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 the 200 Free Relay team.
Tatum advanced to the 2018-2019 Virginia High School League State Class 1A/2A Swim & Dive Championship in Richmond, Virginia on February 14, 2019.
Tatum defeated the competition capturing the 2018-2019 VHSL 1A/2A State Championship in the 200 Meter Individual Medley with a time of 2:11:09.

Robinson was recognized by the Wythe County Board of Supervisors with a Resolution commending her success on March 26, 2019.

Appalachian Indoor Showdown at the APEX


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. The highlight of the night will be the Open Division Outlaw Karts. There will also be Intermediate, Beginner Box Stock, Box Stock, Clone Heavy, Clone Heavy Pro, Predator 375, and Predator 400 classes at the event.

The APEX Center is the Commonwealth’s premier civic center west of Roanoke. It provides a venue for events ranging from MMA to Monster Trucks as well as concerts, rodeos and dozens of other regional and national events. Outlaw Kart racing, Motocross Racing and Titans of the Cage MMA are just a few of the items on the agenda during the next several weeks.

The APEX Center provides approximately 2,000 permanent seats and has a total capacity of over 5,000. The arena alone is the size of a football field. The total size of the facility is 90,000 square feet. The facility sits on the south side of I-81 at Exit 77 in Wythe County, Va.


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Wythe County officials, please call Blake Stowers at 276-223-4522 or email Blake at wythepio@wytheco.org

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 Information Officer and Grant Writer Blake Stowers said officials are grateful for the grant. “We are very thankful for this grant from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission,” Stowers said. “This will help build a much needed asset for the APEX Center.”

The Multipurpose Agriculture and Event Building will accommodate agricultural sales, livestock sales, livestock shows, animal housing and regional youth events.

There is not a Multipurpose Agricultural Building in Southwest Virginia on this scale. For the main arena to function well, officials must have the Multipurpose Agricultural and Event Building. It is a needed home away from home for animals traveling for events at the APEX Center.

According to a study by Virginia Tech, the new APEX center is seen as an important tool for increasing the viability of area agriculture, promoting business recruitment, improving agricultural education, and encouraging agritourism.

The addition of the Multipurpose Agriculture and Event Building will provide patrons with an opportunity to take full advantage of the resources at the APEX Center.


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Wythe County officials, please call Blake Stowers at 276-223-4522 or email Blake at wythepio@wytheco.org


Public Notice – Employment Water & Wastewater Department

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for a full-time Water Operator/Maintenance position for the Wythe County Water & Wastewater Department.

Job functions include performing routine distribution operation, maintenance, emergency repairs, meter reading, improvements to water & sewer systems and other duties as directed. Must be self-motivated and have a team player attitude.

High school diploma required. Continuing education credits in the Water/Wastewater field and/or technical training a plus. Must hold or be committed to obtaining a Class V water license within 12 months of hire. Must have a valid motor vehicles operator’s license. Commercial Drivers licenses (CDL) required or be able to obtain within six months of hire date.

Applications may be obtained from the County Administration Building at 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, VA 24382 or online at www.wytheco.org under the Employment section. Please submit applications along with attachments to the attention of Martha Collins, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, VA 24382. Applications accepted until position filled.

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Order of the

Wythe County Board of Supervisors

Stephen D. Bear, County Administrator


Emergency Services Coordinator Letter Oct. 10

To: Citizens of Wythe County

As of this morning, Hurricane Michael was classified as a category 4 hurricane. Michael made landfall around 1:30 p.m. After landfall, the hurricane is moving Northwest into Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and then Southeast Virginia prior to heading back out to the Atlantic Ocean. This path is South of our area. The concern is twofold at this time. First, Michael is a very large storm. Our area could get rains from outer bands of the storms. Michael will also be meeting a front coming from the east that should keep it on this path, but bring us rains and cooler weather as the week continues. Second, this could be a changing storm. As we learned from Florence, Hurricanes can change from initial forecasts.

Wythe County is prepared for possible events that can happen from the weather. We are watching the storm closely and acting to protect everyone, but we need your help. Please stay informed and keep your family, and your friends informed with current information about the storm and weather impacting the area. Please be prepared for any issues that may occur. Flash Flooding can still be a real threat for our area. Please have your home heating ready for use in case it is needed. If you use electric heaters, please use as directed by the owner’s manual. If you are using fuel heaters or fireplaces, please make sure they are used in a safe way. Check and make sure that all ventilation pathways are clear (i.e. chimneys).

Again, Wythe County is prepared and we want all the citizens to be prepared as well. If you have any questions, please visit our website at wytheco.org for more information. STAY INFORMED AND STAY SAFE. Thank you.

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator


Department of Emergency Management Letter for Sept. 15, 2018

September 15, 2018

Citizens of Wythe County

Rains from Florence will begin today and continue throughout the first of the week. As of today, Wythe County could receive up to 5 to 9 inches of rain in areas. With the potential of these amounts to fall, flooding as well as land slides are potential hazards. River flooding is also a threat for our county. There are projections of moderate to major flooding for the New River with Galax being projected to be 15 feet above flood level and Pulaski to be 22 feet above flood level. AEP has lowered the levels of water at the Buck and Billesby Dam and are not holding extra water at this time.

Wythe County is still urging citizens to be prepared and stay vigilant for the storm to come. Visit wytheco.org to sign up for citizen alerts and for further information. Also follow Wythe County VA’s Facebook page. If you want to monitor the river levels and see projections, visit the website https://water.weather.gov/ahps/index.php. Staying informed is very important with a storm that is continually changing.

Please take heed to the possibility of land slides and flooding and have supplies ready. If you live in a flood prone area, make plans for your safety in case the flooding threatens your residence. Power outages are also a possibility to remember.

Again, stay informed and Wythe County will continue to provide information as it becomes available. Please stay safe.

Curtis Crawford

Emergency Management Coordinator