Monthly Archives October 2015

REMINDERS FOR ELECTION DAY IN WYTHE COUNTY

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – On November 3, 2015, Virginia voters will be going to the polls to cast their ballots in a number of different races that will have local and statewide consequences.

Elections in Wythe County will include school board, board of supervisors, constitutional officers, Virginia Senate, Virginia House of Delegates and Soil & Water Conservation Director.

Due to the fact that Wythe County is divided between two separate Virginia senatorial districts, as well as the various local school board and board of supervisors districts, voters in the county will see one of six different ballots. Those ballots may be viewed by Clicking Here (precinct listed on bottom right corner of ballot).

Elections officials are reminding citizens that under Virginia law, voters must present one of...

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 79 New Jobs in Wythe County

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WYTHEVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Schaffner MTC Transformers, a developer and manufacturer of standard and custom components and high-performance transformers, will invest $3.1 million to expand its operation in the Town of Wytheville in Wythe County. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which is expected to create in the coming years 79 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage in the region.

Speaking about today’s announcement at an event in Wytheville, Governor McAuliffe said, “Helping advanced manufacturing companies like Schaffner MTC Transformers expand and create jobs in communities that need them is a key component of my administration’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy...

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UPADATE: Wythe County Weather Event

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This afternoon, Wythe County’s emergency management team participated in a statewide conference call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

National Weather Service forecaster Dave Wirth told county leaders, “Our confidence is still very high for flooding – primarily for tonight and into the morning.”

Though officials did state that the likelihood of the most severe ‘worst-case scenarios’ mentioned in yesterday’s statewide call seemed very unlikely at this point, the potential for flash flooding and power outages remained high.

With the ground in Southwest Virginia still saturated from persistently wet weather over the past seven-days, officials remain concerned that the soil is too damp to adequately absor...

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How Wythe County Residents Should Prepare for Potential Flooding

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EMERGENCY NOTICE: Jeremy Farley, Wythe County Public Information Officer

As has previously been reported,  Virginia is under a state of emergency as the Commonwealth braces for the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin.

In Southwest Virginia, Wythe County officials are also warning residents to be taking necessary precautions as the potential for widespread flooding is high.

This weather event is entirely separate from Hurricane Joaquin and is the result of a saturated ground and forecasts of additional significant rainfall.

Wythe County residents are encouraged to review and follow the below listed safety tips, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management:

What People Should Do:

  • Take this weather event seriously and prepare in advance...
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WYTHE COUNTY GOVERNMENT URGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR FLASH FLOODING, WIND DAMAGE & HURRICANE

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County’s emergency management team is urging Southwest Virginia residents to prepare for flash flooding and wind damage over the next several days.

The concern comes on the heels of nearly a week of daily rainfall that is being coupled with additional National Weather Service forecasts calling for “widespread heavy rain across the region from early Friday morning through Saturday night.”

These forecasts are separate from Hurricane Joaquin, which is expected to brush the Virginia coastline early Monday morning.

According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Joaquin strengthened to a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds early Thursday...

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