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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – On November 3, 2015, Virginia voters will be going to the polls to cast their ballots in a number of different races that will have local and statewide consequences.
Elections in Wythe County will include school board, board of supervisors, constitutional officers, Virginia Senate, Virginia House of Delegates and Soil & Water Conservation Director.
Due to the fact that Wythe County is divided between two separate Virginia senatorial districts, as well as the various local school board and board of supervisors districts, voters in the county will see one of six different ballots. Those ballots may be viewed by Clicking Here (precinct listed on bottom right corner of ballot).
Elections officials are reminding citizens that under Virginia law, voters must present one of...Read More
WYTHEVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Schaffner MTC Transformers, a developer and manufacturer of standard and custom components and high-performance transformers, will invest $3.1 million to expand its operation in the Town of Wytheville in Wythe County. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which is expected to create in the coming years 79 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage in the region.
Speaking about today’s announcement at an event in Wytheville, Governor McAuliffe said, “Helping advanced manufacturing companies like Schaffner MTC Transformers expand and create jobs in communities that need them is a key component of my administration’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy...Read More
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This afternoon, Wythe County’s emergency management team participated in a statewide conference call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
National Weather Service forecaster Dave Wirth told county leaders, “Our confidence is still very high for flooding – primarily for tonight and into the morning.”
Though officials did state that the likelihood of the most severe ‘worst-case scenarios’ mentioned in yesterday’s statewide call seemed very unlikely at this point, the potential for flash flooding and power outages remained high.
With the ground in Southwest Virginia still saturated from persistently wet weather over the past seven-days, officials remain concerned that the soil is too damp to adequately absor...Read More
EMERGENCY NOTICE: Jeremy Farley, Wythe County Public Information Officer
As has previously been reported, Virginia is under a state of emergency as the Commonwealth braces for the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin.
In Southwest Virginia, Wythe County officials are also warning residents to be taking necessary precautions as the potential for widespread flooding is high.
This weather event is entirely separate from Hurricane Joaquin and is the result of a saturated ground and forecasts of additional significant rainfall.
Wythe County residents are encouraged to review and follow the below listed safety tips, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management:
What People Should Do:
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County’s emergency management team is urging Southwest Virginia residents to prepare for flash flooding and wind damage over the next several days.
The concern comes on the heels of nearly a week of daily rainfall that is being coupled with additional National Weather Service forecasts calling for “widespread heavy rain across the region from early Friday morning through Saturday night.”
These forecasts are separate from Hurricane Joaquin, which is expected to brush the Virginia coastline early Monday morning.
According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Joaquin strengthened to a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds early Thursday...Read More
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Each year, thousands of Americans travel to Southwest Virginia in order to enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage offered by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Many visitors will enjoy Wythe County’s scenic byways, +100 miles of hiking trails and some will dare to climb to the top of Big Walker Lookout, a 100’ high observation tower overlooking the Jefferson National Forest.
In an effort to offer even more autumn-related activities to residents of the community, along with the more than 75,000 motorists who pass through the county each day, the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has partnered with Wythe County Tourism to host a pumpkin carving workshop on Saturday, October 3, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m...Read More
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” That’s the message emergency managers are sharing with people all over the nation during the month of September.
September is National Preparedness Month and the Wythe County Department of Emergency Management is urging everyone to take steps to make a plan and know what to do during an emergency.
Whether you deal with the possible threats of flooding, winter weather, hurricanes or power outages, the preparedness steps to take are the same. They include:
• Knowing your risk for where you live;
• Having an individual and family preparedness plan in place;
• Practicing that plan;
• Putting together an emergency kit with water and non-perishable supplies to last for at least three days for you, your...
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This past week, Wythe County unveiled plans to move forward with a new accounting software which local officials say will play an instrumental role in creating greater accountability, efficiency and transparency in government finances.
The software, Munis Financial, is a product of Tyler Technologies and is used widely throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.
Once fully integrated, the new system will modernize the method with which data is entered – eliminating hundreds of man-hours for numerous county agencies and departments.
“Presently, a host of accounting software systems is being used throughout county government...Read More
WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day this month on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
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 counties’ ...Read More