Stephen Bear Selected to Serve as Wythe County Administrator

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Tuesday morning at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to name Stephen Bear as the county’s new administrator.

Bear has served as assistant county administrator since November 2000 and will replace longtime administrator R. Cellell Dalton who will be retiring on Friday.

A graduate of Rural Retreat High School and Hampden–Sydney College, Bear says he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of the position.

“Wythe County is home to me, it’s the place that I have watched my children grow up. I appreciate being given this opportunity by the Board and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Wythe County,” said Bear.

The incoming administrator also acknowledged the service of his predecessor.

“Mr. Dalton has worked tirelessly for Wythe County to expand water & wastewater services, to develop industrial parks, to provide increased funding for education, and many other endeavors in order to position Wythe County for continued growth and development. A great foundation has been laid and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Wythe County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Reeves said Bear is very knowledgeable of county administration and that the Board is looking forward to working with him in the days to come.

“The Board of Supervisors wishes to congratulate Mr. Bear on being named administrator. We’re excited for the opportunity to working alongside him as we continue to lead Wythe County into the future,” said Reeves.

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Wythe County Parks & Rec Hiring P/T Program Assistant at Sheffey Community Gym

The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for a part-time program assistant to help oversee and organize various community events and programs at the Sheffey Community Gym.

An ideal candidate will possess the ability to plan and organize recreational events and programs for the public, as well as oversee “open gym” activities.

The part-time position will be responsible for working up to 20 hours each week and will be part of a new county initiative aimed at providing greater recreational opportunities to the citizens of eastern Wythe County.

Individuals interested in learning more about this job are encouraged to contact the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation at 276-223-4519.  Applications are available at the county office building located at 340 S. Sixth St., Wytheville, VA, or may be downloaded  at the following link:

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties will be hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day this month on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

The event, which is open to all Wythe and Bland residents, will be held at the Transfer Station located at 169 Kents Lane in Wytheville from 8 a.m. to noon.

Part of the counties’ initiative to keep Southwest Virginia litter-free, the hazardous waste collection day will provide local residents with an opportunity to dispose of unwanted items that typically are not accepted at local convenience centers – at no cost to the citizen.

Acceptable items include computers and monitors, copiers, TVs, ballasts, fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, poisons and corrosives.

Organizers of the two counties’ household hazardous waste day say the event plays a great role in reducing the risk of environmentally harmful materials from being improperly disposed.

Officials of the Joint Public Service Authority of Wythe and Bland Counties say that the event will be on a first come, first serve basis (no scheduling or appointments) and that the contractor will have sole discretion over the acceptance or denial of any substance brought to the collection event.

Prohibited items will include all waste from small businesses (commercial or industrial entities, including home-based businesses), as well as explosive, radiological, asbestos or biomedical waste. (Explosives include Dynamite, Nitro Glycerin, Blasting caps, Ammunition, Grenades, Fireworks, etc.)

Residents who have questions concerning the event are encouraged to contact the Joint Public Service Authority at 276-228-4907.

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