Super Bowl & Cheermania held at Rural Retreat High School


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Despite rain and cooler conditions, local fans still headed out to Rural Retreat High School to cheer on their teams in Super Bowl XXIV.

The first event on Saturday was Cheermania which kicked off at 9:30 a.m.

Students and parents packed the gym at Rural Retreat High School for Cheermania. Participants from cheer squads in Wythe and Bland Counties each performed a cheer, a chant and a dance.

“The girls seemed to have fun with their friends and teammates,” Wythe County Sports Coordinator J.B. Wright said. “This was the finale to their season.”

On the gridiron, the Max Meadows Vikings won the J.V. Super Bowl 27-20 in a very close game which went into overtime with the Sheffey Wildcats.

Sheffey was up 14-0 in the first half and Max Meadows came back and took the lead 20-14 before Sheffey scored with 30 seconds in the 4th quarter. This sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, Max Meadows scored first. Then Sheffey got a shot at the end zone. On the last play of the game, Sheffey made it to the 1 yard line, but was unable to score the touchdown which would have tied the game in overtime.

“Everybody was on the edge of their seats during that game,” Wright said.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams also said the game was exciting.

“You couldn’t have asked for a better game,” Williams said. “It was great to see the season end with an exciting game like this one.”

Later on in the afternoon, the Wytheville Maroons Silver beat the Wytheville Maroons 40-0.

“The first half was close,” Wright said. “Everyone was tackling well. Neither offense could get anything going. Then in the second half, the Wytheville Maroons Silver turned up the heat.”

Wright sends his thanks to everybody involved this season, both on and off the field. “Thanks to all the coaches, referees, parents, and volunteers, for their contributions this season,” Wright said. “We also wish to thank our sponsors: Williams Meat Processing, Nationwide Insurance-David Martin, Clarke Precision Machine, Boone Tractor of Ft. Chiswell and other donors for sponsoring the event. This sponsorship allowed Blake Holmes and Jacob Underwood to broadcast the game on 95.3 WXBX.”

The event was hosted by the Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department and the Town of Wytheville Parks and Recreation Department.

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 [email protected]


Local Super Bowl at Rural Retreat High School


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Super Bowl XXIV & Cheermania will be held this weekend at Rural Retreat High School. The event is hosted by the Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department and the Town of Wytheville Parks and Recreation Department.

Cheermania kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and the Super Bowl game starts at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 27th.

Wythe County Sports Coordinator J.B. Wright said everyone is looking forward to having a great time at this year’s event.

“Come on out and have a good time cheering on your favorite team,” Wright said. “It’s going to be good football weather this weekend.”

The two elementary J.V. teams facing off on Saturday are the Max Meadows Vikings and the Sheffey Wildcats. This game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. The 5th and 6th grade teams square off at 2 p.m. with the Wytheville Maroons taking on the Wytheville Maroons Silver. All games will be played at Rural Retreat High School. Both games will be broadcast live on 95.3 WXBX.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department Director Kevin Williams encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the games.

“Come support the teams and the cheerleaders,” Williams said. “They’ve worked hard to get where they’re at this season. It’s been great to see them progress from where they started.”

The event is sponsored by Williams Meat Processing, Nationwide Insurance-David Martin, Clarke Precision Machine, Boone Tractor of Ft. Chiswell and other donors.


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 [email protected]


Emergency Services Coordinator Letter 10/23/18

Prepare for Colder Weather

October 23, 2018

With colder weather forecasted for our area, Wythe County would like you and your family to stay safe. Wythe County has already had and is still forecasted for temperatures below freezing along with precipitation. Here are some initial tips to get you and your family prepared for the colder weather.

• Plan ahead! Keep a stock of extra food, water, batteries, blankets, and medicines in case of power outages or the unexpected. Keep informed of changing weather from local media.

• Wear layers when outside doing activities and stay hydrated.

• Bring pets inside or provide adequate provisions to keep them warm. Keep them hydrated with plenty of fresh water (not frozen) when outside.

• Make sure your address is visible from the street to assist emergency responders in locating you during an emergency.

• Install, test, and maintain working smoke alarms in the home.

• Furnaces, fireplaces, and chimneys should be routinely cleaned and inspected. It is recommended to contract a qualified technician for repairs and maintenance.

• Turn off portable heaters when unattended, and keep pets and children at a safe distance from heating elements.

• Keep combustible materials at least 3’ from space heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces.

• Never use your oven or stove for heating purposes.

• Dispose of ashes in a metal container. Place the container outdoors, away from combustible materials or construction.

• Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide alarms are NOT a substitute for smoke alarms.

• Check in on neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure everyone is safe.

Let’s keep Wythe County safe and help each other. If you have an emergency call 911 for assistance. If you have any questions visit or email our office. Thank you and Stay Safe!

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator


New River Regional Water Plant – Operator or Operator Trainee

The New River Regional Water Authority is accepting applications for a full-time Water Operator or Operator Trainee.

Successful candidates will be able to exert 10 lbs. of force frequently and 50 lbs. of force occasionally, operate a skid-steer loader, possess good communication skills, knowledgeable with computers, general knowledge of hand tools and chemical feed pumps, and follow written and oral instructions. This position requires candidates to be able to work shift-work, weekends and holidays.

Candidate must possess a high school diploma or GED, Virginia driver’s license issued by the DMV and good driving record.

Candidate must be able to obtain a class 4 Water Works license issued by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation within 12 months. Preference will be given to candidates who already possess a class 4 or higher Virginia water works license. Salary is based on experience and what classification of license is held.

Duties include but are not limited to: Sample collecting, performing routine water testing, adjusting chemical feed rates, using SCADA to evaluate/control plant conditions and tank levels in the distribution system, prepare and maintain daily logs, read and interpret test results, read flow meters and pressure gauges, use skid-steer to clean drying beds and perform general plant maintenance and cleaning.

Applications may be obtained from the Wythe County Administration Office, County Administration Building, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, VA 24382 or at this link

Please submit application to the attention of Martha Collins, County Administration Office, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, VA 24382. Applications accepted until position filled.


Emergency Services Letter October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

To: Wythe County

The waters from Michael are receding and the true damage from the storm is now showing. Roads have been washed out or damaged from moving water. VDOT is working hard to clear all debris and repair the damages that occurred. To find all the areas that VDOT is repairing, visit or use the 511 app. If you come across an area that needs repair or VDOT’s attention, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). Please understand that these repairs may take time and VDOT is working hard to complete the repairs in a quick but safe manner.

Wythe County wants to thank its citizens for assisting in keeping everyone safe. Thanks to all the citizens that called neighbors or friends to check on them and make sure people were safe. It takes a community working together to keep everyone safe and it showed yesterday. We ask that you continue to do this as the weather changes over to cooler temperatures. Also, thank you to all the citizens who called in tips on issues in the county yesterday.

Moving forward, continue to be prepared. Visit to learn how to stay prepared year-round. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the more affected areas of the Commonwealth and across the Southeast United States. Thank you and Stay Safe!

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator



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 for more information. STAY INFORMED AND STAY SAFE. Thank you.

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator


Halloween Safety Tips



Halloween Safety Tips from Wythe County Emergency Services

 With Halloween coming up soon, the Wythe County Emergency Services Department has provided a few safety tips to keep in mind before the event. Please look over these safety tips to help keep everyone safe!

Halloween Safety Tips

Veterans Memorial Highway – Dedication Celebration



WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Clyde Easter has been diligently working to preserve the memory of all veterans within the mountains of southwest Virginia.

For many years, Easter has strived to get U.S. Highway 52 through Carroll, Wythe and Bland Counties designated as Veterans Memorial Highway. Now, his dream is a reality. A dedication celebration is being held at each of the participating counties from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 20, 2018.

In a letter of support for Veterans Memorial Highway, Easter said: “Ladies and gentleman, I urge you to pass this resolution supporting the naming of U.S. Highway 52, Veterans Memorial Highway. I believe that by doing so that it would perpetuate, and preserve the memory of all veterans of all wars, those that survive, and those that gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.”

Easter said he is a twice wounded veteran of World War II.

“We know that sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance,” Easter said in his letter. “As America’s twelve million war veterans fast disappear from society’s landscape there are fewer standard bearers left to carry the torch of remembrance. Such traditions will live on only if there is a vibrant movement to which that torch can be passed.”

The dedication celebration will take place in three different counties on October 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to take part in a procession with an antique car or motorcycle in the U.S. 52 Veterans Memorial Highway Procession.

Please come show your support for Mr. Easter and all veterans at the dedication celebration during all or one of the following events:

In Bland County, the dedication ceremony starts at the Bland County Veterans’ Memorial in Rocky Gap, at 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony recognizing veterans featuring an American Legion Gun Salute and bagpipes. Following the ceremony, participants will form a procession and travel via U.S. 52 south to Austinville (approx. 52 miles).

In Wythe County, the dedication event will start at 11 a.m. and officials will honor veterans in a ceremony at the historic Shot Tower, 283 Pauley Flatwoods Rd, Austinville. Following the ceremony, the procession will leave for Hillsville, Va. via U.S. 52 south at 11:30 a.m. (approx. 15 miles).

In Carroll County, the procession should arrive in Hillsville shortly after 12 p.m. The dedication event in Carroll County will start at 1 p.m. at the stage behind Hillsville Town Hall (410 N Main St, Hillsville, Va. 24343). The event will include, recognition of local veterans, remarks by an honored guest and music. Lunch will be served.

Easter is from the Fancy Gap area of Carroll 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 [email protected]