WinTran’s Laurel Ridge Route begins service

Logo used by permission from Laurel Ridge Community College

The City of Winchester’s new public transit route to Laurel Ridge Community College began service today.

The bus will stop at five locations between the downtown Winchester Boscawen Street transfer station and the Community College every 70 minutes.

The stops include Bank of Clarke, Braddock Street at Amherst Street, John Handley High School, Shihadeh Innovation Center, and Jubal Early Drive at Apple Blossom Drive.

The Laurel Ridge Route will run throughout the year except for holidays with the first bus leaving at 7:10 am and the final bus returning at 9:10 pm.

All buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with a bike rack.

Winchester Transit would also like to remind all residents that it is free to travel on any WinTran bus to any destination through June 30, 2023.

To view the schedule and stop information, click here.

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Senator Tim Kaine visits the Valley

Senator Tim Kaine visited the area this past week making stops in Winchester, Frederick County and Front Royal.

While in Winchester, he visited the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center and spoke on the importance of the future of Career and Technical Education.

He then went to Frederick County’s new water treatment which is under construction.

While in Front Royal, he spent time with the family of the former Front Royal mayor, George Banks.

He visited the family’s home along the newly renamed road in his honor and spoke on his ability to “build bridges” in the community.

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WPS officially opens it’s Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center

Valedictorian

Winchester Public Schools (WPS) held the grand opening ribbon cutting at the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center yesterday Oct. 13.

According to the WPS social media site dignitaries from across the state including Gov. Northam and former Gov. McAuliffe and Mayor Smith among others attended the celebration.

The celebration which included the Handley High School marching band was at 536 Jefferson Street Winchester.

According to the WPS’s website the center offers students and adults hands on training for skilled jobs in health care and skilled labor.

The center is a partnership with Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) and local industry to help train and equip students with the skills to meet the demands of the regional job market.

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