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COUNTY SECURES GRANT FOR NEW AMBULANCE ON BEHALF OF LEAD MINES RESCUE SQUAD

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – This past week the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services announced that Lead Mines Rescue Squad’s grant application for a new ambulance had been approved and that the squad would be awarded $156,632.

In total, the grant award will provide funding for 80% of the total cost of a new ambulance and the Wythe County Board of Supervisors has agreed to cover the remaining amount, which is estimated to be $39,158.

The grant application was prepared and submitted by Wythe County staff on behalf of Lead Mines Rescue Squad and will replace a 2006 model vehicle that has a 1991 refurbished box.

“We’re very appreciative of the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund for providing us with this grant, as well as the county for their assistance...

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PUBLIC HEARING: Partial Exemption from Real Estate Taxation for Certain Rehabilitated Commercial & Industrial Real Estate

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is encouraging residents of the county to attend a public hearing that is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 7:10 p.m, in order to discuss a proposed ordinance aimed at providing certain real estate tax incentives to landowners who rehabilitate +40 year old commercial or industrial structures located within Enterprise Zones in the county.

An example of how the proposed ordinance would work is as follows:
If an individual owns a structure valued at $1 million, but the landowner makes an additional $1 million worth of improvements to the structure, raising the value to $2 million, the landowner will only be taxed for the initial value of $1 million in the first year and 100% of the assessed improvements value will be waived...

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Flooding Closes Multiple Roadways in Wythe County

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Multiple roadways in Wythe County have been closed due to flooding, as anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain have already fallen in the locality and weather forecasters are predicting additional precipitation throughout Monday and into the night which may bring an additional 1 to 2 inches.

In Wythe County, the heaviest hit areas are in the locality’s southeastern section, near the New River and its various tributaries. According to USGS data, Reed Creek at Graham’s Forge is discharging 5,690 cubic feet per second (its regular discharge rate is roughly 269 cubic feet per second).

The heavy rainfall has rendered several roads impassable in the county, including the following:

Apperson Dr. – Closed by VDOT
Castleton Rd...

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Flash Flood Warning: Wythe, Smyth, Bland & Tazewell

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Shortly before 8:30 Sunday evening, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, issued a Flash Flood Warning for Smyth and Tazewell counties, as well as the western portions of Wythe and Bland counties in southwestern Virginia.

The warning remains in effect until 2:15 AM, however, this may be extended (residents are encouraged to monitor weather.gov for the latest flood warnings and watches).

“At 8:20 PM, emergency management officials reported flooding in many areas across Smyth and western Tazewell counties.  Numerous roads are currently being closed across Smyth County as a result of excessive rainfall and flooding. Flooding of some roads and structures has also been reported in western Tazewell County...

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Wythe County to Host Public Hearing: Moving Rural Retreat Voting Precinct

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing to receive feedback from the public regarding a proposal to move the Rural Retreat voting precinct location from the Rural Retreat Fire Department to the Rural Retreat Community Center.

Though the move is only 50 yards, the Code of Virginia requires the Board of Supervisors to conduct a public hearing prior to voting on the proposed change.

Representatives from the county’s electoral board say the move is necessary in order to provide greater accessibility for individuals who may have certain handicaps and that the community center was selected because it is the building closest to the fire department.

The public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 7:05 p.m...

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Severe Weather Possible in Wythe County This Afternoon / Evening

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, is closely monitoring the skies in Southwestern Virginia, as the threat of severe thunderstorms is possible for most of our region throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

At 10:35 this morning, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 50 Virginia counties, including Wythe and all of its neighboring localities.  The watch is valid until 5 p.m.

According to the Weather Service, “Possible threats include damaging wind gusts up to 70 MPH, isolated hail, and a chance for tornadoes.”

County residents are encouraged to monitor local local news and/or weather radio for urgent weather updates from local officials.

This same line of storms is responsible for causing excessive damage in portio...

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Wythe County Awarded $359,695 Grant for Further Development of Progress Park

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $4.0 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for nine Virginia localities, including $359,695 for the County of Wythe.

“I’m pleased to announce funding for ten projects that leverage Community Development Block Grant funding to invest in critical infrastructure,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These projects will help create new jobs and economic opportunities in the communities that receive them. By focusing on infrastructure, downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation, we are helping communities across the Commonwealth make life better for the people they serve.”

The funding Wythe County has been granted will be used to extend an 8” sewage line to Lot 20 in Progress Park – serving Br...

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NWS: Strong Winds May Lead to Power Outages; 1-2 Inches of Snow Possible

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, is forecasting “mountain upslope snow showers” tonight and early Friday, with the greatest amounts of snowfall to occur north of Bluefield in the West Virginia highlands.

For the most part, residents in eastern Wythe County are expected to be spared from significant accumulation, with NWS officials forecasting less than an inch of accumulation for Wytheville and communities to the east.

On the other hand, places west of the county-seat, such as Rural Retreat, Crockett and Speedwell, may see snowfall amounts closer to two inches.

In addition to the snowfall and strong cold front that will  cross through the region Thursday, a quick surge in west winds will accompany the front with gusts to 50 mph or stronger possible.

“Much colder air ...

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Light Freezing Rain Possible for Wythe County Saturday Morning

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The National Weather Service is warning that light freezing rain, perhaps starting as light sleet, will develop in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Friday evening and will spread northeast,
primarily east of I-77, during Saturday’s pre-dawn hours.

“Precipitation amounts will be very light, with only a couple of hundredths of an inch of precipitation expected,” stated Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service.

Though this morning’s forecast is predicting lower precipitation amounts and warmer temperatures than was earlier believed, the county’s emergency management team wishes to remind residents that any precipitation falling on cold surfaces will result in spotty icing, especially on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses, if untreated.

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Southbound I-77 Traffic to be Temporarily Detoured at Exit 41 due to Accident

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. — Wythe County’s Emergency Management team has learned that a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 77 near mile marker 41 will result in all I-77 southbound traffic being detoured at Exit 41 (Peppers Ferry Rd.) around 4 p.m.

Officials estimate that the detour will remain in effect for 1 – 1.5 hours.

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