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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.

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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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Jeremy T.K. Farley — December 2, 2016

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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Wythe County Reassessment Values Available Online

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The Code of Virginia requires localities to reassess the value of real estate property. Beginning in the fall of last year, Pearson’s Appraisal Services Inc. began reappraising property values throughout the locality on behalf of Wythe County and their results have now been completed.

Reassessment notices have been mailed to Wythe County landowners, informing them of any changes made to their assessed property values.

Additionally, the county has also made these figures available online to the public free of charge.

Individuals wishing to access their property values may do so by completing the following instructions:

1.) log onto the following website:

2.) Click the “Guest Access” link  (on the right) after checking the terms of agreement


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Wythe Co. Residents: High Fire Danger, Fast Moving Cold Front


Jeremy T.K. Farley — November 19, 2016

Wythe County’s emergency management team is encouraging local residents to be mindful of two separate potential dangers over the next few days.

The first item county citizens should be mindful of is a fast moving cold front that will bring a variety of weather concerns in its wake this weekend, while the second concern is a high fire danger rating which state forestry officials say have made “conditions ripe for wildfires that will start easily, grow quickly and be very difficult to contain.”

Wythe County officials are maintaining close communications with both the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry in order to keep county residents informed of any new developments.

Weather Conditions in Wythe County – 

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Wythe County Personal Property & Real Estate Taxes Due December 5

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The deadline to pay Wythe County’s personal property and real estate taxes is Monday, December 5, 2016.

Lori Guynn, Treasurer of Wythe County, stated that her office will be doing a number of things to make paying one’s local taxes easier than ever.

For starters, the treasurer’s office (located inside the Wythe County Court House building) will operate on extended hours in the days leading up to December 5.

Though the treasurer’s office’s normal hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Guynn said that her office will be open until 6 p.m. on the following dates: November 30, December 1, 2 and 5.

Additionally, the county treasurer’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

“We realize that for many residents getting to the court h...

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Wythe Co. Officials Urge Residents to Exercise Fire Caution; Smoky Haze Visible


Jeremy T.K. Farley — November 8, 2016

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Several Wythe County residents have noticed hazy skies throughout the locality this week and have questioned if there were any wildfires burning in the county.

Though local fire crews have been called out to contain several brush fires over the past few weeks, the smoky skies are actually the result of out of control forest fires burning more than 100 miles to the west of us along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Out of control wildfires began over a week ago in Eastern Kentucky and have since rapidly moved eastward – eventually spreading into Virginia’s Wise County.

In addition to forest fires blazing to the west of Wythe County, this morning, local media began reporting additional wildfires at Roanoke County’s McAfee Knob.

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Wythe County is Seeking Applicants for Several Positions

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Administrator’s Office is seeking applicants for several positions, both part-time and full-time.

Specifically, the county is seeking to fulfill the following vacancies:

Part-time Custodian / Receptionist at Animal Shelter

This individual will work up to 28 hours per week at the Wythe County Animal Shelter. The successful candidate must be in good physical condition and have experience working with animals. Candidate must have experience in dealing with the public, computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and photography.

Part-time Recreation Specialist for Sheffey

This individual will work in the Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department and will serve as a part time recreation assistant to manage recreational programs at Sheffey Communi...

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Election Day is November 8th: What Wythe Residents Need to Know


WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – On November 8, 2016, our nation will select a President for the 58th time in its history.  Along with more than 120 million other Americans across the land, the residents of Wythe County will have an opportunity to participate in this exciting and critical process.

With that being said, it is important for voters in Wythe County to be aware of the many voting laws in place, designed to safeguard the election, as well as to be aware of the other items that will appear on the ballot.

County residents will be faced with four separate decisions 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 t...

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Wythe County Residents to Receive New Real Estate Assessment Notices

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Code of Virginia requires localities to reassess the value of real estate property. Beginning in the fall of last year, Pearson’s Appraisal Services Inc. began reappraising property values throughout the locality on behalf of Wythe County and their results have now been completed.

Reassessment notices will be mailed to Wythe County landowners in mid-November, informing them of any changes made to their assessed property values.

Landowners who may have questions or wish to dispute their new assessment are encouraged to contact the board of assessors and schedule an appointment in order to have their new assessment reviewed. The board of assessors will be meeting inside the Wythe County Court House and may be contacted between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m...

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