• October 13, 2019

Odessa American: Celinda Hawkins

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Celinda Hawkins

Celinda Hawkins

  • Celinda Hawkins, a native Odessan, has come home to the Odessa American from the Abilene Reporter-News where she served as the paper's first bureau chief in Brownwood. She was the city editor for the Odessa American.
Sunday 09/21/2014
FLASHBACK: The Ector is back in the movie business
Posted: September 21, 2014 - 7:00 am

The smell of popcorn wafting from the lobby, with a bit of a sweet smell coming from the soda fountain will not be a distant memory anymore when the Ector Theatre begins showing the classic movies at the classic theater Sept. 28.

Sunday 09/14/2014
FLASHBACK: A case growing cold, another in the deep freeze
Posted: September 14, 2014 - 7:45 am

On Thursday, Aug. 28, Hailey Darlene Dunn would have been 17 years old. She should have been finishing up her first week as a senior at Colorado High School. She should have been giggling with friends on her cell phone, cheering on her the Wolves and going out for sodas after the game.

Sunday 09/07/2014
FLASHBACK: Play it again, Cadillac Jack
Posted: September 07, 2014 - 6:30 am

A few Saturdays ago, my family was in on a real treat – we all traveled to Dallas to see what was billed as the final show of the Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks Showband & All Star Revue. The band is and always has been headed up by my beloved uncle “Cadillac” Jack Calmes, who put this massive group together some 20 years ago.

Sunday 08/24/2014
FLASHBACK: A holy ice bucket challenge
Posted: August 24, 2014 - 6:30 am

It seemed last week, every day, another prominent person or organization was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and by Friday, the ALS Association announced that an unprecedented $62.5 million has been raised to help those affected and their families as well as continue research for a cure.

Sunday 08/10/2014
FLASHBACK: I'm not a digital immigrant, am I?
Posted: August 10, 2014 - 10:00 am

A few months back, I discovered that apparently, I and others of my ilk and age are classified as digital immigrants because we are those folks born before the advent of digital technology. The young uns that held cell phones in their tiny hands in their cribs are described as digital natives.

Sunday 08/03/2014
FLASHBACK: Pack your stuff, it's dorm move-in day
Posted: August 03, 2014 - 9:00 am

It’s August 1979, and at about 2 p.m., we arrive at College Inn on the campus of Southwest Texas State University ready to bring my belongings into my new digs.

Sunday 07/20/2014
FLASHBACK: What’s black, white, and red all over?
Posted: July 20, 2014 - 9:45 am

I am celebrating an anniversary of sorts – it has been 20 years since I embarked on a journalism career and that brings to mind the first fellow who hired me – a quirky, cowboy with a toothy, mischievous grin name Pearson Cooper. He was the guy who gave me my start at the Monahans News.

Sunday 07/13/2014
FLASHBACK: The Eagle landed 45 years ago
Posted: July 13, 2014 - 9:00 am

F orty-five years ago, almost to the day, on July 15, 1969, Neil Armstrong made that famous observation as he stepped on to the surface of the moon: That’s one small step for mankind ….

Sunday 07/06/2014
FLASHBACK: Summer vacations and the quest for fun
Posted: July 06, 2014 - 9:00 am

Editors note: This column originally ran July 7, 2013.

Sunday 06/29/2014
FLASHBACK: Paying homage to the Grande Old Lady
Posted: June 29, 2014 - 9:00 am

Last week, my great grandfather, was honored in his hometown of Clinton, Okla., at the Route 66 Museum, when city leaders and those within my bloodline on my mother’s side, christened an exhibit dedicated to him and the Calmez Hotel.

Sunday 06/22/2014
FLASHBACK: Back in the summer of '69
Posted: June 22, 2014 - 9:00 am

This weekend some revelry and remembering went on when the Odessa High Class of 1969 converged on the MCM FunDome for their 45th reunion.

Sunday 06/15/2014
FLASHBACK: It's Father's Day - time to recline
Posted: June 15, 2014 - 3:00 am

Editors note: This is a reprint of the column that originally ran June, 16, 2013. 

Sunday 06/08/2014
FLASHBACK: Graduation, the horizon leans forward
Posted: June 08, 2014 - 6:30 am

This weekend, more than 1,200 high school seniors walked across the stage in Odessa and received their diplomas and will now embark on the next phase of their lives.

Sunday 06/01/2014
FLASHBACK: Road trip to the Greatest Little Town in Texas
Posted: June 01, 2014 - 7:15 am

A recent road trip took me to Ballinger, a small, quaint town, with dollhouse-lined streets about 160 miles southeast of Odessa.

Sunday 05/25/2014
FLASHBACK: Texas gentleman outlaw makes history in Comanche
Posted: May 25, 2014 - 6:45 am

COMANCHE - Recently I headed east to check out some interesting locales in parts of my old stomping grounds, and my first stop was the furthest stop on the tour, in Comanche.

Sunday 05/18/2014
FLASHBACK: We cannot forget - families deserve justice
Posted: May 18, 2014 - 7:30 am

When you work in the news business, you see quite a bit of carnage, and when it involves children, it is particularly disturbing.

Tuesday 05/13/2014
FLASHBACK: 'Bye, Bye, Blackbird' - Happy Mother's Day
Posted: May 13, 2014 - 10:40 am

When she got off of a plane, my grandmother Mary was always accompanied by an entourage of usually a half dozen people, walking her off the plane, hanging on to her every word and always laughing and smiling. She just had a way about her. Dressed to the nines in her trademark navy blue shirtdress, Spectator pumps and dark glasses (as she called them), you’d of thought she was a celebrity. She was, to me.

Sunday 04/27/2014
FLASHBACK: Texas politicians are colorful, for sure
Posted: April 27, 2014 - 5:45 am

I was digging through some old photos the other day and came across one that once upon a time made my mom and dad proud.

Sunday 04/20/2014
FLASHBACK: God invented chicken fried steak, right?
Posted: April 20, 2014 - 7:15 am

When folks think about the signature food of Texas — it’s certainly not barbecue, brisket or even chili (chili is the state dish) — it’s chicken fried steak.

Sunday 04/13/2014
FLASHBACK: Jim Cooper - the greatest lover of football
Posted: April 13, 2014 - 7:00 am

The truest words about Jim Cooper, former coach, educator and football announcer in Odessa, may have been written in his high school yearbook more than 70 years ago next to his photo: “The greatest lover of football in the world.”

Sunday 04/06/2014
FLASHBACK: The Window is shutting - XP is going away
Posted: April 06, 2014 - 6:30 am

Last weekend I was hit by a virus — one that antibiotics and medicine can’t cure — and only the trusty computer guy can fix this. Or can he or she?

Sunday 03/30/2014
FLASHBACK: If you believe that ...
Posted: March 30, 2014 - 8:15 am

Last week I heard the illustrious infamous water park known as “Water Wonderland” had a benevolent buyer and someone with deep pockets who could take on the project to renovate and revamp the water park.

Sunday 03/23/2014
FLASHBACK: The Van Horn Place was home
Posted: March 23, 2014 - 8:30 am

Last week, when the news came out about the closure of Hospice House, it was quite a blow. A blow for this community, which has enjoyed wonderful service they have provided through their parent organization Home Hospice, but also a blow to all of the families who have experienced their love and compassion over the years.

Sunday 03/16/2014
FLASHBACK: What spring break?
Posted: March 16, 2014 - 7:00 am

This time last week, many college kids and school kids across the state began a week of hootin’ and hollerin’ as Spring Break 2014 began in earnest.

Sunday 03/02/2014
FLASHBACK: Kinky: Politics is for yokels
Posted: March 02, 2014 - 7:45 am

In the words of author, humorist, musician, cigar purveyor, tequila seller and Ag commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman, “politics is for yokels.”

Sunday 02/23/2014
FLASHBACK: All aboard the 'Good Ship High and Dry'
Posted: February 23, 2014 - 6:45 am

When I was a kid, when I heard someone on television say, “Hey there boys and girls!,” I knew it was time for “my programs.”

Sunday 02/16/2014
FLASHBACK: The nostalgia of drive-in theaters
Posted: February 16, 2014 - 8:00 am

Do you remember drive-in theaters?

Sunday 02/09/2014
FLASHBACK: A star will shine over Terlingua, always
Posted: February 09, 2014 - 7:30 am

There is nothing to ease breaking hearts quite like a little music, a blazing Terlingua sunset and a massive group hug! Thanks for the memories, La Kiva

Sunday 02/02/2014
FLASHBACK: Cheering for the ads on Super Bowl Sunday
Posted: February 02, 2014 - 8:15 am

Get out the hot wings and the chips and salsa and get ready to plunk down in front of the TV for Super Bowl XLVIII for the to-the-death gridiron fight between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Sunday 01/26/2014
FLASHBACK: I'm a digital immigrant
Posted: January 26, 2014 - 6:15 am

The other day, whilst visiting with a savvy younger person, I learned something. I am a digital immigrant. She, on the other hand, is a digital native.

Sunday 01/19/2014
FLASHBACK: Lighten up, everybody - it's only rock 'n' roll
Posted: January 19, 2014 - 7:00 am

Last week, I saw yet another fantastic performance at the Wagner Noël. Styx, the iconic 1970s rockers, achieved pure perfection. Not bad for a bunch of older guys who can still rock the house.

Sunday 01/12/2014
FLASHBACK: Don’t miss that first loop and don’t get bucked off today
Posted: January 12, 2014 - 5:00 am

The annual SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo is an Odessa legend for sure, and there’s sure to be a lot of action this weekend when the cowboys and cowgirls saddle up for the 81st annual event, which ended Saturday and brought thousands of folks to Ector County.

Sunday 01/05/2014
FLASHBACK: Asimov foresaw the future in 1964
Posted: January 05, 2014 - 7:00 am

It is amazing that the forward-thinking sci-fi writer of the 20th century, Isaac Asimov, would have predicted what the New York World’s Fair would be like in 2014 – 50 years in the future.

Sunday 12/22/2013
FLASHBACK: All I want for Christmas is ... a stereo
Posted: December 22, 2013 - 6:30 am

The Christmas season is upon us, and so is shopping for that perfect gift for your loved ones. Nowadays, if you have little ones, chances are they are emailing letters to Santa. And they are probably emailing their lists, complete with photos to you on your smart phone.

Sunday 12/08/2013
FLASHBACK: A lesson in homelessness
Posted: December 08, 2013 - 5:15 am

For many of the growing population of homeless people in Odessa and Midland, the freezing weather brings more hardship and more urgency for folks to get warm, get a hot meal and find a place to sleep.

Sunday 11/24/2013
FLASHBACK: Letters show Ruby praised for Oswald murder
Posted: November 24, 2013 - 5:45 am

On Friday, the nation mourned once again as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy came and went.

Sunday 11/17/2013
FLASHBACK: Artwalk has come a long way in 20 years
Posted: November 17, 2013 - 8:00 am

When you think about art in West Texas, instantly the Alpine Artwalk should come to mind. This is the “little art festival that could,” and this weekend, the show, which has grown exponentially over 20 years, will begin Friday and run through Saturday.

Sunday 11/10/2013
FLASHBACK: Korea: The forgotten war
Posted: November 10, 2013 - 9:00 am

On Monday, we honor our nation’s heroes — veterans from all of the U.S. conflicts — as we celebrate Veterans Day locally and across the state and nation.

Sunday 11/03/2013
Flashback: Courthouse has seen seen better days
Posted: November 03, 2013 - 6:45 am

The Ector County Courthouse has seen better days, and since it is, in my opinion, one of the homeliest courthouses in the state, we need to address the issue, one way or another.

Sunday 10/27/2013
FLASHBACK: It's chili cook-off time ... Viva Terlingua
Posted: October 27, 2013 - 7:00 am

The other day I was racking my brain trying to figure out what kind of food Texas and even Odessa is famous for and couldn’t come up with anything but barbecue or maybe chicken fried steak.

Sunday 10/20/2013
FLASHBACK: Extra, extra - remember the paper boy
Posted: October 20, 2013 - 6:00 am

Go back in time 50 years on any neighborhood street in Anytown, USA, and in the late afternoon, you would always see a paper boy hustling down a tree-lined street, with the canvas bags that held rolled up papers either slung over their shoulder or hanging from the back of the bike. And as he rides by the houses on the tree-lined street, he tosses one toward the house, with the goal being to get the paper as close to the porch as possible. 

Sunday 10/13/2013
FLASHBACK: The rest of the story of an Odessa bank heist
Posted: October 13, 2013 - 6:00 am

The year 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of a crime in Odessa that I will never forget, because, well, I was the victim.

Sunday 10/06/2013
FLASHBACK: Whatever happened to drivers ed?
Posted: October 06, 2013 - 6:15 am

As the roads in the Permian Basin get overrun with 18-wheelers and white double-cab pickups, driving in these parts becomes more hazardous every day. And with the frightening state of driving in Odessa, everyone needs to be on alert, because how much training have they all had?

Sunday 09/29/2013
FLASHBACK: Class rings lost, found and returned
Posted: September 29, 2013 - 6:15 am

I love lost and found stories. And recently it looks like a lot of high school artifacts are surfacing across the country, and thanks to the kindness of others, two class rings from local alumni have recently made it safely back to their original owners.

Sunday 09/15/2013
FLASHBACK: The Ector Theatre is a step back in time
Posted: September 15, 2013 - 7:00 am

To step in to the Ector Theatre on Texas Avenue is to take a step back in time. As patrons walked to the front door, they walk over a mini-version of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Sunday 09/08/2013
FLASHBACK: The coffee is on at the old JoJo's
Posted: September 08, 2013 - 4:45 am

The history of burger joints in Odessa is a long one – and there were many local places that we all remember fondly and with much nostalgia.

Sunday 09/01/2013
FLASHBACK: Legend of UTPB's Matilda alive and well - even if she isn't
Posted: September 01, 2013 - 4:00 am

Editor’s Note: This column was originally published Aug. 8, 2012 and was reprised to commemorate the 40th anniversary of UTPB.

Monday 08/26/2013
FLASHBACK: Eat dinner with your kids - that's parenting
Posted: August 26, 2013 - 9:48 am

I was talking with a friend the other day trying to figure out what has happened to the American family. With cell phones, Facebook and Twitter providing the constant umbilical cords, we think we are in constant contact, but you know, that’s not parenting.

Sunday 08/18/2013
FLASHBACK: The Fourth Estate is back
Posted: August 18, 2013 - 6:00 am

The “Fourth Estate” is back at UTPB.

Sunday 08/11/2013
FLASHBACK: Bring back courtesy - drive friendly
Posted: August 11, 2013 - 7:45 am

Last weekend, another family mourned the death of their beloved child — another young person lost their life on the treacherous streets and highways in the Permian Basin.

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