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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

I went to Madison on Sunday evening and saw the sign outside Oak Ridge Baptist Church that said, “It’s never too late to begin again.” When I came back a couple hours later, there had been an accident, and the sign was demolished. Stacy Bullins, I hope you are doing okay.

Lena Priddy states that the Sandy Ridge Community Center Committee will be sponsoring a Brunswick Stew on Saturday, January 16. Call 871-2529 or 871-8477, or any other committee member, to place an order. The stew will be $6.00/qt.,and David Manuel will be preparing. Go to the downstairs part of the building to pick up stew. All proceeds will be for the upkeep of the building.

Sandy Ridge Music Association’s monthly bluegrass singing will be Saturday, January 9 beginning at 6:00 p. m. at The Sandy Ridge Community Building. The Shelton Brothers, Robert Tilley and the Hard Times Band as well as The Fitzgerald Family will be performing. 50/50 raffle and concessions will be available. Please come out and support these wonderful singers and awesome musicians.

Last week, I listed some of the resolutions made by people around the community. Here are a few more, and as I stated last week, I will revisit at the end of the year to see if all have accomplished their resolutions/goals.

Lena Priddy: “Keep going at the rate I’m going now.”

Faye Shelton: “Be a better person; be more forgiving and less judgmental.”

The girls at the post office –

Kay Harris: “Take more time for myself.”

Mandy Knight: “Slow down and enjoy life more.”

Dorothy Manuel: “Get out and explore.”

Shannon Bruce: “Ride my motorcycle as much as possible this year, live healthier and spend more time with family.”

The girls at Dollar General –

Taylor Michels: “Keep a job and go to college.”

Ashley Grubb: “Save money.”

Sandy Ridge Elementary School –

Tessa Joyce: “Show more love to everyone.”

Kerri Hooker: “Buy a house.”

Ashley Caldwell: “To be the best Mom I can be.”

Thanks everyone for your resolutions.

Jeremiah Deskins would like to thank everyone who gave a gift to Michael Wilmoth’s daughter, Kayleigh, for Christmas. Her grandmother said she liked all of them.


Faye Shelton was born in Martinsville, VA and lived in Spencer until the age of four. Her family then moved to Rockingham County. After her parents divorced, she moved with her mother and brothers to Stokes County at the age of 17. She attended Stoneville High part of the 10th grade and finished at North Stokes. She graduated June 6, 1975 and married her sweetheart, Lewis Shelton, June 8, 1975. She and Lewis have two sons, John (age 35) and Benjamin (age 29). John lives in Sandy Ridge and Benjamin lives in New Bern. They have two grandchildren, Bryce and Saidee. Faye was Assistant Teacher at Sandy Ridge Elementary for 31 years. She retired in 2008 after her husband was involved in a logging accident. They lease land in VA where they have cows and put up hay in the summer. Her new venture is raising 12 chickens; mainly for granddaughter, Saidee. They attend Mayo Christian Church in Spencer, VA.

I met Faye at the school where my children attended with her children. She always has a smile on her face. I asked her, “how do you do that?” She said, “I thank the Lord for giving me strength to do what I have to do. I try to keep a positive outlook on life, and live one day at a time.” I also asked her if she could have dinner with anyone, who it would be. She said, “my grandmother, Ruby Fulcher.” One of her hobbies is writing the kids and adult bulletin for church. I also asked her if there was anything that people would be surprised to know about her. She said she is overcoming her fear of the dark. But, with a flashlight always handy.

Thank you, Faye, for taking the time to let us get to know you better. If anyone wants to nominate a citizen of the week; please give me a call.


“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth


Zesty Party Meatballs

2 lbs. ground beef

1 cup corn flake crumbs

1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

2 tbsp. dried onion flakes

½ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

2 eggs

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp. soy sauce

Sauce: 1 can (16 oz.) jellied cranberry sauce

1 bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce

2 tbsp. packed brown sugar

1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 350. For meatballs, combine all ingredients in large bowl. Shape into 1” balls. Place in single layer in two 13 x 9 baking dishes. For sauce, combine all ingredients in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and well blended. Pour evenly over meatballs. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through. Transfer to chafing dish, if desired. Serve hot. Yield: about 60 meatballs.

Scalloped Potatoes & Sausage:

6 – 8 large potatoes

½ – ¾ lb. bulk sausage

3 tbsp. butter or margarine

2 ½ tbsp. flour

2 cups milk

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp. dried parsley

Peel and slice potatoes into thin rounds. Cook until tender. Drain and put in a greased casserole dish. Fry sausage, drain and place on top of potatoes.

Cheese Sauce:

Melt butter in frying pan. Blend in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and cook over medium heat until thick. Add cheese and seasonings, cook until cheese melts. Pour over potatoes and sausage. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

My grandchildren are my “taste testers.” So, when they ask, “when are you fixing those potatoes and sausage”, I know it’s a hit.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 341-8707, or e-mail if you have Sandy Ridge News.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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