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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! This is celebrated every year on March 17th to honor St. Patrick, an Irish patron saint. There are many legends associated with St. Patrick. The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion’s sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green color theme. According to tradition, wear green, or risk being pinched.

Eddie Belcher is getting ready for the annual car show sponsored by the Boy Scouts. They have lost their hot dog sponsor, and need hot dog donations for the May 28 event. If you are interested in donating, call Eddie at 871-2496 or 932-7480. You may also call Jimmy Ellington at 871-2049.

Carolyn Manuel wants to remind everyone of the Easter Sunrise Service at Riverside Baptist Church on Sunday, March 17 at 7:00 a. m. Breakfast will be served after the sunrise service.

Also, Kay Isbell states the Children’s Dept. (K-5) of Oak Ridge Baptist Church is having an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p. m. at the church. They are having their Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, March 27 at 7:00 a. m. Get ready for “Relay for Life” which will be on May 6 from 7:00 p. m. until midnight at West Stokes High School. The church will have a team; for more information, please call Donna Mitchell at 871-2321. If you have photos or anything you can contribute for their 150th anniversary scrapbook, please contact Ann Dalton at 871-3192.


Layn Wagoner was born in Rockingham County at Leaksville Hospital to Jimmy and Shirley Wagoner. He has lived in Sandy Ridge almost his entire life. He attended Sandy Ridge Elementary School and graduated from North Stokes in 1976. His parents and one sister have passed away; but he has two brothers and one sister that are still living.

After graduating from high school, he went to work for Stokes County Schools as school bus transportation route mechanic. He retired after 31 years, but does work for them part-time now. He also has been employed with Colonial Funeral Home, Stokes Chapel since 2010. He and his wife, Sherry, have been married since 1979.

Layn loves motorcycles and owns a Harley and a Honda. His pet peeve is people who don’t respect motorcycles and their riders on the road. He said it’s enough to make you want to cuss. He has coached t-ball, baseball, softball and basketball in the past. He quit coaching after his team won the tournament championship. “Quit while you’re ahead”. He also enjoys mowing his huge yard. He said it gives him lots of time to think. He enjoys working now that he doesn’t have to.

If he could have dinner with anyone, past or present, it would be his parents. Especially his Dad who passed away when Layn was only 11 years old. He said he would like to talk to him about all the things that Dad’s talk to their sons about.

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


May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night. May your troubles be less and your blessings be more; and nothing but happiness come through your door.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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