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Homicide investigation underway

Oct 29, 2020

On October 28, 2020, at 8:56 pm, the Winchester Police Department (WPD) responded to a parking lot in the 500 block of Adams Drive for a male suffering from one gunshot wound to the chest. When officers arrived on scene, they found the male, identified as Kevin Michael Riley, 29, of Winchester, lying in the parking lot. Officers immediately began emergency aid efforts until Winchester Fire and Rescue arrived on scene. Riley was transported to the Winchester Medical Center where he later succumbed to his wounds.   

First Council Committee meetings set

Oct 28, 2020

The City Council Boards and Commissions Committee will meet every third Monday at 1:00 pm starting November 16, 2020.

The City Council Public Safety Committee will hold its first meeting on Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 pm.

The City Council Finance Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm.

All three committees will meet in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers (15 N. Cameron Street).

Lights in the Park to replace 2020 holiday parade

Oct 27, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions applied by Phase III of Virginia’s reopening plan, and for the safety of our community, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony held annually in Old Town Winchester. In its place, a light show in Jim Barnett Park, called Lights in the Park, will be offered for our community to experience from the safety of their vehicle and at their leisure.

2020 Leaf Collection Season to begin November 2

Oct 26, 2020

The City's 2020 leaf collection season will begin in Area 2 on Monday, November 2 (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.

Outdoor Heater Reimbursement Program

Oct 23, 2020

The City of Winchester will be offering reimbursements of up to $1,500 to eligible restaurants, breweries, cafes, and other dining establishments that purchase heaters for their outdoor dining spaces. We encourage businesses to expand and promote their outdoor dining options to customers as a safety precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARES Act Emergency Grant Program-Round 3

Oct 23, 2020

The City of Winchester will be awarding grants of up to $10,000 to eligible, locally-owned businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New this Round!

Businesses and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that received funding from a previous round of the City of Winchester's Cares Act Grants are eligible to apply again with bills that were not submitted with their original application.

Boscawen Street closure for intersection repairs

Oct 19, 2020

Beginning Monday, October 19 and continuing through Friday, October 23, the City’s contractor, A&M Concrete, will be performing road work at the intersection of Boscawen Street and Loudoun Street. The bricks and pavers that have failed in the center of the intersection will be replaced with new asphalt. The asphalt will be decorated with stamped thermoplastic in a red brick color. This material was selected because it will hold up much better and last longer than the bricks and pavers did.

City completes Health Equity Pilot Program, distributes PPE in underserved areas

Oct 15, 2020

Over the past two months, the City of Winchester has participated in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s new Health Equity Pilot Program. The program provided staff training, personal protective equipment (PPE) and public health information for distribution in underserved and vulnerable areas in Winchester, especially in areas in need and at risk of contracting COVID-19.

SNAP emergency benefits available in October

Oct 09, 2020

Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will again release emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households who are not already receiving the maximum allotment as part of their regular monthly benefit. Consistent with the emergency allotments provided during the months of March - September, benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Eligible recipients can expect to have benefits available on Friday, October 16.

Wentworth Drive Improvements Project to resume, road closures planned

Oct 08, 2020

Starting the week of October 12, the City’s contractor will resume work on the Wentworth Drive Improvements Project. In order for the work to occur safely, road closures will be implemented regularly and around where the work is occurring.

Please be aware of the below road closures for October 12-16, 2020 (7 am-7 pm, local traffic will have access):