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As usual, we will talk about a variety of topics that are important to Victoria and the Crossroads. More specifically, the topics will be current issues.

If you are wondering what the latest concerns across the community are, listen in and find out.

If you have questions or comments during the board meeting, we have the convenient chat room available to communicate with you. Look below for a list of possible topics for Wednesday's meeting.

We also have debates being webcast for the city council elections on May 12. The next debate will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. between District 4 candidates David Hagan and Lewis Neitsch. Join us then to take part in the conversation, or post your questions for the candidates here in the comments section.

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Register for Trash-Off, download litter-fighting app: The next Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off will be Saturday. Largest one-day clean-up event in Texas. Could encourage people to get out and help keep Texas beautiful, see if littering statistics are available to see how successful program has been.

VISD Fine Arts director moving to Abilene: Jay Lester, the director of fine arts for the Victoria school district, has accepted a job in Abilene and will not renew his contract with VISD. Thank him for his service with VISD and wish him well in future job near family in Abilene.

First Lady welcomes city to state historical program: Perry visited downtown Victoria Tuesday to welcome the city into the Texas Main Street Program. Congratulate program for progress made in downtown area. Encourage them to keep searching for ways to revitalize business in area.

Law enforcement raid 5 Victoria businesses; 7 arrested: About 60 members of law enforcement raided five Victoria businesses Monday in search of synthetic drugs. Updated story says more than $400,000 worth of evidence was seized. Could thank law enforcement for being vigilant, encourage local businesses to be aware of what is on their shelves, encourage parents and others to be careful what they expose themselves or their kids to, teach kids to avoid these products.

Victoria Fine Arts Association celebrates 65th year with two-day festival: The Victoria Fine Arts Association has enhanced the musical culture of the Crossroads for 65 years. For almost two years, the association's volunteers have organized what is now the Jam Fest. Congratulate organization for years of enhancing musical culture of Victoria. Encourage readers to show support to long-standing organization and participate in events.

Victoria Relay for Life gives early honor for man with terminal cancer: Members of the Victoria County Relay for Life realized Bill Navratil's unrelenting cancer might take him away from being at the Relay in two weeks, so there was only one thing to do - bring the event to him. Thank Relay for Life group for treatment of Navratil. Encourage community to participate.

Students at Dudley Elementary go live for daily broadcast show: With all the energy of a live show looming, the fifth-graders adjusted volume levels, secured camera angles and scribbled last-minute notes on scripts. By 7:45 a.m., Dudley's morning broadcast show was on-air. Could praise school for allowing creative experience for kids to learn, encourage other schools to look into similar programs.

Officer inspired by his childhood to visit hospitals on Easter: Officer Eric Poulton started going to the pediatric units at local hospitals to visit children three years ago. Talk about positive role model offered by officer.

Circus supports local nonprofit and inspires youths: The Carson and Barnes Circus performs more than 500 shows in about 20 states annually. A portion of ticket sales profits from the shows in Port Lavaca will benefit the Port Lavaca Mainstreet, Inc. Could thank circus for contributing to community they perform in. Encourage Port Lavaca to put money to good use.