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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Mark your calendars, and don’t forget, Delta United Methodist Church is showing the movie, “War Room” on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 p. m. as Sunday Matinee returns. Popcorn and drinks will be supplied, and everyone is invited.

Sympathy is extended to the following family and friends of:

George Jefferson Amos, Sr. passed away Feb. 15. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a member of The American Legion.

James Tommy “Billy” Martin passed away Feb. 19.

Oak Ridge Baptist Church is celebrating their 150th anniversary. Lena Priddy states they are in the process of gathering material and asks if anyone has pictures from past weddings to please contact her or Donna Mitchell.

Don’t forget about the Danbury Community Cookbook that will be published soon. Ladies from different parts of the county are sending in recipes. You can submit recipes by e-mail to, or drop off at the library. To pre-order a cookbook, call the library at 593-2419.

Two of the Sandy Ridge Bulldog’s teams battled it out Monday night at North Stokes. Sandy Ridge 1 Team, coached by Robert Shemo, won and will advance to continue in the tournament. Team members are: Brandon Shemo, Tyler Wood, Isaac Dodson, Hunter Shelton, Lydia Cook, Carl Hylton, Michael Stahly and Brittany Murray.

Sandy Ridge 2 Team, coached by Jeremiah Deskins, played valiantly and with all their heart. Team members are: Kaiden Deskins, Brendan Hairston, Blake Hailey, Luke Brown, Ada Hassan, Shawn Duncan, Kaitlin Mays, Jaden Brim and Timothy Chalmers.

The coaches, families and friends are so proud of all you have learned and accomplished this year.


This man was recommended for Citizen of the Week; so, someone out there wants to know more about Joe James. Joe, son of Sam and Novella James, was born and raised in Kernersville. He attended Kernersville Elementary, Kernersville Jr. High and graduated from East Forsyth High School. All his siblings have passed away except for a sister, Donna, who lives in Rural Hall. He and his family moved to Stokes County 31 years ago. His wife, Ruth, passed away six years ago from cancer. His children, Joey and Jessica live in Sandy Ridge. Between the two of them, they have blessed him with eight grandchildren.

Joe started Piedmont Stone in Kernersville in 1975; then relocated the business to Stokes County. In 2000, he bought property and moved the business to Stoneville. He proudly stated that all his

employees live in Stokes County. I am sure they appreciate his loyalty and support of the county. He says that he used to farm in Kernersville and Stokes County; but, has not farmed for about ten years. He was Fire Chief for NE Stokes Volunteer Fire Department for about seven years. He is still a volunteer, as well as Safety Officer. As Safety Officer, he ensures that everybody goes home safe and all are accounted for.

Joe loves to travel, and his favorite vacation spot is Morehead City. He also enjoys fishing and hunting. On his bucket list is more travel. He has never been to Alaska or Maine, and that is definitely a future goal.

If he could have dinner with anyone, just one more time, he said, “by all means, my wife.”

Joe’s grandparents lived in Sandy Ridge; so, for that reason a felt a pull back to small town life. He said, “It’s a good place to live.”

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


“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?”

—Steve Jobs 1955-2011

What happened on this day: February 25

02/25/1913 – US Federal Taxes Start: The Sixteenth Amendment which paved the way for the U. S. adoption of income tax, was ratified.

02/25/1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U. S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U. S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

02/25/2004 – This was the opening day of The Passion of the Christ, a film directed by Mel Gibson.

There are 310 days remaining until the end of the year.


Coca-Cola Cake

1 ½ cups unsalted butter

2 cups flour (all purpose)

1 ½ cups mini marshmallows

1 tsp. baking soda

5 tbsp. cocoa, unsweetened

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup Coca-Cola

6 tbsp. Coca-Cola

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup buttermilk

2 cups sugar

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

¾ cup chopped pecans

Combine flour and sugar in mixing bowl. Heat 1 cup butter, 3 tbsp. cocoa and 1 cup Coca-Cola to boiling and pour over the flour and sugar. Mix thoroughly. Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and marshmallows, and mix well. Bake in a prepared 9 x 13 pan for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Frost while hot.

Frosting: In saucepan, combine ½ cup butter, 2 tbsp. cocoa and 6 tbsp. cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour over confectioner’s sugar, and mix well. Mix in pecans and spread over hot cake. If too thick, add a few drops of cola.

This is a recipe of Paula Deen’s which I have baked several times.

Glazed Carrots

2 lbs. carrots

Cook carrots 10 – 25 minutes in boiling, salted water until tender. Melt 1 cup butter in heavy pan and add 1 cup brown sugar. Stir until melted, add the cooked carrots, and cook slowly until carrots are well glazed.

You may use canned carrots, but fresh carrots are much better. This is a recipe from Fannie Farmer, the first cook book I bought as a newlywed. Contact Carolyn Craig at 341-8707, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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