Wythe County Awarded $359,695 Grant for Further Development of Progress Park

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $4.0 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for nine Virginia localities, including $359,695 for the County of Wythe.

“I’m pleased to announce funding for ten projects that leverage Community Development Block Grant funding to invest in critical infrastructure,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These projects will help create new jobs and economic opportunities in the communities that receive them. By focusing on infrastructure, downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation, we are helping communities across the Commonwealth make life better for the people they serve.”

The funding Wythe County has been granted will be used to extend an 8” sewage line to Lot 20 in Progress Park – serving Br...

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NWS: Strong Winds May Lead to Power Outages; 1-2 Inches of Snow Possible

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, is forecasting “mountain upslope snow showers” tonight and early Friday, with the greatest amounts of snowfall to occur north of Bluefield in the West Virginia highlands.

For the most part, residents in eastern Wythe County are expected to be spared from significant accumulation, with NWS officials forecasting less than an inch of accumulation for Wytheville and communities to the east.

On the other hand, places west of the county-seat, such as Rural Retreat, Crockett and Speedwell, may see snowfall amounts closer to two inches.

In addition to the snowfall and strong cold front that will  cross through the region Thursday, a quick surge in west winds will accompany the front with gusts to 50 mph or stronger possible.

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Wythe County to Offer Open Gym & Fitness Classes at Sheffey This January

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This week, Wythe County Parks & Recreation announced that the department would be offering open gym for basketball and walking at Sheffey Community Gym beginning on Saturday, January 21st and then throughout February and into the spring.  The gymnasium will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon.

In addition to open gym hours, the county’s Parks & Recreation Department will also be offering two separate fitness classes for the community:

Fusion Fit Classes will be held at 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday starting on Thursday, January 19th and are slated to end in early-March.  The one-hour session will utilize light weights, which will be provided, and cardio.

Functionally Fit Class will be held at 5 p.m...

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Light Freezing Rain Possible for Wythe County Saturday Morning

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The National Weather Service is warning that light freezing rain, perhaps starting as light sleet, will develop in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Friday evening and will spread northeast,
primarily east of I-77, during Saturday’s pre-dawn hours.

“Precipitation amounts will be very light, with only a couple of hundredths of an inch of precipitation expected,” stated Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service.

Though this morning’s forecast is predicting lower precipitation amounts and warmer temperatures than was earlier believed, the county’s emergency management team wishes to remind residents that any precipitation falling on cold surfaces will result in spotty icing, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses, if untreated.

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“When You Say Nothing at All” Songwriter to Perform in Wytheville this Weekend

Alison Krauss performing “When You Say Nothing at All” Photo Courtesy: Josh Rhinehart

Alison Krauss performing “When You Say Nothing at All”
Photo Courtesy: Josh Rhinehart

This Saturday evening, award-winning Nashville songwriters Paul Overstreet and Brett James will be hosting a unique performance at the George Wythe High School.

The duo have written dozens of iconic, chart-topping country hits over the past three decades and this weekend, they’ll not only be performing the songs they’ve written, but also sharing the fascinating stories surrounding each song’s creation.

The pair’s songs include hits by Kenny Chesney (She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy and Out Last Night), as well as Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, George Jones, Blake Shelton and Randy Travis (On the Other Hand, Diggin up Bones, and Forever and Ever, Amen).

Overstreet, who was once married to Dolly Parton’s s...

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Southbound I-77 Traffic to be Temporarily Detoured at Exit 41 due to Accident

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — December 2, 2016

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. — Wythe County’s Emergency Management team has learned that a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 77 near mile marker 41 will result in all I-77 southbound traffic being detoured at Exit 41 (Peppers Ferry Rd.) around 4 p.m.

Officials estimate that the detour will remain in effect for 1 – 1.5 hours.

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Wythe County Reassessment Values Available Online

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The Code of Virginia requires localities to reassess the value of real estate property. Beginning in the fall of last year, Pearson’s Appraisal Services Inc. began reappraising property values throughout the locality on behalf of Wythe County and their results have now been completed.

Reassessment notices have been mailed to Wythe County landowners, informing them of any changes made to their assessed property values.

Additionally, the county has also made these figures available online to the public free of charge.

Individuals wishing to access their property values may do so by completing the following instructions:

1.) log onto the following website: http://wythe.interactivegis.com/

2.) Click the “Guest Access” link  (on the right) after checking the terms of agreement

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Wythe Co. Residents: High Fire Danger, Fast Moving Cold Front

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — November 19, 2016

Wythe County’s emergency management team is encouraging local residents to be mindful of two separate potential dangers over the next few days.

The first item county citizens should be mindful of is a fast moving cold front that will bring a variety of weather concerns in its wake this weekend, while the second concern is a high fire danger rating which state forestry officials say have made “conditions ripe for wildfires that will start easily, grow quickly and be very difficult to contain.”

Wythe County officials are maintaining close communications with both the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry in order to keep county residents informed of any new developments.

Weather Conditions in Wythe County – 

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Wythe County Personal Property & Real Estate Taxes Due December 5

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The deadline to pay Wythe County’s personal property and real estate taxes is Monday, December 5, 2016.

Lori Guynn, Treasurer of Wythe County, stated that her office will be doing a number of things to make paying one’s local taxes easier than ever.

For starters, the treasurer’s office (located inside the Wythe County Court House building) will operate on extended hours in the days leading up to December 5.

Though the treasurer’s office’s normal hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Guynn said that her office will be open until 6 p.m. on the following dates: November 30, December 1, 2 and 5.

Additionally, the county treasurer’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

“We realize that for many residents getting to the court h...

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Wythe Co. Officials Urge Residents to Exercise Fire Caution; Smoky Haze Visible

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — November 8, 2016

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Several Wythe County residents have noticed hazy skies throughout the locality this week and have questioned if there were any wildfires burning in the county.

Though local fire crews have been called out to contain several brush fires over the past few weeks, the smoky skies are actually the result of out of control forest fires burning more than 100 miles to the west of us along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Out of control wildfires began over a week ago in Eastern Kentucky and have since rapidly moved eastward – eventually spreading into Virginia’s Wise County.

In addition to forest fires blazing to the west of Wythe County, this morning, local media began reporting additional wildfires at Roanoke County’s McAfee Knob.

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