Monthly Archives February 2016

2 Bob Ross Painting Classes Scheduled for Spring

The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting two separate Bob Ross painting classes in the months ahead.

The first class will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the Rural Retreat Community Center, while a second class is slated for Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Max Meadows Ruritan Building.

Participants in the march 13th class will be painting a forest and meadow landscape, featuring a small creek, while those who take part in the April workshop will be creating an ocean scene, known as “Distant Sail.”

Judy Moore-Gist, who is the owner of JMG wet paint studio in Goodview, Virginia, will oversee both the classes. Gist has hosted several certified Bob Ross painting classes on behalf of the county over the past several years.

Thanks to these classes, many local res...

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National Weather Service Issues Urgent Winter Weather Message to Wythe County Residents

Jeremy T.K. Farley — February 14, 2016

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, has issued an “urgent winter weather message” to residents of Southwest Virginia (including Wythe County), North Carolina and Southern West Virginia.

In the message, which was released at 2:22 p.m. on Sunday, the federal agency warned that “a very cold air mass” will remain over the region through Monday.

Forecasters say the disturbance will cause snow throughout the evening and into tomorrow.  This precipitation will eventually turn to a wintry mix sometime Monday afternoon, as warmer air begins to spread into the region from the south.  Weather officials warn that “significant accumulations of winter precipitation are likely.”

According to the weather service, a wi...

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Winter Storm Watch Issued for Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of the New River Valley, including Wythe County.

In a special weather message issued by the federal agency, meteorologists cautioned that “a cold front will cross the region from the west today,” bringing with it the possibility of light to moderate snow; “especially across the higher mountains of North Carolina, far Southwestern Virginia and southeast West Virginia.”

According to a statement released at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, “Arctic air will follow the front with bitter cold temper temperatures expected through midweek.”

Forecasters predict that lingering moisture along with additional air disturbances may result in periods of moderate to hea...

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Road Work in Speedwell May Cause Water Disruptions This Week

Water customers who live along Old Bank Road in the community of Speedwell are being warned by county officials to “expect temporary disruptions in water service beginning February 2 through February 4, 2016.”

This disruption in service is a direct result of ongoing road work in the area, aimed at improving State Route 619 (St. Peters Rd.).

Crews will be replacing and relocating waterlines near the intersection of St. Peters Rd. and Old Bank Rd. throughout the middle of this week and the work may create temporary outages.

The VDOT project was listed on the department’s six-year plan and is aimed at making the route safer for motorists, by widening and realigning portions of the road.

“Weather permitting, the work should be completed by Thursday evening,” said Wythe County Water & Waste W...

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