• August 20, 2019

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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: 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.

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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.

GOOD NEWS: Honor Guard
GOOD NEWS: Marketable Skills

The Marketable Skills Advisory Committee met July 12 to provide direction for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Marketable Skills initiative. The initiative is for Sul Ross graduates to complete their academic programs while also acquiring marketable skills. Members of the Marketable Skills Advisory committee include the following: Rocio Aguado, SRSU Career Center director; Lisa Gordon, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center executive director; George Johnson, Johnson Feed owner; Kennard Laviers, SRSU professor; Jennifer Miller, SRSU professor; Sally Roche, SRSU professor; Mark Saka, SRSU professor; Kathy Stein, SRSU professor; Chani Spear, SRSU student; and Ginger Turner, broker and owner of Mts. View Properties. Jeanne Qvarnstrom, assistant vice president of institutional effectiveness, chairs the committee and explained that the group will provide suggestions for all academic program coordinators at the university who will be identifying marketable skills for students within their programs. Faculty will be developing those marketable skills during the 2019 fall semester for implementation in spring semester, 2020.

GOOD NEWS: Midland College team selected as finalist in research competition

MIDLAND The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) recently selected three student researchers in the Midland College Math department as finalists in the Southwest Region for the AMATYC Student Research League Competition. Andrea Estrella, Maria Ruiz and Oluwatosin (Deborah) Sadiku represented MC in the competition, which addressed the best options for providing energy for residential use. The team had 11 days to submit their research that addressed the following three questions:







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GOOD NEWS: Senior Living

Parks Independent Senior Living ladies gather monthly for a ladies pastries event in the plaza living room. Pictured having pastries, tea or coffee are: Norma Creecy and Leona Hildebrand.

GOOD NEWS: Senior Living

Parks Independent Senior Living residents have various activities throughout the month, like Bingo for all the residents of IL. Pictured looking over the various choices for a gift is Aurora Booth and behind her is Clarice Claiborne.


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