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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Don’t forget that Sunday is Valentine’s Day. I researched the origin of this specific holiday, and some of the origins are kind of dark. I won’t even print any of that. One site said that Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love, while another one stated “flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about.” In 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since. Teachers receive the most Valentine’s cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million cards with teachers, classmates, and family members. Additionally, 196 million roses are produced to celebrate the holiday. All I can say is, Wow! Just tell someone you love them, and make their day.

The senior citizens of Oak Ridge Baptist Church wish to thank the youth and their leaders for the Valentine Banquet they sponsored on Saturday, Feb. 6. They said the meal and program were wonderful.

Gene Isbell was honored with a birthday party Saturday, Feb. 6 at The Sandy Ridge Community Center. Over 90 people attended, including his brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Cindy Isbell, from Louisville, KY. Gene’s family would like to thank everyone who came and made a wonderful and memorable day for him.

J. R. Joyce remains a patient at Baptist Hospital and needs our prayers.

I spoke with Madeline Watkins who is at home now. She was admitted to the hospital and spent several days before being diagnosed with a heart condition. But, she said the procedure that was performed went well and all is now under control.

Riverside Baptist Church (located on Amostown Road) is having a Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner in the church fellowship hall on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p. m. The cost is $7.00, and you may call Carolyn Manuel at 416-5785 to purchase tickets in advance.

Madeline Watkins has news from Delta United Methodist Church. They are having a Valentine luncheon on Valentine’s Day right after morning service. They are serving soup, sandwich and dessert, and everyone is welcome. Also, don’t forget Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 17 at 7 p. m.

Sandy Ridge Music Association is proud to welcome The Molly Rose Band and Swift Creek who will be performing on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p. m. at The Sandy Ridge Community Center. We will have concessions and 50/50 raffle. We would like to thank Stokes County Arts Council for renewing their sponsorship this year. Please come out and support this community event; we have some awesome musicians and singers who come to our small town to entertain us.

As of Friday, Feb. 5, Southern Styles is offering Chair Massage every Friday. Walk-ins are welcome. Call Melissa at 871-2060 for more information. She said this is especially good for neck and shoulder pain. What a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift to give your sweetheart.


I think this guy could write a book about his life. He stays so very busy. Willard Nelson was born Dec. 17, 1929 to Jesse and Maggie Nelson at the Nelson home place. He attended school in Sandy Ridge, but had to quit to take care of his mother and sister after his father passed away. He has farmed all his life, but in winter he said he has worked second shift at Macfield and also did construction work. He has been married to Hazel, who is his second wife, for 17 years. He has a son, Johnny, who lives in San Antonio, TX. He is a truck driver, and gets to see him occasionally. His other son, Barry, lives at the Nelson farm and is a used car dealer. He also has an adopted grandson, Paul Nelson, and a step-son, Donald Stevens.

Willard was a volunteer with Northeast Stokes Fire Department for 46 years. He resigned in 2015. He is the Soil and Water Supervisor for Stokes County, and has been for 9 years. He was voted in for another four year term in 2015. He also has been the Stokes County Fire Commissioner for 3 years and is now serving his final year. Willard is on the Sandy Ridge Music Association committee, and helps out immensely. You can see him there selling 50/50 raffle tickets most every month. Willard also works part-time at Colonial Funeral Home Stokes Chapel. He has been assisting with funerals for 10 years.

He has been a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church for 46 years. He has served as deacon for 40 years, and has also taught Sunday school.

One of his hobbies, or interests, is playing Rook. He used to love to play baseball, and has played for Sandy Ridge, Buffalo Store and Five Forks; just to mention a few. He pulls for the Atlanta Braves; and, even though they lost, for Carolina Panthers.

Once a year he attends the Soil and Water District Convention. NC has 100 counties and 96 have soil and water districts. This is a huge convention, and is held in different locations each year. He said he considers this a vacation; but, his dream vacation is anywhere in the mountains. He said he enjoys going to Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

I asked him if he had a bucket list. He said, “not really. I want to continue to serve the Lord until I die. And, by orders from my doctor, stay active.”

Thank you, Willard, for taking the time to let us get to know you better. Thanks for all you do, and have done, for the community.


“When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But, when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.”

—Albert Einstein


Hobo Cabbage

1 – 2 lbs. Neese’s Sausage

1 head of cabbage, coarsely chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 cans tomatoes

Salt and pepper, to taste

Brown and drain sausage. In large pot, add all ingredients, and cook until most all of liquid is evaporated. Serve with cornbread and sour cream.

This is a meal, all by itself.

Lemon Cheesecake Squares

1 ½ cups flour

1 stick margarine

½ cup finely chopped pecans

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

12 oz. Cool Whip

1 can lemon pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crust: Mix flour, margarine and nuts like pie crust and pat into bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes, and cool.

Filling: Cream together cream cheese, sugar and ½ of Cool Whip. Spread over crust. Spread lemon pie filling. Spread remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate. Cut into squares.

This is a light and delicious recipe. Everyone always wants the recipe.

I was with my ten year old grandson this past Monday when he was told that his Dad had passed away. I saw his little innocent face instantly transform and crumple into total heartache. I felt so helpless knowing I could not do anything to ease his pain. Only time will help; and love and support

from his family. Please tell your little ones that you love them, and show them. Let your hug be their safe haven. And remember that tomorrow is promised to no man. Ephesians 4:26 states let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Be careful of the last words you speak to someone. Because, they could really be the last ones you speak to them.

And, about that Panthers game. All I can say is “keep pounding, maybe next year.” But, I did enjoy all the good Super Bowl food and fellowship with friends and family.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 336-341-8707, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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