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Lena Priddy has news from Oak Ridge Baptist Church. “Dive Deep at VBS” is the theme this year for Vacation Bible School which will begin on Sunday, June 19 at 6 p. m. Friday, June 24 will be the last day, and there will be a hot dog supper for all. The 150th year celebration was a huge success. The guest speakers were Randy Robertson, Melvin Shelton and Francis Martin

Madeline Watkins has news from Delta United Methodist Church. Vacation Bible School will begin on Sunday, June 26 and end Thursday, June 30. The theme this year is “Deep Sea Discovery – God is with me wherever I go.”

Carolyn Manuel has news from Riverside Baptist Church. The women of the church will have a Father’s Day breakfast on Sunday, June 19 at 8:30 a. m.

Sandy Ridge Elementary School 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony was held June 8. This was a very classy and organized ceremony honoring the 5th grade students headed off to middle school. The boys in their white shirts and black pants with necktie/bowtie and the girls in their white dresses were impressive. The student speaker was Raygan Hawkins and the guest speaker was Eddy McGee. Eddy came down from the stage and sat on the steps and spoke directly to the students about their days at SRES and their future at middle school, high school and then college. He then played the guitar and sang a song (some of the words were changed just for SRES students and teachers), “You Are My Sunshine.” The 5th graders performed a song, “Best Day of My Life”, and they all put on sunglasses which tied in with their theme – “My Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.” Thank you, Mrs. Higgins for a wonderful job directing this. Kendra Martin got a big surprise while the students were walking in. Her brother, Cody, who is in infantry training for the U. S. Marines was in the audience to surprise her. The look on her face was priceless since she had not seen him in a couple months. He had received permission to attend the ceremony and is now back on base at Camp Lejeune. Thank you, Kaitlin Martin, for the info.


We all have dreams, but not all of us pursue them. But, Renee Small is making her dreams come true.

She was born in Danbury in 1964 to Arnold and Hilda Mabe. She has an older brother, Randall, who lives in PA. She attended Walnut Cove Elementary School and graduated from South Stokes in 1982. She then graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC in 1986 and received her Master’s Degree from Salem College in Winston-Salem in 2011. She married Randy in 1987 and they have a son, Caleb. She has been a teacher at Sandy Ridge Elementary for 28 years. I asked her if she had ever thought about transferring to another school since she lives in Walnut Cove. She said, “it never even crossed my mind. I loved teaching at Sandy Ridge. She will officially retire in August. She originally planned to become an airline attendant; but, said the Lord led her in another direction. Now He is leading her to Abu Dhabi. Her dream has always been to travel, and now she will get the opportunity.

She will be teaching for three years in this city that is located at the coast of the Persian Gulf. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. She will not know which region in the city she will be teaching in until she gets there. Her husband will join her in about six weeks after she gets settled. Her son will stay here and continue to work, but will visit once a year. She and her husband plan to travel during spring and winter breaks and will come home in July and August of each year. I asked her if she was afraid to live and work in a Muslim country. But, she said, “I have done my research. Abu Dhabi, although Muslim, is a peaceful country. They are allies with the U. S. and do not approve or support the group of Muslims who act as terrorists. So, I am not afraid to go there.”

A few little known facts – She has already been to Europe with her son. Her dream vacation would have to be Australia, and this is on her bucket list. She and her family love to vacation at the beach. Her favorite TV show is Criminal Minds. She is a member of Meadows Baptist Church.

Good luck on your journey. You will have to keep us posted and take lots of pictures. Thank you, Renee, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney


Saucy Potatoes (These are so good!)

1 can (10 ¾ oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

¼ cup chicken broth

5 medium potatoes, peeled, cooked and cubed

In a saucepan, combine soup and broth; stir in potatoes. Cook over medium – low heat until mixture just begins to simmer and potatoes are heated through. – 4 servings.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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