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 By Linda Goodman    News

"Community" means everything in a small town

ODESSA — Life in a small town varies a bit from the city; it’s a bit slower. Rather than running to Wal-mart or McDonalds on the spur of the moment, you usually have to plan... — Updated 2/25/2020

 By Linda Goodman    News

Grabbing life by the horns at age 15

I first met Charleigh Cornett when she was a cute, freckle-faced eight-year-old with a brilliant smile and an adventurous spirit. From that very first meeting I had a friend. Since... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Linda Goodman    News

Silver-backed chevrotain discovered after 30 years

November has proven to be a very important month for Global Wildlife Conservation. In South Vietnam, November 12, 2019 the silver-backed chevrotain, once thought extinct, was... — Updated 11/29/2019

 By Linda Goodman    News

Follow-up visit with future Dr. Cornett

Many of you might remember a story I wrote back in February called, "Grabbing life by the horns at the age of 15," about Charleigh Cornett and her quest to become a surgeon and the... — Updated 10/14/2019


Need a reason to celebrate? Try these

Did you know September 13 is World Sepsis Day? I know I didn’t. I wasn’t even aware sepsis needed a worldwide day of recognition. In fact, Monday, September 9, was Wonderful... — Updated 9/16/2019


Saying good-bye to a beloved friend

Her name was Ollie (short for Olivia), and she came into our lives seven years ago in the summer of 2012. She was half poodle, half shih tzu. She was small, blonde, puppy-like and... — Updated 8/8/2019


Nine days with my family after nine years apart

It's just after 4:30 p.m. on June 27, and I am sitting in the crowded Phoenix airport with my mom Edith and daughter Kaitlyn, waiting for our 5:25 p.m. flight to Seattle to start... — Updated 7/12/2019 Full story

 By Linda Goodman    News

Odessa Food Bank needs help re-stocking shelves

The phrase, “I had the pleasure of speaking to...” really and truly applies to certain people in this world. Merleen Smith is the epitome of that phrase. After talking with her... — Updated 6/15/2019 Full story


Large family takes up residence on Fourth Ave.

A family of soon to be 15 members has recently taken up residence in the backyard of Tammy Tokas. A male and female quail have built a nest beneath Karen Carlson's (Tokas' sister)... — Updated 5/12/2019 Full story

 By Linda Goodman    School

Tiger first-graders get most Butter Braid sales

The Odessa School District PTO recently completed their annual Butter Braid fundraiser. The money earned from the sale of the Butter Braids goes toward helping the Odessa PTO... — Updated 4/27/2019 Full story


Third annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

This is the second year I’ve happily donated the balloons and my time to build an arch for Go! Odessa Recreation’s Third Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance. Since this year’s theme... — Updated 3/30/2019 Full story


What was the best gift you received as a child?

What was the best gift you remember receiving as a child? I'm not talking about obvious big-ticket gifts like a car or computer. I'm talking about a gift given to you when you were... — Updated 3/22/2019 Full story

 By Linda Goodman    News

Will cold weather delay the start of spring sports

With the late arrival of the winter weather that has taken hold around the region, one might find themselves wondering when, or even if, the spring sports season might get under way... — Updated 3/17/2019 Full story

 By Linda Goodman    News

A family Christmas to remember

This year, for me, Christmas was an extremely rare treat, I was able to spend it with both of my children. Usually when I visit Ephrata they are working opposing schedules so I can... — Updated 1/16/2019 Full story


Meet The Record's new writer Dyanne Deering

Hello readers. I want to introduce you to my good friend and co-worker Dyanne Deering. Some of you may already have had the privilege of knowing who she is from her irregularly... — Updated 12/10/2018 Full story


Growing up Goodman: Never take for granted the ones you're closest to

Have you ever missed someone but never really come to the realization of it until you met up with or spoke with that person again? Usually it's someone we take for granted and... — Updated 6/25/2018


Lucky LuLu: At least she was able to be a puppy

I’ve needed to write this update for awhile now, and every time I have started it I end up stuck. I know what to say, but the words don’t want to come out as eloquently as I fee... — Updated 6/18/2018

 By Linda Goodman    Opinion

Just one thing a day; is it that simple?

I watched a news segment a week or so ago. When it was over, I remember sitting there shaking my head in amazement at what I had seen, while tears were streaming down my face. I... — Updated 6/4/2018


Mad Hatter's Ball Daddy/Daughter Dance

On Saturday, March 24, I had the extreme pleasure of donating and building, with the much needed help of Tammy Tokas, a 25-ft.-long (give or take) balloon arch for The Mad Hatters... — Updated 4/5/2018

 By Linda Goodman    News

From skin-and-bones to pot-bellied pup, that's LuLu

Hey Odessa! I thought it was time to give you another update on LuLu, the brindle puppy found shortly after Christmas frozen to the ground, starving, so emaciated that even the... — Updated 3/14/2018


My first visit with LuLu at the Carlson family farm

On January 20, I finally saw LuLu for the first time since that cold morning of December 28, when the first thing I did was check to make sure she had survived the night. That Satur... — Updated 2/8/2018


Health for lucky LuLu improving

Last week, as many of you know, we wrote about meeting LuLu, a brindle pup that was found after being shot twice and left for dead. LuLu was taken to the veterinarian by sisters Kar... — Updated 1/22/2018

 By Linda Goodman    News

Cruel beginning has happy ending for LuLu

Although the rest of my family met her Wednesday night, I first met LuLu (although she was nameless at that time) the morning of Thursday, December 28, when I went to our laundry... — Updated 1/4/2018


Santa returns to Odessa so ALL kids can see him

Santa loves Odessa and all the good boys and girls who live here (both young and old). He made a return visit on Saturday to Rolling Thunder Pizza just to make sure everyone was... — Updated 12/28/2017


Dammel honored for excellence

If you need to speak to Stan Dammel these days, you may need to make an appointment. Life keeps him so busy that the odds of catching him on the spur of the moment are just about... — Updated 11/22/2017


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