Monthly Archives May 2015

CONVENIENCE CENTERS TO UNDERGO MAINTENANCE

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Over the next few months, convenience centers in Wythe County will undergo routine maintenance, as workers will make necessary repairs to equipment, repaint dumpsters and service the twelve facilities located throughout the county.

Work has already completed at the Ivanhoe and Austinville facilities and is scheduled to resume this Wednesday at the Barren Springs Convenience Center.

Officials from the Wythe County Solid Waste Department say the type of maintenance will require each facility to be closed for two days as workers make needed repairs to the equipment.

“By working on only one convenience center per week, we are able to keep the eleven other facilities throughout the county operational – allowing alternatives for individuals who must dispose of their solid waste during the two da...

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG: Wythe County Parks Open for Season

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With over 100 miles in hiking trails and dozens of playgrounds, campgrounds and recreation parks, Wythe County tourism officials are touting the many outdoor recreation opportunities available to visitors and county residents.

This Friday, May 15, the Rural Retreat Lake & Campground Park will open to campers for the 2015 season.

The campground, which is managed by the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation, is located on the banks of the Rural Retreat Lake – a 90-acre impoundment owned by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.

The price for camping at the lake is unchanged from last year at $18 per night for primitive sites and $28 per night for sites with water and electricity. Wythe County residents will receive an additional 10% off their purchase price.

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OIL LEAK IN SUGAR RUN CREEK IN WYTHE COUNTY

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This morning at approximately 10 a.m. the Wythe County Consolidated Dispatch Center received an E-911 call from a resident of the Speedwell community who stated that she had observed what appeared to be oil in Sugar Run Creek, a small tributary of Cripple Creek which runs parallel to U.S. Route 21 (Grayson Turnpike).

The Wythe County Emergency Coordinator and Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department were first dispatched to the scene.

Upon arriving at the scene, Jason Kinser, Wythe County’s Emergency Coordinator, confirmed that the waters were in fact contaminated and immediately began implementing containment measures with the aid of the Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) was notified and officials from VDEM and the Virginia Department...

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FIDDLER’S CONVENTION PLANNED FOR RURAL RETREAT

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Local businesses and community organizations throughout Wythe County are teaming together in support of the Rural Retreat Fiddler’s Convention, scheduled for July 3rd and 4th of this year. The fiddler’s convention is being organized by the Rural Retreat – Wythe County Fair Association and will be held at the association’s fairgrounds, located on Rural Retreat Lake Road, just south of the community of Rural Retreat.

The event will feature at least thirteen different competitions, offering over $3,500 in prizes and rosettes to winners.
Competitions will include old time banjo, old time fiddle, bluegrass banjo, bluegrass fiddle, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, harmonica, dance, folksong, old time band, bluegrass band and youth.

The youth competition will kick the event off Friday, July 3rd,...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO PARTICIPATE IN 100-MILE LONG ROAD MARKET SALE

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The Wythe County Department of Tourism has announced that the county will again be participating in the second annual “U.S. 21 Road Market,” scheduled for July 24, 25 and 26, 2015.

The three-day road market is the product of the multistate initiative known as “Take a Break from the Interstate,” and is designed to encourage economic activity along U.S. Route 21.

This year’s road market has expanded by more than 30 miles and will stretch from Wytheville to Harmony, North Carolina, featuring hundreds of yard sales, street sales and community events along the historic route.

“Going into last year’s inaugural road market, no one really knew what to expect,” stated Wythe County Tourism Director Jeremy Farley, adding, “By the end of the weekend, we were hearing stories of downtown resta...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOST ‘KIDS’ FISHING DAY’ AT RURAL RETREAT LAKE

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Rural Retreat, Va. – Wythe County’s Rural Retreat Lake Campground Park will be hosting “Kids Fishing Day,” Saturday, May 16th.

The annual initiative, which is intended to encourage youth to become anglers, is made possible thanks to a cooperative partnership between the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation and the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF).

Registration for the free event is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the lake’s trout pond, with youth fishing commencing at 9 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m.

During this time, fishing at the lake’s stocked trout pond will be reserved exclusively for children ages 15 and under. Adult supervision is required for all participants.

Upon registering, participants will be entered into a drawing for multiple prizes – ...

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