Winchester’s Holiday Parade kicked off the season in Old Town

It’s parade season in the area and Winchester’s annual Holiday Parade steps off tonight in Old Town!

The parade begins at 7 pm and typically lasts an hour.

Following the parade at roughly 8 pm, a tree lighting ceremony with Santa will be held at the courthouse lawn area on the Loudoun Street Mall.

Road closures will begin at 5:30 pm surrounding the walking mall.

The parade route will follow Cameron Street to Piccadilly, left on Braddock St., left on Cork St. and finish at Loudoun St.

Roads will reopen at 8:30 pm.

For a full list of road closures for the Winchester Holiday Parade, click here.

To view the schedule for the other upcoming holiday parades in the area, click here.

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Tropical storm Ophelia update

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

Virginia State Police encourages Virginians to plan ahead as Tropical Storm Ophelia makes her way inland.

If you must travel during the storm, please slow down, this will give you more time to safely react to the wet conditions.

Never drive through standing water and do not tail gate.

Be sure to buckle up and stay off your phones.

Lastly, make sure you have plenty of gas and that your vehicle is running properly.

For the latest on road closures, please call 511 on your cell phone.

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Winchester plans emergency response exercise

The City of Winchester will hold a full scale emergency exercise on October 1st.

The training exercise will take place at John Handley High School from 8 am to noon and include the city’s public safety departments, public schools, and supporting agencies.

The simulated scenario will involve an active threat at Handley.

The goal is to assess first responders and school staff’s readiness in the event of a threat.

On that date, there will be increased traffic around Handley, John Kerr Elementary, and Quarles Elementary.

There will also be numerous road closures in those areas.

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FCPRD hosts Battlefield Half Marathon

walking in a winter wonderland

The Battlefield Half Marathon and Relay will get started this morning.

The starting line will be in the Kernstown Battlefield and then proceed to a scenic run on Middle Road.

For the protection of the runners, portions of Middle Road and a few adjacent roads will be closed.

If you are supporting a runner or a spectator, a battlefield walking tour will be available.

It will last about an hour and give you plenty of time to get back to the finish line to support your runners.

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Hometown Halloween takes over Front Royal

Hometown Halloween will take over downtown Front Royal tomorrow evening.

The Town of Front Royal, the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, the Merchants on Main Street, and Front Royal IBA have partnered together for this event.

Things will get started with pumpkin carving at noon.

A costume parade will follow at 4:00 pm then Trick-or-Treating along Main Street at 6:00 pm.

Portions of Main Street and Chester Street will be closed for the festivities so plan accordingly.

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Paving Operations on Route 761

Traffic Update

Motorists should expect delays on part of Route 761 ( Old Charlestown Road) in Clarke County from 7a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, September 24-26. There will b epaving operations between Route 659 (Longmarsh Road) and the Frederick County line. Digital signs as well as flagging crews will be in place throughout the work zone. All work is weather permitting.

VDOT announces Rockland Rd. is closed to through traffic for repairs

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the closure of Rockland Rd. for the next couple of days.

Repairs are being made to the railroad crossing before Virginia Hills Church.

The repairs will take a number days to complete and is subject to weather conditions.

It is advised that you use Fairgrounds Rd. until repairs are complete.

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VDOT closes roads for rail repair

new bridges shenandoah county

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close Route 631 Marlboro Road today June 7 until Thursday June 10 near Stephens City.

Then on Tuesday June 8 the Railroad crossing between Rt. 11 and Hites Road will close.

Klines Mill Road between Rt.11 and Hites Road will be closed Thursday June 10 and 11.

All will be closed for rail repair with detour signs up.

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