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Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. Hosting Annual Fish Fry This Sunday

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Barren Springs Fire Department will be hosting their annual fish fry this coming Sunday, September 10, 2017.

The fundraising event will be held at the Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department and begin at 11 a.m.

In addition to providing a meal that will include a choice of ham or fish, plus three sides, plus a dessert and drink, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.

The 1st place raffle winner will receive a Savage Lightweight Hunter 6.5 Creedmore with a $250 gift certificate to New River Sports donated by Hilly Haven Market. 2nd place will receive a CVA APEX .50 Muzzleloader and 3rd place winner will be given a $100 Visa Gift Card.

All proceeds will benefit the Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information, contact Chief Josh Stitt, 540-239-8...

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LOCAL DENTIST PROVIDES FUNDING FOR AIR CONDITIONERS AT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Dr. Brian Pettit and his wife Stacey moved to Southwest Virginia in 2013 and soon afterward launched a dental practice in the heart of Wytheville.

It was during this same time that the couple visited the local dog shelter and adopted a boxer named Ember.

“Rescuing Ember opened our eyes to the way dogs should be treated,” said Stacey Pettit, adding, “Ember quickly became a very important member of our family.”

It was because of the couple’s newfound love for their boxer that Stacey began volunteering at the Wythe County Animal Shelter.

Pettit, along with several others, arrive at the shelter at 8:30 in the morning and walk the dogs being housed, as well as give them “love and treats.”

“We just want to make for sure that the dogs have an opportunity to get...

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Wythe Co. Kid’s Fish Day Postponed Until May 20th

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The 2017 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The event, which gives children ages 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in newly stocked waters, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017, and will be held between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2017 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day will be held at Cripple Creek’s Collin’s Cove / Cole Branch section (roughly midway between the communities of Cripple Creek and Ivanhoe, off Pope Rd.).

Wythe County Kids Fish Day is a joint partnership between the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and Wythe County Parks & Recreation.

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‘KIDS FISH DAY’ EVENT TO BE HELD IN WYTHE COUNTY MAY 13

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to host a “Kids Fish Day” on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The event is just one of dozens of activities DGIF will be hosting throughout the Commonwealth this year aimed at giving children 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in freshly stocked waters.

The 2017 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day will be held at Cripple Creek’s Collin’s Cove / Cole Branch section (roughly midway between the communities of Cripple Creek and Ivanhoe, off Pope Rd.).

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to partner with DGIF to help promote this great activity for the young anglers of our community,” said Kevin Williams, director of Wythe County’s Parks & Recreati...

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WCRS SECURES $198,925 IN GRANT FUNDING FOR PURCHASE OF AMBULANCE

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This past week, the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services notified Wythe County that Wythe County Rescue Squad’s grant request of $198,925 had been approved by the Virginia Department of Health.

Despite its name Wythe County Rescue Squad is a private non-profit organization (the name is a geographic place reference only); however, the county agreed to offer assistance to the squad in preparing and submitting the successful grant application.

The money will be used to replace a vehicle that had been in service for over a decade and was beginning to experience major mechanical failures.

“We were very happy and pleased to be the recipient of this grant,” stated Danny Gordon who serves as the chairman of Wythe County Rescue Squad’s Board of Directors.

“Wit...

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Wind Advisory Issued for Southwest Virginia

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The National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg, Virginia, is warning residents of our region that there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms tonight and into the early morning hours of Thursday.

Even more concerning than the Thunderstorms, however, are the strong winds that are expected to pass through Southwest Virginia in the hours ahead.

At 3:39 p.m., NWS issued an urgent weather message stating, “An area of low pressure will deepen as it tracks from the Ohio Valley into New York on Thursday and Friday. As a result very strong and gusty northwest winds will develop across the Appalachians.”  As a result, a wind advisory will remain in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday.

The wind advisory has been issued for southeast West Virginia, southwest Virginia and northwest N...

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Wythe County to Offer Open Gym & Fitness Classes at Sheffey This January

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This week, Wythe County Parks & Recreation announced that the department would be offering open gym for basketball and walking at Sheffey Community Gym beginning on Saturday, January 21st and then throughout February and into the spring.  The gymnasium will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon.

In addition to open gym hours, the county’s Parks & Recreation Department will also be offering two separate fitness classes for the community:

Fusion Fit Classes will be held at 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday starting on Thursday, January 19th and are slated to end in early-March.  The one-hour session will utilize light weights, which will be provided, and cardio.

Functionally Fit Class will be held at 5 p.m...

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“When You Say Nothing at All” Songwriter to Perform in Wytheville this Weekend

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This Saturday evening, award-winning Nashville songwriters Paul Overstreet and Brett James will be hosting a unique performance at the George Wythe High School.

The duo have written dozens of iconic, chart-topping country hits over the past three decades and this weekend, they’ll not only be performing the songs they’ve written, but also sharing the fascinating stories surrounding each song’s creation.

The pair’s songs include hits by Kenny Chesney (She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy and Out Last Night), as well as Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, George Jones, Blake Shelton and Randy Travis (On the Other Hand, Diggin up Bones, and Forever and Ever, Amen).

Overstreet, who was once married to Dolly Parton’s s...

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Wythe County Program Collected 2,854 Tires Over Weekend

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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

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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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