News Flash

Posted on: May 17, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful earns Gold Star Affiliate status

Two preteens in matching T-shirts arrange flowers in a planter; a woman in a KVB shirt supervises

PHOTO #1: Students with Crossroads Business and Education Connection’s YOUth LEADership Conference place flowers in a hanging planter at Keep Victoria Beautiful’s headquarters on July 15, 2021. Keep Victoria Beautiful hosted the seventh-grade students for...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful awards teams with most trash, most unusual find

People in work vests stand near a pickup loaded with bags of trash.

Keep Victoria Beautiful volunteers took part in a record-setting cleanup Earth Day weekend—and they found some interesting things along the way.

City of Victoria Community Appearance Manager Christy Youker announced awards for the cleanup at the M...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful launches beautification grant program

A decorative planter with a metal butterfly and a painted window nearby

PHOTO: Santa Rita Market received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for May. KVB officials plan to help even more property owners beautify their spaces with a new grant program.

Keep Victoria Beautiful is partnering with private don...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful sees record-setting turnout for Earth Day cleanup

Group of kids wearing safety vests. One holds a Don't Mess with Texas bag.

Young community members pose for a photo April 23 before the citywide Earth Day weekend cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful. During the event, 230 volunteers picked up 139 bags of trash (along with other bulky items) at eight sites along public high...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: March 22, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful earns $7,300 grant for multiple programs

Large group of people in work vests outside

PHOTO #1: About 160 volunteers attended the Silver City neighborhood cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful on March 5. Community members collected 67 tons of brush and bulky trash and 215 tires at 41 residences during the cleanup.

PHOTO #2: Keep Victor...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Frost Bank earns City beautification award

Group of people, some in business attire, pose with KVB sign near Frost Bank sign and landscaping.

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Frost Bank executives and employees pose for a photo Aug. 3 at Frost Bank, 7602 N. Navarro St., with KVB’s Business Beautification Award traveling sign. Frost Bank received the Business Beautification Award for ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful to host citywide Fall Sweep

People in yellow safety vests in a parking lot gather trash grabbers and other supplies

PHOTO #1: Residents gather cleaning supplies July 17 at Lone Tree Creek Park at the start of a cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful.

PHOTO #2: Residents pick up trash July 17 at Lone Tree Creek Park during a cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful.

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: July 9, 2021

Vela Farms earns City beautification award

Five people pose with a sign that reads "Keep Victoria Beautiful Beautification Award."

Vela Farms, 221 S. Main St., received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for the month of July. The award is given monthly to recognize businesses that help to beautify the Victoria community through property upkeep, landscaping and...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: November 25, 2020

Keep Victoria Beautiful seeks volunteers for beautification event

KVB_Final Logo

Keep Victoria Beautiful is seeking volunteers to help with the organization’s first community-led beautification event since its revival and integration with the City earlier this year.

“We’d like to host these types of events on a regular basis going forw...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Environmental Services reschedules Monday pickups

A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

PHOTO: A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

Residents who are normally scheduled for trash, recycling and yard waste collection Monday will have an adjusted schedule this week only. 

  • Trash will be collected on Wednesday, ...
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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 31, 2020

City of Victoria initiates beautification at water plant

Clean, pale-colored water tanks

PHOTO #1: The water tanks at Water Pumping Plant No. 3, located at Airline Road and Ben Jordan Street, recently were pressure-washed.

PHOTO #2: The water tanks at Water Pumping Plant No. 3, located at Airline Road and Ben Jordan Street, recently were dark-...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Starting Sept. 1, trash loads must be secured with tarps

Tarp or Ticket, Tarp your load or receive a fine

PHOTO: City of Victoria Environmental and Beautification coordinator Tiffany Koenig and Victoria County Precinct 1 Constable Gary Smejkal appear in a promotional image for the “Tarp or Ticket” campaign, which encourages residents to properly secure garbag...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Community Appearance Division unveils new Welcome to Victoria sign

Councilman, mayor and Environmental Services director in front of "Welcome to Victoria" sign

PHOTO #1: From left, Councilman Rafael De La Garza III, City of Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy and Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak stand in front of the newly renovated “Welcome to Victoria” sign on Bloomington Highway.

PHOTO #2: The City of Vict...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: June 1, 2020

City selects Keep Victoria Beautiful board chair, officers

Shannon Longoria at Keep Victoria Beautiful house

PHOTO: Keep Victoria Beautiful board chair Shannon Longoria stands May 22 outside the headquarters of the City’s Keep Victoria Beautiful program at the historic Hiller House, 3003 N. Vine St.

The City of Victoria Environmental Services revived its Keep Vic...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity provides breakfast to Solid Waste staff

Solid Waste group photo

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity provided breakfast to City of Victoria Solid Waste staff May 14 as a way of saying thank you for their hard work. Solid Waste staff has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including during the “Stay Home – S...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services

News Flash

Posted on: June 14, 2022

Victoria Fire Department honors lifesaving firefighter/EMTs

Firefighters sit at rows of tables and watch two firefighters give a slide show presentation

PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department employees eat breakfast while Fire Chief Tracy Fox, back right, and Assistant Chief Michael Belt, back left, share statistics about the Victoria Fire Department’s treatment of cardiac arrest patients during an EMS Life S...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 17, 2022

City of Victoria first responders partner with VISD for Shattered Dreams

Firefighter assisting two teenagers outside an ambulance

Victoria Fire Department Fire Captain Nathan Ojeda bandages a student’s arm at the scene of a simulated drunken driving crash as part of the Shattered Dreams event at Victoria East High School on May 12. The event is hosted by VISD to teach students about...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Victoria Fire Department earns statewide Best Practices designation again

Plaque naming the City of Victoria Fire Department a Best Practices Fire Department

The Victoria Fire Department was again named a Best Practices Fire Department—a designation that recognizes fire departments that meet high standards in every area of job performance—by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association at the TFCA’s annual conference Apr...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: April 12, 2022

EMS battalion chief named to health care nonprofit’s education committee

Mark Martyn

Victoria Fire Department EMS Battalion Chief Mark Martyn has been appointed to serve on the Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation’s education committee. TETAF is a nonprofit that supports the state health care system by surveying facilities and pr...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Victoria Fire Department to inspect fire hydrants citywide

A man in a cap lets water flow from the side spouts on a fire hydrant

PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department Lt. Nick Mosmeyer checks to make sure that the water flowing from a fire hydrant is clear and free of contaminants during an annual maintenance check in 2020. 

Beginning in April, the Victoria Fire Department will p...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: March 23, 2022

Victoria Fire Department’s Station One temporarily relocates

Victoria Fire Department Station One at Navarro and Goodwin

The Victoria Fire Department has temporarily moved out of Victoria Fire Station One, 606 E. Goodwin Ave., for renovations.

The renovations are expected to be complete in nine to 12 months.

Response crews have been relocated within the district to City of Vi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Victoria Fire Department marks 1 year of blood transfusions in the field

Equipment including an ice chest, a bag of frozen blood and medical tubes laid out on a table.

PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department Emergency Medical Services carries equipment, shown here, to provide blood transfusions to critically ill or injured patients.

Today marks one year since the Victoria Fire Department began providing whole blood transfusions ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 14, 2020

City of Victoria to provide no-cost flu shots to homeless and low-income residents

Flyer advertising the flu shot clinic Oct. 26-28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Queen City Park

The Victoria Fire Department is partnering with local health care providers and nonprofits to provide a no-cost flu shot clinic for homeless and low-income residents 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26-28 at Queen City Park.

The clinic will be funded by Community Devel...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Victoria Fire Department marks Fire Prevention Week with contest

A Dalmatian in a fire helmet cooks at a stove. Text reads "Serve up fire safety in the kitchen!&#

Victoria Fire Department employees are producing a collection of videos to teach the public about fire safety, and residents will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

“Normally at this time of year, we host our...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Victoria Fire Department employees achieve honors

Fire medics Luis Malone-Ordaz and Marcos Tudon

Victoria Fire Department fire medic Luis Malone-Ordaz was named Fire Fighter of the Year by the Victoria Northside Rotary Club. Malone-Ordaz has been with the Victoria Fire Department since May 2015. Before that, he worked for Gemini Ambulance Service in ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Victoria Fire Department to host livestreamed 9/11 ceremony

Members of the Victoria Fire Department pose for a photo

PHOTO #1: Members of the Victoria Fire Department pose for a photo at the San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb on Sept. 11, 2019. This year’s event will be hosted remotely at multiple locations, including Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

PHOTO #2: Co...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Victoria Fire Department swears in 8 recruits

Eight fire department recruits are sworn in at the DeLeon Plaza gazebo

From top left, firefighter/paramedic Leanna Richter, firefighter/EMT Madelyn Bishop, firefighter/EMT Rebekah Thompson, firefighter/EMT Ethan Strzelcyk, firefighter/EMT Angelo Stafford, firefighter/EMT Wyatt Andrews, firefighter/EMT Jalen Rangel and inspec...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: June 22, 2020

2 engineers retire from Victoria Fire Department after more than 20 years

Firefighter engineers Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo

City of Victoria Fire Department engineers Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo, who will both retire this month, have been with the department long enough to remember when Fire and EMS were separate operations.

Gomez and Liendo both started as members of Victoria E...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Victoria Fire Department aids regional task force in testing nursing home patients

Fire department paramedic wearing scrubs

PHOTO #1: Firefighter paramedic Pamela Yanta with the Victoria Fire Department prepares May 21 to help test nursing home residents for COVID-19. In order to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s May 11 order that all nursing home residents and staff be teste...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Victoria Fire Department Patch

The City of Victoria’s Fire Department has earned the American Heart Association’s 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus recognition for its efforts to improve care for patients suffering from an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a serious type o...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire

News Flash

Posted on: June 7, 2022

Victoria Public Library partners with local groups for ‘mini library’

Kids and two adults pose with books in front of a bookshelf.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library “mini library” bookshelf and library books were delivered to the Boys and Girls Club on June 6. Shown with the books are several club members, along with Nikki Hagel, program director, second from left, and Crystal Sa...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: May 24, 2022

Library plans celebration to kick off summer reading program

Small children in traditional Mexican dancing outfits perform indoors

PHOTO #1: Grupo Folklorico de Victoria performs in the Bronte Room during the Victoria Public Library Fun Fest Kickoff Celebration in 2021.

PHOTO #2: Children visit a booth to learn about the Victoria Fire Department during the Victoria Public Library Fun ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Victoria Public Library seeks input on strategic plan

A wide window painted with flowers and the word Library

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library collaborated with Free Art Victoria to host a window-painting event for teens on April 21.

When the Victoria Public Library first opened in the 1970s, libraries were mainly warehouses for books.

Since then, the scope of...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: July 13, 2021

City seeks volunteers for Victoria Public Library Advisory Board

People of different ages gather around tables in the Bronte Room with paint and craft activities.

PHOTO: Attendees participate in an art activity hosted June 4 at the Victoria Public Library during the Downtown Victoria Art Walk.

The City of Victoria is seeking to fill an unexpired term on the Victoria Public Library Advisory Board, and residents are e...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Victoria Public Library to host family holiday festivities

A woman and two children build gingerbread houses from graham crackers, milk cartons and candy.

PHOTO: Event attendees build a gingerbread house using graham crackers and milk cartons during the Victoria Public Library’s 2019 gingerbread house workshop.

The Victoria Public Library is inviting Victoria families to enjoy the holiday season safely durin...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Library partners with VISD to provide e-book access to students

Young adult e-books and audiobooks are displayed on a webpage.

PHOTO #1: Young adult e-books and audiobooks are available through the Victoria Public Library’s digital content provider, OverDrive.

The Victoria Public Library is collaborating with its digital content provider, OverDrive, and the Victoria Independent Sc...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Library partners with Meals on Wheels to deliver materials to seniors

A paper form listing genres of books, CDs and DVDs to be circled according to preference.

PHOTO #1: A form created by the Victoria Public Library allows Meals on Wheels clients to indicate materials they would like to have delivered to them.

PHOTO #2: Joshua Bonorden poses with one of the tiny libraries he helped build for the Victoria County U...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Victoria Public Library shares live performances by local artists

Singer/songwriter Jerry James plays guitar in library's Bronte Room

PHOTO: Victoria singer/songwriter Jerry James plays the guitar during a performance July 31 that was livestreamed from the Victoria Public Library’s Bronte Room as part of the library’s VPL Jams series featuring local musicians.

Residents who enjoy listeni...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City leaders, community members read aloud to promote literacy

Hunter Follett, CEO of Tejas Production Services, reads aloud

PHOTO: Hunter Follett, CEO of Tejas Production Services, reads aloud from a book in his office on July 30. The reading was filmed for part of a video series to promote National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9.

The City of Victoria this week invites residents to ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Day care honors Victoria Public Library staff member for outreach efforts

Woman reads aloud from picture book

PHOTO: Rebecca Sevier, aka “Ms. Rebecca,” reads from a picture book during Story Time Live on May 20. Sevier was honored Friday at the Tiny Sprouts Academy graduation ceremony.

When COVID-19 stopped Victoria Public Library assistant Rebecca Sevier from vis...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Library forgives fines during closure, begins return to normalcy

Girl decorates library window

PHOTO #1: Amelia Ripa decorates a window Wednesday during the Victoria Public Library’s Teen Area Window Painting event.

PHOTO #2: New carpeting was installed in the Victoria Public Library while the building was closed to the public.

PHOTO #3: Mary Jane Ri...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library

News Flash

Posted on: April 19, 2022

City hires new manager for Victoria Main Street Program

Kate Garcia

The City of Victoria has hired Kate Garcia as the new Main Street manager. In this role, she will spearhead downtown development and revitalization efforts in coordination with City management and the Victoria Main Street Program board of directors, opera...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: February 15, 2022

Victoria Rotary Club donates $1,000 for downtown crosswalk art

Mockup of a painted crosswalk featuring musical notes in downtown Victoria

PHOTO #1: This concept art provided by local artist Josh Vega of Free Art Victoria shows a proposed design for a crosswalk in downtown Victoria.

A recent donation from the Victoria Rotary Club will help the City of Victoria Main Street Program to implement...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Main Street Program invites residents to share downtown ghost sightings

Historic old federal building with porch columns. Grayscale and fog effect applied to image.

PHOTO: The old federal building, 210 E. Constitution St. in downtown Victoria, was constructed 1911-1913. Tenants at the building have often reported a feeling of being watched.

A woman living in a historic home in downtown Victoria often hears footsteps g...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 20, 2021

Developers invited to learn about federal incentive program

Opportunity Zone Workshop July 27, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Presenter: Paul D. Carman.

Residents can learn how to leverage federal tax incentives by investing in low-income areas throughout Victoria when the City of Victoria hosts an opportunity zone workshop 8-10:30 a.m. at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: November 24, 2020

City of Victoria to host virtual lighting ceremony for Christmas tree

Decorated Christmas tree stands at edge of DeLeon Plaza across from One O'Connor building

PHOTO: The H-E-B Christmas Tree stands in downtown Victoria on Nov. 23. The tree will be fully activated with lights and music after a lighting ceremony Dec. 4.

DeLeon Plaza will be all aglow with lighted decorations this holiday season, and the crown jewe...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: November 10, 2020

City’s Victoria Main Street Program to host 1st Artisan Market

Artisan Market. 21st of November, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 200 S. Main St. behind The Box Coffee.

Residents will be able to shop for art and handmade creations while enjoying food and live music at the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s new monthly Artisan Market starting Nov. 21.

“We’ve had many requests for more art in downtown Victoria, and loca...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Main Street Program invites children to decorate ornaments for tree

Wooden ornaments with Christmas designs are displayed in a faux snowscape with Christmas lights.

Tiny tots can help the Victoria Main Street Program make downtown merry and bright by decorating ornaments for a giant Christmas tree.

The Main Street Program will kick off the Christmas season Dec. 4 by lighting a 30-foot Christmas tree at DeLeon Plaza. D...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program, Welder Center partner for film series

The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts at night with neon lighting

Residents who want to enjoy the familiar pastime of a night at the movies can come to the Leo J. Welder Center for a safe, socially distanced experience while enjoying food from some of Victoria’s downtown restaurants.

The Victoria Main Street Program has ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: September 8, 2020

City adds hanging flower baskets at DeLeon Plaza

City staff hang flower baskets from the lampposts at the corners of DeLeon Plaza

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria’s Community Appearance Division hangs flower baskets Sept. 1 from the lampposts at the corners of DeLeon Plaza.

PHOTO #2: Flower baskets filled with sweet potato vines and mandevilla vines hang Sept. 1 from a lamppost at DeLe...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program launches monthly newsletter

Victoria Main Street Program newsletter

Victoria residents who want to stay informed about new business openings, events and other things happening downtown can do so by subscribing to the Victoria Main Street Program’s email newsletter.

The first edition of the newsletter was released July 17 a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program places banners downtown

Victoria Main Street Program banner

PHOTO: One of the new Victoria Main Street Program banners displays the program’s logo downtown.

The Victoria Main Street Program last week finished placing 42 red, white and blue banners downtown that feature the program’s logo and add a splash of color t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program designated as Main Street America Affiliate

Victoria Main Street Program logo

The Victoria Main Street Program has been recognized as one of 341 Main Street America Affiliate programs for 2020.

The Main Street Program has received this designation since 2012. The affiliate program recognizes Main Street Programs that subscribe to Ma...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street

News Flash

Posted on: June 7, 2022

Parks & Recreation to host Miller Lite Blastoff fireworks show

Red fireworks against dark sky

PHOTO: Fireworks light up the night sky during the Miller Lite Blastoff fireworks show in 2021 at the Victoria Community Center.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host its annual Fourth of July celebration—featuring a car show, live music, a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 24, 2022

Local batters win glory in home run derby competition

Group photo of people holding Parks & Recreation shirts and drawstring bags

PHOTO #1: Winners of the home run derby competition hosted by Parks & Recreation pose for a group photo May 20 during the Riverside Stadium 75th anniversary celebration.

PHOTO #2: Young athletes from local Little League teams take part in a youth showc...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 17, 2022

City marks Riverside Stadium anniversary with entertainment, history

Collection of black-and-white baseball photos and other memorabilia

PHOTO: Historic photos and other items loaned by residents will be on display at Riverside Stadium’s 75th anniversary celebration May 20-21.

Residents are invited to celebrate Riverside Stadium’s 75th anniversary May 20-21 with skills contests, live music ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Parks & Recreation ready to take on mosquitoes with updated program

mosquito

April showers don’t just bring May flowers; they also bring mosquitoes. Fortunately, the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation is ready to take on the pesky insects with its new integrated mosquito management program.

The program includes updated practic...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 29, 2022

City of Victoria hires first sports tourism manager

Michelle Myers

The City of Victoria’s first sports tourism manager is a marketing expert with 23 years of experience helping her clients share what makes them stand out.

“My goal is to make sure Victoria is always front and center when tournament directors are looking fo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Parks & Recreation master plan paves the way for long-sought dog park

A dog sits in a grassy fenced area

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria will construct a dog park in Riverside Park.

PHOTO #2: This map shows the proposed location of a new dog park within Riverside Park according to the Parks & Recreation master plan.

The implementation of the newly approved ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Riverside Golf Course superintendent earns regional recognition

Riverside Golf Course Superintendent Brian Woolard, seated, poses with plaque

City of Victoria Riverside Golf Course Superintendent Brian Woolard recently received the 2020 Golf Course Superintendent of the Year award from the Texas Gulf Coast Superintendents Association. He was nominated for this recognition by his peers within th...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Disc golf rentals now available at Riverside Park

Smiling woman stands near a disc golf goal basket in Riverside Park that contains discs and a bag.

PHOTO #1: Ashley Magee, owner of Flow Paddle Co, poses Nov. 14 at one of the disc golf baskets at Riverside Park with discs that are available to rent through her company. Contributed photo by Colby Calcote.

PHOTO #2: Dwayne Calcote plays disc golf Nov. 14...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host ‘reverse Christmas parade,’ fireworks show

Santa Claus waves from sleigh-themed parade float. Trees are visible in the background.

Victoria residents are accustomed to spending the first weekend in December sitting along the streets of downtown and watching a festive Christmas parade pass by, but this year, to ensure residents can enjoy the parade while keeping a safe distance from e...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Parks & Recreation adds pickleball at Victoria Community Center Park

Pickleball players stand at a distance from each other on a pickleball court.

PHOTO #1: Some of the volunteers who worked to convert the new pickleball courts at the Victoria Community Center Park, from left, are Nazmije Neziri, Jan Wendt, Katie Merriman, Dewayne Merriman, Wayne Pozzi, Danna Garland, David Peters, Buddy Breivogel a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host drive-thru trick-or-treat event at Riverside Park

Free event presented by Parks & Recreation. Drive-thru trick-or treat in Riverside Park 5-7 p.m.

Residents can put on their Halloween costumes and come to Riverside Park 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 24 for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience hosted by the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation.

“We haven’t had a Halloween event in a couple of years, so I was ex...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Splash pads will safely reopen to the public Saturday

Children play at the Ethel Lee Tracy Park Splash Pad during the facility’s 2018 grand opening.

PHOTO: Children play at the Ethel Lee Tracy Park Splash Pad during the facility’s 2018 grand opening.

Victoria’s splash pads will reopen to the public Saturday and are scheduled to remain open seven days a week through Oct. 25.

The splash pads have been clo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Parks & Recreation, Academy Sports + Outdoors give away gift cards

Woman holds giant Academy Sports and Outdoors gift card

PHOTO #1: Laura Janis, first-grade teacher and after-school program director at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, holds a $250 gift card provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Janis was the first-place winner in the back-to-school shopping spree giveaw...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 24, 2020

City seeks applicants for Parks & Recreation Commission

Parks & Recreation Commission meets for Zoom meeting

PHOTO: From top left, City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Director Jason Alfaro; City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz; Parks and Recreation Commission Chairperson W. Lee Keeling; and commission members Gloria Rodriguez, Jesse J. Olivarez, Marc Hinojosa and Gail ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 17, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation to host annual kayak clinic

Gabby Anglin paddles in kayak

PHOTO: Recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin paddles in the Stillwater Pool at Son Valley Ranch during Parks & Recreation’s kayak clinic in 2019. This year’s clinic will be Aug. 22. 

Residents will have a chance to learn the basics of kayaking b...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host youth sports, establishes health guidelines

Sports equipment with Academy Sports and Outdoors logo

PHOTO: Academy Sports + Outdoors donated equipment to the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation as part of a sponsorship for the department’s youth flag football league.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a Punt, Pass and Kick USA foot...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Parks & Recreation employees receive nationally recognized certification

Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin

City of Victoria Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin on Wednesday passed the test to receive their Certified Park and Recreation Professional certifications, a nationally recognized designation conferred by th...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host one-day soccer tournament

Soccer ball on grassy field

PHOTO: A soccer ball sits on the grass at Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a one-day soccer tournament July 11 at Lowe Field and Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

“Soccer is the most played sport ac...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Riverside Golf Course enjoying above-par conditions on greens

Man stands on golf course wearing facial covering

Longtime players at Riverside Golf Course tell Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez that the current course conditions are some of the best they’ve ever seen.

“Some of them have been playing at this golf course for 15 or 20 years,” Hernandez said. “So ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Fireworks show will be drive-in celebration with new amenities, distancing

Fireworks

Parks & Recreation will host the City of Victoria’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Victoria Community Center in a new drive-in format, allowing residents to park their cars to watch the patriotic show while keeping their distance from oth...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation partners with kayak business

Ashley Magee poses with kayaks

The City Parks & Recreation has partnered with Flow Paddle Co and starting Monday, the company will rent kayaks, inner tubes and bikes and offer guided kayaking tours.

“We’re very excited to be able to partner with Flow Paddle Co to offer this service ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City’s new online registration launches for summer sports leagues

Varsity Champs- VTX Warriors

The City of Victoria’s Parks & Recreation department has opened registration for its summer sports leagues through a new online system, and the public is encouraged to participate.

Participants will be able to register for the summer leagues using Comm...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 18, 2020

New Parks and Recreation director is experienced master planner

Jason_Alfaro

The City of Victoria’s next Parks and Recreation director is a Victoria native with 17 years of experience in parks and recreation, including capital improvement projects, master planning and day-to-day operations of parks systems.

Jason Alfaro will begin ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Victoria Police Department K-9 officers attend training in Laredo

Two men stand near a police car with a dog on a leash

PHOTO: Shown from left are K-9 Nero, Senior Police Officer Oscar Garcia and Senior Police Officer Jake Garza.

Victoria Police Department Senior Police Officers Oscar Garcia and Jake Garza spent the week of May 30 training with their K-9 partners, Nero and ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Victoria Police Department swears in 8 new officers

Eight uniformed police officers raise their right hands.

PHOTO #1: From left, Roy Parker, Marcos Olivares, Martin Melgoza, Braden Kirbo, Joshua Homan, Christopher Doria, Wilfredo Cordova and Kayle Bowers were sworn in May 27 as new Victoria Police Department officers during a ceremony attended by local law enfo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host free fishing event

Child fishing in a pond

The Victoria Police Department will host “Casting with Cops,” a free youth fishing event, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 18 at Son Valley Ranch to strengthen the relationship between Victoria’s youth and VPD officers. 

During this event, children ages 5 t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Victoria Police Department to gift bikes through Wal-Mart grant

Three kids with bike helmets in a parking lot. Two are riding bikes.

PHOTO: Local children attend a bike rodeo hosted by the Victoria Police Department in 2015 at Wal-Mart.

The Victoria Police Department will have the opportunity to gift bicycles and safety gear to dozens of children throughout the community thanks to a $5,...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host community meetings

People sit in rows of folding chairs and talk amongst themselves. Police officers stand in the back.

PHOTO: Residents attend a community meeting hosted by the Victoria Police Department in 2021 at Victoria ISD’s F.W. Gross campus.

Residents will have an opportunity to learn about the Victoria Police Department and other local government groups that serve ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Victoria Police Department, Prosperity Bank host secure document disposal

Two men unload cardboard boxes from the back of a pickup truck

From left, Victoria Police Department Deputy Chief Chuck Young and Prosperity Bank Chairman John Zacek help unload documents from a resident’s vehicle during the Shred-it secure document disposal event April 23 at Prosperity Bank. VPD and Prosperity Bank ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Victoria Police Department swears in girl fighting cancer

A young girl and a woman with multiple uniformed officers in the background outside at City Hall

The Victoria Police Department hosted a private swearing-in ceremony for Keimryn Lee, a local girl fighting cancer, on March 31 at City Hall. The event was attended by Keimryn’s family, members of the Victoria Police Department and other City officials. K...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: April 5, 2022

Victoria Police Department offers advice to protect vehicles from criminals

Person trying to open car door in low-lighted area

This year is shaping up to be another busy one for vehicle burglaries, and the Victoria Police Department is reminding residents that taking simple precautions can help them avoid being targeted.

More than 100 vehicle burglaries have been reported in Victo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Victoria Police Department hires second deputy chief

Man in police uniform raises his hand while being sworn in by the city secretary.

PHOTO #1: Charles “Chuck” Young II, right, is sworn in as a Victoria Police Department deputy chief by City Secretary April Hilbrich, left, during a private ceremony Aug. 2 at 700 Main Center. Young is accompanied by his wife, Natali Young.

PHOTO #2: Victo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: July 6, 2021

Victoria Police Department swears in 5 new officers

Five men in police uniform in front of police department backdrop

From left, Ever Sanchez, Paul Higdon, Aaron Baylor, Henry Ybarra and Sampson Holt were sworn in June 29 as new Victoria Police Department officers during a ceremony attended by Victoria Police Department officers and family members at the Victoria Communi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Victoria Police Department policies earn gold-standard recognition

Three men in police uniform hold framed certificates outside police station

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department was recently recognized again under the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation’s Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program. Shown, from left, are Officer Jeffrey Lehnert, Police Chief Roberto Arred...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Victoria Police Department to host COVID-safe ‘National Night In’

National Night In parade route. For list of neighborhoods, visit the VPD Facebook page

The Victoria Police Department is putting a new spin on its National Night Out this year with National Night In, replacing community meetups with safer methods of building camaraderie between neighbors and first responders.

“National Night Out is usually a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: September 11, 2020

City announces chief of police finalists

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The City of Victoria’s search for a new chief of police has resulted this week in the selection of three finalists. 

“The chief of police holds one of the most important positions within the City,” City Manager Jesús A. Garza said. “Working closel...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Victoria Police Department earns trust by upholding core values

Interim Police Chief J. Mark Jameson

Recent high-profile incidents of police violence have led to a breakdown of trust in law enforcement. We have seen citizens rising up across the nation to demand accountability and have been stunned to see how some protests have turned violent.

The Black L...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Community says goodbye to Police Chief J.J. Craig

State Representative Geanie Morrison addresses attendees

PHOTO #1: State Representative Geanie Morrison addresses attendees at a farewell gathering for outgoing Victoria Police Department Chief J.J. Craig on Monday at the Victoria Community Center. City employees and representatives of various community organiz...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City of Victoria Police receives $500,000 grant

Police Patches

The City of Victoria Police Department was awarded a $500,000 grant Tuesday from the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, which provides funding to law enforcement agencies to hire new personnel.

“We’re excited that the Victoria Police Depa...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

What is the City doing to fix the duck pond (and why is it taking so long)?

The duck pond gazebo island, with water drained and structural damage around the base

This post was originally published in the Victoria Advocate as a letter to the editor.

We understand residents’ frustration with the lengthy closure of the duck pond. The repair and reopening of the duck pond is a more complicated process than re...

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Prepare for hurricane while waters are calm

Rick McBrayer

For the Victoria City/County Office of Emergency Management, disaster preparation never stops. Throughout the year, we train our partner agencies to respond to a host of disasters, from hurricanes and floods to hazmat incidents and terrorist attacks.

We es...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Downtown master plan is set in motion with new initiatives

Kate Garcia

This is an exciting time for downtown Victoria.

In the few years since the City assumed management of the Main Street Program, downtown has been busy with new businesses, new event programming and new development. 

We’re entering a new ph...

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Blogs
Posted on: May 17, 2022

How can the library better meet your needs?

Dayna_Capone

Are you a Victoria Public Library patron? If so, how can we improve our services? If not, how can we change that?

The scope of services offered by public libraries has changed greatly over the years, and we need to make sure we are still providing our patr...

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Blogs
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Action agenda quarterly updates help residents track City's progress

Julie_Fulgham

During the development of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, hundreds of Victoria residents made it clear that they want to see big changes in this community. How do we make those changes happen?

The City develops an action agenda every three to four years to id...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

City Corner Column: Up to speed - Broadband improvement has been a long-term effort by City

Darrek Ferrell

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of the internet, improving access was on City of Victoria leaders’ to-do list. In November 2019, the City Council adopted a resolution requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

City Corner Column: Feeling the pinch from inflation? We’ll help you plan a staycation

Joel Novosad

If high gas prices and inflation have thrown your outings off course, don’t worry; the City of Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you find activities close to home that won’t break the bank.

The CVB maintaints a comprehensive calenda...

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

City Corner Column: Promoting sports tourism is a winning play

Jesús Garza portrait

More than 900 athletes got to experience Victoria’s top-notch athletic facilities firsthand during the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games earlier this month—and we hope there will be many more to follow.

It was a historic we...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

City Corner Column: Prepare for hurricane while waters are calm

Rick McBrayer

For the Victoria City/County Office of Emergency Management, disaster preparation is a year-round process. Throughout the year, we train our partner agencies to respond to a host of disasters, from hurricanes and floods to hazmat incidents and terrorist a...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

City Corner Column: Community input guides spending of American Rescue Plan funds

Jesús Garza portrait

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in unimaginable ways—but with the federal funding we’ve received through the American Rescue Plan, some of those changes can be for the better.

Victoria recently was allocated $14.5 million through the federal Am...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

City Corner Column: Explore your Victoria this summer

Joel Novosad

Watching in-person events return during the past couple of months has been a breath of fresh air. It seems like more of our community partners are opening their doors for fundraisers, day camps, live music and other activities that were sorely missed last...

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Posted on: June 29, 2021

City Corner Column: Building a better downtown for all of Victoria

Danielle_Williams

I was blown away by the response to the Victoria Main Street Program’s first-ever Art Walk earlier this month. Downtown was bustling with residents enjoying the return to normalcy, going to businesses and perusing artwork by talented local artists.

This su...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation sets goals for prosperous future

Portrait of William R. Blanchard, board president of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation

My career has taught me about the type of environment businesses need to thrive. As the CEO of DeTar Healthcare System for nearly 30 years, I knew there were only two ways DeTar’s base of potential patients could grow: if the community grew or if we offer...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Let’s talk turkey: How to celebrate Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Thanksgiving turkey on a serving platter

COVID-19 precautions like staying inside and staying apart may not fit most people’s idea of a Thanksgiving celebration, but with a few modifications, you can still enjoy the holiday while keeping your loved ones safe.

Curbing the spread of COVID-19 is esp...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Fire Department expands public health role

Fire Chief Robert "Tracy" Fox

When young kids say they want to be firefighters when they grow up, they may not imagine themselves providing flu shots to economically disadvantaged residents to keep hospitalizations low during a global pandemic—but for the Victoria Fire Department, it’...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Heat your home safely by keeping seasonal hazards in mind

Family forms wide circle around smiling cartoon space heater: I'm so happy when I have my own spa

The weather outside will be frightful before we know it—but before you light a fire in the fireplace or turn on your heating appliances, remember that fire safety is crucial even (and especially) during the colder months.

John Stary, fire inspect...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Regional Airport helps whole community soar

Airport director Lenny Llerena

Imagine flying into George Bush Intercontinental Airport late at night after a lengthy vacation or business trip. You’re tired and jet-lagged, and you want nothing more than to go home and rest. Would you rather spend another two hours driving home or fly...

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Posted on: October 27, 2020

As fiscal year begins, capital improvement projects steadily move forward

The proposed duck pond design, featuring a larger water area and gazebo moved to opposite side

PHOTO: An image from a March 3 presentation to City Council shows the proposed new design for the duck pond in Riverside Park.

Fiscal year 2021 kicked off for the City of Victoria on Oct. 1, but whether you notice any changes may depend on where you look.

T...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

PSA shares public health information with Victoria’s Spanish speakers

Josephine Soliz sits at the council dais during the filming of a PSA.

“La familia lo es todo,” Mayor Pro Tem Josephine Soliz implores the camera from her seat on the City Council dais, “y tenemos la responsabilidad de protegernos.”

Family is everything, and we have a responsibility to protect each other.

That’s the message be...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Broadband Commission seeks ways to keep people connected

Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell

As society progresses, amenities like electricity and plumbing that were once luxuries for a privileged few become expected and necessary parts of life. In the house where I grew up, we couldn’t get cable TV because of our location relative to rail lines....

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

City Corner Column: Music industry professionals, how can we help you?

Joel Novosad

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to serve on the new Victoria Music Friendly Advisory Board, an unpaid board that will yield dividends for its members, the City and our community as we seek to harmonize our efforts to cultivate V...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Census deadline is almost here; here’s why you should respond

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The window to take part in our nation’s once-in-a-decade head count closes Oct. 5.

As the deadline nears, we realize that residents who haven’t responded yet may have a variety of reasons for not doing so. Nevertheless, we want to emphasize that everyone c...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Corner Column: Take a “Minute” to learn about the City

Ashley Strevel

People like to say, “You learn something new every day.” I hope that’s true for Victoria residents, who have plenty of ways to learn about the many services and programs the City offers. 

When choosing where to eat, V...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Public Works in Action: City smooths out pothole repair process

Bryant Stamps repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #1: Equipment operator Bryant Stamps repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #2: Crew leader James Toth repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #3: Crew leader Hen...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

City Corner Column: With 2021 budget approved, residents can look forward to bright future

Jesus Garza

Last week, the City Council approved the budget for fiscal year 2021. The completed budget represents a culmination of efforts by City leadership to find the best ways to continue addressing the community’s needs and take the next steps toward b...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Complete Count Committee ramps up Census effort as deadline nears

Complete Count Committee members discuss the 2020 Census at Liberty Coffee Haus

PHOTO: From left, Celeste Menchaca, City of Victoria development coordinator; Ashley Strevel, City of Victoria director of Communications & Public Affairs; Bethany Castro, executive director of Perpetual Help Home; and Jodi Sandoval, community health ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Going virtual brings challenges, new possibilities

IT Director James Foote

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations of every stripe to rethink the way they do business, and the City of Victoria is no exception. As social distancing recommendations have guided us to limit the number of people in City-owned buildings, we&...

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Certified Permit Technician uses love of code to assist residents

Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk

PHOTO: Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk at the City of Victoria Development Center. Gomez holds a Permit Technician Certification from the International Code Council.

Spending hours a day researching building codes may not be most ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Public Library provides education, entertainment during pandemic

Dayna_Capone

Recently I ran into someone I know while I was assisting with checkouts on a busy day at the Victoria Public Library. As I helped her check out, she thanked me and said, “This is helping me with my mental health.”

It was a reminder of t...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #5: Census plays role in health care, pandemic recovery

Don't forget to wash your hands and respond to the 2020 Census!

Responding to the U.S. Census is a bit like washing your hands: It’s a simple action that won’t take too much of your time and will help to protect the health of your community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark lesson about th...

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

City Corner Column: City works to bring you information wherever you are

Ashley Strevel

Whether you’re scrolling through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; checking email; listening to a podcast; turning on your TV; or picking up the newspaper, the City of Victoria’s Communications & Public Affairs will be there to provi...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Recreation services manager

Woman on kayak with another woman on dock

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the City of Victoria is spotlighting its Parks & Recreation employees who help make Victoria a great place to live, work and play.

PHOTO: Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel, right, and recreation ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

City Corner Column: What’s in store for Parks & Recreation? It’s up to you

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

I’m excited to be back in my hometown directing Parks & Recreation. Victoria is a city with a lot of natural beauty, and we’ve got a great parks system with good bones and plenty of space for expansion and new amenities. Our recrea...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Head golf professional

Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez wears a face mask at Riverside Golf Course

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the City of Victoria is spotlighting its Parks & Recreation employees who help make Victoria a great place to live, work and play.

When Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez tells people his job title...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

City Corner Column: Building a better Victoria through new methods, ongoing projects

Public Works Director/City Engineer Ken Gill

Public Works is taking an increasingly scientific approach to road repairs, gathering information that will help us to provide a pavement management report that will lead to more cost-effective maintenance programs for our streets.  

We’...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Victoria Police Department earns trust by upholding core values

Interim Police Chief J. Mark Jameson

Recent high-profile incidents of police violence have led to a breakdown of trust in law enforcement. We have seen citizens rising up across the nation to demand accountability and have been stunned to see how some protests have turned violent.

The Black L...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

We’re prepared for hurricane season. Are you?

Yellow binder open to page displaying City and Office of Emergency Management logos

PHOTO: Environmental Services’ emergency procedures for hurricanes and other disasters are recorded in a yellow binder. The department recently finalized contracts with AshBritt, a debris management company, and TetraTech, a monitoring service c...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

City Corner Column: Looking back, looking forward after 1 year in Victoria

Jesus A. Garza

It’s been a year since I came to Victoria to take on the role of city manager, and both the job and the city have been great. My wife and I love the fact that Victoria is a small enough community to feel family-oriented but big enough to have am...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Fun things to do in Victoria this summer

Kayakers on the Guadalupe River

Summer is a time for relaxation, and this year we’ve definitely earned it. The kids have logged out of their virtual classes, and with some pandemic restrictions being lifted, it’s likely that you’re looking for a cure for yo...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

City Corner Column: Maintenance, custodial staff keep City buildings safe throughout pandemic

Roger Welder

When you come to City offices to apply for a permit or pay your water bill, you may not give much thought to the maintenance and custodial workers who keep the building running. Today, however, I’d like to commend my staff for their excellent re...

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Helping downtown thrive through COVID-19 and beyond

Danielle_Williams

Danielle Williams, Victoria Main Street Program director and interim director of Parks and Recreation 

It seems like more and more people nowadays are visiting Victoria’s historic downtown after hours, stopping by to go for a jog or walk...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 2: Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19

Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Harvey

In the second part of my interview with Chief Fox we cover Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19, both so impactful to Victoria in such different ways.

This blog post is the second in a two-part series about Fire Chief Robert Fox’s experiences with major...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

City Corner Column: 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan outlines long-term goals for Victoria

Maggie Bergeron

Transportation planning is often a moving target. The City’s Development Services department uses the best data available on demographics and growth trends to plan far into the future, but these goals still must be revised and updated on a regul...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 1: 1998 flood

1998 flood

Ashley Scott, digital media specialist for the City of Victoria

During a person’s career there are always moments that stand out. For most these may be big projects or promotions. For a firefighter, though, these times may include natural disaste...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Corner Column: Communication can be used for good during public health crisis

Ashley Strevel

There’s a profound word picture in the Bible that depicts how we can become refined through trials, much like gold becomes when it is put through the fire. It’s a parallel to the process of character growth, a concept I’m sur...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Things you can do while you’re staying home, staying safe

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Staying at home can be frustrating if you’re not used to it, especially if it’s just one of many challenges you’re facing during the COVID-19 situation. However, following the City and County “Stay Home – ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

City Corner Column: Coronavirus Liaison Team seeks out problems, solutions

Portable handwashing station

The recommendation to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds seems straightforward enough—unless you’re out on the street and don’t have ready access to soap and water.

That’s just one of the problems taken up by ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #4: Census will determine representation

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes our population.

During the last census 10 years ago, Texas’ population was clocked at 25,145,561, and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that our state grew more than 15% between the...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Support your community during COVID-19 situation

Joel Novosad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Governor’s Office and the White House are advising residents to avoid gatherings of 10 people or more in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As always, the City of Victoria...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #3: Demographic data helps with retail recruitment

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

Do you want to see more shopping or restaurant options in Victoria? You can help by responding to the 2020 Census.

We’re all familiar with the excitement caused by the arrival of a favorite national retail chain in our city as well as the heartbr...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

City Corner Column: Placido Benavides Drive helps design Victoria’s future

Julie Fulgham

Take a drive along the newly opened Placido Benavides Drive from Navarro Street to Ethel Lee Tracy Park. As you do, look around at the wide-open fields and imagine the possibilities for this blank canvas – new neighborhoods, a Class A office spa...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Grant funding drives big changes in Victoria Transit system

Shelter at transit stop

If you were excited to see a sleek new bus stop being installed at the Victoria College Science Center, complete with a bike rack and solar-powered lighting, then get ready to see even more upgrades at a total of 48 Victoria Transit stops across the city....

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Are you helping us to keep Victoria beautiful?

Tiffany Koenig

If you’ve driven by Navarro and the Loop this past week, you’ve probably seen City crews chipping away at the litter in the drainage ditch near IHOP, doing their part to turn our public spaces into something we can all be proud of.

The ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

City Corner Column: Plan 2035: Victoria’s road map to success

Jesus Garza

Since coming to Victoria, I’ve had countless conversations with elected officials, business leaders and community stakeholders who’ve shared their ideas about what’s important to them and our city. Most of them want the same ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #2: Accurate count helps schools get resources they need

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

If school district officials receive funding to provide lunch for 50 children, one can imagine the last thing they would want is for 250 hungry students to show up when lunchtime rolls around.

Having an accurate head count in the 2020 Census impacts more t...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation: Promises made, promises kept

Gilbert Reyna

The clothes you just bought are helping to pay for road repairs, recreational facilities and a wide variety of other projects that help make Victoria a better place to live and work.

On Jan. 27, the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation will gather fo...

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Blogs
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #1: The 2020 Census determines federal funding

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and with it comes an opportunity for Victoria to show the federal government just how much our city has grown. Maybe you already know that the census is used to gather data for representation and other purposes,...

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Posted on: June 27, 2022

City of Victoria closings for Independence Day observance

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All nonemergency offices at the City of Victoria will close Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

The Victoria Public Library will be closed.

The compost site will be closed.

The landfill will be open.

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Posted on: June 27, 2022

City to switch back to chloramines for water disinfection

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The City of Victoria will switch back to its usual water disinfection process starting Friday, July 1, but most residents will not notice a difference.

The City will resume using chloramines for water disinfection. The City used chlorine for disinfection d...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

City of Victoria employees earn child passenger safety technician certifications

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PHOTO #1: Car seat inspectors with the City of Victoria and other government agencies pose for a photo during a car seat inspection event that was hosted by the Municipal Court on May 19 at the Victoria Community Center. Eleven City of Victoria employees ...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

City of Victoria Communications team wins high honors at state conference

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PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs team, from left, Lauren Meaux, public safety community affairs manager; A.J. Gonzalez, digital media specialist; Shane Blucher, videographer/media specialist; Sa...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

City seeks volunteer applicants for Planning Commission

People seated at council dais. Projector screens in the back show a slide show.

PHOTO: The Planning Commission opens a public hearing on a variance request for a proposed commercial development at 714 E. Rio Grande St. during the commission’s April 21 meeting.

The City of Victoria is seeking three volunteers to serve on the Planning C...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Riverside Soccer Complex to close for maintenance

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PHOTO: The Riverside Soccer Complex, 1407 W. Red River St., will close for maintenance June 17-July 2.

The Riverside Soccer Complex will close for maintenance June 17-July 2.

Over time, foot traffic at the soccer fields can cause problems with turf density....

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Victoria Police Department K-9 officers attend training in Laredo

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PHOTO: Shown from left are K-9 Nero, Senior Police Officer Oscar Garcia and Senior Police Officer Jake Garza.

Victoria Police Department Senior Police Officers Oscar Garcia and Jake Garza spent the week of May 30 training with their K-9 partners, Nero and ...

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Victoria Fire Department honors lifesaving firefighter/EMTs

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PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department employees eat breakfast while Fire Chief Tracy Fox, back right, and Assistant Chief Michael Belt, back left, share statistics about the Victoria Fire Department’s treatment of cardiac arrest patients during an ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Residents must conserve water as Guadalupe River falls

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The City of Victoria is requiring residents to take steps to conserve water as the City initiated Stage II of its drought contingency plan this week. 

The City’s drought contingency plan is a series of water conservation measures that th...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Victoria Station Apartments earns City beautification award

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Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Victoria Station Apartments employees and management pose for a photo June 7 at Victoria Station Apartments, 1701 Victoria Station Road. Victoria Station Apartments received KVB’s business beautification award f...

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Posted on: June 7, 2022

Victoria Public Library partners with local groups for ‘mini library’

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PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library “mini library” bookshelf and library books were delivered to the Boys and Girls Club on June 6. Shown with the books are several club members, along with Nikki Hagel, program director, second from ...

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Posted on: June 7, 2022

Parks & Recreation to host Miller Lite Blastoff fireworks show

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PHOTO: Fireworks light up the night sky during the Miller Lite Blastoff fireworks show in 2021 at the Victoria Community Center.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host its annual Fourth of July celebration—featuring a car show, liv...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

City of Victoria, UHV break ground on Ben Wilson improvement project

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PHOTO #1: The University of Houston-Victoria hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Ben Wilson Corridor Improvement Project on June 3. Shown from left are City Manager Jesús A. Garza, City Councilmember Josephine Soliz, Councilman Rafael DeLaGarza, UH...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Victoria Police Department swears in 8 new officers

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PHOTO #1: From left, Roy Parker, Marcos Olivares, Martin Melgoza, Braden Kirbo, Joshua Homan, Christopher Doria, Wilfredo Cordova and Kayle Bowers were sworn in May 27 as new Victoria Police Department officers during a ceremony attended by local law enfo...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Library plans celebration to kick off summer reading program

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PHOTO #1: Grupo Folklorico de Victoria performs in the Bronte Room during the Victoria Public Library Fun Fest Kickoff Celebration in 2021.

PHOTO #2: Children visit a booth to learn about the Victoria Fire Department during the Victoria Public Library Fun ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Local batters win glory in home run derby competition

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PHOTO #1: Winners of the home run derby competition hosted by Parks & Recreation pose for a group photo May 20 during the Riverside Stadium 75th anniversary celebration.

PHOTO #2: Young athletes from local Little League teams take part in a youth showc...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

AT&T to bring its high-speed fiber internet service to Victoria

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AT&T has begun the process of installing a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that will provide Victoria residents with another option for ultrafast and reliable high-speed internet.

“One of the goals of the Victoria Broadband Commission ha...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

City of Victoria first responders partner with VISD for Shattered Dreams

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Victoria Fire Department Fire Captain Nathan Ojeda bandages a student’s arm at the scene of a simulated drunken driving crash as part of the Shattered Dreams event at Victoria East High School on May 12. The event is hosted by VISD to teach stud...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

City marks Riverside Stadium anniversary with entertainment, history

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PHOTO: Historic photos and other items loaned by residents will be on display at Riverside Stadium’s 75th anniversary celebration May 20-21.

Residents are invited to celebrate Riverside Stadium’s 75th anniversary May 20-21 with skills c...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

O’Connor Elementary School student wins City coloring contest

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Amaya Celine Alvarez, a third-grade student at O’Connor Elementary School, is the winner of a coloring contest hosted by the City of Victoria for Public Service Recognition Week (May 1-7). First- to third-grade students from Aloe Elementary Scho...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful earns Gold Star Affiliate status

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PHOTO #1: Students with Crossroads Business and Education Connection’s YOUth LEADership Conference place flowers in a hanging planter at Keep Victoria Beautiful’s headquarters on July 15, 2021. Keep Victoria Beautiful hosted the sevent...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

City promotes water conservation due to low rainfall upstream

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The City of Victoria is asking residents to conserve water as the Guadalupe River falls below its normal level for this time of year due to low rainfall upstream.

Residents can help the City conserve water by following these tips:

  • Do not over-water your law...
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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host free fishing event

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The Victoria Police Department will host “Casting with Cops,” a free youth fishing event, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 18 at Son Valley Ranch to strengthen the relationship between Victoria’s youth and VPD officers. 

During...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful launches beautification grant program

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PHOTO: Santa Rita Market received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for May. KVB officials plan to help even more property owners beautify their spaces with a new grant program.

Keep Victoria Beautiful is partnering with private don...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Residents approve all 14 charter amendments

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Residents voted to approve all 14 proposed amendments to the City charter during the May 7 joint special election.

The amendments, which were developed by a volunteer committee of residents, can be viewed online at www.victoriatx.gov/charter.&...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Amanda Berry appointed to Victoria Housing Authority Board

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Mayor Jeff Bauknight has appointed Amanda Berry to the Victoria Housing Authority Board, which oversees public housing for low-income residents, to fill a two-year term that will expire in 2024. In this role, she will help guide development of a forthcomi...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Accessibility mission prepares court for pandemic-era success

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By Sam Hankins, City of Victoria communications specialist

This article originally appeared in the May issue of Texas Town & City, published by the Texas Municipal League.

PHOTO #1: Municipal Court staff pose for a photo with the Tyler Excellence Award ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Victoria Police Department to gift bikes through Wal-Mart grant

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PHOTO: Local children attend a bike rodeo hosted by the Victoria Police Department in 2015 at Wal-Mart.

The Victoria Police Department will have the opportunity to gift bicycles and safety gear to dozens of children throughout the community thanks to a $5,...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Deputy city attorney promoted to city attorney

Allison Lacey

Allison Lacey was recently promoted to city attorney for the City of Victoria. In this position, she will serve as the legal advisor for the City, a role that includes representing the City in legal proceedings as well as drafting and reviewing ordinances...

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful awards teams with most trash, most unusual find

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Keep Victoria Beautiful volunteers took part in a record-setting cleanup Earth Day weekend—and they found some interesting things along the way.

City of Victoria Community Appearance Manager Christy Youker announced awards for the cleanup at the M...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Victoria Public Library seeks input on strategic plan

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PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library collaborated with Free Art Victoria to host a window-painting event for teens on April 21.

When the Victoria Public Library first opened in the 1970s, libraries were mainly warehouses for books.

Since then, the scope of...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

2 in intensive care after wreck near Spring Creek Drive

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The two occupants of a 2018 Chevy Traverse that was in a wreck May 5 are currently in intensive care at Brooke Army Medical Center.

The wreck occurred about 5 p.m. May 5. The Traverse was traveling southbound on North Main Street and turning left onto Spri...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Victoria Fire Department earns statewide Best Practices designation again

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The Victoria Fire Department was again named a Best Practices Fire Department—a designation that recognizes fire departments that meet high standards in every area of job performance—by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association at the TFCA&...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host community meetings

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PHOTO: Residents attend a community meeting hosted by the Victoria Police Department in 2021 at Victoria ISD’s F.W. Gross campus.

Residents will have an opportunity to learn about the Victoria Police Department and other local government groups t...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Victoria Police Department, Prosperity Bank host secure document disposal

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From left, Victoria Police Department Deputy Chief Chuck Young and Prosperity Bank Chairman John Zacek help unload documents from a resident’s vehicle during the Shred-it secure document disposal event April 23 at Prosperity Bank. VPD and Prospe...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful sees record-setting turnout for Earth Day cleanup

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Young community members pose for a photo April 23 before the citywide Earth Day weekend cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful. During the event, 230 volunteers picked up 139 bags of trash (along with other bulky items) at eight sites along public high...

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Posted on: April 20, 2022

City joins Texas PACE program to encourage development

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PHOTO #1: Renovations at the Barfield Building in Amarillo were funded by a PACE program loan that enabled power and water efficiency improvements at the historic building. Photo contributed by Texas PACE Authority 

The Victoria City Coun...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Parks & Recreation ready to take on mosquitoes with updated program

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April showers don’t just bring May flowers; they also bring mosquitoes. Fortunately, the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation is ready to take on the pesky insects with its new integrated mosquito management program.

The program includes updat...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

City hires new manager for Victoria Main Street Program

Kate Garcia

The City of Victoria has hired Kate Garcia as the new Main Street manager. In this role, she will spearhead downtown development and revitalization efforts in coordination with City management and the Victoria Main Street Program board of directors, opera...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

City of Victoria Public Works announces certifications, promotion

Adolfo Mireles Arizpe, Joseph Brawner and Jefferson Lemmons

City of Victoria Public Works utility maintenance worker Adolfo Mireles Arizpe earned his Class D water operator license from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Class D license is an occupational license certifying that an individual has t...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

City attorney says goodbye, takes public service to next level

City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz

Whether he’s in a classroom, a conference hall or the council chambers, City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz has always had a passion for public service.

Gwosdz (his last name rhymes with “push”) will retire from the City on June 30 af...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

EMS battalion chief named to health care nonprofit’s education committee

Mark Martyn

Victoria Fire Department EMS Battalion Chief Mark Martyn has been appointed to serve on the Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation’s education committee. TETAF is a nonprofit that supports the state health care system by surveying facilit...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

City attorney named to statewide Society for Legal Scholars

Thomas_Gwodz

City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz has been awarded fellowship in the Society for Legal Scholars by the Texas Bar College. The Texas Bar College is a legal society that recognizes and encourages lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

City honors COVID-19 Response Team for protecting employees, public

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PHOTO #1: City Manager Jesús A. Garza recognized the City’s COVID-19 Response Team during the April 5 City Council meeting. These employees helped coordinate the City’s internal efforts to protect employees, their families a...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

City suspends Bootfest, prepares for 2024 bicentennial anniversary

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Victoria’s 200th anniversary is coming up in 2024, and the City of Victoria is starting preparations now to ensure that the bicentennial celebration is one for the history books.

Joel Novosad, director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, bri...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Action agenda update shows progress on 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals

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The City is making significant progress on beautification, fixing roads and other goals outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, according to the latest update on the 2021-2023 Action Agenda.

The City develops a new action agenda every three to four years,...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Victoria Police Department swears in girl fighting cancer

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The Victoria Police Department hosted a private swearing-in ceremony for Keimryn Lee, a local girl fighting cancer, on March 31 at City Hall. The event was attended by Keimryn’s family, members of the Victoria Police Department and other City of...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Victoria Police Department offers advice to protect vehicles from criminals

Person trying to open car door in low-lighted area

This year is shaping up to be another busy one for vehicle burglaries, and the Victoria Police Department is reminding residents that taking simple precautions can help them avoid being targeted.

More than 100 vehicle burglaries have been reported in Victo...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

City of Victoria hires first sports tourism manager

Michelle Myers

The City of Victoria’s first sports tourism manager is a marketing expert with 23 years of experience helping her clients share what makes them stand out.

“My goal is to make sure Victoria is always front and center when tournament directors are looking fo...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Municipal Court to host first “outreach docket” at Salvation Army shelter

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Residents who are unable to attend traditional Municipal Court dockets will have a chance to resolve their warrants when the court hosts its first outreach docket 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 4 at the Salvation Army shelter, 1304 N. Louis St.

Municipal Court Judge...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Victoria Fire Department to inspect fire hydrants citywide

A man in a cap lets water flow from the side spouts on a fire hydrant

PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department Lt. Nick Mosmeyer checks to make sure that the water flowing from a fire hydrant is clear and free of contaminants during an annual maintenance check in 2020. 

Beginning in April, the Victoria Fire Department will p...

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Posted on: March 23, 2022

Victoria Fire Department’s Station One temporarily relocates

Victoria Fire Department Station One at Navarro and Goodwin

The Victoria Fire Department has temporarily moved out of Victoria Fire Station One, 606 E. Goodwin Ave., for renovations.

The renovations are expected to be complete in nine to 12 months.

Response crews have been relocated within the district to City of Vi...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful earns $7,300 grant for multiple programs

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PHOTO #1: About 160 volunteers attended the Silver City neighborhood cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful on March 5. Community members collected 67 tons of brush and bulky trash and 215 tires at 41 residences during the cleanup.

PHOTO #2: An H-E-B te...

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Posted on: March 15, 2022

New infill housing program seeks to turn abandoned lots into home sites

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Faced with high housing costs and run-down vacant lots, the City of Victoria is proposing to kill two birds with one stone: Why not fill the lots with houses?

The City is partnering with the Victoria Housing Finance Corporation to create an infill housing ...

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Council approves first phase of citywide lighting project

An LED light shines brightly at night. Faint amber-colored HPS lights are seen in the distance.

PHOTO #1: The City installed LED lights at Queen City Park and Pine Street Park last year.

The City Council at its March 1 meeting approved the first phase of a project that will replace all 4,052 of Victoria’s amber-colored high-pressure sodium (HPS) ligh...

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Posted on: February 15, 2022

Victoria Rotary Club donates $1,000 for downtown crosswalk art

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PHOTO #1: This concept art provided by local artist Josh Vega of Free Art Victoria shows a proposed design for a crosswalk in downtown Victoria.

A recent donation from the Victoria Rotary Club will help the City of Victoria Main Street Program to implement...

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Posted on: January 18, 2022

City of Victoria names new economic development director

Danielle Williams

City of Victoria Main Street Program Executive Director Danielle Williams will apply her passion for supporting small businesses to a wider area in her new role as economic development director for the City of Victoria.

The City created this role last year...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Parks & Recreation master plan paves the way for long-sought dog park

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PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria will construct a dog park in Riverside Park.

PHOTO #2: This map shows the proposed location of a new dog park within Riverside Park according to the Parks & Recreation master plan.

The implementation of the newly approved ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Strategic economic development partnership will bring modern, affordable housing to Victoria

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Press release from The NRP Group

With a population nearing 70,000, Victoria, Texas, is a growing community in need of additional low-cost workforce housing options for new and current residents. Victoria's community leaders, along with multi-family housing...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

City’s Victoria Broadband Commission seeks to expand broadband options with Sparklight partnership

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City officials are pleased to announce Sparklight, a nationally recognized internet provider, will build a state-of-the-art fiber optic network in Victoria that will provide another option for fast and reliable high-speed internet.

The multimillio...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

City of Victoria attracts developer for workforce housing project

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This story was updated April 20, 2022, to change the expected completion date to November 2022 and to add contact information for leasing inquiries.

Realtex Development Corporation will begin construction Aug. 2 on Enchanted Gardens Apartments, a new affor...

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Posted on: June 17, 2021

City seeks input on how to spend federal COVID-19 aid

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The City of Victoria has received millions in federal aid to help the Victoria community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and protect itself against future disasters, and residents can have a say in how the money is spent.

The City will receive $14,508,2...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

City receives $621,000 grant to repair duck pond

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UPDATE: This story was updated Nov. 16 to reflect the updated schedule for the duck pond restoration. More information about the project is included in this Sept. 21 memo to City Council.

PHOTO #1: The Riverside Park duck pond is seen in this 2014 file pho...

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