News Flash

Posted on: July 9, 2021

City landfill, compost site to close temporarily Saturday

Plastic liner rolled out at landfill

PHOTO: A half-cell at the Victoria landfill, 18141 FM 1686, is covered with a thick plastic liner to prevent contaminants from leaking into the environment.

Due to increased rainfall, Victoria’s compost site will close Saturday, and the landfill will close...

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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: May 25, 2021

City partners with TxDOT for future beautification on Loop

Flowerbed with low decorative brick wall and trees in the background

PHOTO #1: A concept rendering shows the proposed design for new landscaping on Loop 463 near Navarro Street.

PHOTO #2: An upcoming TxDOT beautification project on Loop 463 will extend from 0.02 miles west of U.S. Highway 77 (Navarro Street) to 0.7 miles ea...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful invites residents to clean up highway

People in orange and yellow safety vests walk along loop near IHOP with trash bags collecting trash

PHOTO: City of Victoria employees and community members pick up trash along Loop 463 during an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup Feb. 8, 2020.

Residents can play a role in keeping Victoria beautiful by signing up for the City of Victoria/Keep Victoria Beautiful Adop...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful launches Business Beautification Award

Sign with KVB logo reads "Beautification Award. Thank you for making a difference in our communit

PHOTO: Winners of Keep Victoria Beautiful’s monthly Business Beautification Award will receive a traveling yard sign to display in front of their businesses.

Residents who’d like to recognize Victoria businesses that go the extra mile to keep their propert...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: December 8, 2020

City spruces up Street of Ten Friends historical marker

Large wooden hanging Street of Ten Friends sign is surrounded by flowers and shrubbery

PHOTO #1: The Street of Ten Friends sign at the corner of North and Main streets was recently renovated by the City of Victoria.

PHOTO #2: From left, Benjamin Anthony Treviño and Chris Ceballos, with the City of Victoria Building Services, hang the restore...

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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 1, 2021

Victoria Fire Department honors lifesaving firefighter/EMTs

2 people stand at a podium in the background by a large presentation screen. 4 people eat at table.

Victoria Fire Department employees eat breakfast while Fire Chief Tracy Fox, back left, and Battalion Chief Tim Hunter, back right, share statistics about the Victoria Fire Department’s treatment of cardiac arrest patients during an EMS Life Saving Awards...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 18, 2021

City of Victoria Fire Department celebrates EMS Week

Six people, four in firefighter polos, pose with table full of donut boxes and donut-shaped balloons

PHOTO: DeTar Hospital Navarro provided complimentary donuts to EMS workers May 17 in celebration of National EMS Week. Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Healthcare System will provide meals and snacks for EMS workers throughout the week. Shown from left a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Victoria Fire Department concludes at-home vaccination program

A woman wearing medical gloves uses a syringe to give an injection to a seated elderly woman

PHOTO: Team leader Brandy Marek with the Victoria Fire Department administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 5 to a Victoria Meals on Wheels client.

The Victoria Fire Department is no longer accepting registrations for its COVID-19 vaccination program...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Victoria Fire Department honors employees during ceremony

Firefighters in shirt-and-tie uniform stand in front of a backdrop

The Victoria Fire Department swore in two new employees, honored five recently promoted fire engineers and recognized an employee who completed her probationary period during a ceremony at the Victoria Community Center annex Friday. Shown from left are ne...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Victoria Fire Department delivers COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors

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PHOTO #1: Members of the Victoria Fire Department and volunteer registered nurse Megan Garcia prepare doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday for distribution to Victoria Meals on Wheels clients. The fire department partnered with Meals on Wheels to deliver ...

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

Victoria Fire Department employees donate gifts to local families

Firefighters stand in front of parked fire engine with wrapped gifts arranged across the front.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department Station One employees, from left, firefighter/EMT Spencer Craig, fire medic Zachary Negron, Lieutenant Robert Bayer, firefighter/EMT David Willis, Lieutenant Allen Carroll, Battalion Chief Jeffery Cowan, fire medic Devon...

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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: 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: June 1, 2021

Library to kick off summer reading program with fun-filled celebration

Families wait outside activity trailer that has an Environmental Services logo and bean bag toss.

PHOTO: Residents visit a City of Victoria Environmental Services activity booth during the Victoria Public Library Fun Fest Kickoff Celebration in 2019.

Kids can kick off the summer with live performances and fun activities featuring a variety of familiar ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Grant funds Victoria Public Library hotspot program, other remote services

Three women set up video and lighting equipment in a room with a colorful carpet.

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Public Library assistants Rebecca Sevier, Alexandria Torres and Daisy Garcia—also known as Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Alex and Ms. Daisy—set up lighting and video equipment March 16 to film Story Time Live at the Vi...

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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: 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: May 11, 2021

Historic downtown properties receive grant funding for improvements

Four people pose with giant check at Fossati's

PHOTO #1: Fossati’s Delicatessen received a $10,000 grant from the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program to install a new roof. Shown Wednesday, from left, are Main Street Program Director Danielle Williams; John Fossati, pr...

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

City invites downtown property occupants to apply for renovation grant

Main Street in downtown Victoria near DeLeon Plaza

PHOTO: Storefronts line Main Street in downtown Victoria.

Qualified occupants of retail and office spaces downtown can apply for matching grants for exterior improvement projects through the Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program.

“Thi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: January 11, 2021

City asks for input about downtown

Elevated view of the Leo J. Welder Center building. A Main Street banner and street art are visible.

PHOTO: The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria.

Residents will be able to determine the direction of the forthcoming downtown master plan by responding to a preliminary survey that asks residents about their priorities and vis...

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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: July 9, 2021

Parks & Recreation closes areas of Riverside Park, schedules further closures

Map of closures in Riverside Park

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will close areas of Riverside Park in stages during the weekend as the Guadalupe River rises.

As of Friday, the following areas of the park are closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic:

  • The boat ramp
  • Access to Pe...
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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 28, 2021

City receives $621,000 grant to repair duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo with water feature in foreground

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

PHOTO #2: This preliminary new design for the Riverside Park duck pond was approved by the Victoria City Council on March 3. The final design will include a sidewalk that ext...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Riverside Park to close Wednesday

Map showing closed areas of Riverside Park. Main roads (McCright Drive and Memorial Drive) are open.

Riverside Park will close Wednesday as the Guadalupe River rises.

The Children’s Park near the Vine Street entrance will remain open because it is a safe distance from the river.

The following areas of the park are closed as of Tuesday:

  • Grover’s Bend
  • Fox Bend...
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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 21, 2021

City treats mosquito larvae, will resume spraying next week

A truck with a Parks & Recreation logo sprays a white foggy pesticide in a neighborhood.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation is once again working to exterminate as many mosquito larvae as possible before they grow into biting adult insects.

Today, Parks & Recreation began using larvicide briquettes to treat standing water on City-...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Parks & Recreation sprays for mosquitoes, will treat whole city twice

A truck with a Parks & Recreation logo sprays a white foggy pesticide in a neighborhood.

PHOTO: A Parks & Recreation vehicle sprays for mosquitoes in this 2019 file photo.

The mosquitoes that were spawned after the heavy rainfall May 1 have reached adulthood, and Parks & Recreation is doubling down on the pesky insects.

Parks & Recr...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Summer sports league registration opens Monday

A man prepares to throw a kickball. Two female players stand in the background.

PHOTO #1: Participants compete April 7 in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreations’ spring adult kickball league at the Adult Softball Complex, 510 Proctor St.

PHOTO #2: Participants compete April 8 in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s spri...

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

Splash pads to open 7 days a week

Young kids stand under a water pouring feature at a splash pad

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

Families with young kids looking to beat the heat are invited to enjoy the new extended hours at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation splash pads.

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Summer street dances return as Parks & Recreation announces 2021 dates

Band performs on portable stage in front of One O'Connor building downtown.

PHOTO: Joel Nava & the Texas Border performs May 4, 2019, during a Parks & Recreation street dance at DeLeon Plaza. Parks & Recreation and Glazer (formerly Hartman Distributing) will host four street dances this year featuring live music at De...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Registration opens for high school, adult summer sports leagues

Group of girls in softball uniforms pose for photo

PHOTO #1: The Cuero softball team were the champions of the City of Victoria’s 2020 high school softball league.

PHOTO #2: Participants in the City of Victoria’s spring coed volleyball league play volleyball March 25 at Riverside Park.

Registration opens Ap...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Riverside Golf Course upgrades irrigation system

Mechanical equipment in a shed, including a large box and two motors.

PHOTO #1: Riverside Golf Course’s new irrigation pump station is located in a shed on the golf course.

PHOTO #2: Riverside Golf Course’s new irrigation pump includes variable frequency drive motors that speed up and slow down based on demand. 

PHOT...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host summer cornhole, washers leagues

Woman is silhouetted throwing a cornhole bag during a game of cornhole outside in the evening.

PHOTO: Participants compete in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s cornhole league June 10, 2020, at Aero Crafters. Registration opens March 22 for the 2021 cornhole and washers summer leagues.

Residents can register starting Monday, March 22, fo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Parks & Recreation pop-up park brings fun to residents

Masked woman and man pose with arms outstretched by small pull-trailer labeled "pop-up park"

PHOTO #1: Recreation coordinators Gabby Anglin, left, and Alex Moore pose Feb. 6 with the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s new pop-up park trailer Feb. 6 at the Son Valley Ranch Family Outdoor Expo.

PHOTO #2: Residents play with yard games and oth...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Parks & Recreation installs new plaques at Memorial Rose Garden

Two large plaques hanging on a black metal fence

PHOTO #1: Two memorial plaques were installed Feb. 24 at the Memorial Rose Garden in Riverside Park, bearing the names of approximately 1,400 people whose family members and loved ones dedicated roses to them.

PHOTO #2: One of the plaques at the Memorial R...

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

City seeks input on conceptual renderings for 3 parks

A wide roofed concrete pavilion in a grassy area

PHOTO #1: The Grover’s Bend Pavilion is located in Riverside Park, one of the parks that will receive a conceptual rendering as part of the City of Victoria’s forthcoming Parks & Recreation master plan. 

PHOTO #2: An amphitheater is one of the...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Victoria to host annual statewide sporting event

Texas Amateur Athletic Federation logo

PHOTO #1: The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation has chosen Victoria to host the 2022-2024 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria Youth Sports Complex was proposed as a venue for fastpitch softball, baseball and kickball for the TAAF Winter Games...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 2, 2021

City of Victoria Parks & Recreation opens registration for spring leagues

People play cornhole on an outdoor patio at night beneath string lights near Aero Crafters stage.

PHOTO: Participants compete in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s cornhole league Oct. 28, 2020, on the back patio at Aero Crafters. Registration is open for the 2021 cornhole league and other spring leagues.

Registration is open for the City of...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: January 26, 2021

City of Victoria Parks & Recreation to host free drive-in car bingo

Flyer for drive-in bingo. Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Riverside Stadium. Register at 3614853200

Residents will have to bring their A-game—or, rather, their B-I-N-G-O game—for a chance to win fun prizes at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s first-ever drive-in bingo Feb. 26 at the Riverside Stadium parking lot.

Games start at 7 p.m. The eve...

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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: 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: May 11, 2021

Victoria Police Officers Association paints curbs to aid emergency response

Two people squat near curb and use spray paint and stencils to paint address numbers

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Police Department Officer Nathaniel Arnold and Senior Police Officer Francisco Reyes, volunteers with the Victoria Police Officers Association, paint address numbers on a curb May 8 in the Tuscany neighborhood. The VPOA, an a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Police volunteer group launches curb-painting service project

A group including uniformed police officers stands along an outdoor wall holding Easter baskets

PHOTO: Members of the Victoria Police Officers Association pose April 2 with Easter baskets that they delivered to children in local hospitals and foster care. The VPOA is a volunteer group of Victoria Police Department officers who give back to the commu...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Victoria Police Department swears in 2 new officers

Two uniformed officers wearing facial coverings stand side by side.

PHOTO #1: From left, Daniel Ruiz and J.T. Smith were sworn in March 11 as new Victoria Police Department officers during an outdoor ceremony at the City Hall courtyard, 105 W. Juan Linn St. The new officers now begin a 16-week field training program along...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Victoria Police Department swears in 6 new officers

Six uniformed officers stand on stage in front of Victoria Police Department backdrop.

The Victoria Police Department swore in six new officers during a Jan. 8 ceremony at the Victoria Community Center annex. Shown from left are officers Zechariah Vela, Ryan Ramos, Mia Gallegos, James Swisher, Trenton Ballard and Tristan Smith. The new offi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Victoria Police Department uses local child’s design for Christmas card

Policeman in uniform stands next to child holding card. Both stand in front of a Christmas tree.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Chief Robert Arredondo poses for a photo Dec. 11 with Mason Lara, a second-grader at Nazareth Academy, in Arredondo’s office. Mason is the winner of VPD’s Christmas card design contest, and his drawing is featured on t...

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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

Police Patches

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: 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: June 15, 2021

City Corner Column: State, federal grants help to fund Victoria’s future

Grants Administrator Katy Connally

Grants are a critical part of a City’s financial strategy, helping to fund projects ranging from sidewalks to floodgates to a duck pond. However, grant regulations can be difficult to navigate, and without the proper effort, many cities end up leaving mon...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

City Corner Column: Arborist tips: Caring for your trees after a historic winter storm

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

 Are you still wondering whether your tree will come back after the February freeze? You are not alone. Parks & Recreation has received multiple calls regarding this question, so I’d like to take a minute to address a few tree topic...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

City Corner Column: Friends of the Library helps book lovers safely get back to normal

Portrait photo of Diana Sneed

Despite all of the high-tech information sources available to us nowadays, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a book.

It’s a lot like the feeling of gathering in person. During the past year, the Victoria Public Library has worked with incredible cr...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Where does my trash go? Help us get rid of waste the right way

A rolling machine lays down a black plastic liner on a wide, flat indented area

PHOTO #1: A new half-cell at the Victoria landfill, 18141 FM 1686, is covered with a thick plastic liner to prevent contaminants from leaking into the environment.

PHOTO #2: Items that residents discarded for recycling sit in a pile at the Waste Management...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

City Corner Column: Master plans: Community development by the people, for the people

Mike Etienne, Assistant City Manager

The City of Victoria is growing, and with that growth come new challenges. Can our transportation system handle increased traffic (along with pedestrians and cyclists)? How can we protect residents from flooding and improve our access to developable land?...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Public Works in Action: Loop 463 light replacement brightens our night

A cherry picker style truck extends its basket up to a street light on a highway.

PHOTO #1: A contractor crew replaces the bulb on a street light on Loop 463 near Main Street.

PHOTO #2: A worker replaces the bulb on a street light on Loop 463 near Main Street.

Residents who like to ride Loop 463, particularly at night, were likely please...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

City Corner Column: City engages with legislative process to promote residents’ interests

Thomas_Gwodz

In his next-to-last City Council meeting, Mayor McCoy thanked me for working actively with the City Council to recommend positions on legislative issues. Laws passed at the state level can have a tremendous impact on the City and our residents, which is w...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Public Works in Action: Move that barricade! Reconstructed stretch of Crestwood reopens

Construction workers move orange-and-white barricades from Crestwood near Dairy Treet

PHOTO: Contractors move the barricades that blocked westbound traffic on Crestwood Drive during Phase One of a reconstruction project. The road reopened April 8.

Crestwood Drive is once again open to two-way traffic between Laurent and Ben Jordan, and the ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

City Corner Column: Victoria County vaccine hub provides prompt, efficient vaccinations

Portrait of David Gonzales

During our most recent COVID-19 vaccination clinic, we were able to administer vaccines to attendees within about five minutes of their arrival at the Community Center Annex. The process is much speedier than it was when we first started; attendees submit...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Public Works in Action: Street projects balance reconstruction, maintenance

Cracks, potholes and uneven patches are visible on a residential road.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria City Council on Feb. 23 approved a contract to reconstruct San Antonio Street from Laurent Street to East Street.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria last year sealed the streets in the Fleetwood subdivision using an Onyx seal coat to ext...

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Posted on: March 17, 2021

City Corner Column: Victoria Police Department seeks to improve programs, promote safety

Roberto Arredondo Jr. in police uniform

I often tell our officers that we do our job not only for the citizens of Victoria but for ourselves and our own families. We are members of this community, and we want our families to live in a safe city where police officers and community members work t...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

City Corner Column: Port of Victoria rail expansion will boost region’s economy

Overview of proposed rail expansion shows a rail loop that provides access to more land

PHOTO: An upcoming rail project at the port of Victoria will allow the port to accommodate larger unit trains and provide access to three undeveloped tracts of land.

When I tell people that I’m the executive director of the Port of Victoria, most are surpr...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Learn more about the thoroughfare master plan, open houses

Two women stand in front of an Explore Victoria backdrop.

The City of Victoria Development Services has been working to solicit community input on the forthcoming thoroughfare master plan, and now City officials are ready to bring residents together virtually to discuss ideas.

The City will host two open houses M...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Victoria’s parks system offers something for everyone

Riverside Park sign

As the weather outside starts to get warmer, many Victoria residents are emerging from their long winter’s nap to get some sun and fresh air. If you’re looking to get out of the house, Parks & Recreation has you covered with a vari...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

City Corner Column: Resolving warrants helps put residents back on right path

Vaness_Heinhold

February is Warrant Resolution Month in the City of Victoria, and Municipal Court is adding extra virtual dockets to help residents resolve their cases. If there is a warrant out for your arrest due to unpaid fines and other unresolved issues, I invite yo...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

City Corner Column: Victoria Economic Development Corporation grows region’s wealth

Portrait of Victoria Economic Development Corporation President Dale Fowler

When people find out that I work for the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, they often ask me what my organization is doing to bring retailers and restaurants to Victoria. While that’s certainly a worthy goal, it’s important to remember that econo...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Make a new year’s resolution with the City of Victoria

Two people walking along the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail at night

PHOTO: Victoria residents can work toward their 2021 fitness goals by paying a visit to the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

Here at the City of Victoria, we try to find ways to improve throughout the year, but we recognize that the start of 2021 is a ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

City Corner Column: New capital improvement plan process involves all departments, residents

Portrait of capital improvement project manager Todd Jarisch

If you look around at the plans taking shape in different City departments, you’ll see a common theme: a deliberate effort to enhance livability and address community needs by bringing City functions in line with residents’ expectations, particularly the ...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

For new police chief, working in Victoria is dream come true

Uniformed police chief hands a gift-wrapped Etch-a-Sketch to a child through a car window.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Chief Robert Arredondo Jr. hands a toy to a child Dec. 9 during a toy distribution event hosted by the Region 3 Early Childhood Intervention Program.

PHOTO #2: Victoria Police Chief Robert Arredondo Jr., accompanied by ...

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

City Corner Column: Road projects determined by multiple entities, input from residents

Ken Gill

The City of Victoria recognizes the importance of keeping residents informed about the road projects that affect their daily lives, which is why we’re working to expand the ways we provide information and solicit feedback about projects. However, in order...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City Corner Column: Cleanups support broader community improvement

Portrait of Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak

If a developer taking a first drive through Victoria sees litter along the highways, convincing that person to invest in our community will be an uphill battle. However, if they see clean and well-maintained public areas dotted with colorful flowerbeds, t...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

We need a little Christmas: Tips for getting into the holiday spirit

A plexiglass elf sculpture stands near a lamppost with the H-E-B Christmas Tree in the background.

PHOTO: A plexiglass elf stands on Bridge Street at one of the “elfie stations” posted downtown by the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A year unlike any other deserves an extra dose of holiday cheer.

It’s important that we find ways to enjoy the holiday se...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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The City of Victoria Texas Fire Department

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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The City of Victoria Texas Library

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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The City of Victoria Texas Parks and Rec

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Josephine E. Soliz elected to Texas Municipal League office

Josephine E. Soliz

Victoria City Council member and mayor pro tem Josephine E. Soliz was elected second vice president of Region 11 of the Texas Municipal League, a statewide group that promotes interests in city government, during the organization’s quarterly meeting July ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Ashley Strevel earns Certified Public Communicator designation

Ashley Strevel

City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel was honored July 22 for earning her Certified Public Communicator certification from Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication - Strategic Communication...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 27, 2021

City seeks volunteers for Tourism Advisory Board

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The City of Victoria is seeking volunteers to fill two unexpired terms on the Tourism Advisory Board, and residents are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. Aug. 20.

The Tourism Advisory Board is made up of volunteers who represent the arts, historic preservation...

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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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Posted on: July 20, 2021

Metropolitan designation to help City keep federal funding

Logos for Victoria Metorpolitan Planning Organization and Community Development Block Grant

The City of Victoria is in a better position to keep millions of dollars in federal funding after the federal Office of Management and Budget on July 13 elected not to change the Metropolitan Statistical Area population threshold.

The OMB defines a Metropo...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 19, 2021

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

Sparklight logo

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 16, 2021

City of Victoria public notification for wastewater discharge

The City of Victoria’s water supply was not affected when increased rainfall caused stormwater to overflow from the City’s wastewater collection system July 7-9 because the wastewater collection system is not connected to the water dis...

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News Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2021

City landfill extends restriction on trailers

Plastic liner rolled out at landfill

PHOTO: A half-cell at the Victoria landfill, 18141 FM 1686, is covered with a thick plastic liner to prevent contaminants from leaking into the environment.

Due to increased rainfall, Victoria’s landfill will remain closed Thursday to all vehicle...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

City landfill to temporarily restrict trailer access

Plastic liner rolled out at landfill

PHOTO: A half-cell at the Victoria landfill, 18141 FM 1686, is covered with a thick plastic liner to prevent contaminants from leaking into the environment.

Due to increased rainfall, Victoria’s landfill will close Wednesday to all vehicles pulli...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Applications open for hotel occupancy tax funds

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Local organizations that help to bring tourism to Victoria can begin applying for hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds for 2022.

Under Texas law, the City of Victoria collects a hotel occupancy tax from hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and other lodging facilities. T...

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Posted on: July 12, 2021

City seeks residents’ feedback on forthcoming internet initiative

CobbFendley logo

Residents can submit information about their broadband internet needs by July 28 to help with a new study to improve internet accessibility, reliability and affordability in the Victoria community.

Civil engineering company CobbFendley is launching a feasi...

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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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Posted on: July 9, 2021

Parks & Recreation closes areas of Riverside Park, schedules further closures

Map of closures in Riverside Park

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will close areas of Riverside Park in stages during the weekend as the Guadalupe River rises.

As of Friday, the following areas of the park are closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic:

  • The boat ramp
  • Access to Pe...
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Posted on: July 9, 2021

City landfill, compost site to close temporarily Saturday

Plastic liner rolled out at landfill

PHOTO: A half-cell at the Victoria landfill, 18141 FM 1686, is covered with a thick plastic liner to prevent contaminants from leaking into the environment.

Due to increased rainfall, Victoria’s compost site will close Saturday, and the landfill ...

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Posted on: July 9, 2021

City Secretary’s Office earns statewide recognition

Five people pose with a framed certificate at the City Council chambers.

PHOTO: The City Secretary’s Office was recognized at a July 6 City Council meeting for receiving the Municipal Clerk’s Office Achievement of Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Clerks Association. Pictured, from left, are City Ma...

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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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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Municipal Court to teach traffic safety at Children’s Discovery Museum

A gaming setup featuring a chair, a steering wheel, brake/gas pedals and a TV screen.

PHOTO #1: A DWI simulator managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is set up at the Children’s Discovery Museum on July 6. Visitors to the museum will be able to use the simulator during an educational event hosted by the City of Victoria Mun...

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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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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Fourth of July event to include livestream of fireworks

Flyer for July 4 fireworks show. Live concert at 6:15, fireworks at 9:30 at the community center.

The City of Victoria will welcome residents back to the Victoria Community Center on Sunday for an in-person Fourth of July fireworks show, but residents who prefer to watch the fireworks from home can do so through the City’s Facebook page.

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

City of Victoria extends hours for splash pads

Overhead view of kids playing under water features at splash pad

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

The days are getting longer, and now Victoria kids can spend even more sunlight hours splashing at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation s...

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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 Rob...

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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Development Services assistant director appointed to international code committee

Rick Madrid

City of Victoria Assistant Director of Development Services Rick Madrid has been appointed to the International Code Council’s Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee for a three-year term. In this role, he will contribute to the development...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

City of Victoria adds birding deck near Riverside Park

An elevated wooden patio with a shaded seating area, a map of Riverside Park and additional signage.

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau on June 15 unveiled the Athey Nature Sanctuary Birding Deck at the historic Hiller house, 3003 Vine St., home to the headquarters of Keep Victoria Beautiful. The observation area features fee...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Municipal Court moves to hybrid model for scheduled hearings

A Zoom video feed is displayed on projector screens behind the Municipal Court dais.

PHOTO: A Zoom video feed is displayed on the projector screens at the Municipal Court courtroom, 107 W. Juan Linn St., allowing defendants to appear remotely during an in-person court session.

The City of Victoria Municipal Court will host its first hybrid...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Victoria Main Street Program designated as Main Street America affiliate

Four people look at colorful paintings on easels and wall at Leo J. Welder Center.

PHOTO #1: Visitors view artwork by local artist Robyn Cox at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St., during the June 4 Downtown Victoria Art Walk hosted by the Victoria Main Street Program.

PHOTO #2: Artwork by local artist Trent...

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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: June 15, 2021

City to switch back to chloramines for water disinfection

Water pours from a faucet into a glass

The City of Victoria will change its water disinfection process starting Wednesday, June 30, but most residents will not notice a difference.

The City will resume using chloramines for water disinfection. The City previously used chlorine during t...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Public Works hires traffic control manager

David De La Rosa

The City of Victoria Public Works has hired David De La Rosa as the City’s traffic control manager. In this role, he will oversee the maintenance and operation of traffic signals; school flashers; roadway illumination; the City’s sign ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Renters hurt by pandemic can apply for aid through state program

Application forms for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program stacked on a glass side table.

PHOTO: Application forms for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program are available at the City of Victoria Planning and Development Services office, 700 Main St., Suite 129, or online at www.victoriatx.gov/covidassist.

The City of Victoria Developmen...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

City seeks volunteer applicants for Planning Commission

An aerial map with an empty area near a subdivision outlined. Variance: The Ranches of TerraVista.

PHOTO: The proposed site of Phase II of The Ranches at TerraVista, a residential subdivision, is displayed as part of a presentation during the Planning Commission’s May 20 meeting.

The City of Victoria is seeking three members of the public to s...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

New Rodeo restaurant earns Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award

Ten people pose with a sign that says Business Beautification Award. Flowering plants in foreground.

New Rodeo restaurant, 407 E. Rio Grande St., received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for the month of June. The award is given monthly to recognize businesses that help to beautify the Victoria community through property upkeep,...

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Posted on: June 3, 2021

Parks & Recreation Fourth of July fireworks show returns

4th of July fireworks & concert. Bag of Donuts 6:15 p.m. Miller Lite Blastoff 9:30 p.m. Free show.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host its annual Fourth of July celebration, featuring a free live concert and a fireworks show synced to music, at the Victoria Community Center grounds.

“We’re excited to bring this event back because we kn...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Library to kick off summer reading program with fun-filled celebration

Families wait outside activity trailer that has an Environmental Services logo and bean bag toss.

PHOTO: Residents visit a City of Victoria Environmental Services activity booth during the Victoria Public Library Fun Fest Kickoff Celebration in 2019.

Kids can kick off the summer with live performances and fun activities featuring a variety of familiar ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Bootfest is back: Music festival to return in 2021

5 musicians perform onstage at DeLeon PLaza. 3 have guitars, 1 on drums, 1 holding a tambourine

PHOTO #1: The Hot Attacks performs at Bootfest on Oct. 5, 2018, at DeLeon Plaza.

PHOTO #2: Reckless Kelly performs at Bootfest on Oct. 6, 2018, at DeLeon Plaza.

After COVID-19 put Bootfest on hold last year, Victoria residents will once again be able to tap...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Victoria Fire Department honors lifesaving firefighter/EMTs

2 people stand at a podium in the background by a large presentation screen. 4 people eat at table.

Victoria Fire Department employees eat breakfast while Fire Chief Tracy Fox, back left, and Battalion Chief Tim Hunter, back right, share statistics about the Victoria Fire Department’s treatment of cardiac arrest patients during an EMS Life Saving Awards...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Most of Riverside Park reopens

Map showing Riverside Park with closures at Fox Bend, Grover's Bend and John F. Lee Drive

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation on Friday reopened most of Riverside Park after the park had been closed because of flooding along the Guadalupe River.

Some areas of the park are still closed because of a buildup of dirt and debris from the flo...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

City receives $621,000 grant to repair duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo with water feature in foreground

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

PHOTO #2: This preliminary new design for the Riverside Park duck pond was approved by the Victoria City Council on March 3. The final design will include a sidewalk that ext...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Riverside Park to close Wednesday

Map showing closed areas of Riverside Park. Main roads (McCright Drive and Memorial Drive) are open.

Riverside Park will close Wednesday as the Guadalupe River rises.

The Children’s Park near the Vine Street entrance will remain open because it is a safe distance from the river.

The following areas of the park are closed as of Tuesday:

  • Grover&...
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News Releases
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Rainfall upstream ends drought conditions in Victoria

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

The City of Victoria is no longer under Stage One of its drought contingency plan after recent rainfall along the Guadalupe River caused the City of Victoria’s water supply to swell.

The City of Victoria in April asked residents to conse...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 25, 2021

City of Victoria closings for Memorial Day observance

American flag

All nonemergency offices at the City of Victoria will close Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.

The Victoria Public Library will be closed.

The compost site will be closed. The landfill will close early at 4 p.m.

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

City partners with TxDOT for future beautification on Loop

Flowerbed with low decorative brick wall and trees in the background

PHOTO #1: A concept rendering shows the proposed design for new landscaping on Loop 463 near Navarro Street.

PHOTO #2: An upcoming TxDOT beautification project on Loop 463 will extend from 0.02 miles west of U.S. Highway 77 (Navarro Street) to 0.7 miles ea...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2021

City treats mosquito larvae, will resume spraying next week

A truck with a Parks & Recreation logo sprays a white foggy pesticide in a neighborhood.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation is once again working to exterminate as many mosquito larvae as possible before they grow into biting adult insects.

Today, Parks & Recreation began using larvicide briquettes to treat standing water on City-...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Facial coverings no longer required at City facilities

Sign outside Development Center reads, "Maximum number of customers at one time: 5"

PHOTO #1: A sign at the City of Victoria Development Center states the office’s occupancy limit.

PHOTO #2: A sign at the City of Victoria Planning office reminds visitors of best practices that can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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News Releases
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Residents asked to report storm impacts; Guadalupe River expected to flood

Victoria OEM Seal

The Victoria Office of Emergency Management is collecting information on storm-related damages to help emergency response officials understand the impact to the community.

City and county residents who experienced damages because of the heavy rainfall that...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2021

City of Victoria Fire Department celebrates EMS Week

Six people, four in firefighter polos, pose with table full of donut boxes and donut-shaped balloons

PHOTO: DeTar Hospital Navarro provided complimentary donuts to EMS workers May 17 in celebration of National EMS Week. Citizens Medical Center and DeTar Healthcare System will provide meals and snacks for EMS workers throughout the week. Shown from left a...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Municipal Court earns national award for remote services

Seven people pose for group photo in the municipal courtroom. Woman in center holds a glass award.

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Municipal Court received a Tyler Excellence Award from Tyler Technologies for its innovative use of Tyler’s Incode software during the pandemic.

The City of Victoria Municipal Court has added many new resources to help residents...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2021

Victoria Police Officers Association paints curbs to aid emergency response

Two people squat near curb and use spray paint and stencils to paint address numbers

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Police Department Officer Nathaniel Arnold and Senior Police Officer Francisco Reyes, volunteers with the Victoria Police Officers Association, paint address numbers on a curb May 8 in the Tuscany neighborhood. The VPOA, an a...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 10, 2021

Parks & Recreation sprays for mosquitoes, will treat whole city twice

A truck with a Parks & Recreation logo sprays a white foggy pesticide in a neighborhood.

PHOTO: A Parks & Recreation vehicle sprays for mosquitoes in this 2019 file photo.

The mosquitoes that were spawned after the heavy rainfall May 1 have reached adulthood, and Parks & Recreation is doubling down on the pesky insects.

Parks & Recr...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2021

Historic downtown properties receive grant funding for improvements

Four people pose with giant check at Fossati's

PHOTO #1: Fossati’s Delicatessen received a $10,000 grant from the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program to install a new roof. Shown Wednesday, from left, are Main Street Program Director Dani...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2021

City of Victoria employees donate blood

Bus-style vehicle with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center logo. Donate Blood, Save Lives.

PHOTO #1: A South Texas Blood & Tissue Center mobile blood donation unit is parked April 30 outside the City of Victoria offices at 700 Main Center. The City of Victoria hosts an on-site blood drive about once per year to give employees an opportunity...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Victoria Fire Department swears in new employees, honors achievements

Five people in firefighter dress shirts raise their hands as they are sworn in by a woman

PHOTO #1: From left, Firefighter/EMT John Lewis and EMT trainees Nicholas Barnes, Kyle Crowder, Dakoda Drabek, Jeffrey Mosmeyer, James Richards, Mathew Sheffel and Oscar Torres are sworn into the Victoria Fire Department on Friday by administrative assist...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Parks & Recreation closes areas of Riverside Park as river rises

View of the Guadalupe River with rushing water and floating patches of mud, branches and wood trash

PHOTO: Mud and debris float on the Guadalupe River near the Riverside Park Boat Ramp on Monday. The boat ramp is closed due to dangerous conditions on the river.

The skies may have cleared after this weekend’s rainfall, but dangerous conditions r...

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News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Riverside Golf Course, local clubs to host City Championship tournament

Man preparing to hit tee shot on golf course.

PHOTO #1: Bryce Martinez prepares to hit his tee shot June 18, 2020, at Riverside Golf Course.

PHOTO #2: Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez poses for a photo June 18, 2020, at Riverside Golf Course.

Riverside Golf Course’s improved greens wi...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Victoria Police Department announces retirement, military commission

Side-by-side portrait of men in police uniform

Sgt. Herschel Buck retired from the Victoria Police Department on April 28 after a 23-year career in law enforcement. Buck graduated from the Victoria College Police Academy as class president and valedictorian in 1998 and began his career with the Yoakum...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Bridge Street to be reduced as generator construction begins

A map shows a lane reduction on Bridge Street next to the police station

A portion of Bridge Street between Juan Linn Street and Church Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic beginning April 28 so that Austin Generator Service can complete excavation for a new concrete pad for an emergency generator.

The lane reduction w...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

City promotes water conservation due to low rainfall upstream

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

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:

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News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2021

City’s Development Services announces promotions

Side-by-side portraits of a man and a woman

Aubree Fatland recently was promoted from geographic information systems (GIS) analyst I to GIS analyst II. In this role, she will take on increased responsibilities and play a role in the implementation of improved processes as she works to coll...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2021

Summer sports league registration opens Monday

A man prepares to throw a kickball. Two female players stand in the background.

PHOTO #1: Participants compete April 7 in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreations’ spring adult kickball league at the Adult Softball Complex, 510 Proctor St.

PHOTO #2: Participants compete April 8 in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreat...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Splash pads to open 7 days a week

Young kids stand under a water pouring feature at a splash pad

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

Families with young kids looking to beat the heat are invited to enjoy the new extended hours at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation spl...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2021

City of Victoria recognized for financial transparency, ethical accounting

Finance employees wearing facial coverings pose for a group photo in the Finance lobby.

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Finance office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal year 2019 and was found to be in compliance with state accounting standards for fiscal year 2020.

The City of Victoria recei...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Police volunteer group launches curb-painting service project

A group including uniformed police officers stands along an outdoor wall holding Easter baskets

PHOTO: Members of the Victoria Police Officers Association pose April 2 with Easter baskets that they delivered to children in local hospitals and foster care. The VPOA is a volunteer group of Victoria Police Department officers who give back to the commu...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Summer street dances return as Parks & Recreation announces 2021 dates

Band performs on portable stage in front of One O'Connor building downtown.

PHOTO: Joel Nava & the Texas Border performs May 4, 2019, during a Parks & Recreation street dance at DeLeon Plaza. Parks & Recreation and Glazer (formerly Hartman Distributing) will host four street dances this year featuring live music at De...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Victoria Fire Department concludes at-home vaccination program

A woman wearing medical gloves uses a syringe to give an injection to a seated elderly woman

PHOTO: Team leader Brandy Marek with the Victoria Fire Department administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 5 to a Victoria Meals on Wheels client.

The Victoria Fire Department is no longer accepting registrations for its COVID-19 vaccination program...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Friends of the Library book sale returns with new health measures

In library's Bronte Room, people gather around tables filled with makeshift bookshelves.

PHOTO: Victoria residents browse gently used books at the Friends of the Library book sale in May 2019. 

Victoria residents will once again be able to browse the Bronte room for bargain-priced books when the Friends of the Library hosts its first ...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2021

City announces road reduction, next phase of Crestwood Drive project

A concrete road bordered by a new sidewalk. The road is marked with cones and barricades.

PHOTO #1: Crestwood Drive from Ben Jordan Street to Laurent Street is blocked with traffic cones and barricades April 6 during Phase One of the Crestwood Drive reconstruction project. The road will reopen fully April 8.

PHOTO #2: Traffic cones line the nor...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful launches Business Beautification Award

Sign with KVB logo reads "Beautification Award. Thank you for making a difference in our communit

PHOTO: Winners of Keep Victoria Beautiful’s monthly Business Beautification Award will receive a traveling yard sign to display in front of their businesses.

Residents who’d like to recognize Victoria businesses that go the extra mile t...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful invites residents to clean up highway

People in orange and yellow safety vests walk along loop near IHOP with trash bags collecting trash

PHOTO: City of Victoria employees and community members pick up trash along Loop 463 during an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup Feb. 8, 2020.

Residents can play a role in keeping Victoria beautiful by signing up for the City of Victoria/Keep Victoria Beautiful Adop...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Municipal Court to host Java with the Judge meet-and-greet

People in masks visit beneath a canopy in front of the Municipal Court building.

PHOTO #1: Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold, middle, visits with members of the public during Java with the Judge on Nov. 6, 2020. Residents will have a chance to meet with Municipal Court personnel and ask questions when the court hosts its second Ja...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Utility Billing Office resumes normal billing practices after winter storm

Utility Billing Office exterior

The City of Victoria Utility Billing Office is lifting its emergency billing policies that were put in place to accommodate residents who were impacted by the February winter freeze.

Starting April 1, the Utility Billing Office will resume charging its usu...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Municipal Court honored for impaired driving prevention

Judge at dais addresses middle school students in socially distanced setting

PHOTO #1:  City of Victoria Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold addresses Trinity Episcopal School eighth-grade students during a mock trial Nov. 5, 2020, at the Municipal Court. The court received an award March 30 for its efforts to teach stu...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Registration opens for high school, adult summer sports leagues

Group of girls in softball uniforms pose for photo

PHOTO #1: The Cuero softball team were the champions of the City of Victoria’s 2020 high school softball league.

PHOTO #2: Participants in the City of Victoria’s spring coed volleyball league play volleyball March 25 at Riverside Park.

R...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Riverside Golf Course upgrades irrigation system

Mechanical equipment in a shed, including a large box and two motors.

PHOTO #1: Riverside Golf Course’s new irrigation pump station is located in a shed on the golf course.

PHOTO #2: Riverside Golf Course’s new irrigation pump includes variable frequency drive motors that speed up and slow down based on d...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host master plan open houses

An events pavilion with a winding uphill sidewalk leading to it

PHOTO #1: A pavilion is one of the amenities offered at Ethel Lee Tracy Park. Parks & Recreation is preparing to host two open houses to engage with residents on its forthcoming master plan, which will include conceptual renderings of Ethel Lee Tracy ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine registration opens for homebound residents

A woman wearing medical gloves uses a syringe to give an injection to a seated elderly woman

PHOTO: Team leader Brandy Marek with the Victoria Fire Department administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 5 to a Victoria Meals on Wheels client.

Victoria County residents who are homebound because of a medical condition and who are at least 18 yea...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Residents graduate from 2021 Citizens Academy, earn recognition

Woman holding plaque poses with three other people.

PHOTO #1: From left, City Manager Jesús A. Garza, Mayor Pro Tem Josephine Soliz, Citizens Academy participant Debbie Pilsner and Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel pose for a photo March 18 at the final 2021 Citizens Ac...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2021

City of Victoria employees complete higher education

Side-by-side portraits of a woman and two men, both in fire uniforms

City of Victoria Municipal Court clerk Elizabeth Montes earned the title of Certified Court Clerk II on March 17 from the Texas Court Clerks Association in conjunction with the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, the Texas Municipal Courts Associatio...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2021

City invests $2.7M in streets, infrastructure projects

A map highlighting the Cimarron subdivision

The Victoria City Council during the past month approved projects totaling more than $2.7M to rehabilitate streets and utilities in the North Heights subdivision, design a drainage and street repair project in the Lone Tree Acres subdivision, place a seal...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Municipal Court prepares to host virtual jury trials

Laptop on counter in Municipal Court courtroom

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Municipal Court’s virtual kiosk is available to defendants without access to attend virtual court sessions. The kiosk is disinfected between uses.

The City of Victoria Municipal Court plans to start conducting virtual ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Grant funds Victoria Public Library hotspot program, other remote services

Three women set up video and lighting equipment in a room with a colorful carpet.

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Public Library assistants Rebecca Sevier, Alexandria Torres and Daisy Garcia—also known as Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Alex and Ms. Daisy—set up lighting and video equipment March 16 to film Story Time Live at the Vi...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host summer cornhole, washers leagues

Woman is silhouetted throwing a cornhole bag during a game of cornhole outside in the evening.

PHOTO: Participants compete in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s cornhole league June 10, 2020, at Aero Crafters. Registration opens March 22 for the 2021 cornhole and washers summer leagues.

Residents can register starting Monday, Ma...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Victoria Police Department swears in 2 new officers

Two uniformed officers wearing facial coverings stand side by side.

PHOTO #1: From left, Daniel Ruiz and J.T. Smith were sworn in March 11 as new Victoria Police Department officers during an outdoor ceremony at the City Hall courtyard, 105 W. Juan Linn St. The new officers now begin a 16-week field training program along...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2021

City asks for input about storm drainage, infrastructure

Rainwater flows into a storm grate on the pavement

Residents will have a chance to share feedback about their experiences with drainage in Victoria and provide direction for the forthcoming storm drainage master plan by responding to a brief survey.

The City is in the process of updating its storm drainage...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Parks & Recreation pop-up park brings fun to residents

Masked woman and man pose with arms outstretched by small pull-trailer labeled "pop-up park"

PHOTO #1: Recreation coordinators Gabby Anglin, left, and Alex Moore pose Feb. 6 with the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s new pop-up park trailer Feb. 6 at the Son Valley Ranch Family Outdoor Expo.

PHOTO #2: Residents play with yard games and oth...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2021

City of Victoria Public Works announces certifications, promotions

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City of Victoria utility crew chief Lorenzo Guerra and utility equipment operator Jefferson Lemmons earned their water distribution Class C licenses from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Class C license is an occupational license certify...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2021

City of Victoria will keep requiring masks in municipal buildings after mandate ends

Sign saying "Must Wear Facial Covering to Enter, Maintain a distance of 6 feet when possible"

PHOTO: A sign at the Victoria Public Library reminds visitors to wear facial coverings.

The City of Victoria will continue to require visitors and employees to wear facial coverings at City-operated facilities after the statewide mask mandate is lifted Wed...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Residents can discuss thoroughfare master plan at open houses

A crossing sign featuring an adult and child near a street marked with crosswalks and turn lanes.

The City of Victoria Development Services will host two virtual open houses so that residents can provide input on the forthcoming thoroughfare master plan.

The open houses will be hosted March 4, one at 12 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. Residents will be able to ...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Parks & Recreation installs new plaques at Memorial Rose Garden

Two large plaques hanging on a black metal fence

PHOTO #1: Two memorial plaques were installed Feb. 24 at the Memorial Rose Garden in Riverside Park, bearing the names of approximately 1,400 people whose family members and loved ones dedicated roses to them.

PHOTO #2: One of the plaques at the Memorial R...

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News Releases
Posted on: March 1, 2021

City of Victoria offers financial relief to residents affected by storm

Utility Billing Office exterior

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria Utility Billing Office, 700 Main St., Suite 110.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria Development Center, 700 Main St., Suite 128.

The City of Victoria has temporarily amended some of its financial policies to accommodate residents ...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2021

City delivers bottled water, helps with food bank distribution

Workers load cases of bottled water onto a flatbed trailer

PHOTO #1: City of Victoria employees load water onto a flatbed trailer Sunday at the Parks & Recreation office in Riverside Park. The City received more than 1,500 cases of water from the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s State Operations Cente...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Victoria Fire Department honors employees during ceremony

Firefighters in shirt-and-tie uniform stand in front of a backdrop

The Victoria Fire Department swore in two new employees, honored five recently promoted fire engineers and recognized an employee who completed her probationary period during a ceremony at the Victoria Community Center annex Friday. Shown from left are ne...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2021

City seeks input on conceptual renderings for 3 parks

A wide roofed concrete pavilion in a grassy area

PHOTO #1: The Grover’s Bend Pavilion is located in Riverside Park, one of the parks that will receive a conceptual rendering as part of the City of Victoria’s forthcoming Parks & Recreation master plan. 

PHOTO #2: An amphitheater is one of the...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 20, 2021

Environmental Services schedules make-up recycling pickup Sunday

A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

The City of Victoria Environmental Services will collect recycling Sunday for residents whose recycling collection was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Although Environmental Services collected recycling on Tuesday, many residents did not leave out their re...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 20, 2021

City restores water pressure, begins process to remove water boil notice

Utility Billing Office exterior

The City has restored adequate pressure to its water system to be able to send water samples for testing, a crucial step in the process of removing the water boil notice.

City officials provided an update about water service during a virtual press briefing...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of Victoria Development Center to reopen today

Exterior of the Development Services office with a sign indicating the maximum occupancy is 5 people

The City of Victoria Development Center will open 12-5 p.m. today so that the City can begin issuing permits and performing inspections for residents who need to perform emergency repairs.

The Development Center is located at 700 Main Center, Suite 128. Re...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City begins restoration of water to the south pressure plane

Utility Billing Office exterior

The City was able to begin the process of opening the public water system in the south pressure plane at 7 a.m. 

Overnight, water storage tanks reached optimal storage capacity that facilitated beginning the process this morning. Water line breaks...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2021

AEP Texas restores more than 150,000 customers overnight as generation increases

(FROM AN AEP TEXAS NEWS RELEASE)

(CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – February 18, 2021) AEP Texas restored electric service to approximately 150,000 customers overnight late Wednesday into Thursday morning as more generation came online in ERCOT. We are actively work...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City works to restore water service, activates hotline/website

Utility Billing Office exterior

City crews and contractors continue to work to identify, isolate and/or repair broken water lines and refill the City’s water tanks and water towers; at the same time, City officials will activate a hotline and webpage for residents to seek information.

Ci...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2021

City extends closure of offices through Friday

700 Main Center exterior

The City of Victoria today extended its declaration of inclement weather through Friday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. During this time, all city facilities will remain closed to the public.

  • Nonemergency city offices will be closed. 
  • Automated garbage and sol...
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Posted on: February 17, 2021

ERCOT outage orders continue; AEP focuses on critical services, those without power longest

(FROM AN AEP TEXAS NEWS RELEASE)

(CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – February 17, 2021) ERCOT on Wednesday directed AEP Texas to shed load once again. With continued ERCOT orders to remove load off the grid, power outages will continue. AEP Texas crews and employees ...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2021

City of Victoria issues boil-water notice

Utility Billing Office exterior

Due to recent severe weather impacts on Victoria’s public water system, the City of Victoria is advising all residents to boil water prior to consumption. 

Water customers should follow below precautionary boil-water instructions. This b...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 16, 2021

City closes Wednesday due to inclement weather

700 Main Center exterior, City of Victoria 702 N. Main Street Visitor Information Center

The City of Victoria today extended its declaration of inclement weather to include the 24-hour period beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m. through Wednesday at 5 p.m., during which time all city facilities will remain closed. 

The decision to extend the c...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Victoria to host annual statewide sporting event

Texas Amateur Athletic Federation logo

PHOTO #1: The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation has chosen Victoria to host the 2022-2024 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria Youth Sports Complex was proposed as a venue for fastpitch softball, baseball and kickball for the TAAF Winter Games...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2021

City of Victoria employees participate in Crossroads Heart & Stroke Walk

Jesús Garza and 3 City employees on walking trail in Riverside Park wearing masks & matching shirts

From left, City Manager Jesús A. Garza, City Secretary April Hilbrich, Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah and Building and Equipment Services principal clerk Brisa Aguirre pause for a selfie Saturday during the Crossroads Heart & Stroke Walk....

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Victoria Fire Department names 5 new fire engineers

Portraits of five Victoria Fire Department employees in uniform with American flags

Victoria Fire Department employees Zachary Chapman, Cullen Doehrman, Weston Martin, Andrew Sherman and John Yusko were recently promoted to the rank of fire engineer. In this role, they will be responsible for driving fire engines and handling th...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2021

City to allocate federal COVID-19 rent assistance through state program

Application forms for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program stacked on a glass side table.

PHOTO: Application forms for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program are available at the City of Victoria Planning and Development Services office, 700 Main St., Suite 129, or online at www.victoriatx.gov/covidassist

Qualified residents w...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Victoria Fire Department delivers COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors

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PHOTO #1: Members of the Victoria Fire Department and volunteer registered nurse Megan Garcia prepare doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday for distribution to Victoria Meals on Wheels clients. The fire department partnered with Meals on Wheels to deliver ...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2021

Municipal Court plans extra E-Court sessions for Warrant Resolution Month

Laptop on counter in Municipal Court courtroom

PHOTO: Defendants without access to attend an E-Court appearance can schedule an appointment to use the City of Victoria Municipal Court’s virtual kiosk during Warrant Resolution Month. For information on scheduling an appearance, defendants may contact t...

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News Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2021

Utility Billing Office resumes normal hours for walk-in, drive-thru access

Utility Billing Office exterior

The City of Victoria Utility Billing Office has resumed its regular hours for lobby and drive-thru service after these services temporarily were suspended Jan. 21 and after the drive-thru reopened with limited hours Jan. 26.

The lobby is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m....

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

City of Victoria Parks & Recreation opens registration for spring leagues

People play cornhole on an outdoor patio at night beneath string lights near Aero Crafters stage.

PHOTO: Participants compete in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s cornhole league Oct. 28, 2020, on the back patio at Aero Crafters. Registration is open for the 2021 cornhole league and other spring leagues.

Registration is open for t...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 29, 2021

City asks for input about parks facilities, recreational programming

A playground structure with climbing pole, slide and other elements. Another structure behind it.

PHOTO: The Children’s Park at Riverside Park.

Residents will be able to share their priorities for Victoria’s parks, recreational facilities and event programming by responding to a new survey that will be used to shape the forthcoming ...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Municipal Court administrator receives certification

Tiffany Totah

City of Victoria Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah recently earned her Certified Court Manager certification from the nationwide Institute for Court Management. To earn the certification, court officials must complete coursework in areas that in...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 26, 2021

City of Victoria Parks & Recreation to host free drive-in car bingo

Flyer for drive-in bingo. Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Riverside Stadium. Register at 3614853200

Residents will have to bring their A-game—or, rather, their B-I-N-G-O game—for a chance to win fun prizes at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s first-ever drive-in bingo Feb. 26 at the Riverside Stadium parking lot.

Games start at 7 p.m. The eve...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Utility Billing Office reopens drive-thru with limited hours

Utility Billing Office exterior

PHOTO: The Utility Billing Office at 700 Main Center.

The City of Victoria Utility Billing Office drive-thru will be open 12-3:30 p.m. starting Tuesday after the office last week suspended its drive-thru and walk-in services.

The lobby will remain closed at...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Utility Billing Office suspends in-person access, accepts remote payments only

700 Main Center

The City of Victoria is temporarily closing its Utility Billing Office to walk-in and drive-thru access, though residents who would like to pay their utility bills can do so remotely. 

Residents can pay water, sewer or garbage bills online by visi...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

City enters into countywide agreement for economic development cooperation

Mayor Rawley McCoy

The Victoria City Council on Tuesday voted for the City to enter into a memorandum of understanding that affirms the City’s desire to collaborate with local public entities to promote economic development in Victoria County. 

The MOU expresses a c...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

City asks for input about roadways, transportation

Placido Benavides Drive, with freshly paved sidewalk, construction truck in background

Residents can help to guide the future of Victoria’s transportation network by completing a short survey and submitting comments that will be used to shape the City of Victoria’s forthcoming thoroughfare master plan (TMP).

“As our city continues to grow, w...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

City invites downtown property occupants to apply for renovation grant

Main Street in downtown Victoria near DeLeon Plaza

PHOTO: Storefronts line Main Street in downtown Victoria.

Qualified occupants of retail and office spaces downtown can apply for matching grants for exterior improvement projects through the Victoria Main Street Program’s Downtown Façade Grant Program.

“Thi...

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Posted on: January 19, 2021

Victoria officials to open COVID-19 vaccine registration, clinic

Medical vial labeled "Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for use under emergency use authorization, 10 dose

UPDATE: All of the vaccines for the Jan. 21 Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic have been assigned; therefore, registration has closed. If Victoria residents received a confirmation email and/or text, they are signed up for the clinic hosted Thursday at ...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2021

City lifts mandatory water conservation measures

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

City of Victoria residents are no longer required to limit their water usage but are still encouraged to practice voluntary water conservation measures after the City this week terminated all restrictions under its drought contingency plan.

The City’s drou...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2021

City of Victoria closings for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Black-and-white illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. with cursive text: I have a dream.

All nonemergency offices at the City of Victoria will close Monday (Jan. 18) in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Victoria Public Library will be open.

Scheduled automated garbage, curbside recycling, yard waste and/or tree limbs will be collect...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2021

City asks for input about downtown

Elevated view of the Leo J. Welder Center building. A Main Street banner and street art are visible.

PHOTO: The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria.

Residents will be able to determine the direction of the forthcoming downtown master plan by responding to a preliminary survey that asks residents about their priorities and vis...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Victoria Police Department swears in 6 new officers

Six uniformed officers stand on stage in front of Victoria Police Department backdrop.

The Victoria Police Department swore in six new officers during a Jan. 8 ceremony at the Victoria Community Center annex. Shown from left are officers Zechariah Vela, Ryan Ramos, Mia Gallegos, James Swisher, Trenton Ballard and Tristan Smith. The new offi...

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News Releases
Posted on: January 5, 2021

Deadline approaches for questions on City broadband effort

Graphs show internet adoption. With subscription: 71%. Access w/o subscription: 5%. No access: 24%.

PHOTO: A slide from a Dec. 1 presentation to the Victoria City Council illustrates Victoria’s rate of broadband adoption. The City is seeking proposals to improve internet access in Victoria.

Broadband developers will have until 1 p.m. Jan. 8 to ask questi...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Longtime Victoria Police Department officers retire

Two uniformed police officers walk out of basement-level entrance to Victoria Police Department.

PHOTO #1: From left, Sergeant Adam Nieto and Sergeant Lee Lemmons walk out of the Victoria Police Department building during their retirement ceremony.

PHOTO #2: From left, Sergeant Lee Lemmons and Sergeant Adam Nieto are applauded by fellow officers durin...

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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Victoria Fire Department administers COVID-19 vaccines to employees

Two female fire department employees administer injections to two male fire department employees.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Fire Department began vaccinating its employees against COVID-19 at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at a fire department facility. Shown from left are Captain Brandon Strelczyk, fire medic Pamela Yanta, fire medic Brandy Marek and fire medic Roma...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Victoria Fire Department recognizes 2020 achievements

Victoria Fire Department 2020 peer award winners

The Victoria Fire Department recently conferred its 2020 Peer Awards, honoring the achievements of individuals and teams within the department during an especially challenging year. 

Firefighter/EMT Angelo Stafford was named Rookie of the Year. St...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 29, 2020

City accepting applications for federally funded home buyout program

Truck drives down flooded road past flooded buildings. A dog hangs its head out the window.

PHOTO: A vehicle drives down a flooded roadway in Victoria in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. Because of the severe threat of flooding near the Guadalupe River, the City is participating in a federally funded buyout program to purchase and demolish homes in ...

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News Releases
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Victoria Police Department uses local child’s design for Christmas card

Policeman in uniform stands next to child holding card. Both stand in front of a Christmas tree.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Chief Robert Arredondo poses for a photo Dec. 11 with Mason Lara, a second-grader at Nazareth Academy, in Arredondo’s office. Mason is the winner of VPD’s Christmas card design contest, and his drawing is featured on t...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Victoria Fire Department employees donate gifts to local families

Firefighters stand in front of parked fire engine with wrapped gifts arranged across the front.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department Station One employees, from left, firefighter/EMT Spencer Craig, fire medic Zachary Negron, Lieutenant Robert Bayer, firefighter/EMT David Willis, Lieutenant Allen Carroll, Battalion Chief Jeffery Cowan, fire medic Devon...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City of Victoria seeks broadband developer

Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell

The City of Victoria is seeking proposals for a broadband improvement program that will lead to faster and more affordable internet in Victoria and potentially the surrounding Golden Crescent region.

The request for proposals was developed by the Victoria ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

City spruces up Street of Ten Friends historical marker

Large wooden hanging Street of Ten Friends sign is surrounded by flowers and shrubbery

PHOTO #1: The Street of Ten Friends sign at the corner of North and Main streets was recently renovated by the City of Victoria.

PHOTO #2: From left, Benjamin Anthony Treviño and Chris Ceballos, with the City of Victoria Building Services, hang the restore...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Part of Country Club Drive to close to northbound traffic

Map shows lane reduction on Country Club Drive from Stephenson at the north to Navarro at the south

Beginning Monday, Dec. 7, Country Club Drive will be closed to northbound traffic between Stephenson and Navarro streets for three weeks, weather permitting, so that utilities can be repaired.

All businesses in the construction zone will remain open and ac...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Citizens Academy to return in 2021 with new features

A group of adults pose with plaques in City Council chambers surrounded by mayor and other officials

PHOTO: Distinguished Citizen Award recipients are honored during a City Council meeting in 2019. The award is given to residents who complete all three academies offered by the City of Victoria: Citizens Academy, the Citizen Responder program and the Civi...

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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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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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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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Posted on: November 23, 2020

City of Victoria hosts giveaway to encourage shopping small

Santa wearing a red cowboy hat at DeLeon Plaza. Text reads, "Yule Heart Shopping Victoria."

Residents who visit local businesses in Victoria through Dec. 18 will have a chance to win prizes through the “Yule Love Shopping Victoria!” giveaway hosted by the City of Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The giveaway invites residents to collect...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

City needs public to conserve water

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

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 the City is ...

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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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Posted on: November 17, 2020

City of Victoria announces new hires

Side-by-side portraits of two women

The City of Victoria Legal hired Ruby Boone as an assistant city attorney starting Nov. 16. In this role, she will serve as the prosecutor for the City of Victoria Municipal Court and will be the primary legal adviser to several departments, boards and co...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Part of Main Street to close

Map showing that one block of Main Street is closed from Commercial to Goodwin by the library

Main Street will close to through traffic from Commercial Street to Goodwin Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 14, about 7 a.m. to noon so that the rooftop HVAC units at the Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St., can be replaced.

A crane will be used to replace t...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Part of Crestwood Drive to close

Map showing road closure on Crestwood Drive from Halsey Street to Ben Jordan Street.

On Friday, Nov. 13, Crestwood Drive will close for construction between Ben Jordan and Halsey streets from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting.

All businesses and homes in the construction zone will remain accessible. Through traffic can avoid delays by s...

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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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Posted on: November 10, 2020

City of Victoria announces promotion, new hire

Todd Jarisch and Allison Lacey

The City of Victoria Public Works has hired Todd Jarisch as a project manager. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for planning, organizing, budgeting and managing the capital improvement program as well as Public Works projects. Jarisch ha...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Part of Crestwood Drive to close

Map showing road closure on Crestwood Drive from Halsey Street to Ben Jordan Street.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Crestwood Drive will close for construction between Ben Jordan and Halsey streets from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting.

All businesses and homes in the construction zone will remain accessible. Through traffic can avoid delays by ...

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Part of Crestwood Drive to close to eastbound traffic

Map showing street reduction on Crestwood between Main Street and the railroad tracks

Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, Crestwood Drive will close to eastbound traffic between Main Street and the railroad tracks in the 300 block of West Crestwood Drive for three weeks, weather permitting, so utilities can be installed.

All businesses in the constru...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Outside developer will invest $31M in economic development for City

Map showing lot near Home Depot with squares marked for 10 retail spaces, plus 8 more pads.

PHOTO: This map shows the plan for a new shopping center and additional pads on undeveloped land owned by Houston-based Property Commerce. The Victoria City Council on Nov. 3 approved an agreement to relocate a nearby exit ramp to provide access to the pr...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Municipal Court partners with Trinity Episcopal School to host mock trial

A man, a woman and another man stand in a row in front of a class. Woman talks to man on her right.

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Police Department Cadet John Edwards, Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold and Officer Phillip Garcia give a presentation Oct. 20 to Katrina Pogue’s eighth-grade history class at Trinity Episcopal School in preparation for a...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Municipal Court participates in Texas Tech mock trial

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City of Victoria Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold judged the Texas Tech University School of Law’s Advanced Mock Trial competition on Oct. 16. Heinold is a graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, and the Board of Barristers law student o...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

City seeks applicants for volunteer economic, community development board

Sales Tax Development Corporation swearing-in

PHOTO: From left, Russell Dempsey, William Blanchard and Mark Loffgren are sworn in Jan. 27 as new board members of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation.

The City of Victoria is seeking two members of the public to serve on the board of the Victo...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Victoria Fire Department honors winners of poster contest

Children hold homemade posters on a stage. They are flanked by adults.

The Victoria Fire Department recently conducted its Fire Prevention Poster Contest at local schools in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. The contest was sponsored in part by Victoria Fire and Safety, Citgo Petroleum Corporation and Rosewood Fun...

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

Part of Crestwood Drive to close Nov. 4

Map showing that Crestwood Drive will be closed between Laurent and Azalea.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, Crestwood Drive between Laurent and Azalea streets will close for construction from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting.

All businesses and homes in the construction zone will remain accessible. Through traffic can avoid delays in th...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Part of Airline Road to be reduced Oct. 30

Map showing reduction of lanes on Airline from Ben Jordan to Laurent

On Friday, Oct. 30, westbound traffic on Airline Road will be reduced to one lane from Ben Jordan Street to Laurent Street for one day, weather permitting, so sanitary sewer lines can be cleaned and inspected.

All businesses in the construction zone will r...

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Posted on: October 27, 2020

COVID-19 relief funds to help with rent, mortgage

Community development planner Vanessa Villafranca-Cummins

Qualified residents who are having trouble making their rent or mortgage payments because of COVID-19 can apply for financial assistance through the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program administered by the C...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Laurent Street to be reduced for 3 days between Anaqua and Melrose avenues

Map shows lane reduction on Laurent Street from Anaqua to Melrose

Northbound traffic on Laurent Street between Anaqua and Melrose avenues will be reduced to one lane beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27, for three days, weather permitting, so pavement can be repaired.

All businesses and homes in the construction zone will remain a...

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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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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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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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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Water sampling kits not authorized by City

Public Works logo with blue-and-red City of Victoria star

The City of Victoria has received multiple calls from residents reporting that they have received water sampling kits delivered to their doorsteps with instructions to collect water samples for testing. These kits are not authorized by the City or affilia...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

City names Robert Arredondo as new police chief

Roberto Arredondo Jr. in police uniform

Roberto (Robert) Arredondo Jr. has been named the sole finalist to become the police chief for the City of Victoria. Arredondo currently serves in the appointed executive rank of major for the Dallas Police Department. 

“Robert is highly qualified...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Municipal Court administrator receives Distinguished Service Award

Five people pose for a group photo. The woman in the center holds a plaque.

City of Victoria Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah on Monday received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Court Clerks Association, of which Totah is president for the South Texas Chapter. According to nomination information provided ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

City seeks volunteers to serve on Tourism Advisory Board

Explore Victoria Texas Est. 1824 logo

The City of Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to serve on the Tourism Advisory Board, a new board that will advise the City on matters related to the tourism industry and the allocation of hotel occupancy tax funds.

Under the ...

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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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Posted on: September 29, 2020

City of Victoria employees assist with food distribution

People in masks load food into a car trunk. Boxes of food are stacked in the background.

PHOTO #1: City of Victoria employees assist the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent with a drive-up food distribution event Sept. 28 at F.W. Gross Elementary School. About 15 City of Victoria employees volunteered at the event, and 33,677 pounds of food was ...

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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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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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Posted on: September 22, 2020

City moves forward with master plans

Jesus Garza

The Victoria City Council on Sept. 15 approved the hiring of consultants for the forthcoming storm drainage and thoroughfare master plans, two of four master plans the City is undertaking this year as it continues implementation of the 2035 Comprehensive ...

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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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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Planning Services hires community development planner

Community development planner Vanessa Villafranca-Cummins

Vanessa Villafranca-Cummins was recently hired by Planning Services as the community development planner. In this role, she will serve as the Community Development Block Grant coordinator and will be responsible for organizing, directing and administering...

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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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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Placido Benavides Drive provides alternate route near Victoria Mall

Placido Benavides Drive connects the intersection of Glascow and Navarro streets with the intersecti

Residents who want to travel between Navarro Street north of the Victoria Mall and the intersection of Salem Road and Loop 463 can do so by driving on Placido Benavides Drive.

The roadway was completed in early July and connects with the intersection of Gl...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

City announces chief of police finalists

Police Patches

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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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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Posted on: September 8, 2020

City of Victoria donates laptops to VISD device drive

City staff, DE Webworks representative pose at DE Webworks sign with donated laptops

City of Victoria staff on Friday donate 10 laptops to the VISD Education Foundation’s device drive. The devices will be distributed to VISD students who need them to participate in remote learning. From left, James Foote, director of Information Technolog...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

New member appointed to housing authority board

Raquel Garza

Mayor Rawley McCoy has appointed Raquel Garza to the Victoria Housing Authority Board, which oversees public housing for low-income residents, to fill a vacated term that will expire Jan. 15, 2022. Garza will be sworn in Sept. 22 at the board’s next meeti...

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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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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Notice of Adopted 2020 Tax Rate

THE CITY OF VICTORIA ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S RATE.  A RATE OF $0.6115 PER $100 PER VALUATION WAS ADOPTED, THE SAME RATE AS THE PRIOR YEAR.

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

City Council approves 2021 budget, property tax rate

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. The Victoria City Council approved funding for renovations to the duck pond in the budget for fiscal year 2021.

The Victoria City...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Streets to close for railroad track maintenance

Water, Depot to East; Cameron, River to Third; Murray, Cameron to East; Depot, Water to Third

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, Union Pacific Railroad will close the following streets 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for four days for track maintenance:

  • Water Street between Depot Street and East Street
  • Cameron Street between River Street and Third Street
  • Murray Street betwe...
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Posted on: August 31, 2020

City creates grants administrator position to pursue funding opportunities

Grants Administrator Katy Connally

The City of Victoria has created a grants administrator position to seek out more and better funding opportunities across all City departments.

“Grants are a critical resource for us to maximize our funding and provide more services to our residents,” City...

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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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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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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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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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Posted on: August 17, 2020

City’s Police, Fire raise funds for childhood cancer research

Police vs. Fire Shave-Off benefiting St. Baldrick's Foundation

Members of the Victoria Police Department and the Victoria Fire Department in September will shave their heads in the name of childhood cancer research, and the two departments are competing to see who can collect the most donations.

Every year, the St. Ba...

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Construction begins at new Riverside Soccer Complex

City and community leaders gather for ceremonial groundbreaking

From left, Jason Alfaro, director of City of Victoria Parks & Recreation; City Manager Jesús A. Garza; City Council member Jan Scott; City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz; Mayor Rawley McCoy; Mayor Pro Tem Josephine Soliz; Brian Parker, Victoria Youth Soccer O...

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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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Posted on: August 4, 2020

New sewer line will open more than 140 acres for development

Mike Etienne, Assistant City Manager

Victoria City Council on Tuesday approved funding for a new sewer line that will allow for the development of Springwood Medical Plaza Phase II and will open about 140 additional acres for future development.

“We have an opportunity to capitalize on land w...

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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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Posted on: August 3, 2020

City seeks feedback on plans for using federal funds

Title page of the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan

The City of Victoria Development Services is seeking feedback from Victoria residents on three plans that will direct how thousands of dollars in federal funding are spent.

The City receives funding through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CD...

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