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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Don’t forget about the Brunswick Stew that is being sponsored by the Sandy Ridge Community Center Committee on Saturday, January 16. Place your order by calling 871-2529, 871-8477, or any committee member. David Manuel is preparing the stew which will be ready by 11 a. m. Pick up in the downstairs part of the community center. All proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the building.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mary Lee Hawkins Handy who passed away January 7. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 16 at 11 a. m. at Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

Betty Steele, wife of Norman, has pneumonia. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Please go by the Veterans Memorial at The Sandy Ridge Community Center. Girl Scout Troop #2072 has worked hard on this memorial for the community. Junior Girl Scouts (4h and 5th graders) Molly Anderson, Hannah Dunaway, Mattie Joyce, Raychel Shelton and Cerdwin Carter met Saturday, January 9 to clean up the area. They added 22 bags of mulch and replaced the boot and rifle statue that has been repaired. There is a marker there with the names of local soldiers who were KIA (killed in action). The junior girl scouts are in Phase 1 which means they are working on a bronze award. Phase 2 will begin in March, and the girls will be feeding homeless veterans. The girls also installed a fence around the memorial which was donated by Margo and the late Kenneth Brown. They are to be commended for a job well done. If you see them out and about Sandy Ridge; please thank them for all they are doing for the community.

The Sandy Ridge Music Association had a good crowd at their monthly bluegrass singing on Saturday, January 9. The Shelton Brothers and Robert Tilley & The Hard Times Band really put on a good show. Please join us Saturday, February 13 as we welcome The Molly Rose Band and Swift Creek; and then on Saturday March 12, The Marshall Brothers & High Road and Almost There.


No one called to nominate a citizen of the week; so I chose Kay Harris. You probably have met her if you have ever been in the post office; she has worked there for 22 years.

Kay was born at home on February 19, 1947 to Troy and Margaret Brown. She has lived in Sandy Ridge all her life. She attended school in Sandy Ridge and was the first graduating class at North Stokes in 1965. She married Terry Harris the same year (they were married for 46 years), and they had two sons. Kevin was born in 1968 and was killed in 1992 in a motorcycle accident. Her son, Kris, was born in 1975 and lives in Sandy Ridge. Kay has two sisters, Kathy and Karol who live in the area. She also had a brother, Ken, who has passed away. Kay lost her husband April 27, 2011 due to an unexpected, massive heart attack.

Kay worked at Madison Throwing in the 60’s, and then some at the school before going to work at the post office in 1993. Her hobbies are walking, cooking (when she gets a chance) and reading. Her favorite TV program is The Voice and Bill Gaither shows. The Sandy Ridge graduating class of 1965 gathers once a month at Red Top Café for breakfast. Sometimes there may be as many as 14 or more. Kay is a lifetime member of Sandy Ridge Presbyterian Church. Her favorite vacation was a cruise to the Bahamas that she got to enjoy with her husband three months before he passed away.

I asked Kay, as I have asked others in the past, is there anything about yourself that people who know you would be surprised to know? She said, “no answer to that; ain’t no telling.” She also asked me not to print that. But, she was laughing when she said it; so I printed it anyway. 

Thank you, Kay, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.”

—Will Rogers


Sweet & Spicy Bacon Chicken

Chicken Breast Strips (I buy a bag of frozen chicken and cut into strips.)

Garlic Powder

Chili Powder

Salt and Pepper


Brown Sugar

Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder. Wrap in bacon and roll in brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees until crispy, 30 – 40 minutes.

Paula Deen’s House Seasoning

1 cup salt

¼ cup black pepper

¼ cup garlic powder

Mix well. Store in shaker near stove for convenience.

This lasts awhile, and is good on vegetables and all meats.

Recipe Tip

If you have a recipe that calls for buttermilk; you can make your own by adding 1 tsp. of distilled white vinegar to 1 cup fresh milk. Let sour for 5 minutes.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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