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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Winchester City

Nov 18, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Winchester City, Virginia and is inviting community stakeholders to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period. The updated maps were produced in coordination with local community, state, and FEMA officials, and significant community review has already taken place. Before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments. The 90-day appeal period began on November 6, 2019.

20th annual Timbrook Food and Toy Drive

Nov 14, 2019

Winchester Police (WPD) have disseminated donation boxes to kick off the 20th annual Timbrook Food and Toy Drive to support 35 local families in need. The WPD is collecting toys and non-perishable food through December 12th. 

The Food and Toy Drive began in 1999 in honor of Sergeant Ricky Timbrook, who was killed in the line of duty earlier in the same year. Sergeant Timbrook had a passion for serving the community and helping families.

Several park roads to be closed temporarily for an event

Nov 13, 2019

On Saturday, November 16, several roads in Jim Barnett Park will be temporarily closed for the Girls on the Run 5K. Park entrances off Pleasant Valley Road, University Drive/Lowery, and Cork Street will close at 8:45 am, however, access to Shenandoah University from Millwood Avenue will be maintained. The north entrance to the park on Cork Street is expected to reopen at approximately 9:15 am to provide access to the Recreation Center only. The entrance at Bridgeforth Drive will remain open for access to the parking lot near Bridgeforth Field only.

2020 Citizen’s Academy provides inside look at City government

Nov 06, 2019

The City of Winchester is now accepting registrations for the 15th annual INSIGHT Citizen's Academy. Since 2004, INSIGHT has provided local residents an opportunity to discover their city through interactive, hands-on activities and to gain exposure to the wide range of government services, programs, functions and challenges. The 2020 Academy will begin on January 8th.

2019 Veterans Day Schedule

Nov 06, 2019

The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 11:

New crosswalk signal timings to be tested in hopes of improving pedestrian safety

Nov 04, 2019

In areas with high pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the City will be testing a new traffic and crosswalk signal timing in an effort to improve safety for pedestrians. The new timing is called a leading pedestrian interval (LPI) and gives pedestrians the opportunity to enter an intersection 3-7 seconds before vehicles are given a green light. With this head start, pedestrians can better establish their presence in the crosswalk and improve their visibility, especially in intersections with high left-turning volumes.

2019 Leaf Collection Season to begin November 4

Oct 30, 2019

The City's 2019 leaf collection season will begin in Area 2 on Monday, November 4 (weather permitting). Daily updates concerning where crews are working and which area is projected to be collected next will be posted on the Public Works Leaf Collection web page.  

There are two options for disposing of fallen leaves in the city: curbside vacuum service or bag-n-go.

Fire displaces two occupants on North Loudoun Street

Oct 25, 2019

At 12:43 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to 433 ½ N. Loudoun Street for a report of a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene at 12:46 pm and could see smoke coming from the first and second floors. The two occupants of the home, one adult male and one adult female, self-evacuated and the male was transported to the Winchester Medical Center with minor injuries. The fire, which was confined to the kitchen, was extinguished in seven minutes (12:53 pm).

City residents encouraged to have fun, be safe this Halloween

Oct 23, 2019

City residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the following Halloween events again this year:

Wednesday, October 30: Winchester Police and Fire & Rescue Department’s Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat

Candy, games, prizes, face painting, fire truck and police cruiser displays, McGruff the Crime Dog and more at Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company (2210 Valor Drive). Held rain or shine. In inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Shawnee station.

Thursday, October 31: City-wide Trick-or-Treating 

Begins at dusk and ends at 8:00 p.m. No rain date.