• August 13, 2020

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GOOD NEWS: MC awards ten students with scholarships

MIDLAND Ten new Midland College (MC) students will receive the coveted Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship, which pays for tuition, fees, books and other scholastic expenses for courses at Midland College toward a certificate, associate degree and/or bachelor’s degree.

GOOD NEWS: STRC awarded $88,000 from local foundation

MIDLAND Starlight Therapeutic Riding Center (STRC), today announced the award of a challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, bringing the non-profit within $100,000 of its $441,000 Phase I capital campaign goal.

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.

GOOD NEWS: ECISD offers scholarships for new dual-credit course

Ector County Independent School District students interested in geology are now able to enroll in a new dual-credit program in partnership with the University of Texas Permian Basin.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

Ridgely Hancock treated Odessa Police Department officers to sweet treats on Thursday.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross welcomes former Lady Lobo as assistant coach

ALPINE Former Lady Lobo starting pitcher Jackie Gonzalez returns to Sul Ross as assistant softball and volleyball coach.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

Noe Garcia with State Farm recently treated the Odessa Police Department to breakfast.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

A local family recently presented Odessa Police Department officers custom made special cards, snacks and drinks.

GOOD NEWS: Mask Donations

A local family recently donated custom made masks to the Odessa Police Department. One of the youngest family members was happy and excited to be with the officers and to present the masks.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

The Odessa Police Department was recently treated by a thoughtful lady who brought officers two cakes, a Butter Cake and a German Chocolate Cake.

GOOD NEWS: SouthWest Bank named in the Best Companies to Work for in Texas

SouthWest Bank was recently named one of the 2020 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. 

GOOD NEWS: Donation

Ken and Karen Patterson from Fix West Texas recently donated a picnic table to the Odessa Animal Shelter. It was placed in the new dog play area.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation
GOOD NEWS: Nominations are now open for 2021 Alumni Gala

ALPINE Nominations are now open through Aug. 31 for the 2021 Sul Ross State University Alumni Gala scheduled for March 27, 2021 at the Pete P. Gallego Center.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

Domino’s Pizza recently treated the Odessa Police Department with pizza.

GOOD NEWS: SouthWest Bank named in the best companies to work for in Texas

GOOD NEWS: Foundation awards grant to BRI for bird conservation

ALPINE Thanks to the Dixon Water Foundation, the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) will enhance a songbird conservation program that will connect landowners, birders and the public through community engagement activities. The $25,000 grant will fund field trips focused on birds and implement a citizen science project that will monitor bird populations on private ranches.

GOOD NEWS: Midland man loses big with TOPS

MIDLAND TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has begun unveiling its top “royalty” from 2019 for 2020.

GOOD NEWS: EOG Resources, employees donate to food banks

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people throughout the country are struggling to put food on their table. To show its support and commitment to the communities where it operates, EOG Resources and its employees have committed more than $822,000 to more than 40 different food banks. The funds were the result of a company-wide, unlimited 2-for-1 matching gifts program that ran through the month of June.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

Ricki Calder and Ana Noll recently treated the Odessa Police Department on patrol to several burritos from JumBurrito.

GOOD NEWS: Retirement

Paula McAnally retired June 29 after serving as a dispatcher for the Ector County Sheriff Office for 11 years and 3 months. She earned a certificate for master telecommunicator and first responder. Her plans are fishing, painting rocks, and watching the sunset with her husband of 41 years. Also pictured: Sheriff Mike Griffis.

GOOD NEWS: Retirement

Lt. Rocky Bright, right, retired June 29 after serving the Ector County Sheriff's Office for 31 1/2 years. His duties over the years included overseeing security, open records, supervision over civil and warrants, courthouse security, dispatchers, animal control and range master. His retirement plans include enjoying the outdoors, fishing, woodworking, motorcycling and enjoying the five grandchildren. Also pictured: Sheriff Mike Griffis.

GOOD NEWS: PBAF gives $700,000 in scholarship awards

MIDLAND Permian Basin Area Foundation announces $709,624 in scholarship awards for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

OPD receives “Blessing Bags”

The Odessa Police Department recently received a kind gesture from one local child looking to brighten some spirits.

GOOD NEWS: Lions Club Queen

The Odessa Downtown Lions Club has been recently named their 2020-2021 Queen Cerissa Soria. She is the daughter of Cassandre Soria and is a junior at New Tech Odessa.

GOOD NEWS: MC grad recalls journey to becoming MMH nurse

MIDLAND On May 9, Nicole Arizpe posted the following message on her Facebook page:

GOOD NEWS: Student reflects on time stranded overseas

ALPINE The fallout of the current COVID-19 pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of life for the entire global population.

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