Monthly Archives November 2013

UPDATE: WYTHE COUNTY FOREST FIRE

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SPEEDWELL, Va. – According to the United States Forest Service, the forest fire atop Horse Heaven Mountain, south of Speedwell, has expanded to more than 200 acres and is expected to grow considerably prior to being extinguished. The fire is located entirely on national forest property and is not anticipated to become a threat to private property or county residents.

Approximately 68 federal and state firefighters are working the scene, including one hotshot crew, two dozers, two engines and a helicopter.

Despite the steep and rugged terrain of Horse Heaven Mountain, fire crews are digging containment lines and cutting trenches.

The Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department is on standby and has allowed their firehouse to serve as a base of operations for fire crews battling the blaze.

Wythe C...

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40-ACRE FOREST FIRE SOUTH OF SPEEDWELL

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Last night, at approximately 10:04 p.m., the Wythe County E-911 dispatch center received a call from Jerry Porter Chief of the Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department. Porter stated that he had received reports from area residents of a forest fire roughly one-mile south of the community of Speedwell.

Dispatchers immediately notified the US Forestry Service (USFS) of the fire.

At 10:30 a.m., USFS told county officials that the fire’s size was approximately 40-acres. The forestry service also stated that firefighters were working to erect a containment line.

USFS says that approximately 20 firefighters are expected to be on the scene by noon.

Additionally, two dozers and a helicopter have been ordered to the area.

“The county has been in contact with the US Forestry Service and we will continu...

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REORGANIZED LEAD MINES RESCUE SQUAD NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The newly appointed directors of the Lead Mines Rescue Squad held their first meeting Thursday, November 7, 2013.

In addition to adopting a new set of bylaws, directors elected to begin accepting applications for paid and volunteer members.
The reorganization comes just three months following the Wythe County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous decision to dissolve the historic squad.

From the start, county officials vowed to place the safety of area residents as its highest priority and pledged that no action would be taken until a reliable and sustainable plan was implemented.

In the interim, local emergency calls for the Lead Mines area were managed by the Wythe County Rescue Squad...

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Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department Youth Basketball – 2013 – Junior Varsity – Boys/Girls Schedules

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Monday, November 18th @ JES

6:00pm – BOYS – Max Meadows Pioneers Black vs. Rural Retreat Indians Black

7:00pm – BOYS – Jackson Eagles vs. Sheffey Wildcats

8:00pm – GIRLS – Max Meadows Lady Pioneers Gold vs. Sheffey Lady Wildcats

Tuesday, November 19th @ RRES

6:00pm – BOYS – Rural Retreat Indians Orange vs. Rural Retreat Indians Black

7:00pm – GIRLS – Rural Retreat Lady Indians vs. Max Meadows Lady Pioneers Black

Thursday, November 21st @ MMES

6:00pm – BOYS – Max Meadows Pioneers White vs. Rural Retreat Indians Black

7:00pm – GIRLS – Max Meadows Lady Pioneers Gold vs. Rural Retreat Lady Indians

8:00pm – GIRLS – Sheffey Lady Wildcats vs. Max Meadows Lady Pioneers Black

Saturday, November 23rd @ Fort Chiswell High School

  9:00am – BOYS – Max Meadows P...

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Wythe County Employee Retires

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County officials recently awarded retiring heavy equipment operator Marvin Fowler with a plaque, commemorating his service to the county.

Fowler served in the county’s building & grounds department for over eleven years and was previously employed in the county’s solid waste department.

Much of Fowler’s work consisted of bush hogging, as well as operating other pieces of heavy-equipment for the county.

Billy Bowers, building & grounds director, remembered Fowler as “passionate about everything he did.”

Co-worker Daniel Dunagan, agreed, “He’s a great friend. I’ve worked with him for many years; he’s just a great guy. I hate to see him go.”

Fowler, who is an avid outdoorsman, is looking forward to spending more time with his family, as well as en...

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