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November 2012 ISSUE

340 S 6th St 24382

Wytheville, VA VOLUME YEAR

Phone: (276) 223-6020 Fax: (276) 223-6030 E-mail: jvcoleman@wytheco.org www.wytheco.org www.facebook.com/wytheco

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 Fire Prevention Week sounds off in Wytheville Page 8

Wythe the news

THE HUB OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.

Video system approved for Boardroom On October 9, 2012, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors held its bi-monthly meeting at the Wythe County Administration Building. At the meeting, the Board received a resolution from the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate, learned about National Heritage Areas and the Crooked Road, approved funding for a Boardroom video system, and passed the Wythe County Subdivision Ordinance. Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark addressed the Board to present a resolution declaring Oct. 15 Edith Bolling Wilson Day. Wytheville was

the birthplace of First Lady Wilson and was where her family resided. With this resolution, the Town of Wytheville and Wythe County have been recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate. Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director of the Crooked Road, presented the Board with information regarding the organization and National Heritage Areas. The organization is actively seeking to receive this designation to have the region, including Wythe County, recognized for its cultural and historical significance. Continued page 12

Board accepts stormwater grant On October 23, 2012, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors held its bi-monthly meeting in the County Administration Building. At the meeting, the Board received a business plan from the Wythe County Rescue Squad, scheduled a meeting with the Wythe County School Board, and accepted a grant for a new mandated program. J.D. Hancock, Wythe County Rescue Squad Director, presented the Board with a new business plan for the squad. Hancock pointed out that this is a

working document and will be updated continuously. The squad plans to meet with the Fire and Rescue Taskforce to discuss the plan further. The Board scheduled a meeting to discuss the Wythe County Public School’s capital improvement plan on Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the County Administration Building. The plan includes three phases in which four schools are proposed to be renovated.

The 2012 Local Stormwater Program Grant was accepted in the amount of $33,842. Cellell Dalton, County Administrator, pointed out this program is an unfunded mandate from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The funds awarded in the grant are only a third of the funding necessary to establish the new program.


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New County Phone Numbers On November 14, 2012, the Wythe County Administration Office will transition to a new phone system. Due to the installation of the new system, all telephone numbers will be reassigned as follows:

Planning Department: (276) 223-4508

General (276) 223-4500

Gary Cody: (276) 223-4519

Building Inspection Request: (276) 223-4500

Parks and Recreation Information Line: (276) 223-4520

Water and Waste Water: (276) 223-4501

Tina Brown: (276) 223-4517 Scotty Vaught: (276) 2234518

Emergency Management: (276) 223—4521

County Administrator’s Office: (276) 223-4500

Public Information: (276) 223 -4522

Assistant County Administrator: (276) 223-4507

Fax: (276) 223-4515

Sign up for emergency alert text messaging today! Wythe County Sheriff’s Office will now be sending text message alerts during emergency situations. Messages will be disbursed when notices need to be distributed for adverse weather, traffic situations, dangerous incidents and more. The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office hopes this will be tool to better inform residents when information needs to be distributed quickly. To sign up for this service, text “WYTHECO” or “WYTHESHERIFF” to 888777.

Letters from Santa Deadline November 30. Through special arrangements with Santa and his elves, Wythe County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring Letters from Santa. In order for your child to receive a personalized letter from Santa’s Workshop, please send the completed “Letters to Santa” form to Santa’s Workshop, WCPRD, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, VA 24382 by November 30th. This is for children ages 10 and under. Your child will receive a letter from Santa that is personalized with the information you provide. Start a new holiday tradition and send your loved one(s) a little bit of Holiday Magic.


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Edith Bolling Wilson turns 140

Note from the Department of Building Building permits are required for the construction of roof structures and some decks. Please contact the Building Inspection Department for information.    

On October 15, 2012, the Edith Bolling Wilson Museum held a reception in honor of the former first lady’s 140 birthday. The reception was attended by a number of guests including Wythe County Tourism Director Gary Cody. Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark addressed the Wythe County Board of Supervisors at its bimonthly meeting to present a resolution declaring Oct. 15 Edith Bolling Wilson Day. Wytheville was the birthplace of First Lady Wilson and was where her family resided. With this resolution, the Town of Wytheville and Wythe County have been recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate.

School Board presents Plan On November 1, 2012, Wythe County Board of Supervisors met with representatives from the Wythe County School Board to discuss the Wythe County Public Schools Capital Improvement Plan. Dr. Lee Brannon, Wythe County Public Schools Superintendent, reported on public meetings held regarding the plan. Meetings have been held at George Wythe High School, Rural Retreat High School, and local civic clubs. More meetings are scheduled for the future.

Brannon also gave the Board a presentation regarding what is being presented to the public about the plan. The presentation includes background information from facility studies, progress that has been made to schools throughout the County and what is being looked at for the future. The first phase of the project would begin in May 2013, if approved by the Board of Supervisors. Renovations included the addition of secure entrances, bus canopies, and needed classrooms. Continued page 5

Citizens who have recreational vehicles or campers located in the floodplain should be familiar with our Floodplain Management Ordinance. Please visit our website to see the ordinance.

Upcoming Trips Senior Van Tour of the New River Trail – November 7 Enjoy a guided van tour along 40 miles of the New River Trail. Discover the natural and cultural history of the region through site seeing of the New River Trail system. Ages 55 & Older. Trip includes brochures and a boxed lunch. Fee: $25 per person; leave the New River Trail State Park at Foster Falls at 8:45am and return at 4pm. Deadline to register: November 2nd. Sponsored by the New River Trail State Park and Wythe County Parks & Recreation.


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Rural Retreat Lake Halloween Celebration


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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Wythe County Parks and Recreation Sports Short Sports – 3 to 6 year olds Short sports is a program geared towards 3-6 year old children who want to start learning the basic motor skills to basketball, baseball, tennis and football. This class will meet on four straight Monday’s from 6:30pm-7:15pm at the Rural Retreat Pentecostal Holiness Church. This is a great program to introduce your child to a variety of sports and also prepare your child for organized sports. Parents much be present and will be working with their children on assigned tasks. Registration Deadline – Monday, November 12. Registration Fee: $10 per child. This program will meet on Monday’s Nov. 19, Nov. 26 Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. 6th & 7th Grade Youth Basketball – Open for both boys and girls. Games will be played at the elementary schools of Max Meadows, Jackson, Rural Retreat, Sheffey and Speedwell, as well as the high schools of Fort Chiswell, George Wythe and Rural Retreat. Registration dates: November 1st-30th. Practice begins December 1 and season runs January 8-February 22.

Cont: school board Schools to be worked on through the first phase of the capital improvement plan include Rural Retreat Middle School, Sheffey Elementary School and Fort Chiswell Middle School.

tor, suggested school improvement also look at how recreation areas can be utilized through the County’s recreation department and the general public.

The proposed cost of this phase of the capital improvements plan is eight million dollars.

The Board requested information from staff regarding what tax increase would be necessary contribute to the cost of the renovations. According to Dalton, decisions regarding the renovations for the schools should be made before Christmas.

Another topic discussed included the use of school facilities for recreation activities. Cellell Dalton, County Administra-

Ivanhoe Christmas Parade – Saturday, November 24 at 4 p.m. Come out and show your support for the Max Meadows community. Still taking entries for organizations Civic, Church, Commercial and Antique vehicles. First place trophies will be awarded for organizations and a plaque for the best chosen Antique vehicle. To register, call (276) 223-6022. Sponsored by the Wythe County Parks & Recreation Department. Max Meadows Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1 at 1 p.m. Come out and show your support for the Max Meadows community. Still taking entries for organizations Civic, Church, Commercial and Antique vehicles. First place trophies will be awarded for organizations and a plaque for the best chosen Antique vehicle. Entries will need to meet at the Max Meadows Elementary school at 12:00pm. To register, call (276)223-6022. Sponsored by the Wythe County Parks & Recreation Department.


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Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month at Wythe County Dog Shelter

In honor of “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, Wythe County businesses offered special incentives for adopting a dog from the Wythe County Dog Shelter in the month of October. New pet parents took advantage of adoption fee waivers, Petco gift cards, free grooming and more through October 31, 2012. “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month encourages individuals to become a caregiver to a dog in need and provide a “furever” home. Wythe County adopted out 15 dogs in the month of October. Adopters took advantage of many great donations when adopting a dog from the Wythe County Dog Shelter. Bob Huff Chevrolet Buick GMC Inc. and Huff Ford Subaru Inc. paid the adoption fees and provided treat bags for dogs. Petco provided gifts cards and coupons. K9 Designs provided free pre-adoption grooming and Woofville provided free post-adoption grooming. Wythe County would like to thank all of the businesses who participated in “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month. The services they are providing to the residents and animals of Wythe County helped to give homes to dogs that are in need. For more information regarding dogs currently available for adoption please contact the Wythe County Dog Shelter at (276) 228-6003. Dogs currently at the shelter can be view at www.facebook.com/wythecodogshelter


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Wytheville Fire Prevention Week Parade

Tips for Fire Prevention Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.

 Smoke alarms can be batteryoperated or electrically hardwired in your home and are available at a variety of price points.  If you have hearing problems, use alarms with flashing strobe lights and vibration.  Test smoke alarms every month. Replace batteries once a year, even if alarms are hardwired. Plan and practice several escape

routes and a safe place to meet outside.

 Plan and practice two escape routes out of each room of the house. It is important to have an alternate escape route in case one is blocked by fire.  Have a designated person to help young children and others who might have difficulty escaping. Teach safety. A child who is coached properly ahead of time may have a better chance of surviving.

 Children should know the sound of the smoke alarm. When they hear it, teach them to get outside quickly and crawl low if there is smoke.  Touch doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If the door is hot, use an alternative exit.  Teach children never to go back into a burning building for anything such as a toy or pet, and to call the fire department or 911 from a neighbor’s home or a cell phone outside.


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Rescue Squad Attends EMS Day On October 10, 2012, Wythe County Rescue Squad attended EMS Day at Jackson Elementary School. The squad members read stories to two classes.

Water and Sewer Updates Construction projects: Wytheville to RR water extension; The original contract was completed in July and 75 residents have connected to the system. In addition, with grant funds remaining in the project, a change order has been issued to extend water service along A Frame Drive, and an extension along St. Paul Ln and east on Huffard Ln. This work should be completed in early spring. Grahams Forge Sewer Project The contractor has completed approximately 45% of the work. This project is scheduled for completion in March of 2013.

Wytheville Volunteer Fire Department Receives Brush Truck Equipment

With funding from the Wythe-Bland Foundation, the Wytheville Volunteer Fire Department has installed equipment on its brush truck. This equipment will aid in the containment and expelling of brush fires, as well as, interstate incidents. Wythe County and Wytheville Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the Wythe-Bland Foundation for all of its contributions to fire and rescue services in Wythe County.

Old School Road water Project: Bids will be received on October 31 for a water main extension off of the recently completed Old School Rd project. The extension will loop around Old School Rd to the end of Marble Ln. This work should be completed in early spring. Project in the planning stages: Slabtown community improvements project; A public meeting was held October 25 to gain citizen input on community needs such as water, road and housing improvements. About 14 citizens were in attendance. Citizen involvement is the driving factor in determining what the community needs and whether or not there is enough support for applying for a community development block grant. Communities with low to moderate income may be eligible for block grant funding. At the request of the County, Mt. Rogers Planning District Commission has been going door to door getting income surveys completed which will help to determine if the area is eligible for grant funding. If you live in the Slabtown area and have not filled out a survey, please stop by the County Administration building to pick one up.


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Annual Wythe County Cheermania On Saturday, October 27, 2012, the Rural Retreat High School gymnasium was taken over by the sounds of cheers, chants and dances for the Annual Cheermania event sponsored by both Wythe County and the Town of Wytheville Parks and Recreation Departments. The event was kicked off with all cheerleaders, coaches and family members on the hardwood dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle.” The Cheermania event replaced the Cheerleading Competition that was held for 16 years prior. Cheermania created a different focus to the 3rd-6th grade in performing a Cheer, Chant and Dance by eliminating the awards of Champion, 1st and 2nd Runner Up in the Junior Varsity (3rd-4th) and Varsity (5th-6th) divisions. Wythe County Parks and Recreation Cheerleading Coordinator Tina Brown stated that the energy, hard work and dedication to the cheer program was definitely displayed in each and every performance. Brown stated the 2012 cheer season had two hundred and fifty one (251) cheerleaders on sixteen (16) different squads performing a Cheer, Chant and Dance in front of

the packed gymnasium. Cheerleaders were tossed in the air, stomped feet, clapped hands and lead chants. In addition, there was an explosion of glitter, dancing football players, and dance routines that dazzled the audience with music from the 80’s, Pop, Hip-Hop and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Each cheerleader in each division, Junior Varsity – 3rd and 4th graders and Varsity – 5th and 6th graders, re-

ceived a gold cheer medal that was engraved with 2012 Cheermania. Brown stated that everyone who worked hard throughout the cheer season not only deserved to be recognized by showcasing their practiced talents, but by taking home a personal token from this event. Cheermania will be an annual event for all cheerleaders for Wythe and Bland Counties and the Town of Wytheville in grades 3rd-6th.

Wythe County Park and Recreation held its annual youth football Super Bowl on October 20, 2012. After great competition from all teams, one Varsity and one Junior Varsity team came out victorious. The Jackson Eagles (right) took home the trophy for Junior Varsity and the Bland County Bears won in Varsity.


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Economic Development Committee will meet in the conference room of the County Administration Building, 340 S 6th Street, Wytheville at 8 a.m.

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Wythe County Board of Supervisors will hold its bi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 340 S 6th Street, Wytheville.

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Tourism Committee will meet in the Board room of the County Administration Building, 340 S 6th Street, Wytheville at 6 p.m.

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Recreation Commission will meet in the Board room of the County Administration Building, 340 S 6th Street, Wytheville at 7 p.m.

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Wythe County Board of Supervisors will hold its bi-monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 340 S 6th Street, Wytheville.


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Upcoming Classes

Wythe County Board of Supervisors The HUB of southwest VA 340 S 6th St Wytheville, VA 24382 Phone: (276) 223-6020 Fax: (276) 223-6030 E-mail: jvcoleman@wytheco.org www.wytheco.org www.facebook.com/wytheco

Cont: video system The organization hopes to receive the designation for recognition as an important part of the American experience and for one to one federal match funding. In addition, the Crooked Road hopes the funding will create jobs and improve the quality of life in Southwest Virginia. Cellell Dalton, County Administrator, presented the benefits to the County for belonging to the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Virginia Association of Counties. Benefits include a discount drug card program in which residents have saved over $200,000 through the County’s membership to NACo. The Board approved funding for a Boardroom video system that will be used to record and distribute video of public meetings to residents via local television and the Internet. More information regarding the release of the videos will be provided when the system is in place and functioning. The Board voted to pass the Wythe County Subdivision Ordinance. An informational meeting will be sched-

Water Color Classes – Workshop is designed for the professional painter who is stuck in a style as well as for the novice who wants to conquer their fear of painting. The popular workshops nurture individual success and personal enrichment with a big emphasis on bold use of color. It is stressfree, but be warned; you could end up with too much enthusiasm for painting! Expect an intense concentrated study of watercolor materials, color theory, painting techniques and composition. Professional supplies provided. Fee: $30 per class. Choose from 2 different locations and several dates: Rural Retreat Pentecostal Holiness Church; Nov. 3rd & Dec 8th; 10am12:30pm; Deadlines: Nov. 1st & Dec. 5th. Max Meadows Ruritan Building; Nov. 11th & Dec. 9th; 1pm-4:30pm Deadlines: Nov. 1st & Dec. 5th. Minimum of 6 – Maximum 15 participants. Pilates/Yoga Class – Tuesday & Thursday; 5:45pm-6:30pm – Instructors Patti Mills & Thelma Surber Stretch and strengthen your body, learn to relax, breathe, and focus in a class tailored to your needs and skill level. Develop better breathing habits, improve posture and learn techniques to use mental concentrations and focus through deep stretching exercises that will improve your balance, flexibility and coordination. Fee: $55.00 for 6 weeks; $65.00 for both Zumba and Pilates/Yoga. For ages 15 & Up. Tuesday’s & Thursday’s Oct 30th-Nov 15th; SKIP Nov 20 & 22; Nov 27th-Dec 13th at the Rural Retreat Middle School Cafeteria. To register, call (276)223-6022.

Zumba Class – Tuesdays & Thursdays; 6:30pm-7:15pm – Instructors Patti Mills & Thelma Surber Party yourself into shape with this Latin inspired dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990’s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Unlike a typical dance class where counts are used, Zumba involves following

ule by the Wythe County Planning Commission staff for surveyors, land developers, attorneys and other interested individuals to review the new ordinance.

the music with repetitive movements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hiphop, samba, salsa, merenjue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and Lunges are also introduced. Fee: $55.00 for 6 weeks; $65.00 for both Zumba and Pilates/Yoga. For ages 15 & Up. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s Oct 30-Nov 15; SKIP Nov 20 & 22; Nov 27-Dec 13 at the Rural Retreat Middle School Cafeteria. To register, call (276)223 -6022.

Toddler Art – “Discover Art”; 3 to 5 year olds – Instructor Erin Simons Bring the joy of creativity, the delight of imagination, and the thrill of an art adventure to your child. “Discover Art” will allow your toddler to explore are on a grander tmore expressive scale. This class will help in building creativity, problem solving, social skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills. Wear old clothes and shoes that are okay to get stained; in the past students have worn the same clothes from week to week. Mondays beginning November 5th-26th; 4 weeks at the Max Meadows Fire Department; 5:20pm-6:00pm; Cost of Instruction $20.00; Maximum Class – 10 Children. For more information or to register, call (276)223-6022 or email recdept@wytheco.org Registration Deadline: November 2nd (Max Meadows location);

Masterpiece Mania – Grades K-1 & 2-3 – Instructor Erin Simons Take a journey through the past and create your own gallery of masterpieces based on the art of such masters as Giotto, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and more. A gallery showing of each masterpiece completed will be shown at the end of the six week course. Wear old clothes and shoes that are okay to get stained. In the past, students have worn the same clothes from week to week. Mondays Nov. 5th-Dec. 10th; Max Meadows Fire Department Section 1: Grades K-1 (Max 12 students); 6:15pm-7:00pm. Section 2: Grades 2-3 (max 15 students); 7:15pm-8:00pm. Fee: $15.00per class; $75.00 for entire course. Registration Deadline: Nov 2nd (Max Meadows location)


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