Wythe County Parks & Rec Hiring P/T Program Assistant at Sheffey Community Gym

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The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for a part-time program assistant to help oversee and organize various community events and programs at the Sheffey Community Gym.

An ideal candidate will possess the ability to plan and organize recreational events and programs for the public, as well as oversee “open gym” activities.

The part-time position will be responsible for working up to 20 hours each week and will be part of a new county initiative aimed at providing greater recreational opportunities to the citizens of eastern Wythe County.

Individuals interested in learning more about this job are encouraged to contact the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation at 276-223-4519...

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WYTHE CO. TO HOST HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY: Sat., Sept. 24th

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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 24, 2016.

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’ ...

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Understanding the Basics of Local Government Debt Service

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Wytheville, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors have been evaluating how to fund future Debt Service Payments for potential projects and feel that we should share how the potential projects would affect the tax rates of property owners. There are three basic components of any Debt Service calculation:

Principal – Total amount borrowed
Term – Length of the loan (years)
Interest Rate – Rate of return for the lending institution

The county’s current financial condition, ability to repay loans, past performance, and current loan capacity all work together in order to place the locality in a highly-favorable position when being viewed by potential lenders.

By law, the county is restricted on its ability to borrow and cannot issue more than $10,000,000 per year of bank qualified – ta...

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WYTHE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS BEEN PROVIDED FUNDING FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

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Wytheville, Va. – In response to the Wythe County Sheriff’s request that the county’s Board of Supervisors provide additional funding to the sheriff’s office, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors presented the Sheriff with an agreement which detailed the additional local tax dollars of almost $600,000 that would be provided to the Sheriff’s office for the current fiscal year. The agreement placed into writing items the county would pay – offering a long-term solution to the county sheriff’s office’s funding requirements.

This action was taken following a request made by the Sheriff on May 24, 2016, in which he requested that additional local tax payer dollars be provided to his office in order to help offset financial woes that have arisen during his tenure as sheriff.

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STATUS UPDATE: Wythe County School Renovations

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Over the past decade, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors and School Board have enjoyed a close working relationship aimed at the mutual understanding that the gateway to future success will only be achieved through a strong and competitive school system. Together, the two governmental agencies have worked hand-in-hand in order to formulate workable plans to ensure the county’s education facilities are second to none.

Approximately twenty years ago, the two bodies assessed the facility needs of each school and created a schedule of school renovation, beginning with the facilities that stood in the greatest need. This assessment and cost have been updated periodically.

Thanks to this cooperation, thousands of county students began the 2016-17 school year in classrooms ...

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WYTHE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS TO BE MINDFUL OF CHILDREN AT BUS STOPS

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Wytheville, Va. – Wednesday, August 10th marks the first day of the 2016-17 school year for children in Wythe County and the county’s board of supervisors is encouraging motorists to exercise caution during their morning and evening commutes.

County officials say they will be making roadside safety awareness a top priority in the opening days of the school year in an effort to curb startling statistics – studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that in the United States, approximately 4,735 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes each year. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours.

Even more sobering is the fact that in 2013, one in every five children under the age of 14 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

“The ...

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR WYTHE COUNTY RESIDENTS TO HELP WEST VIRGINIA FLOOD VICTIMS

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Wytheville, Va. – This past week, the State of West Virginia suffered historic flooding which left dozens dead, hundreds homeless and countless communities destroyed.

With such a great tragedy occurring so close to home, Wythe County officials reached out to the American Red Cross this week to find out how local citizens can lend a helping hand to our neighbors in the Mountain State.

Lee Clark, Chief Operating Officer of the Roanoke Red Cross stated that the best way local citizens could help would be by making a monetary donation to the American Red Cross, which can either be done online by clicking the donate button at www.RedCross.org (then selecting “West Virginia Floods”) or by calling the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767.

The Red Cross als...

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EXTENDED HOURS AT RURAL RETREAT LAKE POOL WEEK OF JULY 4TH

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has announced that the Rural Retreat Lake Park’s pool will operate on extended hours during the week of July 4th.

Though normally closed Monday through Wednesday, Kevin Williams, parks and recreation director, said that the county has decided to keep the pool open for campers and local residents throughout the entire week.

The pool will be open between noon and 6 p.m. Monday, July 4th through Saturday, July 9th, then resume normal hours the following day, Sunday July 10th (Sunday 1-6 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 12- 6 p.m.).

Williams said 2016 has offered prime pool weather for patrons of the park and that the campground is already booked for the weekend of July 4th.

Last year, the Virginia Tourism Corporation named t...

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WYTHE COUNTY WORKING WITH RESCUE ORGANIZATION TO SAVE PREGNANT TERRIER

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UPDATE: 2:55 p.m., May 27, 2016 – The dog has been released into the care of a rescue organization and is being transported out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Wytheville, Va. – Wythe County officials say they are presently engaged in talks with an animal rescue organization in order to save the life of a pregnant Jack Russell Terrier.

The terrier was captured on May 18, 2016, following an incident in which the dog (along with other dogs that were not captured) is said to have broken into a chicken coop and killed approximately 34 chickens.

The owner of the dog could not be identified and the dog was retained in custody at the Wythe County Dog Shelter. Due to this fact, the county could not levy charges against an individual...

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UPDATE: Information Regarding Castleton Rd. / Barren Springs Waterline

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Barren Springs, Va. – Earlier this week, the Wythe County Water Department announced that the locality’s waterline installation project running from Poplar Camp to Barren Springs is nearing the final stages of construction.

According to county engineer Bill Vaughan, work on the project is being performed in multiple phases with differing completion dates per area.

Vaughan stated that a portion of the Castleton Road area (running from the intersections of Fort Chiswell Road to Lonesome Dove Lane) has been completed and is ready to be put into service. Residents along this section of the waterline may sign-up to receive water services early.

County water officials estimate the entire project to be completed by July 1, 2016. Residents within 350 ft...

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