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City offering two assistance programs for customers with past-due utility bills

Sep 01, 2021

The City of Winchester is currently offering two assistance programs for customers with past-due utility bills: 1) Direct financial assistance program using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, and 2) repayment plans. Letters explaining these options will be mailed to customers this week. There are currently 601 customers that have unpaid utility bill amounts totaling $296,664.26.

Additional testing confirms that NO toxins found in City drinking water

Aug 24, 2021

The City of Winchester is actively monitoring its drinking water in response to the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) on the North Fork Shenandoah River where the City obtains its water supply. On August 19, City officials received test results from an outside laboratory where multiple samples showed there are no cyanotoxins in the City’s drinking water at this time and the water remains completely safe to drink and use for all purposes. These results come in addition to the initial results the City received on August 13, which also indicated no cyanotoxins were present in the drinking water. The C

Commission to hold a Comp Plan update open house and public hearing

Aug 12, 2021

The Planning Commission will hold an open house on the Comprehensive Plan update on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Council Chambers and lobby area of Rouss City Hall. The casual format will allow attendees to talk with staff and view exhibits of potential scenarios and character drawings for areas identified for redevelopment in the plan.

Winchester Fire & Rescue announces promotions, division restructuring

Aug 11, 2021

The Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) is proud to announce five employee promotions (listed below) that will be recognized at an accommodation and promotions ceremony on August 28, 2021. 

“We’re excited to be able to recognize the accomplishments of our personnel in our combination system, and on top of that, celebrate five internal promotions,” stated Chief Jon Henschel. 

Drinking water protection during the harmful algal bloom

Aug 06, 2021

The City of Winchester is monitoring the drinking water for potential effects.

The City of Winchester and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) are monitoring the harmful algal bloom (HAB) currently affecting the North Fork Shenandoah River where the City obtains its water supply. The City is taking every precaution to prevent impacts to drinking water. At this time, the City’s water is safe to drink and there are no restrictions on drinking water use while monitoring continues.

Carjacking suspects in custody after multi-state track

Jul 19, 2021

On Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 12:45 p.m., Winchester Police responded to a parking garage at Winchester Medical Center for a report of a carjacking. The owner of the car reported that a male brandishing a knife and a female approached him in the garage. After an altercation, the suspects took the victim’s 2016 Jeep Cherokee. The victim sustained minor injuries. 

Winchester Fire & Rescue extricates residents from East Street storm damage

Jul 19, 2021

On Saturday, July 17, 2021 at approximately 6:23 p.m., a Utility unit from Winchester’s Friendship Fire Company was flagged down by an East Street resident who reported a vehicle entrapment. As firefighters arrived on scene, they found the metal roof of 200-220 East Street had been blown off of the building and wrapped around several vehicles, with four residents trapped in a van. Firefighters were able to extricate the occupants with no injuries, and no injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the roof damage. 

New Event and 2021 Schedule for Independence Day

Jun 22, 2021

The City of Winchester’s 2021 Rockin' Independence Eve event and fireworks, usually held on July 3 in Old Town Winchester, was canceled due to the pandemic. However, we’re excited to announce that Old Town Winchester and Winchester Parks and Recreation will sponsor a new event, Let Freedom Swing!, at the Taylor Pavilion on Saturday, July 3 beginning at 3 pm (no admission or tickets sold, free to attend).