WYTHE COUNTY RECOGNIZES E-911 DISPATCHERS

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This week, localities from across the nation are recognizing E-911 emergency dispatchers as part of a nationwide effort known as National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week.

Wythe County emergency officials say the initiative, which can be traced back to the early 1980s, allows the county an opportunity to highlight the critical role dispatchers play in emergency services.

“A call to 911 is a call for help – no one ever wakes up in the morning expecting to call 911 that day – and our staff answers dozens of these calls each day,” said James Copeland, who serves as the director of Emergency Communications for Wythe County.

Copeland added, “This week gives the public an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for the wonderful job they do.”

The Wythe County emergency communicatio...

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REACHES SEVEN YEAR LOW IN WYTHE COUNTY

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Wythe County officials say the unemployment rate in their county has reached its lowest point in nearly a decade.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the county’s March 2015 unemployment rate had fallen to 5.2% — a 6.8-point drop from February 2010’s record high of 12.0%.

The county’s latest unemployment figures are lower than all of the neighboring localities surrounding it, including the counties of Bland, Pulaski, Smyth, Carroll and Grayson.

In addition to boasting of the lowest unemployment rate among its neighbors, the county’s jobless rate is also the second lowest in all of Southwest Virginia, falling just short of Montgomery County, home of Virginia Tech.

The county’s economic development officials credit the downward trend in jobless clai...

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WYTHE COUNTY DSS: ‘APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH’

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Throughout the month of April the Wythe County Department of Social Services, in conjunction with dozens of other community organizations, clubs and government agencies will be placing a major emphasis upon child abuse awareness and prevention.

The effort is part of a national initiative launched by the United States Department of Health & Human Services aimed at promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

Kristin Shumate, who serves as Wythe County’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator, says her agency is seeking to prevent child abuse before it happens.

“In the wake of recent tragedies throughout our region, the department will be stressing child safety and best practices for ensuring all Southwest Virginia children are given the greatest childhood possible,”...

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Wythe County Spring Soccer Schedule

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2015 – U10 SOCCER SCHEDULE

*** All games will be played @ Ager Park ***

UF – Upper Field               LF – Lower Field

 

Tuesday, April 14th

5:30pm – UF – Wytheville Maroons Silver vs. Wytheville Strykers

5:30pm – LF – Wytheville Maroons vs. Sheffey Wildcats

6:30pm – UF – Jackson Eagles Red vs. Rural Retreat Indians Black

6:30pm – LF – Wytheville Lightning vs. Jackson Eagles Blue

 

Thursday, April 16th

5:30pm – UF – Jackson Eagles Blue vs. Wytheville Maroons

5:30pm – LF – Wytheville Strykers vs. Wytheville Lightning

6:30pm – UF – Rural Retreat Indians Orange vs. Jackson Eagles Red

6:30pm – LF – Rural Retreat Indians Black vs. Sheffey Wildcats

 

Saturday, April 18th

10:00am – UF – Jackson Eagles Blue vs. Wytheville Strykers

10:00am...

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PENNSYLVANIA PREP SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS AT AGER PARK

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This past week ten volunteers from eastern Pennsylvania logged over 350 man-hours assisting Wythe County Parks & Recreation crews at Ager Park.

The volunteers were high school seniors from St. Joseph’s Prep School located in Philadelphia. Founded in 1851, St. Joseph’s is a boys’ prep school dedicated to “developing boys into men who work for and with others.”

In keeping with this mission, the school requires its seniors to log no fewer than 40 hours of community service – a requirement many of the students chose to fulfil in Wythe County, Virginia.

Wythe County youth sports coordinator Scotty Vaught said the eight students and two adult leaders from the school made dozens of needed repairs to the playground as well as painted all of the equipment located on ...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOLD AUCTION TO SELL SURPLUS PROPERTY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – In the fall of last year, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to sell-by-auction several surplus properties owned by the county. County officials say auctioning these tracts will allow local residents an equal opportunity to purchase land at a fair-market price.

Another benefit of liquidating surplus county property, according to local officials, will be the additional revenues the sales will bring to the county’s general fund – first through the sale of the properties and then via real estate taxes.

“Anytime you can reintroduce parcels of land back onto the real estate tax rolls, the general public sees a benefit,” said Wythe County Public Information Officer Jeremy T.K. Farley.

Farley added, “These are tracts that the county government no longer has a ...

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WYTHE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HONORS WRESTLING CHAMPIONS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to honor state wrestling champions from Rural Retreat High School as well as George Wythe High School during their most recently scheduled meeting.

The Board’s first resolution recognized the George Wythe Maroons for completing “a very successful 2014-2015 season.”

This year, George Wythe High School’s wrestling team placed second in the Virginia High School League’s (VHSL) Group 1A State Championship, scoring 68 total tournament points.

Specifically mentioned in the resolution was Austin Tolbert who defeated the competition to become the 132-pound weight class’ individual VHSL State Wrestling Champion.

Tim Reeves - Austin TolbertThe Board of Supervisors then voted on Wythe County Resolution 2015-06, “A Resolution Honoring the Ru...

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17th Annual Cliff Dicker Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the seventeenth annual Cliff Dicker Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Wytheville Golf Club. Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputy Cliff Dicker was brutally murdered in a line of duty shooting on December 6, 1994.

The proceeds of the event will be used to fund the Cliff Dicker Memorial Scholarship Fund, a sheriff’s office initiative which awards a scholarship to two seniors from Fort Chiswell High School, George Wythe High School and Rural Retreat High School, each year.

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 276-223-6005.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m...

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY EVENT SCHEDULED FOR RURAL RETREAT

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RURAL RETREAT, Va. – Over 35 venders have already registered to participate in Rural Retreat’s “Springtime Small Business Day,” which is slated to be held this Saturday in downtown Rural Retreat.

Organizers of the event say they hope to showcase the products of home-based businesses, including handcrafted wood furniture, jewelry, crafts and dozens of other items which aren’t sold in stores.

Wythe County resident John O’Quinn, a wood craftsman and creator of the event, said it is his goal to give local residents the ability to share their products with potential buyers. “We have a lot of talented people living in this area and ‘Springtime in Rural Retreat Small Business Day’ will provide these individuals the opportunity to share their products with the general public.”

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SLEET MAKING ROADS IN WYTHE COUNTY HAZARDOUS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Emergency officials in Wythe County are urging drivers to take extraordinary precautions this afternoon, as heavy sleet is creating hazardous driving conditions on roadways throughout the region.

According to the county’s E-911 dispatch center, multiple accidents have been reported on Interstate – 81 over the past hour and officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are advising residents to avoid “unnecessary travel.”

All of Southwest Virginia remains under a winter weather advisory, as meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) are forecasting freezing rain, sleet and snow throughout the remainder of the day.

Snow and sleet accumulation totals are expected to reach anywhere between one to four inches.

According to a statement fr...

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