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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Environmental Services launches survey to begin education on proper waste disposal

A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

PHOTO #1: An Environmental Services recycling truck picks up residential recycling left in green recycling carts.

The City of Victoria’s waste disposal programs help to keep reusable or hazardous materials out of our landfill—but the programs only work if ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: November 28, 2023

City of Victoria celebrates completion of Laurent Street mural

Large group of people in safety vests cutting a ribbon in front of a mural featuring a kingfisher

The City of Victoria on Nov. 28 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Laurent Street Underpass Mural Project. The ceremony was attended by City officials, UP Art Studio, contributing artists and others who participated in the...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

City of Victoria and partners break ground on public safety headquarters

Group photo of people with ceremonial shovels and hard hats

PHOTO: Representatives of the Victoria City Council, Victoria Police Department, Victoria Fire Department, City of Victoria Municipal Court, City Manager's Office, FGM Architects, construction contractor SpawGlass and project management firm AG/CM gathere...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: February 13, 2024

Civilian Responder Program trains residents to save lives

Two people rappel down the side of a metal building

PHOTO #1: Residents will be able to rappel down the side of a building during the Civilian Responder Program hosted by the Victoria Fire Department. This photo was taken during the 2021 program.

PHOTO #2: Residents will be able to use the Jaws of Life to c...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: February 6, 2024

George Gamez sworn in as chief of Victoria Fire Department

Man in firefighter dress uniform raises his hand as he is sworn in by a woman near VFD backdrop

PHOTO: George Gamez is sworn in as chief of the Victoria Fire Department by City Secretary April Hilbrich on Feb. 5 during a ceremony at the Victoria Community Center. The event was attended by City of Victoria leadership, local first responders, governme...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Interim Fire Chief Shannon Martin honored at retirement ceremony

Chief Shannon Martin holds an engraved plaque or book, surrounded by firefighters in dress uniform

Current and former City of Victoria staff, elected officials and state officials came together Jan. 26 to celebrate the career of Victoria Fire Department Interim Chief Shannon Martin during a retirement ceremony at the Victoria Community Center. Martin s...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: January 2, 2024

City of Victoria names George Gamez as new fire chief

George Gamez

The City of Victoria’s new fire chief brings 30 years of diverse fire and EMS experience to his new role.

Chief George Gamez was selected as the sole finalist for the position of fire chief following an extensive search. His first day on the job will be Fe...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: December 19, 2023

Victoria Fire Department promotes new fire marshal

Jeff Cowan

The City of Victoria has promoted Jeff Cowan to the role of fire marshal. In this role, he will plan, organize, develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive fire prevention program with the City. He will investigate the cause, origin and circumstances ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Victoria Public Library receives statewide excellence award

Adults seated around a table making paintings of flamingos and hearts

PHOTO #1: Residents take part in a Valentine’s Day-themed painting activity at the Victoria Public Library in 2023.

PHOTO #2: Children watch a science demonstration during an event hosted by the DOW Science Team at the Victoria Public Library.

The Victoria ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: January 30, 2024

City of Victoria librarian earns graduate degree

MariaLuisa Rodriguez

City of Victoria librarian MariaLuisa Rodriguez recently graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma. The MLIS degree includes the knowledge needed to work in both traditional and non...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

New downtown street signs will display historical street names

An intersection with two signs. One says Murray, Manchola. The other, Main, Calle de los Diez Amigos

PHOTO: Newly installed street signs at the intersection of Murray Street and Main Street—originally Manchola and Calle de los Diez Amigos—display the historical names of the streets.

If you had lived in Victoria in the early 1800s, a trip through town migh...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: December 12, 2023

Merry on Main offers festive family fun

Kids run and play in foam snowflakes. A woman holds a small child up high.

Children play in artificial snow from the Foamed Up Foam Parties snow cannon during Merry on Main on Dec. 8 in downtown Victoria. The two-day event featured photos with Santa, inflatables, cookies and cocoa, an ice slide, pony rides, a petting zoo and an ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: December 5, 2023

City of Victoria celebrates lighting of H-E-B Christmas Tree

Santa Claus and a young woman prepare to throw a ceremonial light switch on a Christmas tree

Mayor’s Youth Council President Katie Jane Kopecky and Santa Claus, accompanied by Mayor Jeff Bauknight, light the H-E-B Christmas Tree during a lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at the City Hall courtyard. The 30-foot tree will remain on display at City Hall thro...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: June 27, 2023

City to begin DeLeon Plaza expansion

A large permanent stage at DeLeon Plaza near the O'Connor building. People watch and mill around.

PHOTO #1: As part of the DeLeon Plaza expansion project, the grassy seating area on the north side of the plaza will be gently sloped to meet the new paved performance area. The water feature and restroom awning shown in this conceptual rendering are not ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Duck pond fishing to be temporarily suspended

A sign at the duck pond reads No fishing until September 1st. We are working on stocking the pond.

The Riverside Park duck pond with soon be filled with new fish to catch—but first, they will need some time to grow.

Fishing will not be allowed at the duck pond starting Feb. 26, except for City-hosted fishing events such as the upcoming kids’ fishing cam...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: September 15, 2020

Duck pond ribbon-cutting, fishing event postponed due to weather

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Riverside Park duck pond, as well as the kids’ fishing camp following the ceremony, are being postponed due to inclement weather.

Both events, originally scheduled for Feb. 17, will instead be held Thursday, March 14.

The...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 6, 2024

Parks & Recreation hosts youth hunt on Port of Victoria land

Large outdoor group photo of kids and adults, most of them in hunting gear

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation hosted its fourth Texas Youth Hunting Program hunt Feb. 2-4 in partnership with the Port of Victoria, the Texas Youth Hunting Program, the Texas Wildlife Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Five...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: September 15, 2020

City seeks residents’ input on Victoria Community Center improvements

Aerial view of a large carnival at the Victoria Community Center grounds.

PHOTO: Residents play games and enjoy carnival rides as part of the Big Texas Fun Crawfish Festival at the Victoria Community Center in 2021. 

The City of Victoria is seeking residents’ input to guide improvements at the Victoria Community Center ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: September 15, 2020

City to host ribbon-cutting for Riverside Park duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

PHOTO: The Riverside Park duck pond, which reopened in December 2023, includes a spacious gazebo overlook and a floating fishing pier.

The City will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, to celebrate the renovation of...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: December 5, 2023

Award winners announced for Christmas Parade of Lights

Lighted parade float featuring costumed Super Mario characters and surrounded by fake snow

PHOTO #1: Riverside Church won the award for Most Festive during the Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 2 in downtown Victoria.

PHOTO #2: Con Metal Contractors won the Spirit of Christmas award during the Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 2 in downtown Vi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

City of Victoria and partners break ground on public safety headquarters

Group photo of people with ceremonial shovels and hard hats

PHOTO: Representatives of the Victoria City Council, Victoria Police Department, Victoria Fire Department, City of Victoria Municipal Court, City Manager's Office, FGM Architects, construction contractor SpawGlass and project management firm AG/CM gathere...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Victoria Police Foundation launches Patch Program for health awareness

Two Victoria Police Department patches. One is green and one is red

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department and the Victoria Police Foundation are selling patches to support monthly health awareness initiatives. The patch sold in January supports glaucoma awareness.

The Victoria Police Department (VPD), in partnership with t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Victoria Police Foundation launches Patch Program for health awareness

Two Victoria Police Department patches. One is green and one is red

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department and the Victoria Police Foundation are selling patches to support monthly health awareness initiatives. The patch sold in January supports glaucoma awareness.

The Victoria Police Department (VPD), in partnership with t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: December 5, 2023

Civilian Police Academy offers hands-on experience of police work

A row of people at an outdoor shooting range fire guns

PHOTO #1: Residents participate in a shooting exercise at the Victoria Police Department firearms range during the 2019 Civilian Police Academy. Participants receive firearm safety training before visiting the shooting range.

The Victoria Police Department...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Victoria’s bicentennial celebration has started

Joel Novosad

Victoria is turning 200 this year, and to celebrate we have planned a yearlong series of events to commemorate the occasion. April 13 is the big day with a weekend full of events to celebrate, but the bicentennial won’t be just one day. We have ...

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Blogs
Posted on: February 6, 2024

Municipal Court improves access to justice through various docket formats

Vaness_Heinhold

If you received a speeding ticket tomorrow, would you be able to pay it?

It’s not uncommon for a person to get a speeding ticket or commit any other kind of minor offense at some point in their life. Oftentimes, that minor offense turns into something majo...

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Blogs
Posted on: January 23, 2024

City educational programs provide path to distinguished citizenship

Ashley Strevel

As Victoria’s bicentennial year begins, it’s only natural for Victorians to spend time thinking about where we’re headed as a community, as well as how they can help us get there. The City of Victoria encourages residents to ...

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Blogs
Posted on: January 9, 2024

Community Development Block Grant program offers sustainable solutions for residents in need

Zachary Wendel

When I began working as the City of Victoria’s community development planner, one of the first owner-occupied home rehabilitation projects I worked on involved an older gentleman who needed help with a gaping hole in his roof.

This was someone wh...

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Blogs
Posted on: January 2, 2024

New year, new streets: City approaches milestones on the road to increasing street repairs by 50%

A newly paved and striped asphalt road

Updated Jan. 4 to correct the mileage and cost of 2024 street repairs following updates to the capital improvement program that were approved after the budget was adopted.

The City of Victoria has set itself a bold New Year’s resolution: to repai...

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Blogs
Posted on: December 27, 2023

City’s car seat inspection service teaches proper safety practices

Tiffany Totah

If your family were in a car wreck tomorrow, would your child be protected?

Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of injuries among children. Car seats can greatly reduce the chances of serious injury, but simply owning a car sear isn’t enough. Most ca...

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Blogs
Posted on: November 28, 2023

City addresses housing shortage through programs, partnerships

Mike Etienne, Assistant City Manager

A teacher who earns an average income but still can’t afford a house. A waitress who spends more than half her income on rent. An older gentleman living on the streets because his social security check can’t keep up with housing costs....

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Blogs
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Helping business owners keep waste out of our waterways

Lucia_Hernandez

You may have heard the phrase “only rain down the storm drain,” but what about pollutants that are washed down other types of drains— in plants, factories, restaurants, and many other businesses?

There are two independent syst...

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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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: February 27, 2024

City of Victoria invites local nonprofits to apply for funding

Rows of dorm bunk beds with ladders and railings

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria Community Development Block Grant program helped to fund dorm safety improvements at The Salvation Army in 2023, including railings and ladders for beds.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria Community Development Block Grant progra...

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Posted on: February 27, 2024

Municipal Court partners with Nazareth Academy to host mock trial

Three people standing and in front of a class of children.

PHOTO #1: Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold instructs an eighth-grade class at Nazareth Academy in preparation for a mock trial that will be held March 4. Photo contributed by Nazareth Academy.

PHOTO #2: Victoria Police Department Sr. Police Officer Le...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2024

Residents graduate from 2024 Citizens Academy, earn recognition

People sitting around tables listening to someone off-camera

PHOTO: Citizens Academy participants and City staff listen to a presentation during the final session of the 2024 Citizens Academy at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs on Feb. 22 host...

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

City of Victoria and partners break ground on public safety headquarters

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PHOTO: Representatives of the Victoria City Council, Victoria Police Department, Victoria Fire Department, City of Victoria Municipal Court, City Manager's Office, FGM Architects, construction contractor SpawGlass and project management firm AG/CM gathere...

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

City, County students invited to participate in bicentennial poster contest

Students in grades K-8 from any public, private or home school are invited to showcase their bicentennial spirit in the Victoria Texas Bicentennial Poster Contest.

This opportunity allows students to capture the essence of "200 Years of Life in the Ci...

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Duck pond fishing to be temporarily suspended

A sign at the duck pond reads No fishing until September 1st. We are working on stocking the pond.

The Riverside Park duck pond with soon be filled with new fish to catch—but first, they will need some time to grow.

Fishing will not be allowed at the duck pond starting Feb. 26, except for City-hosted fishing events such as the upcoming kids’ fishing cam...

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Victoria Public Library receives statewide excellence award

Adults seated around a table making paintings of flamingos and hearts

PHOTO #1: Residents take part in a Valentine’s Day-themed painting activity at the Victoria Public Library in 2023.

PHOTO #2: Children watch a science demonstration during an event hosted by the DOW Science Team at the Victoria Public Library.

The...

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Celebrate Government Communicators Day by staying connected

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PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria received four statewide awards from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) in 2023. From left are Communications Administrative Assistant Alvesa Odom, Public Safety Communications Manager L...

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Posted on: February 16, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

Candidate list finalized for City Council election; 3 seats uncontested

City of Victoria Municipal Court building

Residents will have a chance to elect a City Council representative for District 3 during the May 4 election.

Filing for the City Council election opened Jan. 17 and closed at 5 p.m. Feb. 16. The following candidates filed for election:

  • District 1:...
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Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

Duck pond ribbon-cutting, fishing event postponed due to weather

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Riverside Park duck pond, as well as the kids’ fishing camp following the ceremony, are being postponed due to inclement weather.

Both events, originally scheduled for Feb. 17, will instead be held Thursday, Ma...

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Posted on: February 14, 2024

City, RJN Group to complete federally required inventory of water lines

An open water meter box showing the inner workings

PHOTO: Contractor crews with RJN Group will open residential water meter boxes and examine the service lines to determine the material of the lines.

Residents may notice contractor crews inspecting the inside of their water meter boxes in the coming months...

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

Civilian Responder Program trains residents to save lives

Two people rappel down the side of a metal building

PHOTO #1: Residents will be able to rappel down the side of a building during the Civilian Responder Program hosted by the Victoria Fire Department. This photo was taken during the 2021 program.

PHOTO #2: Residents will be able to use the Jaws of Life to c...

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

City of Victoria to host job fair for multiple departments

City of Victoria job fair. Tuesday, March 5. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Victoria Community Center.

Residents can learn about a variety of different job opportunities with the City of Victoria during the City’s job fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5 at the Victoria Community Center.

Representatives of multiple City departments—including Parks...

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

New mayor to be sworn in Feb. 20

Duane Crocker

PHOTO: Duane Crocker was elected mayor of Victoria with 61.4% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Victoria County Elections Administrator.

Victoria residents elected a mayor Feb. 3, but a few more requirements must be met before the new m...

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Posted on: February 7, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

City nears groundbreaking for public safety headquarters

Exterior of the public safety headquarters. A large two-story building with public safety logos

PHOTO: The new public safety headquarters at 2525 N. Main St. will house the Victoria Police Department, the Municipal court and the Victoria Fire Department administration.

After more than a year of planning and design, the City is set to begin work on a ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Central Drug earns City beautification award

Group photo with Keep Victoria Beautiful sign next to planter filled with yellow flowers

Keep Victoria Beautiful board members and Central Drug leadership pose for a photo Feb. 6 at Central Drug, 3502 N. Laurent St. Central Drug received KVB’s beautification award for the month of February. The award is given monthly to recognize or...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

Tickets selling out for Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank

Logo for the Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank on April 13. Logo includes six flags.

Residents still have time to purchase tickets for an evening of dining and dancing in celebration of Victoria’s 200th birthday at the Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank.

The event will be April 13 at the Victoria Community Center. Gue...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Environmental Services launches survey to begin education on proper waste disposal

A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

PHOTO #1: An Environmental Services recycling truck picks up residential recycling left in green recycling carts.

The City of Victoria’s waste disposal programs help to keep reusable or hazardous materials out of our landfill—but the programs only work if ...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

George Gamez sworn in as chief of Victoria Fire Department

Man in firefighter dress uniform raises his hand as he is sworn in by a woman near VFD backdrop

PHOTO: George Gamez is sworn in as chief of the Victoria Fire Department by City Secretary April Hilbrich on Feb. 5 during a ceremony at the Victoria Community Center. The event was attended by City of Victoria leadership, local first responders, governme...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Parks & Recreation hosts youth hunt on Port of Victoria land

Large outdoor group photo of kids and adults, most of them in hunting gear

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation hosted its fourth Texas Youth Hunting Program hunt Feb. 2-4 in partnership with the Port of Victoria, the Texas Youth Hunting Program, the Texas Wildlife Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Five...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

City seeks residents’ input on Victoria Community Center improvements

Aerial view of a large carnival at the Victoria Community Center grounds.

PHOTO: Residents play games and enjoy carnival rides as part of the Big Texas Fun Crawfish Festival at the Victoria Community Center in 2021. 

The City of Victoria is seeking residents’ input to guide improvements at the Victoria Communi...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

City to host ribbon-cutting for Riverside Park duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

PHOTO: The Riverside Park duck pond, which reopened in December 2023, includes a spacious gazebo overlook and a floating fishing pier.

The City will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, to celebrate the renovation of...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

Municipal Court plans extra court sessions for Warrant Resolution Month

People smiling and standing around a Municipal Court table.

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria Municipal Court will host an outreach docket Feb. 16 at The Salvation Army as part of Warrant Resolution Month. Shown at a May 2022 docket at Mid-Coast Family Services, from left, are Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany To...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Victoria Police Foundation launches Patch Program for health awareness

Two Victoria Police Department patches. One is green and one is red

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department and the Victoria Police Foundation are selling patches to support monthly health awareness initiatives. The patch sold in January supports glaucoma awareness.

The Victoria Police Department (VPD), in partnership with t...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Interim Fire Chief Shannon Martin honored at retirement ceremony

Chief Shannon Martin holds an engraved plaque or book, surrounded by firefighters in dress uniform

Current and former City of Victoria staff, elected officials and state officials came together Jan. 26 to celebrate the career of Victoria Fire Department Interim Chief Shannon Martin during a retirement ceremony at the Victoria Community Center. Martin s...

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

City of Victoria librarian earns graduate degree

MariaLuisa Rodriguez

City of Victoria librarian MariaLuisa Rodriguez recently graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma. The MLIS degree includes the knowledge needed to work in both traditional and non...

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Posted on: January 23, 2024

Public Works announces certifications

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City of Victoria Public Works utility maintenance workers Joshua Blackman, Mark Gaytan, Timothy Leary, Reynaldo Trevino and Thomas Turner recently earned their Class D water operator licenses from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Class D...

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

City Council members each donate $100 to UHV scholarships

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PHOTO: The members of Victoria’s City Council each made a personal donation of $100 to UHV’s general scholarship fund for a total donation of $700. Shown with the donation, front row, from left, are UHV Director of Development Jennifer Ortiz-Garza, Mayor ...

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

City accepting applicants for Council district 1-4 seats

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Victoria residents who’d like to get involved in local government leadership can apply to run for City Council starting Jan. 17.

Residents can apply to run for any of the four regular City Council district seats (districts 1, 2, 3 and 4).

The elec...

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Rainbow trout fishing opens at Riverside Park duck pond

A person dumps a net full of rainbow trout into the duck pond

PHOTO #1: The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department recently stocked the Riverside Park duck pond with rainbow trout. Photo contributed by TPWD.

The Riverside Park duck pond is open for fishing.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has stocked the duck...

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

City of Victoria names George Gamez as new fire chief

George Gamez

The City of Victoria’s new fire chief brings 30 years of diverse fire and EMS experience to his new role.

Chief George Gamez was selected as the sole finalist for the position of fire chief following an extensive search. His first day on the job will be Fe...

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

Tickets on sale for Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank

Logo for the Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank on April 13. Logo includes six flags.

Residents can enjoy an evening of dining and dancing in celebration of Victoria’s 200th birthday at the Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank.

The event will be April 13 at the Victoria Community Center. Guests aged 11 and up are welcome...

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

City of Victoria recognized for financial transparency

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PHOTO: The City of Victoria Finance office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal year 2022. Shown from left are Adrian Vargas, accountant; Sarah Vasquez, accounting manager; Victoria Reyna, grant speciali...

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Posted on: December 27, 2023

City offers help with down payments, closing costs for first-time homebuyers

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The City of Victoria recently helped a single mother of four buy her first home, and funding is available to help up to three more households this year.

First-time homebuyers can apply for up to $5,000 in down payment assistance and up to $5,000 in closing...

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Posted on: December 20, 2023

New sign welcomes visitors to Victoria on Highway 77

Large group of people stand in front of a welcome sign and cut a red ribbon

PHOTO #1: From left, Joseph Vargas, Chrisshawnda Perry, Korey Parks and Wendy Richardson, City of Victoria Community Appearance Division; Environmental Services Assistant Director Christy Youker; Jonas Titas, Keep Victoria Beautiful board member; City Man...

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

New downtown street signs will display historical street names

An intersection with two signs. One says Murray, Manchola. The other, Main, Calle de los Diez Amigos

PHOTO: Newly installed street signs at the intersection of Murray Street and Main Street—originally Manchola and Calle de los Diez Amigos—display the historical names of the streets.

If you had lived in Victoria in the early 1800s, a tr...

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Victoria Fire Department promotes new fire marshal

Jeff Cowan

The City of Victoria has promoted Jeff Cowan to the role of fire marshal. In this role, he will plan, organize, develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive fire prevention program with the City. He will investigate the cause, origin and circumstances ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

Dog park, ‘Riverside Bark,’ opens at Riverside Park

Red and blue dog agility equipment, including a ramp, hoops and a small tunnel.

PHOTO #1: The new Riverside Park dog park, Riverside Bark, is open to the public. The park features dog agility equipment that was donated through a fundraiser by Girl Scout Izzy Drane and her family.

PHOTO #2: The dog park includes disposable bag stations...

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

Duck pond reopens in Riverside Park

A gazebo overlook with railing lined by Christmas garland and surrounded by planter boxes

PHOTO #1: The renovated Riverside Park duck pond features a spacious gazebo overlook surrounded by a decorative planter box.

PHOTO #2: The renovated Riverside Park duck pond includes a boardwalk with safety railings.

A beloved Riverside Park icon is open to...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

The Texas Zoo seeks community input on future growth

Jaguars lie in an enclosure near a large tractor tire

PHOTO: The Texas Zoo is renovating its jaguar exhibit with help from federal American Rescue Plan Act funding from the City of Victoria. In this photo, the jaguars are seen through the protective glass at the new viewing kiosk.

Big changes are coming to Th...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Merry on Main offers festive family fun

Kids run and play in foam snowflakes. A woman holds a small child up high.

Children play in artificial snow from the Foamed Up Foam Parties snow cannon during Merry on Main on Dec. 8 in downtown Victoria. The two-day event featured photos with Santa, inflatables, cookies and cocoa, an ice slide, pony rides, a petting zoo and an ...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Civilian Police Academy offers hands-on experience of police work

A row of people at an outdoor shooting range fire guns

PHOTO #1: Residents participate in a shooting exercise at the Victoria Police Department firearms range during the 2019 Civilian Police Academy. Participants receive firearm safety training before visiting the shooting range.

The Victoria Police Department...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Prosperity Bank joins Bicentennial Ball as title sponsor

Logo for the Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank on April 13. Logo includes six flags.

The City of Victoria is seeking local partners to help make the Bicentennial Ball a special event—and a local bank has already stepped up to the plate.

Prosperity Bank has donated $10,000 to the event, becoming a sponsor at the “Empresa...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Award winners announced for Christmas Parade of Lights

Lighted parade float featuring costumed Super Mario characters and surrounded by fake snow

PHOTO #1: Riverside Church won the award for Most Festive during the Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 2 in downtown Victoria.

PHOTO #2: Con Metal Contractors won the Spirit of Christmas award during the Christmas Parade of Lights on Dec. 2 in downtown Vi...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

City of Victoria celebrates lighting of H-E-B Christmas Tree

Santa Claus and a young woman prepare to throw a ceremonial light switch on a Christmas tree

Mayor’s Youth Council President Katie Jane Kopecky and Santa Claus, accompanied by Mayor Jeff Bauknight, light the H-E-B Christmas Tree during a lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at the City Hall courtyard. The 30-foot tree will remain on display at City...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Communications hosts Citizens Academy Alumni luncheon

Large group of people seated at round tables watch a presentation by City Manager Jesús Garza.

PHOTO: City Manager Jesús A. Garza gives a presentation about City projects and initiatives during the Citizens Academy Alumni luncheon Nov. 30 at the Victoria Community Center annex.

About 50 former Citizens Academy participants were able to co...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Municipal Court clerk earns Level I certification

Tara Tinney

Municipal Court Clerk Tara Tinney recently earned her Level I Clerk Certification from the Texas Court Clerks Association (TCCA) in conjunction with the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC), the Texas Municipal Courts Association (TMCA) and Tex...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

City of Victoria celebrates completion of Laurent Street mural

Large group of people in safety vests cutting a ribbon in front of a mural featuring a kingfisher

The City of Victoria on Nov. 28 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Laurent Street Underpass Mural Project. The ceremony was attended by City officials, UP Art Studio, contributing artists and others who participated in the...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

City lifts Stage III drought restrictions, returns to Stage II

The Guadalupe River flows past the boat ramp

PHOTO: The Guadalupe River flows past the Riverside Park boat ramp Nov. 27.

The City of Victoria is lifting some of its drought restrictions, but residents must continue to conserve water by limiting some types of nonessential water usage to the cooler tim...

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Posted on: November 14, 2023

City accepting applications for CDBG programs for low/moderate-income residents

Close up of someone using a power tool to install shingles on a roof

First-time homebuyers as well as residents who need assistance with home repairs or demolition can apply for the City of Victoria’s Community Development Block Grant programs that support homeownership and community development.

The City receives federal f...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

City assists The Texas Zoo with renovations, master plan

Jaguars lie in an enclosure near a large tractor tire

PHOTO: The Texas Zoo is renovating its jaguar exhibit with help from federal American Rescue Plan Act funding from the City of Victoria. In this photo, the jaguars are seen through the protective glass at the new viewing kiosk.

Visitors to The Texas Zoo ma...

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Posted on: October 17, 2023

City to begin water meter replacement program

A water meter with a blue lid on top. The side is cut open to show pipes and wiring.

PHOTO: The City of Victoria is partnering with Sensus Meters and Aqua-Metrics to replace residents’ water meters, like the one shown here, and their component parts as needed.

The City of Victoria Public Works is preparing to provide maintenance ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

City seeks sponsorships for Bicentennial Ball

Logo featuring six flags and De Leon brand. Bicentennial Ball, April 13th, 2024

The City of Victoria will host a Bicentennial Ball to celebrate Victoria’s 200th anniversary, and sponsors are needed to help make it an evening to remember.

“With the community’s involvement, our bicentennial date will be an ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Residents invited to share their memories during bicentennial year

City of Victoria presents 2024 bicentennial celebration. Victoria turns 200. www.victoriatx200.com

The City of Victoria will celebrate its bicentennial next year, and the City is inviting residents to help celebrate our history by sharing their memories of Victoria.

The City will display residents’ memorabilia at City Hall throughout the bicen...

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Posted on: September 5, 2023

Explore Victoria Texas launches ‘Victoria TX Arts Trail!’ to promote the arts

Crosswalk painted with musical notes

PHOTO #1: The “Victoria TX Arts Trail!” will invite residents to explore arts-related locations in Victoria, including public art installations such as the downtown crosswalk art by Free Art Victoria.

PHOTO #2: The “Victoria T...

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Posted on: August 15, 2023

Realtex announces The Victorian, an apartment complex for seniors

An apartment complex with multiple three-story buildings

PHOTO #1: Realtex Development Corporation is planning to build The Victorian at 901 John Stockbauer Drive.

PHOTO #2: The Victorian will be located at 901 John Stockbauer Drive.

Realtex Development Corporation is planning to build The Victorian, a 68-unit ap...

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Posted on: July 26, 2023

City enters Stage 3 of drought contingency plan

A river bank with low water and weeds growing up through the bank

PHOTO: The Guadalupe River is unusually low for this time of year, which limits the City’s ability to pump water.

Residents must take additional steps to conserve water as the City enters Stage III of its drought contingency plan.

High atmospheric...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

City to begin De Leon Plaza expansion

A large permanent stage at DeLeon Plaza near the O'Connor building. People watch and mill around.

This news release was updated Nov. 17 to include updated conceptual renderings and to clarify the addition of a decorative water feature.

PHOTO #1: As part of the De Leon Plaza expansion project, the grassy seating area on the north side of the plaza will ...

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