WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County will be hosting a free concussion education workshop for parents of youth football players next week, part of the county’s ongoing efforts aimed at making youth sports as safe as possible.

The informational seminar, which will be held at Wytheville Community College (Grayson Hall – Room 219), is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25.

Kevin Williams, Wythe County’s director of parks & recreation, says the free event is part of a greater countywide initiative intended to minimize concussions and their consequences.

“Earlier this summer, the county held two separate concussion workshops for coaches and referees...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is hosting the second annual “Wythe County Fire and Rescue Appreciation Day,” next Saturday, Aug. 23.

The event is open to the county’s fire and rescue responders, as well as emergency 911 dispatchers and their respective families.

Slated to be held at the Rural Retreat Lake Park, the festivities will begin at noon and last until 4 p.m., with a catered meal around 1 p.m.

Event organizers say they have been working tirelessly to ensure the appreciation day lives up to a standard worthy of the county’s first responders.

“It’s going to be a fun day. The participation from local businesses has been nothing short of overwhelming,” said Ikey Davidson, Wythe County emergency manager.

Davidson says the county has collected rou...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Williams announced today that the Rural Retreat Lake Pool will be open – free of charge – to all local residents, Saturday, Aug. 23.

Williams says the county will be hosting a fire and rescue appreciation day at the park for families of the county’s first responders.

“None of us could ever adequately thank the first responders who serve our communities. We do hope, however, that by opening the county’s swimming pool up to the general public, free of charge, in their honor, we would at least be sending a message that we are aware of the work they do and appreciate it very much,” said Williams.

The free swim day comes just one week before the pool’s close for the season, which is slated for Labor Day weekend.


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Wythe County and Wytheville Parks and Recreation Departments Youth Football – 2014 Schedule


Wythe County and Wytheville Parks and Recreation Departments

Youth Football – 2014 Schedule


Saturday, August 23rd @ Bland

9:00am – Wytheville Maroons vs. Bland Co. Bears – Varsity

10:15am – Max Meadows Pioneers vs. Rural Retreat Indians Orange – Junior Varsity

11:30am – Rural Retreat Indians Orange vs. Max Meadows Pioneers – Varsity

1:00pm – Sheffey Wildcats vs. Rural Retreat Indians White – Junior Varsity

2:15pm – Rural Retreat Indians White vs. Sheffey Wildcats – Varsity

3:30pm – Wytheville Maroons vs. Bland Co. Bears – Junior Varsity


Tuesday, August 26th @ Scott Mem.

6:00pm – Jackson Eagles vs. Wytheville Maroons Silver – Junior Varsity

7:15pm – Wytheville Maroons Silver vs. Jackson Eagles – Varsity


Saturday, August 30th @ Fort Chiswell High Sc...

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Precautionary Boil Water Notice Lifted in Southern Wythe County

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SPEEDWELL, Va. – Wythe County officials have lifted the precautionary boil water notice for residents in southern Wythe County, after two separate tests revealed the water was safe for drinking.

The boil water notice was issued on Monday – strictly as a precaution – following two waterline breaks in the community of Speedwell.

Multiple tests on water samples, collected over a two-day period, were performed in order to ensure that no contaminants had entered the water system while lines were experiencing a loss in pressure.

Eric R. Herold, district engineer for the Virginia Office of Drinking Water, notified county officials by email Thursday that test results indicated the water was safe for drinking.

Wythe County water department officials say they routinely monitor all water in the...

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SPEEDWELL, Va. – Officials from the Wythe County Water Department detected a waterline break along Old Bank Rd. in Speedwell early this morning. A second break was discovered in the same area, along Grayson Tpk., shortly thereafter; believed to be a result of the abnormal pressures associated with the first break.

County leaders say the waterline’s rupture was responsible for draining all the water in the reserve tank on Lanter Rd.

Immediately upon learning of the break, crews went to work repairing the waterline on Grayson Tpk.

At noon, the county’s water department said the Grayson Tpk. break had been fixed, but cautioned that water would not be restored to customers until the lines had been flushed – a process which may take several hours.
Crews are now in the process of repairi...

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North Carolina & Virginia Yard Sale Brings New Life into Communities

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. — Organizers of the inaugural US-21 yard sale say the multistate, 70-mile long event was a great success.

Dubbed, “The US-21 Road Market Sale,” tourism leaders throughout western North Carolina and Virginia say the event required months of planning and involved the cooperation of dozens of local leaders from at least eight different localities.

“The yard sale was a huge success. Putting the event on didn’t cost any money, but took a lot of work from a lot of different people,” said D.W. Miles, founder of the yard sale’s flagship organization, “Take a Break from the Interstate.”

Tourism leaders in Wythe County say they counted at least one-hundred different households participating in the road market sale, in their county alone.

“Not only did this weekend’s yard sale all...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County code enforcement officer A.B. Dunford says his department is ramping up their litter enforcement.

The announcement comes just weeks after a conviction that resulted in a $1,000 fine for an individual found guilty of illegally disposing of his trash.

Dunford says littering in Wythe County has been a problem in the past and this year, officers are taking a hardline stance when it comes to offenders.

“Littering is a serious crime. It is a class–1 misdemeanor and an officer can arrest you for it. The penalties for littering could be as severe as up to 12 months in jail,” said Dunford.

According to the veteran officer, even what had previously been deemed as a minor infraction – such as flipping a cigarette butt out a window – can result in a $250 minimum ...

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Wytheville, Va. — Wythe County Emergency Management officials say that a tractor and trailer hauling two Fed-Ex containers wrecked on the northbound side of Interstate 81 in Wytheville at mile marker 73.3.

The accident occurred earlier this morning at the I-81 / I-77 split.

According to first responders on scene, the wrecked cargo included paint, which spilled onto the roadway.

Due to the fact that paint is flammable and harmful to the environment, Virginia HAZMAT officials are in route to assist in the containment effort.

The public is in no danger, however, responders on the scene say that traffic will be an issue for motorists traveling on the northbound side of I-81 throughout much of the day; crews will be working to clean up the spilled paint.

As of 9:50 a.m...

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Wythe County Train Derailment: Weekend Update


The Wythe County Joint Emergency Communications Center received an E-911 call at approximately 6:12 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014, from a resident stating that a train had derailed at the intersection of Grayson Rd.

Local emergency responders were first to arrive on the scene and found numerous train cars scattered on both sides of the track, beginning at the “Norfolk & Western” bridge, which spans over US-21, and continuing eastward.

Ikey Davidson, Wythe County’s emergency manager, Albert Newberry, the Town of Wytheville’s director of public safety, and Ronnie King, Wytheville Fire Chief, served as incident managers on scene. After assessing the situation, they, together with the trainmaster and other emergency personnel, determined that the public was in no immediate danger...

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