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.

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DANGEROUSLY LOW TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FOR TONIGHT & TOMORROW

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County emergency management officials are warning local residents to take all necessary precautions as the region will experience another surge of frigid arctic air Wednesday evening, leading Thursday’s high temperature to reach only 2F.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) have issued numerous special weather statements for Wythe County and surrounding areas, including a Winter Weather Advisory, which is slated to remain in effect until seven o’clock tonight. NWS has also issued a Wind Chill Advisory and a Hazardous Weather Outlook statement for the region.

According to an NWS statement, Wythe County residents should expect “snow showers and squalls including blowing snow followed by frigid wind chills” this evening and into tonight.

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WINTER WEATHER CREATING HAZARDOUS ROADWAYS IN WYTHE COUNTY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County emergency management officials are warning drivers to avoid roadways in the county, as an arctic blast has created numerous driving hazards throughout the region.

By 8 o’clock Saturday evening, the county’s E-911 joint dispatch center had reported several accidents throughout the county, mostly between Rural Retreat and Wytheville along Interstate 81, as well as on Grayson Turnpike between Wytheville and Speedwell.

A combination of snow, high winds and freezing roadways has created hazardous driving conditions throughout Wythe County and neighboring localities.

With county emergency responders working numerous accidents, local officials are advising residents to avoid travel if possible.

Lows through tonight and into tomorrow are expected to reach near-...

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WYTHE COUNTY OFFERING TWO BOB ROSS PAINTING CLASSES THIS SPRING

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Over the past several years the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has hosted an annual Bob Ross Painting Class for local residents to enjoy.

The one-day, five-hour long session has typically been held in Max Meadows and seen capacity crowds each year.

Recognizing the popularity of the classes, which are equipped to handle the semi-professional painter as well as those with no painting experience whatsoever, county officials say they will be offering two Bob Ross Painting Classes this spring.

The first class will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015, inside the Max Meadows Ruritan Building.

Participants in this session will be painting “Seascape,” a landscape scene along a beach which features a decaying and sand swept wooden fence leading into the ocean.

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Wythe County Youth Day at WCC Basketball Game this Saturday

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This weekend the Wytheville Community College Wildcats will be taking on Caldwell Community College in a game that will determine the second place finisher in the NJCAA’s Tarheel Conference.

The Wildcats will enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 14-10, fresh off a 95-82 victory against Central Carolina in a game that was played in Wytheville last Saturday.

With no additional conference games left on the schedule, Saturday’s game will decide the regular season finishing order for the seven member basketball conference – which includes all Division III NJCAA teams from West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

In an effort to showcase the team’s successes to the local community they represent, as well as recognize youth-athletes, the W...

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GRANT GIVES WYTHE COUNTY EMERGENCY RESPONDERS THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This past week, Wythe County’s emergency coordinator Jason Kinser presented members of the Wytheville Fire Department with a thermal imaging camera.

The handheld, heat resistant device can be used to aid firefighters in navigating through places where zero visibility exists, such as inside a smoke-filled building.

The rescue device was made possible thanks to a Wythe—Bland Foundation grant secured by the Wythe County Board of Supervisors. In total, the grant has provided funding to purchase mobile and portable radios, helmets, scene lighting, personal protective equipment, and a handful of other items emergency responders say will prove invaluable in their efforts to protect the lives and property of Wythe County citizens.

According to county officials, the portable...

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COMMONWEALTH EXPANDS WYTHE COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has approved Wythe County’s request to renew and expand the county’s enterprise zones.

The Virginia Enterprise Zone program is a partnership between state and local government that encourages job creation and private investment through special incentives and grants for businesses wishing to expand their operation in the Commonwealth.

In addition to formally requesting to be renewed for another five years, the Board of Supervisors voted on June 10, 2014, to expand the county’s enterprise zone...

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