Wythe County Social Service to Host Jingle Bell 5K


WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Department of Social Services will be hosting a 5K run / walk in order to raise funds for the department’s Santa Shop. Each year, these funds are used to purchase toys for less fortunate children in Wythe and Bland Counties.

“When we think of Christmas we think of smiling happy children’s faces opening their gifts – that’s why it is our goal to provide for as many children and families as possible,” said Santa Shop Coordinator Laura Heldreth, adding, “Last year we were able to help 959 children and 445 families. We hope to provide for even more this year.”

The 5K is scheduled for December 3, 2016, and will be held at a certified course at the Wytheville Community College.

Registration and packet pickup will be at 9:00 am, with the 5K beginning at ...

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Administrator’s Office has been informed that Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be closing Max Meadows Road, Monday, October 17, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in order to perform maintenance at the crossing.  The road will be closed at the crossing only.

Park Street, roughly 180 yards west of Max Meadows Rd. is normally a one-way street, however, VDOT crews will allow it to become a two-way traffic route while crews are working on the Max Meadows Rd. crossing.  This should come as a relief to parents and school officials at both the Max Meadows Elementary School as well as the neighboring Head Start Center.

Wythe County officials are working to notify the factories at Progress Park in an effort to make drivers aware of the fact that Park Street is n...

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The 2016 Presidential Election is fewer than four weeks away and Wythe County Registrar Carolyn King wants to ensure the county’s residents are familiar with the Commonwealth’s election laws and procedures.

County residents will see four separate items on their election ballots this year: choices for President & Vice President, US House of Representatives, and two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution.

The first proposed amendment would make Virginia’s present right to work law part of the Commonwealth’s constitution.  Additional information may be found at the following link: http://elections.virginia.gov/election-law/proposed-constitutional-amendment-2016/index.html

The second proposed amendment would provide localities an option “…to exempt fro...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – As part of a larger effort designed to beautify Wythe County, the locality’s Solid Waste Department will be hosting a tire collection day Saturday, October 22, 2016. The event will be held at the Kents Lane Collection Center, located at 261 Kents Lane in Wytheville.

Wythe County residents will be permitted to discard up to 100 tires per household at the event, free of charge; however, residents must schedule an appointment in order to participate in the event.

Appointments may be scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling (276) 223-6119.

Wythe County’s code enforcement officer, A. B. Dunford says the collection day provides an ideal opportunity for residents to discard large quantities of tires in a legal and proper manner.

“Illegal dumping of any k...

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — October 4, 2016

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Thursday afternoon, Wythe County’s Emergency Management Team participated in a conference call with officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service (NWS) in preparation of Hurricane Matthew’s landfall in the continental United States.

Forecasters emphasized that at this time, it is impossible to definitely predict the storm’s path; however, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, National Weather Service models seemed to be showing the category 4 hurricane turning north and brushing the east coast.

Early forecasts show the storm’s eye making landfall at 8 a.m. on Saturday, near the North Carolina – South Carolina coastline.

Though Virginia emergency officials were quick to caution that the storm...

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Stephen Bear Selected to Serve as Wythe County Administrator

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Tuesday morning at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to name Stephen Bear as the county’s new administrator.

Bear has served as assistant county administrator since November 2000 and will replace longtime administrator R. Cellell Dalton who will be retiring on Friday.

A graduate of Rural Retreat High School and Hampden–Sydney College, Bear says he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of the position.

“Wythe County is home to me, it’s the place that I have watched my children grow up. I appreciate being given this opportunity by the Board and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Wythe County,” said Bear.

The incoming administrator also acknowledged the service of his predecessor.


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Wythe County Parks & Rec Hiring P/T Program Assistant at Sheffey Community Gym

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The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for a part-time program assistant to help oversee and organize various community events and programs at the Sheffey Community Gym.

An ideal candidate will possess the ability to plan and organize recreational events and programs for the public, as well as oversee “open gym” activities.

The part-time position will be responsible for working up to 20 hours each week and will be part of a new county initiative aimed at providing greater recreational opportunities to the citizens of eastern Wythe County.

Individuals interested in learning more about this job are encouraged to contact the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation at 276-223-4519...

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day this month on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

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

Part of the counties’ initiative to keep Southwest Virginia litter-free, the hazardous waste collection day will provide local residents with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted items that typically are not accepted at local convenience centers – at no cost to the citizen.

Acceptable items include computers and monitors, copiers, TVs, ballasts, fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, poisons and corrosives.

Organizers of the two counties’ ...

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Understanding the Basics of Local Government Debt Service

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Wytheville, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors have been evaluating how to fund future Debt Service Payments for potential projects and feel that we should share how the potential projects would affect the tax rates of property owners. There are three basic components of any Debt Service calculation:

Principal – Total amount borrowed
Term – Length of the loan (years)
Interest Rate – Rate of return for the lending institution

The county’s current financial condition, ability to repay loans, past performance, and current loan capacity all work together in order to place the locality in a highly-favorable position when being viewed by potential lenders.

By law, the county is restricted on its ability to borrow and cannot issue more than $10,000,000 per year of bank qualified – ta...

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Wytheville, Va. – In response to the Wythe County Sheriff’s request that the county’s Board of Supervisors provide additional funding to the sheriff’s office, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors presented the Sheriff with an agreement which detailed the additional local tax dollars of almost $600,000 that would be provided to the Sheriff’s office for the current fiscal year. The agreement placed into writing items the county would pay – offering a long-term solution to the county sheriff’s office’s funding requirements.

This action was taken following a request made by the Sheriff on May 24, 2016, in which he requested that additional local tax payer dollars be provided to his office in order to help offset financial woes that have arisen during his tenure as sheriff.


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