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Arbor Day Foundation Names Winterville Tree City USA

2/21/18 - Winterville, GA, was name a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  

City of Winterville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.  "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained.  They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation:   The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurtute, and celebrate trees.  More information is available at


Winterville Arbor Day Celebration

2/9/18 - Set aside this time to come celebrate Arbor day in Winterville by the Winterville Tree Commission & the City of Winterville.  Meet at The Depot from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to participate in a:

  • Tree Planting Celebration
  • Pruning Demonstration
  • Commemorative Tree Program

For more information:

For more information on the Commemorative Tree Program download this brochure (pdf).


Winterville Comprehensive Planning Meeting

2/7/18 - 

City Council Public Meeting
City of Winterville
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:30 pm – Winterville Train Depot

The City of Winterville announces a Public Meeting for the next phase of its comprehensive planning process on
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 6:30 pm at the Historic Winterville Train Depot.  The purpose of the Public Meeting is to receive community input on the comprehensive planning process and provide opportunities for public participation therein.


2/2/18 - Winterville Comprehensive Plan Questionnaire   Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.  Thank you.

NEW and Available as Souvenirs and Gifts!

Get your City of Winterville Commemorative Cups for yourself or as Souvenirs and gifts!

Your choice of a mug and/or tumbler at $10.00 each!


Each cup printed with the new City Seal.

13 oz. Tin style Coffee Mugs
Ceramic mugs in the style of tin cups
Slightly flared top for easier drinking and less spills. Hand wash only.
Stainless Steel tumbler can hold up to 20 oz.
Insulated cup uses a vacuum to keep beverage hot or cold. Hand wash only.

Election Day

11/2/17 - As Tuesday, November 7, approaches, citizens of Winterville and Athens-Clarke County are encouraged to be sure to VOTE!  Depending on where you live, voting options vary and you are encouraged to visit "My Voter Page" at to see your sample ballot. 

Winterville residents are electing three councilmembers, and 100% of A-CC and Winterville residents will vote "yes" or "no" on the TSPLOST referendum which means over $969,000 for Winterville and $16.8M to construct the Firefly Trail connecting Winterville to Athens.

Winterville pledges 70% of our TSPLOST tax (approx. $678K) to pedestrian safety and sidewalks; 30% (approx. $291K) to pavement maintenance and improvement.

In addition to these funds which are specifically destined for Winterville, TSPLOST includes an additional $42 Million to be spent county-wide for pedestrian, bicycle, and street paving improvements in the next five years.

The last day for early voting is tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd.  There will be no early voting on Monday, November 6th.  If you cannot get to the polls on Tuesday, absentee ballots are available from the Board of Elections.


Dear Wintervillians, 
We are happy to announce the award of $55,476 in grant funding from the Fox Theatre Institute to the City of Winterville for the purposes of renovating our Auditorium. More information will be coming very soon, but please enjoy this good news and thank the Winterville Arts Council and David Matthews-Morgan for making this happen.

Sincerely, Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Intersection Closure/90 Day Trial

7-11-17 - This message serves as an alert to new traffic routing being proposed by the City. City Council voted last night to begin a 90 day trial closure of the cross over to Dozier St. from Robert Hardeman Road. Motorists will have to turn North or South on to Main St. from Robert Hardeman instead of crossing over Dozier to cut through to Parkview and beyond. During the recent Charrette with UGA the community voiced their desire for more walkability and addressed key areas of concern. This intersection was pointed out and became one of the main takeaways from the Charrette. A traffic study revealed 229 cars used Dozier St. on a Wednesday in the middle of summer. The narrow street and sharp curve joining Dozier St. to Church St. are not suited for this amount of traffic while Main St. and Parkview can certainly handle that flow. I will be visiting neighbors in the area to gain feedback. I will also hold a Town Hall meeting specifically to address concerns/comments about this project. Please join me August 8th at 6 p.m. in City Hall. If you have any comments/concerns please send them to Our goal is not to inconvenience our citizens, but to provide a safer place to live. This is a trial to better inform that decision.

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Green Apple Day of Service at WES

10-17-17 - Dear Wintervillians,

Winterville Elementary School will be holding a Green Apple Day of Service this Saturday the 21st from 8 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers will be assembling benches for an outdoor classroom, clearing out garden boxes for planting and creating a pollinator garden at the school.  Materials will be donated, but we could use tools and labor if you can spare either.  Please come out and pitch in for your community school! Hope to see you this weekend.

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

10/6/17 - Consultants with Athens in Motion will be on hand at the Front Porch Bookstore Concert Series this Saturday at 6 p.m. to answer questions and update citizens on the progress of ACC's 20 year Bike and Pedestrian Master  plan. Hope you can attend! 

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Athens in Motion

Winterville Elementary Awarded AthFest Educates Grant

10-6-17 - We are proud to announce that Winterville Elementary art teacher, Carli Brownlee, is the recipient of a 2017 AthFest Educates Grant.  This grant will provide twelve ipads along with additional materials needed to implement a stop-motion animation project with second through fifth-grade students at Winterville Elementary.  This assignment will encourage students to explore the art of filmmaking and will provide students with experience in planning, producing, and editing their own stop-motion film.  

AthFest Educates is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to sustain and advance music and arts education for young people in Athens-Clarke County.”  AthFest Educates is funded through two main events: AthFest Music and Art Festival, held each summer, and AthHalf, the Athens, Georgia Half Marathon held each October.  AthFest Educates awards up to $50,000 annually to support music and arts programs in the Athens area.  

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Attention Winterville: Storm Info

9/8/17 - The Winterville Emergency Management Team met yesterday to make preparations for Hurricane Irma. Our goal is to provide safe haven in the city for all citizens, especially those who may become displaced from their home and need shelter after the storm. The Winterville Center for Community and Culture at 371 North Church St. has been designated as Winterville's emergency shelter. If your home becomes damaged or you need shelter AFTER the storm, please call 706-742-7348 anytime for help. If you cannot get to the Winterville Center on your own we will send Winterville Volunteer Fire or Winterville Police to pick you up and transport you to safety. If you are ill or require medical attention please call 911. All public safety vehicles are fueled up and ready. All city employees have been busy preparing so that we may provide the absolute best support possible for our citizens. Below you will find more information on how to prepare as well as the FEMA checklist on what to pack in an Emergency Kit.

What You Can Do Now:

Some steps you can take to protect your property include:

-Ensure all windows in your home and auto are closed.
-Secure any loose items on your property such as furniture and outdoor equipment.
-Put your vehicle under a carport or in a garage.
-Pay attention to warnings and evacuation orders by local authorities.

Emergency Kit:

-Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

-Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

-Flashlight and extra batteries

-First aid kit

-Whistle to signal for help

-Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

-Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

DONATIONS: Please stay tuned for needs that arise after the storm. Donations can be dropped off at the Winterville Volunteer Fire Department on 125 South Church Street.

Please dial 911 if you are having a medical emergency or your situation is life threatening.
Call 706-742-7348 if your house becomes damaged or you need shelter.

Winterville is here for our Citizens!!

Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor

Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid

8/1/17 - Winterville Auditorium Bid Document #10260

The City of Winterville intends to solicit bids for renovation work in the Winterville Auditorium. The renovation work includes the installation of an HVAC system, theatre lighting and sound systems, electrical work and general construction work including bathrooms, a sound and light booth, a soundproof wall, two dressing rooms, a concrete slab and an attic floor on which to store items. The bid schedule is as follows:

  •  Bid document distributed on Friday, July 28
  •  An optional bidders conference will be held at 10:00 A.M. EDT on Tuesday, August 1 in the Winterville Auditorium
  •  Bid responses will be due at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, August 11

The contract will be awarded contingent on a matching fund award by the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI). The FTI grant, which is due on Tuesday, August 15, requires bids from three qualified contractors as part of the application process.

Winterville Auditorium Bid Document #10260  (PDF)


8/2/17 - Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid Addendum #10260 - 1

8/3/17 - Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid Addendum #10260 - 2

8/8/17 - Winterville Auditorium Renovation Bid Addendum #10260 - 3

Happy Charter Day for the City of Winterville!

Happy Winterville Charter Day!!! On August 15th, 1904 the City of Winterville was awarded our Charter from the Georgia Legislature. A special day for sure! 


Wendy Bond Receives 10 Year Anniversary Award

7/11/17 - Mrs. Wendy Bond, Winterville's City Clerk, was honored by Mayor Dodd Ferrelle and City Council with an award for serving the City for ten years at last night's Council meeting.


Tuesday, May 23

Tree Ordinance Workshop
6:00-7:00 pm
Historic Winterville Train Depot

Town Hall Meeting
7:00-8:00 pm
Historic Winterville Train Depot


Tree Canopy Conservation Ordinance Draft (PDF)

Winterville A & E Chart Draft (PDF)


$25,000 Matching Grant for Auditorium

 We are very excited to announce a fundraising kickoff that will take place at the Marigld Festival on May 20.  A private citizen has very generously offered to match dollar for dollar all donations to the Auditorium renovation up to $25,000 through the end of 2017.  So, if you purchase a nameplate for one of the auditorium seats at $500, the city gets $1,000 to put into the renovation.  Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Winterville Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  Contact Wendy Bond at City Hall for more information.



Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance Workshop

Tuesday, March 21,  6:30 pm at City Hall

Participate in the planning for the City of Winterville


Winterville Design Charrette

Winterville CharretteFEBRUARY 27, 2017 - The Winterville Design Guidelines Charrette took place February 24th through 26th in the Historic Train Depot.  UGA students and professors from the College of Environment and Design spent tthree days in our city and conducted an intense look into our vision for a "screen door community."  The official presentation will be scheduled soon.  All citizens are encouraged to attend.  Community Workshops will be held soon after the presentation so that we can begin prioritizing the exciting work that lies ahead.




Photo - Wendy Bond




Winterville Arbor Day
Photo - Kenneth Storey

MARCH 20, 2017 - Winterville celebrated Arbor Day Tree Planting Demonstration by Seth Hawkins from the Georgia Forestry Commission on  Monday, February 20th at 10 a.m. Families visited the new Phase 4 Natural Area of Pittard Park just below the new Basketball court near the Boy Scout Hut for a reading of the proclamation by the Mayor, Dodd Ferrelle.



MARCH 30, 2016 – Mayor Dodd Ferrelle held the first meeting of the Safe Routes to School planning team on Wednesday to discuss a key initiative of his administration: creating an accessible Winterville. Central to this goal is Winterville Elementary School. Mayor Ferrelle hopes that, through Safe Routes, WES students and Winterville citizens alike will be able to easily and, most importantly, safely walk or bike to and from the school and the surrounding areas.

In addition to the Mayor, the Safe Routes to School Working Group is comprised of key members of the Winterville community, officials from Athens-Clarke County and Clarke County School District, and staff from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC). Under the guidance of the NEGRC, the Safe Routes to School program aims to increase the number of children walking and biking to school, as well as improve the safety of children and the community as a whole. Further, the group aims to reduce traffic congestion and foster the sense of a true “neighborhood school.”

In attendance were NEGRC staff members John Devine and Kenny Gilbert, Winterville Police Chief John Finley, ACC Traffic Engineer Steve Decker, and CCSD Safety & Energy Coordinator John Dorsch. On behalf of WES was Principal Jerry Stapleton and Assistant Principal Dr. Stacie Carson. WES parent Savannah Hembree also offered valuable insight on the morning commute and potential safety issues.

“Lack of sidewalks is a major issue,” noted Mayor Ferrelle. The group outlined existing problem areas, which included narrow sidewalks on Main Street and the need for lit crosswalks near the school. Also mentioned was non-infrastructure solutions, such as enforcement by the Winterville Police Department of speed limits within school zones, and programs to encourage students to walk or bike to school.

According to ACC Traffic Engineer Steve Decker, recent efforts to improve student and pedestrian safety throughout Athens-Clarke County have been markedly successful. Prior to the changes, there were over 400 citations issued for school zone speeding in Winterville. The solution was a combined effort of enforcement, engineering, and public information. Solar-powered flashers were installed at school zones and crosswalks. The Safe Communities Roadway Committee, formed in 2011, worked to reduce speeds and distracted driving within ACC’s 22 school zones.

These initiatives have led to a 38 percent reduction of speeding in school zones. However, the Mayor and the Safe Routes Working Group hope to build upon the work of ACC and the vigilance of the Winterville Police Department.

“What we’re doing is only going to accent the strength that [these initiatives] already show,” said Ferrelle. Safe Routes to School, in addition to the Complete Streets Program, will fulfill the goal of a walkable Winterville by connecting all citizens to key points throughout the city.

For more information on the Safe Routes to School Partnership, please visit their website.



JUNE 7, 2016 – The City of Winterville won two of the 18 prestigious Historic Preservation Awards presented by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation on June 6 at the Morton Theatre in Athens. The ACHF is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is “to increase awareness of the value of historic resources to the Athens community.”

The organization celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 and this year held its 47th annual awards ceremony honoring local preservation efforts. The awards recognize both the projects and the individuals behind them.

The Foundation presented the Carter-Coile Country Doctors Museum, as well as its curator, Lee Hartle, and Mayor Dodd Ferrelle, with a 2016 Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation. The contractor on this project was Michael Todd from Bar None Construction LLC.

The old Winterville High School, which presently houses the Winterville Center for Community and Culture, as also awarded an Outstanding Rehabilitation Award. The ACHF recognized the development as an example of a historic building that has found new use thanks to preservation efforts of former Mayor Emily Eisenman and WCCC Director Jack Eisenman. David Matheny of Armentrout, Matheny & Thurmond, and the Hutton-Vandiver Company served as the architect and the contractor respectively.

To learn more about historic preservation and to explore the history that our community has to offer, please visit the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.



Photo Credit: Barbette Houser, Flagpole Magazine


APRIL 18, 2016 – The Winterville Center for Community and Culture opened its inaugural exhibit on Friday, April 15. The rotating exhibit, which will be replaced by new pieces every two months, focused on a variety of art styles and featured several local artists. The art show was a huge success for the Winterville Center and will be an asset to the community for years to come. Check out Barbette Houser’s review of the show in Flagpole Magazine:

When an editor suggests to me that I check out the inaugural art opening at the new Winterville Center for Community and Culture, I don’t know why images of Siberia pop into my head. After all, it is only five miles from Athens.

I do know that after arriving at the center on a recent Friday night to check out the show curated by Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla, I was reminded of just how jaded I’ve become.

Walking in the door, the sense of community, enthusiasm and pride was palpable. Smiling arts council members took the time to introduce themselves and shake hands. The executive director, Jack Eisenman, made sure to welcome visitors personally.


Inaugural Winterville Center for Community & Culture Art Show

APRIL 12, 2016 – Join us for the Inaugural Winterville Center for Community & Culture Art Show this Friday, April 15. This will be the first of a series of two-month-long art shows open to the public, free of charge. The opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

Curated by Jimmy Straehla, the Winterville Center Art Show will showcase Winterville area artists including Van Bellville, Madison Binkley, Cameron Bliss, Susan Clay, Tex Crawford, Margot Ecke, Peter Loose, Mike Jones, Steve Milsap, Jim White, Jen Wolf, cap man as well as Terry Rowlett, who helped install the show. While all of the artists are from the general Winterville area, they represent a variety of mediums, from oil paintings to stone carvings to mixed media.

The Art Show is free of charge and open to the public.

From left to right: Blaine Williams, ACC Acting City Manager; City Councilperson Mary Quinn; Dr. Keith Everson, Northeast Georgia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Director; ACC Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson (District 1); Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle; former Mayor Emily Eisenman; Kevin Gentry, Superintendent, ACC Streets & Drainage; David Fluck, Central Services Director; George Chandler, City Engineer


Volunteers helped to plant marigolds over the weekend.

APRIL 10, 2016 - Thank you to all of the residents who spent their Sunday planting marigolds for the upcoming Marigold Festival! We love our volunteers and look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 21 for the annual festivities!

Dodd Ferrelle and the Winter Villians open the Front Porch Book Store's spring concert series.

APRIL 2, 2016 - Mayor Ferrelle opened up the spring concert series at the Front Porch Book Store. About 128 members of the community gathered on the front lawn to enjoy food from the Civitan Club and entertainment by Dodd Ferrelle and the Winter Villians. The Red Oak Southern String Band will be playing at the next concert on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m.


Mayor Ferrelle congratulates newly hired Community Center Director Jack Eisenman at January's City Council meeting.

JANUARY 12, 2016 - Mayor Ferrelle called for a vote to hire a Director of the Winterville Center for Community & Culture, and Jack G. Eisenman was voted in unanimously by the City Council. Congratulations, Jack!