Monthly Archives July 2015

FREE WEATHER TRAINING CLASS IN MAX MEADOWS

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County emergency officials are encouraging local residents to attend the National Weather Service’s SKYWARN Weather Spotter training course, which is slated for Monday evening, August 3.

The two-hour training course will be held inside the Max Meadows Fire Department (823 Max Meadows Road) beginning at 6 p.m. and is open to the general public free of charge. The class will cover a multitude of storm development and safety practices for weather related events.

Students will be instructed on six key elements, including the basics of thunderstorm development, fundamentals of storm structure, identifying the potential impacts of storms and severe weather safety.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of weather events, participants in the training session will a...

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WYTHE COUNTY TO HOLD CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CONTEST: WINNING ORNAMENT TO BE DISPLAYED INSIDE EXECUTIVE MANSION

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County officials are calling on local artisans and crafters to produce a Christmas ornament worthy of being displayed inside the Virginia Executive Mansion.

The theme for this year’s decorations is “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.”

“The Executive Mansion is looking for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament from each county that uniquely represents some feature of the county,” stated an official representing the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).

Local residents, 16-years-old or older are encouraged to create a hand crafted ornament that is a representation of a Wythe County landmark (either historic or modern) and submit it to the county administrative office (340 S. Sixth St...

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WYTHE COUNTY BUSINESSES SEE RECORD SALES THANKS TO ANNUAL U.S. 21 ROAD MARKET

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County tourism leaders are calling the second annual U.S. 21 Road Market an overwhelming success.

The +100 mile long three-day road market stretched from Wytheville to Harmony, North Carolina, passing through a dozen localities along historic U.S. Route 21, known in Wythe County as Grayson Turnpike.

The multistate road market is part of an initiative known as “Take a Break from the Interstate,” a committee comprised of tourism leaders from western North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

This year’s road market was expanded by more than 30 miles and featured hundreds of yard sales, sidewalk sales and community events along the route.

Wythe County Tourism Director Jeremy T.K...

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BEACHFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL COMING TO RURAL RETREAT

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At more than 2,500’ above sea level, Rural Retreat, Virginia, is the highest point on Norfolk-Southern’s entire railway line between Norfolk and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Despite the community’s elevation, however, the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation will be hosting a beachfest music event Saturday, August 1 at the Rural Retreat Fairgrounds.

At least four beach music bands are slated to perform at the event, including Jim Quick & Coastline, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers and the Atlantic Groove Band.

Gates for the event will open at 11 a.m. with the first band set to begin at 1 p.m. Live entertainment is slated to continue throughout the afternoon, wrapping up sometime around 9 o’clock that evening.

“This is going to be a fun way to wrap up summer,” said Vicki Sprouse, who is the organ...

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WYTHE COUNTY TEAMS WRAP UP DIXIE YOUTH BASEBALL SEASON

INDEPENDENCE, Va. – Wythe County’s 2015 Dixie Youth Baseball season came to a heartbreaking end Saturday with the defeat of Wythe-West in the AAA District – I tournament championship game (ages 8-10) to Floyd County.

The season came to a close for county teams in the Ozone Division (ages 11-12) the previous day, when Wythe-East fell to Floyd County by a margin of 13-3 in the district championship game.

The double elimination tournament was hosted in Grayson County and had five all-star teams participating in the AAA tournament and four teams listed in the Ozone bracket.

Despite falling in the final game to Floyd County by a score of 11-20, Wythe-West won game 8 of the tournament against Floyd County earlier Saturday morning 13-2, forcing the showdown in game 9.

All-stars from Wythe C...

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