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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

I do apologize that the past two week’s articles did not get printed. However, I have been assured that everything is ok now. You know how computers are; they sometimes have a mind of their own.

Anyone interested in participating in “Relay for Life”, which will be May 6 from 7:00 p. m. until midnight at West Stokes High School, please contact Donna Mitchell of Oak Ridge Baptist Church at 871-2321. Also, the church’s 150th anniversary is approaching, and they still need photos and other memorabilia for display. Please contact Ann Dalton at 871-3192 if you can be of help.

The American Red Cross will have a blood drive at Sandy Ridge Community Center on April 30 from 9:00 – 1:30. We would love to meet our goal of 30 units this time. If you would like to make an appointment, call Lena Priddy at 871-2529.

Anyone interested in donating needed food items for the Boy Scout’s Annual Car Show to be held on Saturday, May 28th at the fire department, please call Eddie Belcher at 871-2496 or 932-7480 or Jimmy Ellington at 871-2049.

If you are interested in purchasing the BBQ package from Sandy Ridge Elementary School’s PTA Spring Fundraiser, please call Samantha Brown, PTA President, at 406-8041. The package consists of a 7 – 8 lb. Boston Butt with your choice of sauce, bbq or white slaw and a 12 pack of buns.

Sympathy is extended to all the family and friends of Jason Charles Wilmoth who passed away Tuesday, April 5 at the age of 33.

Also, remember in prayer the family and friends of Debra Ann Oakley Watkins who passed away Tuesday, April 12 at the age of 62.

Madeline Watkins asked that everyone keep Janice Smith in their thoughts and prayers. She is in ICU at Forsyth Hospital.

Danbury Library is in the process of compiling the Danbury Community Cookbook. They are still in need of a few more recipes in order to get this printed. If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please drop off the library or e-mail to To pre-order a cookbook, call the library at 593-2419.

Special message from Lena Priddy:

As a member of East Stokes Outreach Ministries Board, I would like to thank all the local Ruritans for preparing and serving the dinner for all the volunteers. All volunteers were recognized on Thursday, April 21, at First Baptist Church in Walnut Cove.

East Stokes Outreach Ministry currently has 136 volunteers. The youngest is a 4 year old preschool group from Mt. Calvary Baptist bagging dry beans. Our oldest volunteer is 90 and works every Friday in the office. Without the prayers, and donations of many, we would cease to function. We appreciate your willingness to help us continue our mission in this community. If you would like more information about their services, or you would like to help, call the food pantry at 591-3237 or the thrift store at 591-3238.


I had to track this spry and energetic 81 year young man down to interview him. His wife told me he was on his way to Donald’s store and would be there awhile. When I got to the store, Donald said he just left to go back home. So, I doubled back and caught him at home. But, it was well worth it.

Jamie Dodson is a lifelong resident of Sandy Ridge and has always lived on Amostown Road. He lives beside his parent’s home place. He was born in 1935 to Clemon and Eulala Dodson. He graduated from Sandy Ridge High School in 1953. In 1954, he married Shelvie; they have two sons, Danard and Sheldon who also reside in Stokes County. They have two granddaughters – Brittany who is a manager of Gold’s Gym in Greensboro, and Kyra, an athletic trainer, who will graduate in May from SC University in Columbia.

Jamie said he has always been a farmer. In addition to farming, he was a building contractor (Jamie Dodson Construction) for 40 years; but retired in 2005. He built several houses in the area; and sometimes he will pass by and remember that he built that one. He said it was so long ago, and wishes that he had kept count of just how many apartments and houses he has built in Stokes County, as well as Rockingham, Forsyth and Guilford counties. He stated, “I love to help the veterans. The American Legion members used to meet in a one room hut in Sandy Ridge. They did not have enough money to buy land to build a new building. Someone in the area donated the land, and I built the first part of the American Legion building with my own money. After they paid me back, I financed and built the second part and eventually the third part. They always paid me back. I was going to join the forces, but was not accepted because I was married and had a small child. I always want to be good to the veterans.” He also helped build the Sandy Ridge Community building.

Jamie loves to play golf, but hunting has always been his favorite hobby or interest. He has been on several pheasant hunting trips out west in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma that spanned a period of 21 years. He also likes to play Rook, and has been in a lot of Rook tournaments and won a few. He has a place on his property, where for the past 42 years; some of his friends meet and play Rook. He enjoys listening to bluegrass music, and used to go Myrtle Beach to attend the Bluegrass Festival. His favorite group is Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. His favorite vacation spot would be the mountains. He said, “I am an outdoors person. I like to stay busy. I don’t like the water; I can’t swim. I don’t like to fly either; I would rather be on land. I enjoy walking, and I do a lot of that when I am hunting. I am happy at home with my wife. I have seen a lot of changes in my lifetime; but, I don’t like change.” Jamie likes to watch westerns and sports on TV. He actually played baseball in high school, and then played for the Smith Town League after high school. He pulls for all the NC basketball college teams, but his favorite football team is now the Carolina Panthers.

He has been a Methodist his whole life, and is a member of Delta United Methodist Church. I asked him who he would like to have lunch with, just one more time, and he said, “my Mama.”

I really enjoyed my visit with Jamie and his wife, Shelvie. They are regulars at the Sandy Ridge Music Association’s monthly bluegrass music events. Thank you so much, Jamie, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt


Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

These are so good; they take a little time to prepare. Kids love ‘em!

2, 18 ½ oz. pkg. devil’s food cake mix

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1, 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil. Beat with mixer at low speed until combined. The batter will be very stiff. Pinch off pieces of batter and roll into 1” balls. Place 1” apart on sheets and flatten slightly with fingertips. Bake 8 – 10 minutes until a slight indentation remains when lightly touched. Remove immediately from sheets with a spatula and cool on wire racks. In small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until blended. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, and mix at low speed until smooth. Spread on ½ of cookies and top with remaining cookies. Store in refrigerator in large, resealable plastic bags.

Contact Carolyn Craig at 613-5315, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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