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Motorcyclist Jackie Battles takes a breather in front of Winchester City Hall Monday after spending most of the day on his motorcycle to get to the “Winchester” in Franklin County, from his native Winchester, Va. In addition to his Virginia home, his trip agenda includes Winchesters located in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Motorcyclist is roaring through the Winchesters

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

Just as promised, motorcyclist Jackie Battles rolled into Winchester on Monday, on the first part of his whirlwind trip across the country to visit all the other 23 towns in the United States named Winchester. Looking tired but in good spirits, the Winchester, Va., resident stopped by the Herald-Chronicle’s news office Tuesday afternoon to provide readers with an update about how his trip to the nation’s many Winchesters was going.

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    Posted on July 4, 2014 at 5:33 am

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  • Cyclist on mission to visit 24 ‘Winchesters’ to arrive here July 7

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

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  • Hometown girl to compete for Miss Tennessee title

    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Camille Gamer

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  • Local author’s book launch party is Thursday

    Posted on June 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

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  • Turner’s seek help to find engagement ring

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Lionel and Jill Turner and family

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