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Carolyn Craig - Sandy Ridge News

Oak Ridge Baptist Church would like remind everyone of “Relay For Life” which will be May 6 from 7:00 p. m. until midnight at West Stokes High School. For more information, contact Donna Mitchell at 871-2321. Also, if you have any wedding photos or other memorabilia for their 150th anniversary, contact Ann Dalton at 871-3192. Happy birthday to Kaye Isbell on Friday, April 8th. Also, Lena Priddy has a special guest this week; her son, Junior Priddy, is visiting from Richmond.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Carlyle Amos who passed away Tuesday, March 29th at the age of 88.

There will be another blood drive at Sandy Ridge Community Center on April 30. The goal is to collect 30 units. We were short at the last one by 6 units. Come and donate and bring someone with you; let’s make a difference.

Everyone is invited to come hear Rev. Randy Roberts speak at Riverside Baptist Church, located on Amostown Road, on Sunday, April 10 at their 6:00 evening service. Don’t forget about the yard and bake sale on Saturday, April 16th from 7:00 a. m. until 2:00 p. m. There will be various baked goods, children and adult clothing, as well as other items for sale.

The Boy Scouts are still needing hot dog donations for the Annual Car Show which will be Saturday, May 28th at the fire department in Sandy Ridge beginning at 8:00 a. m. Judging will begin at 12 noon. Food should be ready by 10:00 a.m. per Eddie Belcher. Call him for further information at 871-2496 or 932-7480 or Jimmy Ellington at 871-2049.

One Stop At The Ridge, formerly The Ridge & Outfitters, is now open for business, including the store and grill. There will be a grand opening in about two weeks, and further updates will follow. Tank, the current manager, invites everyone to come and try their signature sandwich at the grill.

The Sandy Ridge Elementary School PTA’s Spring Fundraiser is underway. If you are interested in purchasing their BBQ package, call Samantha Brown, PTA President, at 406-8041, send an e-mail to, or visit their Facebook page. Included in the package will be a 7 – 8 lb. Boston Butt with your choice of sauce, bbq or white slaw and a 12 pack of buns.

Bobby Wayne Manring is inviting family of John Washington and One Branch Manring to a family reunion to be held April 16 from 12 noon until 3:00 p. m. at Germanton Park in Germanton. Please bring covered dish and drink of your choice. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

Please join The Sandy Ridge Music Association this Saturday, the 9th, at 6:00 p. m. at Sandy Ridge Community Center as we welcome Smokey Hollow Bluegrass and The Southern Gentlemen. This will be a great show; don’t miss it.

Continue to pray for Jason Wilmoth who was involved in a serious car accident recently, and is still a patient at Baptist Hospital. He has a long and difficult recovery ahead of him.


Frank Duncan was born in McDowell County, NC in 1951 to Isyou Dewey and Pattie Jean Duncan. He has seven siblings, but only one sister lives nearby. He graduated from Orange High School in Hillsborough in 1969, and then attended Technical College of Alamance. He studied technical illustration and graduated in 1971. He married Jeannie in 1974 and they moved to Stokes County in 1984. They have two sons, Adam and Mark. Between the two, they have been blessed with five grandchildren. He said they live away, but see them as much as possible.

Frank is well known for his artwork; but, said he did not start getting serious about it until 1994. He has paintings scattered all over the county, as well as other states and even outside the country in England. I asked him where he got his ideas for his art, and he said, “around Stokes County. This is a pretty county and full of history and ideas.” He said he has always aspired to be independent, and artwork is his way to do it. He also does custom framing and custom paintings. Visit his website – and check out some of his work. He has remodeled an old tobacco barn which not houses his studio.

In addition to painting, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and doing mechanic work on his own vehicles. His pet peeve is, most definitely, people who tailgate. And, if he could have dinner with anyone, past or present, his first choice would be Christ. But, down here on Earth, he would like to meet Leonardo da Vinci and then Michelangelo. A typical answer from an artist. His favorite vacation is camping in the mountains. But, his dream vacation is a trip to Alaska. And, he wants to drive there.

It was a pleasure speaking with this very talented and respected citizen of Sandy Ridge. Thank you, Frank, for taking the time to let us get to know you better.


“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

― Abraham Lincoln

About that Carolina game on Monday night – I am sooooooo sorry they lost. But, you know I am a Duke fan, right?

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

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