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Posted on: February 20, 2024

TAAF Winter Games of Texas returns for 2nd weekend

A softball player slides onto base while another player tries to fall on her and tag her out.

Residents will have another chance to watch top amateur athletes from around the state and beyond as the 2024 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games of Texas continues this weekend.

The City will host a youth softball tournament 8 a.m.-10 ...

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Victoria Public Library receives statewide excellence award

Adults seated around a table making paintings of flamingos and hearts

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

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

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Celebrate Government Communicators Day by staying connected

eight people standing in front of a brick wall. the middle three are holding an award

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

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

Candidate list finalized for City Council election; 3 seats uncontested

City of Victoria Municipal Court building

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

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

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

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

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

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

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

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Posted on: February 14, 2024

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

An open water meter box showing the inner workings

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

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

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

Civilian Responder Program trains residents to save lives

Two people rappel down the side of a metal building

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

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

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

City of Victoria to host job fair for multiple departments

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

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

Representatives of multiple City departments—including Parks...

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

New mayor to be sworn in Feb. 20

Duane Crocker

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

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

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

City nears groundbreaking for public safety headquarters

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

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

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

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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Central Drug earns City beautification award

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

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

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

Tickets selling out for Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank

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

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

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

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Environmental Services launches survey to begin education on proper waste disposal

A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

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

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

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

George Gamez sworn in as chief of Victoria Fire Department

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

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

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Parks & Recreation hosts youth hunt on Port of Victoria land

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

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

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

City seeks residents’ input on Victoria Community Center improvements

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

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

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

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

City to host ribbon-cutting for Riverside Park duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

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

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

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

Municipal Court plans extra court sessions for Warrant Resolution Month

People smiling and standing around a Municipal Court table.

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

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Victoria Police Foundation launches Patch Program for health awareness

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

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

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

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Interim Fire Chief Shannon Martin honored at retirement ceremony

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

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

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Posted on: January 30, 2024

City of Victoria librarian earns graduate degree

MariaLuisa Rodriguez

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

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

City of Victoria public notification for wastewater discharge

On Jan. 24 and 25, the City of Victoria experienced heavy rainfall that caused stormwater to overflow from the City’s wastewater collection system; however, the City’s water supply was not affected because the wastewater collection sys...

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Posted on: January 26, 2024

City lifts all remaining drought restrictions

Guadalupe River is near its bank in Riverside Park

PHOTO: The Guadalupe River approaches moderate flood stage in Riverside Park on Jan. 25.

The City of Victoria is no longer under drought conditions as defined by its drought contingency plan after rainfall caused the Guadalupe River to rise above its norma...

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Posted on: January 23, 2024

Public Works announces certifications

Five portrait headshots

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

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Posted on: January 22, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021

City of Victoria public notification for wastewater discharge

On Jan. 22, the City of Victoria experienced heavy rainfall that caused stormwater to overflow from the City’s wastewater collection system; however, the City’s water supply was not affected because the wastewater collection system is ...

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

City Council members each donate $100 to UHV scholarships

Group photo with a giant check at Council chambers

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

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

City accepting applicants for Council district 1-4 seats

Council dais with empty seats

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

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

The elec...

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

City seeks volunteers for Silver City neighborhood cleanup

Large group of people in yellow and orange safety vests in a park

PHOTO #1: Volunteers gather in Martin Luther King Jr. Park before a cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful in March 2022 in the south part of Silver City.

The City of Victoria Environmental Services and Keep Victoria Beautiful are seeking volunteers for...

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

TAAF Winter Games of Texas kicks off this weekend

A man drawsback a bowstring to shoot a target indoors.

Victoria residents will have a chance to see the state’s top amateur athletes compete during the first weekend of the 2024 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games of Texas.

The following events will take place Jan. 12-14:

  • Archery: STX Arche...
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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Rainbow trout fishing opens at Riverside Park duck pond

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

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

The Riverside Park duck pond is open for fishing.

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

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

City of Victoria names George Gamez as new fire chief

George Gamez

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

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

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

Tickets on sale for Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank

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

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

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

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

City of Victoria recognized for financial transparency

Group photo in Finance office with plaques sitting on a counter.

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

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Posted on: December 27, 2023

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

A for sale sign in front of a home with a sold sign plastered over it

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

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

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Posted on: December 20, 2023

New sign welcomes visitors to Victoria on Highway 77

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

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

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

New downtown street signs will display historical street names

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Victoria Fire Department promotes new fire marshal

Jeff Cowan

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

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

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

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 15, 2023

Duck pond reopens in Riverside Park

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

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

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

A beloved Riverside Park icon is open to...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

The Texas Zoo seeks community input on future growth

Jaguars lie in an enclosure near a large tractor tire

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

Big changes are coming to Th...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Merry on Main offers festive family fun

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

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

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Civilian Police Academy offers hands-on experience of police work

A row of people at an outdoor shooting range fire guns

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

The Victoria Police Department...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Prosperity Bank joins Bicentennial Ball as title sponsor

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Award winners announced for Christmas Parade of Lights

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Communications hosts Citizens Academy Alumni luncheon

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Municipal Court clerk earns Level I certification

Tara Tinney

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

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

City of Victoria celebrates completion of Laurent Street mural

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

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

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

City lifts Stage III drought restrictions, returns to Stage II

The Guadalupe River flows past the boat ramp

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

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

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Posted on: November 22, 2023

City plans informational session as Council sets mayoral special election

City of Victoria Municipal Court

The City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting scheduled a special election for Feb. 3 to fill the role of mayor, and the City is inviting prospective candidates to an informational session to learn about the position.  

The special election is being cal...

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Posted on: November 21, 2023

Economic Development director completes competitive leadership program

Danielle Williams

City of Victoria Economic Development Director Danielle Williams recently graduated from the 2023 Texas Women’s Leadership Institute. She was one of 20 executives statewide who were chosen to participate in a program designed to prepare and inspi...

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Posted on: November 14, 2023

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

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

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

The City receives federal f...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

City assists The Texas Zoo with renovations, master plan

Jaguars lie in an enclosure near a large tractor tire

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

Visitors to The Texas Zoo ma...

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Posted on: October 17, 2023

City to begin water meter replacement program

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

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

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

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

City seeks sponsorships for Bicentennial Ball

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

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

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

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Posted on: September 19, 2023

Residents invited to share their memories during bicentennial year

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

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

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

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Posted on: September 5, 2023

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

Crosswalk painted with musical notes

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

PHOTO #2: The “Victoria T...

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Posted on: August 15, 2023

Realtex announces The Victorian, an apartment complex for seniors

An apartment complex with multiple three-story buildings

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 26, 2023

City enters Stage 3 of drought contingency plan

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

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

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

High atmospheric...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

City to begin De Leon Plaza expansion

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

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

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

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