ALLEN LAMBERSON NO LONGER EMPLOYED BY WYTHE COUNTY

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Mr. Allen Lamberson’s employment with Wythe County ended on September 3, 2015, as of 5 p.m.

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WYTHE COUNTY HIRES NEW COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Late last year, longtime Wythe County Administrator R. Cellell Dalton announced to the Board of Supervisors that he would be stepping down as county administrator in the fall of this year.

Upon receiving this notification, the county’s supervisors contracted the services of Springsted Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in public sector human relations activities.

The national firm collected resumes from across the nation, presenting the Board of Supervisors with the six leading candidates.

Out of the list of six, the Board narrowed the applicant pool to three and then settled upon David “Allen” Lamberson to serve as Wythe County’s next administrator.

Lamberson served as a commanding officer and senior pilot in the United States Navy between 1992 and 2012...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOST ‘SOCIAL SATURDAY’ AT SHEFFEY THIS WEEKEND

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation will be hosting “Social Saturday” at the Sheffey Community Gymnasium this Saturday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The two-hour expo will showcase the many different artisans and hobbies available to residents throughout the county. These exhibits will range from genealogy to a jam session with Jim Lloyd (musicians wishing to participate in the jam session are encouraged to bring their instrument and join in the fun).

Other activities will include displays from Wythe Yarn Gift Shop, located in downtown Wytheville, the Wythe County Health Department and several other community organizations, crafters and artisans.

“The event will provide an opportunity to showcase the work of many of the county’s most talented artisans, a...

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WYTHE COUNTY HIRING E-911 DISPATCHERS

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Consolidated E-911 Dispatch Center, a joint-partnership between the County of Wythe and the towns of Rural Retreat and Wytheville, is accepting applications for full-time E-911 dispatchers.

Emergency communications operators are responsible for answering E-911 calls, as well as for dispatching fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel to locations of need.

“Out of all the services Wythe County provides to the citizens, E-911 ranks among one of the most important,” said James Copeland, Director of Wythe County Emergency Communications.

Copeland’s statements have been echoed by Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe, who, earlier this year, stated, “The availability of 9-1-1 assistance is integral to the peace of mind of each individual and the secur...

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YOUTH FOOTBALL SEASON GEARS UP IN WYTHE & BLAND COUNTIES

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Youth football teams and cheerleading squads from Wythe and Bland counties are just a handful of days from kicking off the 2015 regular season.

 According to Wythe County Parks & Recreation officials, roughly 600 boys and girls (ages 8-12) have signed up to participate in youth football and cheerleading this season, forming two leagues with fifteen combined teams.

 The season will begin on Saturday, August 15 at Rural Retreat Elementary School with the 2015 Football Jamboree.  In this event, teams will complete ten offensive and ten defensive plays of a controlled scrimmage, followed by the playing of two six-minute periods under game conditions.

 “The football jamboree is a great way to ease the young players into real-life gameplay before the opening day of the r...

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RABID ANIMAL CONFIRMED IN RURAL RETREAT

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The Wythe County Department of Health has issued the following statement to the public:
A skunk in the immediate area of Delp Avenue was recently tested and confirmed to have rabies.  This skunk could have had contact with people or other animals in the vicinity.  If you think that you or any of your pets have had contact with this animal please contact the Wythe County Health Department at 228-5507.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease:
Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets with no known exposure to a potentially rabid animal should be vaccinated immediately.  State law requires pet owners to keep their pets current on rabies vaccinations for animals four months old or older.  Residents should not approach or touch wild animals and should report any abnormal behavior involving wild animals...

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FREE WEATHER TRAINING CLASS IN MAX MEADOWS

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County emergency officials are encouraging local residents to attend the National Weather Service’s SKYWARN Weather Spotter training course, which is slated for Monday evening, August 3.

The two-hour training course will be held inside the Max Meadows Fire Department (823 Max Meadows Road) beginning at 6 p.m. and is open to the general public free of charge. The class will cover a multitude of storm development and safety practices for weather related events.

Students will be instructed on six key elements, including the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying the potential impacts of storms and severe weather safety.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of weather events, participants in the training session will a...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOLD CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CONTEST: WINNING ORNAMENT TO BE DISPLAYED INSIDE EXECUTIVE MANSION

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County officials are calling on local artisans and crafters to produce a Christmas ornament worthy of being displayed inside the Virginia Executive Mansion.

The theme for this year’s decorations is “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.”

“The Executive Mansion is looking for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament from each county that uniquely represents some feature of the county,” stated an official representing the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).

Local residents, 16-years-old or older are encouraged to create a hand crafted ornament that is a representation of a Wythe County landmark (either historic or modern) and submit it to the county administrative office (340 S. Sixth St...

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WYTHE COUNTY BUSINESSES SEE RECORD SALES THANKS TO ANNUAL U.S. 21 ROAD MARKET

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County tourism leaders are calling the second annual U.S. 21 Road Market an overwhelming success.

The +100 mile long three-day road market stretched from Wytheville to Harmony, North Carolina, passing through a dozen localities along historic U.S. Route 21, known in Wythe County as Grayson Turnpike.

The multistate road market is part of an initiative known as “Take a Break from the Interstate,” a committee comprised of tourism leaders from western North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

This year’s road market was expanded by more than 30 miles and featured hundreds of yard sales, sidewalk sales and community events along the route.

Wythe County Tourism Director Jeremy T.K...

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BEACHFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL COMING TO RURAL RETREAT

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At more than 2,500’ above sea level, Rural Retreat, Virginia, is the highest point on Norfolk-Southern’s entire railway line between Norfolk and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Despite the community’s elevation, however, the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation will be hosting a beachfest music event Saturday, August 1 at the Rural Retreat Fairgrounds.

At least four beach music bands are slated to perform at the event, including Jim Quick & Coastline, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers and the Atlantic Groove Band.

Gates for the event will open at 11 a.m. with the first band set to begin at 1 p.m. Live entertainment is slated to continue throughout the afternoon, wrapping up sometime around 9 o’clock that evening.

“This is going to be a fun way to wrap up summer,” said Vicki Sprouse, who is the organ...

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