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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the fundraiser for Steve Chaney scheduled for Saturday, July 29 beginning at 11 am at Sandy Ridge Community Center. Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys as well as Robert Tilley and The Hard Times Band will be on hand providing some fantastic music. Hot dog plates will be served for $6 consisting of 2 hot dogs, one side, dessert and drink. There will also be a live auction, 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Beginning at noon, sign up for the Corn Hole Tournament for $10/person. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner. Come on out and join Steve in his fight against bone marrow cancer and pre-leukemia.

Saturday, August 5, has been designated as “Clean-Up Day” for The Sandy Ridge Community Center. We need volunteers who will come and help clean the inside of the building and spruce up the outside. If you would like to donate flowers, pine needles or landscaping expertise, please call Kaye at 871-8477. We will begin around 8 am and plan to have biscuits, coffee and juice available for all volunteers.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Shirley Edmund Marshall Goad who passed away July 9 at the age of 92.


Gwen Hawkins was born in Stuart, VA in 1970 to Leon and Judy Puckett. She has one brother, Lee, who resides in Danbury.

She attended Lawsonville Elementary and graduated from North Stokes High School in 1988. She then attended Leon’s Beauty School in Greensboro. She worked for Melanie Culler at Colours Salon in Stuart for about 12 years. In October, 2001 she opened her own salon – A Salon on 8 in Stuart, VA.

She met her husband, Doug, at North Stokes. They married in June of 1990 and moved to Sandy Ridge. They have two daughters – Reid who is 15 years old and attends North Stokes High and Raygan who is 12 and attends Piney Grove Middle School. When not working, she said “I am running with the kids. Reid is involved in softball and Raygan dances competitively.” Their favorite vacation spot is Holden Beach; but, her dream vacation would be a trip to Hawaii. When asked if she had a bucket list, she said “I don’t. I pretty much try to live life for what it is every day. Even if I could choose another career, I would still choose to be a hairdresser.”

Her greatest inspiration in life has been her Mom. She said her Mom was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and has been cancer free for two years. “She kept her faith in God and never wavered. Melanie Culler also inspired me, and served as my mentor when I was learning the business.” If she could have lunch just one more time with anyone, it would be her Granny Reid. Her favorite childhood memory is going with her Dad to 311 Speedway. She said, “He used to race. Going and hanging out with him kept me out of trouble.”

I asked her if there was anything in life that she would do over if she could, and she said “I wouldn’t do anything differently. No do overs. I am satisfied with how things are; but, maybe I wouldn’t work as much and have more time for my family.” She and her family attend Oak Ridge Baptist, and she would like to be remembered as a good and faithful servant.

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


“Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. (When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible)” — Abraham Lincoln


Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding (from Paula Deen desserts)

1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 cups milk

1 (5 oz.) box instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix

6 to 8 bananas, sliced

2 bags chessmen cookies

Line the bottom of a 13x9x2 inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a hand held electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

You can also use 1 Vanilla and 1 French Vanilla pudding mix (3.6 oz. each) with 2 ¼ cups milk and regular vanilla wafers.

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

Carolyn Craig

Sandy Ridge News

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