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Lena Priddy has news from Oak Ridge Baptist church. 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.

All graduating seniors will be honored on Sunday, June 5 at Delta United Methodist Church.

Jimmy Ellington has an update on the Sandy Ridge Boy Scout’s Car and Truck Show which was held on Saturday, May 28 at the N. E. Stokes Fire Department. He said this was a really good year with 40 cars and trucks registering. 38 trophies were given out in different categories. The boy scouts gave a trophy for their favorite car/truck as well as the firemen, the veterans, the Ruritans and the DJ. There were also trophies for owner’s choice and people’s choice. Thanks to everyone who donated food and volunteered to help out the boy scouts.

Danbury Library is still in need of more recipes for the Danbury Community Cookbook. If you have a family or favorite recipe you would like to share, please e-mail to or drop off at the library.

Please keep Willard Nelson and Jimmy Ellington in your thoughts and prayers. Willard is home after spending several days in Forsyth Hospital. Jimmy spent time in the hospital as well and was diagnosed with blood clots in both lungs.


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.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right and forget the ones who don’t! Believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance – take it. If it changes your life – let it. Nobody said life would be easy; they just promised it would be worth it.

—Life Quotes To Live By


Corn Beef Casserole

1 8 oz. pkg. egg noodles, cooked and drained

1 12 oz. can corn beef, cubed

¼ lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed

½ cup chopped onion

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup milk

¾ cup buttered bread crumbs or 2 rolls of crushed Ritz crackers and with 1 stick of melted margarine

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

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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