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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Lena Priddy wishes to invite everyone to the revival at Oak Ridge Baptist Church beginning Sunday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 28. Sunday night service will begin at 7:00 and Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7:30 nightly.

Don’t forget about the outside singing at Delta UMC on Saturday, September 17 from 2 until 4. The Chords of Faith and Third Sunday will be performing. On Sunday, the 18th is Old Fashioned Day with lunch in the fellowship hall following the morning service.

Riverside Baptist Church (located on Amostown Road) is having a fish fry on Saturday, October 22 from 5 until 8 at the American Legion. Plate includes catfish, hushpuppies, slaw and drink for $8.00. You may purchase tickets in advance by calling Carolyn Manuel at 593-8803, and this is eat in or take out.

Mark and Christy Lawless of Hilltop Baptist Church is inviting the community to come out on Saturday, October 22 for a chicken stew. Chili beans and hot dogs for the kids will also be served. Food will be ready at 12 noon. There is no charge for any of the food; so, please come out and fellowship and enjoy some great food. Please join them for Sunday School at 10, morning worship at 11 and Sunday night at 6. Also, service on Wednesday night is at 6. For more information, you may contact Pastor Lawless at 276-692-6439.

Upcoming events:

North Stokes Class of 1971 reunion – Saturday, September 24 at Doug Stanley Farm from 6 until 10 p. m. For more information, contact Barbara Hylton Hazelwood at 276-694-6874.

North Stokes 60’s Reunion – Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. For further information, contact Don George at P. O. Box 1336, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

Ridge Fest – Saturday, October 8 from 10 until 3. Scheduled to appear is Last Minute, a local bluegrass and gospel group, at 10. Roger Woodson Jr Wells will sing from 11 until 1. Last Minute will come back from 1 until 2 and Roger will close out from 2 until 3. There will be free stew, drinks and dessert for everyone in the community. Don’t miss this; there is something for everyone from various vendors, crafts and a car show.

Happy birthday to Hassel Carter who was 81 years young on Sunday, September 11. Also, congratulations to Angela and Tim Corum who celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday, September 12.


I have been trying to get in touch with this guy for several weeks. Finally, I saw him at The Berry Patch, and he promised to answer his phone. Dwayne McBride was born in Reidsville in 1968 to Bill and Hilda McBride. His sister, Sandra Bullins lives in Sandy Ridge, and he had a sister who was killed in a car wreck when she was 19 years old. He attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and graduated from North

Stokes in 1986. After graduating, he worked at Macfield and Evans Trucking and eventually went back to Macfield (now Unifi), and has worked there for 30 years.

He met his wife, Paula, at the bowling alley in Reidsville when he was on the Unifi Bowling League. They have a 23rd wedding anniversary coming up on September 25. They have four daughters – Rebecca who is 22 and works in the deli at Food Lion. Hannah is 20 and attends Salem College, Sarah is 17 and is a junior at North Stokes and Elizabeth is in the 8th grade at Piney Grove. I asked him if it’s been hard raising four girls. He said, “It’s great at times, and sometimes it’s rough. But, they’re all good girls, very disciplined, on the honor society and they all have played sports while maintaining their grades.”

His hobbies are hunting and fishing. But, I don’t know how he finds time to do much of that since he has coached girls’ softball for several years. I know when my granddaughters, Morgan and Mackenzie, played, they went three year’s undefeated at Sandy Ridge Elementary. For the last 14 years, he has coached the girl’s travel team, The Stokes Stompers. They have only lost one game in the last 5 years. In 2007 when he coached his two oldest daughters, they won All-star State Championship. In 2008, they were 4th in the district. He said, “I love to coach. Today there are too many things that can get them in trouble. Playing ball is a pleasure, and it needs to be fun. One of my pet peeves is that third strike; when they strike out when not looking. I want them to go down swinging, give themselves a chance and have a good time. I want to be known as the fun coach and not the mean one. Girls’ sports are left behind. Everything is given to the boys; the girls deserve equal rights.” Dwayne, along with several others, was instrumental in getting the lights on the field at Sandy Ridge. However, due to no money or grants for the project, it took about 3 to 4 years of saving money from gun raffles and stews to get that accomplished. He currently helps his Mama at McBride’s Catfish Pond that has been in the family for 17 years. He said I am a Mama’s boy, and she has been my biggest inspiration in life.

His family enjoys vacationing at Oak Island, and they travel there yearly and rent his great aunt’s house. I asked him about his dream vacation, and he said, “I hate to leave home. I like to stay in the community.” And a bucket list? He said, “ain’t never saw one. I’m kinda happy with my life. I like giving back to the community.”

Dwayne and his family are members at Smyrna Presbyterian Church at Baker’s Crossroads. And, if he could have dinner just one more time with anyone; it would be his Dad who passed away 3 years ago.

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


“If you look back at yesterday and think it was a big deal, then you haven’t done anything today.” —Cat Osterman (former collegiate four-time All-American, left-handed softball pitcher)


Coke Chicken

2 lb. boneless chicken breasts

2 cups ketchup

1 can coke

Put chicken in crockpot. Pour ketchup over chicken and add one can of Pepsi or Coca-Cola. Cook all day on low or until chicken is no longer pink.

My grandkids love this, especially Mackenzie!

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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