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.