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Ground Breaking Ceremony

Oct 09, 2019

On Wednesday, October 16, members of the Fire and Rescue Departments of the City of Winchester and Frederick County, along with government officials, will gather to recognize the groundbreaking of the Winchester Regional Fire and EMS Training Center.

Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett said, “Although ground is broken and construction is underway, we felt it was important to recognize the ongoing collaborative relationship between our two localities.”

Winchester Fire & Rescue Department to host Public Safety Chili Cook Off

Oct 04, 2019

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will host the 2019 Public Safety Chili Cook Off, sponsored by the Winchester Fire and Rescue Foundation, on Thursday, October 24 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Rotary Shelter in Jim Barnett Park. 

The public is invited to attend the free event to taste and vote for the best chili. Judging will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 1:00 p.m. Prizes will include the Grand Kettle (first place), second-place medal, and third place medal as decided by the judges and the People’s Choice award as decided by the public.

Mayor launches new Excellence Award program

Oct 01, 2019

Mayor John David Smith, Jr. has launched a new Excellence Award program to recognize and honor individuals, businesses, groups or organizations whose efforts in the community have showcased the City of Winchester as a great place to be; helped others in the community without hesitation or motive; made contributions or shown commitment to the betterment of the community; thought outside the box in response to societal needs; etc.

Partners work together to preserve Abrams Creek Wetlands

Sep 24, 2019

Since 1999, the City of Winchester, with assistance from Shenandoah University’s Environmental Studies Program, has worked hard to conserve the city’s unique and beautiful Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve. This year, the Winchester-Clarke Garden Club is joining the partnership with a significant contribution. Several activities will be conducted this fall to honor and maintain these important wetlands and the community is invited to participate.

Seeking public input for Boscawen Street improvement options

Sep 24, 2019

The City of Winchester has been exploring options to improve pedestrian safety along Boscawen Street between Indian Alley and Cameron Street. Since the Loudoun Street Mall improvements were completed in 2013, the pedestrian traffic in this area has increased substantially and there are times when there are thousands of people enjoying various activities on and around the Mall. In order to protect the safety of pedestrians, three different improvement options have been developed for Council’s consideration.

Text to 911 now available in the city

Sep 20, 2019

The Winchester Emergency Communications Center has implemented a new text to 911 service for emergency calls made within city limits, however, residents and visitors are urged to call when they can, text when they can’t. Text to 911 helps those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have limited speech capabilities as well as anyone unable to talk due to an emergency such as a home invasion or a domestic abuse situation. However, there are some limitations that users need to be aware of and Text to 911 should only be used for emergencies.

Old Town Winchester Celebrates Oktoberfest

Sep 19, 2019

The annual Old Town Winchester Oktoberfest, presented by Compass West Realty, returns on October 11th and 12th. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy German-inspired beer and food while experiencing sights, sounds, and traditions of Oktoberfest including a stein holding contest, costume contest, live music, accordionists, dancing and more. This event happens throughout Old Town Winchester, on the Loudoun Street Mall, inside the Historic Taylor Pavilion and on the Historic 1840 Courthouse lawn. 

AAA bond rating reaffirmed for third time

Sep 18, 2019

The City of Winchester’s AAA general obligation bond rating has been affirmed for the third time by Standard & Poor's Rating Services (S&P). The AAA rating was first assigned on October 7, 2013 (reaffirmed in October 2014 and June 2017) and is the highest credit rating that a locality can receive. Winchester is one of only eleven cities in Virginia to maintain a AAA rating.

Park to honor 35th anniversary of Wilkins Lake

Sep 16, 2019

Winchester Parks and Recreation (WPRD) will honor the 35th anniversary of Wilkins Lake with a celebration on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 pm. The community is invited to attend and celebrate this milestone for Jim Barnett Park’s beautiful community lake. The celebration will be held at the lake pier.

Local tourism revenue reached $273.6 million in 2018

Sep 12, 2019

Tourism was again a critical contributor to the local economy in 2018. According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, tourism revenue for Winchester and Frederick County reached a combined $273.6 million, a 5.6 percent increase over 2017. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 2,496 while local tourism-related taxes were $8.5 million.