‘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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Safety & Security Class Being Offered for Religious Establishments

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — April 27, 2016

Wythe County’s emergency management team is encouraging local churches and religious establishments to attend a security training seminar geared exclusively toward faith-based organizations and houses of worship.

The safety and security event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Abingdon Church of Christ (19508  Dennison Dr., Abingdgon, VA), lasting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The free training program will provide a presentation on how religious organizations can be welcoming and also safe at the same time. Topics will include violence in places of worship, addressing potential threats, policy and planning for violence and safety in outreach. This training is open both to public safety personnel and members of houses of worship.

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WYTHE COUNTY TO WELCOME WW2 & KOREAN WAR VETERANS THIS COMING FRIDAY

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — April 15, 2016

Wythe County citizens are invited to gather at the Wythe County Court House Friday morning as the locality will be welcoming dozens of World War II and Korean War veterans.

The war veterans, many from Tennessee, will be making a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., in order to visit monuments erected in their honor and the group is slated to pass through Wythe County around 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“We want to roll out the red carpet for these American heroes as they pass through our community,” said Chief Deputy Charles Foster of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, adding, “It would be impossible to appropriately thank these men for their sacrifices, but we’re going to do our very best.”

Fourth Street in front of the county’s courthouse will be clos...

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100-MILE, MULTI-STATE ROAD MARKET COMING TO WYTHE COUNTY AGAIN IN 2016

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Though the actual date is still more than three months away, tourism officials in Wythe County are already busy preparing for one of the most trafficked annual events in the region – the U.S. 21 Road Market.

Like previous years, the +100 mile long three-day road market will stretch from Wytheville to Harmony, North Carolina, passing through a dozen localities along historic U.S. Route 21.

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.

Slated for July 29 – 31, 2016, this year’s third annual U.S. 21 Road Market will feature hundreds of yard sales, sidewalk sales and community events along the route.

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WYTHE COUNTY RECEIVES $300,000 IN GRANT FUNDING FOR FIRST-RESPONDER RADIOS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County’s first responders are now enjoying nearly 300 new portable and mobile radios. The newly purchased radios will provide additional safety features for first responders, as well as GPS mapping capabilities for the county’s 911 dispatchers.

Purchasing the radios was made possible thanks to three separate successful grant applications the county made, totaling to over $300,000.

The Wythe—Bland Foundation provided two separate grant funds totaling to more than $225,000. Thanks to the foundation’s endowment, the county was able to purchase 150 portable radios (handheld radios that are attached to the first responder) and 60 mobile radios (radios that are mounted inside the truck), as well as several other necessary emergency equipment items.

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UPDATE: Wind Damage in Wythe County

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — April 3, 2016

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Last night Wythe County experienced wind gusts in excess of 50 mph in some places – resulting in hundreds of power outages across the Southwest Virginia locality.

Fortunately, according to the county’s consolidated dispatch center, no wind-related injuries or fatalities were reported over the night; though a countless number of trees were downed, blocking roadways and downing powerlines.

First responders were dispatched to a fire on Cedar Springs Rd. near Rural Retreat, last night, when a downed tree sparked a fire after crashing into a powerline. Crews were successful in containing the blaze before the fire could spread.

Hundreds in the county were without power earlier today, however, as of 1:16 p.m...

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WYTHE COUNTY CONDUCTING ONLINE POLL FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County School Board recently announced that the board is considering the pros and cons of renovating county schools in Wytheville versus consolidating the facilities of George Wythe High School and Scott Memorial Middle School.

According to school board statements published in a March 11th article of the Wytheville Enterprise, the combined preliminary costs of renovating Scott Memorial Middle School and George Wythe High School is estimated to cost $21.5 million, as opposed to a $45 million price tag attached to constructing a consolidated facility, housing Scott Memorial Middle School and George Wythe High School.

“No one is debating whether or not improvements need to be made to the school-facilities inside the town limits, but it’s necessary to take a hard ...

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Wythe County Parks & Recreation Seeking Seasonal Help

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Wythe County Parks & Recreation recently announced that the department is seeking to fill several part-time, seasonal positions.

These positions include the following jobs at the Rural Retreat Lake Park: campground manager, clerk, maintenance person, pool manager and lifeguards.

Last year, the Rural Retreat Lake Park was named by the Virginia Tourism Corporation as one of the Commonwealth’s “13 Favorite Campgrounds” and is visited by thousands of families each year.

In addition to seeking help at the county’s 74-site campground, the county is also seeking referees and umpires for the upcoming sports seasons.

Individuals interested in making application for the positions are encouraged to fill out an application available online (www.WytheCo...

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