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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Thanks to everyone to came to the Oak Ridge Baptist Vacation Bible School. Approximately 60 children were present for commencement on Friday, June 24. All the children performed from the steps of the church to family and friends seated in front of the porch. They did a wonderful job, and many thanks to all the members of the church who made this such a success.

Don’t forget that Riverside Baptist Church Vacation Bible School will begin on Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 from 6:00 to 8:00. Their theme for this year is “Cowabunga”, and prizes will be given out nightly.

One Stop at the Ridge has new owners, Delmar and Christy Crowe. Their grand opening was Saturday, June 25, and Christy said the music was great and they gave away about 400 hot dogs. Come in and check out their daily specials in the restaurant area. She would like to continue the music event every five weeks if weather permits.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend as Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes Smokey Hollow Bluegrass to Sandy Ridge Community Center on Saturday, July 9 at 6:00. This group has performed for us before and were a crowd favorite. Don’t miss this!


I was not able to speak with Lewis Huthens because he was out delivering rock and his wife, Norma Jean was knee deep in beets according to their granddaughter, Donna Shumaker. But, she informed me she knows everything about her “Papa”. And, she was right.

Lewis was born in Stokes County in 1935. He was raised by his mother, Zeola Williams Hutchens. His sister, Shirley Ann, passed away in 2000 and his brother, J. C. died in an accident in the 60’s. He attended Sandy Ridge Elementary School. He and Norma Jean were married in 1957; so, this year they will celebrate 59 years of marriage. They have one daughter, Norma Kaye. Norma Kaye has two daughters, Donna and Brandi and have blessed Lewis with three great-grandchildren.

Lewis was previously employed by Stokes County Schools as custodian at Sandy Ridge Elementary, and he also drove a school bus. In addition to raising tobacco, he operated Hutchens Garage and Grocery Store. He started working on lawn mowers as a hobby which eventually progressed into a full-time business. He and his wife plant about four acres of garden for the neighborhood including beets, cabbage, onions, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, corn, green beans and crowder peas. They sell a lot, but Donna said he just gives a lot away.

He loves bluegrass music and dancing. But, since being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, he and his wife have had to cut back a lot. His current chemo treatment was damaging his kidneys; so, in July he will learn what his next treatment will be. But, Donna said, “He is still going wide open.” His favorite vacation spot is Renfro Valley, KY. They used to attend a bluegrass festival every year, via a bus tour. This year there were not enough people to go on the tour bus, and she said he is really upset about that. I asked her where his dream vacation would be, and she said Renfro Valley, KY. He has actually stated if he ever had a chance to pack up and move, he would just move to KY.

Lewis’s inspiration in life would be his Mama. But, also his maternal Grandpa Henry who played a big part as father figure when he didn’t have one. Donna answered all my questions without hesitation. Even this one – what is Lewis’s pet peeve? She said a liar and a thief. Thank you, Donna, for taking the time to talk to me; and, I think we all know a little more than we did about Lewis Huthens. Good luck, Lewis, on your next phase of treatment, and hope that all goes well.


“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson


Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream 16 ounces Cool Whip 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 gallon chocolate milk Pour Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk in a 6 quart ice-cream freezer. Fill to “Fill line” with chocolate milk. Stir all ingredients, then turn on the ice cream freezer and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

This will be delicious for your 4th of July picnic along with burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, slaw and all those desserts. I can’t wait! Everyone have a fun-filled and safe 4th of July, and enjoy the fireworks!

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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