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Home Care In Pelham, NC

Home Care Pelham, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Pelham, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Great place to work. Such an amazing team in the office, clients, and a great owner. Samantha goes above and beyond for our company. Very understanding! Wouldn’t ask for a better company to work for!”

Maddie C.

“I am Very satisfied that Samantha (the owner) took fast action once our sweet Angel passed away with helping me find work with another sweet client. The staff will help to find you steady hours depending on your availability. I am blessed to be able to work for a company that will work with me & care about my needs. If a situation does come up (no company is perfect :)) Sam will work swiftly to correct any issues & that means a lot to us the caregivers moving forward within the company. I am grateful for my employment with Always Best Care.”

Jessica G.

“I’m thankful for Always Best Care .. I’ve met some amazing people because of them. I absolutely adore every single client I’ve cared for ???? I love the fact that the schedulers are always intuitive, helpful and super amazing ????.. and they’ve taken care of us caregivers as well. I’m a PROUD ABC CAREGIVER!!!!! ~Jessica Ramos~”

Gabriella B.

“Always best care is the best senior care to work for. They have the best clients and staff. The staff are always calling to check in and answering calls on time. Even if I leave a voicemail they call back in a great timely manner. The schedulers are all some as well.”

Sierra J.

“I absolutely love working with ABC they are very helpful and understanding and they work around your schedule and they are very friendly, they make sure your healthy and make sure your not hurting and if you are hurting they call and make sure your okay. I love everyone at ABC”

Alexus A.

“I bn with this company for Abt a year and I love working for them . They work with you,they care about ur personal life/ problems, really good at matching you with good clients..”

Jamie T.

“Always best care is such a great company. I have been with the company 7 years. They always go above and beyond to make sure residents are taken care of.”

Hannah S.

“Every time I call the office the staff are very friendly. I enjoy what I do.”

Tinisia C.

“My experience at Always Best care has been nothing but absolutely amazing.great staff and very outstanding work place.this a good company to work for..I have nothing but great things to say abt the Owner and Director,I will be working here until the plc close basically forever!! Scheduling supervisor again my experience Great!!!!”

Hamilla R.

“Great place to work!....Smart and Hard Working group of individuals!”


“I love working for Always Best Care! They're understanding, have a wonderful team in the office that helps make our jobs easier as caregivers! Easy to talk to and communicate. A great atmosphere, fun activities and different things throughout different times that make the work days a little more light and fun!”

Katie B.

“This is an awesome agency to work for. They will put you to work asap!”

Kim J.

“Hi my name Amiya and I have been working for ABC for almost 4 months now. I really love this job because it’s very flexible especially since I’m a full time college student. It’s really hard to find jobs like this and if you need days they don’t mind as long your attendance isn’t bad. They are also very understanding. It’s really a great job and I love helping people.”


“ABC is a great company that cares about their employees. The pay is good and everyone in the office is extremely helpful. It’s easy to get time off, (just let them know 2 weeks ahead of time). We have monthly in-service & education is offered in person or via zoom. We are given the tools we need to succeed.”

Laraine T.

“Best agency I have ever worked for..”

Valeie S.

“I've worked with some of the greatest clients. They match you to perfection......”

Shanenna S.

“I want to give a review for caregiver Tena. She is top notch for my husband and with helping me in our home. Tena goes above and beyond in all areas. She is so eager each day she’s with us and ensures my husband’s needs are met throughout the day. Tena ensures my husband gets his exercise, his meals and drink needs are met and daily walks outside. She always has supplies ready and keeps everything so clean and sanitary. Very thankful to have Tena as part of my husbands care.”


“Abigail with Always Best Care is a great community partner. She's an asset to the company and always shows up with a smile!”

Nichole S.

“We have used Always Best for 2 years for my Dad before he passed & now 2 years for my Mom. They are the best! Laura J. With Always Best is phenomenal. She is always pleasant & prompt. She is always willing to go a step beyond to help my Mom in every way with the best attitude!”


“I am a current client of this provider Tonya S. Is my Dad’s aide. I just cannot say enough good about her. She is very kind and caring. She has really brought my Dad out of his shell and keeps him active and involved. Tonya is a professional with a great big care givers heart. We feel very fortunate to have her. The team at ABC has been very helpful and we are very happy with our decision to use Always Best Care!!!”

Christine K.

“Sara Bynum is the best example of a CAREGIVER! Caring is her specialité..She is always prompt, cheerful, patient, industrious, generous, personable, organized, and, additionally, has a delightful sense of humor. I can't sing her praises loud enough!”

Aileen T.

“Our family has been pleased with ABC services, thankful for a company to be able to rely on for my Dad's care.”

T C.

“I’m in need of a caregiver for my son and Always Best Senior Care is one of the companies that I contacted. Although they were unable to provide services to us (through no fault of their own) mallory trip time to refer us to a company, including phone number to contact for services. She was very helpful, kind, and attentive to our needs. I appreciate the time they took to assist me the best way they could.”

Lisa L.

“Caregivers (Raina & Aiyana) are very caring and helpful to my father's needs,”

Linda L.

“My husband's caregiver Taylor is so very patient with him. She does her work without supervision. We are proud to have her in our home. Sincerely, Jack & Lou”

Jack H.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Pelham, NC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Pelham, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Pelham Mill Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Rick Erwin's Eastside or visit John Pelham Monument, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Pelham, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Pelham, NC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Pelham, NC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • L & L Family Care
  • The Gables on Pelham Assisted Living
  • Windsor House Greenville
  • Pelham Supportive Services
  • Pelham Supportive Services
  • Hilltop of Greenville Memory Care
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Pelham, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Pelham, NC

Agribusiness programs have big year at local colleges

2021 has been a year of high-profile growth for the agribusiness curriculum at Piedmont Community College, Caswell campus. With the help of attractive career potential and financial incentives, ag classes are experiencing increased enrollment under the leadership of course instructors Kin Watlington and Lucas Bernard.Recently, PCC’s agribusiness program members took part in the 6th Annual Engaged Learning Showcase at nearby Averett University in Danville, Virginia. The event was staged at beautiful Frith Auditorium on November 1...

2021 has been a year of high-profile growth for the agribusiness curriculum at Piedmont Community College, Caswell campus. With the help of attractive career potential and financial incentives, ag classes are experiencing increased enrollment under the leadership of course instructors Kin Watlington and Lucas Bernard.

Recently, PCC’s agribusiness program members took part in the 6th Annual Engaged Learning Showcase at nearby Averett University in Danville, Virginia. The event was staged at beautiful Frith Auditorium on November 16 and featured 25 course-based projects, ranging from service-learning, internships, volunteer experiences to undergraduate research. Sample crops from the fields of the Penn-Watlington Farm, where PCC ag students’ plant, grow and harvest, were their feature. PCC agribusiness “A-Team” of instructors Watlington and Bernard, students Laura Young, Caleb Jones and Dylan Pruitt manned the school’s info, interactive table to help deliver their message: what a critical role agriculture will be playing in Caswell County’s educational future.

“It was to showcase what other organizations are doing, too. We were there to represent our Ag Department at Piedmont Community College. Danville Community College was represented, also. Many of the students who represent service-learning projects at Averett, showcased what they had accomplished, “explained Watlington by phone last week.

The expo is designed to provide an opportunity to get the students from the classroom to an interface with the public, describing what direction their studies were taking in their specialized vocations.

Averett’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) “is the regional hub for linking students, faculty and staff from Averett, Danville Community College (DCC) and Piedmont Community College (PCC) with community partners to create distinct learning experiences and career opportunities, and to strengthen the social and economic vitality of the region.”

This is the fourth year the showcase has been under the leadership of Averett’s Executive Director, Dr. Billy Wooten.

“A few years ago, I was invited to take part in this service-learning showcase, and we’ve done it in the last three years. A big part of our presentation is not only our sweet potato project but our greens and things we donate to the Caswell County Outreach Ministry and Caswell County Parish,” adds Watlington.

“It was very neat. There were many other booths and a lot of projects being presented around us. We pretty much walked around and looked at all of them (like a trade show). Oh, the sweet tea was so good! We worked the area next to the nurse’s booth in this huge auditorium lobby. It was a very diverse group and showcased what Averett is investing in. We were all checking each other out, too! I enjoyed being a representative of our ag program and discussing it with the crowd,” says Young.

The appeal of a service-learning showcase such as this not only attracts high school seniors looking for a career pathway, but it gives them a chance to talk to peers, already in a program, and ask relevant questions. The one-on-one personal touch has proven far more popular than on-line chat or Zoom Room video discussions.

“I spent some time talking with Dr. Wooten about Averett giving all these smaller colleges a platform for their service-learning courses. We discussed how we gave back to the community.

There were a lot of students roaming around and I talked to a few of them about what they were doing,” explains Pruitt. Pruitt is continuing his semester at PCC this spring with an ag marketing class on how to sell vegetables and is taking an ad mechanic class to learn to repair tractors! He also said this: “Service-learning has helped me in agriculture by expanding my knowledge of good, agricultural practices. Everyone has skills and the one I can give back is growing food for others who live in food insecurity areas.” Spring 2022 shapes up as a promising season for enrolled “ag biz” students at PCC as major colleges and universities begin recruiting for their expanding campus programs. Agriculture is already North Carolina’s number one industry and is responsible for over $95.9 billion dollars in food, forestry and fiber revenue.

Jones provided his motivation for taking ag classes: “Through service-learning, I’ve learned about farming in a responsible way using sustainable practices to take care of the soil and not harming the land. Sustainability is very important to protect our water sources. Some of the importance is the giving back to the community to benefit others and hopefully make their lives a little better.”

Instructor Bernard: “The biggest thing I got out of it is helping our students. Caleb Jones was in my class, and I wanted him and all the kids to get the experience and understanding of what volunteering can provide for the community and for personal enrichment. We also assisted some farmers with soil samples and explained to them what soil nutrition is. “

He elaborates, “Through Averett, there are opportunities for our program to assist in some of their agricultural projects, so it’s important that we continue to partnership with Dr. Wooten. What Luke said was important: a lot of times, the farmer or the grower doesn’t have time to do their own soil samples. What we were able to do really helped us because we saw a farm that a couple was working very hard on every day. They knew testing their soil was something they should do, but didn’t have the time. But Mr. Bernard called them and set that test up and his class went out to get the samples. The couple was having trouble with growing their okra in different areas and after the soil samples were analyzed, we could tell them where the soil needed nutrients to correct the problem,” adds Watlington.

Finally, Watlington summed up the day’s presentation: ““Food insecurity is a term that the students are learning about along with ‘food deserts.’ Those are the places where folks don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We’ve got a lot of land area here in Caswell to deal with that problem. We’re just trying to figure out how we can best utilize our role and what it is in the community. “

There is much to learn about where Agribusiness is headed under Piedmont Community College’s leadership. When the new Center for Educational and Agricultural Development (CEAD) opens in Pelham, NC, possibly in 2022, local Agribusiness will gain interest, support and momentum inside the Caswell County line. The seeds are now being sewn.

PCC’s online website describes the Agribusiness course: “PCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree program in Agribusiness Technology is based on the Caswell County Campus, serving both Caswell County and Person County communities. Students will learn the fundamentals of agriculture, with emphasis placed on entrepreneurial and field training, as well as the basics of our economic system and government policies and programs relating to agriculture. Students are provided with various levels of course work in the mechanical and electronic field, as well.”

For more information:

Caswell County Campus – (336) 694-5707, 331 Piedmont Drive, Yanceyville, NC 27379

Corpse found in Pelham identified

On Friday, April 1, 2022 the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a corpse found at an abandoned residence off of the Holland Road in Pelham Township. The remains has been identified as 43 year old Vander McCray who was reported missing earlier this year.By Rachel D. WalkerCaswell Messenger News CorrespondentThe Ruritan National Club is the largest community service organization in the U.S. and is commonly found in rural areas of the East Coast and Midwest. The organization is driven by the pu...

On Friday, April 1, 2022 the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a corpse found at an abandoned residence off of the Holland Road in Pelham Township. The remains has been identified as 43 year old Vander McCray who was reported missing earlier this year.

By Rachel D. Walker

Caswell Messenger News Correspondent

The Ruritan National Club is the largest community service organization in the U.S. and is commonly found in rural areas of the East Coast and Midwest. The organization is driven by the purpose of creating a better understanding among people, and through volunteer community service and better the quality of life within those communities. The club is designed to serve community people meeting community needs by founding the principles of fellowship, goodwill, and service. The Ruritan club is open to any and all members ranging from high school students to senior members of the community. There is also a chance for tweens and teens to join the RuriTEEN chapter affiliated with the Central Caswell Ruritan Club. Each chapter strives to survey the needs of the community to tailor volunteer efforts to meet the unique challenges of the area.

Caswell County is fortunate enough to have four active Ruritan Clubs located in Central Caswell (Yanceyville/ Blanch), Cherry Grove, Semora, and Southern Caswell (Anderson/ Bynes). All four clubs in Caswell County are actively seeking new members. “As the Zone Governor of the Caswell County Ruritan Clubs, I am urgently asking people of all ages to consider getting involved in the organization. We are open to regular memberships or associates, including businesses,” says Andy Turner.

The clubs congregate once a month to discuss and carry out projects in the community. Currently, the Central Caswell Chapter is most in need of volunteers.

Some of the projects taken on by every Ruritan Club chapter include

1. Volunteering for the sick, elderly, or in-need members of the community.

2. Hosting blood drives

3. Donating and providing medical equipment

4. Providing transportation to and from medical appointments.

5. Fueling anti-litter campaigns and roadside cleanups.

6. Partnering with local Boy Scouts of America troops, 4-H Clubs, and FFA.

7. Sponsoring and awarding partial college scholarships for local graduating high schoolers.

Bartlett-Yancey High School is Partnering with the Ruritan Club's Central Caswell Chapter to offer volunteer and service opportunities for college applicants beginning in January 2024. Announcements will be made pertaining to specific volunteer opportunities in the new year. When students register for membership with the Central Caswell Chapter, they will be issued volunteer credits to boost college applications. For more information on how you can get involved through the high school, please contact Kim Dail at [email protected].

If you, a student, or a business are interested in joining the Ruritan Club, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brenda Crews at (336) 503-2813. For more information on all chapters in Caswell, please contact Andy Turner, Zone Governor, by phone at, (336) 514 5134 or by email at [email protected].

Upcoming events and meetings will be held beginning January 2024. There is also a National Ruritan Convention hosted in Winston-Salem on January 11th, 2024. For more information on national events and meetings please visit the Ruritan Website at

‘Boozie Banana Pudding Cheesecake’ wins top prize at state fair

RALEIGH – Shenita Arvia Pelham of Raleigh earned the top spot and $500 in prize money in the State Fair’s “Down Home Dessert: Banana Pudding Challenge” presented by Ambetter Health of North Carolina.Pelham, a native of Biscoe, served up her “Boozie Banana Pudding Cheesecake” for the win. Julia Truelove of Raleigh placed second, earning $300 for her “Taste of New Orleans Banana Pudding.” Third place and $200 went to Aasiyah Maryam of Durham for her “Classic Banana Pudding with Banan...

RALEIGH – Shenita Arvia Pelham of Raleigh earned the top spot and $500 in prize money in the State Fair’s “Down Home Dessert: Banana Pudding Challenge” presented by Ambetter Health of North Carolina.

Pelham, a native of Biscoe, served up her “Boozie Banana Pudding Cheesecake” for the win. Julia Truelove of Raleigh placed second, earning $300 for her “Taste of New Orleans Banana Pudding.” Third place and $200 went to Aasiyah Maryam of Durham for her “Classic Banana Pudding with Banana Infused Praline Ice Cream.”

The winning recipe follows:

Boozie Banana Pudding Cheesecake Credit: Adapted from “Banana Pudding Cheesecake,” Life, Love, and Sugar Yield: 6-10 Slices Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 2 hours 50 minutes Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes

• 1 ? cups graham crackers, crushed

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

• 1 tablespoon instant banana cream pudding mix, dry

• ½ teaspoon banana extract


• 1 cup banana pudding cream Moonshine

• 24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

• 1 cup sugar • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

• 3.4 ounces instant banana cream pudding mix, dry

• ¼ cup sour cream

• ? cup heavy whipping cream

• 3 large eggs, room temperature

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)


• 3.4 ounces instant banana cream pudding mix, dry

• 1 ½ cups cold 2% milk

• ½ cup heavy whipping cream

• 1 tablespoon banana pudding cream Moonshine


• 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream, cold

• 6 tablespoons powdered sugar

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• vanilla wafer cookies, whole (As many as you like) Instructions

• Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom.

• Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.

• Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.

• Cover the outside of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in. Set prepared pan aside.


• Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

• In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and pudding mix on low speed until well combined and smooth. The mixture will be sticky. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

• Add the sour cream and mix on low speed until well combined.

• Add the heavy whipping cream and Moonshine on low speed.

• Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.

• Add the mashed banana and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until well combined. The mixture will be a little lumpy.

• Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust.

• Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.

• Bake for 1 hour 40 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.

• Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.

• Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly.

•Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and refrigerate until cool and firm, 5-6 hours or overnight.

• When cooled and ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and place on a serving plate.

• To make the banana pudding topping, add the instant banana cream pudding mix into a small bowl and whisk in milk, heavy whipping cream and Moonshine for 2 mins. (Refrigerate for 5 mins)

• To make the whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.

• Spread a layer of banana pudding on top of the cheesecake, then pipe a layer of whipped cream swirls on top.

• Finish off the cheesecake with vanilla wafers on top.

• Slice, cut and enjoy!

• Cheesecake is best when stored well covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

South Carolina's Most Easily Accessible Ruins Are Hiding In Plain Sight At Pelham Mill Park

Editor’s Note: We can no longer recommend visiting this historic site in Greenville County due to overwhelming reports from readers that the park is inundated with unsafe situations that involve both people and garbage. In spite of skyrocketing growth within the Palmetto State as folks flock here from other states to experience living in South Carolina, there are remains (ruins, if you will) to be found that are as yet undisturbed. It’s refreshing to see the past preserved instead of razed and bui...

Editor’s Note: We can no longer recommend visiting this historic site in Greenville County due to overwhelming reports from readers that the park is inundated with unsafe situations that involve both people and garbage.

In spite of skyrocketing growth within the Palmetto State as folks flock here from other states to experience living in South Carolina, there are remains (ruins, if you will) to be found that are as yet undisturbed. It’s refreshing to see the past preserved instead of razed and built over, for a change. Some of the most easily accessible ruins are hiding in plain sight, in fact, and scattered in the woodsy Pelham Mill Park in Greer.



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The park also features an enclosed dog park. And that historic office building built in 1880? Well, it was moved at one point to the other side of the road and became a U.S. Post Office until the early 2000s. It’s since been moved back and renovated for all to appreciate and enjoy. The county lists the park hours as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

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12 Staggering Photos Of The Ruins Of The Abandoned Tanglewood Mansion In South Carolina

| Published July 14, 2021

Sometimes, the best window into our past is to look at the present, especially when the haunting remains of the past stand out in an ever-present way as they do with the ruins of the Tanglewood Mansion in Pendleton. South Carolina is home to a number of must-see ruins, like those found along these seven trails in the Palmetto State. But you only have to park your car and walk across the parking lot in Pendleton to observe the ruins of an 1860s family mansion that now stands beside the public library.



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