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March 31, 2011
Appalachian Power executives took their case for rate increases to Western Virginia lawmakers Thursday morning. The company filed requests Thursday to raise rates by about 9.6%. Company executives met with senators and delegates in Wytheville. Lawmakers have lobbied for lower rates in the past. They’ve also passed legislation regarding rate increases. State law no longer allows power companies to collect higher interim-rates while waiting for a rate increase to be approved. After the meeting, lawmakers said they might understand the need for a rate hike, but they don't agree with it. "Unless Richmond changes the law, they are going to come in waves of four increases this year, there will be four next year and so on. But, what do you expect when you refuse to change the law?
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Web Staff | March 23, 2011
Wythe County authorities have arrested Clayton Travis Frye, Sr. of Max Meadows.  He is the suspect in the road rage incident that left a man with a gash on his face.  Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan says Frye was taken into custody without incident and told police, "I've been expecting you and the stuff you are looking for is in the car. "  Dunagan says the Wythe County Sheriff's department found the weapon believed to have been used...
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Chris Hurst and Reporter | March 12, 2011
It was a collective "thank you" to Rick Boucher Saturday. The 28-year Congressman lost his re-election bid in November but tonight in Wytheville, hundreds came out to honor a man they say did so much for the 9th district. Whether they be top Democrats or just his constituents; whether it be to honor his work bringing jobs or broadband service to Southwest Virginia-- they all thanked Rick Boucher at a dinner at the Wytheville Community Center. "To be quite candid I was reluctant about this dinner," said Boucher.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | January 28, 2011
Today in Florida, NASA remembered the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. And here in western Virginia, the 25th anniversary of the Shuttle disaster did not pass without notice.   It was Tuesday January 28th, 1986 when Challenger lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. 73 seconds into the flight the shuttle broke apart, killing the seven crew members on board, including Christa McAuliffe, the first member of the Teacher in Space Project.   Many people were watching the launch because of McAuliffe's presence, and the disaster brought an outpouring of grief.
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Web Staff | January 7, 2011
A flue fire Thursday destroyed the home of a Wytheville man.  It happened around 5:30 a.m. along Crockett's Cove Road.  We're told the fire spread to the attic, and flames were coming out of the roof when fire crews arrived. The homeowner and his dog were able to make it out of the two-story home safely. Firefighters from Wytheville and Max Meadows worked for hours to combat the blaze and pumped around 40,000 gallons of water onto the house.
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December 5, 2010
Wythe Co., Va.--- A woman from Wytheville is dead after the S-U-V she was riding in flipped during Saturday's snow storm. State Police say 50-year-old Marsha Walters was on Route 21 just outside Wytheville when the vehicle ran off the road and overturned. The driver was taken to a local hospital.   Here is the full press release: WYTHEVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASH State Police Respond to 130+ Crashes in Saturday’s Wintery Mix WYTHEVILLE, Va. – A Wytheville woman was killed and her husband injured in a single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon (Dec.
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October 6, 2010
A man who took three people hostage at a Wytheville post office in December is due in court on Thursday for sentencing. Warren Taylor faces at least 15 years in prison and could get sentenced to life in prison when he goes before a judge in Roanoke on Thursday. The 54-year-old from Tennessee entered a surprise guilty plea in May to three counts of kidnapping and two weapons counts. He admitted to holding a post office worker and two customers hostage for nine hours on December 23rd of last year.
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Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | September 8, 2010
Wytheville Community College has a leg up in its' nursing program.     The college recently bought two of the newest three-G simulated mannequins.     They are connected to computers and react in similar ways as real patients would.     It's a chance for nursing students to practice their skills in a realistic, yet safe environment. "They cry.  Their lips turn blue.  They have a lot of features that are really helpful in simulating a real life experience for our students," said Rita Klimas, Head of the Nursing Program at WCC.      WCC has six of these types of mannequins.
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Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | July 19, 2010
A new VA clinic is on its way to our region, giving military veterans a shorter drive to health care. Ground was broken on Monday in Wytheville for the construction of a new VA outpatient clinic. Congressman Rick Boucher said it will provide convenient access to services for more than 6,600 vets in Wythe County and surrounding areas. The clinic will be directly operated by the Salem VA Hospital, and it will have a staff of 27. It's expected to be open five days a week and should be ready to open early next year.
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June 12, 2010
Welcome to Wytheville located in Wythe County. "This is a community that is rich in history," said Dr. Dayne Roberts, who has lived in the town for more than three years. "We have many citizens that appreciate fine architecture. " Right in downtown Wytheville is the Simmerman Building, erected in 1913. "It's been a hospital, it's been a schoolhouse, it was the first home of the community college," said Roberts. Now, it's a pile of rubble. "Sickening. Very disturbing," said Charlie Lester, who was born and raised in Wytheville.
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