Monthly Archives April 2016

WATERLINE INSTALLATION TO CAUSE DELAYS NEAR EXIT 24 ON MONDAY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Engineer’s Office is notifying residents who drive along US 52 / Fort Chiswell Rd. near Exit 24 to expect delays on Monday, May 2, 2016, as the final stages of waterline installation will consolidate traffic to one lane throughout much of the day and possibly into Tuesday.

“Workers will be performing an open road cut near the intersection of Fort Chiswell Rd. and Old 52 Rd.,” said Wythe County Engineer Bill Vaughan.

According to Vaughan, the work is part of an effort aimed at delivering county water to Jackson Elementary School.

Vaughan said that connecting the elementary school to the county’s water system will provide a higher level of water quality for students and faculty – the school is projected to be on the county system prior to the upcomi...

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Safety & Security Class Being Offered for Religious Establishments

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — April 27, 2016

Wythe County’s emergency management team is encouraging local churches and religious establishments to attend a security training seminar geared exclusively toward faith-based organizations and houses of worship.

The safety and security event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Abingdon Church of Christ (19508  Dennison Dr., Abingdgon, VA), lasting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The free training program will provide a presentation on how religious organizations can be welcoming and also safe at the same time. Topics will include violence in places of worship, addressing potential threats, policy and planning for violence and safety in outreach. This training is open both to public safety personnel and members of houses of worship.

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WYTHE COUNTY TO WELCOME WW2 & KOREAN WAR VETERANS THIS COMING FRIDAY

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — April 15, 2016

Wythe County citizens are invited to gather at the Wythe County Court House Friday morning as the locality will be welcoming dozens of World War II and Korean War veterans.

The war veterans, many from Tennessee, will be making a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., in order to visit monuments erected in their honor and the group is slated to pass through Wythe County around 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“We want to roll out the red carpet for these American heroes as they pass through our community,” said Chief Deputy Charles Foster of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, adding, “It would be impossible to appropriately thank these men for their sacrifices, but we’re going to do our very best.”

Fourth Street in front of the county’s courthouse will be clos...

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100-MILE, MULTI-STATE ROAD MARKET COMING TO WYTHE COUNTY AGAIN IN 2016

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Though the actual date is still more than three months away, tourism officials in Wythe County are already busy preparing for one of the most trafficked annual events in the region – the U.S. 21 Road Market.

Like previous years, the +100 mile long three-day road market will stretch from Wytheville to Harmony, North Carolina, passing through a dozen localities along historic U.S. Route 21.

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.

Slated for July 29 – 31, 2016, this year’s third annual U.S. 21 Road Market will feature hundreds of yard sales, sidewalk sales and community events along the route.

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WYTHE COUNTY RECEIVES $300,000 IN GRANT FUNDING FOR FIRST-RESPONDER RADIOS

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County’s first responders are now enjoying nearly 300 new portable and mobile radios. The newly purchased radios will provide additional safety features for first responders, as well as GPS mapping capabilities for the county’s 911 dispatchers.

Purchasing the radios was made possible thanks to three separate successful grant applications the county made, totaling to over $300,000.

The Wythe—Bland Foundation provided two separate grant funds totaling to more than $225,000. Thanks to the foundation’s endowment, the county was able to purchase 150 portable radios (handheld radios that are attached to the first responder) and 60 mobile radios (radios that are mounted inside the truck), as well as several other necessary emergency equipment items.

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UPDATE: Wind Damage in Wythe County

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — April 3, 2016

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Last night Wythe County experienced wind gusts in excess of 50 mph in some places – resulting in hundreds of power outages across the Southwest Virginia locality.

Fortunately, according to the county’s consolidated dispatch center, no wind-related injuries or fatalities were reported over the night; though a countless number of trees were downed, blocking roadways and downing powerlines.

First responders were dispatched to a fire on Cedar Springs Rd. near Rural Retreat, last night, when a downed tree sparked a fire after crashing into a powerline. Crews were successful in containing the blaze before the fire could spread.

Hundreds in the county were without power earlier today, however, as of 1:16 p.m...

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