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Friday, August 23, 2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands started at Foster Falls in Wythe County in 1919. It has been home to thousands of children from throughout Southwest Virginia during its 100 year history.

According to Executive Director Billy Rice, PCHH started in a two story cinder block building.
“It started as an industrial home for girls,” Rice said. “A year later it started taking boys and we’ve been co-ed ever since.”

Rice said the children stay in cottages with house parents at PCHH. He said a great majority of the children come from the 19 counties west of Roanoke.

“The kid’s get up, do chores, go to school,” Rice said. “They have free time and study time. They are involved in counseling to deal with issues that they brought with them. We try to show them what a normal day would be like. Some come from homes where they would go home and worry about who’s going to hit you or worry about who’s going to be on drugs. Academics are an afterthought in homes like that. We work with them here and make sure they have academic opportunities.”

Rice said seeing children grow into trusting individuals is the best part of his job.
“One of the truest joys of what we do is to watch a child go from unable to trust anyone or feel that they should be loved and watch them blossom into a person that can do that,” Rice said. “To react to a different kind of life, a life where you don’t have to live the way you were treated. It’s the ultimate reward to have a family come back and to see them raising their family and not us.”

PCHH Administrative Director Wynette Yontz said she is excited to celebrate 100 years of helping children from across the region.

“I’m excited,” Wynette Yontz said. “I’ve been here 43 of those 100 years. When I first came we had 30 children, pretty much all the time. When you see a child come back and say I don’t know what would have happened to me if it wasn’t for the children’s home. When people ask me our success rate, I say 100 percent because they get to learn there is a different way of life. There are so many that don’t realize what their experiencing is not normal.”

Rice wanted to thank all the faithful donors that make the children’s home possible.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without the faithful donors over the past 100 years,” Rice said. “Thousands of people have lived here. This is where they live while they are here. There are lots of success stories. We have a long term resident that’s getting ready to graduate from UVA-Wise as a Darden Scholar.”

PCHH Development Director Dale Yontz said unconditional love and a family atmosphere are two of the concepts that help influence the children’s lives in a positive matter.

“The children’s home is something that provides to children of all walks of life,” Yontz said. “We’re able to impact children through showing them unconditional love. We’re able to influence children from different backgrounds and expose children to a true family atmosphere.”

The 100th Anniversary event will be held on September 21st, 2019. Officials encourage everyone to come and help celebrate 100 years of service to children.

“Places like ours become even more important as a resource as time goes on,” Rice said. “We are committed to be a children’s home into the next century of our service.”

Friday, August 23, 2019

Wythe County, Virginia, is seeking bids for the construction of a 32,000 square foot utility barn. The work is classified as Use Group Utility & Miscellaneous (Barn) and includes, but is not limited to: site work, pre-engineered metal building structure, and concrete foundations.

Depending upon the final award scenario, the construction run time for this project to substantial completion will be 150 days.

The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: Office of the County Administrator, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382, phone (276) 223-4500, email rlvaught@wytheco.org. Prospective bidders may examine and obtain bidding documents at the Issuing Office on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Contract drawings and specifications are available at the following link:

APEX Utility Barn Bidding Documents (August 2019) LINK includes Addendum #1, Addendum #2 and Addendum #3

Printed copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from the Issuing Office, during the hours indicated above, upon payment of $30 (non-refundable) for each set. The Owner will not be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including Addenda if any, obtained from sources other than the Issuing Office.

A pre-bid meeting will be held at the Wythe County Administration Office, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia at 10 am on Friday, August 9, 2019. Sealed bids will be received at the office of the County Administrator, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382 until 2 pm local time MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019, where they will be opened and publically read aloud. Envelopes will be clearly marked with the designation of “APPALACHIAN REGIONAL EXPOSITION CENTER UTILITY BARN” and contain the submitting contractor’s name, address, and contractors’ license number. Responsive bids will include: bid form; bid bond; acknowledgment of any addenda; and copy of contractor’s license. Bidders shall comply with Virginia Code Section 54.1-1112 regarding information required with Bid.

Withdrawal of bids due to error shall be in accordance with Virginia Code Section 2.2-4330.B

Wythe County encourages the participation of MBE/WBE type firms.

Wythe County reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Wythe County Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 beginning at 7:15 p.m., or soon thereafter, to consider an application for variance to the Wythe County Subdivision Ordinance.

At 7:15 p.m. the Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider an application submitted by Alan Hawthorne requesting a variance to Section 5.3.1(8) of the Wythe County Subdivision Ordinance regarding the minimum lot frontage.

The hearing will be conducted in the Board Room of the Wythe County Administration Building, 340 South 6th Street, Wytheville, VA.  Any person may appear and state their views thereon.  The hearing is held in compliance with Section 3.1.2.1 of the Subdivision Ordinance of Wythe County.

BY ORDER OF THE

WYTHE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

ERIC W. CROWGEY, CHAIR

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Wythe County Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 beginning at 7:05 p.m., or soon thereafter, to consider a recommendation to revise the transportation section of the Wythe County Comprehensive Plan.

The hearing will be conducted in the Board Room of the Wythe County Administration Building, 340 South 6th Street, Wytheville, VA.  Any person may appear and state their views thereon.  This proposed recommendation can be viewed at the Administration Building.  The hearing is held in compliance with Section 15.2-2229 of the Code of Virginia.

BY ORDER OF THE

WYTHE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

ERIC W. CROWGEY, CHAIR

Friday, August 16, 2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – With students heading back to school across the county, the Rural Retreat Pool will be taking on an abbreviated operating schedule.

Operating hours from August 17th to September 1st will be Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the pool will be open on Labor Day, Monday September 2, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams commented on the great summer season at the Rural Retreat Pool. “The amount of hot sunny days has been numerous this year,” Williams said. “It aided in the success of a great pool season. I am appreciative of our manager and lifeguards who did a magnificent job at keeping the pool clean, safe, and inviting. They also did a great job at providing a refreshing location for our citizens and campers.”

The outstanding weather and high demand resulted in the pool being open seven days a week during the month of July. However, with students returning to school this week it is necessary to be closed during the week days.

The pool will close for the season following the Labor Day Weekend.

Williams also said the last day of camping for the season will be September 8, 2019. The lake remains open 365 days a year.

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:
http://ruralretreatlake.com/reservations-rates-rural-retreat-lake/.

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 wythepio@wytheco.org