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City Discontinues Drought Watch

Nov 08, 2017

Due to improved conditions in the Shenandoah River, City Manager Eden Freeman has officially discontinued the Drought Watch issued in September. 

“Thanks to the much needed rains the area received over the last several weeks, the flows in the North Fork have increased to levels that are average for this time of year,” explained the City’s Public Services Director Perry Eisenach.  “The soil moisture levels in the city have also dramatically improved as a result of the rain we received.” 

2018 Veterans Day Schedule

Nov 03, 2017

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

Winchester Police respond to report of a suspicious bag on a resident’s porch

Nov 01, 2017

At 10:58 pm on Tuesday, October 31, the Winchester Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious bag appearing to contain bird seed and a KKK flyer on the front porch of a residence in the 400 block of South Stewart Street. While meeting with the resident, officers observed two other flyers in nearby yards, but since it was dark, officers were unable to observe any additional flyers in the area.                                

Winchester Police Department officers display their training certification

Oct 26, 2017

Winchester Police Department officers who have been properly trained in how to respond to calls for service involving individuals with mental health issues, will soon be displaying the accomplishment on their uniform. Winchester Police Chief John Piper is a strong advocate for the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program and is excited to announce his approval for officers to wear the training pin, which bear the initials “CIT” and “Northwestern” (a nod to the Northwestern Community Services Board, which facilitates the coursework).

Social Services to host annual adoption and foster parenting event

Oct 25, 2017

On Wednesday, November 8, the Winchester Department of Social Services will host its annual adoption and foster parenting event to honor current adoptive families and provide information to those interested in adoption or becoming a foster parent. This year’s event will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Active Living Center in Jim Barnett Park and will have a carnival theme with fun activities, door prizes, games, and carnival food. The adoption and foster parenting carnival is open to the public and free to attend.

Old Town Spooktacular returns October 28

Oct 23, 2017

Old Town Winchester invites area children and their families to visit downtown on Saturday, October 28 for the annual Spooktacular on the Loudoun Street Mall. This family-friendly, daytime trick-or-treating event will be held at participating downtown businesses from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Last year, this popular event drew a record crowd of over 1,000 children.

In addition, Posh Pets Boutique will lead a Halloween pet parade on the Loudoun Street Mall at 11:00 am. The parade will begin at 16 South Loudoun Street and proceed north on the Mall.

Winchester Police to host first Color with a Cop event

Oct 19, 2017

The Winchester Police Department will host its inaugural Color with a Cop event on November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 at the Chick-fil-A on Pleasant Valley Road, and at the Apple Blossom Mall food court from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

City urges residents to follow safety guidelines when celebrating Halloween

Oct 17, 2017

Throughout the city, residents will have the opportunity to take part in Halloween celebrations for all ages. Enjoy the festivities, but remember to always take the time to be safe.

The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will once again host the Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat on Monday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Fire Department, located at 2110 Valor Drive. Bring your children to check out the fire truck and police cruiser displays, have their faces painted, meet McGruff the Crime Dog, win prizes, and stock up on candy.