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


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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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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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.


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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

Alison Krauss performing “When You Say Nothing at All” Photo Courtesy: Josh Rhinehart

Alison Krauss performing “When You Say Nothing at All”
Photo Courtesy: Josh Rhinehart

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.

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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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Red Cross

Jeremy T.K. Farley — June 29, 2016

Wytheville, Va. – This past week, the State of West Virginia suffered historic flooding which left dozens dead, hundreds homeless and countless communities destroyed.

With such a great tragedy occurring so close to home, Wythe County officials reached out to the American Red Cross this week to find out how local citizens can lend a helping hand to our neighbors in the Mountain State.

Lee Clark, Chief Operating Officer of the Roanoke Red Cross stated that the best way local citizens could help would be by making a monetary donation to the American Red Cross, which can either be done online by clicking the donate button at (then selecting “West Virginia Floods”) or by calling the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767.

The Red Cross als...

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