SLABTOWN AREA TO BE WITHOUT WATER THURSDAY

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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.

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BOB ROSS PAINTING CLASSES EXPANDING IN WYTHE COUNTY

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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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WYTHE CITIZENS NEEDED TO FILL VACANCIES

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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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LOCAL EMERGENCY TEAM TO TEST CITIZEN ALERT SYSTEM

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Emergency officials at the Wythe County Consolidated 911 Center will be performing a test of the countywide citizen notification system next week.

The test, which is scheduled for Thursday, October 16 at 2 p.m. will be the second such test of the year and is anticipated to serve as the final one for some time.

“Since we performed the first test in July, we have registered hundreds of additional mobile devices into the system and we simply want to make for sure that it is still operating as it should,” said James Copeland, Wythe County’s Director of Emergency Communications.

According to Copeland, residents and businesses will receive a call on their landlines, informing them of the system test.

Copeland added, “Residents who have registered their mobile devices wi...

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SOME WYTHE COUNTY RESIDENTS MAY SEE VEHICLES THEY NO LONGER OWN ON THEIR TAX TICKETS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This month, Wythe County residents will be receiving their personal property tax tickets from the county’s treasurer’s office.

Unlike in previous years, this year’s tax tickets will include an assessment for all vehicles titled in an individual’s name, not just those which are registered – per the Code of Virginia.

Through this process, it has come to the attention of many residents that several vehicles they thought were no longer titled in their name actually are – either they or the person they sold the vehicle to never transferred the tags through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

County leaders are advising any individual who receives a tax assessment for a vehicle they no longer own to go to the Virginia DMV (800 E. Main St...

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WYTHE COUNTY MAKES PREPARATION FOR CATASTROPHIC COMMUNICATIONS ATTACK

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Nearly all emergency experts agree that effective communication is the key to properly managing any type of disaster situation.

Over the past several years, Wythe County’s emergency management team has feared that the nation was becoming too reliant upon modern communication technologies, including landlines and satellites. Such dependence, they feared, would leave the nation and local residents vulnerable should the region’s communications infrastructure suffer a hit.

As part of the county’s multimillion dollar commitment to emergency management, county leaders reached out to local HAM radio enthusiasts to serve the county in the event of a catastrophic emergency.
Thanks to grant funding made possible by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the county...

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY FOR BLAND & WYTHE COUNTIES

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This weekend, county officials from Wythe and Bland will be hosting a household hazardous waste collection event, at the Kents Lane Transfer Station, just east of the Wytheville town limits (169 Kents Lane, Wytheville, VA).

The annual hazardous waste day event will provide local citizens with an opportunity to dispose of chemicals and other items deemed hazardous in a safe and environmentally friendly way – completely free of charge.

The event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, between 8 a.m. and noon, is sponsored by the Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties.

Ikey Davidson, who serves as Wythe County’s hazardous material coordinator, said that the annual event is an important component of the county’s overall environmental policy.

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WYTHE COUNTY REGISTRAR REMINDS LOCAL CITIZENS OF VOTING RULES

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – As mid-term congressional elections approach, the Wythe County General Registrar is seeking to remind local residents of important rules concerning voting in the county.

According to Carolyn J. King, the county’s General Registrar, the deadline for citizens seeking to register to vote is Tuesday, October 14. Other deadlines King says voters should keep in mind is the deadline to receive absentee ballot applications by mail, which is October 28, and the deadline to vote by absentee ballot in person, which has been set for November 1.

In addition to their Monday through Friday hours of operation, Kings says her office will be open for absentee voting on two Saturdays leading up to the election, on October 25 and November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Polls throughout the coun...

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WYTHE COUNTY OFFERING BOB ROSS PAINTING CLASS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Earlier this week, the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation announced that the department will be offering a Bob Ross Painting Class, slated for Sunday, October 12, 2014.

The class, which will be instructed by Judy Moore-Gist, a certified Ross Instructor, will be held at the Max Meadows Ruritan Building and last for five hours — beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m.

Participants in the class will paint a snow covered landscape scene featuring a wooden structure and trees capped with ice. The painting, “In the Midst of Winter,” is the same painting legendary artist Bob Ross painted on Episode 12 of the thirty-first season of his long running television show, “The Joy of Painting.”

Kevin Williams, Director of the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recre...

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FULL SLATE OF COMMUNITY EVENTS THIS SATURDAY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Residents of Wythe County will have a full slate of recreational events to choose from this Saturday, as local organizations bid farewell to summer by offering a full litany of events.

The Max Meadows Heritage Day, sponsored by the Max Meadows Ruritan Club, is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Max Meadows Community Field.

The free-admission event will provide numerous live displays, including antique tractors and tools, black smith demonstrations, soap making and apple butter production, as well as a children’s petting zoo.

Event organizers say in addition to live displays, visitors to the festival will find numerous venders, including food and drink concessions – offering “everything from pinto beans and corn bread to hot dogs and hamburgers...

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