• August 23, 2019

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GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross athletics director, coach steps down

ALPINE Sul Ross State University athletics director and head baseball coach Bobby Mesker has stepped down from his AD position.

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GOOD NEWS: Mother finds path back to school at MC with her daughter

MIDLAND Mother and daughter duo Priscilla Lopez and Eaden Arriola are conquering Midland College (MC) together. Lopez began taking classes in May 2017. Arriola graduated from Midland High in May 2018 and followed her mother to MC that fall.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Rodeo beefs up

ALPINE “Get one percent better each day” is the motto Coach CJ Aragon uses with the Sul Ross State University Rodeo Team.

GOOD NEWS: Sarah Ranor


GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross students travel to China

Sul Ross State University students Clare Ritzi, Leah Bakewell and Kendra Miller spent three weeks in China on a cultural exchange, pictured first, fourth and eighth from left, trying on traditional Han clothing in Qinzhou.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross students travel to China

ALPINE For three weeks in June, Sul Ross State University students explored Qinzhou, a coastal region of about three-and-a-half million people located in the southern province of Guanjxi, China.

GOOD NEWS: Senior Living
GOOD NEWS: From Idaho to A&M to Alpine

ALPINE Growing up in the mountains of Central Idaho was just what Rob Kinucan needed to spark his love for teaching students about the great outdoors.

GOOD NEWS: School Supply Drive

The Mikki McDougall Real Estate Group had a school supply drive in connection with its client appreciation event of the premiere showing of the Lion King on July 18 at Cinergy Odessa. More than 200 people attended, each bringing bags of school supplies for the school supply drive benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Odessa. Clients continue to bring in more donated supplies to the office that will be delivered to Judith Salazar with BGCO.


The Lady Soldiers played at the Clash is the Champions Nationals Tournament on July 27-28 in Fort Worth. Pictured are, back row: Coach Jr. Martinez, Donajah Watkins, Melanie Malagon, Mariana Sanchez, Kylee Bartlett and Coach Willie Ellis. Front row: Gaby Sanchez, Bianca Playa, Ireland Sanchez, Elysa Martinez and Biyyanah Ellis.

GOOD NEWS: Miracle Treat Day
GOOD NEWS: Alejandro Gomez Guillen


GOOD NEWS: John E. Elizondo




GOOD NEWS: In appreciation

The Crossroads Fellowship Church recently treated the Odessa Police Department with snacks.

GOOD NEWS: Local companies earn top honor for workplace safety

Texas Mutual Insurance Company announced that five employers in Ector County have been awarded the company’s top honor for workplace safety. Texas Mutual, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, recognized these companies for making safety a priority.

GOOD NEWS: Quality Service Award

Several Odessa Police Department officers recently received the Quality Service Award. On April 29 at approximately 1617 hours, officers responded to the Cash America Pawn in reference to a robbery in progress. Dispatch advised that shots had been fired in the store and the suspect was breaking glass cases and taking firearms. Within a total of approximately 4 hours, the suspect was positively identified, located and taken into custody. The team effort by all officers involved reflects positively upon OPD in providing exceptional, extraordinary service to the citizens of Odessa.

GOOD NEWS: More than $78,000 raised for heat relief

Westlake Ace Hardware recently partnered with The Salvation Army for a fan drive to benefit their local communities and help that in need beat the summer heat. In the span of just 18 days, $78,450 was raised, equating to more than 5,700 fans given to people in need.

GOOD NEWS: Coffee with a Cop
GOOD NEWS: Odessa Rotary Club
Teaching rhetoric through video gaming

MIDLAND Andrew Latham has been interested in video games since he was 10 when his mother gave him a Nintendo 64 video game console, and he has been interested in creative writing since he was in high school.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross students travel abroad

ALPINE Sul Ross State University students enjoyed a 10-day excursion to Italy and France this summer as part of the Travels with Sully initiative, a program offering tours each May to a growing list of countries including Spain, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.

Pots and Prints helps children create ceramic bowl art
GOOD NEWS: Retirement

The Odessa Police Department Sgt. Craig Goodson retired on July 19 after more than 21 years of serve to law enforcement, including 17 years with OPD. Goodson spent several years in patrol as a field training officer, several years in the traffic division, several years on the SWAT Team and also served as a tactical flight officer.

GOOD NEWS: AHA recognizes MCH’s commitment to quality stroke and heart care

Medical Center Hospital has received the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll 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 attest scientifi c evidence.

GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


GOOD NEWS: Naturalist undertakings lead to Master’s in English

ALPINE Raleigh Darnell’s love for nature informed his graduate studies in the Sul Ross State University Languages and Literature Master of Arts program. He defended his thesis, entitled, “Alexander von Humboldt’s personal narrative in relation to literary journalism,” on Friday July 12.

GOOD NEWS: TXCPA Permian Basin names new officers, awards

MIDLAND Midland-based certified public accountant Chad Valentine has been elected 2019-2020 president of Texas Society of CPAs (TXCPA) Permian Basin.


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