Strong Winds Expected to Move Into Wythe County This Evening

Wythe Seal White Background

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County’s Emergency Management Team is currently monitoring the potential impact the remnants of Hurricane Irma may have on Southwest Virginia.

According to reports from the National Weather Service, the storm moving into our region “will lead to increasing easterly winds tonight into Tuesday morning.”

Weather Service meteorologists say the strongest winds will occur across the higher elevations along the southern Blue Ridge and foothills as well as parts of the Mountain Empire region of southwest Virginia tonight.

The strong easterly winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, could combine with wet soils to bring down trees. Such a scenario could lead to isolated power outages in the locality.

Due to the possibility of power outages, residents are being encouraged to...

Read More

Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. Hosting Annual Fish Fry This Sunday

7372c2bc13b0873795b5e5e9d0439883

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Barren Springs Fire Department will be hosting their annual fish fry this coming Sunday, September 10, 2017.

The fundraising event will be held at the Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department and begin at 11 a.m.

In addition to providing a meal that will include a choice of ham or fish, plus three sides, plus a dessert and drink, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.

The 1st place raffle winner will receive a Savage Lightweight Hunter 6.5 Creedmore with a $250 gift certificate to New River Sports donated by Hilly Haven Market. 2nd place will receive a CVA APEX .50 Muzzleloader and 3rd place winner will be given a $100 Visa Gift Card.

All proceeds will benefit the Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information, contact Chief Josh Stitt, 540-239-8...

Read More

WYTHE COUNTY TO HOST HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY

Paint

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day this coming month on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

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 cou...

Read More

COUNTY PRAISES VDOT FOR SEAMLESS BRIDGE REPAIR IN MAX MEADOWS

Wythe Seal White Background

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County officials are attributing great communications and inter-governmental cooperation for being the key components in allowing a bridge replacement in the Max Meadows community to go off without any issues earlier last week.

Beginning at 7 pm on Monday, July 31, VDOT contractors closed the entrance to Millers Creek Rd. with plans of the keeping the road closed for twelve hours as workers removed the existing bridge structure, replacing it with a prefabricated bridge.

Though necessary, the work would leave the dozens of residents of the Millers Creek community without a main entrance, effectively isolating the landowners from the rest of the county.

“Anytime you look at leaving an entire community cutoff from emergency personnel, it’s a serious situation,” sai...

Read More

LOCAL DENTIST PROVIDES FUNDING FOR AIR CONDITIONERS AT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

20050066_1936781856538033_2096926108_o

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Dr. Brian Pettit and his wife Stacey moved to Southwest Virginia in 2013 and soon afterward launched a dental practice in the heart of Wytheville.

It was during this same time that the couple visited the local dog shelter and adopted a boxer named Ember.

“Rescuing Ember opened our eyes to the way dogs should be treated,” said Stacey Pettit, adding, “Ember quickly became a very important member of our family.”

It was because of the couple’s newfound love for their boxer that Stacey began volunteering at the Wythe County Animal Shelter.

Pettit, along with several others, arrive at the shelter at 8:30 in the morning and walk the dogs being housed, as well as give them “love and treats.”

“We just want to make for sure that the dogs have an opportunity to get...

Read More

COUNTY SECURES GRANT FOR NEW AMBULANCE ON BEHALF OF LEAD MINES RESCUE SQUAD

220px-Star_of_life2.svg

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This past week the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services announced that Lead Mines Rescue Squad’s grant application for a new ambulance had been approved and that the squad would be awarded $156,632.

In total, the grant award will provide funding for 80% of the total cost of a new ambulance and the Wythe County Board of Supervisors has agreed to cover the remaining amount, which is estimated to be $39,158.

The grant application was prepared and submitted by Wythe County staff on behalf of Lead Mines Rescue Squad and will replace a 2006 model vehicle that has a 1991 refurbished box.

“We’re very appreciative of the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund for providing us with this grant, as well as the county for their assistance...

Read More

PUBLIC HEARING: Partial Exemption from Real Estate Taxation for Certain Rehabilitated Commercial & Industrial Real Estate

Wythe Seal White Background

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is encouraging residents of the county to attend a public hearing that is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 7:10 p.m, in order to discuss a proposed ordinance aimed at providing certain real estate tax incentives to landowners who rehabilitate +40 year old commercial or industrial structures located within Enterprise Zones in the county.

An example of how the proposed ordinance would work is as follows:
If an individual owns a structure valued at $1 million, but the landowner makes an additional $1 million worth of improvements to the structure, raising the value to $2 million, the landowner will only be taxed for the initial value of $1 million in the first year and 100% of the assessed improvements value will be waived...

Read More

Wythe Co. Kid’s Fish Day Postponed Until May 20th

800px-Rainbow_trout_fish_onchorhynchus_mykiss_detailed_photography

The 2017 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The event, which gives children ages 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in newly stocked waters, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017, and will be held between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2017 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day will be held at Cripple Creek’s Collin’s Cove / Cole Branch section (roughly midway between the communities of Cripple Creek and Ivanhoe, off Pope Rd.).

Wythe County Kids Fish Day is a joint partnership between the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and Wythe County Parks & Recreation.

Share this article with your friends on Facebook:

Read More

‘KIDS FISH DAY’ EVENT TO BE HELD IN WYTHE COUNTY MAY 13

800px-Rainbow_trout_fish_onchorhynchus_mykiss_detailed_photography

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to host a “Kids Fish Day” on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The event is just one of dozens of activities DGIF will be hosting throughout the Commonwealth this year aimed at giving children 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in freshly stocked waters.

The 2017 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day will be held at Cripple Creek’s Collin’s Cove / Cole Branch section (roughly midway between the communities of Cripple Creek and Ivanhoe, off Pope Rd.).

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to partner with DGIF to help promote this great activity for the young anglers of our community,” said Kevin Williams, director of Wythe County’s Parks & Recreati...

Read More

WCRS SECURES $198,925 IN GRANT FUNDING FOR PURCHASE OF AMBULANCE

220px-Star_of_life2.svg

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This past week, the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services notified Wythe County that Wythe County Rescue Squad’s grant request of $198,925 had been approved by the Virginia Department of Health.

Despite its name Wythe County Rescue Squad is a private non-profit organization (the name is a geographic place reference only); however, the county agreed to offer assistance to the squad in preparing and submitting the successful grant application.

The money will be used to replace a vehicle that had been in service for over a decade and was beginning to experience major mechanical failures.

“We were very happy and pleased to be the recipient of this grant,” stated Danny Gordon who serves as the chairman of Wythe County Rescue Squad’s Board of Directors.

“Wit...

Read More