UPDATE: 2:55 p.m., May 27, 2016 — The dog has been released into the care of a rescue organization and is being transported out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Wytheville, Va. – Wythe County officials say they are presently engaged in talks with an animal rescue organization in order to save the life of a pregnant Jack Russell Terrier.

The terrier was captured on May 18, 2016, following an incident in which the dog (along with other dogs that were not captured) is said to have broken into a chicken coop and killed approximately 34 chickens.

The owner of the dog could not be identified and the dog was retained in custody at the Wythe County Dog Shelter. Due to this fact, the county could not levy charges against an individual. Had an owner been identified, pursuant to the Code of Virginia the courts would have ruled regarding the animal’s fate.

Due to the nature of the incident, the county will not allow the dog to be released to the general public within the jurisdiction of Wythe County.

County officials are working with a rescue organization that is experienced in handling incidences similar to this one in order to spare the life of the dog due to the fact that the animal is pregnant. One of the county’s conditions is that the dog must be taken out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Local officials wish to use this incident as an opportunity to remind all pet owners that dogs running at large is a crime and can cause serious loss to farmers and landowners.

Wythe County’s economy is largely agriculturally based and incidents such as these can have significant negative impacts upon the community.

The county’s animal control office say they believe the animal will be turned over to a rescue organization by the end of the day.

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UPDATE: Information Regarding Castleton Rd. / Barren Springs Waterline

Barren Springs, Va. – Earlier this week, the Wythe County Water Department announced that the locality’s waterline installation project running from Poplar Camp to Barren Springs is nearing the final stages of construction.

According to county engineer Bill Vaughan, work on the project is being performed in multiple phases with differing completion dates per area.

Vaughan stated that a portion of the Castleton Road area (running from the intersections of Fort Chiswell Road to Lonesome Dove Lane) has been completed and is ready to be put into service. Residents along this section of the waterline may sign-up to receive water services early.

County water officials estimate the entire project to be completed by July 1, 2016. Residents within 350 ft. of the line are required by law to connect to the line within 90 days of completion of the project.

County personnel will be contacting residents concerning the placement of water meters at the state highway right-of-way. Homeowners will have the opportunity to request meter placement in the most convenient location to service their residence.

The Wythe County Water Department has contacted local philanthropic agencies for information on how low income residents may be able to obtain financial assistance with the installation of connection lines to their homes.

Additional information concerning the mandatory connection area, application process for water service, and low income assistance can be obtained at the County Water Department service desk (County Administration Building, 340 S. 6th Street, Wytheville), or by calling (276) 223-4501.

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the county’s first property maintenance ordinance during their regularly scheduled meeting this past Tuesday evening.

The vote came following an advertised public hearing in which six residents addressed the Board, none of which spoke in opposition to the proposed ordinance

After a period of answering the questions of citizens pertaining to the ordinance’s specifics, the board voted to approve Wythe County Ordinance No. 2016-01, “Property Maintenance Ordinance of Wythe County, Virginia.”

The new local law states that “It shall be unlawful for the owner of any parcel or property, occupied or vacant, to allow the accumulation of Trash… The owner of any parcel or property shall maintain all exterior property areas in a clean, safe condition free from the accumulation of trash, garbage, refuse, litter, scrap metal or wood, unused household appliances or junked furniture and any substance which might endanger the life, health or safety of any resident of the County. The property to be kept free of litter shall include, but not be restricted to, sidewalks, alleys and driveways; yards and grounds; fences, walls and property lines; drainage ditches and catch basins.”

Exempt from the ordinance is farm equipment, farm machinery and farm implements, or remnants of farm equipment, farm machinery and farm implements; and licensed and permitted businesses regularly engaged in business as an automobile dealer, salvage dealer, scrap processor or recycler.

A copy of the ordinance is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.wytheco.org/documents/PropertyMaintenanceOrd.pdf

Branch Botanicals, Inc. Announces +$20 Million Investment in Wythe Co. Establishing Headquarters at Progress Park

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – This morning, representatives of Branch Botanicals, Inc. announced that the company would be establishing its headquarters and first manufacturing facility in Wythe County’s Progress Park.

The company plans to plant millions of cherry seedlings at the industrial park’s Lot 20, relying on many Wythe County farms to cultivate the crop once the seedlings are large enough to be transferred.

“The processes we have developed over decades of trials involve proprietary techniques that — to my knowledge — have never been used in this manner. The results have been the development of multiple unique products that provide effective natural alternatives to commonly used synthetic formulations,” commented Dr. Don Roberts, founder of Branch Botanicals.

According to company officials, the oils will be used in the creation of a number of products that are in high demand globally.

“We will provide the first commercially available all natural and organic cherry flavoring to food and beverage manufacturers right from our Wythe County facility,” said Dr. Dan Tolley, President of Branch Botanicals, Inc., adding, “We will also be producing natural fungicides, insecticides, an antimicrobial, and preservatives from the oil of the plants.”

Making a $21 million capital investment in the project, leaders of Branch Botanicals say they plan to employ at least 40 full-time employees within the first three years of the operation.

State Senator Bill Carrico presented Wythe County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Reeves with a check in the amount of $200,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission – an investment the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund made in the Wythe County based project.

“Today is a great day for the workers of Wythe County. Once again, another job creating project has recognized the reality of Wythe County being the ideal place to invest in the future – our infrastructure, interstate system, workforce and climate all work together to make our community a prime manufacturing location,” said Reeves, following the announcement.

Wythe County competed with Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio for this project.

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Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department to Host 37th Annual Trout Fishing Tournament this Weekend

SPEEDWELL, Va. – The Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their 37th Annual Trout Fishing Tournament this weekend. Proceeds from the two-day event will be used to cover the day-to-day operation expenses of the local fire department, as well as prizes for winners.

The tournament will be held across from the Wythe County Convenience Center in Speedwell in what is known locally as “Linkous Bottom” and is scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Registration is $35 for a single day and $60 for two days. Children 12 and under will only be charged $15 per day when accompanying a paying adult.

According to the department, trout will be stocked into Cripple Creek daily and free camping will be available to participants.

The 1st place winner will receive a trophy and $150 for the biggest trout, 2nd place will be given $75 and the 3rd place participant will win a $50 gift card. A daily prize will also be provided for the first stringer of fish caught, as well as a prize for the smallest trout.

All participants must have a valid Virginia fishing license, but will not be required to possess a trout stamp.

Individuals wishing to learn more about the tournament are encouraged to call (276) 621-5192.

The Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the many sponsors responsible for making this event possible, including the Speedwell Market, Black Water Outpost, Sexton’s Inc., Tommy Hundley State Farm Insurance, Grayson National Bank, D&L Pre-Owned Vehicles, Wythe Eye Associates, BB&T, First Bank and the LaRue Family.

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation Department is teaming up with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to host a “Kids Fish Day” on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The event is just one of dozens of activities DGIF will be hosting throughout the Commonwealth in 2016, aimed at giving children 15 and under the first opportunity to fish in freshly stocked waters.

Unlike in previous years, the 2016 Wythe County Kid’s Fish Day will be held at Cripple Creek’s Collin’s Cove / Cole Branch section (roughly midway between the communities of Cripple Creek and Ivanhoe, off Pope Rd.), rather than at Rural Retreat Lake’s trout pond.

“Moving the event will provide an opportunity for the kids to fish in a creek,” said Kevin Williams, director of Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation.

According to Williams, the event is slated to begin at 9 a.m. and last until 1 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to register (once at the event), as prizes will be awarded by drawing throughout the day.

Individuals wishing to learn more about the event may contact Kevin Williams at 276-223-4519.  Businesses interested in donating door prizes are also encouraged to contact Williams.

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Wythe County to Conduct Judicial Sale of Delinquent Properties

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Treasurer’s Office has announced the scheduled judicial sale of more than 20 real estate properties in the county.

The special auction will take place in the Circuit Court of Wythe County on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m., located at 225 S. Fourth St. in Wytheville.

Properties listed for sale will include residential and commercial real estate, all which have delinquent property taxes dating back at least seven years – the taxes on some properties have not been paid since 1997.

Landowners whose properties are scheduled for sale will have until May 11th to pay the balance of their taxes, as well as pay any attorney fees associated with listing the properties. This may be done by calling the Wythe County Treasurer’s Office at (276) 223-6070.

Individuals wishing to participate in the auction are advised to arrive early at the circuit courtroom and register – a driver’s license or other state issued photo ID is required.

Winning bidders will be required to pay at least 25% or $1,000 (whichever is highest) of the property’s price the day of the auction and the remaining balance within 15 days of confirmation of the sale by the court. There will be a 10% buyer’s premium added to the final bid to determine final contract price which shall also be due with the deposit on the day of the auction.

All deposits must be made in the form of personal check, traveler’s check, cashier’s check or money order. No cash will be accepted. Properties are offered for sale as-is, with all faults and without any warranty.

Click here to view the properties scheduled for sale.. Questions concerning the properties subject to sale or the tax sale process should be directed to TACS online at www.taxva.com, by email to [email protected], or by phone to (804) 548-4418.

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