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Donna Mitchell wants to remind the North Stokes Class of 1971 about the 45th class reunion to be held on Sept. 24 at Doug Stanley’s Farm. Contact Barbara Hazelwood at 276-694-6874 if you are interested in attending.

Jimmy Ellington has news from The Ruritans. Plans are underway for the annual Ridgefest which will be on the second Saturday in October at the fire department. If you are interested in setting up as a vendor or wish to provide entertainment, please contact Cody Finch at 871-3881. Cody’s sister, Andrea, is in charge of organizing this event. Further details will follow.

Citizen of the week

Debbie Munson Hudson was born in upstate New York in the little town of Panama to Charles and Patricia Munson in 1960. Her parents now reside in Stokesdale. She attended elementary school in NY and graduated from high school in 1978. Her brother Ronnie resides in Sandy Ridge; her brother Daniel resides in Rhode Island and her sister, Judy, resides in Browns Summit.

She moved to Stokes County when she was 20 years old. She and her husband, John, were going to move to FL, but decided to stay in Stokes County. She said the county is beautiful, and looks more like home than any other area since the small town she grew up is very country. They have four children – Chad who is married to Samantha and resides in Sandy Ridge, Joshua is a student is UNCG, Jacob attends Appalachian College in Boone and her daughter, Heather, owns a restaurant (Teresa’s Restaurant) in Kentucky. Heather has a son, Bryson.

Debbie worked for Gilbarco for 18 years and then Wachovia for about two years. She took computer business programming through GTCC and owns Debbie’s Computer Service. She and her daughter-in-law, Samantha, are in the process of starting a new business – Murals & Margaritas. One of her hobbies/interests is painting and she has painted several murals in her own home. She can be commissioned to paint a mural on a wall in your home. I asked her where did the margaritas come from, and she said “we’ll have one after the mural is done.” She also loves crafts and animals. She has two dogs, Max and Rascal. She loves to spend time with her family and plays golf with her husband about once a month. They are also learning how to play tennis.

Her family’s favorite vacation spot is Litchfield Beach Resort in South Carolina. On her bucket list is a trip to Hawaii, and she would love to play golf with her husband in Ireland. She said she is a “go with the flow” type person. Her parents are her greatest inspiration in life. They bought her first computer when she started college. She has taken online classes, but is also self-taught to repair computers. Her business is more educational than anything else. After she discontinues her business, she wants people to be aware of the scams out there and protect themselves. She said, “I have always worked hard. My parents always told me we don’t mind helping as long as you help yourself. They have always helped me, and now it is my turn to help them.”

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

Quote of the week

“Without my children, my house would be clean and my wallet would be full, but my HEART would be empty.” – Unknown quote

Tried and tasted recipe

Country Sausage Gravy

I found this recipe in a book that Loretta Lynn wrote.

6 – 8 sausage patties

1 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

salt & pepper

In a skillet, fry sausage. Remove from skillet. Stir flour into drippings. Slowly add milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir constantly and add more milk if needed. Crumble cooked sausage into gravy. Continue stirring until rich and creamy. Serve over toast or biscuits.

I have to tell on my son, Jeremiah, about his gravy making experience. He called me and said, “Mom, what is wrong with my gravy? It’s like glue.” I asked him how much flour he put in, and he said about a cup. Enough said!

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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