granddaughter, Miranda York Wainscott, and great-great granddaughters Jordyn, Lily, Aaria and Mallory Wainscott.

Mariah Margaux Rock graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, last May in mass communication, journalism.

Francis Rhinehart celebrates her 90th birthday this week and is delighted to be part of five generations of family. 

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) is featuring local artist, Jeannie Theodore demonstrating fabric “Confetti Naturescapes” techniques on July 7 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts, 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville. The events is from 1-4 p.m. 

This July, the Haywood County Arts Council is proud to feature forty artists in its annual HCAC Artist Member Show. The show is a celebration of our community, allowing locals to share their great work.

Faith and Haylen Allen announce the birth of their daughter, Noelle Ruth Jaynes-Allen. She was born on March 2, 2018, at 7:52 a.m. weighing 7 lbs 10 oz. 

Randy and Sandy Denman, of Clyde, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 6.

Wiley Howell Smith is remembered throughout Haywood County as the funny-yet-strict English teacher at Waynesville Township High School and the man who walked all over town.

To celebrate 41 years of marriage, the family of Ronnie and Sandra (Parks) Hyder of  Iron Duff are gathering for an anniversary celebration for their parents on March 26.

Brittany Pomery and Christopher Wood of Canton have announced the birth of their son.

Lauren Elizabeth Davis of Greenville, South Carolina and William Jeffrey Hilderbran, also of Greenville, were united in marriage on March 13, 2018, by the Rev. Susan Leonard-Ray at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville.

Steven and Andrea Swartz announce the birth of their son Sawyer Lee Swartz on Feb. 3, 2018, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces at birth. He joins his sister Natalia, 9, and brother Kayden, 7.

Kelly Wiegand, of Charlotte, was joined in marriage to Spencer Overcash, of Charlotte, on Oct. 1, 2017, at The Inn at Tranquility Farm in Waynesville.

Adam and Heather Taylor, of Canton, announce the birth of a daughter, Kynlee Taylor, Dec. 16, 2017, at Mission Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce at birth, and joins sibling Khloe, 7.

Buster and Janie Price, of Waynesville, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 20, 2017. They were married on Dec. 20, 1957, at the old Woodland Baptist Church in Clyde.

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Wilburn and Frances Murphy Holland, of Canton, will celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on Nov. 6, 2017. They were married Nov. 6, 1948, in Clayton, Georgia.

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Jared and Denise Sharp announce the birth of their daughter, Selah LeeAnn Sharp, on July 5, 2017, in Asheville. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

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Robert and Peggy Stiles, of Waynesville, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Wells Event Center, 248 N. Main St., Waynesville.

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