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2022 Veterans Day Schedule

Nov 02, 2022

The City of Winchester will operate the below schedule in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, November 11.

New African American heritage brochure now available

Nov 01, 2022

A revised version of Winchester’s African American Heritage Self-Guided Driving Tour is now available at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.

“For too long, African American stories from the people of Winchester have not been told,” said Local Black History Task Force member Judy Humbert. “The places mentioned in the brochure are ones that we ride by all the time, and we don’t have any idea of the story behind these places. Once the stories in the brochure become public knowledge, they can be preserved for generations to come.”

Temporary road closures planned for railroad crossing maintenance

Oct 27, 2022

Over the next two weeks, CSX will conduct railroad maintenance at three crossings in the city. Road closures will be implemented to allow crews to complete the improvements safely. Detours will be clearly marked (maps of the detour routes are included below).

2022 Leaf Collection Season to begin October 31

Oct 24, 2022

The City's 2022 Leaf Collection Season will begin on Monday, October 31 (weather permitting) in areas 1 and 2. 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

There are two options for disposing of fallen leaves in the city: curbside vacuum service or bag-n-go.

Infrastructure Improvement Project to temporarily close portions of S. Loudoun Street

Oct 14, 2022

The City's Central Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project will continue on South Loudoun Street beginning Monday, October 17. During construction, S. Loudoun Street from Cork to Gerrard will be closed to parking and through traffic one block at a time (beginning at Cork Street) for approximately one month per block. Detour routes will be marked, but access will be maintained for local traffic and emergency vehicles only.

Tourism spending increases to record levels in Winchester-Frederick County in 2021

Oct 12, 2022

Winchester-Frederick County’s tourism revenues reached $260.3 million, marking a 43% recovery from 2020

According to economic impact figures released on Tuesday by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), direct visitor spending in the combined communities of Winchester and Frederick County surpassed $260 million for the first time ever in 2021. This represents a 43% increase in spending from the pandemic-impacted 2020, and a 4% increase over pre-pandemic numbers (2019).

City Manager appoints new Police Chief

Oct 03, 2022

City Manager Dan Hoffman has selected Deputy Chief Amanda Behan as Winchester’s new and first female Police Chief in the department’s 200-year history. DC Behan has been a dedicated member of the Winchester Police Department for over 20 years, climbing the ranks from recruit in 2001 to Deputy Chief in 2021.

City to conduct an emergency exercise on October 1, 2022

Sep 23, 2022

The City of Winchester public safety departments, various supporting agencies, and Winchester Public Schools will hold a full-scale emergency exercise on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The training exercise will be held in and around John Handley High School from approximately 8 am-12 pm. 

This simulated scenario will focus on an emergency response to an active threat inside the school. The goal is to assess the readiness of first responders and school staff to facilitate a coordinated and timely response in the event of a future threat.