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Tourism office to hold a strategic plan public input session

Nov 09, 2018

As part of the tourism strategic planning process that is currently underway, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is asking for public input from businesses, attractions and interested residents.

A representative from Destination Consultancy Group and the CVB will be on hand at the Visitor Center from 8-10 am on Friday, December 14 to solicit comments, ideas and feedback on the future direction of tourism in the Winchester-Frederick County area.

Opioid Overdose Increase Reported in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

Nov 08, 2018

Residents Urged to Seek Help

Three opioid overdose deaths have been reported by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force in the past two weeks bringing the total number of lives lost this year to 18. The region has also experienced a recent climb in the number of non-fatal overdoses with 18 reported in the last month. The three latest deaths happened in Frederick County, Shenandoah County, and the City of Winchester.

2018 Veterans Day Schedule

Nov 07, 2018

The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 12:

City administrative offices will be closed on Monday, November 12.

WinTran will not operate on Monday, November 12.  Service resumes on Tuesday, November 13.

Recycling collection on Monday, November 12 has been moved to Wednesday, November 14. Yard waste and leaf collection is canceled on Wednesday, November 14. Click here for the 2018 holiday collection schedule.

Fire Marshal: Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries

Nov 01, 2018

With Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 a.m., the Winchester Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to replace their smoke alarm batteries when they turn their clocks back one hour. 

The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is missing or worn batteries. Ensuring that your smoke alarm is in working order is one way to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and reap the benefits the devices were designed to provide. 

Winchester Police to host second-annual Color with a Cop  

Oct 31, 2018

The Winchester Police Department will host its second-annual Color with a Cop event on November 6, 2018 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Chick-Fil-A on South Pleasant Valley Road and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Apple Blossom Mall food court.

Children of all ages are invited to attend either session, where they will color and engage in fun conversation with Winchester Police officers. Winchester Public Schools and Frederick County Public Schools will be closed November 6, so parents need not worry about the ability of their children to attend.

2018 Leaf Collection Season to begin November 5

Oct 30, 2018

The City's leaf collection season will begin in Area 2 on Monday, November 5 (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 at  

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

Social Services to begin accepting Medicaid expansion applications

Oct 25, 2018

The Winchester Department of Social Services will begin accepting Medicaid expansion (MAGI Adults) applications beginning November 1 as directed by Governor Northam. Coverage will begin January 1, 2019 and is for adults ages 19-64 who are not Medicare eligible and meet low income requirements.

There are four ways to submit a MAGI Adult (Medicaid expansion) application:

EDA selects development partner for former Winchester Towers site

Oct 25, 2018

The Winchester Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special meeting today to formally select a development partner for the former Winchester Towers site (corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets). The EDA authorized Executive Director Shawn Hershberger to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lynx Ventures Acquisitions, LLC of Richmond, Virginia.