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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Cleo Lemons who passed away on Saturday, March 5. The “Music Man” will be greatly missed.

Please join The Sandy Ridge Music Association as we welcome The Marshall Brothers and High Road as well as Almost There on Saturday, March 12. We will begin at 6 p. m. at The Sandy Ridge Community Center. We do have concessions and will have a 50/50 raffle.

Mark your calendars for the Annual Bluegrass Show at Sandy Ridge Elementary School on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p. m. Alan Bibey & Grasstowne will be headlining the show. Also performing is Rich In Tradition. Jay Adams states that the fire department will be handling concessions. This event is sponsored by Ferguson Lumber, Inc. and benefits Sandy Ridge Elementary School.

Today is The International Day of Awesomeness which is a celebration of awesomeness. People are awesome every day, frequently don’t realize it, and are rarely recognized. So, today we celebrate all things awesome, and everything awesome that you, your friends, and everybody else does.

Citizen Of The Week

Dane Joyce was born in 1959 at Reidsville Hospital to Kirvy and Madeline Joyce. His Dad passed away in 1997, but his Mom still lives in Sandy Ridge. He has two brothers, Barney and Tony, who also live in the area. He attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and graduated from North Stokes in 1978. He then attended UNCG where he received a teaching degree in Physical Education. He taught in the Stokes County Schools and retired in 2014. He said he chose to teach PE because he loves sports (he played basketball in high school), and enjoys being active, and wanted to teach kids to be active also. Also, his Dad taught PE, and encouraged his boys to attend college. He and both his brothers followed in their Dad’s footsteps.

Dane is married to Wendy who has worked for Gem Dandy for 34 years. They have a daughter, Laken, who is 26. She lives in Winston-Salem and also teaches PE at Chestnut Grove. She is getting married this month in St. Thomas; so, a cruise is planned to celebrate her wedding. He said Laken has dated the same boy since the eighth grade; so, they should really know each other by now.

Dane, along with his Dad and brothers, operated the Shell station in Sandy Ridge in 1992 and 1993. But, he said it took too much time to juggle teaching, farming and running a store. They all farmed until 2005 on their family farm. He now is a DJ for weddings, class reunions, birthdays, etc. He also teaches shag and line dance lessons at the recreation center in Mayodan. They also have “Shag Night” at Rio Grande two nights a month.

Even though he teaches shag and line dancing, his favorite music is old R & B from the 1950’s and 1960’s. His favorite vacation spot is North Myrtle Beach. His dream vacation would have to be a trip to The Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. He likes to watch Black Sails on Starz and Andy Griffith. Although he

favors Duke, he likes to watch all college and pro basketball games. And, if he could have dinner with anyone, past or present, it would be Coach K. His pet peeve is negative thoughts from negative people. He said he always tries to stay positive; so, negativity annoys him.

I asked him if there was anything we would be surprised to know about him. He said, “I am not a very exciting person. I am basically a homebody, and like to work around the house.” And, when I asked him if he would ever move; he said, “no, I would not want to move. I love to live in Sandy Ridge. It’s a small town, I have lived here all my life and, it’s my comfort zone.”

Well, Dane, I disagree with you. We had an interesting conversation, and I thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

—Thomas Edison


This is one of many recipes I exchanged with my dear friend, Viola Hill. She was in her 90’s when she passed away; but, she was one of the best cooks I have ever met. I hope you enjoy.

Apple Dumplings

1 (10 count) can Butter Me Not Biscuits

3 apples, chopped fine

1 stick margarine

¾ cup sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

10 oz. 7 Up

Roll out each biscuit. Fill with apples and pinch together. Bring to a boil the margarine, sugar, cinnamon and 7 Up. Pour over apples in baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes or until dumplings are done.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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