• October 21, 2020

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Catherine Holcomb of Odessa and Amanda Acuna of Midland, both placed first in the Nine State Figure Skating Championship Competition held Oct. 6-10 in Allen. Both skaters were coached by Candice Escamilla. Catherine, daughter of Cecil and Christine Holcomb, is a sixth grade student at St. John’s Episcopal School. Amanda, daughter of Andrés Acuña and Raphaële Borie, is a fifth grader and attends school at Yucca Studios.

GOOD NEWS: Odessa Study Club

The Odessa Study Club met Tuesday at the Ellen Noël Art Museum. Carol Cates, chief nursing officer of Odessa Regional Hospital, spoke to the members on healthcare challenges during the COVID crisis. Members also received an update on the work of the ECISD board of trustees by Tammy Hawkins, who is both a school board member and a club member. Susan Hunt and Margaret Jones served as hostesses. From left: Cates, Hawkins and Hunt.

GOOD NEWS: Testing Turn Out

About 300 people were tested Wednesday during the free COVID-19 drive thru testing event. The extra 100 tests were the ones that were unused from previous events. More testing events will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Oct. 21 at Woodson Park, Washington Lane parking lot; Oct. 28 at Slater Park, both parking lots; Nov. 4 at Central Park, East 13th Street parking lot; and Nov. 18 at Ratliff Stadium parking lot. Only 200 tests will be administered at each event, first-come first-serve. Odessa and Ector County residents must show proof of residency. Children as young as 3-years-old are eligible for testing. No appointments or preregistration required. Residents can expect to receive results in 5-7 days. For more information, call 557-6557 or visit tinyurl.com/yy4dgfxn.

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GOOD NEWS: Odessan participates in travel event

Travel Weekly and TravelAge West recently announced that Jami Turner was selected to attend the seventh-annual Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) West, which took place virtually Sept. 20–21.

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GOOD NEWS: MC graduate proves that nothing is impossible

MIDLAND Determination; faith; perseverance—all underscore Amber Allison’s journey at Midland College (MC). Her journey culminates in December when she graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal. She already completed her paralegal certification this past spring 2020.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Rodeo team takes honors

ALPINE Long caravans of trucks hauling trailers packed with horses, bulls, and goats descended on the S.A.L.E. Arena throughout much of the week (Sept. 24-26) ahead of the 75th Annual Sul Ross NIRA Southwest Region Rodeo.

GOOD NEWS: Atmos Energy donates $1 million to help customers

Atmos Energy, through its Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, will donate $1 million to help customers stay warm this winter or weatherize their homes.

GOOD NEWS: Atmos Energy gives $2 million to help feed school children

Through its Fueling Safe and Thriving communities program, Atmos Energy is giving $2 million during September’s Hunger Action Month to join forces with hundreds of local school districts, food banks and other essential organizations that provide the breakfasts, lunches, snacks and healthy meals that all children need to grow, develop, and succeed.

GOOD NEWS: Midland College names Henry Chair of Engineering

MIDLAND Thanks to a generous gift from the Henry Foundation and employees of Henry Resources, Midland College (MC) has created an endowment that will award the interest generated to the MC Engineering program.

GOOD NEWS: Academics, career resources help busy mom

MIDLAND Adrianna Chavez definitely knows the demands of being a mother and holding down a full-time job.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue

David and Merita Sandoval recently treated the Odessa Police Department to donuts. They did this in appreciation for the support they received by OPD officers when they sadly lost their son a few years ago.

GOOD NEWS: OCLETA celebrates second group of graduates

Nine Odessa College Law Enforcement Training Academy police cadets graduated on Thursday.

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GOOD NEWS: Retirement

The Odessa Police Department recently honored Sgt. Pete Gonzalez, right, on his retirement. Gonzalez dedicated 16 years of service to OPD.

GOOD NEWS: Military service, management training lead to career success

MIDLAND After serving four years in the U.S. Army, Jacob Quinn moved to Midland and spent grueling 10- to 12-hour days working in various customer service and retail jobs.

GOOD NEWS: Supporting the Blue

Darla Townsend and the kindergarten children of Barbara Jordan Elementary recently presented the Odessa Police Department appreciation cards in remembrance of 9/11.

GOOD NEWS: Atmos Energy employees pledge $875,000

Atmos Energy employees take enormous pride in their commitment to fuel safe and thriving communities, and during the company’s annual Week of Giving campaign held Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, employees across the enterprise pledged more than $875,000 in donations that will benefit United Way, No Kid Hungry and The Salvation Army in the eight states served by Atmos Energy.

GOOD NEWS: Midland College Fire Department receives state compliance notification

MIDLAND The Midland College Fire Department is the training site for the college’s Fire Academy firefighter certificate program. 

GOOD NEWS: Phoenix and the firemen
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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.


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