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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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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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


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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Deer hunting

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County Code Enforcement Officer A.B. Dunford is warning local hunters that improperly disposing of animal carcasses is a crime punishable by up to twelve-months in jail and $2,500.

Dunford says the class-I misdemeanor is part of the Code of Virginia and that his office is aggressively enforcing littering violations.

According to the veteran law enforcement officer, each autumn, countless deer carcasses are illegally dumped along roadways, in right-of-ways and on private property; creating an eyesore, foul odor and public health risk.

“Instead of illegally dumping the carcasses of harvested deer, hunters need to either bury or cremate the remains of the animals,” said Dunford, adding that the Wythe & Bland County Transfer Station, located at 169 Kents Lane, just ou...

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Wythe County Youth Football: Super Bowl XIX

Rural Retreat Indians WHITE -- JV

This past Saturday, Wythe County’s Department of Parks & Recreation completed the 2014 youth football season for its varsity and junior varsity leagues.

In total, sixteen teams from Wythe and Bland counties competed in the ten week season, which culminated in Saturday’s Super Bowl XIX games.

Held at the Rural Retreat High School, Super Bowl XIX’s junior varsity championship game pitted the Rural Retreat Indians (WHITE) against the Wytheville Maroons (SILVER).  The Indians (WHITE) won that game by a score of 7-0, thanks to a 52 yard touchdown run by Brock Smelser.  Elijah Blevins earned the PAT on a 2 yard run into the end zone.

Later that afternoon, the Wytheville Maroons competed against the Max Meadows Pioneers in the 32-minute varsity game...

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Wythe County to Host Youth Basketball Clinic this Weekend


WYTHEVILLE — The Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has announced a region-wide youth basketball clinic, scheduled to be held Saturday, November 1 at the Fort Chiswell High School.

The clinic, which is completely free of charge, will be open to all local boys and girls in grades 4-7.

Slated to last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the clinic will be led by members of Wytheville Community College’s Wildcat basketball team, under the supervision of head coach Tyler Cannoy.

“The one day clinic will place an emphasis on fine tuning the young players’ fundamental skills, including ball handling, as well as defensive and offensive skills,” said Wythe County’s youth sports coordinator Scotty Vaught.

Vaught stated that in addition to gaining valuable basketball expertise, youth athletes will be g...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County water officials say some residents in the Ivanhoe area will be without water Thursday, for four to six hours, as workers transfer the county’s water to newly constructed lines.

The affected areas will include all water customers in the Slabtown area, as well as those who reside along Ivanhoe Rd. within approximately one-half mile of the Slabtown intersection.

County officials say that despite the inconvenience, the temporary outage is necessary in order to ensure the waterline remains in top working order for years to come.

Many of the waterlines being replaced in the Slabtown area date back to the 1960s.

Over the past several years, Wythe County has launched a series of infrastructure projects, all aimed at updating the county’s utilities.

Tim Reeves, ...

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(PICTURE: Painting by Debbie Johnson Cassell, student at last week’s Bob Ross painting class.)

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Over the past few years, Wythe County’s Department of Parks & Recreation has been offering a once-a-year, afternoon Bob Ross painting class for local citizens to attend.

Held inside the Max Meadows Ruritan Building, the classes have continued to grow in popularity, attracting attendees from across the region.

This past week, county residents were again provided with the unique opportunity to paint a duplicate of one of the legendary artist, Bob Ross’ masterpieces – a snowy barn scene which appeared on Episode 12 of the thirty-first season of his long running television show, The Joy of Painting.

Led by certified Bob Ross instructor, Judy Moore-Gist, participants were ins...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors are calling upon local residents to serve on a number of committees and boards.

County leaders say several vacancies exist on various committees and ask citizens who have interest and expertise to make application to assist in filling these gaps.

In addition to groups with vacancies, local officials say many previous appointees are nearing the end of their terms on a handful of committees; creating additional opportunities for other local residents to serve.

The Board of Supervisors appoint representatives to serve on the following committees and boards: Community Policy & Management Team, Emergency Planning Committee, Fire & Rescue Board of Directors, Industrial Development Authority – County & Towns, Mount Rogers Commun...

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