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Winchester Police Department to hold body-worn camera community forums

Jul 05, 2018

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) invites residents to attend its body-worn camera community forums that will be held at two convenient locations in the city, each at 6:00 p.m.:

  • July 11 - Rouss City Hall Council Chambers, 15 N. Cameron Street
  • July 18 - Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company, 2210 Valor Drive

During the forums, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with Chief John Piper and Major Kelly Rice about the department rollout of body-worn cameras that will take place in early August.

Railroad to fix crossing on Featherbed Lane

Jul 02, 2018

City has received notification that CSX Railroad will be repairing the railroad crossing on Featherbed Lane beginning Monday, July 9, 2018 and is expected to take approximately four days to complete (barring any unforeseen issues and weather permitting).

A portion of the road near the railroad will be closed to through traffic. Access to businesses on Featherbed will be maintained during the repairs. Please see the below map of the closure and detours.

Winchester Fire & Rescue reminds public of firework safety

Jul 02, 2018

As the Fourth of July holiday nears, the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) would like to remind residents that public fireworks displays are the safest and most suitable alternative for viewing fireworks. Public display fireworks are established under a controlled setting, safety regulations, and monitored by public safety organizations.

Short-term Rental Requirements for Residences

Jun 21, 2018

Are you interested in utilizing your residence for short-term rental purposes, such as through an online platform such as AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO, etc.? If so, then please be advised of the following information.

City Council recently adopted an ordinance enabling property owners to potentially utilize their residences for rentals of 30 consecutive days or less. The ability to rent out a room or the entire dwelling on one of the many online platforms is dependent on a few zoning considerations. The adopted ordinance has two tiers of short-term rental uses:

Experience the Sixth Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town on July 3rd

Jun 20, 2018

Celebrate America’s birthday early at the sixth annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town Winchester on Tuesday, July 3 from 5:00-11:00 pm.  Rockin’ Independence Eve is a free, family-friendly event offering live entertainment and a fireworks display.  The Taylor Pavilion in Old Town will host live bands and a beer and wine garden, and the popular Snow White Grill hamburger eating contest. Admission into the pavilion is free and beverages sales benefit the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties.

2018 Independence Day Schedule

Jun 20, 2018

The City of Winchester will operate on the following schedule in observance of the Independence Day holiday:

City honored for patriotism and roundabout flag

Jun 14, 2018

In honor of National Flag Day today, members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented a certificate to the City of Winchester to recognize the flag display at the Piccadilly Street and National Avenue intersection (photo attached).

“It is a great honor for me to see a display such as this that honors our country, the state, the City of Winchester, and all patriotic Winchester,” stated SAR Chapter President, Dale Corey, at the certificate presentation ceremony. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

New Director Hired for Winchester Regional Airport

Jun 08, 2018

The Winchester Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that a new Executive Director has been hired and will begin on July 9, 2018.

Gene Fisher, Chairman of the Airport Authority, states, “When you have a very dedicated, long-term employee who is retiring, like our current Director, Renny Manuel, it’s tough to fill the position. We had good candidates and believe we have found someone that will be a good fit for our organization and will help guide our airport into the future.”

Winchester Police to host inaugural North End Summer Kick-Off

Jun 05, 2018

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its inaugural North End Summer Kick-Off on Friday, June 8 from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. at Frederick Douglass Park in Winchester.

“The North End Summer Kick-Off is an addition to the series of successful community outreach events that the WPD has offered in the past year,” stated Lt. Amanda Behan. “We are looking forward to connecting with area middle and high school students with the fun activities that we have planned.”