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Shape Up Wythe Sheffey: Free Health Education/Fitness Program Registration Now Open!

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration is open for the fall Shape Up Wythe Sheffey fitness and health education program.

This free program will be offered to individuals age 18 to 65 and residing in Wythe and Bland counties. Shape Up Wythe Sheffey will be conducted three nights a week for 12 weeks at Sheffey Community Gym starting with orientation on August 26, 2019.

Participants in this program will have two evenings of fitness/exercise with a qualified instructor and one night will be dedicated to health education. Participants will also have the opportunity for a free health screening and consultation from the Mt. Rogers District Health Department.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Willia...

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RURAL RETREAT POOL TO OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR MONTH OF JULY

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The pool at Rural Retreat Lake & Campground will be starting a new schedule for the summer season.

Beginning July 1, the pool will be open seven days a week throughout the month of July. It will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. (Weather Permitting)

Officials said several citizens requested more hours at the facility. Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said the request from the public to have more hours prompted officials to open the pool for seven days a week throughout the month of July.

“The pool staff and lifeguards have worked hard to keep our pool clean and clear,” Williams said. “We wouldn’t be able to operate without their dedication.”

In August, the pool will ret...

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RURAL RETREAT LAKE & CAMPGROUND OPEN FOR THE SEASON

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Officials are excited that Rural Retreat Lake and Campground has opened for the season.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said he looks forward to starting another season at the lake.

“We are looking forward to seeing all the familiar and new faces as the lake opens for the season,” Williams said.  “Rural Retreat Lake is a great place for a family to relax and enjoy time together. We are also very fortunate to have dedicated management and support staff returning this year at the campground and pool.”

Williams said camping and shelter rates can be found online at the Rural Retreat Lake website: http://ruralretreatlake.com/reservations-rates-rural-retreat-lake/.

The Rural Retreat pool is scheduled to open up Memorial Day w...

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Virginia Association of Counties Visits Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – VACo’s Board of Directors traveled to Wythe County, Va. this past weekend for their spring meeting.

Wythe County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Reeves is currently serving as the president of VACo.

“The VACo Board of Directors enjoyed their visit to Wythe County,” Reeves said. “They were impressed with Wythe County and what we have accomplished. They were also really impressed with the Bolling Wilson Hotel and the downtown revitalization. They believe Wytheville is doing an outstanding job.”

The VACo Spring Board of Directors meeting takes place every April or May in the home county of the current president. There are currently 34 members on the VACo Board of Directors.

During their time in Wythe County, the board explored solutions for publ...

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Honor Flight Event Held in Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – American Flags and patriotic music filled the auditorium on Fourth Street as veterans on their way to the nation’s capital stopped by Wythe County for a short ceremony.

Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee Founder and President Edie Lowry helped organize the group of veterans for the trip.

“Honor Flight is taking a group of veterans to Washington D.C,” Lowry said. “We have WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans on this trip. We have twenty veterans. We’re taking them to the memorials that were built in their honor. We will see all the memorials on Saturday.”

Lowry said she started doing fundraisers for St. Louis and the Kansas City hub in Missouri. Lowry said she started praying to God about a new project when she moved to Tennessee.

“I prayed to God f...

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Advance Auto Donates Repair Manuals to Wythe County Library

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – A tall stack of repair manuals for cars of all different makes and models now stands at the library thanks to a generous donation from the local Advanced Auto Parts.

Wythe County Public Library Branch Manager Anita Libby said this will be a great asset to people across the region.

“In the past, I have had a need for car and truck repair manuals,” Libby said. “We have not been able to supply that need because of the cost of the books. They are about $30 a piece. If you see this collection here, it is 79 books that were donated from the Wytheville Advance Auto. You multiply that by $30 and that is a healthy collection.”

Wytheville Advanced Auto Parts General Manager Rick Ferrence said his team is glad to help out the library.

“We’re just glad to help ...

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WYTHE COUNTY BOARD RECOGNIZES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLER FOR THIRD STATE TITLE WIN

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Sebastian Lamrouex recently won his third consecutive state title and his 100th career win.

Lamrouex is a junior at George Wythe High School. He completed his 2018-2019 wrestling season with an overall record of 34-4.

Sebastian then advanced to the 2018/2019 Virginia High School League Group 1A State Wrestling Championship.

Sebastian defeated the competition capturing the 2018-2019 State Championship title in the 120 pound weight class.

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors officially recognized Lamrouex for his outstanding dedication, athletic ability, and sportsmanship with a resolution at the board meeting on April 9, 2019.

The resolution was presented and read to Lamrouex on behalf of the board by East Wytheville District Board of Supervisor membe...

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Wythe County Board of Supervisors Commend’s State Championship Swimmer

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors recently recognized George Wythe High School Freshman Tatum Robinson, who won the 2018-2019 VHSL 1A/2A State Championship in the 200 Meter Individual Medley.
Robinson is the first Wythe County athlete to capture a swimming state championship.
Robinson was recognized by the Wythe County Board of Supervisors with a Resolution commending her success on March 26, 2019.
A portion of the resolution reads: The Wythe County Board of Supervisors officially commend Tatum Robinson for her outstanding dedication, athletic ability, and sportsmanship.
Robinson completed an outstanding 2018-2019 swim season and advanced to the Regional 2C meet and placed first in the 100 meter Breast Stroke, 200 meter Individual Medley, and was a member of th...

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Appalachian Indoor Showdown at the APEX

OUTLAW KART RACING TAKES ON THE APEX CENTER SATURDAY NIGHT

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Appalachian Indoor Showdown is coming to the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center this weekend.

Millbridge Speedway Promoter Jeremy Burnett said officials have four Outlaw Kart Classes and four Flat Cart Classes lined up for Saturday night.

“The Outlaw Karts have 100 horsepower,” Burnett said. “The flat carts are racing for a $20,000 bonus. If they win all four classes they win an extra $20,000.”

Doors open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets are available at the door only for this event. Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and younger.

The Appalachian Indoor Showdown will feature eight classes of kart racing...

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Wythe County Receives $200,000 Grant

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission recently awarded Wythe County with a grant in the amount of $200,000 for a Multipurpose Agriculture and Event Building which will be used by patrons of the APEX Center in Wythe County.

APEX Authority President Matthew Miller said the new structure will increase the marketability of the APEX Center.

“The new multipurpose ag building will facilitate a number of additional events and add to the capability of the APEX complex,” Miller said. “Thanks to both the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission’s funding and private donations, it will do so with very little tax payer funds. This new structure will increase the marketability of the APEX and add to its wide range of audiences.”

Wythe County Public ...

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