Facilities manager looking to streamline operation, save money - Victoria Advocate

Most Monday mornings, Kelly Hubert can be found at the Victoria County Courthouse. At the commissioners court meetings, he seems focused on following the business at hand. Usually clad in a scully vest, and bespectacled, Hubert is a quiet presence at the court. On one particular Monday, Hubert informed the court that Victoria County had five different maintenance accounts that were paying different contractors and vendors to perform much of the same work for the county's various buildings. T

Precinct 1 commissioner candidates' focuses differ - Victoria Advocate

Kenneth Wells vows to shine a light on how things get done in Victoria County's Precinct 1 if he's elected commissioner. Danny Garcia, the incumbent Precinct 1 commissioner, wants to get more things done if voters decide to give him a second term Nov. 8. Transparency and providing activities for Precinct 1's youth and seniors are what Wells will focus on if he is successful in ousting Garcia. "The most important issue facing the precinct is transparency for the budget and everything that's do

Council to amend ordinance, allow food truck park - Victoria Advocate

Victoria City Council members hope a food truck park will eventually be established in the city. Council members will consider amending the city's food truck ordinance Tuesday to make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up a food truck park. The proposed rules for a food truck park include establishing the number of parking spaces. The new rules also would require permanent restrooms and allow mobile food trucks to remain at the same location for more than 24 hours if there is an on-site centr

New food truck rules on City Council's plate - Victoria Advocate

A revised set of regulations for Victoria's burgeoning food truck scene highlights the agenda for the Victoria City Council meeting Tuesday. The City Council will hear a first reading of Victoria's new food truck ordinance that was revised with the consultation of Crossroads-Area Food Truck Association, an organization made up of food truck vendors. Victoria's food truck vendors were concerned the city council's initial ordinance was unclear and too burdensome. "The city's first regulations b

Victoria County, Texas, Officials Oppose Legal Document Database

(TNS) -- Victoria County, Texas, commissioners are opposed to a database that would give Texas judges better access to legal documents. Officials said Victoria County could lose about $14,000 in annual revenue and incur costs to maintain and provide security for the legal documents. The opposition comes from the county because Tyler Technologies, a publicly traded vendor developing the database, would be allowed to sell copies of legal documents and charge attorneys and the general public a fe

Commercial air service at Victoria Regional to continue - Victoria Advocate

Victoria County residents will have commercial air service for at least one more year. Victoria Regional Airport's waiver to remain in the Alternate Essential Air Service Program was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release issued Friday by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold. The waiver ensures Texas Sky will continue to operate from the airport and that Victoria Regional Airport will receive a $2.6 million subsidy from the federal government. The airport was in

Council considers passing on road improvement projects - Victoria Advocate

Victoria City Council members will consider passing on road improvements to the Woodway and Bridle Ridge subdivisions to give taxpayers some relief in 2017. "The council decided not to take on the debt because it's a tough economy," said Gilbert Reyna, city of Victoria finance director. Reyna presented City Council members with a proposed 2016-2017 budget omitting $7.2 million in debt the city would issue through bonds to improve roads in the subdivisions at its Tuesday meeting. If bonds are

Longtime city employee takes new job in Dallas suburb - Victoria Advocate

Jared Mayfield is headed to the prairies of North Texas. After almost 20 years of working in various roles for the city of Victoria's department of development services, Mayfield is taking an early retirement and will make his way to Murphy to become that city's next director of community and economic development. "It was time for a change in scenery," said Mayfield, 44, who has been Victoria's director of development services for the past five years. "I got an opportunity to go to the Dallas

Victoria officials expect tax increase, flat annual budget - Victoria Advocate

Victoria city officials said Tuesday that they expect to raise property taxes to maintain the city's current tax revenue levels for 2016-2017 to provide the current level of services. In a proposed budget presented to the City Council, Finance Director Gilbert Reyna said if Victoria had not issued $7.2 million in bonds for street improvements in the Woodway, Bridle Ridge and Saddlebrook subdivisions, property taxes would have stayed at current rates. The bonds are part of the city's program to

County might have violated open meetings law - Victoria Advocate

Victoria County commissioners might have violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when they considered ousting the elections administrator. George Matthews, 63, who retires Tuesday from his post as Victoria County's elections administrator, said he was convinced commissioners used a closed-door meeting to oust him from a job he has held for almost 25 years. He said he also thinks commissioners asked Victoria County Director of Administrative Services Joyce Dean to deliver the message that they wan

Homeland security expert provides sheriff's office leadership - Victoria Advocate

A security consultant based in Washington, D.C., is one of the leaders of a revamped Victoria County Sheriff's Office. Leon "Leo" H. Rios said he has worked for the likes of former NATO Supreme Allied Commanders Gens. Wesley Clark and George Joulwan and former Clinton-era Drug Czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey. Now he's in Victoria because of the city's location as a major transit point for drugs and human trafficking coming from Latin America. "I didn't come here to go on vacation. The reason why I'm

Riders await impact of Victoria Transit's service cuts - Victoria Advocate

Victoria Transit plans to shut down its Purple Route, reduce Saturday service and eliminate Sunday routes on Sept. 1. "That's going to hurt me," said regular passenger Christine Nunez, 43. She works at Wal-Mart on North Navarro Street and many of her co-workers use the Purple Route to get to work, Nunez said. In June, at a public hearing, Lisa Cortinas, head of transportation services at the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission, the umbrella organization that runs Victoria Transit, an

Officials looks to re-route hazardous materials - Victoria Advocate

A little more than 3,000 trucks are allowed every day to transport more than 3,000 different non-radioactive hazardous materials through the heart of Victoria. These materials range from sulfuric acid and mustard gas to what is known as bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is a common ingredient in some plastics. Victoria has never had a designated route for vehicles transporting nonradioactive hazardous materials, city officials said. And that's a problem, according to some officials on Victoria Count

Rangers investigate election of convicted murderer - Victoria Advocate

The Texas Rangers are investigating accusations of voter fraud, including the election of a convicted felon to a Victoria County water board. "The Rangers are investigating at the request of the Victoria County DA after they received a complaint regarding the Bloomington water board elections," Trooper Deon Cockrell, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman, said Wednesday. The investigation comes on the heels of the May 7 board election in which Ruben Gonzales, who was convicted of murder

140 man hut development halted - Victoria Advocate

BLOOMINGTON - Victoria County public health officials temporarily halted the construction of 140 man huts in Bloomington because they are in a flood plain. Man huts, small prefabricated housing units, have served as temporary housing for transient oil field service workers during Texas' natural gas and oil boom. During the boom, man hut developments sprouted up in the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Placedo in Victoria County. Six Sixteen LLC is developing 600-square-foot man hu

Racial slur overshadows candidates forum - Victoria Advocate

BLOOMINGTON - Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor was asked Monday night whether he promoted a sheriff's deputy after a complaint was filed that a supervising officer had referred to that deputy using the N-word. Herb Tucker, who retired in August 2013 as a captain in the sheriff's office's enforcement division, posed the question to O'Connor during a candidates forum. O'Connor, 61, who is seeking his fourth term as Victoria County sheriff, told a standing-room-only audience at the Blo

City settles with job applicant for $10,000, apology - Victoria Advocate

A job interview with the Victoria Police Department that went awry will cost the city $10,000. In December, Mariela Georgieva, 47, of Houston, was being considered for a patrol officer's position. During an investigative interview with the Victoria Police Department, Georgieva said officer Lea Drake-Hartman referred to her as a "gypsy." Georgieva, who is of Bulgarian origin, also said Drake-Hartman asked her multiple times whether she thought her accent was difficult to understand, according a

City settles with job applicant for $10,000, apology - Victoria Advocate

A job interview with the Victoria Police Department that went awry will cost the city $10,000. In December, Mariela Georgieva, 47, of Houston, was being considered for a patrol officer's position. During an investigative interview with the Victoria Police Department, Georgieva said officer Lea Drake-Hartman referred to her as a "gypsy." Georgieva, who is of Bulgarian origin, also said Drake-Hartman asked her multiple times whether she thought her accent was difficult to understand, according a

County considers seeking more authority over landfills - Victoria Advocate

Victoria County moved one step closer to having more of a say about where future landfills can be sited in its limits. County commissioners announced their intention Monday to schedule a public hearing and conduct what is called a takings assessment to determine the economic impact and regulatory need for a landfill ordinance in Victoria County. Texas law gives counties little authority over existing landfills in their boundaries. But counties do have influence to determine where future landfi

Goliad Town Square home offers historic view - Victoria Advocate

GOLIAD - The history of Texas' beginnings is everywhere in Goliad. Many shops in the buildings that make up Goliad's town square and surround its historic courthouse square are built in the Second Empire Style, and pay homage to the town's place in Texas history and lore. They have names like Empresario or Hanging Tree, but some of these spaces have also been restored or converted into homes. One is a loft home that sits next to the Von Dohlen Building. Tim and Patricia Von Dohlen's home, wh
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