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Posted on: October 4, 2022

City of Victoria highlights VPL Jams performance in video feature

Man with a black cowboy hat plays a guitar. He also wears a harmonica holder to play harmonica.

PHOTO: Local singer-songwriter Jacob Kyle gives a performance at the Victoria Public Library as part of the VPL Jams music series.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs recently produced a video feature of a performance by local singer-s...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Application period opens for 2023 Citizens Academy

People are seated at a round table with a tablecloth. A standing woman holds mic for seated woman.

PHOTO #1: Communications Director Ashley Strevel holds the microphone for Citizens Academy participant Amanda Boyd to ask a question during the 2022 Citizens Academy.

PHOTO #2: City Manager Jesús A. Garza teaches participants about the City&...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

City remains in Stage III of drought contingency plan

A dry riverbed with patches of green water and plants growing

PHOTO: The Guadalupe River is in a state of low flow due to a long period of low rainfall upstream.

The City of Victoria is reminding residents to conserve water while Victoria is in Stage III of its drought contingency plan.

At the Oct. 3 City Council Meet...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

City of Victoria, Flow Paddle Co host Riverside Row

Group photo of seven people outdoors on a concrete pavilion in a park

PHOTO: The City of Victoria and Flow Paddle Co hosted the Riverside Row on Sept. 24 in Riverside Park. Shown from left are third-place winner Daniel Lozado; first-place winner Joe Luna; Ashley Magee, Flow Paddle Co; Sports Tourism Manager Michelle Myers; ...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Adopt-A-Pet earns City beautification award

Group photo with KVB sign in front of a building with a row of shrubs, small trees and lawn decor

Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Adopt-A-Pet employees and management pose for a photo Oct. 3 at Adopt-A-Pet, 8215 Houston Highway. Adopt-A-Pet received KVB’s business beautification award for the month of October. The award is given monthly to...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Victoria Fire Department swears in new employees

Three people in firefighter dress shirts and ties raise their hands during a swearing in ceremony

PHOTO: From left, Paramedic Crew Leader Ben Swanner, Firefighter/EMT Braeden Schmidt and Firefighter/EMT Derrick Montes are sworn into the Victoria Fire Department on Sept. 16 by administrative assistant Debbie Breeden during a ceremony at the Victoria Co...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Hummer to get donation of body armor

VPD K9 Hummer

Press release from Vested Interest in K9s

PHOTO: K9 Lark

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Hummer will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 H...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful hosts citywide Fall Sweep

SCOPE team group

PHOTO: Volunteers with the SCOPE Respiratory Therapy group showcase their work picking up waste during the 2022 Fall Sweep.

Nearly 400 student groups, local businesses, congregations and others took part Saturday in cleaning up their community as part of K...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Parks & Recreation to replace play structure at Ted B. Reed Park

Play structure including different areas, monkey bars, swings and wheelchair access

PHOTO: This conceptual rendering provided by Fun Abounds shows the new play structure that will be installed at Ted B. Reed Park.

The City is preparing to replace the play structure at Ted B. Reed Park with a more modern structure that will be easier to ma...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host “Midnight” Basketball

A uniformed police officer plays basketball with a group of young people

PHOTO: Officer Zach Vela plays basketball with Victoria’s youth. 

The Victoria Police Department is partnering with the Victoria College men’s basketball team to host its first “Midnight Basketball,” a free mini basketball camp, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

City of Victoria hires new assistant city attorney

Adam West

Adam West was recently hired as the assistant city attorney for the City of Victoria. In this role, he will serve as a primary legal representative for City departments, board and commissions under the direction of the city attorney. Prior to his current ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Victoria Fire Department encourages residents to “plan your escape”

Fire prevention themed posters made by children

PHOTO: The Victoria Fire Department hosts a poster contest each year in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

The Victoria Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week&n...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop

Several people mill around a courtyard with a Victoria Police Department canopy set up

PHOTO: Members of the Victoria Police Department gather with community members to enjoy coffee and breakfast for National Coffee with a Cop Day in 2021.

The Victoria Police Department has partnered with The Box Coffee Bar and Sweet Fountainz Bakery to host...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

City’s compost facility repurposes tree limbs, yard waste

Man in a blue dress shirt and jeans stands next to a huge pile of compost

PHOTO #1: Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak stands next to a finished pile of compost at the City’s compost facility. The facility sells compost in bulk or by the bag.

If you’re a gardener, the tree limbs and yard waste you l...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Public Library provides voter registration assistance

Red, white and blue voting badges

Residents who still haven’t registered to vote can do so at a convenient location they might not expect: the Victoria Public Library.

The library, like all public libraries in Texas, is a voter registration agency. Residents can visit the front d...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Fire Department to host National Night Out block party

Kids play in foam bubbles in a parking lot

PHOTO: Children play in foam during the Victoria Fire Department’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2021.

Residents will have an opportunity to celebrate and meet local first responders at the Victoria Fire Department’s first National N...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Fire Department receives donation of educational materials

Four people in Victoria Fire Department polos hold packages containing flyers and crafts for kids

PHOTO: The Victoria Fire Department received a donation of educational materials from the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission. Shown with some of the donated materials, from left, are Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Daron Lewis and Fire Inspector/In...

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Posted on: September 14, 2022

Victoria Public Library advisory board updates collection development policy

People seated at rectangle tables arranged in a square. Other people sit in rows of folding chairs.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library Board conducts a meeting Sept. 13 in the library’s Bronte Room.

The Victoria Public Library advisory board on Sept. 13 adopted an updated collection development policy that affirms the Victoria Public Library...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Explore Victoria Texas earns statewide awards for promoting Victoria

Two people holding certificates in front of an Around Houston backdrop

PHOTO: Explore Victoria Texas earned two Texas Destination Excellence Awards in the Website Design & Effectiveness and Video, Story & Podcast categories during the Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus annual conference Aug. 29-Sep...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

1st resident receives new home under federal program

Group photo in front of a newly built house. Yellow with white trim.

PHOTO: Employees and leadership with the City of Victoria, Grantworks and RM Quality Construction pose for a photo Sept. 9 with a Victoria resident who received a new home through the federally funded HOME Investment Partnerships Program after her home wa...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Guadalupe Regional Flood Planning Group to host community meeting

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

PHOTO: A vehicle drives down a flooded roadway in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey.

Residents will have a chance to learn more about the Guadalupe Regional Flood Planning Group’s new flood risk reduction plan during an upcoming public meeting.

The Guad...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Victoria Police Department officer earns drug recognition certification

Four uniformed police officers. Man second from right hands a small object to man second from left

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Deputy Chief Chuck Young, left, and Chief Robert Arredondo and Deputy Chief Mark Jameson, right, present Officer Trenton Ballard with a commendation bar Aug. 30 recognizing his completion of the Texas Drug Recognition Expert Prog...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark to get donation of body armor

Police officer and K9 dog

Press release from Vested Interest in K9s

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Senior Police Officer Joseph Smith and his K9 partner, Lark

PHOTO #2: K9 Lark

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks ...

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Posted on: September 12, 2022

City breaks ground on duck pond

A conceptual rendering of the new Riverside Park duck pond. What was once two ponds is now one.

PHOTO #1: This conceptual rendering shows the new design for the Riverside Park duck pond.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Riverside Park duck pond construction Sept. 12. Shown from left are City Manager Jes&ua...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Sonic on Navarro Street earns City beautification award

Group photo with KVB sign at Sonic on Navarro. Landscaping includes flowerbeds and trimmed bushes.

Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Sonic employees and management pose for a photo Sept. 7 at Sonic Drive-In, 3004 N. Navarro St. Sonic received KVB’s business beautification award for the month of September. The award is given monthly to recogni...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Registration will open soon for Christmas Parade of Lights

Children in elf hats on a lighted parade float with a snowman, reindeer and a gingerbread house

PHOTO #1: Children wave to parade attendees during the Christmas Parade of Lights in 2021.

PHOTO #2: Santa Claus greets parade attendees during the Christmas Parade of Lights in 2021.

Although winter weather is still far away, residents should mark their ca...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Library cards provide access to thousands of books, other resources

A library card and application form sit on a pile of books, an audiobook and a tablet.

PHOTO: A Victoria Public Library card can be used to check out books, audiobooks, electronic devices and many other materials.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and the Victoria Public Library is encouraging residents to sign up for library...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Victoria Fire Department announces new fire marshal

Fire Marshal Daron Lewis and Fire Chief Fox

PHOTO #1: Fire Marshal Daron Lewis, left, poses for a photo with Fire Chief Fox during a meet-and-greet Sept. 1.

PHOTO #2: Fire Marshal Daron Lewis

Fire Marshal Daron Lewis was recently selected to serve as the City of Victoria Fire Department’s next Fire M...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful announces 2 beautification grant recipients

Group photo outside Christ's Kitchen with KVB beautification grant sign

PHOTO #1: Leaders with Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry and Keep Victoria Beautiful pose for a photo at Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, 108 N. Liberty St.

PHOTO #2: Leaders with the University of Houston-Victoria and Keep Victoria Beautiful p...

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful, Master Naturalists restore butterfly garden

Butterfly garden featuring plants, stone and brick landscaping and small signs

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful partnered with the Texas Master Naturalist - Mid-Coast Chapter to restore the butterfly garden at The Texas Zoo.

PHOTO #2: From left, Master Naturalists Debbi Roskey and Marilyn Stewart clear overgrowth in the butterfly ga...

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives grant for river cleanup

Plastic bottles, soda cans and other trash on the Guadalupe River bank underneath a wooden pier

PHOTO: Discarded trash is strewn along the Guadalupe River on Aug. 21. Photo contributed by Ashley Magee.

Keep Victoria Beautiful’s upcoming Fall Sweep will cover both land and water with help from a grant program aimed at keeping waterways clean...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

City enters Stage III of drought contingency plan

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

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

In spite of recent rainfall, Victoria and nearby communities are still experiencing below-average rainfall for this time of year. The Guada...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Victoria Town Center lands Boot Barn, Burlington Coat Factory

Side by side images of boots and coats

The developer of Victoria Town Center, the new shopping center adjacent to Home Depot, has announced its first two tenants.

Boot Barn will open at Victoria Town Center by the end of the year, and Burlington Coat Factory will open early next year.

“We have t...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Developer announces new apartment complex for seniors

A multi-story apartment complex with small balconies

PHOTO #1: This illustration provided by FishPond Development LLC shows a future FishPond apartment complex in Alice, Texas. FishPond is planning to build a similar three-story complex in Victoria.

PHOTO #2: This map shows the future location of FishPond at...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

9 downtown crosswalks to be painted next week

Crosswalk painted with a Texas flag marked Established 1824

PHOTO #1: A design for crosswalk art on Constitution Street in downtown Victoria.

PHOTO #2: A design for crosswalk art on Forrest Street in downtown Victoria.

PHOTO #3: Nine crosswalks will be painted downtown during nightly street closures.

Flowers, theater...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Municipal Court administrator earns national certification

Tiffany Totah

City of Victoria Municipal Court Administrator Tiffany Totah recently earned her Certified Court Executive certification from the nationwide Institute for Court Management. To earn this designation, an individual must first earn the ICM&rsquo...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Victoria Police Department to kick off National Night Out

Police officer running through foam pit with kids

PHOTO #1: Officer Adam Banda walks through the foam pit during the National Night Out Kick-Off Party in 2021.

PHOTO #2: Children dance during the National Night Out Kick-Off Party in 2021.

The Victoria Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful to host citywide Fall Sweep

Group poses with collected trash bags near Adopt a Highway sign

PHOTO #1: Volunteers with the City of Victoria pose for a photo during the 2021 Fall Sweep.

PHOTO #2: Volunteers with the Victoria East High School baseball team pose for a photo during the 2021 Fall Sweep.

PHOTO #3: Volunteers with St. Joseph High School p...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

City to allocate funding for child safety programs

Flyers with information about child safety, traffic safety and family violence

PHOTO: Flyers at the Victoria Police Department building feature information about school bus safety, family violence prevention and other subjects related to child safety.

Local nonprofit representatives who are interested in receiving funds for child saf...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host Advanced K9 Medical Training

Two police officers and a K9

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

The Victoria Police Department has partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to provide a free Advanced K-9 Med...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Municipal Court adds email encryption to protect residents’ information

New Zix secure email message from City of Victoria, Texas. To view the message, click Open Message.

PHOTO #1: This image shows an email from the City of Victoria that was sent using the new Zix secure email system.

PHOTO #2: Residents who receive emails from the Zix secure email system will be prompted to create an account with a password to view their e...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

City Council proposes lower property tax rate

Man in cherry picker installs an overhead LED street light.

PHOTO #1: A Chain Electric Company crew member installs an LED street light on Navarro Street on July 6 as part of Phase One of the City’s citywide lighting project. Phase Two is part of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.

PHOTO #2: The pro...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Victoria Police Department dubs youth camp ‘Camp Keimryn’

Young girl in police uniform sits at the wheel of a police car

PHOTO: Officer Keimryn Lee was sworn in as an honorary Victoria Police Department officer on March 31. Officer Keimryn passed away July 12.

The Victoria Police Department’s annual youth summer camp is being renamed “Camp Keimryn&rdq...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Beyond storytime: Library offers variety of adult events

Two people hold paintings featuring Baby Yoda and R2D2 from Star Wars

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library hosted a Star Wars sip-and-paint event May 5. View more photos from the event

PHOTO #2: Residents share poetry during the “Poetry at the Plaza” reading that was hosted by the Victoria Publi...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Public Works announces promotion, certifications

Five portrait photos of men in work uniforms

City of Victoria Public Works employee Austin Anderson was recently promoted to distribution and collection manager. In this role, he will oversee the operation, maintenance and planning of the City’s water distribution and wastewater collection...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

City Council to consider duck pond construction contract

Pond with faux stone wall around the edges to prevent erosion

PHOTO #1: This concept photo from a 2020 presentation to City Council shows what the duck pond might look like with a new wall around the edge to prevent erosion.

PHOTO #2: This preliminary design for the Riverside Park duck pond was approved by the City C...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Crime analyst earns statewide recognition

Erin Gabrysch

Victoria Police Department Crime Analyst Erin Gabrysch received honorable mentions for the Texas Law Enforcement Analyst Network’s Member of the Year and Analytical Product Award recognitions. The Member of the Year designation recognizes crime analysts w...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Victoria Main Street Program earns Main Street America accredited status

Wake, a giant sculpture of the framework of a ship and an oversized figurehead

PHOTO #1: This still image from a Victoria Main Street Program promotional video shows “Wake,” an art installation by Houston artist Mel Chin hosted by the Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Victoria.

PHOTO #2: Local art...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Library receives funding to design outdoor space improvements

Library window painted with flowers

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library collaborated with Free Art Victoria to host a window-painting event for teens on April 21. The library is exploring the possibility of remodeling its outdoor space.

PHOTO #2: This conceptual rendering...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Council OKs purchase of land for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO #1: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of a new public safety headquarters based on its central location, space needs, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

PHOTO #2: This map, t...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

City of Victoria becomes certified car seat fitting station

Woman buckles a happy baby into a car seat

Caregivers who want to make sure their children are buckled up properly can sign up for a free child safety inspection with the City of Victoria’s trained child passenger safety technicians.

To schedule an inspection, visit www.victoriatx.gov/car...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives $1,500 from LyondellBasell

Group photo with giant check in front of City Hall

PHOTO: LyondellBasell leadership presented a $1,500 check to Keep Victoria Beautiful on June 23 at City Hall.

Keep Victoria Beautiful received a $1,500 donation from LyondellBasell to be used for beautification grants.

“We are thankful for Lyondel...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Cardiac monitor and EKG machine on a table with a fire department logo

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: July 5, 2022

Citywide lighting project brightens Victoria’s southside

An LED street light shines brightly at night by a sidewalk.

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

More than 100 bright new LED lights are shining on Victoria’s southside, and there will be many more where those came from.

The City on June 20 began the first phase of ...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

City seeks input on spending CDBG funds for community programs

A small brick multifamily housing structure

PHOTO: The City’s proposed 2022 annual action plan includes $95,000 in CDBG funding for the Victoria Housing Authority to weatherize and paint an apartment complex.

Residents can review the City’s proposed 2022 annual action plan and pr...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Riverside Golf Course lands American Junior Golf Association tournament

A young golf player hits a golf ball toward a hole while an adult watches

PHOTO: A young golfer watches his shot at Riverside Golf Course in 2017.

The City of Victoria has secured a three-year contract to host an American Junior Golf Association invitational tournament, the Victoria Texas Preview, at Riverside Golf Course.

The fi...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

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

Group photo in front of UHV building with people in foreground digging shovels into dirt.

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

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

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

Illustration of globe marked WWW and surrounded by internet icons

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

City promotes water conservation due to low rainfall upstream

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

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

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

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

Keep Victoria Beautiful launches beautification grant program

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

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

Keep Victoria Beautiful is partnering with private don...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Victoria Public Library seeks input on strategic plan

A wide window painted with flowers and the word Library

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

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

Since then, the scope of...

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News Releases
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Parks & Recreation ready to take on mosquitoes with updated program

mosquito

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

The program includes updat...

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Posted on: March 23, 2022

Victoria Fire Department’s Station One temporarily relocates

Victoria Fire Department Station One at Navarro and Goodwin

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

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

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

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Posted on: March 15, 2022

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

A single-family home on a grassy property

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

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

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Council approves first phase of citywide lighting project

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

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

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

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