FULL SLATE OF COMMUNITY EVENTS THIS SATURDAY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Residents of Wythe County will have a full slate of recreational events to choose from this Saturday, as local organizations bid farewell to summer by offering a full litany of events.

The Max Meadows Heritage Day, sponsored by the Max Meadows Ruritan Club, is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Max Meadows Community Field.

The free-admission event will provide numerous live displays, including antique tractors and tools, black smith demonstrations, soap making and apple butter production, as well as a children’s petting zoo.

Event organizers say in addition to live displays, visitors to the festival will find numerous venders, including food and drink concessions – offering “everything from pinto beans and corn bread to hot dogs and hamburgers...

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FREE RX DISCOUNT CARD AVAILABLE TO ALL WYTHE COUNTY RESIDENTS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Uninsured Wythe County residents are eligible for a free prescription discount card, part of a joint effort between the county and the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Through the program, county residents who are without prescription coverage may be eligible for a discount when purchasing their prescribed medications from local drug stores.

Though the program is aimed specifically for uninsured citizens, local officials say the program has potential to be beneficial to all county residents, regardless of their insurance status, “County citizens who do have prescription drug coverage may find that the discount card will offer prescriptions their existing plans do not cover at reduced rates,” said Wythe County spokesman Jeremy Farley.

County leaders stress th...

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ONE WEEKEND LEFT TO CAMP AT RURAL RETREAT LAKE

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RURAL RETREAT, Va. – Campers in southwest Virginia will have one final weekend to enjoy Wythe County’s Rural Retreat Lake Campground, as the campground is scheduled to close for the season this weekend.

Long celebrated as a favorite camping destination for local residents, the park’s crowning attraction is the 90-acre lake, which is home to a variety of large fish, including Muskee, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. On its western end, the park has a fully stocked trout pond, which plays host to the annual Wythe County youth fishing day event.

Managed by the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation, the park boasts of several attractions, including walking and bicycle trails, a nine-hole Frisbee golf course, multiple children’s playgrounds, picnic shelters, hor...

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LONGTIME WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER RETIRES

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office held a luncheon Friday afternoon to say good bye to Deputy “Randy” Mitchell, a long serving county deputy and school resource officer.

Prior to his employment with the county’s sheriff’s office, Mitchell served in the Virginia Department of Corrections, where he began his career in law enforcement.

Mitchell was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1995 and became one of the county’s first school resource officers.

Though the deputy served in schools throughout the county, Mitchell may best be remembered for his service at Fort Chiswell High School, where he served during the final years of his assignment.

Robbie Patton, Fort Chiswell High School Principal, described Mitchell as being well known among the students, adding “We’r...

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WYTHE COUNTY SEEKING OFFICERS OF ELECTION FOR UPCOMING ELECTIONS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Carolyn King, Wythe County’s registrar, is notifying local citizens that the county is in need of election officers for the upcoming midterm Congressional election.

“For years, the county has enjoyed a full roster of dedicated poll workers, however, we’re now reaching a point where it’s time to begin seeking additional people to help us with this very important job,” stated King.

King said that election officers must be registered voters and will attend an election workshop prior to working the polls. The workers, she said, will receive compensation for their time.

Mary “Sis” Cassell, chairwoman of the Wythe County Electoral Board, stated, “The work they do is tough, but extremely rewarding.”

Cassell, who formerly served as Wythe County’s longtime Comm...

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Wythe County Says ‘Thank you’ to Fire & Rescue Responders

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RURAL RETREAT, Va. – Wythe County leaders spent Saturday afternoon honoring the county’s first responders.

This year’s annual fire and rescue appreciation event was held at the Rural Retreat Lake Park and featured a catered meal, hundreds of dollars in door prizes and free helicopter rides, courtesy of Wings Air Rescue.

Jeremy T.K. Farley, who serves as Wythe County’s spokesperson, said the event was a great success and thanked local businesses for sponsoring the festivities.

“It wasn’t difficult finding sponsorship for this event. Everyone we spoke to was eager to show their appreciation for the county’s first responders. They do a great service for our community and today provided us an opportunity to showcase our gratitude,” said Farley.

Farley particularly thanked South...

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RURAL RETREAT LAKE POOL TO SHOW THE MOVIE ‘FROZEN’

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RURAL RETREAT, Va. – The Rural Retreat Lake Pool will be hosting its final pool party of the summer, Saturday, Aug. 30, showing the popular Disney movie, Frozen.

Gates at the pool will reopen at 8 p.m. and thirty minutes later the movie will be presented inside the pool area.

“This year’s communitywide pool parties have been a great success and we’re pleased to be capping the series off with the movie Frozen,” said Kevin Williams, Wythe County’s Director of Parks & Recreation.

Williams said that despite showing the movie “Frozen,” which features Elsa, the princess of Arendelle, who possesses cryokinetic powers to produce ice, frost, and snow at will, the pool will actually be very warm — thanks to the efforts of parks and recreation staff this week.

Children ages two and under...

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WYTHE COUNTY HOSTS CONCUSSION WORKSHOP FOR FOOTBALL PARENTS

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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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WYTHE COUNTY HOSTING FIRE & RESCUE APPRECIATION DAY NEXT WEEKEND

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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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WYTHE COUNTY ANNOUNCES FREE POOL DAY IN HONOR OF FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDERS

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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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