• March 6, 2021

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GOOD NEWS: Bridge Results

The following are the results of the duplicate bridge games held in Odessa:

GOOD NEWS: Longtime U.S. Representative joins ASU Foundation Board

Former U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway has joined the Board of Trustees for the Angelo State University Foundation, a public, nonprofit organization established to provide financial assistance to ASU, primarily through gifts and earnings on endowed funds.

GOOD NEWS: Bowling for Fur Babies

Bowling For Fur Babes Fundraiser was held recently at Diamond Lanes.

GOOD NEWS: Special Visit

State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, third from left, paid a visit at the mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sunday at Ratliff Stadium.

Ector Volunteer Fire Department adds brush truck to fleet

A press release detailed the Ector Volunteer Fire Department added a new brush truck through a cost share grant with the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

GOOD NEWS: Sparklight extends relief to Texas communities

As nonprofit organizations work to provide food and shelter for Texas residents impacted by Winter Storm Uri, Sparklight, part of the Cable One family of brands, has donated $15,000 along with food and supplies to support relief efforts in the markets it serves.

GOOD NEWS: Novel involving racial issues soon to be released

Cynthia Conner Goyang, author of Just One Touch, a historically-based Biblical novel, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of her novel, “Three Nights In Mannford.”

GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


Volunteer job helped MC student find her passion

MIDLAND Volleyball led Angelica Mendoza to her chosen career path in education. Growing up, she was an avid volleyball player and played for Odessa High School.

GOOD NEWS: Winter Fun

Macyn Cardona, Audrey Cardona and Emma Cardona of Odessa recently enjoy West Texas snow.

GOOD NEWS: Nonprofit Management Center names Beacon Award recipients

Although the Nonprofit Management Center was unable to host the 2020 Beacon Award Lunch the hard work and determination of the Permian Basin nonprofit community still continued.

GOOD NEWS: Recycling Efforts

Keep Odessa Beautiful recently praised George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa for their continuing recycling efforts on and off campus.

GOOD NEWS: Back the Blue

Daisy Carrillo with JPS Realty recently delivered snacks to Odessa Police Department officers.

GOOD NEWS: Bridge Results

The following are the results of the duplicate bridge games held in Odessa:

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Associate Athletic Director to be inducted into TSATA Hall of Honor

ALPINE Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Billy Ray Laxton will be inducted into the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Honor this June.

GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


GOOD NEWS: Above and Beyond

The Odessa Regional Medical Center team members have gone above and beyond to serve our community by administering COVID-19 vaccines. Kudos to these individuals for working around the clock, we are thankful for their efforts and hard work.


The Garriga Law Firm is honored to be this year’s recipient of the Club Champion of Philanthropy Award, presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Odessa. José Luis and Melinda Garriga have spent the last decade providing financial and moral support to this incredible organization that helps local kids reach their potential through several enrichment programs. “Mr. and Mrs. Garriga have been very hands-on with supporting the youth of the Permian Basin. Whether it be helping with an event, financial support and most importantly moral support, the Garriga Law Firm are believers of the great mission of the Boys and Girls Club,” Nidia Ortiz with the Boys & Girls Club Odessa said. “Their support allows us to keep our doors open during these unforeseen times and continue to provide all of our services to our kids. Because of their generosity, we are able to provide scholarships to our kids who would otherwise be unable to pay member fees.” José Luis Garriga has been practicing personal injury and wrongful death law for over 30 years in Texas and New Mexico. For more information about the Garriga Law Firm, visit www.garrigalawfirm.com.

GOOD NEWS: Drilling super pursues degree

MIDLAND Joseph Vaughan, 33, works full time and is a family man. Even with his busy schedule, Vaughan is committed to completing a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. As a drilling superintendent for Patterson-UTI, he said that a degree will enable him to move up in the company.

GOOD NEWS: Pears for Pairs

On Tuesday, the United Family donated 1,000 pairs of socks to the Salvation Army organizations in the Permian Basin. This is the second year the United Family has helped make this donation of 500 pairs of socks to the Salvation Army of Midland and 500 more to the Salvation Army of Odessa. The donation stems from a program called “Pears for Pairs.” From October to December of 2020, a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of Rainier Fruit pears went to purchasing socks to donate to organizations that support the homeless community. “For some, a new pair of socks can make a world of difference,” Joseph Bunting, produce business director for the United Family, said. “That’s why we are so grateful to once again partner with Rainer Fruits to do this program. We are also thankful to our guests for participating and helping us raise the funds for the socks.” Thanks to United Family guests and Rainier Fruit, a total of 5,000 pairs of socks will be donated to charitable organizations across the state of Texas. The following organizations will receive socks: Salvation Army of Amarillo, Salvation Army of Midland/Salvation Army of Odessa, Salvation Army of Lubbock, Salvation Army of Abilene, and Faith Mission of Wichita Falls.

GOOD NEWS: United Family donates 1,000 pairs of socks to Salvation Army

The United Family will donate 1,000 pairs of socks to the Salvation Army of Odessa and Midland following its ‘Pears for Pairs’ initiative at 2 p.m. today.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

SouthWest Bank recently made a $10,000 donation to the West Texas Food Bank to deliver food to those in need and help keep the people in our communities fed. When the employees at SouthWest Bank realized their annual Christmas party would not occur this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with so many in the community struggling, they decided to donate the funds that were set aside for the party. “SouthWest Bank has always been passionate about helping our communities, especially when they need it the most. Our employees realized the best use of the funds from our Christmas party would be to help feed families that are facing challenges during this difficult time,” Dewey Bryant, CEO of SouthWest Bank, said. “We are so excited to receive this donation from SouthWest Bank,” Craig Stoker, Director of Communications for the West Texas Food Bank, said. “This donation comes at a critical time for the Food Bank, and will help us to provide an additional 40,000 meals to hungry West Texans. SouthWest Bank continues to give back to their community, and we are so happy to have their support.” By donating to The West Texas Food Bank, SouthWest Bank knew their contribution would go far. The West Texas Food Bank is the largest collaborative non-profit agency in the Permian Basin, and distributes donated and purchased food to children, families and seniors through a network of more than 80 partner agencies across 34,000 square miles of West Texas. 92 cents of every dollar donated to the West Texas Food Bank goes directly to feeding hungry West Texans.

GOOD NEWS: Single mother pursues healthcare dream

MIDLAND The road to an associate degree wasn’t easy for Anabel Rivas. She took a nontraditional path to college. She lived with her father in Mexico until the age of 16. They had a troubled relationship, and she was eventually put out of the house and lived on the streets of Mexico. However, this past December, Rivas graduated from Midland College (MC) with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management and is now looking forward to entering MC’s nursing program in the fall.

GOOD NEWS: MC honors winners of creative writing contest

MIDLAND On Jan. 27, the Midland College (MC) English department hosted the Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest Awards Celebration via Zoom video conferencing. Awards were presented in three categories: Essay, Poetry and Short Fiction.

GOOD NEWS: First transcatheter aortic valve replacement performed at MMH

MIDLAND On Jan. 25, the first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure was performed at Midland Memorial Hospital.

GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


GOOD NEWS: MC program awarded ‘Best in Class’

MIDLAND On Jan. 21, The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that Midland College’s Adult Education and Literacy program has been named a “Best in Class” award winner for program year 2019-2020. The award will be presented in a virtual session on Feb. 10 during the Texas Association of Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) state conference.


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