COMMONWEALTH EXPANDS WYTHE COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has approved Wythe County’s request to renew and expand the county’s enterprise zones.

The Virginia Enterprise Zone program is a partnership between state and local government that encourages job creation and private investment through special incentives and grants for businesses wishing to expand their operation in the Commonwealth.

In addition to formally requesting to be renewed for another five years, the Board of Supervisors voted on June 10, 2014, to expand the county’s enterprise zone...

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OFFICIAL 2015 WYTHE COUNTY ROAD MAPS NOW AVAILABLE

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Administrator’s Office has unveiled the 2015 Official Wythe County Road Map.

In addition to including all named roads in the county, the 27” x 40” map includes other details such as an index to county facilities; these facilities include solid waste & recycling centers, county libraries, schools and emergency services buildings.

Displaying the route of the popular New River Trail, a 57-mile linear state park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way, as well as elevation markers and detailed views of area communities, the maps are certain to appeal to a highly diverse audience.

“Even in the age of GPS and mobile mapping, we’re finding that paper maps are still in great demand...

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WORK ON BARREN SPRINGS WATERLINE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN THIS MONTH

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BARREN SPRINGS, Va. – Work is set to begin in just a matter of days on the Barren Springs Waterline Extension, which will provide reliable drinking water to residents in the Barren Springs community.

According to county officials, construction on the waterline is set to begin in the opening days of January and is slated to be completed within a year’s time.

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors has made completion of this project one of its primary objectives for 2015, as dozens of households in the community are presently without reliable drinking water.

In addition to providing residents in the southeastern Wythe County community with a dependable source of potable water, the waterline will also add an extra level of fire security that may equate to a reduction in insurance rates for...

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INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURER EXPANDING IN WYTHE COUNTY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Coperion Corporation, in collaboration with local real estate developer WYCO, LLC, will expand its Wythe County operation, investing a total of more than $3 million in its Wythe County facility.

Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Coperion, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand, serves as a world market and technology leader for compounding systems, bulk materials systems, components and services.

Wythe County successfully competed against New Jersey for the project, which will create 22 new jobs and propel the county to becoming the center of all U.S.-based extruder-related manufacturing and warehousing.

McAuliffe said he was thrilled to make the announcement, stating, “Creating quality jobs in the advanced ma...

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Wythe County Hires Emergency Coordinator

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. –Wythe County’s Department of Emergency Services is now under the direction of newly appointed department head, Jason Kinser.

Kinser, 34, is a native of Tazewell County, Virginia, and comes to Wythe County with at least sixteen years’ worth of experience in fire and EMS.

Prior to coming on board as Wythe County’s emergency coordinator, a position which was vacated earlier this fall, Kinser served as administrator for both the Jeffersonville Rescue Squad and the Bluefield Rescue Squad.

The southwest Virginia native’s entire adult career has been spent in the emergency services field...

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WYTHE COUNTY RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO RECYCLE CHRISTMAS WRAPPING PAPER & CARDBOARD BOXES

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This coming week, tens of thousands of Wythe County residents will be celebrating Christmas by opening what will equate to truckloads of wrapping paper and disposing of tons of cardboard boxes.

In an effort to accommodate the drastic increase in discarded material that will be received at the county’s convenience centers this week, Billy Bowers, Wythe County’s Solid Waste director, is encouraging residents to place their used wrapping paper and cardboard boxes into the convenience center’s recycling bins – as opposed to mixing them in with their regular trash.

“Most county residents would be astonished to realize how much money they save the county simply by recycling paper products rather than mixing them in with their regular trash,” said Bowers, adding “This ...

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WYTHE COUNTY WRAPS UP YOUTH BASKETBALL SEASON WITH CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County’s Department of Parks & Recreation wrapped up the 2014 youth junior varsity basketball season this week with a championship double header game at the Wytheville Wellness Center.

First to take the court were the fourth and fifth grade boy’s tournament finalists, the Max Meadows Pioneers and Rural Retreat Indians (Black). The Indians put up 22 points compared to the Pioneers’ 7, in the 24-minute game, capping off their perfect season with a 9-0 record.

Led by coaches Brian Smith and Michael Spraker, the Indians competed against three other county teams over the course of the regular season, earning championship medals for their entire team.

After the boys basketball game, the communities of Max Meadows and Rural Retreat were then represented once again ...

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HERD AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM COMING TO SHEFFEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS SPRING

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Thanks to a new grant secured through the Wythe-Bland Foundation, the Wythe County Parks & Recreation Department will be launching a pilot afterschool program at Sheffey Elementary School this coming year.

Project leaders say they can accept up to 40 participants in the afterschool program on a first to sign up basis. The three days per week program is slated to begin immediately following the end of the school day and will lasting until 6 p.m. Lasting 12 weeks, the program will place an emphasis upon health and nutrition education through fun activities and games.

“Sheffey Elementary School was selected due to alarming health statistics among the student population,” said Kevin Williams, director of Parks & Recreation for Wythe County.

“Students just aren’t getting...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOST CHRISTMAS CRAFT CLASS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Christmas Crafts Class on Saturday, December 13, at the Rural Retreat Community Center.

According to Kevin Williams, director of the county’s Parks & Recreation programs, the two-hour event will last from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature three separate crafts: Music Paper Christmas Tree, Snowman Luminaries and a Winter Mini-Wreath.

The class will be led by instructor Ava Creger, owner of The Paper Nest Studio.

Local residents interested in participating are encouraged to register immediately, as space is limited and the deadline for registering has been set for Friday, December 5.

Participation in the class is open to all residents 13 or older.

To register for this event, please call 276-223-4519 or e-...

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Youth Basketball Set to Begin in Wythe County

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – With football season now complete, Wythe County Parks & Recreation leaders turn their attention to youth basketball for fourth and fifth grade boys and girls.

The youth basketball season is set to begin this coming Monday, with games played inside the newly constructed gymnasium at Sheffey Elementary School.

Teams for this year’s JV-boys’ basketball league include the Max Meadows Pioneers, Rural Retreat Indians – Orange, Rural Retreat Indians – Black and Sheffey Wildcats.

The JV-girls’ league will include teams from the Max Meadows Elementary School, Sheffey Elementary School and the Rural Retreat Elementary School, as well as two teams from the Town of Wytheville’s Parks & Recreation Department.

The youth season for both boys and girls will conclude with a ...

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