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Scene Cleared Following Suspicious Package

Oct 04, 2014

Winchester Police were called to the scene of a suspicious package around 11:30 Saturday morning.  A Walmart store employee saw the package located in a grassy area of the parking lot and called police.  Officers responded to the scene on South Pleasant Valley Road and evacuated the area of the parking lot near the package.  Virginia State Police’s Bomb Squad Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.  The Bomb Squad determined there was no evidence to suggest the package contained any explosive devices, however the contents of the package will be investigated.  The scene

Fire Prevention Week: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Oct 02, 2014

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Winchester Fire and Rescue is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Two New Videos

Oct 01, 2014

The Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announces the release of two dynamic video productions designed to capture the attention of travelers. One 7-minute video, and one 30-second commercial have been created by a local video production company to showcase the unique attributes of the region.

Suspects Sought in Theft and Attempted Fraud

Sep 30, 2014

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two males in a recent larceny and attempted fraud incident.  On September 27, 2014 just before 10 a.m.

Breaking and Entering at Two Separate Businesses

Sep 23, 2014

The Winchester Police Department is investigating two breaking and enterings that occurred last night.  
The first incident was reported at approximately 6:40 a.m. at Hopscotch Coffee located in the 200 block of Millwood Avenue.  Employees arrived at the business and discovered a window on the east side of the business had been broken.  It was discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.  This business was also broken into on August 24, 2014 and is still under investigation.

City recognized again for highest principles of government budgeting

Sep 22, 2014

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced that the City of Winchester, Virginia has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for budget document of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. This marks the second consecutive year the City has received this prestigious award.

City teams up with Arts Council to offer photo contest

Sep 19, 2014

The City has teamed up with the Shenandoah Arts Council to offer a unique photo contest.  Deadline to submit photos for consideration is November 14, 2014.  This calendar, produced by the City of Winchester, will feature beautiful, fun and dynamic scenes of Winchester in addition to information about local government services, department contacts, meetings, history and so much more.  Photographers of any age and any level of experience are encouraged to participate. 
The application form can be found on the online.

Natural gas main break closes several city streets

Sep 11, 2014

At 12:41 pm, Winchester Fire & Rescue and the Winchester Police Department responded to Featherbed Lane for a report of a natural gas main break and quickly evacuated nearby businesses including Chili’s, Waffle House, Mattress Warehouse and all other businesses in the strip mall facing Pleasant Valley.  All traffic was detoured for approximately two hours as crews located and secured the leak.  

Millwood Avenue traffic changes begin Sept. 15

Sep 11, 2014

Beginning on Monday, September 15th, changes to the existing traffic patterns near the Millwood Avenue Improvements Project will be implemented to allow construction to continue. 
As shown on the map, these changes will include:
Closing the section of Millwood Avenue between Mall Blvd. and Apple Blossom Drive to thru traffic.
Opening the new right turn lane on Jubal Early Drive at Apple Blossom Drive and the installation of a temporary yield sign for motorists turning right onto Apple Blossom Drive.