WYTHE COUNTY PARTICIPATES IN VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY DEDICATION CELEBRATION
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Approximately 80 citizens joined Supervisors Hale, Vaught and Lester beneath the historic Shot Tower in Wythe County recently to celebrate the dedication of U.S. Highway 52 as Veterans Memorial Highway.
Wythe County Administrative Assistant Rhonda Vaught said it was great to see the event take place. “I was very honored to be there,” Vaught said. “I remember when Mr. Easter first started working on this project, so it was awesome to see this come to fruition after all these years. It was great to see all the communities come together for such a good project.”
Wythe County Engineer William Vaughan also attended the ceremony at the Shot Tower.
“We had a good ceremony,” Vaughan said. “Mr. Easter made a special appearance. He’s the one who pulled all this together over the years.”
Clyde Easter has been working to preserve the memory of all veterans within the mountains of southwest Virginia for several years. Easter is from the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County, Va. Easter is a twice wounded veteran of World War II.
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.
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.”
U.S. Marine Corps retired Lt. Colonel Tim Maxwell was the keynote speaker for the event in Wythe County. Maxwell was injured in combat when his operating base in Kalsu was mortared by an enemy attack in 2004. He had shrapnel tear through the left side of his body and two pieces embedded in his brain. Maxwell pushed himself through rehabilitation. Out of the situation he saw an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other Marines. He established a Wounded Warrior barracks at Camp Lejune, NC so that no Marine would go through the recovery process alone.
Tim and his wife, Shannon, run Sempermax Support Fund and Semper Fi Farm in Rural Retreat, Virginia. They are committed to helping wounded, ill, and injured veterans of all service branches and all wars find support and renewed purpose.
Maxwell served 21 years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 2009.
Several citizens took part in the event by driving antique cars in the U.S. 52 Veterans Memorial Highway Procession as it traveled from Bland County, Va. to Carroll County, Va. Events were also held in Bland and Carroll counties celebrating the day.
Wythe County, Virginia is seeking proposals from controls firms for on-call support services for the County’s existing potable water utility Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, as defined in the County’s RFP Documents. Copies of these documents are available at by CLICKING HERE.
Proposals will be received by Stephen D. Bear, County Administrator, 340 South 6th Street, Wytheville, VA 24382 until 3:00 PM local prevailing time on Tuesday November 20, 2018.
The Wythe County Board of Supervisors will convene in regular session on Friday, November 2, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. to review recommendations for the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center construction project and Ready Mix Road improvement project. Click here for agenda.
The meeting will take place in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia.
By Order of the
Wythe County Board of Supervisors
LOCAL SUPER BOWL XXIV & CHEERMANIA TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND
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.
Prepare for Colder Weather
October 23, 2018
With colder weather forecast for our area, Wythe County would like you and your family to stay safe. Wythe County has already had and is still forecast 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 wytheco.org or email our office. Thank you and Stay Safe!
Curtis W. Crawford
Emergency Services Coordinator