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Delta UMC will have a Yard and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 7 a. m. Hot dogs will be sold for lunch.

There will be a Kid’s Mart Consignment Sale at Sandy Ridge Community Center beginning Friday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p. m. This is the first for Sandy Ridge, and anything related to children will be for sale. If interested, you may drop off items on Thursday. Sharon Murphy will be there at the community building all day. Everything must already be tagged and put on a hanger. Shoes, socks, etc. must be place in a Ziploc bag. Make your tag using ½ of an index card and safety pin to front side of garment. Put your initials and last 4 of your cell # in right hand corner at top. Put description in middle and price in bottom right. If you want your items to be sold during ½ price sale, put Y in left corner at bottom. The ½ price sale will be Saturday from 12 noon to 2. There will be a 60/40 split and there is a $10 signup fee. You may pick up any items not sold on Saturday evening.

The American Red Cross is having a blood drive on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a. m. to 2:30 at The Sandy Ridge Community Center. There is a constant need for blood as red blood cells only last for 42 days after donated. Come out and help to meet our goal.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend Riverside Baptist Church’s Annual Fish Fry. This will be at The American Legion on Saturday, April 29 from 2 – 6 p. m. Gerald Alley will, once more, be in charge of the catfish frying. Plates are $8 and include catfish, hushpuppies, slaw and drink. There will be live entertainment, 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

“Relay For Life” is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at North Stokes High School. Survivor lap will begin at 7 p. m. and luminaries will be lit at 9. If you wish to purchase a luminary in memory of a cancer survivor or victim, please contact Donna Mitchell at 871-2321 for more information. You may also go online to Relay for Life of Stokes County if you wish to make a donation to a specific team.

I love to see the “Thank You Jesus” signs in so many front yards of homes and businesses in the area. Did you know that 16-year-old Lucas Hunt of Asheboro is the founder of the “Thank You Jesus Movement?” He does not make a profit for himself, but instead uses all money for printing costs and the “Thank Youi Jesus Mission”. If you don’t have one and don’t know where to purchase one, please call me and I will give you information about a couple of places that has these for sale.


Penny Thompson was born at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville in 1960 to Reid and Winnie Joyce. She has lived in Sandy Ridge her entire life. She has one brother, Boyd Joyce, who also resides in Sandy Ridge. She attended Sandy Ridge Elementary and graduated from North Stokes in 1978.

When she graduated from North, she already had her apprenticeship license in Cosmetology. After working with Buddy Amos for 10 months, she became licensed and opened her own business, Penny’s Beauty Shop, in 1978 when she was 19 years old. Penny said, “I wanted to be a hair dresser since I was a child. I would cut my dog’s hair and my doll’s hair.”

She met her husband, John, on a blind date. She was attracted to his brown eyes and they were married in 1987. Thank you, to Sherry Anderson, her friend. They have two children, Whitney who is 24 and resides in Stuart, VA and David who is 22 and resides in Sandy Ridge. She has two granddaughters, Bailey and Copelyn.

Her hobbies/interests outside of work include pulling for NC State and being a Christian and living for the Lord. She has been a member of Delta UMC since 1981. She enjoys vacationing at Myrtle Beach, and although she has already traveled to Hawaii and the Bahamas, she would love to travel once more to Hawaii. Also, she would love to visit all 50 states.

Her biggest inspiration in life would have to be her parents. She said, “They are still living and inspire me every day.” Her favorite childhood memory, believe it or not, is working in tobacco. She said, “I enjoyed it. I have good memories. Our family, our neighbors and church friends all helped.” When asked if she could have a do over in life, would she do anything differently; she said, “I don’t think I’d do anything differently except live better for the Lord. I want to be remembered as a good person.”

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


“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.” — Steve Maraboli – Life, the Truth, and Being Free


3 Potatoes In A Pot

2 large white potatoes

2 medium sweet potatoes

3 or 4 medium redskin potatoes

½ cup melted butter

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

Wash and pare white and sweet potatoes; wash redskin potatoes, do not pare. Cut all into thin slices. Keep potatoes in salted water as you work. There should be 2 cups of each potato. Brush the bottom and sides of 12 x 8 baking dish with melted butter. Sprinkle with cheese. Drain and dry potatoes. Arrange 6 layers of potato slices in baking dish in this order: white, sweet, redskin. Brush each layer with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. End with redskin potatoes. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 min. Carefully remove foil and continue baking for 30 min., until potatoes are brown and tender. Additional cheese may be sprinkled between potato layers, if desired.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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