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City launches a temporary Pop-up Market to relieve stress on stores

May 01, 2020

UPDATE: No market offered week of May 11, 2020. Next market orders are due by May 18 at noon. Pick up orders on TUESDAY, May 19 between 11 am-1 pm at the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center. 


The City of Winchester, in partnership with Sysco, has launched a temporary Pop-up Market in hopes of reducing the stress on local grocery providers and offer a temporary option for household supplies. The process is simple:

Virginia’s SNAP program to issue emergency benefits in May

May 01, 2020

Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in May, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will issue the emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum benefits and who are not currently repaying a prior over-issuance of SNAP benefits.

Celebrating the Spirit of Travel for National Travel and Tourism Week

May 01, 2020

~Winchester-Frederick County CVB to highlight the resiliency and power of tourism May 3-9~ 

Beginning May 3, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WFCCVB) will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a number of virtual offerings that honor the spirit of travel in recognition of the industry’s strength, selflessness and resiliency, even in the face of adversity. 

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief resigns

Apr 24, 2020

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett has submitted his resignation effective June 2, 2020.

“After a year with the City of Winchester, I’ve decided to exercise my option to resign without prejudice,” stated Chief Garrett. “The City and the men and women in the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department have been a joy to serve.”

Chief Garrett began service with the Winchester’s Fire and Rescue Chief on June 3, 2019 after serving 30 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr 08, 2020

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the City of Winchester encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Winchester a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities.

Our Community's Health Is In Your Hands

Apr 03, 2020

We, as representatives of health care facilities, higher education and local governments, speak with one voice, in support of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order, and plead with all residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to stay home.

By not leaving the region at all, and by not inviting those from outside the area who might already be infected, you will protect the community we all so dearly love.

Let us be clear: If you stay home, you WILL save lives. Unity, now, will protect our community and those who are most vulnerable.

Messages from Mayor and LFHD Director

Apr 01, 2020

From Mayor John David Smith, Jr.

When I was elected as Mayor, one responsibility I accepted was making sure Winchester residents had a safe place to live. This, above all, is the most important thing, especially now. Being safe!!

I’d like to stress the importance of social distancing and staying home. Yesterday, the Governor issued a stay home order because too many people are continuing to go out in large groups. Nonessential businesses continue to stay open when they should close.  By doing this, they are putting themselves and others at risk.

2021 General Real Estate Reassessment process has begun

Apr 01, 2020

The City’s vendor, Pearson’s Appraisal Service, has begun the 2021 General Real Estate Reassessment process which includes inspecting and reviewing properties within city limits. Pearson’s Appraisal Service staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have identification. 

Any property owner that has information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment of their property or would like to have an interior inspection should contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator at (540) 667-2048.