• July 7, 2020

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GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

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

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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.

Dino Duet goes the distance for fossils

ALPINE “What do they have in there, King Kong?” Ian Malcom, Jurassic Park.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross hires assistant soccer coach

ALPINE Sul Ross has hired former Schreiner University assistant women’s soccer coach Taylor Goyen to fill the vacant assistant soccer coach position.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation
Alpine pilot wins prestigious award

James Blair has lived much of his life in the air. Recently, he was recognized for his passion with the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award, the most prestigious award given by the Federal Aviation Administration to pilots.

GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


GOOD NEWS: NSC hands out traffic safety awards

Shell Exploration and Production Company of Midland has been named as one of the Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Exemplary Award recipients recently announced by the National Safety Council.

GOOD NEWS: First generation grad answers her calling

MIDLAND Ashley Gonzales is the first member of her family to complete college. Before her, none of her immediate family had reached that point. Despite that, they encouraged her journey every step of the way.

GOOD NEWS: Parent company of United Supermarkets commits $5 million to social justice

On June 11, United Supermarkets’ parent company, Albertsons Companies, announced a $5 million donation to social justice organizations as well as to those on the front lines of the fight for equality.

GOOD NEWS: Building Alpine's resilience fund

ALPINE The Alpine Downtown Association has voted unanimously to create a Go Fund Me page it calls the “Business Rescue Fund” to help businesses who had to shut down for the COVID-19 outbreak. Its goal is $25,000.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation
GOOD NEWS: Honor Senior Grads

St. James Missionary Baptist Church honored their 2020 graduating seniors on May 17. Pictured are, from left to right: Alexander Rose, Faith Arnold, Shalandry Tanner, Pastor Samuel L. Buhl, Sr., Jabreonia Savage and Alecia Rose.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross program coordinators recognized

ALPINE Sul Ross State University faculty members were honored recently for their work as academic assessment program coordinators.

GOOD NEWS: TSUS Board of Regents confirms Pete Gallego as 13th president of Sul Ross State University

ALPINE The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System has confirmed Pete P. Gallego as president of Sul Ross State University, effective immediately. The board’s unanimous vote occurred Thursday during a special called telephonic meeting. Gallego is the university’s 13th president and the first Sul Ross alumnus to serve in this position.

GOOD NEWS: Edward Jones financial advisors receives CRPC designation

Financial Advisor Marissa Salgado and Julie Massey of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Odessa have both achieved the professional designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

GOOD NEWS: Breaking Bread awarded $10,000 donation

MIDLAND Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance recently announced a $10,000 donation to Breaking Bread – nominated by Dustin Ptak of Dustin Ptak Insurance, as part of an Emergency Community Support Grant to help independent agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross welcomes new vice president

Robert Muñoz officially began his duties as vice president of the Middle Rio Grande Campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde on June 1.

GOOD NEWS: CARES Act funding availability

The City of Odessa is seeking applications for eligible activities from 501(c)(3) or government entities that are able to provide audited financial statements and comply with all other CDBG regulations.

GOOD NEWS: Paralegal student turns dream into reality

MIDLAND “I am now a world away from where I was seven years ago!” Tiffany Stott exclaimed. “I never thought I’d be able to go back to school. This is a dream come true; I constantly have to pinch myself!”

GOOD NEWS: Act of Kindness

United Way of Midland and Wells Fargo recently made a donation of H-E-B gift cards to be distributed to the entry level employees at Midland Memorial Hospital.


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