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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Registration opens for statewide athletic competition in Victoria

Victoria Texas 2022-2024 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games

Amateur athletes who’d like to take part in a statewide competition without leaving the Crossroads can sign up now to take part in the 2022 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games, which will be hosted Jan. 15-17 in athletic venu...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

City upgrades lighting at 2 neighborhood parks

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

PHOTO #1: A recently installed LED street light shines at Queen City Park.

PHOTO #2: The new LED street lights at Queen City Park and Pine Street Park are equipped with solar panels.

The future of Victoria’s parks is looking bright after Parks &am...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Victoria Public Library to host drive-thru gingerbread house workshop

Blue anta and others in uniforms or Christmas attire stand on DeLeon Plaza sidewalk.

PHOTO: City of Victoria employees and Blue Santa greet residents and hand out craft kits during the 2020 gingerbread house workshop hosted by the Victoria Public Library.

Whether it’s hosted at the library, at the Community Center or at DeLeon Pl...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

Public Works employee earns highest-level wastewater license

Portrait of Tony Saenz

Tony Saenz, environmental compliance and customer service specialist with the City of Victoria Public Works, recently earned his Class A Wastewater License from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Class A license is the highest-level wastew...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Victoria Police Department offers safety tips for holiday shoppers

A man reaches into a car holding a cellphone. A purse sits on the seat.

As the holiday shopping season approaches, the Victoria Police Department is reminding residents to be on the lookout for thieves who prey on holiday shoppers.

The Community Engagement Unit offers these tips to help residents protect themselves from crimin...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

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

A dog sits in a grassy fenced area

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

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

The implementation of the newly approved ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Residents can view Christmas parade in person or on TV, online

People wave from lighted parade float decorated with lights, VFD logo and fireplace

As the Christmas Parade of Lights returns to its traditional downtown setting, residents will be able to choose whether to see it in person or take part in the celebration from their homes. 

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Residents can wa...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Christmas on the Square brings holiday festivities downtown

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

PHOTO: The H-E-B Christmas Tree is displayed downtown in 2020. The tree will be lit during Christmas on the Square at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation and the Victoria Main Street Program are inviting residents to ring in the h...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Victoria Police Department promotes 3 officers during ceremony

Three portraits of uniformed police officers

Victoria Police Department Sgt. Jon DeLaRosa recently was promoted from senior officer to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. DeLaRosa has been serving the Victoria community for seven years, including five years on the department SWAT team, whe...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

City Council adopts Parks & Recreation master plan

A conceptual rendering of a proposed layout for Ethel Lee Tracy Park.

PHOTO #1: This image provided by consulting firm Halff Associates shows a potential design for Ethel Lee Tracy Park.

During the development of the Parks & Recreation master plan, the City of Victoria and consulting firm Halff Associates used public sur...

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Posted on: November 16, 2021

City, community reach out for Parkway neighborhood cleanup

Large group of people, most wearing safety vests, pose for a photo in front of a church

City employees and community members pose for a group photo Nov. 13 before the Parkway neighborhood cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful. About 130 volunteers helped residents to move brush and bulky trash to the curb at 79 locations in the neighborh...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

City of Victoria Public Works employees earn certifications

Five portraits of men in work uniforms

City of Victoria Public Works utility equipment operators Joseph Brawner, Ernest Hernandez and Rodney Rodriquez and water meter technicians Alfred Cano and Adan Lopez earned their Class D water operator licenses from the Texas C...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

Victoria Regional Airport celebrates one year of United Express service

Airport director Lenny Llerena

Nov. 10 marks one year since United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines began serving the Victoria Regional Airport, and airport executive director Vinicio “Lenny” Llerena says residents have given “very positive feedback&am...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

Victoria Fire Department swears in new employees, announces promotions

Four people in firefighter dress clothes. Three have blue shirts and hold yellow patches.

PHOTO #1: From left, Victoria Fire Department Chief Tracy Fox poses for a photo with Firefighter/EMTs John Rudd, Austin Muñoz and Enrique Cavazos. The new firefighter/EMTs were sworn in during a Nov. 5 ceremony at the Community Center annex. Th...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

The Texan earns City beautification award

Group photo with KVB logo sign and landscaping boulders. There is a gas station in the background.

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and The Texan leadership and employees pose for a photo Nov. 2 at The Texan No. 6, 7305 N. Main St., with KVB’s Business Beautification Award traveling sign. The Texan No. 6 received the Business Beautific...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful gets funding for local grants, butterfly garden

A fenced area is overgrown with leafy plants. A sign reads Hummingbird Crossing.

PHOTO: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a grant to help restore The Texas Zoo’s butterfly garden near the entrance of the zoo.

Keep Victoria Beautiful has received a $1950 Green Bag Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful to help restore the butterfly ga...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Municipal Court partners with Trinity Episcopal School to host mock trial

Judge at dais addresses middle school students in socially distanced setting

PHOTO:  City of Victoria Municipal Court Judge Vanessa Heinold addresses Trinity Episcopal School eighth-grade students during a mock trial Nov. 5, 2020, at the municipal courtroom.

The City of Victoria Municipal Court will host a mock trial at 9 ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

“Yule Love Shopping” giveaway returns with more businesses

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

A holiday promotion that started in 2020 to help local businesses get through COVID-19 returns this year with an expanded lineup that will have residents shopping small across Victoria.

The “Yule Love Shopping Victoria!” giveaway, spons...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Lighted Christmas Parade will return in-person to downtown

Santa and elves wave from lighted parade float

PHOTO #1: Santa waves to spectators during the Lighted Christmas Parade hosted by Victoria Parks & Recreation in 2015 in downtown Victoria.

PHOTO #2: Victoria Fire Department employees wave to residents during the Lighted Christmas Parade hosted by Vic...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host overnight youth hunting program

A doe in an open grassy area in Riverside Park

PHOTO: A doe roams Riverside Park. The Texas Parks & Wildlife department recommends that participants in an upcoming youth hunting program each be allowed to harvest three does and one buck based on current population management needs.

The application ...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

Sgt. Jason Martin graduates from law enforcement management program

Sergeant Jason Martin

Victoria Police Department Sgt. Jason Martin recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 90 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. To complete the program, candidates must have a minimum of five years with a law...

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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 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: 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 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

Three people in chairs with studio mics. TOWNtalk logo is displayed

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 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.

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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: 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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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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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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Posted on: June 22, 2021

City of Victoria adds birding deck near Riverside Park

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

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

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Municipal Court moves to hybrid model for scheduled hearings

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

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

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

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Posted on: June 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

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

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

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