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Last Updated on Jan 18 2022, 6:53 am CST
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89 COVID patients in-house
Med-Surg (Non-Critical) – 64 COVID patients
Critical Care – 25 COVID patients
17 COVID Patients on Ventilator
Age Ranges of COVID Patients – 7 weeks old – 96 years old
COVID Patients from outside Ector County: 1 from Albuquerque, NM, 1 from Andrews, 1 from Balmorhea, 2 from Big Spring, 1 from Columbia, LA, 1 from Ft. Stockton, 1 from Gardendale, 1 from Goldsmith, 1 from Kermit, 4 from Midland.
– Due to the current rise of COVID-19 cases in thecommunity, all hearings and trials involving individuals incarcerated in theMidland County Jail are canceled through January 21. This includes any scheduledZoom hearing where the defendant is incarcerated in the Midland County Jail.
Trials and court hearings involving on bond criminal defendants and civil matterswill continue to be in person in the individual Courtrooms
On behalf of: JEFFREY TODD ROBNETT
441ST DISTRICT COURT
LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE
A contractor working for a private utility company struck a water main on Midkiff Rd south of Wadley Ave, in front of HEB. Multiple lanes will be closed southbound on Midkiff Rd, including through the Wadley Ave intersection, in order to allow emergency repairs to be made. The full extent of the damage is currently being assessed, but lane closures should be expected for the next week or so.
The University of Texas Permian Basin’s College of Business is pleased to announce the recent partnership with UTHealth School of Public Health, to offer a dual graduate degree in public health and business administration; an MBA/MPH. This academic collaborative comes at a time where the complexities of the healthcare industry and public health pursuits expand and transform. To commemorate the occasion the two schools hosted a signing event to officially announce the partnership. Held virtually, Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, dean of UTHealth School of Public Health and Eric Solberg, Senior Vice President, Academic and Research Affairs represented the UTHealth banner, along with leadership representatives from UT Permian Basin, Sandra Woodley, UTPB president, and Steven Beach, PhD, the College of Business dean. “By offering this MBA/MPH graduate level program, we demonstrate our commitment to grow as educators who seek to enrich minds, challenge thinking, and cultivate the advancement of our students,” said Boerwinkle. The event comes nearly a year in the making as the two schools previously partnered in 2020 to offer UTPB MBA students the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in public health. That learning track is still available and is offered online. The certificate offering for UTPB served as a stepping-stone to the dual degree program now being offered. “These agreements take a lot of time and collaboration, but it is exciting to continue to expand the educational opportunities for people working in health care professions,” Beach said. As the medical and health care industry evolve the work and impact of academia exudes importance. The evolution of healthcare occurs in tandem with the transformation of technology and the learning environment. By making the program available online, the impact and reach of the work spans far beyond each campus. “By combining core disciplines of public health and healthcare management along with business strategy and leadership, graduates of this dual degree program will have the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in addressing and improving the health of populations served,” said Solberg. The program is set to launch for the fall 2022 semester. We look forward to seeing the program flourish and are grateful for each institution’s leadership for making this possible.
The City of Midland Water Department Customer Service has relocated to a new address! The new location is 1030 Andrews Highway, Suite 220. This is in the Center Pointe building on the second floor, located next to Wells Fargo Bank.
The new location is NOW fully open. Citizens can set up new accounts, make changes to existing accounts, pay water bills, etc. at the new location. The drive-thru at City Hall will remain open to pay water bills.
In addition to the new location and City Hall drive-thru, citizens will still be able to pay their water bill through the online portal and Mr. Payroll at participating Kent Kwik locations.
Midland, Odessa, and Big Spring, Texas (January 3, 2022) – Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center (PBALC) is currently enrolling for Spring 2022 English classes. Classes are available online and in-person at our Midland location (1709 West Wall St., Midland, TX 79701) with various days and times available beginning January 24th. Classes are also available in Big Spring in partnership with First Church of the Nazarene (1400 S Lancaster St. Big Spring, TX 79720) and in Odessa in partnership with Odessa Bible Church (3901 Penbrook St., Odessa, TX 79762). Classes at our Big Spring and Odessa locations will meet in-person on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00 PM beginning January 25th. Students are encouraged to contact our office at (432)682-9693 to schedule their enrollment appointment. Student applications can be completed on our website at https://bit.ly/PBALC-student. The last day for students to enroll is February 4, 2022.
Classes are open to adults 18 years of age and older. Students are required to pay a semester enrollment fee of $25.00. Please call (432) 682-9693 ext. 404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding enrollment.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative August Pfluger (TX-11) will hold a town hall meeting in Junction at 11:30am on Monday, January 17th at the Junction National Bank Meeting Room. The town hall will be open to the public and all members of the media.
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting
WHO: U.S. Rep. August Pfluger
WHEN: Monday, January 17th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: **UPDATED LOCATION**
Junction National Bank, Meeting Room
701 Main Street, Junction, Texas 76849
On Friday, January 14, 2022, an Ector County jury found COURTNEY CHELLE RICE, GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER. She was sentenced to twenty (20) years in prison. The attorneys for the State of Texas were Elizabeth Howard and Kortney Williams. The presiding judge was Honorable Denn Whalen, in the 70th District Court.
On April 2, 2019, Ms. Rice, 35, shot Jose Hernandez while he slept. Ms. Rice was indicted on August 19, 2019 for First Degree Murder. Ms. Rice was represented by Attorney Michael McLeaish.
– On January 13, 2022, the Midland CountySheriff’s Office and the United States Marshal’s Service receivedinformation that wanted fugitive Manuel Adriano-Ruiz was wanted fora Federal Supervised Release Violation, and a Murder warrant issued inMexico.
Adriano-Ruiz was believed to be in the Midland area.
On January 13, 2022, Adriano-Ruiz was located in the 2400 block ofWCR 123 in Midland County.
Adriano-Ruiz was taken into custody without incident and placed in theU.S. Marshal’s federal holding.