January 1, 2020
*Leasburg Ruritan Club donates 50 gift baskets to shut-ins and elderly before closing its doors.
*The finalized list of candidates for the 2020 Board of Commissioners in Caswell County is announced.
*Azra Jermaine Keene is charged with two counts of felonious burglary.
*CoSquare in Yanceyville is under renovations in the former Drug Store building.
*Alexander Carpenter is named first to receive the Patrick Womack scholarship.
January 8, 2020
*Caswell commissioners approve a one-year moratorium to study the impact of polluting industries.
*Ballplayer and businessman Julius Neal Watlington dies at age 97.
January 15, 2020
*Caswell County Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrests for Danny Hairston, Linwood Hairston, Jr., and Ibriana Holland.
*Donald Scott Lane, who is charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, and rape, gets a new attorney.
*Debra Ferrell named the new editor of The Caswell Messenger.
*Caswell Parish provides for the needy.
*Primary election is set for March 3.
*Scott Cranston is trying to get an amateur football league going.
*Caswell County Schools to recognize school employees.
January 22, 2020
*Lt. Governor candidate Mark Robinson stops at Yoder’s on the campaign trail.
*Martin Luther King, Jr. service is held at New Ephesus Baptist Church of Ruffin.
*Lance Stokes is named the new principal at Bartlett Yancey Senior High School.
*West Side Texaco is hit by armed robbery.
*42nd Legislative Breakfast to take place.
*Soup and Sandwich serves seniors and friends.
January 29, 2020
*Food Lion in Yanceyville is robbed.
*Fundraising continues for the Veterans Memorial.
*Local puppy is on the Puppy Bowl.
*1st. Sgt. Melissa Poole earns certificate in Advanced Deputy Professional Law Enforcement.
*Candidate Mark Robinson holds meet and greet.
February 5, 2020
*Larry Inge is a suspect in Food Lion robberies.
*State leaders tour the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern in Milton.
*BY athletics director Karen Godlock is inducted into the NC Hall of Fame.
February 12, 2020
*Yanceyville woman Camisha Spencer wins $4 million lottery ticket.
*Two are killed in NC 86 crash.
*Caswell County native Venessa Corbett is recognized at Elon for her basketball skills.
*N. L. Dillard Middle School girls win the Conference championship.
*Burlington Auto Auction comes to a new location.
February 19, 2020
*Caswell County Deputy Julia Vernon is presented a pin for saving the life of a student choking at N. L. Dillard Middle School.
*Commissioners hear from Anderson citizens against a proposed quarry.
*Caswell County Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast for Connecting Caswell Leadership series.
*BY Buccaneers finish its basketball season 4-19.
*Milton Town Hall meeting offers information on the post office situation.
*Clippers Salon opens in Yanceyville.
*Middle school students enjoy Black History program.
*Jean Scott gives a tour of Old Milton.
February 26, 2020
*Danville woman Shantiequa Woode is charged in death of infant.
*Food Lion robber faces five charges in Rockingham County.
*Primary set for March 3.
*Prospect Hill meeting kicks off meetings to talk about zoning issue.
*Dr. Pamela G. Senegal of Piedmont Community College is selected to join Aspen New Presidential Fellowship.
March 4, 2020
*Tracy Stanley, Mel Battle and Gladys Garland retain their seats on Caswell County Board of Education. Trudy Blackwell is named to the board.
*In the primary for board of commissioners, Sterling Carter and Crystal King win the primary. Rick McVey and John Dickerson will also run as well as Jeremiah Jefferies and Nate Hall.
*Caswell County Chamber of Commerce holds its awards banquet.
*DAQ to hold public hearings on Sunrock LLC applications.
*Providence man Joshua Collins is charged in death by distribution.
*Pelham man Linwood Hairston is charged in death by distribution.
March 11, 2020
*The COVID-19 coronavirus makes the scene this week.
*Donald Layne murder trial is continued.
*Meeting are held to discuss new post office at Milton.
*Food Lion robber Larry Inge picks up a new charge in Alamance County.
March 18, 2020
*State of Emergency declared in Caswell County.
*Man is killed at Lucky’s night club in Providence. Suspect Damon Lee is under million dollar bond.
*Death of Caswell EMS paramedic Wendy Smiley Wiseman hits community hard.
*Caswell nurse Patricia Harris Towler dies at the hands of her husband.
*Local students are getting food bags as schools shut down facilities due to the coronavirus.
March 25, 2020
*Many businesses close due to an order by the governor.
*Caswell schools are offering classes on Facebook Live.
*Yanceyville ABC robbery suspects go to the Grand Jury. Suspects are John Wayne Burton, Quintell Kamaile Saunders, and Tyree Murphy.
April 1, 2020
*Yanceyville declares itself in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19. Caswell County revises its State of Emergency.
*Bond has been denied to Damon Lee who allegedly shot and killed Keith Hayes at Lucky’s night club in Providence.
*Governor Roy Cooper issues a stay at home order.
*Financial advisor Steve Carscadden offers advice to community.
*Robbers hit Dollar General twice in Reidsville.
April 8, 2020
*Caswell County gets its second positive for COVID-19.
*Local groups begin an effort to provide food for the seniors and youth.
*Veteran James W. Faucette looks back on his days in the military now that he’s 97 years old!
*Covenant Reformed Baptist Church members donate 400 face masks.
*Yanceyville flea market owner Skip Pageau retires and closes the shop.
*BY seniors Joshua Smith and Lanie Ouzts earn Heart of a Champion awards.
April 15, 2020
*Third person tests positive in Caswell County.
*Milton Baking Company hangs on despite hardships.
*Caswell Farmers Market to remain open with safety protocols.
*Caswell Family Medical Center gets $573,605 grant from HHS aid relief.
April 22, 2020
*Damon Lee sees his 2nd degree murder charge go to a probable cause hearing.
*Larry Dean Newton is charged with kidnapping and assault on a female.
*Top Nails offers a variety of services.
*Caswell Parish is among those offering free meals.
*Reidsville musician Caleb Foster is making his mark on YouTube.
*Retired nurse Elsie Blalock is making free face masks for community.
April 29, 2020
*Damon Lee is released on million dollar bond.
*Hardee’s reopens after deep cleaning.
*KB Hamlette’s paves the way for top notch services.
*Caswell Farmers Market kicks off the season with face masks and hand washing.
*Cherry Springs Village staff are heroes to residents during the crisis.
*Meals on Wheels taking food to seniors is a godsend.
*Names for the Veterans Memorial are announced.
May 6, 2020
*COVID-19 numbers continue to rise.
*Caswell County is hit by robocalls during recent primary election.
*HIGH Fitness helps parish feed families.
*Caswell Messenger begins running senior spotlights every week.
May 13, 2020
*Caswell County has first death from COVID-19.
*Inframark makes a donation to County Outreach Ministry.
*Middle Border Forward names the recipients of the first-ever Caswell community Impact Project. Winners are Alice Robinson, Hilary Dodson, Lucindy Willis, Rebecca Page, Galyna Karpenski, and Connie Kimrey.
*County has 42 cases of COVID-19.
May 20, 2020
*Groundbreaking is held for the Veterans Memorial in Yanceyville.
*Post 89 gun raffle raises $18,161 for the Veterans Memorial fund.
*Selena Thornton has big plans for her blueberrie farm.
*Womack Foundation gives out 2020 grants.
*Womack Foundation makes a donation to GW.
*Volunteers clear the trails in Yanceyville.
*US Army Sergeant Colby Richmond featured in Debbie Rascoe’s column.
May 27, 2020
*Memorial Day is celebrated in Yanceyville Town Square with veterans handing out American flags for the drive thru.
*DAQ is taking comments on Sunrock’s applications for a proposed quarry, asphalt and concrete batch plant in Prospect Hill.
*Local child Manilyjah Poteat beats cancer.
*The Wooden Ladder Farm and Garden continues to grow.
*2020 quilt will raise money for the Veterans Memorial.
*Angela Turner retires from Caswell County Section 8 Housing and Samantha Shumaker is named the new Executive Director.
*Fifty four cases of COVID-19 logged for this week.
June 3, 2020
*Virginia couple gets married at arboretum in Yanceyville. Photos appear in New York Times.
*COVID-19 testing is completed at Caswell Correctional Center.
*Caswell Tire Service is family owned and fine tuned.
*A Peace March is held in Yanceyville with the walk beginning in the Food Lion parking lot and going around town. There have been tumultuous times in the country recently.
*A budget for $22,244,356 is presented to Caswell County Board of Commissioners.
*Two Hearts Thrift Store reopens after closing for the coronavirus.
*Food Lion holds a luncheon for graduating employees.
*Caswell County has 90 positives for COVID-19.
*Bartlett Yancey Senior High School construction project will cost $6 million less than anticipated.
*Caswell Council for the Arts is taking sub-grant applications for a grassroots program.
*BY senior pictures are featured.
June 10, 2020
*Drive thru graduation is held at Bartlett Yancey Senior High School.
*Alan Poteat named first recipient of Wendy Wiseman Employee of the Year award.
*NAACP prayer vigil draws a big crowd in Yanceyville. The vigil was held in memory of George Floyd who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis.
*Mims Contractors sponsors meal at Caswell Parish.
*Nic Paylor organizes a peace march in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Amahad Abrery and others.
*Middle school graduate pictures are featured.
June 17, 2020
*Caswell commissioners talk about Farmers Lake fishing from the banks.
*Veterans honor Flag Day at town square.
*Yanceyville passes a new budget of $2,590,010.
*Hunter Pruitt wins the Caswell Council for the Arts Lee Fowlkes Award for Outstanding Excellence in the Visual Arts.
June 24, 2020
*Caswell Courthouse is closed due to COVID-19 exposure.
*Convenience Center in Prospect Hill is closing.
*Life Beyond the Shadows Counseling provides help to the community.
*DAQ to hold public hearings for Sunrock applications.
*Caswell County Partnership for Children rewards educators for outstanding work.
*Caswell County Schools announces nominations for employees of the year.
July 1, 2020
*Piedmont Community Colleges celebrates 50 years of operation.
*Curfew is issued in town square area.
*Food Lion employee Kathy Wilkins retires after 30 years.
*Caswell County has second death from COVID-19.
*DAQ postpones hearings for Sunrock applications.
July 8, 2020
*More plans are revealed for the Veterans Memorial.
*Local woman Kelly Cobb donates a kidney to Matthew Sidney. Romany Nageeb is still looking for a kidney.
*Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane ponders what’s significant in our lives.
July 15, 2020
*Caswell County Schools plan to reopen under in-class/remote mix.
*Century Farm status is achieved by Delmar W. Allred at Miles Plantation Century Farms and Tony and Beth Simmons Kirby at Millrock Farm.
*State of Emergency curfew in Yanceyville is lifted.
*Coin shortage hits the country thanks to the coronavirus.
*Local woman Stacy Matkins is writing a series of children’s books.
July 22, 2020
*Food Lion employee Franchon Pointer’s death hits the community hard.
*Dan River area foundations award grant goes to Caswell County.
*Caswell County Retired School Personnel Organization presents a scholarship to McKenzie Oakley, daughter of Mickey and Diane Oakley.
*NC offender dies from COVID-19 complications.
July 29, 2020
*Readers Choice Awards nominations are sought by Caswell Messenger.
*Groundbreaking is held at the Bartlett Yancey Senior High School construction project.
*Caswell County Schools to conduct first nine weeks under Plan C all remote learning from home.
*This Farm Wife offers a look at the resourcefulness of Meredith Bernard.
*Yanceyville boy Mason Gadsen is attacked by a fox at the apartments.
*BY student Alivia Mims wins an award at the Beta Club Convention .
*Caswell County is lagging in census returns.
August 5, 2020
*Piedmont Community College ag student Immanuel Martin is featured in an article about the college’s farm program.
*County Planner Matthew Hoagland is holding a book launch on his new book, “Think Small: A Millennial’s Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America.”
*Museums are featured in Small Business Spotlight.
*Sunrock hearings are postponed again due to a storm coming through.
*Commissioners approve a new cell phone tower in Pelham.
*Piedmont Community College (PCC) wins a grant from Duke Energy.
August 12, 2020
*Damon Lee’s charges are upgraded to 1st degree murder for the shooting at Lucky’s night club.
*Caswell Commissioner Sterling Carter resigns from the board.
*PCC ag student Caleb Jones learns a lot from working on Honey Bee Hills Farm.
*Funds are still needed for the Veterans Memorial.
*Poll workers are needed for the November election.
*Family Services of Caswell County meets its fundraising goal.
August 19, 2020
*Kent Williamson is named interim commissioner following Sterling Carter’s resignation.
*Leasburg Ruritan Club closes, gives money to other clubs and groups.
*Hoedown is canceled due to COVID-19.
*American Legion 210 makes a big donation to County Outreach Ministry program.
*State prison completes COVID-19 testing.
August 26, 2020
*DAQ denies permits with public hearing canceled for Sunrock.
*Fulton-Walton Funeral Home & Cremation Services is featured in the paper.
*Ignite Nutrition opens in Yanceyville.
September 2, 2020
*Caswell County Schools announces the winners of the employee awards.
*Veterans Memorial announces Veterans Day, November 11, as the day of the dedication ceremony.
*Milton Memories columnist Jean Scott retires.
*Semora Dollar General will offer fresh produce to customers.
September 9, 2020
*Four deaths from COVID-19 in Caswell County.
*Milton will get a new post office.
*Local farmer John Brandon is offering vegetables at County Outreach Ministry.
*Donald Layne murder case is continued to October 5.
*Broadband is still on the horizon in Caswell County.
*CoSquare gets closer to opening in Yanceyville.
September 16, 2020
*Sidewalks are poured at Veterans Memorial.
*Duke Energy supports PCC program with a $20,000 grant.
*Caswell Friends of the Library conducts the Books for Kids campaign.
September 23, 2020
*Commissioners vote down Farmer Lake changes.
*Yanceyville Mart owner Romany Nageeb still needs a kidney.
*Limited visitation to resume at Caswell Correctional Center.
*American Legion Post 447 awards scholarships to nursing students.
September 30, 2020
*Caswell County schools will stay in Plan C all remote learning for another nine weeks.
*Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane donates a laptop to County Outreach Ministry for the office.
*Security Alliance provides great service to area.
*Caswell County has five deaths from COVID-19.
*Distinguished Pistol Outdoor Shooting range is a valuable asset to community.
October 7, 2020
*Political rally is set for Saturday.
*Caswell County schools athletics to start soon.
*Milton Studio Art Gallery has a variety of products.
October 14, 2020
*Caswell County schools athletics is now postponed due to the coronavirus spread.
*North Village Pharmacy employee Sylvia Williamson will be missed by customers, friends, and family.
*Stoney Creek Elementary is closed two weeks due to a COVID-19 exposure.
*Political rally rescheduled to October 17 after a rain delay.
*Skywalker Roofing puts on a free roof for a veteran.
*Yanceyville votes to create special memorial to honor law enforcement, emergency services, and firefighters on the front lawn in front of the municipal building.
October 21, 2020
*Readers Choice Awards winners are announced.
*Discussions will be held on possible relocation of monuments in town square.
*Caswell Chamber of Commerce has a successful fundraising golf tournament.
*Sista’s Touch Salon offers top styles to all.
*Caswell Commissioners approve incentives for area economic development.
*Caswell citizens turns out in droves for early voting.
*Caswell County School finance team earns a prestigious award.
*BY volleyball players talk about struggling with losing out on their season.
October 28, 2020
*Christmas lights to be expanded in Caswell County during the “Be the Light” promotion.
*Animal Protection Society does well despite the rain in its annual golf fundraiser.
*Caswell County Board of Education hears a possible plan for a potential online program.
*Caswell County finance team wins award for a report.
*Caswell Family Medical Center is rebranded to Compassion Health Care Inc.
November 4, 2020
*Debbie’s Door Decor and More opens in Yanceyville at Country Auto.
*Election held across the nation.
*Suspect is wanted in Yanceyville Food Lion robbery on November 2.
*Graduation cohort rates are celebrated in Caswell County.
*Caswell County Sheriff’s Office promotes Lt. Melissa Poole to Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Investigator.
*SECU Foundation opens SAFE shelter and expands COVID-19 disaster relief.
November 11, 2020
*John Dickerson, Rick McVey, Jeremiah Jefferies, and Nate Hall win the election for Caswell County Board of Commissioners.
*Veterans Memorial in Yanceyville holds its dedication ceremony on Veterans Day, November 11.
*Wrongful death lawsuit against King Machine of North Carolina is filed in the death of Desmond J. Stephens.
*Reidsville Luckies to offer full slate of games.
November 18, 2020
*Death count from COVID-19 now up to six in Caswell County.
*Suspects sought in November 4 robbery at Prospect Hill Dollar General.
*A caravan was held in Yanceyville on Saturday to draw awareness to the movement against polluting industries.
*Caswell County Board of Commissioners hear letters of support of creation of HIDO.
November 25, 2020
*Be the Light tour of Christmas lights in Caswell County gets underway.
*Caswell County Partnership for Children provides many opportunities for local kids.
*Caswell County Historical Association is selling special ornaments as a fundraiser.
*American Indian artifact collector Arthur Tillett brings part of his collection to the Milton Renaissance Foundation Museum and Visitors Center.
*CoSquare opens its doors in Yanceyville offering office space, Internet, and more to the community.
*Caswell Friends of the Library is holding a fundraiser by selling cookbooks.
*Remembrance Tree in Milton is underway.
*Caswell County is offering $1,500 food grants.
December 2, 2020
*Dedicated Caswell County educator Josh Fuqua passes away, leaving a legacy behind to his students at N. L. Dillard Middle School.
*BY pitcher/catcher duo Grace Watlington and Rylie Webster each sign to play ball for colleges.
*Caswell County loses eight to COVID-19.
*Caswell Commissioners to begin discussions about relocating monuments in Town Square.
*Milton Remembrance Tree is a special project for Jeff and Tracy Williams.
December 9, 2020
*Caswell Council for the Arts gains more visibility by moving operations to the new CoSquare building.
*Caswell County is declared a “red county” due to COVID-19.
*David Owen is voted new Chairman of the Board for Caswell County Commissioners. Jeremiah Jefferies is the new Vice Chairman.
*Patrick Donovan is arrested for confronting Rockingham officers in body armor with an AK-47 rifle.
*Firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. to bring 60 new jobs to Rockingham County.
*Riverside Furniture Corp. to bring 50 new jobs to Caswell County.
*Harbor Freight to open store in Reidsville, creating 25-30 new jobs.
December 16, 2020
*NC is getting the first doses of the new COVID-19 vaccines.
*A proposed conference realignment will bring changes to local high school sports.
*Milton will get a new post office on Bridge Street.
*Caswell County Schools votes to continue in Plan C all remote learning until they take another look at the coronavirus situation at the January 11 meeting.
*Wayne Owen is voted Chairman of the Board and Gladys Garland Vice Chairman at the December 14 meeting of Caswell County Board of Education.
*Reidsville woman Kimberly Sue Gauldin is arrested for allegedly stabbing a friend at a party.
*Golden LEAF Board awards more than $2.4 million for relief in the state.
December 23, 2020
*Caswell commissioners approve six month extension on the moratorium in the county.
*CoSquare has much to offer the community including high speed internet.
*Santa Claus and some home cooked food are brought to the Animal Protection Society of Caswell County.
*Yanceyville council think red alert system is a good idea to protect citizens and businesses.
*The Eta Eta Zeta Chapter of Yanceyville place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial.
*Frontline workers are honored with food boxes by American Legion Post 210.
December 30, 2020
*Caswell County death rate climbs to nine deaths so far following another death over the holidays.
*Moderna vaccines for COVID-19 have been delivered to Caswell County.
*Caswell Parish update is featured.
*Feature offered on Caswell Family Medical Center being rebranded as Compassion Health Care.
*The Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications January 1-March 1, 2021. Fifty five scholarships will be offered to graduating seniors or former graduates from a high school in Danville, Pittsylvania County or Caswell County.
*Yard of Toys program from County Outreach Ministry provided three new toys apiece for many children in the area. More than 1,000 toys were distributed.
*Alternative Baseball program looking to get started in Caswell County.