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Government offices opening late

Nov 15, 2018

Due to inclement weather, the City of Winchester government offices will be opening at 10 am.

WinTran routes are on schedule at this time and the Park's HIVE No School Day program will not be offered. The Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center is also closed.

Snow Plan A has been activated (6 am). 

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Winchester Police respond to John Handley High School threat

Nov 14, 2018

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on November 13, 2018, the Winchester Police Department (WPD) responded to John Handley High School at the request of Winchester Public Schools (WPS) Administration for assistance with an electronically found threat involving students. 

As a result, WPD officers and detectives conducted a thorough investigation to ensure there was not an immediate threat to students or the school. The criminal investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made. Please contact WPS regarding any administrative action taken against students. 

Thanksgiving 2018 Schedule

Nov 13, 2018

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

Tourism office to hold a strategic plan public input session

Nov 09, 2018

UPDATE: Postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled for Friday, December 14 from 8-10 am at the Visitor Center.

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.

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.