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Carolyn Manuel of Riverside Baptist Church invites everyone to their homecoming on Sunday, March 6. This will be held in the church fellowship hall after Sunday morning service. The Master’s Hearts from the Asheboro area will be singing. They were at the very first service in Danbury and now, fifteen years later, will be performing at the church’s new location. This is a covered dish lunch, and the doors are always open.

Lena Priddy asked that everyone remember Cleo Lemons in your prayers. He had a stroke early Sunday morning and is a patient at Baptist Hospital. Also, Dewey Hall has been in the hospital, but is now recuperating at home.

Danbury Public Library is still needing recipes for the Danbury Community Cookbook. You may submit by e-mail to, or drop off at library. To pre-order, call 593-2419.


Someone recommended this lady, and said that she has led an interesting life. And after talking with Kaye Isbell, I sincerely agree.

Kaye, daughter of Otha and Lena Priddy, was born in Greensboro. Her Dad was in the service (11th Airborne Corp.) when she was born; so, her mother and siblings would stay at one of the grandparent’s homes. She has two brothers, Otha, Jr. who lives in Richmond, VA and Kenny who lives in Lawsonville. She attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and Sandy Ridge High School. She attended business college for a year, and then got into daycare.

She met her husband, Gene, while on a trip to Myrtle Beach with some friends. He literally bumped into her, and they spent more time together at the pavilion that night. He had just joined the Army (82nd Airborne), and was stationed at Ft. Bragg. She and her friends drove him back to the base on their way home. She recalls the date, the last weekend in June, 1963. His family was living in Louisville, KY at that time. He went home that weekend and told his parents that he had met the one he was going to marry. He bought a ring, and they married in August of the same year at a church in Ft. Bragg. This August will be their 53rd anniversary. And they said it wouldn’t last. She agreed with me when I said, “don’t you just love to prove people wrong?”

They have four children. Patrice, the oldest, lives in Australia. She has two children, Cheyenne and Kayleigh. Paula has two children, Ashley and Josh. Ashley is a nurse and lives in Greenville. Terry lives in Clemmons with her daughter, Elizabeth. Her only son, Nick, now lives in Greenville and has a daughter, Tesla. He is a nurse, and has recently been accepted to Duke in their nurse practitioner program.

Kaye stated she has lived in several states, including AK, GA, NY, IN, TX, KY and NC. Her favorite place would have to be Alaska at Ft. Richardson which is outside of Anchorage. He youngest child was born there. She said her Mom told her three things happen if you move to Alaska. You get a divorce, a fur coat or a baby. She told her she would buy her the fur coat; just don’t get divorced or come back with a baby. Well…… things happen, and Kaye came home with a baby boy (finally) whom her Mom adored. Her husband, Gene, has been stationed all over the world; but, finally retired from the Army in 1990. Two of her children served in the military. Patrice was at Desert Storm and Nick served two tours in Iraq. After Gene retired, they lived in High Point for a while before moving to Sandy Ridge, also in 1990.

Kaye worked at a day care on post; and, then after moving back to the area, she worked at Macfield at their day care in Mayodan. She later would work for Kid’s World in Stoneville and Honeycomb in Mayodan. Her hobbies, today, are taking care of Gene and visiting with her grandchildren. She and Gene like to travel. That’s a good thing when your kids don’t live near; and you got to travel to see those grandchildren. She and Gene enjoy going to concerts, and her favorite is Kenny Chesney. They are a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. She is also on the Sandy Ridge Community Center committee, and she is the one to call if you need to reserve the center.

If she could have lunch with anyone just one more time, she said it would be her Dad.

An interesting, little known fact – her pet peeve is “stuck up people.” Also, if she could have a brand new house; she would want it right where she lives now. She said Gene always wanted to live in Sandy Ridge. But, it took some getting used to having to drive so far to get to things. On a military post, everything is right there. But, as long as her Mom lives here, she said, “I’m not going anywhere.”

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


“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” – Johnny Depp

Holidays in February

Chinese New Year, National Freedom Day, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Black History Month, American Heart Month, Chocolate Lover’s Month, National Bird Feeding Month and National Dental Month.

The one I am really interested in is Chocolate Lover’s Month, because I LOVE chocolate. We celebrate successes, birthdays and holidays with chocolate. This awareness month exists to promote chocolate knowledge. So, remember, to celebrate with chocolate responsibly! There’s chocolate in every sentence. My mouth is watering for a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

Also, we can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it – both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.

Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.

Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.


Cheeseburger ‘N’ Fries Casserole

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 can (10 ¾ oz.) condensed golden mushroom soup, undiluted

1 can (10 ¾ oz.) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted

1 pkg. (20 oz.) frozen crinkle-cut French fries

In a skillet, brown the beef; drain. Stir in soups. Pour into a greased 13” x 9” x 2” baking dish. Arrange French fries on top. Bake, uncovered, at 350^ for 50 – 55 minutes, or until the fries are golden brown. 6 – 8 servings.

This is an easy, 4 ingredient, recipe that is simply delicious.

Mandarin Orange Cake

1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

½ cup Crisco Oil

4 eggs

1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, undrained

Mix cake mix, oil, eggs and oranges. Bake in 2 or 3 9” cake pans for 25 or 30 minutes at 325^. (If you wish, you may use a sheet cake pan.)


1 (3 oz.) pk. vanilla instant pudding

1 (8 oz.) container of Cool Whip

1 large can unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained

Mix and spread between layers, sides and top of cake.

This cake is very moist; keep in refrigerator.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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