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MAX MEADOWS RD. RAILROAD CROSSING TO BE CLOSED MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016

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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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OPPORTUNITIES FOR WYTHE COUNTY RESIDENTS TO HELP WEST VIRGINIA FLOOD VICTIMS

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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 www.RedCross.org (then selecting “West Virginia Floods”) or by calling the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767.

The Red Cross als...

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EXTENDED HOURS AT RURAL RETREAT LAKE POOL WEEK OF JULY 4TH

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has announced that the Rural Retreat Lake Park’s pool will operate on extended hours during the week of July 4th.

Though normally closed Monday through Wednesday, Kevin Williams, parks and recreation director, said that the county has decided to keep the pool open for campers and local residents throughout the entire week.

The pool will be open between noon and 6 p.m. Monday, July 4th through Saturday, July 9th, then resume normal hours the following day, Sunday July 10th (Sunday 1-6 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 12- 6 p.m.).

Williams said 2016 has offered prime pool weather for patrons of the park and that the campground is already booked for the weekend of July 4th.

Last year, the Virginia Tourism Corporation named t...

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Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department to Host 37th Annual Trout Fishing Tournament this Weekend

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SPEEDWELL, Va. – The Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their 37th Annual Trout Fishing Tournament this weekend. Proceeds from the two-day event will be used to cover the day-to-day operation expenses of the local fire department, as well as prizes for winners.

The tournament will be held across from the Wythe County Convenience Center in Speedwell in what is known locally as “Linkous Bottom” and is scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Registration is $35 for a single day and $60 for two days. Children 12 and under will only be charged $15 per day when accompanying a paying adult.

According to the department, trout will be stocked into Cripple Creek daily and free camping will be available to participants.

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‘KIDS FISH DAY’ EVENT TO BE HELD IN WYTHE COUNTY MAY 14

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WYTHEVILLE, 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 14, 2016.

The event is just one of dozens of activities DGIF will be hosting throughout the Commonwealth in 2016, aimed at giving children 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in freshly stocked waters.

Unlike in previous years, the 2016 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.), rather than at Rural Retreat Lake’s trout pond.

“Moving the event will provide an opportunity for the kids to fish in a creek,” said Kevin Williams, director of Wythe Count...

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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.

Wythe County Tourism D...

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Bracket Buster Stephen F. Austin: BORN IN WYTHE COUNTY

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – According to ESPN, 91.2% of all NCAA Tournament brackets had the West Virginia Mountaineers beating Stephen F. Austin State University in the first round of NCAA championship playoffs.

The Mountaineers, who were runner-ups in the Big XII Conference, came into the first round heavily favored over the Southland Conference’s SFA Lumberjacks.

Unfortunately for WVU Coach Bob Huggins’ “Press Virginia” squad, the Lumberjacks of Nacogdoches, Texas, forced the Mountaineers to turn the ball over 22 times, advancing to round two of the NCAA Tournament by a decisive 70-56 victory over the Mountain State’s flagship university.

As the nation’s basketball fans find themselves asking the question, “Who is Stephen F...

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MEETING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS REPAIRING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN BIRTHPLACE MONUMENT

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Stephen F. Austin Birthplace Memorial is nearing its 20th birthday and community leaders in Wythe County are working to ensure the monument is given the attention it so desperately requires.

Stephen F. Austin was born on the banks of the New River in Austinville, Virginia, and in later life he would come to be known as the “Father of Texas”, dedicating his life’s work to colonizing what was destined to be the largest state in the continental United States.

“Austin’s impact upon the world’s history – not just American history – is immeasurable,” said Wythe County Tourism Director Jeremy T.K. Farley, adding, “and he was born right here in Wythe County!”

Recognizing Austin’s contribution to history, civic leaders in Austinville set out to erect a mo...

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2 Bob Ross Painting Classes Scheduled for Spring

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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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