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  WTFB opens pantries to government workers impacted by shutdown

Government workers needing assistance during the shutdown will be able to get help thanks to the West Texas Food Bank.

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department to open new station

West Texas Food Bank launches Virtual Food Drive

Midland Health holding ‘Find a Job Friday’ job fair

Community Blood Drive to take place in Big Spring

Midland, Odessa hospitals welcome New Year’s babies

3 EZ Rider routes close in Midland, Odessa

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Midland County swears in newly elected, re-elected officials

Midland YMCA deals to help community members with 2019 fitness goals

Fox Fitness to offer free Zumba Black Light Party

Vintage Deluxe to offer free drinks, black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day

JK Dance Center to host Gatsby-themed New Year’s Bash

Midland-Odessa businesses offer New Year’s Eve celebrations

Girl Scouts' Operation Comfort and Care provides for children in chemotherapy

Saturday, Midland Girl Scouts packed 30 care packages to be delivered to Gifts of Hope.

Medical Center Health System to host job fair on Jan. 9

The fair will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the MCH Cafeteria, 500 W 4th St. At the fair, there will be sign on bonuses available, on-site interviews and many open clinical and non-clinical positions.

City of Odessa reminds public of waste schedule, recycling for New Year’s Day

City offices will be closed January 1-2 and trash services will be limited during the week.

Humane Society offers adoption sale for Christmas Eve

The Humane Society of Odessa is helping you give a very special Christmas present this year. They are having a $20 off special for all adoptions, cash and cards only.

  Last minute Christmas shoppers hit area malls

Museum of the Southwest offers free admission

Santa to play games at Cinergy Midland on Dec. 25

Stores to open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry to host free Christmas lunch

Stoney LaRue to perform at Rockin’ Rodeo

Lightwire Theater to perform ‘A Very Electric Christmas’ at Wagner Noël

Lightwire Theater will perform “A Very Electric Christmas” on Dec. 29.The theater group combines the arts of puppetry, theater and dance with the the music of timeless holiday hits.

Beyond the Bow: Pat Simmons brightens up Big Spring with the Festival of Lights

This 92-year-old created a lasting Christmas tradition in Big Spring, but the story behind the lights is even better.

E.C.I.S.D. police department raises money for community families

Every year, the Ector County Independent School District Police Department staff uses their own money and resources to help families in need in Odessa.

Permian Basin Master Gardeners to offer classes

Permian Basin Master Gardeners will be offering classes to help people work on their green thumb. The classes are scheduled to be offered at the Midland County Extension office.

Whataburger, Peyton’s Bikes donates bikes to Permian Basin children

Whataburger teamed up with Peyton's Bikes in Midland to donate more than $3,000 worth of bikes to the High Sky Children's Ranch.

Midland Airport warns holiday travelers of overflowing parking lot

Many people are headed out this holiday weekend, its reported that more than one third of Americans are planning on getting out of town for the holidays according to AAA.

Class Honda of Midland gives $500 to local resident

Class Honda of Midland is giving one local family some extra help this Christmas.

City of Midland temporarily reducing trash services

This reduction means the trash service will occur once a week through January 7.

Beyond the Bow: Odessa family creates prayer wall for Christmas blessings

Every Christmas, many homes in Odessa illuminate the streets with holiday lights. For one home right on West 10th, there’s a special type of Christmas tradition that continues.

Museum of the Southwest temporarily closing Children’s Museum to expand

The Museum of the Great Southwest has some exciting changes coming up, particularly concerning its children's programs.

Tips for those who plan to travel this holiday season

AAA estimates that 1 in 3 Americans will be traveling during the holidays. If you are one of those who is traveling, we hope you look over these few tips provided to us through the Midland Police Department.

Midland family accepting clothing, blanket donations for homeless

The family is asking the public to drop off new or gently used clothes and blankets at the Advanced Neuroscience Clinic and Sleep Center in Midland.

Odessa Chamber needs sponsors for student leadership program

The JLO program is 40-year-old program for junior-year high school student to learn about subjects such as government and public safety, arts and culture, healthcare and media and education.

3:11 Ministries helps children in need this holiday season

3:11 Ministries was shopping at Target on Monday buying toys for the last few hundred children in need. 3:11 Ministries is expecting to help around 1,800 kids this holiday season.

City of Big Spring conducting survey to qualify for grants

The city asks its citizens to cooperate during the time period as it is hoping to qualify for grants to help replace areas of water lines in the city.

Big Spring Boy Scout achieves highest rank

To achieve this honor, he coordinated a project called "Helping Hands for the Homeless" where he delivered care packages to homeless people in Big Spring.

Odessa Fire Rescue competes in Battle of the Badges blood drive

Throughout the Battle of the Badges blood drive, people can cast their vote for the organization they want to win by donating blood.

Lea County Humane Society, Hobbs Adoption Center offers multiple Christmas specials

The Lea County Adoption Center is having many Christmas specials this month.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico to perform at Wagner Noël

The Wagner Noël will be hosting the Mariachi Sol de Mexico group this season performing their holiday show “A Merry-achi Christmas.”

Midland Festival Ballet to perform ‘The Nutcracker’ with special guests from around the state

The Midland Festival Ballet will be preforming their 25th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker.”The cast will include over 100 local performers, MFB Alumna Lindsey Croop, Anthony Spaulding of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and others from Ballet San Antonio, Boulder Ballet, etc.

Midland Beer Garden to host interactive piano show

Midland Beer Garden is hosting an interactive piano show called “The Eighty Eights Show.”The show includes a live duo performance with dueling pianos and becomes an engaging, unscripted excursion that leaves the crowd anticipating what will happen next.

Odessa Crossroads to offer community Christmas party

Crossroads in Odessa offers a Christmas party for the community. Guests can expect to hear lots of Christmas music, with special effects and lighting, as well as an interactive show for all ages. There will also be coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods.

Buckner Midland Christmas Party brings cheer to more than 200 families

The annual Buckner Midland Christmas Party brought Christmas cheer to more than 200 children and families served by Buckner International in Midland.

Empty Stocking Fund looks to raise $100K for families in need

If you’re still feeling the Christmas spirit and have some money to spare, the Salvation Army/Odessa American Empty Stocking Fund is looking for donations.

TXU Energy donates $5000 to Permian Basin Scholarship Fund

TXU Energy Company helps student's further their education, as well as helping the Permian Basin Area Foundation save energy.

Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry hosts Christmas Lunch

The Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry will hold a Christmas Lunch Dec. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

OCTECH students host science fair to demonstrate Rube Goldberg machine

The Odessa Career & Technical Early College High School will be hosting a Rube Goldberg Fair on Dec. 14. Ninth grade students at OCTECH built their own Rube Goldberg machine that will be on display.

Winlectric donates 23 bicycles to NewsWest 9 Toy Drive

Winlectric donated 23 bicycles to the Newswest 9/Salvation Army Toy Drive Tuesday.

XTO Energy donates 500K for Dennis the Menace Park construction

The park has been under renovation for months and is expected to re-open in Spring 2019. The donation is expected to help have the splash pad open by Summer 2019.

Big Spring Symphony, Orchestra to perform ‘Home for the Holidays’ show

Big Spring Symphony and Orchestra will perform their “Home for the Holidays” show. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Municipal Auditorium, 310 E. 3rd St.

House passes legislation to make Bush Childhood Home national landmark

The House of Representatives passed Mike Conaway’s Bush Childhood Home Study Act. This legislation aims to preserve the Midland home of the Bush family as a national landmark.

Midland dance center to host ‘White Christmas Party’

JK Dance Center will be hosting a White Christmas Party this holiday season. Guests can enjoy dinner with friends, games, dancing and a white elephant gift exchange of $15 or less.

Randy Rogers Band to perform Christmas show in Odessa

The Randy Rogers Band will perform A Very Merry Randy and Brady Christmas in Odessa. The show will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 12 at Dos Amigos, 4700 Golder Ave.

Kidd’s and Canvas to host adults-only Christmas Cookie Decorating class

Kidd’s and Canvas will be hosting an adults-only, Christmas themed Cookie Decorating class. Participants will learn to master the techniques for transforming sugar cookies into edible art.

Pancakes, Pajamas event to teach guests about music therapy

The MARC Autism Resource Center-Spectrum of Solutions is hosting a Pancakes and Pajamas event. Guest are encouraged to come out in their pajamas to learn about music therapy and Spectrum Solutions.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church to host Pancakes with Santa dinner

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will be hosting a Pancakes with Santa dinner. Guests will get to hear the story of St. Nicholas while making crafts and visiting with Santa.

Las Posadas event to give out free toys

The Silva Law Firm is have a Posada event this Sunday. They will be giving away free toys to kids during the entire event.

Longest Letter to Santa fundraiser held at Midland Park Mall

Guests to the Midland Park Mall can send Santa a letter this weekend. AT&T pioneers are holding their Longest Letter to Santa fundraiser.

  Midland residents, business collect donations for family who lost home in fire

Residents in the Midland community are collecting items for the family whose home caught on fire on Thursday. The Walters family lost everything in the fire that occurred near Lone Star Trails in Midland.

Midland Fair Havens holding Gingerbread Haven fundraiser

During the Gingerbread Haven you can come decorate a gingerbread house as a keepsake for your Christmas.The event will also feature the chance to enter to win a “celebrity-designed” gingerbread house.

City of Big Spring partners with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to stock lake with rainbow trout

During two stockings, over 4,000 rainbow trout of catchable size will be released into the lake.

Jury duty cancelled for some Howard Co. residents

Some Big Spring residents will get out of jury duty on December 12.

Permian Basin Area Foundation awards $1.3M in fall grant cycle

Over $1.3 million will be awarded to various local recipients at the ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Local dog rescue organization gets kennel sanctuary permit approved

A dog rescue organization called Bully Beds got a kennel sanctuary permit approved on Monday. The permit was approved in a four to one vote at a city planning and zoning meeting.

FBCU invites community to adopt a star to benefit High Sky Children’s Ranch

This Christmas you can adopt a star to help a child at the High Sky Children's Ranch.

Comanche Trail Festival of Lights open until Dec. 25

The Comanche Trail Festival of Lights is open from Dec. 2 to Dec. 25. The light show boasts over a million lights on display in the Comanche Trail Park in Big Spring.

Bubba’s 33 to offer discounted prices to celebrate end of prohibition

To celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition in 1933, Bubba’s 33 will be selling discounted menu items.

Ellen Noël to host Holiday Cheer: Ladies Night Out event

The Ellen Noël Art Museum will be hosting a Holiday Cheer: Ladies Night Out event. Guests can enjoy gift shopping, food and a make-and-take station for holiday ornaments.

MOSC to preform Sounds of the Season show

The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale will be preforming the Sounds of the Season show on Dec. 8. The Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Symphony Chorale, Voices of the Permian Basin, Lone Star Brass and West Texas Winds.

La Hacienda to host Risas y Sonrisas Christmas Fair

La Hacienda Event Center is hosting the Christmas Fair by Risas y Sonrisas. At the fair, Guests can enjoy some Christmas shopping and support local businesses.

OC’s Be the Change hosts Hunger Banquet to educate public on poverty

Be the Change is hosting a social experiment called Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Poverty Awareness to inform the public on the reality of poverty. The banquet will be at 3 p.m. December 2 at the Odessa College Saulsbury Conference Room, 201 W University Blvd.

6th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run postponed due to weather

The sixth annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k Fun Run is set for Dec. 8. Participators are encouraged to come to the historic Turner Mansion in their ugliest holiday apparel.

THC places historical marker for Porvenir Massacre in Presidio County

The Texas Historical Commission’s Undertold Stories Marker Program has placed a historical marker for the Porvenir Massacre in Presidio County. The program was created to help fill historical gaps in the Lone Star State’s history.

Breaking Bread Kitchen, 3:11 Ministries ask for donations to benefit Bring the Feast

Breaking Bread Kitchen and 3:11 Ministries are asking the public for donations to benefit their Bring the Feast event. Donors are asked to provide a turkey or ham for a family in need.

Annual Christmas Parade of Lights returns to kick off holiday season

Odessa’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Lighted floats will travel south on Andrews Highway/Grant Avenue from 23rd Street to Third Street. The parade will end at the Medical Center Hospital Parking lot on Third Street.

Proceeds of Holly Jolly Market to benefit Harmony Home

The Holly Jolly Market is open on Dec. 1 until 5 p.m.There are over 150 vendors available and all proceeds will go to benefit Harmony Home.

George W. Bush Childhood Home offers community opportunity to send condolences to Bush family

The George W. Bush Childhood Home will have a large banner available for people to share their condolences on the death of George H. W. Bush.Guests can go by the home during normal business hours between Dec. 1 and Dec. 5. The banner will then be sent to the Bush family.

Coahoma Class of 2011 holding benefit plate sale for family of Martin Gutierrez

The class is raising money for the family of the young man whose body was found in Lady Bird Lake earlier this week.