News Flash

Posted on: October 6, 2021

Tokyo Grill & Sushi Lounge earns City beautification award

Four people stand with KVB sign on patio decorated with flowers, shrubs and paper lanterns.

PHOTO #1: Tokyo Grill & Sushi Lounge, 5006 N. Navarro St., received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for the month of October. Tokyo Grill received a traveling sign to display during October. Shown with the sign, from left, ar...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: September 17, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful assists with Texas Zoo beautification project

Two people work in a flowerbed at the Texas Zoo sign surrounded by potted plants

Larry and Cheryl Clark, volunteers with the Victoria County Master Gardeners Association, help to replant a flowerbed during a Sept. 11 beautification project at The Texas Zoo. Volunteers with Keep Victoria Beautiful, the Victoria County Master Gardeners ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives grant for restoration of public flowerbeds

Parking lot near Utility Billing Office. Traffic islands with dead grass.

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a $3,000 grant from Keep Texas Beautiful to fund the replanting of flowerbeds at 700 Main Center.

PHOTO #2: This traffic island near the Utility Billing Office at 700 Main Center is barren after Winter Storm Uri.

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Community Appearance Division plants seeds of civic pride

Three people in safety vests dig holes and plant flowers near a decorative sign.

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

By Sam Hankins, City of Victoria communications specialist

PHOTO #1: From left, Joseph Vargas, Korey Parks and Jackie Yates, with t...

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

Frost Bank earns City beautification award

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

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

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

Keep Victoria Beautiful to host citywide Fall Sweep

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

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

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

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

Vela Farms earns City beautification award

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

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

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: 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. 

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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: October 12, 2021

Victoria Fire Department, State Farm partner for Fire Prevention Week

Group photo with Fire Department Fire Marshal backdrop. Sparky the Dog themed items in foreground.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department employees and State Farm representatives pose for a photo during a ceremony held Oct. 4 at Fire Station 6 in honor of Fire Prevention Week. The fire department received fire prevention kits, educator kits and smoke alarm...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Victoria Fire Department to celebrate 150 years of dedicated service

Victoria Fire Department. 150 years of service. 1871 to 2021.

If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of the back of the Victoria Fire Department T-shirts, just under the word “Victoria,” you might have noticed that they proudly state “EST. 1871.” 

The Victoria Fire Department will celebrate its 150th anniversary wi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: August 24, 2021

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Two pieces of electronic equipment with display monitors. One is connected to small white EKG pads.

PHOTO: A cardiac monitor and electrocardiogram (EKG) defibrillator are displayed at Victoria Fire Department Station Two, 2708 Miori Lane. This equipment is used by firefighter/EMTs to provide first aid to patients with heart attack symptoms.

The City of V...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
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: October 19, 2021

Friends of the Library to host 50th anniversary celebration

Patrons browse bookshelves in the library's Bronte Room

PHOTO: Library visitors browse the shelves during a Friends of the Library book sale hosted in May. Proceeds from the book sales support library event programming for children and adults.

This week, the Friends of the Library will celebrate 50 years of adv...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: October 5, 2021

New library streaming service offers music, movies, graphic novels and more

Tablet shows streaming options. Hoopla. Instantly read, listen and watch with your library card.

The Victoria Public Library is expanding its digital offerings with Hoopla, a new streaming service that will provide adult library card holders with access to audio books, e-books, movies, music, TV shows and graphic novels.

Residents can sign up at&n...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Story Trail Walk brings storytime to Riverside Park

A cutout on a tree trunk with an owl character. Text reads "Look in the trees and follow my story

PHOTO #1: A sign at the entrance to the Riverside Park nature trail welcomes residents to the Story Trail Walk.

PHOTO #2: Pages from the book “Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise” are spaced along the Riverside Park nature trail.

PHOTO #3: Residents who complete t...

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

Victoria Public Library opens multipurpose meeting room

Meeting tables arranged in a circle with a 75-inch monitor in the background.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library’s new multipurpose meeting space, located in the former magazine room, features a 75-inch touchscreen monitor with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

PHOTO #2: The Victoria Public Library’s new multipurpose meeting spac...

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

City seeks volunteers for Victoria Public Library Advisory Board

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

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

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

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: 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: October 20, 2021

City Council adopts downtown master plan

An illustration of a new version of Main Street with string lighting and colorful crosswalks.

PHOTO: A conceptual rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols as part of the downtown master plan shows string lighting across Main Street, a potential solution for residents’ concerns about inadequate lighting downtown. String lighting w...

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

Victoria Main Street Program invites public to review master plan draft

DeLeon Plaza and One O'Connor. The street between them is a walkway with food trucks and tables.

PHOTO #1: This concept rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols shows what DeLeon Plaza may look like as the City begins to implement the community-driven downtown master plan.

PHOTO #2: This concept rendering provided by consulting firm ...

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

Main Street Program invites residents to share downtown ghost sightings

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

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

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

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

Developers invited to learn about federal incentive program

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

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

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

Riverside Park, Riverside Golf Course remain closed

In Riverside Park, road is covered in silt and golf course in background is flooded

PHOTO: Parts of Riverside Park are flooded or dirty Oct. 20 after the flooding of the Guadalupe River.

Riverside Park and Riverside Golf Course remain closed after the recent flooding of the Guadalupe River. 

The golf course is expected to reopen O...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 19, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host Haunted Drive-In Cinema, trunk or treat

Flyer for drive-in Oct. 22. 6:30 p.m. trunk or treat, 8 p.m. Coco, 10 p.m. Jeepers Creepers.

Residents can put on their costumes and enjoy a scary good event that’s fun for all ages when Parks & Recreation hosts its Haunted Drive-In Cinema on Oct. 22 at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

The event will begin with a trunk-or-treat...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 19, 2021

Parks & Recreation to present draft master plan at open house

Illustration of MLK park design featuring a basketball court and a wide paved area

PHOTO: This image provided by consulting firm Halff Associates shows a potential design for Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The new Parks & Recreation master plan includes conceptual renderings for Ethel Lee Tracy Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Ri...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 21, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host ribbon-cutting at Riverside Soccer Complex

A soccer ball sits in a goal box.

PHOTO: The Riverside Soccer Complex, 1407 W. Red River St., will be opened to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Soccer players of every skill level will have a new place to play when the City of Victoria this week formally opens ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 14, 2021

Parks & Recreation invites residents to hunt for painted rocks

Kids at school lunch table painting rocks

PHOTO #1: Children paint rocks provided by Parks & Recreation during an after-school program hosted by the YMCA of the Golden Crescent at Aloe Elementary School.

PHOTO #2: Residents can visit the Parks & Recreation office, 532 McCright Drive, to pa...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Story Trail Walk brings storytime to Riverside Park

A cutout on a tree trunk with an owl character. Text reads "Look in the trees and follow my story

PHOTO #1: A sign at the entrance to the Riverside Park nature trail welcomes residents to the Story Trail Walk.

PHOTO #2: Pages from the book “Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise” are spaced along the Riverside Park nature trail.

PHOTO #3: Residents who complete t...

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

Riverside Golf Course adds carts to meet rising demand

Many golf carts parked near Riverside Golf Course clubhouse

PHOTO: Riverside Golf Course recently added 20 golf carts to its fleet to meet an increase in demand. This brings the course’s total to 70 golf carts.

Riverside Golf Course has become an increasingly popular destination during the past year, and the golf c...

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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. 

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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: August 2, 2021

Victoria Police Department hires second deputy chief

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

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

PHOTO #2: Victo...

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

Victoria Police Department swears in 5 new officers

Five men in police uniform in front of police department backdrop

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

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

Victoria Police Department policies earn gold-standard recognition

Three men in police uniform hold framed certificates outside police station

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

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: 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: October 19, 2021

WaterWise helps residents take control of their water usage

Michelle Ozuna

“Why is my water bill so high?”

The Utility Billing Office often gets calls from confused residents who’ve been caught off guard by a high water bill. Usually the problem is something simple that could happen to anyone. Maybe a timer on a sprinkler wasn’t ...

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Blogs
Posted on: October 12, 2021

Street Smarts: How does the City decide which streets to repair?

A rural roadway covered in patches, cracks and potholes

PHOTO: The City of Victoria Public Works in fiscal year 2022 will secure design services for the reconstruction of Dairy Road between Salem Road and Whispering Creek Street.

You’ve probably heard by now that the City is planning to spend a record-breaking ...

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Blogs
Posted on: October 5, 2021

What’s on your mind? Tell us what you think of City communications

Ashley Strevel

Do you have any fun ideas, feedback, or comments for City communications? We’re all ears.

Communications & Public Affairs strives to build a communications strategy that resonates with the public, reaching a wide audience with timely information that’s...

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Blogs
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Fixing roads and a whole lot more: Victoria’s multilayered approach to community development

A machine applies a rocky overcoat to a layer of tar on a residential road.

PHOTO: A crew applies a protective seal coating in the Cimarron subdivision on Sept. 20. The City will continue its residential street maintenance program in fiscal year 2022, sealing neighborhood streets that are in good condition to avoid costly repairs...

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Blogs
Posted on: September 21, 2021

City Corner Column: State of the City: Fulfilling a vision for a better Victoria

Jeff Bauknight

I didn’t plan on becoming Victoria’s mayor.

When Mayor Rawley McCoy passed away earlier this year, he left behind a vision that was only just beginning to be fulfilled: a vision of Victorians working together to build a city that we can...

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Blogs
Posted on: September 7, 2021

City Corner Column: Broadband improvement study brings us one step closer to better internet

Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell

What should the future of internet access look like in Victoria?

A total of 948 people shared their answers to this question by responding to the City of Victoria Broadband Commission and CobbFendley’s broadband improvement survey. This detailed survey enc...

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Posted on: August 24, 2021

City Corner Column: TV15: Your source for City updates on the small screen

Communications Director Ashley Strevel

When it comes to communicating timely and accurate information to our residents, the method of communication can be just as important as the information itself. 

An important part of being a 21st-century organization is making information availabl...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

City Corner Column: Prepare for hurricane while waters are calm

Rick McBrayer

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

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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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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Blogs
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.

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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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Blogs
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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Blogs
Posted on: December 1, 2020

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

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

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

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

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

Thanksgiving turkey on a serving platter

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: November 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Fire Department expands public health role

Fire Chief Robert "Tracy" Fox

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

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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.

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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.

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

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

Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell

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

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

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

Joel Novosad

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

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

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

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

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

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

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

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

Ashley Strevel

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

When choosing where to eat, V...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Public Works in Action: City smooths out pothole repair process

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

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

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

PHOTO #3: Crew leader Hen...

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Blogs
Posted on: September 8, 2020

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

Jesus Garza

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

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Complete Count Committee ramps up Census effort as deadline nears

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

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

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Going virtual brings challenges, new possibilities

IT Director James Foote

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

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Certified Permit Technician uses love of code to assist residents

Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk

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

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

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

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

Dayna_Capone

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

It was a reminder of t...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

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

Ashley Strevel

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

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Recreation services manager

Woman on kayak with another woman on dock

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

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

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

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

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

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

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Blogs
Posted on: July 6, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Head golf professional

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

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: June 29, 2020

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

Public Works Director/City Engineer Ken Gill

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

We’...

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Blogs
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Victoria Police Department earns trust by upholding core values

Interim Police Chief J. Mark Jameson

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

The Black L...

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Blogs
Posted on: June 22, 2020

We’re prepared for hurricane season. Are you?

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: June 15, 2020

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

Jesus A. Garza

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

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Blogs
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Fun things to do in Victoria this summer

Kayakers on the Guadalupe River

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

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Blogs
Posted on: June 1, 2020

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

Roger Welder

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

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Blogs
Posted on: May 16, 2020

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

Danielle_Williams

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: May 11, 2020

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

Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Harvey

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: May 4, 2020

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

Maggie Bergeron

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

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Blogs
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 1: 1998 flood

1998 flood

Ashley Scott, digital media specialist for the City of Victoria

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

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Blogs
Posted on: April 17, 2020

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

Ashley Strevel

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

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Blogs
Posted on: April 9, 2020

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

Stay Home, Stay Safe

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

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Blogs
Posted on: April 6, 2020

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

Portable handwashing station

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: March 29, 2020

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

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Support your community during COVID-19 situation

Joel Novosad

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

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Blogs
Posted on: March 16, 2020

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

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: March 9, 2020

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

Julie Fulgham

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

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Blogs
Posted on: May 27, 2020

Grant funding drives big changes in Victoria Transit system

Shelter at transit stop

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

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Blogs
Posted on: February 24, 2020

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

Tiffany Koenig

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

The ...

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Blogs
Posted on: February 10, 2020

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

Jesus Garza

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

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Blogs
Posted on: February 5, 2020

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

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: February 5, 2020

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

Gilbert Reyna

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

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

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Blogs
Posted on: February 5, 2020

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

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

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

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Posted on: 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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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

City Council adopts downtown master plan

An illustration of a new version of Main Street with string lighting and colorful crosswalks.

PHOTO: A conceptual rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols as part of the downtown master plan shows string lighting across Main Street, a potential solution for residents’ concerns about inadequate lighting downtown. String ...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Riverside Park, Riverside Golf Course remain closed

In Riverside Park, road is covered in silt and golf course in background is flooded

PHOTO: Parts of Riverside Park are flooded or dirty Oct. 20 after the flooding of the Guadalupe River.

Riverside Park and Riverside Golf Course remain closed after the recent flooding of the Guadalupe River. 

The golf course is expected to reopen O...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Parks & Recreation to present draft master plan at open house

Illustration of MLK park design featuring a basketball court and a wide paved area

PHOTO: This image provided by consulting firm Halff Associates shows a potential design for Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The new Parks & Recreation master plan includes conceptual renderings for Ethel Lee Tracy Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Ri...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Application period opens for 2022 Citizens Academy

City manager Jesús Garza holds microphone and addresses seated attendees at Community Center annex.

PHOTO #1: City Manager Jesús A. Garza provides an overview of city government and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan during the first session of the 2021 Citizens Academy on Jan. 14 at the Community Center annex.

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host Haunted Drive-In Cinema, trunk or treat

Flyer for drive-in Oct. 22. 6:30 p.m. trunk or treat, 8 p.m. Coco, 10 p.m. Jeepers Creepers.

Residents can put on their costumes and enjoy a scary good event that’s fun for all ages when Parks & Recreation hosts its Haunted Drive-In Cinema on Oct. 22 at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

The event will begin with a trun...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Friends of the Library to host 50th anniversary celebration

Patrons browse bookshelves in the library's Bronte Room

PHOTO: Library visitors browse the shelves during a Friends of the Library book sale hosted in May. Proceeds from the book sales support library event programming for children and adults.

This week, the Friends of the Library will celebrate 50 years of adv...

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Posted on: October 15, 2021

Guadalupe River expected to reach major flood stage

Victoria Flood Update. Logos for City, County and Office of Emergency Management

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 11:21 a.m. Oct. 15 to include roads in Victoria County that will be monitored for potential flooding.

The Guadalupe River is expected to flood this weekend due to heavy rainfall upstream, and the Victoria O...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Victoria Fire Department, State Farm partner for Fire Prevention Week

Group photo with Fire Department Fire Marshal backdrop. Sparky the Dog themed items in foreground.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department employees and State Farm representatives pose for a photo during a ceremony held Oct. 4 at Fire Station 6 in honor of Fire Prevention Week. The fire department received fire prevention kits, educator kits and smoke alarm...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Municipal Court adds live chat, texting services

Screenshot shows a pop-up chatbox for City of Victoria Municipal Court on a City webpage.

Residents now have two new options for contacting Municipal Court staff to ask questions and get help with accessing court services.

The court has added a new chat box to its webpage, www.victoriatx.gov/municipalcourt. Residents can type their que...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

City uses feedback to craft new proposed animal code

A brown dog on a green leash in a vet's office.

UPDATE 10/11/2021: The proposed animal code passed first reading with additional changes. View the updated code here (changes shown in red).

The City of Victoria has drafted a new proposed animal code based on residents’ feedback.

After proposing ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2021

Victoria Fire Department to host free flu vaccine clinic

Fire department employee gives a woman a flu shot in an outdoor park. Other fire employees are near.

PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department personnel administer flu vaccines in 2020 during a clinic at Queen City Park.

The Victoria Fire Department will host a free flu vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at Queen City Park.

The Victoria Fire Department has ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Residents can vote to help Victoria Main Street Program win $25K

Main Streets make us better. IndependentWeStand.org. MainStreetContest.com

The Victoria Main Street Program is asking for residents’ help to win $25,000 or other prizes that will help make Victoria’s vision for downtown a reality.

The Victoria Main Street Program is a nominee in the America’s Main St...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Tokyo Grill & Sushi Lounge earns City beautification award

Four people stand with KVB sign on patio decorated with flowers, shrubs and paper lanterns.

PHOTO #1: Tokyo Grill & Sushi Lounge, 5006 N. Navarro St., received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for the month of October. Tokyo Grill received a traveling sign to display during October. Shown with the sign, from left, ar...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Victoria Fire Department to celebrate 150 years of dedicated service

Victoria Fire Department. 150 years of service. 1871 to 2021.

If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of the back of the Victoria Fire Department T-shirts, just under the word “Victoria,” you might have noticed that they proudly state “EST. 1871.” 

The Victoria Fire Department will celebrate its 150th anniversary wi...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

New library streaming service offers music, movies, graphic novels and more

Tablet shows streaming options. Hoopla. Instantly read, listen and watch with your library card.

The Victoria Public Library is expanding its digital offerings with Hoopla, a new streaming service that will provide adult library card holders with access to audio books, e-books, movies, music, TV shows and graphic novels.

Residents can sign up at&n...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

City seeks feedback about information distribution

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PHOTO: From left, City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel talks with Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak and beautification coordinator Christy Youker during the latest episode of TOWNtalk. The TV show airs on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Public Works prepares for record-breaking year of street projects

Street with potholes, cracks and discoloration near Salvation Army warehouse

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria will begin reconstructing Nueces Street between Navarro Street and Laurent Street during fiscal year 2022.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria during fiscal year 2022 will select an engineering service to design a reconstruction p...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Regional Infusion Center to open in Victoria County for COVID-19 patients

Victoria City/County Emergency Management Office Seal

A Regional Infusion Center to help treat COVID-19 patients in Golden Crescent Region of Texas will open to the public this week in Victoria. 

The State of Texas through the Texas Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with Victoria Count...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host ribbon-cutting at Riverside Soccer Complex

A soccer ball sits in a goal box.

PHOTO: The Riverside Soccer Complex, 1407 W. Red River St., will be opened to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Soccer players of every skill level will have a new place to play when the City of Victoria this week formally opens ...

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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful assists with Texas Zoo beautification project

Two people work in a flowerbed at the Texas Zoo sign surrounded by potted plants

Larry and Cheryl Clark, volunteers with the Victoria County Master Gardeners Association, help to replant a flowerbed during a Sept. 11 beautification project at The Texas Zoo. Volunteers with Keep Victoria Beautiful, the Victoria County Master Gardeners ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Parks & Recreation invites residents to hunt for painted rocks

Kids at school lunch table painting rocks

PHOTO #1: Children paint rocks provided by Parks & Recreation during an after-school program hosted by the YMCA of the Golden Crescent at Aloe Elementary School.

PHOTO #2: Residents can visit the Parks & Recreation office, 532 McCright Drive, to pa...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

No-cost WaterWise monitoring service helps residents save water, money

Water Wise Victoria water portal

City of Victoria utility customers can monitor their water usage and be notified of potential leaks by signing up for WaterWise, the City’s water monitoring service, at no additional cost.

The service connects with customers’ water mete...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

City Manager Jesús A. Garza earns professional development designation

Jesús Garza portrait

Victoria City Manager Jesús A. Garza recently earned his Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is one of about 1,400 local government management professionals worldwide who are c...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

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

Apartment building exterior

Press release from The NRP Group

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

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Victoria Main Street Program invites public to review master plan draft

DeLeon Plaza and One O'Connor. The street between them is a walkway with food trucks and tables.

PHOTO #1: This concept rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols shows what DeLeon Plaza may look like as the City begins to implement the community-driven downtown master plan.

PHOTO #2: This concept rendering provided by consulting firm ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Story Trail Walk brings storytime to Riverside Park

A cutout on a tree trunk with an owl character. Text reads "Look in the trees and follow my story

PHOTO #1: A sign at the entrance to the Riverside Park nature trail welcomes residents to the Story Trail Walk.

PHOTO #2: Pages from the book “Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise” are spaced along the Riverside Park nature trail.

PHOTO #3: Resi...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives grant for restoration of public flowerbeds

Parking lot near Utility Billing Office. Traffic islands with dead grass.

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a $3,000 grant from Keep Texas Beautiful to fund the replanting of flowerbeds at 700 Main Center.

PHOTO #2: This traffic island near the Utility Billing Office at 700 Main Center is barren after Winter Storm Uri.

P...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Registration opens for softball, kickball fall adult leagues

Group photo on kickball field. One player holds a kickball.

PHOTO #1: The Monstars were the champions of Parks & Recreation’s 2021 Tuesday night men’s upper division spring softball league.

PHOTO #2: The Big Ballas were the champions of Parks & Recreation’s 2021 Wednesday night...

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Posted on: August 24, 2021

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Two pieces of electronic equipment with display monitors. One is connected to small white EKG pads.

PHOTO: A cardiac monitor and electrocardiogram (EKG) defibrillator are displayed at Victoria Fire Department Station Two, 2708 Miori Lane. This equipment is used by firefighter/EMTs to provide first aid to patients with heart attack symptoms.

The City of V...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Community Appearance Division plants seeds of civic pride

Three people in safety vests dig holes and plant flowers near a decorative sign.

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

By Sam Hankins, City of Victoria communications specialist

PHOTO #1: From left, Joseph Vargas, Korey Parks and Jackie Yates, with t...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

City to broadcast VISD school board meetings on cable channel

People seated around school board dais with VISD logo on back wall.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Independent School District’s school board members gather for a meeting June 10 at the VISD administration building, 102 Profit Drive. Starting Friday, the meetings will be broadcast to the City’s cable channels ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Victoria Public Library opens multipurpose meeting room

Meeting tables arranged in a circle with a 75-inch monitor in the background.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library’s new multipurpose meeting space, located in the former magazine room, features a 75-inch touchscreen monitor with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

PHOTO #2: The Victoria Public Library’s new multi...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Riverside Golf Course adds carts to meet rising demand

Many golf carts parked near Riverside Golf Course clubhouse

PHOTO: Riverside Golf Course recently added 20 golf carts to its fleet to meet an increase in demand. This brings the course’s total to 70 golf carts.

Riverside Golf Course has become an increasingly popular destination during the past year, and ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

City partnership with The Retail Coach brings new dining options to Victoria

Map showing five plots of land highlighted near the intersection of Navarro and Primrose

Residents soon will be able to enjoy five new food options on North Navarro Street near Primrose Street.

The new development is a result of the City of Victoria’s partnership with the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation and The Retail Coach to bring...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

City, developer host groundbreaking for new affordable apartments

Group of people in hard hats dig ceremonial shovels into a pile of dirt

PHOTO: City of Victoria staff, City Council members and Realtex Development Corporation staff participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 11 to celebrate the start of the construction of Enchanted Gardens Apartments, 4601 N. Ben Jordan St. The new affor...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

City of Victoria updates building code to meet international standards

Three new homes in various states of construction

PHOTO: New homes are under construction Aug. 6 on Silver Spur in the Terra Vista subdivision.

The City of Victoria will maintain its International Organization for Standardization rating, which is used by insurance companies to set rates within city limits...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Communications & Public Affairs adds closed captioning to public meetings

On TV screen, police chief speaks at City Council podium. Closed captioning is displayed.

PHOTO: Audio captions are displayed on a TV screen Aug. 3 during the live broadcast of a City Council meeting on Vtv15, a cable channel operated by the City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs.

Residents now have the option to view closed capti...

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News Releases
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 13, 2021

Applications open for hotel occupancy tax funds

Explore Victoria Texas Est. 1824 logo

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 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 splash pads...

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News Releases
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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News Releases
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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News Releases
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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News Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2021

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

Front of the Municipal Court Building

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

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

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

City receives $621,000 grant to repair duck pond

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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