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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

The North Stokes High School Class of 1971 will have their 45th class reunion on Saturday, September 24 at Doug Stanley Farm from 6:00 until 10:00 p. m. Barbara Hylton Hazelwood, one of the committee members, says there will be live entertainment by Acoustic Harmonies from Mt. Airy, and a meal will be served. Cost is $30/couple and the deadline to respond is August 15. Please mail payment to Barbara at 548 Scenic Drive, Stuart, VA 24171. This is a casual dress event, and you may contact her at 276-694-6874 if you need further information.

If you are interested in setting up as a vendor or wish to provide entertainment for the annual Ridgefest on October 18, please contact Cody Finch at 871-3881. There is also no charge for vendors to set up.

The Sandy Ridge Music Association welcomes Last Minute and Pressin’ On to Sandy Ridge Community Center on Saturday, August 13 beginning at 6:00 p. m. If you would like to join our committee or help to sponsor this event, please contact Barbara Spencer at 871-2179 or myself at 613-5315.

There will be a Ward reunion on Sunday, August 14 at Delta United Methodist Church in the church fellowship hall at 1:00 p. m. Friends and family are invited.

There will be a community potluck and Bingo on Saturday, August 20 from 6:00 until 8:00 p. m. at Riverside Baptist Church. Pastor Manuel invites all in the community to attend.

Danbury Public Library is still collecting recipes for the community cookbook which, hopefully, will be ready by Christmas. If you would like to have your favorite recipe included, please e-mail, or drop off at the library.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Leroy Dodson who passed away Thursday, July 28 at the age of 80. Also, Mary Lee Martin Mabe passed away Monday, July 25 at the age of 83.

Donna Mitchell will be having surgery on Friday, August 5. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Oak Ridge Baptist Church held a baptismal service for Anna Logan on Sunday, July 31.


I have known this lady for several years as the “book mobile lady.” My Mom, who was legally blind, would always look forward to her coming and bringing audio books. She would never go with me shopping or out to eat if her books were on the way.

Rhonda Wilkins has always lived in Stokes County. She was born in 1961 to Walter Rierson, who currently resides in Germanton, and Glenda Duncan who resides in Danbury. She has one brother, Don Rierson, who also resides in Danbury. She attended Lawsonville Elementary and graduated from North Stokes in 1979. She met her husband, Jerry, at North Stokes, and they have been married for 38 years. They have two daughters. Jessica Byerly and husband, Preston, live in Sandy Ridge with their daughter Gracie. Jordan Wilkins lives in Wilmington.

She worked at The Danbury Reporter for 16 years and was Town Clerk for Town of Danbury for two years. She has worked at the library for 20 years. When not driving the book mobile, she works inside. She said she has a “bookmobile family.” She gets to know everyone on her route, when they pass away, or when there is a birth. She said, “I worry about them. I get to be part of people’s lives.”

One of her hobbies is quilting. Of course, she tries to attend as many of her granddaughter’s softball games as possible. She also started an advertising business about a year ago – Grits Advertising. She attends Mayodan First Baptist Church. Wrightsville Beach is her favorite vacation spot; she does not have a dream vacation, but does have a bucket list. She said, “When I retire, if I ever retire, I want to go watch the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox play. I want to stay healthy and enjoy my retirement.”

Her Mom and maternal grandmother, Lera Bennett, were a great inspiration in her life. She said she grew up in her grandmother’s back yard, and both were big influences when growing up. She said I miss my grandmother greatly.

Thank you, Rhonda, for all that you do for the community. Thank you for remembering my Mom’s name, even though she passed away over 10 years ago. And, thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.” –Walter Winchell


Blueberry Dessert

Cream together 1 cup plain flour and 1 stick margarine (melted). Add 1 cup chopped pecans. Press in 9 x 13” baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 350. Cream together 8 oz. softened cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in 9 oz. Cool Whip. Spread over cooked crust. Pour 1 can blueberry pie filling over all and refrigerate.

This is a cool, and delicious, summer treat.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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