HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The event is open to all Wythe and Bland residents. The day will be held at the Transfer Station located at 169 Kents Lane in Wytheville, Va. from 8 a.m. to noon.

According to officials, acceptable items for the disposal day include: computers and monitors, copiers, TV’s, ballasts, fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, poisons and corrosives.

Acceptable items also include: all kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, gardening supplies, pool chemicals, poisons, all automotive fluids, floor care products, glues, wood preservatives, varnishes, paints, solvents, stains, creosote products, mercury produ...

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WYTHE COUNTY RECOGNIZES OPEN DOOR CAFÉ AND NATIONAL EVERYBODY EATS WEEK

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors recently recognized the Open Door Café and encouraged citizens to support National Everybody Eats Week.

Hope Inc. Executive Director Andy Kegley said officials across the nation are striving to raise awareness this week for those dealing with food insecurities during National Everybody Eats Week.   

Kegley said pay-what-you-can restaurants are trying to draw attention to the pay-what-you-can model and the food insecurities in our communities.

 “Almost 12 percent of our population in Wythe County meets the definition of food insecure which means they may not know where their next meal is coming from,” Kegley said.

The Open Door Café will participate in National Everybody Eats Week, a week long campaign hosted by One...

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Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands to Celebrate 100 Years Sept. 21

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands started at Foster Falls in Wythe County in 1919. It has been home to thousands of children from throughout Southwest Virginia during its 100 year history.

According to Executive Director Billy Rice, PCHH started in a two story cinder block building.
“It started as an industrial home for girls,” Rice said. “A year later it started taking boys and we’ve been co-ed ever since.”

Rice said the children stay in cottages with house parents at PCHH. He said a great majority of the children come from the 19 counties west of Roanoke.

“The kid’s get up, do chores, go to school,” Rice said. “They have free time and study time. They are involved in counseling to deal with issues that they brought with them...

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RURAL RETREAT POOL TAKES ON NEW SCHEDULE FOR END OF SUMMER

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – With students heading back to school across the county, the Rural Retreat Pool will be taking on an abbreviated operating schedule.

Operating hours from August 17th to September 1st will be Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  In addition, the pool will be open on Labor Day, Monday September 2, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.  

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams commented on the great summer season at the Rural Retreat Pool.  “The amount of hot sunny days has been numerous this year,” Williams said. “It aided in the success of a great pool season. I am appreciative of our manager and lifeguards who did a magnificent job at keeping the pool clean, safe, and inviting...

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Shape Up Wythe Sheffey: Free Health Education/Fitness Program Registration Now Open!

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration is open for the fall Shape Up Wythe Sheffey fitness and health education program.

This free program will be offered to individuals age 18 to 65 and residing in Wythe and Bland counties. Shape Up Wythe Sheffey will be conducted three nights a week for 12 weeks at Sheffey Community Gym starting with orientation on August 26, 2019.

Participants in this program will have two evenings of fitness/exercise with a qualified instructor and one night will be dedicated to health education. Participants will also have the opportunity for a free health screening and consultation from the Mt. Rogers District Health Department.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Willia...

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SHAPE UP WYTHE SHEFFEY PROGRAM CONCLUDES WITH POSITIVE RESULTS

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The spring Shape Up Wythe Sheffey programs finished up with excellent results for participants.

Carolanne Shockley took part in this year’s program.

“It’s an excellent program with certified instructors and trainers,” Shockley said. “I loved the program. I’m very proud of how they have started it from the ground up. I had a great nutritionist.” 

The twelve week program provides students with three days per week of exercise and nutrition education. The program concluded in June with a revealing of assessments and a healthy dinner for participants. The spring program included two classes, Shape Up Wythe Sheffey and Shape Up Step Two.

“It’s a free program funded by the Wythe-Bland Foundation,” Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin W...

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RURAL RETREAT POOL TO OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR MONTH OF JULY

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The pool at Rural Retreat Lake & Campground will be starting a new schedule for the summer season.

Beginning July 1, the pool will be open seven days a week throughout the month of July. It will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. (Weather Permitting)

Officials said several citizens requested more hours at the facility. Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said the request from the public to have more hours prompted officials to open the pool for seven days a week throughout the month of July.

“The pool staff and lifeguards have worked hard to keep our pool clean and clear,” Williams said. “We wouldn’t be able to operate without their dedication.”

In August, the pool will ret...

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RURAL RETREAT LAKE & CAMPGROUND OPEN FOR THE SEASON

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Officials are excited that Rural Retreat Lake and Campground has opened for the season.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said he looks forward to starting another season at the lake.

“We are looking forward to seeing all the familiar and new faces as the lake opens for the season,” Williams said.  “Rural Retreat Lake is a great place for a family to relax and enjoy time together. We are also very fortunate to have dedicated management and support staff returning this year at the campground and pool.”

Williams said camping and shelter rates can be found online at the Rural Retreat Lake website: http://ruralretreatlake.com/reservations-rates-rural-retreat-lake/.

The Rural Retreat pool is scheduled to open up Memorial Day w...

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Virginia Association of Counties Visits Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – VACo’s Board of Directors traveled to Wythe County, Va. this past weekend for their spring meeting.

Wythe County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Reeves is currently serving as the president of VACo.

“The VACo Board of Directors enjoyed their visit to Wythe County,” Reeves said. “They were impressed with Wythe County and what we have accomplished. They were also really impressed with the Bolling Wilson Hotel and the downtown revitalization. They believe Wytheville is doing an outstanding job.”

The VACo Spring Board of Directors meeting takes place every April or May in the home county of the current president. There are currently 34 members on the VACo Board of Directors.

During their time in Wythe County, the board explored solutions for publ...

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Honor Flight Event Held in Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – American Flags and patriotic music filled the auditorium on Fourth Street as veterans on their way to the nation’s capital stopped by Wythe County for a short ceremony.

Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee Founder and President Edie Lowry helped organize the group of veterans for the trip.

“Honor Flight is taking a group of veterans to Washington D.C,” Lowry said. “We have WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans on this trip. We have twenty veterans. We’re taking them to the memorials that were built in their honor. We will see all the memorials on Saturday.”

Lowry said she started doing fundraisers for St. Louis and the Kansas City hub in Missouri. Lowry said she started praying to God about a new project when she moved to Tennessee.

“I prayed to God f...

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