Certificate of Recognition

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Last summer, Wythe County’s combined emergency communications center began taking calls for the first time. The project was a join effort between the county and towns of Rural Retreat and Wytheville, made possible by hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding.

Consolidating the emergency dispatch centers from all three jurisdictions gave local leaders an unprecedented opportunity to implement more advanced tools; while at the same time splitting the high costs associated with manning a 24-7 emergency call center.

Nearly a year into the transitioning process, county officials are praising the move and celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week.

James Copeland, Wythe County’s Emergency Communications Director, says this week provides an opportun...

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Law Enforcement not issuing tickets for expired county decals

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – In 2012, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate the county’s windshield decal beginning January 1, 2014.  The decals were replaced with a license fee that is now added to resident’s personal property tax bill.  Many local residents, however, have chosen not to remove their old county stickers; which expired in December.

Over the weekend, an erroneous rumor began on Facebook, alleging that county residents were being fined for not removing these decals.

County officials reached out to Doug King, Wythe County’s Sheriff, as well as leaders from within the Virginia State Police who have all stated that their officers have not and will not be issuing any citations to motorists displaying the 2013 Wythe County decal.

The Code of Virginia may require ...

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Progress Park: Virginia Mega Site

Progress Park

Learn more about our new rail-served SuperSite Lot 24 project. (For a Virginia Economic Development Partnership brochure on site, click here.)

Key attributes of Progress Park are:

  • Quick access to I-77 and I-81 via a frontage road at the southern entrance and Peppers Ferry Road at the northern entrance
  • Class I rail-served
  • 90-MW electrical substation in park
  • Natural gas substation on site
  • New water plant on New River
  • High-capacity fiber optic service provided by CenturyLink and Citizens
  • Large (166-acre pad on 232-acre lot) rail-served Lot 24 site under construction
  • Lots 1, 2, 3, and 8 are graded. Lots 2 and 3 can be combined to accommodate a 245,000 sq ft building
  • 100,000 sq ft virtual building for Lot 8
  • International Trade Area planned
  • “Mini-Park” area for smal...
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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County officials are encouraging local dog owners to ensure their pets have been properly vaccinated for rabies; as a recent outbreak of the zoonotic disease has been noted by the county’s animal control department.

Arlan Dunford, supervisor of Wythe County Animal Control, says that health officials have recently processed an above average number of rabid animals – a trend he says places local pets in danger.

“Rabies is a very serious and fatal disease. Pets lacking current vaccinations run the risk of being infected,” stated Dunford.

According to the World Health Organization, the disease can be spread to people through close contact with infected animals, usually saliva, via bites or scratches.

In an effort to ensure public safety, Dunford says his depar...

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16th Annual Cliff Dicker Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the sixteenth annual Cliff Dicker Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Wytheville Golf Club.

The proceeds of the event will be used to fund the Cliff Dicker Memorial Scholarship Fund, a long running scholarship that provides $4,500 annually to two graduating high school students from each of the county’s three public high schools.

Individuals or teams interested in participating in the four-person team captain’s choice tournament are encouraged to call the county’s sheriff’s office at 276-223-6011.

The golf classic, which will be held during National Police Week, will honor Wythe County’s only deputy to be killed in the line of duty...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Though the vast majority of Wythe County residents pay their taxes in a timely manner each year, there remains a percentage of the population that neglects to do so. These failures to pay place an unfair burden upon county residents who do comply with the law, as well as limit the resources and ability of the local government.

In an effort to combat this, the county has asked the treasurer to use all means legally available in order to induce residents – whose accounts are delinquent – to pay their property taxes. Actions by the county’s treasurer may include issuing a debt set off with the Virginia Department of the Treasury; this will allow for the county to retrieve any unpaid taxes owed to them from income taxes due to residents whose tax accounts are negative...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors met with leaders of Wythe County Rescue Squad, a privately operated EMS agency, Monday afternoon, to discuss the future of emergency medical services in the county.

Over the weekend, the squad’s board of directors determined to cease services as of Monday, March 17, 2014; a decision county leaders say came as a complete shock.

In response to the news, the county board of supervisors’ fire and rescue committee held an emergency meeting with the squad’s leadership Monday afternoon. The primary objective of this meeting was to determine the root causes of such a drastic decision, as well as possible solutions in moving forward.

Following the two-hour long meeting, Wythe County Rescue Squad’s board of directors held a m...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – A Wythe County magistrate did not find probable cause to issue a summons Monday morning to Mike Thomas, owner of eleven dogs on Walton Furnace Road.

The magistrate relied upon a recent letter sent to the county’s animal control officer from the state’s Office of Animal Care & Health Policy as a contributing factor in his decision.

In the letter, state veterinarian Carolynn Bissett stated “It is my professional opinion that the dogs in Mr. Thomas’ care are not in immediate danger and do not need to be seized. In addition, I do not believe these dogs will be well served by removal from Mr. Thomas’ care…”

The veterinarian was accompanied by members of the Virginia State Police, as well as the Botetourt County Commonwealth Attorney, during her visit late last ...

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Wythe County Governmental Meeting Schedule: March 2014



Wythe County governmental meeting schedule, March 2014:

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Following Tuesday’s board meeting, members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors toured two county schools undergoing construction.

Members first visited the Sheffey Elementary School, where renovation work began last summer. Construction efforts include modernization of facilities, adding classrooms and building an entirely new gymnasium.

The gymnasium will double as a community center, which county officials plan to use in providing recreational programs to local residents.

Coy McRoberts, Supervisor of the Lead Mines District, expressed his excitement in the new community center, stating, “I’m the most anxious man in the county to see this construction project completed.”

The visit to Sheffey Elementary School featured a cafeteria lunch and guided tour, led by Dr...

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