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Don’t forget about Vacation Bible School at Riverside Baptist Church (Amostown Rd.) beginning Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 from 6:30 – 8:30. The theme for this year is “Over the Moat – Draw Bridge To The King”.

There will be a fundraiser for Steve Chaney on Saturday, July 29 beginning at 11 am at Sandy Ridge Community Center. Steve has bone marrow cancer and pre-leukemia. Great music will be provided by Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys and Robert Tilley & The Hard Times Band. For $6/plate, enjoy 2 hot dogs, one side, dessert and drink. There will be a live auction, 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Also, beginning at 12 noon, sign up for the corn hole tournament for $10/person. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner.

Saturday, August 5, has been designated as “Clean-Up” Day for The Sandy Ridge Community Center. We need volunteers to donate their time; and, if you would like to donate flowers to be planted, pine needles or landscaping expertise, please call Kaye Isbell at 871-8477. We will begin at 8 am and will have biscuits, coffee and juice for all volunteers. Spread the word!


If you see someone turning flips in Red Top Café, or anywhere around Sandy Ridge, it will most likely be Jerry Foley. He said one of his goals in life is to make someone laugh every single day. And, he definitely does that.

Jerry was born in Patrick County, VA in 1966 to James and Loriene Foley. He has a sister, Renee, who resides in Danville and a brother, James, who resides in Stuart. When he was six years old, his family moved to Rockingham County. He attended Scott Elementary School, Madison-Mayodan Middle School and graduated from Madison-Mayodan High School in 1984.

He bought a house and moved to Stokes County in 1992. In 1993, he married Susan Duggins and they have two children. Brittany, age 22, is an RN at Moses Cone Hospital. Nicole, age 19, has a degree in Wild Life Certification. She is pursuing a career in Animal Science, and hopes to eventually become a Veterinarian.

In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley, kayaking on some river and, of course, a favorite pastime for so many in Stokes County – four-wheeling. His favorite vacation spots are Maggie Valley and St. Petersburg, FL. When his girls were in school, he coached soccer, softball and travel softball, and tried his best to attend every one of their games. He said, “I have no particular place I want to go. I live every day for that day. I would like to travel more, as long as it is in the continental United States. I have no desire to go overseas. The good Lord put me here in the U S of A, and this is where I’ll stay.”

Jerry has been employed by Chem Tech Solutions, based out of Charlotte, for the last 15 years as a National Account Manager. His main run is from PA to southern FL, but travels all over the United States.

When asked what person or event inspired him to be who he is today, he said, “I don’t think there was any particular person. But, when someone would say to me, you can’t do this, I would do my best

to prove them wrong. When I went to work for Chem Tech, I told them if you hire me, I will be your top salesperson in two years. And, I was!”

His greatest accomplishment in life has been raising his two girls, who were both honor graduates. He said, “When I hear the positive comments people make about them, I know I did something right.” His favorite childhood memory was sitting on the front porch with his Grandpa on Sunday listening to the race. He said, “My Grandpa was awesome! I didn’t know the race was on TV. We always listened to it on his little AM/FM transistor radio. I never watched the race on TV until I was older.” If he could have dinner with anyone, past or present, he said he would like to meet Joe Gibbs. And, he always wanted to meet Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

When not traveling, Jerry attends Ayersville Baptist Church. He would like to be remembered as a guy that had a good work ethic, and of course, was able to make people laugh.

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


“It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself. Second place is just the first place loser. You win some, lose some, and wreck some.” —Dale Earnhardt


Charleston Cheese Dip

½ cup mayonnaise

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

2 green onions, finely chopped

1 dash cayenne pepper

8 Ritz crackers, crushed

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Corn chips, crackers or bagel chips, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with corn chips, crackers or bagel chips.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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