OPPORTUNITIES FOR WYTHE COUNTY RESIDENTS TO HELP WEST VIRGINIA FLOOD VICTIMS

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — June 29, 2016

Wytheville, Va. – This past week, the State of West Virginia suffered historic flooding which left dozens dead, hundreds homeless and countless communities destroyed.

With such a great tragedy occurring so close to home, Wythe County officials reached out to the American Red Cross this week to find out how local citizens can lend a helping hand to our neighbors in the Mountain State.

Lee Clark, Chief Operating Officer of the Roanoke Red Cross stated that the best way local citizens could help would be by making a monetary donation to the American Red Cross, which can either be done online by clicking the donate button at www.RedCross.org (then selecting “West Virginia Floods”) or by calling the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767.

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EXTENDED HOURS AT RURAL RETREAT LAKE POOL WEEK OF JULY 4TH

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has announced that the Rural Retreat Lake Park’s pool will operate on extended hours during the week of July 4th.

Though normally closed Monday through Wednesday, Kevin Williams, parks and recreation director, said that the county has decided to keep the pool open for campers and local residents throughout the entire week.

The pool will be open between noon and 6 p.m. Monday, July 4th through Saturday, July 9th, then resume normal hours the following day, Sunday July 10th (Sunday 1-6 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 12- 6 p.m.).

Williams said 2016 has offered prime pool weather for patrons of the park and that the campground is already booked for the weekend of July 4th.

Last year, the Virginia Tourism Corporation named t...

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WYTHE COUNTY WORKING WITH RESCUE ORGANIZATION TO SAVE PREGNANT TERRIER

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UPDATE: 2:55 p.m., May 27, 2016 – The dog has been released into the care of a rescue organization and is being transported out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Wytheville, Va. – Wythe County officials say they are presently engaged in talks with an animal rescue organization in order to save the life of a pregnant Jack Russell Terrier.

The terrier was captured on May 18, 2016, following an incident in which the dog (along with other dogs that were not captured) is said to have broken into a chicken coop and killed approximately 34 chickens.

The owner of the dog could not be identified and the dog was retained in custody at the Wythe County Dog Shelter. Due to this fact, the county could not levy charges against an individual...

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UPDATE: Information Regarding Castleton Rd. / Barren Springs Waterline

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Barren Springs, Va. – Earlier this week, the Wythe County Water Department announced that the locality’s waterline installation project running from Poplar Camp to Barren Springs is nearing the final stages of construction.

According to county engineer Bill Vaughan, work on the project is being performed in multiple phases with differing completion dates per area.

Vaughan stated that a portion of the Castleton Road area (running from the intersections of Fort Chiswell Road to Lonesome Dove Lane) has been completed and is ready to be put into service. Residents along this section of the waterline may sign-up to receive water services early.

County water officials estimate the entire project to be completed by July 1, 2016. Residents within 350 ft...

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WYTHE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the county’s first property maintenance ordinance during their regularly scheduled meeting this past Tuesday evening.

The vote came following an advertised public hearing in which six residents addressed the Board, none of which spoke in opposition to the proposed ordinance

After a period of answering the questions of citizens pertaining to the ordinance’s specifics, the board voted to approve Wythe County Ordinance No. 2016-01, “Property Maintenance Ordinance of Wythe County, Virginia.”

The new local law states that “It shall be unlawful for the owner of any parcel or property, occupied or vacant, to allow the accumulation of Trash… The owner of any parcel or property shall maintain all exterior property area...

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Branch Botanicals, Inc. Announces +$20 Million Investment in Wythe Co. Establishing Headquarters at Progress Park

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This morning, representatives of Branch Botanicals, Inc. announced that the company would be establishing its headquarters and first manufacturing facility in Wythe County’s Progress Park.

The company plans to plant millions of cherry seedlings at the industrial park’s Lot 20, relying on many Wythe County farms to cultivate the crop once the seedlings are large enough to be transferred.

“The processes we have developed over decades of trials involve proprietary techniques that — to my knowledge — have never been used in this manner. The results have been the development of multiple unique products that provide effective natural alternatives to commonly used synthetic formulations,” commented Dr. Don Roberts, founder of Branch Botanicals.

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Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department to Host 37th Annual Trout Fishing Tournament this Weekend

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SPEEDWELL, Va. – The Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their 37th Annual Trout Fishing Tournament this weekend. Proceeds from the two-day event will be used to cover the day-to-day operation expenses of the local fire department, as well as prizes for winners.

The tournament will be held across from the Wythe County Convenience Center in Speedwell in what is known locally as “Linkous Bottom” and is scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Registration is $35 for a single day and $60 for two days. Children 12 and under will only be charged $15 per day when accompanying a paying adult.

According to the department, trout will be stocked into Cripple Creek daily and free camping will be available to participants.

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‘KIDS FISH DAY’ EVENT TO BE HELD IN WYTHE COUNTY MAY 14

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to host a “Kids Fish Day” on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The event is just one of dozens of activities DGIF will be hosting throughout the Commonwealth in 2016, aimed at giving children 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in freshly stocked waters.

Unlike in previous years, the 2016 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day will be held at Cripple Creek’s Collin’s Cove / Cole Branch section (roughly midway between the communities of Cripple Creek and Ivanhoe, off Pope Rd.), rather than at Rural Retreat Lake’s trout pond.

“Moving the event will provide an opportunity for the kids to fish in a creek,” said Kevin Williams, director of Wythe Count...

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Wythe County to Conduct Judicial Sale of Delinquent Properties

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Treasurer’s Office has announced the scheduled judicial sale of more than 20 real estate properties in the county.

The special auction will take place in the Circuit Court of Wythe County on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m., located at 225 S. Fourth St. in Wytheville.

Properties listed for sale will include residential and commercial real estate, all which have delinquent property taxes dating back at least seven years – the taxes on some properties have not been paid since 1997.

Landowners whose properties are scheduled for sale will have until May 11th to pay the balance of their taxes, as well as pay any attorney fees associated with listing the properties. This may be done by calling the Wythe County Treasurer’s Office at (276) 223-6070.

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WATERLINE INSTALLATION TO CAUSE DELAYS NEAR EXIT 24 ON MONDAY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Engineer’s Office is notifying residents who drive along US 52 / Fort Chiswell Rd. near Exit 24 to expect delays on Monday, May 2, 2016, as the final stages of waterline installation will consolidate traffic to one lane throughout much of the day and possibly into Tuesday.

“Workers will be performing an open road cut near the intersection of Fort Chiswell Rd. and Old 52 Rd.,” said Wythe County Engineer Bill Vaughan.

According to Vaughan, the work is part of an effort aimed at delivering county water to Jackson Elementary School.

Vaughan said that connecting the elementary school to the county’s water system will provide a higher level of water quality for students and faculty – the school is projected to be on the county system prior to the upcomi...

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