Monthly Archives October 2016

Wythe County Program Collected 2,854 Tires Over Weekend

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – As part of the county’s dedication to reducing litter and highlighting the natural beauty of Southwest Virginia, Wythe County’s Solid Waste Department held a tire collection event last Saturday; program leaders say the free event was an overwhelming success.

In recent years, the locality has begun taking a tough stance when it comes to illegal dumping and county officials say the collection event provides an alternative to illegally disposing of tires.

“In total, we collected 2,854 tires from local citizens.  Thanks to this program, that’s nearly 3,000 tires that were legally disposed of free of charge – they won’t be dumped over mountain banks or along the side of the roads,” said Billy Bowers, Wythe County Solid Waste Director.

2016 marked the fifth c...

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Wythe County Social Service to Host Jingle Bell 5K

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Department of Social Services will be hosting a 5K run / walk in order to raise funds for the department’s Santa Shop. Each year, these funds are used to purchase toys for less fortunate children in Wythe and Bland Counties.

“When we think of Christmas we think of smiling happy children’s faces opening their gifts – that’s why it is our goal to provide for as many children and families as possible,” said Santa Shop Coordinator Laura Heldreth, adding, “Last year we were able to help 959 children and 445 families. We hope to provide for even more this year.”

The 5K is scheduled for December 3, 2016, and will be held at a certified course at the Wytheville Community College.

Registration and packet pickup will be at 9:00 am, with the 5K beginning at ...

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Administrator’s Office has been informed that Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be closing Max Meadows Road, Monday, October 17, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in order to perform maintenance at the crossing.  The road will be closed at the crossing only.

Park Street, roughly 180 yards west of Max Meadows Rd. is normally a one-way street, however, VDOT crews will allow it to become a two-way traffic route while crews are working on the Max Meadows Rd. crossing.  This should come as a relief to parents and school officials at both the Max Meadows Elementary School as well as the neighboring Head Start Center.

Wythe County officials are working to notify the factories at Progress Park in an effort to make drivers aware of the fact that Park Street is n...

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The 2016 Presidential Election is fewer than four weeks away and Wythe County Registrar Carolyn King wants to ensure the county’s residents are familiar with the Commonwealth’s election laws and procedures.

County residents will see four separate items on their election ballots this year: choices for President & Vice President, US House of Representatives, and two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution.

The first proposed amendment would make Virginia’s present right to work law part of the Commonwealth’s constitution.  Additional information may be found at the following link:

The second proposed amendment would provide localities an option “…to exempt fro...

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – As part of a larger effort designed to beautify Wythe County, the locality’s Solid Waste Department will be hosting a tire collection day Saturday, October 22, 2016. The event will be held at the Kents Lane Collection Center, located at 261 Kents Lane in Wytheville.

Wythe County residents will be permitted to discard up to 100 tires per household at the event, free of charge; however, residents must schedule an appointment in order to participate in the event.

Appointments may be scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling (276) 223-6119.

Wythe County’s code enforcement officer, A. B. Dunford says the collection day provides an ideal opportunity for residents to discard large quantities of tires in a legal and proper manner.

“Illegal dumping of any k...

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Jeremy T.K. Farley — October 4, 2016

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Thursday afternoon, Wythe County’s Emergency Management Team participated in a conference call with officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service (NWS) in preparation of Hurricane Matthew’s landfall in the continental United States.

Forecasters emphasized that at this time, it is impossible to definitely predict the storm’s path; however, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, National Weather Service models seemed to be showing the category 4 hurricane turning north and brushing the east coast.

Early forecasts show the storm’s eye making landfall at 8 a.m. on Saturday, near the North Carolina – South Carolina coastline.

Though Virginia emergency officials were quick to caution that the storm...

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