• August 6, 2020

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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Compass Academy prepares for first varsity season

The Odessa Compass Academy volleyball team has been playing at the junior varsity level the past two seasons, waiting for its chance to compete on a larger stage.

LOOKING BACK: Aug. 7 memories

UTPB prepares to start fall classes

University of Texas Permian Basin is set to welcome students back to the classrooms Aug. 24.

Phased-in opening to take a little longer

Ector County ISD is starting school Wednesday, but the first phase of the restart will be longer than originally planned due to the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the community.

HHSC to change nursing facility and long-term facility visitation

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced limited visitation rules for nursing facilities and long-term care facilities on Thursday.

Current councilman seeks mayor slot

As current District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant terms out of his position, he looks to become mayor, he said, because he wants to continue to serve the community while moving forward from COVID-19 and an economic downturn.

Big Bend reopens for day use Friday

Big Bend National Park will reopen to the public in a limited capacity for day use only at 9 a.m. Friday.

Medical Center Hospital gets quality award

Medical Center Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. MCH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

MCH reports 39th COVID-19 related death

A 52-year-old man reportedly died Thursday morning from COVID-19 related complications at Medical Center Hospital.


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Man dead after setting himself on fire

A man was reportedly found dead Wednesday afternoon after firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1900 block of North Hancock Avenue.

GOOD NEWS: MC training center receives grant to remodel student lounge

MIDLAND When classes resume at the Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) in Fort Stockton, students will enjoy a new student lounge area thanks to a grant received from McGary Regan Foundation. For the past three years, McGary Regan Foundation has awarded the WRTTC funding for the Scholars’ Dollars Scholarship.

COLLEGE SPORTS: NCAA cancels Division II and Division III fall championships

The Presidents Councils for NCAA Division II and Division III announced Wednesday that fall sports championships in both divisions have been canceled for 2020.

COLLEGE TENNIS: UTPB hires Anderson to lead program

Stan Anderson has been tabbed to take over the UTPB tennis program, the school announced Wednesday.

LOOKING BACK: August 6 Memories

MCH opens electives Thursday

Hospital competitors in Odessa have learned to collaborate during COVID-19 — one bit of bright news coming out of the pandemic.

City discusses draft 2020-21 budget

TLSC offers free legal aid to low-income Texans

The Texas Legal Services Center helps provide free legal representation, advice, advocacy and education to underserved people across the state.

Company to donate sprayer to district

Conaway lends a hand at food bank

OC board approves slim budget

The Odessa College Board of trustees approved a $51,171,749 million budget for 2020-2021 during their meeting Tuesday.

OC Coffee and Community Conversation

Odessa College invites the community to join us at 9 a.m. Thursday for the one-hour Coffee and Community Conversation livestream on Facebook covering the topic of “Registration 2020.”

City launches business assistance program

BBQ joint owner wants shot at District 1

Eddie Mitchell, owner of Ed and Tom’s Bar-B-Que, has filed to run for city council’s District 1 seat saying he hopes to help make changes to what he calls the south gateway of the city.


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  • Nymex MTD AVG:  41.0880.
  • Natural Gas: 2.191   (-0.002).
  • Gasoline: 1.2228   (+0.0085).
  • Spreads: September/October   (-0.24)   October/November   (-0.33).
  • Plains WTI Posting: 38.50   (+0.25).

Willis acquires Texas Moving Company

GermBlast gets ECISD ready for fall

To help prepare for the start of school, Ector County ISD has contracted with a firm called GermBlast to do as its name implies and blast out the germs that were in the schools.

Budget hearings continue

Ector County Commissioners continued their budget hearings Wednesday with juvenile probation, the Ector County Coliseum, health department, 446th District Court, IT and other funds.

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