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Lena Priddy has news from Oak Ridge Baptist Church. The graduating seniors from college and high school from the Sandy Ridge area will be honored on Sunday, May 29 at the 11 a. m. service. A covered dish lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. This is sponsored by Women on Mission, and everyone from church is invited.

Carolyn Manuel has news from Riverside Baptist Church. There will be a community cookout and youth rally on Saturday, May 21 at 4 p. m. Jason Holley will be the featured speaker. This is a rain or shine event; so, if it’s raining, the rally will be held in the fellowship hall. On Sunday, May 22, the graduating seniors will be recognized and honored. Also, don’t forget about the revival beginning Sunday, June 12 at 6 p. m., and then Monday – Wednesday at 7 p. m. Evangelist Randy Roberts will be speaking with special singing nightly.

Madeline Watkins has news from Delta United Methodist Church. On Sunday, May 22, the church is having their annual cookout at Farris Park after service. On Sunday, May 29, there will be a benefit for Christy Moorefield who recently had heart surgery. All graduating seniors will be honored on Sunday, June 5.

The Sandy Ridge High School Class of 1950 will meet Wednesday, May 25 at 11:30 at Red Top for lunch.

A benefit to raise money for playground equipment for Lawsonville Elementary School will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 6 p. m. at Doug Stanley Farm. There will be a bbq meal for $8.00 as well as an auction and music by Travis Frye & Blue Ridge Mountain Boys.

The Sandy Ridge Boy Scout Troop #465 will hold the 7th annual Veterans Memorial Car/Truck and Motorcycle/ATV show on Saturday, May 28 from 9 a. m. – until at the Northeast Stokes Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad. Registration ends at 12 noon, and registration fee is $20.00. Burgers, hot dogs, drinks, baked goods and snacks will be sold, and there will be a 50/50 drawing. The awards presentation will begin at 3 p. m.

If you would like to feature your favorite recipe in the Danbury Community Cookbook, please drop off at the library or e-mail to They are in need of a few more recipes in order for this to go to print. Remember, these recipes will be passed down from generation to generation. Be a part of posterity and send it in today.


If you have a plumbing problem, who’re you gonna call? Dewey Hall, that’s who! That’s what I have heard since I moved to Stokes County. His wife, Marie, helped me immensely with this interview. Dewey cannot hear well when talking on the phone; so, she asked questions and relayed answers.

Dewey was born in 1943 at home in Sandy Ridge to Fletcher and Clarice Hall. He has a brother, Doyle and a sister, Lucy Nall. His sister, Viola has passed away, as well as two baby brothers. He attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and graduated from Sandy Ridge High School in 1962. He was raised as a farmer, and farmed a couple of years with a two-horse turning plow while still in high school. He and wife, Marie, were married in 1962 after graduation, and he went to work for Burlington Industries in the Maintenance Dept. They have one son, Alan. He is married to Deann and they have two children – Jaden and “Camo” who attend Sandy Ridge Elementary.

He worked for Burlington Industries for 26 years, and then got interested in well drilling. They had a problem finding water on his land, and actually had to drill nine wells before finding a good location. Marie said he got to helping other people, and in 1972 got his business license for plumbing. She said she doesn’t know many homes around here that he has not been in. He has worked in Caswell, Rockingham, Forsyth, Guilford, Surry and Patrick as well as Stokes Counties. He retired in 2014, and his son took over the business. He continues to maintain his Dad’s reputation for doing a job right.

Dewey’s favorite vacation spot is Pigeon Forge. He enjoys the mountains, and says the beach is too hot. He would just as soon stay home as go the beach. He does not have a dream vacation, but wife Marie does. She would love to travel to Hawaii.

I asked him who or what his inspiration in life was. He said he had a supervisor at Burlington Industries whom he looked up to. He was young when he started working there, and Harry Smith served as his mentor and encouraged him greatly. Dewey was also close to his Mom, and if he could choose to have lunch just one more time with someone, it would be his Mama. He, along with his brother and sister, looked after her for 17 years when she was sick. They made sure she had everything she needed. Dewey and Marie are members of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Dewey was recommended by Ollie Hawkins who said he is well respected in the Sandy Ridge community. I agree. Thank you, Dewey (with help from Marie) for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


May, 2016 is Barbeque Month. BBQ Month encourages you to take advantage of the sunny weather and to go outside and get cooking on the open grill. I found this quote on Pinterest.

“You can’t buy happiness, but…you can BBQ, and that’s kind of the same thing.”


Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

32 Ritz crackers, crushed

½ cup chopped onion

4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper

1 ½ lbs. ground beef

½ cup ketchup

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp. mustard

Preheat oven to 350^. Beat eggs. Add milk and crackers. Stir in onion and cheese. Add ground beef and shape into loaf. Bake for 45 minutes, or until done. Combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard to make topping. Spoon ½ over loaf after 30 minutes. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Spoon rest of topping over loaf and bake 5 – 10 minutes more.

I baked this on Monday, and added a few more Ritz crackers. I also put the onions in my small chopper and almost pureed them, because I don’t like big chunks in the meatloaf. The topping is what makes this so delicious. Hope you enjoy.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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