WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County would like to remind residents that dog tags are due to be purchased by January 31. Officials encourage residents to come to the Treasurer’s Office and buy them if you have not done so already.

Code Enforcement Officer A.B. Dunford said officials will be doing compliance checks in Wythe County which includes the town of Wytheville and the town of Rural Retreat. Compliance checks will start in February.

Dunford also 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.

“We want to make sure all pets have their rabies inoculations, we have had rabies in the county,” Dunford said. “Please get out now and purchase your dog tags and rabies shots for your animals. If you don’t have them, you could be imposed a fine in court.”

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.

For more information about rabies, please check out the following link:

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


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – During a Special Called Meeting of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, Black Lick District Supervisor Brian Vaught was elected by his fellow supervisors as Wythe County Board Chairman.

“It was an honor to be voted into the Chairman’s seat,” Vaught said. “I appreciate the other Board members having the confidence in me as we move forward as a new board. I am optimistic that we will move the county forward in a positive way in the coming months. I look forward to continuing to be a voice of the people for not only the Black Lick District but Wythe County as a whole. Wythe County continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

East Wytheville District Supervisor Ryan Lawson was elected Vice Chairwoman. She is excited to take on the role of Vice Chairwoman.

“I am excited to be voted in as the new Vice Chairwoman,” Lawson said.  “I would like to thank my constituents for the unanimous vote and the trust in me for this new position. I was made aware last night that I am one of only a few female representatives in Wythe County to ever hold a chair position on the Board of Supervisors, therefore I am honored and humbled. I look forward to the success of our new board, and I am excited to see what this year brings!”

The team of supervisors includes Lead Mines District Supervisor Coy McRoberts, and Speedwell District Supervisor B.G. “Gene” Horney. Stacy Terry is the new Wythe County Supervisor At-Large board member. Rolland Cook, is serving District 2 which is the West Wytheville District. James D. “Jamie” Smith is serving District 4 which is the Fort Chiswell District.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting is January 14 at 7 p.m.


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors recently recognized the Open Door Café and encouraged citizens to support National Everybody Eats Week.

Hope Inc. Executive Director Andy Kegley said officials across the nation are striving to raise awareness this week for those dealing with food insecurities during National Everybody Eats Week.   

Kegley said pay-what-you-can restaurants are trying to draw attention to the pay-what-you-can model and the food insecurities in our communities.

 “Almost 12 percent of our population in Wythe County meets the definition of food insecure which means they may not know where their next meal is coming from,” Kegley said.

The Open Door Café will participate in National Everybody Eats Week, a week long campaign hosted by One World Everybody Eats, which aims to build community and dignity around food.

The Open Door Café is improving lives at the local level by minimizing the number of hungry children, adults, and seniors in our community. With over 15,000 lunches served since opening in November, it is sustained by 57 percent of donors supporting the 43 percent of customers unable to pay the full price.

Over $83,000 was donated for meals in this period, with another $95,000 raised from other sources.

National Everybody Eats Week aims to unify the efforts of over 50 affiliate pay-what-you-can community cafés working to decrease hunger across the nation.

“In January, during the federal government shut down, food stamps were issued ten days early on January 20,” Kegley said. “Various people said that’s going to be a problem for families that receive food stamps because they don’t last a month. It’s hard to budget food stamps to get you through the month. In the middle of February we noticed the ratio of people paying us more than $8 a meal (which is the suggested price) versus those paying less than $8, which is a subsidized meal, had changed. Normally, it’s running 60/40 or 55/45 where 60 percent of the customers are supporting 40 percent of the customers. In the middle of February it went to 40/60 for the last two weeks.”

Kegley said it took a few moments to figure out that people had run out of food stamps during that time period.

“It took us a couple of minutes to connect the dots, and realize that people ran out of their food stamps in the middle of February,” Kegley said. “It’s the dead of winter, we were serving a free hot meal, so we were meeting our mission right there. That’s our mission, feeding those who are hungry.”

Kegley said the restaurant averages around 90 meals a day.

“What makes us different is our business model which converts customers into donors,” Kegley said. “You can eat lunch there and you can pay eight cents or eight dollars or you can buy a 100 dollars’ worth of meal tokens to support paying it forward for other people. That’s what sets us apart and makes us a really creative way to address food insecurity.”

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]

Shape Up Wythe Sheffey: Free Health Education/Fitness Program Registration Now Open!

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – The Wythe County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration is open for the fall Shape Up Wythe Sheffey fitness and health education program.

This free program will be offered to individuals age 18 to 65 and residing in Wythe and Bland counties. Shape Up Wythe Sheffey will be conducted three nights a week for 12 weeks at Sheffey Community Gym starting with orientation on August 26, 2019.

Participants in this program will have two evenings of fitness/exercise with a qualified instructor and one night will be dedicated to health education. Participants will also have the opportunity for a free health screening and consultation from the Mt. Rogers District Health Department.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said officials are excited to start up the fall session.

“We are excited to host another Shape Up Program,” Williams said. “We have been successful in the past with this program and to date we have had participants lose over 200 pounds and 300 inches combined.”

Williams said Shape Up Wythe Sheffey is a free program, thanks to a grant provided by the Wythe-Bland Foundation.

“The foundation and the recreation department believe that providing this program to the community near and around Sheffey will improve the overall health consciousness of participants,” Williams said. “We are excited to have this program continuing this fall.”

Limited space available. Registration ends Friday, August 23, 2019.

To register please contact Kevin Williams, Director of Wythe County Parks and Recreation, at 276-223-4519, or email: [email protected]


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The pool at Rural Retreat Lake & Campground will be starting a new schedule for the summer season.

Beginning July 1, the pool will be open seven days a week throughout the month of July. It will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. (Weather Permitting)

Officials said several citizens requested more hours at the facility. Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said the request from the public to have more hours prompted officials to open the pool for seven days a week throughout the month of July.

“The pool staff and lifeguards have worked hard to keep our pool clean and clear,” Williams said. “We wouldn’t be able to operate without their dedication.”

In August, the pool will return to regular schedule because the children will return to school.

For more information or to learn more about Rural Retreat Lake call 276-686-4331 or visit: http://ruralretreatlake.com/.

Camping and shelter rates can also be found online at the Rural Retreat Lake website:


Rural Retreat Lake is a 90-acre impoundment owned by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Located just south of the community of Rural Retreat, Va., the lake is surrounded by the Rural Retreat Lake Park, a recreational facility operated by Wythe County.


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]


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Officials are excited that Rural Retreat Lake and Campground has opened for the season.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams said he looks forward to starting another season at the lake.

“We are looking forward to seeing all the familiar and new faces as the lake opens for the season,” Williams said.  “Rural Retreat Lake is a great place for a family to relax and enjoy time together. We are also very fortunate to have dedicated management and support staff returning this year at the campground and pool.”

Williams said camping and shelter rates can be found online at the Rural Retreat Lake website: http://ruralretreatlake.com/reservations-rates-rural-retreat-lake/.

The Rural Retreat pool is scheduled to open up Memorial Day weekend. It will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday it is open from noon to 6 p.m. It will also be open on Memorial Day from noon to 6 p.m. The pool will also be open the weekend of June 1.

On June 6, the pool will start operating from Thursday through Sundays. Operating hours are Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. The pool may also be rented for evening pool parties.

Rural Retreat Lake is a 90-acre impoundment owned by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Located just south of the community of Rural Retreat, Va., the lake is surrounded by the Rural Retreat Lake Park, a recreational facility operated by Wythe County.

For more information or to learn more about Rural Retreat Lake call 276-686-4331 or visit:   http://ruralretreatlake.com/.

Virginia Association of Counties Visits Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – VACo’s Board of Directors traveled to Wythe County, Va. this past weekend for their spring meeting.

Wythe County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Reeves is currently serving as the president of VACo.

“The VACo Board of Directors enjoyed their visit to Wythe County,” Reeves said. “They were impressed with Wythe County and what we have accomplished. They were also really impressed with the Bolling Wilson Hotel and the downtown revitalization. They believe Wytheville is doing an outstanding job.”

The VACo Spring Board of Directors meeting takes place every April or May in the home county of the current president. There are currently 34 members on the VACo Board of Directors.

During their time in Wythe County, the board explored solutions for public policy challenges at the state and county level. The board also discussed how VACo and other counties can work together to improve life for all Virginians.

Reeves was elected president at the VACo Annual Conference in Bath County, Va. on Nov. 13,2018.

Reeves has been Chairman of the Wytheville board of Supervisors since 2014. Reeves was first elected to the Wythe County Board of Supervisors in 2011 as the Supervisor-At-Large.  Reeves has served on the VACo Board of Directors the past five years.

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) exists to support county officials and to effectively represent, promote and protect the interests of counties to better serve the people of Virginia.

The VACo Board concluded their trip by visiting different tourism destinations in the Wythe County area. The group traveled to Shot Tower State Park, toured the new APEX Center, and also toured Progress Park.

Honor Flight Event Held in Wythe County

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – American Flags and patriotic music filled the auditorium on Fourth Street as veterans on their way to the nation’s capital stopped by Wythe County for a short ceremony.

Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee Founder and President Edie Lowry helped organize the group of veterans for the trip.

“Honor Flight is taking a group of veterans to Washington D.C,” Lowry said. “We have WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans on this trip. We have twenty veterans. We’re taking them to the memorials that were built in their honor. We will see all the memorials on Saturday.”

Lowry said she started doing fundraisers for St. Louis and the Kansas City hub in Missouri. Lowry said she started praying to God about a new project when she moved to Tennessee.

“I prayed to God for two years to help me decide if I was capable of doing this, and sure enough I’m on my fourteenth mission,” Lowry said.

Lowry said it is very emotional to see all the veterans come together and tell their stories.

“We have a lot of history,” Lowry said. “As we travel up the road to Washington, just to listen to their stories, what a rough life they had to live for our freedom. They are not thanked enough. This is a way to thank them. Our Vietnam Veterans never got that welcome home. Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee promises them they will get that best welcome home party that they well deserve.”

Wythe County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Joe Kincer was the emcee for the event.  

“Today we are welcoming the Honor Flight Chapter out of east Tennessee,” Kincer said. “It’s a group of veterans who are traveling out of Johnson City to see the memorials that were built in their honor. This is the fourth year that they have stopped here. They usually stop here as part of a welcome to Virginia and Wythe County. We want to show them how much they are appreciated for what they have done and what they do.”

Kincer said the two trips he went on with the veterans in the past meant a lot to him.

“I’ve had the honor of traveling with them on two trips,” Kincer said. “When you get the honor of sitting on that bus with them and not reading the history book, but listening to the men and women who wrote the history book and lived it. It is a real honor to get to hear that. We appreciate our local Ft. Chiswell High School band and our JROTC from George Wythe High School. They’ve been very supportive over the years. Citizens also show up and tell these guys how much they appreciate them.”

Advance Auto Donates Repair Manuals to Wythe County Library

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – A tall stack of repair manuals for cars of all different makes and models now stands at the library thanks to a generous donation from the local Advanced Auto Parts.

Wythe County Public Library Branch Manager Anita Libby said this will be a great asset to people across the region.

“In the past, I have had a need for car and truck repair manuals,” Libby said. “We have not been able to supply that need because of the cost of the books. They are about $30 a piece. If you see this collection here, it is 79 books that were donated from the Wytheville Advance Auto. You multiply that by $30 and that is a healthy collection.”

Wytheville Advanced Auto Parts General Manager Rick Ferrence said his team is glad to help out the library.

“We’re just glad to help out the people of the county by donating it,” Ferrence said.

Libby said this is a gracious gift to the library.

“It will more than please so many residents to just be able to pull out their library card and pick up a book and fix whatever is wrong with their car,” Libby said. “This idea came from a customer who went to the Advance Auto in Wytheville, and said I wish we could check these out at the library. Then the management over there started thinking about it.”

Libby said officials then contacted West Wytheville District Board of Supervisor Member Charlie Lester about the idea.

“Lester said I’m pretty sure they would be receptive,” Libby said. “So he had them deliver them over here. I’m just amazed. They start in the 90’s and some of them go up to 2016. The manuals are for basic car repairs. We’re very fortunate that businesses in the community reach out to other people’s needs. It is community outreach to a local library. It warms your heart when a corporation will reach out and do something for a community.”


WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Sebastian Lamrouex recently won his third consecutive state title and his 100th career win.

Lamrouex is a junior at George Wythe High School. He completed his 2018-2019 wrestling season with an overall record of 34-4.

Sebastian then advanced to the 2018/2019 Virginia High School League Group 1A State Wrestling Championship.

Sebastian defeated the competition capturing the 2018-2019 State Championship title in the 120 pound weight class.

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors officially recognized Lamrouex for his outstanding dedication, athletic ability, and sportsmanship with a resolution at the board meeting on April 9, 2019.

The resolution was presented and read to Lamrouex on behalf of the board by East Wytheville District Board of Supervisor member Ryan Lawson at the April 9 board meeting.