• September 24, 2020

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GOOD NEWS: Midland College ranked among safest campuses in Texas

MIDLAND Midland College is once again ranked among the top ten safest college campuses in Texas by YourLocalSecurity.

GOOD NEWS: Basin PBS names new education director

Basin PBS announced the arrival of Danielle Castle, education director. Castle is a welcome addition to the staff hired to boost efforts in early childhood learning in the Permian Basin.

GOOD NEWS: MC student ventures out and makes his dreams a reality

MIDLAND Midland College student Kerverette Starling hopes this article changes a person’s life. If someone is reading this thinking, “College is not for me: I am too old; I am young, but did not graduate when my friends did; I have kids and other responsibilities; I am not smart enough; people are telling me I should just get a job,” Starling wants you to know you do not have to stop dreaming: you can do it.

GOOD NEWS: Atmos Energy donates $2 million to enrich early childhood literacy

Atmos Energy, through its Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, will donate $2 million across the eight states it serves to provide resources that help students read on-level by the third grade.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross football finalizes coaching staff

ALPINE Seventh-year head coach John Pearce is set to take the field with an overhauled coaching staff in 2020-2021. 

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue

Dorian and Daniel Ho recently treated the Odessa Police Department to egg rolls.

GOOD NEWS: Ky Hamilton bull rushes his way to the top

ALPINE New rankings were released by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Ram World Standings for the top bull riders worldwide.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa native joins Navy with husband

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO FORT SAM HOUSTON For many married couples, celebrating an anniversary is spent having dinner at a fine restaurant, taking a luxurious vacation, or just spending time at home curled up watching a love story on television. For Hans and Haley Wegener, they shared their special day at the Military Entrance Processing Station San Antonio to join America’s Navy.

GOOD NEWS: MC grad continues to lead at university level

MIDLAND Like many individuals trying to find their way, Ryan Adams was unsure of his future after graduating from Midland Christian School in 2016. 


Former Mayor Larry Melton and First Lady J’Nevelyn Melton observed their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3. Family and friends joined the celebration.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa Study Club

The Odessa Study Club met on the patio of Susan Leather’s home on Sept. 8 with Susan’s sister, Marcy Weatherby, serving as co-hostess. Members were introduced to the club’s 2020-2021 program of study, “Angels Around Us” by Caroline Tripp, vice president, and were then treated with a poem of the same title composed specifically for the club by President Phyllis George. Pictured are: Weatherby and Leathers.

GOOD NEWS: Scholarships

Consulado de Carrera de México Scholarship

GOOD NEWS: Back the Blue Pledge

State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) joined Gov. Greg Abbott in signing the “Texas Backs the Blue Pledge” to oppose efforts to defund Texas police departments. Abbott is calling on all Texans to sign the pledge against defunding police departments. “The men and women who risk everything to protect and serve deserve our respect and gratitude,” Landgraf said. “It is without hesitation that I pledge to oppose any attempt to defund law enforcement in Texas.” “If adequate resources are not provided to enforce the rule of law in Texas, not only will people’s lives be in danger, but the government will have failed to fulfill one of its most basic responsibilities,” Landgraf said. “I’m thankful for Governor Abbott’s leadership on this important issue,” he added.

GOOD NEWS: Giving the Gift of Life
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GOOD NEWS: Museum of the Big Bend named in the Top 10

ALPINE One of the crown jewels of West Texas, the Museum of the Big Bend, has recently been named in the top ten from True West magazine.

GOOD NEWS: Museum of the Big Bend receives Humanities Texas Relief Grant

ALPINE The Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine is the proud recipient of a Humanities Texas Relief Grant.

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GOOD NEWS: Donation
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Vanessa Bustamante recently treated the Odessa Police Department to cupcakes and Girl Scout Cookies. She was also celebrating her birthday.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue
GOOD NEWS: UT regents recognize two UPTB professors

The University of Texas System Board of Regents is, once again, recognizing exceptional UT educators who best exemplify excellence, innovation, and commitment to student success. The recipients include two members of the University of Texas Permian Basin faculty.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue

West Texas Credit Union representatives recently treated the Odessa Police Department to snacks.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting Law Enforcement

Vanessa Bustamante, 16, donated 80 cases of Girl Scout cookies and four cases of cupcakes on Monday to the Ector County Sheriff's Office. Vanessa said "It's my birthday today as well as the anniversary of the Odessa shooting, I just wanted to say Thanks You to the officers and first responders for protecting our community."

Honoring Law Enforcement

La Margarita honored local first responders with a free breakfast on Tuesday morning. Pictured: State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway, La Margarita owner Trina Morales, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis, Ector County Commissioner Armando Rodriquez.

GOOD NEWS: Neuroscience major reflects on impact of early college high school program

MIDLAND Jamie Gomez has lived in Midland her entire life, and now she is ready for adventure in a new city. So, on Aug. 24, she began classes at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin. The 18-year-old Early College High School at Midland College (ECHS@MC) 2020 salutatorian is taking junior-level college courses majoring in neuroscience.


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