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The Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes The Shelton Brothers, Cecil Hall & The Dominion Bluegrass Boys and The Fitzgerald Family to Sandy Ridge Community Center on Saturday, June 11 beginning at 6 p. m. We will have concessions (hot dogs with homemade chili, bbq, chips, drinks, dessert – blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream) and a 50/50 raffle. These groups are crowd pleasers; so, don’t miss this!

Oak Ridge Baptist Church will have their 150th year celebration and homecoming on Sunday, June 12. There will not be an 8:30 service. Sunday school will begin at 9:45 and worship service at 10:30. There will be special singing and several former pastors will be attending. A covered dish lunch and fellowship will follow in the church fellowship hall.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Bradley Christopher Martin who passed away Tuesday, May 31 at the age of 33.

Don’t forget the revival at Riverside Baptist Church beginning Sunday, June 12 at 6 p. m. and ending Wednesday. Monday – Wednesday services will begin at 7 p. m. Evangelist Randy Roberts will be speaking and there will be special singing nightly.


I have had this young lady on my mind for quite a while; but, I had trouble getting in touch with her until Tuesday. Mandi Nance was born in Hampton, VA in 1978. She and her six siblings were taken from their parents due to neglect and abuse. She said they were very poor and went without eating for long periods of time. She was placed in Falcon’s Children’s Home in Snow Hill, NC and was adopted when she was nine years old by Pamela Engel who now resides in Fairfax, VA and Larry Dodgson who resides in Laurel, MD. She knows where her siblings are and says she loves her biological family; but, said “I don’t know where I would be if I had not been adopted. I had a hard life, but it made me who I am today.”

Mandi attended Old Mill High School in MD and received her GED in 2005. She met Denver, her husband, while he was stationed in MD with the Army National Guard. They bought a house in Stokes County and moved before he was deployed to Iraq in 2005. He is now 1st Sgt. and will be away from home two weeks this month for annual training, and then in July for four weeks for additional training. When not training for the National Guard, he is a sub-contractor for Duke Power. Mandi is a junior at Liberty University and is studying Criminal Justice and Psychology. Her long term goal is to work on her bachelors and masters degree at the same time during her senior year. She said she is not sure what area of law she will pursue, but would like to be an advocate for people. She is also interested in applying for a probation or parole position for the county.

She and Denver have six children – Austin, 9 months; Isabelle, 2 years; Abbigail, 3 years; Jesse, 4 years; Logan, 7 years and Mackenzie who is 9 years old. She said she and Denver love children; and, maybe because of her own past childhood she tends to go overboard and spoil them a little bit especially at Christmas.

Her husband told her she would never have any money because she gives it all away. But she said, “if you help other people, it comes back to you. I have compassion for people; the Lord leads and guides

me to help others.” So, for this reason, her husband put a storage building on their property. This is where she stores clothing and food to help those in need. She said, “I can help you. Let’s make sure your kids can eat.” If you know of a family or individual in need, you may call her at 871-2095.

Her family’s favorite vacation spot is Pigeon Forge, TN. She is not a big vacationer, but would love to have the time and money to go around and visit all her family members.

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


“You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy.” —Garth Brooks


Mexican Stuffed Shells

My daughter, Angela, fixed this when I was visiting. So, I have tried, tasted and loved it!

1 lb. ground beef

1 package taco seasoning

4 oz. cream cheese

12 – 15 jumbo pasta shells

1 cup salsa and 1 cup taco sauce

1 cup cheddar cheese and 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

3 green onions

Sour cream

Preheat oven to 350^.

Cook ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely. While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so they don’t stick together. Pour salsa on bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9 x 13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add shredded cheeses and bake for 10 – 15 more minutes. Top with any condiments you’d like (green onions, black olives, etc.). Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa. Contact Carolyn Craig at 613-5315, or e-mail, if you have Sandy Ridge news.

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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