WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Earlier today, Wythe County officials met with the owner of Gerta’s House of Music, in order to discuss possible solutions to the county’s notice that the buildings were without proper permits.

According to county officials, two buildings on the owner’s property were being used as assembly halls for bingo and dancing events, despite only having been issued building permits to serve as a storage building and mercantile, respectively.

Following today’s meeting between the property owner and members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors and county administration, the Wythe County building official visited the structures to discuss steps needed in order to have the buildings’ use reclassified as assembly halls.

The Wythe County building official discussed code issues with the owner and determined to allow the site to continue bingo and music events, as the owner takes the necessary steps to comply with the state’s building code.

Public safety is the primary objective of the county.  Building inspection laws exist in order to avert major losses of life.  The county is working with the owner to ensure that the building is brought to fire-safe standards.

Wythe County & Town of Wytheville Parks & Rec Departments Team Up For Winter Basketball Season

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County and the Town of Wytheville’s department of parks and recreation have teamed together to create a youth basketball league for sixth and seventh grade school children.

The league is comprised of seven boys teams and four girls teams, representing county schools and the Town of Wytheville.

The season is slated to begin Monday, January 27, 2014, at Max Meadows Elementary School, and will conclude with the championship games, which are scheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Wytheville Community Center.

“We’re excited to have the Town of Wytheville’s two teams joining our league, as the addition will lead to greater competition. We truly appreciate the many men and women who have committed to volunteering their time to make this year’s basketball season possible,” said Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation specialist Scotty Vaught.

Vaught, a sixteen-year-veteran of the department, went on to express his desire to see this year’s season prove to be a valuable learning experience for participants.

“Our goal is to provide children opportunities to learn values essential in life and society, such as sportsmanship, winning and losing, and team work.”

The county’s 4th and 5th grade basketball season was completed prior to the Christmas break.

This year’s 6th and 7th grade boys teams and coaches are Rural Retreat Indians, Charlie Wilson; Max Meadows Pioneers, Stephen Delp; Jackson Eagles, Brian Rider; Sheffey Wildcats – White, Wesley Rowe; Sheffey Wildcats – Blue, Jason King; Wytheville Heat, Stacey Jenkins; and Wytheville Lakers, David Devine.

The four 6th and 7th grade girls basketball teams competing in this year’s season are Sheffey Lady Wildcats, Eddie King; Max Meadows Lady Pioneers, Ann Morgan; Wytheville UNC, Brent Varney; and Wytheville Duke, H.S. Ingo.

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Two members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, the county’s engineer, public information officer and director of emergency communications dedicated much of this week to preparing for unthinkable disasters.

The training is part of a national program launched by FEMA, known as the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The purpose of the program is to establish a comprehensive, national approach to incident management by federal, state, territorial, Tribal and local responders.

Artie Hall, Vice Chairman of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, says the training was very helpful.

“Unimaginable disasters occur every day across the nation. With the two interstate highways crisscrossing our county, preparedness needs to remain the foremost concern of the county,” said Hall.

East Wytheville’s newly elected board member, Steve Willis, agreed.
Willis said, “You can never prepare for every incident, but it’s nice to understand have a basic understanding of the framework.”

Also participating in the three-day training were officials from the Wytheville Community College, Town of Wytheville, as well as members of local law enforcement and fire and rescue services.

Several Wythe County employees have already participated in the training program.

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Public Library has been closed indefinitely, due to overhead pipes freezing and then bursting.

 The bursting pipes are responsible for flooding the building’s children’s section, as well as offices and bathrooms, with an estimated 300-350 gallons of water.

 The problems began yesterday afternoon, when the heat pump froze due to the extreme temperatures, forcing the device to enter into defrost mode.

 With no working heater, the building’s overhead PVC pipes quickly froze and then burst.

 Throughout the afternoon the busted pipes inundated the library with water, until the flooding was discovered around 6 p.m.

 Billy Bowers, Wythe County’s buildings and grounds maintenance supervisor, says that county employees are working to vacuum the ground water, as well as to repair other portions of the building that were damaged.

 Anita Wood, branch manager of the Wythe County Public Library, says that the library has suffered major damages in the carpet and ceiling.  Several books were also destroyed in the incident.

 Bowers said he hopes to see the building reopen by the end of the week.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg has issued a wind chill warning for Wythe County and surrounding localities throughout today and much of tomorrow.

According to NWS, “bitter cold air, strong gusty winds and dangerous wind chills” can be expected in the coming hours as an Arctic front will move through the region.

NWS warns that “wind chills will begin to drop to dangerous values by 4 p.m. today.”

The quick drop in temperature will rapidly freeze any water left on the roads from rain that fell overnight. The severe cold may also result in frozen water pipes and frostbite will be a very real danger to exposed skin.

Monday evening’s temperature is expected to dip anywhere between five and fifteen degrees, while tonight’s lows have potential to fall to -10˚.

Wind chills will bring the “feels like” temperature anywhere from 0 to -15˚, by late this afternoon, and will reach as low as -30˚ tonight.  Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 40 mph.  This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Pets need protection from the cold as well.

Wythe County residents are urged to take precautionary steps, in order to safeguard their lives and property.

Precautionary steps will include, avoiding going outside unless absolutely necessary over the next two days, bringing pets inside, preparing pipes for extreme freezing and having alternative heat sources ready, in the unexpected event of power loss.

Wythe County’s Emergency Management Department will continue to monitor weather conditions and the county’s public information officer will notify residents of any changes.

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This morning, Wythe County’s public information department announced that the county had been awarded a grant from the state’s Rescue Squad Assistance Fund in the amount of $42,566.59.

The grant will provide funding for the county’s E-911 center to purchase specialized computer software that will aid dispatchers in providing pre-arrival instruction to callers – instructions that can make all the difference in areas geographically cut off from main roads and dozens of minutes from local rescue squads.

By asking the callers specific questions concerning their medical emergency, dispatchers will be able to feed the software detailed information which in turn narrows down the patient’s exact medical needs and treatment procedure.

“This software will give our dispatchers the ability to provide critical emergency instructions to county residents, as well as those along our interstate highways, while emergency responders are in route,” stated James Copeland, Director of Wythe County Emergency Communications.

Jeremy Farley, Wythe County’s grant coordinator, agrees, “The implementation of this software is only a small element of a much larger undertaking, aimed at ensuring county residents and visitors are provided the very best level of care possible.  We’re grateful for our partners in the towns of Wytheville and Rural Retreat for their assistance in securing this grant.”

County emergency officials say once the software has been purchased, each E-911 emergency dispatcher will undergo extensive training in the program.

Dispatchers certified to offer emergency instructions to callers will undergo additional training  on the latest medical protocols every two years.

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