• December 1, 2020

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GOOD NEWS Swearing In

New Odessa City Councilman Steve Thompson was sworn in the morning of Nov. 20 by Ector County 70th District Judge Denn Whalen in the Odessa City Hall. Joining Thompson, left, is his wife, Janice, center, who held the Bible as Thompson took the oath of office from Whalen, right.

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GOOD NEWS: Midland Memorial Hospital receives quality achievement award

MIDLAND Midland Memorial Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks.

GOOD NEWS: Check Presentation

With the generous donations of members, the community, and money donated by First Basin Credit Union, FBCU made a check presentation for $10,000 to the High Sky Children’s Ranch Adopt a Star donation drive. First Basin is grateful to our members and the community for coming together, for the eighth year, to help make Christmas wishes come true this holiday season. All monies raised will allow High Sky to purchase presents for more than 300 children of all ages up to 17-years-old. Gifts include necessities such as blankets, winter coats, clothing and shoes, to fun wish list items such as dolls, puzzles, toy cars, and bicycles.

GOOD NEWS: ORMC welcomes new doctor

The Steward Family welcomes Dr. Bonnie Carter, a board certified in family medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

GOOD NEWS: Check Passing
GOOD NEWS: Cadet of the Week named

Texas ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce Robert A. Rios of Odessa as Cadet of the Week for the seventeenth week of Class 2020-1.

GOOD NEWS: Reading Time
GOOD NEWS: Pop Spot event benefits the West Texas Food Bank

MIDLAND The Midland Pop Spot is back at it again, bringing a unique shopping experience to Midland. Held at the Barbara and George H.W. Bush Convention center, the event drew record crowds, and raised money for the West Texas Food Bank.

GOOD NEWS: Museum receives highest national recognition

The Ellen Noël Art Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

GOOD NEWS: SHARE welcomes new executive director

Jonathan Campbell is the new executive director of SHARE (Sharing Hands A Respite Experience), a local charitable organization working to support family members impacted by disability. Campbell’s tenure began Oct. 12.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue
GOOD NEWS: Native Plant Society of Texas recognizes Sul Ross authors for the fifth time

ALPINE The authors of The Flowering Plants of the Trans-Pecos and Adjacent Areas have been awarded the 2020 Correll Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa author writes religious nonfiction book

The author chronicles the impact of the Lakota Sundance Ceremony on his life over the course of fifteen years.

GOOD NEWS: MC grad directs campus technology and network security

MIDLAND Daniel Ortega is proud of his 26-year service in the United States military. He is also proud of his degree in Information Technology (IT) Network Systems Administration from Midland College. Both of these things have led him to his current career as director of Technical Services and Chief Security Information officer at Midland College (MC), a position that he has held since February.

GOOD NEWS: Check Passing

Nate Saxton, owner and general manager of Chick-Fil-A University Blvd, with his employees, had a cookie drive for Cancer Awareness every Friday of October. A percentage of the proceeds were donated to West Texas Gifts of Hope. Saxton and some of his staff visited Hope House on Nov. 2 to present a $2,000 check.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

The Ector County Sheriff’s Office was recently treated to sweet bread and sugar skulls in celebration of the Day of the Dead by Carol Uranga, president of Lulac; Mark Uranga, Carol’s Ambulance; Maria Quintanar, Hispanic Heritage Board Member; and Liliana Marquez, Hispanic Heritage president and Hispanic art assistant.

GOOD NEWS: College instructor uses experience to teach others

MIDLAND “When I was young, I thought about going into the oilfield,” Rey Salgado said. “I was going to drop out of school; however, thankfully, I was counseled not to do that. The oilfield business goes up and down, but as long as people are behind the wheel, auto collision repair and refinishing will never go out of style.”

GOOD NEWS: SouthWest Bank named in Best Banks to Work For

SouthWest Bank was recently named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2020.

GOOD NEWS: Texas State Board of Nursing approves BSN program at Sul Ross

ALPINE Sul Ross State University is proud to announce the initial approval by the Texas State Board of Nursing Approval for the opening of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program Oct. 22 in Alpine.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross library wins grant to support climate change programs

ALPINE Sul Ross State University’s Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library has been selected as one of 25 U.S. libraries to participate in Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that will help libraries engage with their communities in programs and conversations on the climate crisis.

GOOD NEWS: Red Ribbon Campaign

The Odessa Police Department partnered with the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse and are participating in the National Red Ribbon Campaign (Oct. 23-31). In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Did you know that children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue

Express Nursing Home Health Care Services recently treated Odessa Police Department officers to kolaches, donuts, coffee, and snacks.

GOOD NEWS: MC causes grad to ‘fall in love’ with Midland

MIDLAND “I’ve lived in Midland all my life, but it wasn’t until I was a student at Midland College and participated in Students in Philanthropy that I ‘fell in love’ with Midland,” Lauren Bell said. “That’s when I knew it was where I would return after college graduation.”

GOOD NEWS: Therapy Dogs

Volunteers from Therapy Dogs International Chapter No. 326 participated in the drive-through Trunk or Treat Oct. 24 at the Midland County Public Library. Members participating were: Stephanie Evans, Reba McBride, Cherie Hensley and Nancy Henderson.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue

Haley Christie recently treated the Odessa Police Department officers to Starbucks.

GOOD NEWS: SR athletic director accepts extra position

Current Sul Ross Athletic Director Jim Goodman will shift duties after accepting the position of Vice President of Finance and Operations for the University.

GOOD NEWS: Marfa nabs fifth Murrow Award

MARFA Marfa Public Radio recently received the National Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in journalism from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

GOOD NEWS: MC grad enjoys career with City of Fort Stockton

Most 33-year-olds can’t say they’ve had the same employer for 15 years; however, Crystal Lopez certainly can. She has worked for the City of Fort Stockton since she was 17 and a senior at Fort Stockton High School. Since 2005, Lopez has maintained full-time employment with the City and received various promotions while also raising a family and obtaining an associate degree from Midland College.


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