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Wytheville man sentenced in car theft

Convicted last month of five felonies related to stolen cars and cash, a 20-year-old Wytheville man was sentenced to two years and five months in jail during a Thursday hearing in Wythe County Circuit Court.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Wytheville man sentenced on federal meth charge
Posted: April 18, 2015

A Wytheville resident was sentenced this week to a federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Driver cleared in Wythe hit and run
Posted: April 17, 2015

A driver who plowed his pickup truck into the back of an SUV on Interstate 77, left the scene and was found barefoot and bloody the next day walking down a road about a half mile from the crash was acquitted of hit and run on Thursday.

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Wytheville group home resident charged with rape
Posted: April 17, 2015

Accused of sexually assaulting a fellow resident in a local group home for the mentally and physically disabled, a 27-year-old Wytheville man has a court hearing set for later this month.

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Wythe supervisors considering tax, fee hikes
Posted: April 17, 2015

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors is considering a 5-cent real estate tax increase, initiating a $30 annual trash fee and increasing water rates by 5 percent. In addition, the board’s proposed budget does not include money to begin the second phase of the school system’s capital improvement plan.

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Get your documents shredded Saturday
Posted: April 17, 2015

Wytheville residents will have another opportunity to have confidential papers and other documents professionally shredded this Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Vet goes mobile in Wytheville
Posted: April 17, 2015

This doctor makes house calls.

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Wytheville Community College welcomes mountain music
Posted: April 17, 2015

Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Crusher Run and the Zephyr Lightning Bolts on Saturday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Ceres Day set for May 2
Posted: April 17, 2015

Ceres Day will be held Saturday, May 2, on the former school grounds. This event grows every year with more events and much more to see and to learn. The first one was in one room of the school and has expanded to include the entire campus and all the buildings.

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Chords and culture: Bland County students learn mountain music
Posted: April 17, 2015

The new old time string bland class at Bland County High School is about more than music. It incorporates history, tradition and culture.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Artisan tour set for Wythe County
Posted: April 16, 2015

Ever wonder how or why artists create their pieces?

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Teen cited in Rural Retreat chain reaction crash
Posted: April 16, 2015

Three cars were damaged on Tuesday morning in a chain reaction crash on North Main Street in Rural Retreat. A fourth vehicle at the scene escaped damage.

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Suit claims removed gallbladder wasn’t removed
Posted: April 16, 2015

The gallbladder wasn’t gone, according to a lawsuit filed last week by a Max Meadows man.

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Snowplow accident survivor files suit
Posted: April 16, 2015

One of two men who survived being hit by a snowplow two years ago is suing the snowplow driver and his employer for a million dollars.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Wytheville Community College presidential hopefuls spend time on campus
Posted: April 15, 2015

Officials hope to announce a new president for Wytheville Community College in the coming weeks.

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Thomas cleared in UT theft
Posted: April 15, 2015

A felony theft charge filed against University of Tennessee football player and Fort Chiswell High School standout Coleman Thomas, 19, was dropped earlier today.

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Angus group sets sale
Posted: April 15, 2015

The Southwest Virginia Angus Association held its annual meeting March 28 at the Riverfront Café in Chilhowie.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Water testing clinic coming April 22
Posted: April 14, 2015

Do you know what's in your water?

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Monday 04/13/2015
Wythe squad to help with hazards in homes
Posted: April 13, 2015

Starting later this month, members of the Wythe County Rescue Squad will be available to visit homes and advise residents on everything from injury hazards and smoke detectors to blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

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Real estate community rallies around Wythe woman
Posted: April 13, 2015

Co-workers and friends of well-known local real estate agent Rosamary Fisher are rallying support in her battle with lymphoma. They are collecting donations for the Rural Retreat resident’s medical and travel expenses.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Wythe children to join Relay for Life walk
Posted: April 12, 2015

Cancer affects everyone – even children. Sometimes it robs them of their parents, grandparents, other close relatives and little friends.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Rural Retreat looks at doing away with car decal
Posted: April 11, 2015

The town of Rural Retreat is considering adopting an ordinance that will eliminate vehicle decals and include the fees associated with them in annual property tax bills.

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March Wythe County restaurant inspections
Posted: April 11, 2015

The following Virginia Department of Health restaurant and food service inspections were performed in March. The department’s general definitions of critical and non-critical violations are also included. Additional information about each violation can be found on the agency’s website www.vdh.state.va.us (Mount Rogers Health District):

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Friday 04/10/2015
Charges filed in Wythe drug search
Posted: April 10, 2015

A man and woman are facing felony drug charges after police searched a Wytheville motel room last week.

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Fire damages Wythe residence
Posted: April 10, 2015

A house on Peppers Ferry Road in Wytheville was damaged by fire and smoke on Thursday afternoon. It was the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Shinault.

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Wythe Historical Society Research Library gets update
Posted: April 10, 2015

The Wythe County Historical Society Research Library has a new look.

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Wythe County selling surplus properties
Posted: April 10, 2015

In the fall of last year, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors voted to sell by auction several surplus properties owned by the county. County officials say auctioning these tracts will allow local residents an equal opportunity to purchase land at a fair-market price.

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East River Mountain gives up hidden treasures
Posted: April 10, 2015

Coming back from Bluefield, West Virginia, last month, Mike Reed was driving on old Hwy. 52 across the East River Mountain when he spotted a blue carpet. Someone had pitched it at an illegal trash dump along the side of the mountain.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Survivor talks about her battle with cancer
Posted: April 09, 2015

Deb Brown Vrsansky of Wytheville is a staunch supporter of cancer research. She credits the advances already made in prevention and treatment with saving her life and the lives of many others.

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Men facing Wythe County drug charges
Posted: April 09, 2015

Two out-of-town men have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. One of them was also charged with soliciting for sex after offering money to a female, police said.

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Wytheville hosts 20th Family History Institute
Posted: April 09, 2015

More than 70 visitors from nine states attended the 20th Family History Institute held at the Wytheville Meeting Center on March 28.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Author still chasing dreams with pen, paper
Posted: April 08, 2015

One night when she was about 7 years old, Kim Headlee had a dream about paddling a canoe up the Mississippi River, then climbing a mountain to find a cave full of skeletons and a ghost.

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STRICTLY OBSERVING: Preventing child abuse
Posted: April 08, 2015

Child abuse is never something that should be tolerated on any level. However, having recently become a parent myself, there is a particularly sick feeling I get at the thought of someone hurting a child. Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, the Virginia Department of Social Services and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia have all teamed up in to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in valuing children and strengthening their families, according to a press release. That release states that in the fiscal year of 2014, there were 50,136 children reported as possible victims of abuse and/or neglect. The Virginia Department of Social Services found that 6,792 children were maltreated, and of those, 37 children died as a result of abuse and/or neglect.

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THE GHA CORNER: Joseph Baker of Crockett’s Cove
Posted: April 08, 2015

Occasionally in The GHA Corner the Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association’s columnists will profile one of the First Families program ancestors. The ancestor must have lived in what was then Wythe County prior to Dec. 31, 1810, and the applicant who submitted the application must have a direct line of descent from the ancestor. Because most family files contain only the line of descent from ancestor to applicant, the profile will not contain details of the ancestor’s entire family; however, such facts that are contained in the file will be included in the column.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Three vie for GOP nomination to run for Clerk of Court in Wythe
Posted: April 07, 2015

Local candidates seeking a political party’s nomination for a spot on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot have several weeks to gather supporters.

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Sunday 04/05/2015
Genealogy classess offered in Wytheville
Posted: April 05, 2015

The Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association is offering classes in genealogy for beginners at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16. The classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a period of six weeks.

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Saturday 04/04/2015
Washington County native takes job with AG's office
Posted: April 04, 2015

Amy Duncan knows Southwest Virginia as only a native can. She grew up in Abingdon. Her family now lives in Glade Spring. She earned her bachelor’s degree from King College and her master’s from Emory & Henry. Now, she and her husband are raising their two children in the region.

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Wytheville Baptist to get new interim pastor Sunday
Posted: April 04, 2015

Danny W. Collins will begin serving Wytheville Baptist Church as interim pastor on Easter Sunday, April 5. He is the retired pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church, located in Fairlawn.

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ETSU students attend radio astromony workshop
Posted: April 04, 2015

Fourteen East Tennessee State University students recently attended a workshop on radio astronomy at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Brevard, North Carolina.

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'Honor Flight' coming to WCC
Posted: April 04, 2015

Five years ago, a Wisconsin community worked tirelessly to give a group of World War II veterans the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers raced against the clock to get every local veteran, most of them in their 80s and some even older, to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built to honor them in 2005, nearly 60 years after the war.

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BREATHING ROOM: Chocolate crosses?
Posted: April 04, 2015

Anticipating an April arrival of a new little life into our household, I went on an early search for ingredients to make up Easter baskets for the older children. My hope was to make sure my spouse didn’t have to do a mad-scramble if we happened to labor through Good Friday and Holy Saturday. In the same way we’ve packed bags for a trip to the hospital, so are the Easter baskets filled and ready.

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Friday 04/03/2015
Sexual predator in Wythe assault won't be released
Posted: April 03, 2015

Labeled a violent sexual predator in February, a Tazewell County man who’s already served his criminal sentence for a 1987 Wythe County forcible sodomy conviction will be confined for at least one more year.

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Order your white pine seedlings
Posted: April 03, 2015

The Big Walker Soil and Water Conservation District will offer white pine seedlings for the 2015 spring planting season. The bare-rooted seedlings are being made available for small reforestation projects, soil erosion control, windbreaks, screens, wildlife habitat, and home landscape projects.

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STRICTLY OBSERVING: Sharp dressed columnist
Posted: April 03, 2015

On Sept. 11, 2009, I gave up free tickets to see ZZ Top in Roanoke in order to go to my buddy Josh Sharitz’s bachelor party. I promised my friend, Chris DiYorio, whom I stood up, that I would make it up to him. Five and a half years later, I finally made good on my promise. I had to break my rule of never spend more money on a ticket than I did for Phil Collins. The legend-blues rockers demanded $98 a ticket including facility fees. It also happened to be my 30th birthday, which made the evening even more special. While I can’t say the show was worth $100, the memories my longtime pal and I had for my 30th birthday were priceless.

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Thursday 04/02/2015
WCC choir readiers for New York City trip
Posted: April 02, 2015

Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) has announced that the Wytheville Community College Choir and Director Cynthia Jackson have been invited to perform at New York City’s prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in a production of Mark Hayes’ Requiem.

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Focus on Families in Southwest Virginia
Posted: April 02, 2015

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering a new program in Wythe County beginning in April.

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Boston singer/songwriter to play Wytheville room
Posted: April 02, 2015

The Listening Room at Ron Ireland Studio presents an evening of music with Mark Stepakoff on Friday, April 10, from 7 -8:30 p.m.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Foster families needed in Wytheville
Posted: April 01, 2015

It was early Friday morning, Feb. 27, when the Wytheville Police Department raided a West Fulton Street residence and discovered a large stash of narcotics, including heroin, valued at $3,000 to $4,000.

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Pawn shop opens in Rural Retreat
Posted: April 01, 2015

Aware that many local people need quick cash and that banks are making few small loans prompted Bobby Mullins to action.

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UPDATED: Boy hurt after falling out of Wythe school bus
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 5:15 pm

In what one school official called a “freak accident,” a 6-year-old Speedwell Elementary School student was hurt on Tuesday afternoon after falling through the door of a moving school bus.

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