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Don’t forget that seniors from college and high school from the Sandy Ridge area will be honored on Sunday, May 29 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church 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. Also, a celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary will be held with homecoming on Sunday, June 12. Celebration and homecoming will be held in the fellowship hall following the 11 a. m. service, and several former pastors will be attending.

Donna Mitchell has an update on the “Relay for Life” which was held on May 6. There were 32 teams that participated, including Oak Ridge Baptist Church team of 65 members. The church raised over $5,000 and over $50,000 was raised county wide. She said the crowd was not as large as usual, but the weather was good, there was lots of food, and there was a bagpipe player for the luminary ceremony. At least nine cancer survivors walked. Stokes County” Relay for Life” is held in memory of Mike Joyce. Thanks to everyone who made the “Relay for Life” 2016 such a success.

Riverside Baptist Church is getting ready for a 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.

Delta United Methodist Church will be having a benefit for Christy Moorefield Hayden who recently had heart surgery. This is scheduled for Sunday, May 29. All graduating seniors will be honored on Sunday, June 5.

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 N. E. Stokes Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad. Registration (fee is $20.00) ends at 12 noon. I spoke with Jimmy Ellington who said because of a chance of rain judging will begin as soon as registration is closed. Come on out and view the entries, have some good food and buy a ticket for a chance to win the 50/50 drawing.

Danbury Library is still in need of more recipes for the Danbury Community Cookbook. You may drop off recipes at the library or e-mail to

Please keep Willard Nelson and Jimmy Ellington in your thoughts and prayers. Willard has been a patient at Forsyth Hospital since Sunday, May 22, and Jimmy is now home after spending a few days in the hospital.


I do sometimes call people at the most inopportune moments. I caught up with Randy Cook while he was taking a class on pest control at NC State. Randy has always lived in Stokes County on the same farm which belonged to his maternal grandfather. He was born in 1978 to Mike and Glenda Cook. He attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and North Stokes High. He received his diploma from Surry Community in 1996. He has an Associate’s Degree in Theology from Gateway Bible College and is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Theology.

Randy married Sandy in 1996 and they have two children. Preston attends North Stokes High and Lydia is a student at Sandy Ridge Elementary.

He started truck driving when he was 21. Randy said about ten years ago, his life was falling apart. He would drive and listen to preaching on the radio, and one day while driving he accepted Christ. He continued to feel the need to preach, and started a prison ministry twice a month in prisons from Ohio to Florida with the Rock of Ages Ministries. He said doors continued to open, and he started helping out at Shining Light Baptist Church. He liked it so well there that he anchored down and decided to stay, and is now their pastor. Randy also volunteers to teach a Character, Morals and Ethics class for Stokes County elementary and middle schools. He loves to work with children, and a lot of his attention is focused on the youth in the county. Randy is also the owner of Cook’s Pest Management.

Randy got involved in politics this year after concerned citizens came to him about issues in the county and asked him to run for commissioner. I asked him if he would run again, and he said he was praying about the next election.

I asked him if he has a favorite TV show, and he said he does not have time to sit down long enough to watch TV. When he does try, he’ll doze off every time. His favorite vacation spot is the mountains. But, one day he just might take his wife on a cruise which is something she has wanted to do all her life.

Randy said, “I am so thankful I am not who I used to be.” Thank you, Randy, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.

—Pete Hegseth

The holiday began after the Civil War, and at that time was known as “Decoration Day.” While it was originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the Americans who have died in military service.


Corn Beef Casserole

1 8 oz. pkg. noodles, cooked and drained

1 12 oz. can corn beef, cubed

¼ lb. American cheese, cubed

½ cup chopped onion

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup milk

¾ cup buttered bread crumbs

Combine noodles, corn beef, cheese, onion, soup and milk. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Bake in greased, 2 quart casserole at 350^ for 45 minutes.

I hope everyone has a great, and safe, Memorial Day holiday.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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