Merrel and Martha Banner of Hoschton celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 24, 2010. A golden anniversary party held in their honor at Luna's in Gainesville was given by their daughter Lisa Banner O'Connor, daughter and son-in-law Maria and Alan Cleveland, daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Jim Bullard and sister and brother-in-law BJ and Stewart Martin.
Retired Col. John and Barbara Avery of Hoschton celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 10, 2010. A reception was held in their honor at Grace Church in Gainesville and was given by their children Angela Brisendine, Jill Scoville, JohnAvery and Linda Wood.
The couple have four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.