SMG Management Recruiting for APEX General Manager

SMG Management is recruiting qualified candidates for General Manager of the APEX Center.

Job Title

General Manager

Employment Type


Job Description

SUMMARY: SMG, the leader in privately managed public assembly facilities, has an immediate opening for a General Manager for The Appalachian Regional Exposition Center (“APEX” Center) in Wytheville, VA. Under the supervision of the Regional Vice-President, and reporting to the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center Authority (the “Client”), this position will manage the day-to-day operations of the multi-purpose APEX Center to include main arena and all surrounding grounds. Additional phases will include livestock barns and outdoor arenas. This position will supervise the Operations Manager, Accounting Manager, Operations Supervisor, and unskilled and seasonal staff members and volunteers. The APEX Center will operate on a seven day per week schedule, including weekends and holidays.

For more information check out the job posting on the recruiting website.

*Type in Wytheville in the search section of the following link:


Junior Appalachian Musicians Perform at Board of Supervisors Meeting


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Preserving traditional music and investing in local students are all a part of the Junior Appalachian Musicians’ legacy. The JAM group from Smyth County recently performed at the Wythe County Board of Supervisors meeting.

JAM Regional Director Jim Lloyd said he’s been instructing music for around 34 years.

“JAM was founded about 18 years ago by a lady named Helen White, who started it in Sparta, North Carolina,” Lloyd said. “First off, our target was to help the kids. Secondly, it helps preserve the music of Appalachia. We really stress traditional music. This year we’re adding on seven in Tennessee and one in Wythe County. This has been an ambition of mine for a long time. This not only helps the kids, but it helps us preserve our music.”

The first song performed by the local JAM music students was entitled “Down Yonder.” The students focus on traditional Appalachian music.

Dustin St. John, 13, from Chilhowie played the bass at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Dec. 11 alongside Nicholas Wingo, 15, from Rural Retreat and Ashlyn Montgomery, 13, from Chilhowie.

“We started in Smyth County about four years ago,” Lloyd said. “In the first year we had 101 kids sign up. We had three instructors. That was a lot of fun, but we got it done. These students playing tonight are the cream of the crop. They’ve been with the JAM in Smyth County since it started.”

Lloyd said officials plan to start the Wythe County JAM in January.

“We’re starting in Wythe County with the banjo, fiddle, bass and guitar,” Lloyd said. “Frances Emerson and the Department of Museums have agreed to be the parenting organization so we’re going to start here on January 31.”

JAM Director Brett Morris said officials have 45 programs in four states, including the one that is starting in Wythe County.

“Music is a life changer,” Morris said. “It might give them a place to belong if they don’t feel like they fit in.”

Lloyd said this group recently played at the Virginia State Fair.

“I wish you could have seen them at the state fair,” Lloyd said. “I had a ball just watching them. They had me on a stage the size of this podium. And had them on something, that looked like a rock star would be on. There was probably a 1,000 people for that.”

Lloyd said this will be a great opportunity for local kids.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the kids of Wythe County,” Lloyd said. “They will be playing at farmer’s markets and museums.”

Residents can check out the performance at the board meeting by clicking on the following link:






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]


Public Notice – Request for Proposals



The County of Wythe seeks bids from authorized and qualified service vendors to provide testing and service to the counties fire and rescue equipment.

Proposals must be received no later than 2 p.m. on Friday February 15, 2019 at the County Administration Building, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 to the Attention of Curtis Crawford. The envelope must be clearly marked “F&R Test”. Proposals received after that time, postmarks notwithstanding, shall be rejected. As soon as feasible, negotiations will begin with the vendor deemed to be fully qualified and best suited among those submitting proposals. A pre-bid conference shall be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of 290 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia.

Vendors will be providing proposals for testing to all the nine (9) county fire and rescue departments for Pumps, Ladders, Hoses, SCBAs, Fit Test, Rescue Equipment, as well as service when needed. Specifications and further scope of services may be obtained through the Department of Emergency Services by calling (276) 223-4521 or email at [email protected].

The County of Wythe reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

By Order of the

Wythe County Board of Supervisors


Crystal Springs Recreation Area Road To Be Paved


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Crystal Springs is 1,800 acres of property owned by the Town of Wytheville. The beautiful Crystal Springs Recreation Area has breathtaking views and wonderful trails to enjoy during a day outdoors and is excellent for biking, hiking and camping.

The property is owned by the Town of Wytheville, but outside of its corporate limits, which prohibited them from applying for VDOT’s Recreational Access Road funding. The Wythe County Board of Supervisors partnered with the town to make application for the funding to improve Pump Hollow Road, which leads from Route 21 to the scenic Crystal Springs Recreation Area which serves around 4,200 visitors a year.

The Recreational Access Program is a state funded program which is intended to assist in providing adequate access to or within public recreational areas and historic sites. The board was recently notified that Pump Hollow Road has been approved for Recreational Access Road funding. This will allow the current gravel state maintained road to be paved.

The Town of Wytheville and Wythe County would like to express their appreciation to the local VDOT staff that assisted the localities in preparing this successful application.

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]

Department of Emergency Management Letter for 12/11/18

December 11, 2018

 To the Citizens of Wythe County

Winter Storm Diego has passed, but the snow that it has left will stay with us a few more days. As we go through this week, we will have days of melting and mornings of refreezing. These trends can make morning travels treacherous. Please continue to use caution when commuting in the mornings and give yourself additional time to travel.

Wythe County would like to take a moment to thank the citizens for heeding the warnings during the storm. Most citizens stayed home and didn’t attempt to drive the snow-covered roads. Wythe County Emergency crews were able to navigate to emergencies with very few interruptions. VDOT along with county and town crews worked around the clock to clear roads. Thank you for being prepared, helping your neighbors and community, and thank you for staying safe.

Please continue to monitor the weather as we are forecasted to receive rain this weekend. With the rain and melting snow, we could see possible flooding in some areas. Again, thank you for the wonderful job that everyone did to help. Stay Alert and Stay Safe.

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator


Department of Emergency Management Letter for Dec. 6, 2018

To the Citizens of Wythe County

This coming weekend looks to be the first significant winter event of the season. At this time, predictions are still varying on the impact to our area. The National Weather Service is predicting accumulation and significant impacts to travel beginning on Saturday night. The forecast is predicting accumulation to begin Saturday night and continue through Monday.

Wythe County wants you to be prepared. Please make sure you have supplies in case the roads become dangerous or if power outages occur. Have a food supply, water, batteries, warm clothes and blankets, an alternate source of power or heat, and/or a place to be with a generator. Please make arrangements for all these supplies prior to Saturday evening. When the accumulation begins and the roads become difficult to travel on, please only travel if absolutely necessary. If we can keep the road traffic down, VDOT and emergency crews can work more efficiently. This also helps keep crews safe. If you don’t have to travel then please do not during this weather. Additionally, please plan for pets that are outside in the colder temperatures.

Please keep yourself informed of any changes that are occurring due to the weather. Watch or listen to local stations and watch the Wythe County Facebook page and homepage for updates. We will keep you informed as things change. Watch local media for closures and cancellations that might occur due to the weather. If you have any questions please visit for further information. Let’s stay safe and informed during this storm.

Curtis W. Crawford

Emergency Services Coordinator


Wythe County Dog Tags on Sale at Treasurer’s Office

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County Officials would like to remind citizens that dog tags are on sale and due to be purchased by January 31, 2019.

Code Enforcement Officer A.B. Dunford encouraged residents to make sure rabies vaccinations are up to date. Please be aware that rabies inoculations are required prior to purchasing a dog license.

“Please get out now and get your dog tags and rabies shots for your animals,” Dunford said.

Dunford said officers will be doing compliance checks throughout the county to assure that all dog owners are compliant.

The price of the dog tags are as follows: 1 year $5, 2 years $10, and 3 years $15.

If your dog has been neutered or spayed the costs are as follows: 1 year $4, 2 years $8 and 3 years $10. Dog tags can be purchased at the Treasurer’s Office inside the Wythe County Courthouse.

According to Dunford, rabies cases have been confirmed in Wythe County, so dog owners need to make sure that all rabies vaccinations are current.

Dunford said that keeping your animals vaccinated is the best form of protection from this deadly disease for both residents and their pets.

Wythe County dog tags went on sale October 1, 2018.

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]