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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Lena Priddy, spokesperson for Sandy Ridge Community Blood Drive, reports that the blood drive held on Saturday, April 30, was a success. The goal was 26 units, and 29 were donated. She would like to thank everyone who helped with this, and especially all who came to donate the “gift of life.” Once more, the American Red Cross employees were well fed. Lena prepared pot roast, creamed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole and biscuits. A chocolate cake was also donated.

Some of you may know that Lois Priddy had a stroke and was hospitalized. She has now been moved to a nursing home in Lexington. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Jerry Manuel, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church (located on Amostown Road), is inviting all to a Mother’s Day breakfast on Sunday, May 8 at 8:30 a. m. Sunday school begins at 10:00 and morning worship at 11:00. Also, a revival is scheduled for June 12 through June 15. Evangelist Randy Roberts will be speaking, and there will be special singing nightly. The first night of revival will be on Sunday beginning at 6:00 p. m., and Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7:00 p. m.

Sandy Ridge Elementary School fifth graders had their D.A.R.E. Graduation on Tuesday, May 3. The D.A.R.E. program is taught to the 5th grade classes at all of the elementary schools in Stokes County. The program focuses on making good choices and educates the children on what peer pressure is and some ways to help them deal with peer pressure. The program explains the harmful facts about tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants. Alexis Dalton and Lexy Morgan led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Deputy Scott Gordon, D. A. R. E. Officer, presented Ada Hassan and Raygan Hawkins with a medal and certificate for the winning essays. Each of the winners read the impressive speech they had written. Rachel Lawson introduced the guest speaker, Nicole Durham, Stokes County Domestic Violence. Nicole’s speech was very moving as she related true stories to the students about the effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals as well as their families and friends. Deputy Scott Gordon, Mr. Boyles, Mr. Erskine and Mrs. Small presented certificates to all the fifth graders. All the students then sang “I Will Dare” which was directed by Lydia Cook. All the students were very well behaved and looked really nice in their D.A.R.E. tee shirts. The following is the fifth grade class of 2016: Mallory Briggs, Jaden Brim, Luke Brown, Maranda Bullins, Lydia Cook, Alexis Dalton, Autumn Dancy, Kaiden Deskins, Isaac Dodson, Hannah Dunaway, Shawn Duncan, Thomas Dunlap, Mathew Gray, Blake Hailey, Brendan Hairston, Christopher Hardin, Ada Hassan, Camo Hall, Raygan Hawkins, Isaiah Higgins, Carl Hylton, Mattie Joyce, Rachel Lawson, Bryan Mabe, Kendra Martin, Sara Martin, Kaitlyn Mays, Lexy Morgan, Edwin Ruiz-Gomez, Hunter Shelton, Brandon Shemo, Taylor Sizemore and Michael Stahly.


I caught Fonda Ferguson about to do a “color”; but she took a little break. I appreciate that. Fonda was born in 1964 in Patrick County to Frankie and Freddie Martin. She was raised in Stokes County, and attended Francisco Elementary School and graduated from North Stokes in 1982. She has a sister, Mandy; and, her brother, Marty, is deceased. She said she took cosmetology in 10th, 11th and 12th grade. So, she was certified right out of high school and has been a hairdresser for 34 years. Unlike, today, she did not have to go to college. But, she said a small business management course would have been ideal. She has been married to Zane for 32 years, and they have two children. Brandi has two boys and a girl and lives in Sandy Ridge. Her son, Jayme, lives in Lawsonville and has twin girls.

Fonda enjoys watching the grandkids play sports, and loves anything to do with water. Her favorite vacation spot is the beach. Her dream vacation would be blue water and white sand. She said, “a tropical island. By myself, maybe. But, I wouldn’t be gone too long; probably wouldn’t even go.”

I asked her why she chose to be a hairdresser. She said she has always been interested in hair and used to roll her grandmother’s hair while sitting on the back of the couch. She got a Barbie Doll when she was 10. You know, just the head, so you could fix the hair. It may run in the family, since her aunt and cousin are also hairdressers.

I asked Fonda what her pet peeve is. She said, “I have so many! Probably liars and thieves.” She is a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church, and said she loves her little church. And when asked who she would like to have lunch with just one more time, she replied, “my brother.”

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

I have had several recommendations for Citizen of the Week. However, I have been unable to get in touch with some of them. I will keep trying. In the meantime, if anyone would like to make a suggestion, please call me at 613-5315.


“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” — Stevie Wonder

Tried and Tasted Recipe

Strawberry Icebox Cake

3 lbs. strawberries, sliced

1 14.4 oz. box Honey Graham Crackers

3 8 oz. tubs Cool Whip

Each Cool Whip layer uses one whole tub (besides the first thin layer). Each strawberry layer uses about 1 lb. of sliced strawberries.

Spread a thin layer of cool whip in a 9×13 pan just to coat the bottom. Layer 5 graham crackers across the center of pan, then 2 more breaking them as needed to fit around the top and bottom edges. Spread a thick layer of cool whip just use the remaining cool whip from the first step) over grahams and top with a hearty layer of sliced strawberries. Place graham crackers on top of strawberries, then cool whip, then strawberries. Repeat the layers 1 more time (3 times total) and you should reach the top of the pan. I used 3 layers of each + the first thin layer of cool whip. You will finish with a layer of sliced strawberries. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until the graham crackers have softened completely. Serve chilled.

This recipe is easy, and would be delicious for Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. And, it is not how much you spend on our gift. Or, even if you buy a gift. All we need to hear are those three little words – I love you.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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