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Lena Priddy has news from Oak Ridge Baptist Church. The Children’s Dept. (K-5) is having an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p. m. at the church. Easter Sunrise Service will be Sunday, March 27 at 7:00 a. m. They are gearing up for “Relay for Life” which will be on May 6 from 7:00 p. m. until midnight at West Stokes High School. For more information, please call Donna Mitchell at 871-2321. Also, photos or any memorabilia from the past is still needed for the 150th anniversary scrapbook; you may contact Ann Dalton at 871-3192. Estelle Steele is recovering at home after spending a few days in Pioneer Hospital in Danbury. Debra Watkins remains a patient in Pioneer Hospital and not sure if Diane Hawkins is still a patient there as well. Luck Hall remains on the sick list. All need our prayers, encouragement and support. Contact them and wish them a speedy recovery.

Carolyn Manuel is reminding everyone of the Easter Sunrise Service at Riverside Baptist Church on Sunday, March 27 at 7:00 a. m. Breakfast will be served after the sunrise service, and everyone is invited.

Madeline Watkins wants to invite everyone to their Maundy Thursday Service will be Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p. m. at Delta United Methodist Church. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper or Lord’s Supper. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20). Delta UMC will have Communion service in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. They will have an Easter Egg Hunt for the children on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p. m. This year their Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 6:30 a. m. at Snow Hill Methodist Church. Breakfast will be served after the sunrise service.

Brittney Duggins is inviting the children to Hill Top Baptist Church (Beasley School Rd.) for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. They will have about 1500 eggs and a cook-out after the hunt. She did not give me a date; so contact her for more information. I know she has a Facebook page, as well as Mandi Nance who also attends church there.

The Boy Scouts are getting ready for their annual car show Saturday, May 28. They are needing hot dog donations since they lost their hot dog sponsor. If you are interested in donating, please call Eddie Belcher at 871-2496 or 932-7480 or Jimmy Ellington at 871-2049.


Samantha Freeman Brown was born July 4, 1977 and has lived in Stokes County her whole life. Her parents are Joe Freeman, a very talented musician and Mandy who is a substitute teacher for Stokes County Schools. She attended Sandy Ridge Elementary School and graduated from North Stokes High School in 1995. She then attended UNCG and graduated in 2000 with a degree in biology and chemistry. She received an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory from RCC in 2001. While attending school, she was employed part-time by Barber Chevrolet in the office before going to work at Stokes Reynolds Hospital (which became Pioneer) in the Respiratory Therapy Dept. in 1998. She also works part-time at Forsyth Hospital.

Samantha is an only child, but that was ok because her uncle and aunt lived near, and she grew up with her cousins. They all worked on the farm and were always together. She met her husband, Scott, while working at the hospital. He was then employed by Stokes EMS. They were married in 2006, and have two children; Alex who is 6, and in the 1st grade at Sandy Ridge Elementary, and Ashton who is age 3. Scott is musically inclined, so he gets along really well with her Dad. They both play with the band, Blues Creek.

Between work and the kids, she said she does not have time for many hobbies. But, she does love gardening, and plants lots of flowers around the house. She is also the PTA President at SRES. Samantha said she is a mountain type, and not a beach type person. So, her family’s favorite vacation spot is Gatlinburg, and they have made this a tradition to travel there for “Christmas in the Smokies”. However, her dream vacation is to take her boys to Disney World.

Her pet peeve is laziness; lazy people who will not pull their own weight. And, if she could have dinner with anyone, past or present, it would be her Aunt Connie who passed away when she was in the 8th grade.

I asked Samantha who, or what, was her inspiration in life. She said, “my parents. They encouraged me to stay in school when I wanted to quit, and supported my decisions. Even when I made bad choices, they were still there for me. I may not have had what I wanted when I was growing up, but I had what I needed. My parents have a strong marriage. We farmed and have always been a close-knit family. We still get together for holidays. They are a wonderful example of how things should be.”

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


“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” –Clarence W. Hall

I love this saying – no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. I am so ready for spring. Have a wonderful, and safe, Easter holiday!

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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