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Winchester GIS Open Data Portal now available

Feb 19, 2019

The City of Winchester’s Open Data Portal is now available for the public to search, download, and explore the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data. Datasets and mapping applications available on the site include:

Flu Cases are Still on the Rise: No-Cost Flu Shots

Feb 12, 2019

Source: Lord Fairfax Health District Press Release

Cases of influenza (“the flu”) are still increasing in Virginia, and the flu season has yet to peak. Flu season usually continues through May, so, if you have not gotten the shot, it is not too late, and you can now get it at no out-of-pocket cost.

The Lord Fairfax Health District advises everyone that getting a flu shot is not only the single best way to protect yourself from getting sick, it is also the best way to prevent the spread of flu to others.

Real estate tax relief applications due April 1

Feb 05, 2019

The City of Winchester is now accepting 2019 applications for real estate tax relief for the elderly and disabled. Full or partial tax relief is available to those homeowners who are either permanently disabled or 65+ years of age, and who meet income limits and other filing requirements.

Forms are available in the Real Estate Office of City Hall, on the City website in the Commissioner of the Revenue forms section, or by mail upon request. As a courtesy, the Commissioner’s office has mailed applications to prior year applicants.

City business license renewal reminder

Feb 05, 2019

All businesses and individuals subject to gross receipts business license tax in the City of Winchester must file and pay for a 2019 annual business license by Thursday, March 1, 2019.

Commissioner of the Revenue Ann Burkholder reminds businesses that prompt remittance can save both time and money. Timely filings may be made in person or with a postal carrier postmark on or before March 1st. Filings beyond the deadline are subject to ten percent (10%) late filing fees, plus ten percent (10%) late payment and interest charges.

Sixth annual Old Town Chocolate Escape can help make Valentine’s Day special

Jan 28, 2019

From 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, February 9, Old Town Winchester will be filled with romance and chocolate at the sixth annual Chocolate Escape. There will be chocolate covered bacon treats, chocolate beer, chocolate facials, a chocolate game and chocolate treats for everyone to enjoy.

“This event offers the perfect opportunity to sample delicious chocolate with friends and family, shop for that special Valentine’s Day gift, or make Valentine’s Day dinner reservations in Old Town Winchester,” stated Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell.

Old Town accepting grant applications

Jan 25, 2019

The City of Winchester intends to apply for a Virginia Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Partnership Grant (CCPG) as it has done in the past and is now accepting applications from eligible organizations for FY20 grant funding.


WPD assisting with DMMS evacuation

Jan 18, 2019

Officers are assisting Winchester Public Schools with the evacuation of students at Daniel Morgan Middle School. This is being done as a precaution for a bomb threat that was made this morning. The students will return to the school once it has been cleared by law enforcement personnel. Winchester Public Schools will keep parents up to date with additional information.

Winchester Fire & Rescue responds to early morning vehicle fire

Jan 15, 2019

At approximately 1:59 a.m. on January 15, 2019, the Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) responded to a vehicle fire at 2198 South Pleasant Valley Road. Upon arrival, City firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from a commercial street sweeper close to the rear of the building.

City delays opening

Jan 13, 2019

The City of Winchester will operate on a two-hour delay on Monday, January 14 and open at 10 am. The Jim Barnett Park Rec Center will open at 10 am and Winchester Parks and Recreation’s HIVE No School Day child care program will NOT be offered. WinTran routes will begin at 10:40 am.

Monday's (1/14) recycling collection is MOVED to Wednesday, January 16. Yard waste collection is canceled. For live undecorated Christmas tree curbside collection, please contact Michael Neese (540-667-1815, ext. 1452 or email) to schedule a pickup time.

City launches Rouss Review podcast

Jan 11, 2019

The City of Winchester published its first bi-weekly podcast titled The Rouss Review on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The podcast is the newest addition to the long list of communication channels currently offered by the City (see video: publiCITY episode #7 - Communications).

New episodes of The Rouss Review will be published each Thursday following the Council meetings held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Possible podcast segments include: