Coffee, Conversation & Conservatives - Inaugural Event a Success!

  On Saturday, July 14, a group of Caswell residents including several local public servants and candidates running for office in the upcoming election gathered at Yoder's in Yanceyville to have coffee and share in conversation regarding the happenings in the county. County Commissioner, Rick McVey, Vice Chairman, shared updates on some of the latest news in the county.  A few things you may want to know…

  • a small agriculture based technology company has plans to move to downtown
  • BYHS & PCC are working together to provide an accelerated Associate’s Ag Degree program
  • there are talks of the possibility for PCC to expand in Caswell
  • the financing update of the new high school and library expansion were also shared


    Other conversation spurred by this was the mention that the healthcare services provided by our local center is constantly being improved and updated.  The new program that Piedmont Community College is beginning this fall wherein BY students may participate in an accelerated program allowing them to earn an Associate’s Degree in Ag Business was a definite item of interest.   

    Discussion around the importance of encouraging our youth to stay in Caswell occurred.  The need for broadband services is a critical piece of this.  In addition, discussion of water rights, agriculture and economic development in terms of growing our existing agriculture resources in the county followed with much interest.

    Candidates that attended the meeting that are running for office this November include:

    Mr. Mike Gentry, who has previously served the county as district court judge from 2000 – 2016 is now running again.  He was born in Rockingham County and has lived in Caswell for many years.   

    For County Commissioner in District 5 (Prospect Hill area), Mr. Steve Oestreicher is running.  He comes to the race with a background as an agriculture industry professional.  Steve and his wife, Karen, have lived in NC for 37 years.

    Mr. Ken Rothrock is running for State House District 5.  This is a new district formed with the northern portion of Orange County and the southern portion of Caswell.  Ken is an attorney and has also worked as a planner, assistant town manager and as a city engineer previously.

    The Coffee, Conversation and Conservatives meeting is being held the second Saturday of each month at Yoder’s.  Please join us for the next one on August 11 from 9-11 am if you can.