Phillips 66 Awards $115,000 to Odessa Family YMCA, Odessa College and Midland YMCA for Water Safety Programs

 

Odessa, Texas/June 9, 2024-Phillips 66 recently provided funds totaling $115,000 to the Odessa Family YMCA, Odessa College and the Midland Family for free swim lessons and water safety programs. Phillips 66 supports programs in the communities that they work and live in. 

(Eric Edens, Area Operations Manager/Triad Assests-Phillips 66/Permian Basin/Texas) 

The Midland YMCA received $40,000 from the Pillips 66 $115,000 grant which will be used to springboard their Safety Around Water program, that is made available to all families of all ages. This program teaches families how to be safe around any body of water. 

(Devon Copeland, Aquatics Director/Lifeguard Trainer-American Red Cross-Midland YMCA/Midland, Texas) 

Odessa College received $25,000 from the $115,000 Phillips 66 grant to help with programs that would be difficult for the college to acquire funding for. The funding will allow free swim safety lessons for the community regardless of economic status. 

(Adam Lucio, Sports Center Coordinator-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

The Odessa Family YMCA was awarded $50,000 that will go towards the new pool Phillips 66 program that will include: safety around water presentation and training. The program is planned to begin in Fall. 

(Crissy Medina, CEO-Odessa Family YMCA/Odessa, Texas) 

The Odessa Family YMCA is offering free swim lessons vouchers. Individuals must attend the hour and a half Safety Around Water class to be eligible for the swim lesson voucher. 

(Crissy Medina, CEO-Odessa Family YMCA/Odessa, Texas) 

Visit the Odessa Family YMCA at odessaymca.org or on Facebook for more information on the Safety Around Water program and the swim lesson vouchers. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.  

 

 

 

Odessa Police Investigating Deadly Crash, One Person Deceased

Odessa, Texas/June 7, 2024-On Friday, morning, June 7th, at approximately 9:35am Odessa Police and Odessa Fire Rescue responded to a deadly crash in the 4800 block of East University. 

The investigation revealed that a Dodge Challenger and a Honda Accord were the two vehicles involved in the crash. The investigation further revealed that the driver and passengers were on a test drive of the Dodge Challenger that was heading east on University. The Honda Accord was traveling westbound and was going to turn south onto Oakwood when the crash occurred. The driver of the Honda Accord was ejected from the vehicle and was deceased at the scene. 

The driver and passengers in the Dodge Challenger were taken to Medical Center Hospital with unknow injuries. 

The investigation of this deadly crash is ongoing  

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Cultural Celebrations Council and City of Odessa Welcomes Navarro Group a Cultural Events Planner

Odessa, Texas/June 4, 2024-Recently, The City of Odessa along with the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Ambassadors welcomed the Houston based Navarro Group. The special program introduced the Cultural Celebrations Council of Odessa, a special events organization that has partnered with the City of Odessa. 

(Celeste Conedo, President-Cultural Celebrations Council/Odessa, Texas) 

The Cultural Celebrations Council of Odessa revealed new logos and a rebranding of the Christmas parade and the Firecracker Fandango. 

(Celeste Conedo, President-Cultural Celebrations Council/Odessa, Texas) 

The goal of the Navarro Group is preserving the Mexican traditions and culture through fun family events like parades and other live entertainment, that will also include Dia De Los Muertos Parade and Festival. 

(Mauricio Navarro-President/Founder-The Navarro Group/Houston, Texas) 

City of Odessa Mayor Joven and the City Council had approved $50 thousand dollars to the Navarro Group to bring a higher standard of cultural entertainment. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa/Texas) 

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Judge Carlos Chavez, symbolically swore in the Cultural Celebrations Council of Odessa Board at the finale of the Navarro Group presentation. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Ector County Courthouse Closes Again Due To Flooding

Odessa, Texas/June 3, 2024-On Monday morning, June 3rd, at approximately 10am, employees, Judges and staff evacuated the Ector County Courthouse due to a major water break within the building. The water damage affected the County Clerk’s Office and the basement where an archive of records is stored. 

(Dustin Fawcett, Ector County Judge-Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

Visitors to the courthouse that had pending court appointments and other business were turned away. During the month of February 2023, the Ector County Courthouse experienced a water break that affected offices, courtrooms and other important locations within the aging building. 

(Dustin Fawcett, Ector County Judge-Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

Due to the poor infrastructure and old turn-off valves the aging water pipes  gave way to water pipe ruptures. 

(Billy Carrigan, Building Maintenance Director-Ector County/Odessa, Texas) 

It is unknown what the cost of the damage is or how much money the County lost from business transactions due to the closing of the Courthouse. Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett said that the Courthouse should be open for business Tuesday morning, June 4th at 8am. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

  

West Texas Food Bank Odessa Campus Kids’s Farmers Market

Odessa, Texas/June 2, 2024-On Saturday, June 1st, the West Texas Food Bank, Odessa Campus held the Kid’s Famers Market. Families were able to pick up fruits, vegetables and other goodies for free. 

(Libby Stephens, Executive Director-West Texas Food/Odessa-Midland, Texas) 

Mom and Dad’s and Children enjoyed hotdogs, jumpers, the foam pad and other fun events. 

(Libby Stephens, Executive Director-West Texas Food/Odessa-Midland, Texas) 

Visit the West Texas Food Bank online and on social media for volunteer and sponsorship opportunities. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

2024 Disaster Exercise at Midland International Air & Space Port

Midland, Texas/June 1, 2024-The City of Midland, First Responders, Midland PD and the Midland International Air & Space Port along with Odessa Fire Resue held a Disaster Exercise. The 2024 DisEx is a way of evaluating the Airport Emergency Plan to identify strengths and weaknesses in the plan. 

(Nicholas Krakovec, Deputy Director City of Midland Airports-Midland International Air & Space Port/Midland, Texas) 

If a mass casualty event should occur at the Midland International Air & Space Port the first responder community will be ready to respond and save lives. 

(Nicholas Krakovec, Deputy Director City of Midland Airports-Midland International Air & Space Port/Midland, Texas) 

Airports certified for air carrier operations must have an Airport Emergency Plan. The plan must be reviewed annually and tested every three years. 

(Nicholas Krakovec, Deputy Director City of Midland Airports-Midland International Air & Space Port/Midland, Texas) 

Volunteers included cadets from the Midland Fire Department, members of the Civil Air Patrol, STEM Academy and from departments of the City of Midland simulated victims of a mass casualty event. Inflatable mannequins were also used to simulate victims. The last Disaster Exercise was in May of 2021.  

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.