• April 26, 2017

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On April 26, 1777, according to a widely accepted account from the American Revolutionary War, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest child of Col. Henry Ludington, a militia commander in Dutchess County, New York, rode her horse into the night to alert her father’s men of the approach of British regular troops who were sacking Danbury, Connecticut. (Ludington, sometimes referred to as “the female Paul Revere,” was said to have covered 40 miles, more than twice the distance of the Boston silversmith’s ride.)

TOP STORIES

Motorist, 61, cited over role in head-on collision

A 61-year-old motorist who suffered serious injuries this week following a head-on collision that occurred at Kermit Highway and West County Road was cited for pulling his vehicle in front of the other motorist, an Odessa Police Department spokesman said Wednesday.

Heisman Trophy winner is guest speaker at FCA event Sunday

A Heisman Trophy winner will keynote the Second Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Impact Awards on Sunday at the Wagner Noel.

Gunshot victim, 14, out of hospital, police says

The 14-year-old Odessa boy who suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach during the weekend has been released from a Lubbock hospital, an Odessa police spokesman said Wednesday.

Former Fort Stockton teacher sentenced for wire fraud scheme

In Alpine on Wednesday morning, a federal judge sentenced George Mariadas Kurusu, a 58-year-old Indian national and a former Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD) teacher, to time served (about 11 months) and ordered him to pay $53,004.51 restitution for a wire fraud scheme involving the hiring of Indian nationals to teach in the United States.

OC board accepts trustee’s resignation

The Odessa College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of longtime member Ray Ann Zant during its meeting Tuesday.

Man arrested after violation of protective order

A 25-year-old Odessa man was arrested last night after police said he broke down the door and placed his hands around his girlfriends neck, leaving bruises, all while she had a protective order filed against him. 

Five things you need to know today, April 26

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, April 26. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

Early voting totals

Early voting in the municipal election for both the Ector County Hospital District and the Ector County Independent School District started Monday and continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the Ector County Courthouse Annex, 1010 E. Eighth St., Suite 101. Early voting is also 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1-2. Election day voting is scheduled 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6.

No other suspects in shooting, OPD says

There are no other suspects the Odessa Police Department will arrest in connection with the weekend shooting of a 14-year-old boy who is currently hospitalized at the University Medical Hospital in Lubbock, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Council approves grants for downtown building

The Odessa City Council on Tuesday approved a pair of downtown incentive grants for Copper Key Realty totaling $70,520, but in a split decision voted to delay considering similar incentives for a downtown law firm.

Motivational speaker fires up AVID celebration

About 1,000 people turned out for a middle school AVID celebration at the Odessa College Sports Center Tuesday featuring guest motivational speaker Laymon Hicks.

Red Cross Giving Day today

The American Red Cross is asking people in the Permian Basin to remember those families impacted by disaster and to #help1family on Giving Day today.

Security Bank officials to offer students lessons in saving money

Security Bank has scheduled the third annual “Teach a Child to Save Day” on Friday at Blanton Elementary, 4101 Lynbrook Ave.

Plant butchers use charcuterie techniques

MIAMI When Ryan Bauhaus first experimented with faux meats, he fixated on recreating that taste of blood, settling on a tomato paste blend to mimic the acidic, iron flavor. For the fat, Bauhaus boiled down mushrooms until he got the desired texture similar to the fat cap on a roast.

GOOD NEWS: Faculty member to use gaming program course for experiential learning

ALPINE Since February 2016, a number of Sul Ross State University students have gained valuable on-the-job experience through a Title V grant Experiential Learning Program. Now, experiential learning opportunities will be available in selected courses.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Wink's Sarah Turnbo, Van Horn's Lezlie Jones advance to state championship tournament

As Wink junior Sarah Turnbo looked down the long, par-5 No. 8 on Tuesday, she felt a lifting breeze start to roll over the course at Ratliff Ranch Golf Links.

BOYS GOLF: Permian looks for consistency entering Region I-6A Tournament

The Permian boys golf team realized that the District 2-6A Tournament provided plenty for it to work on.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Midland Lee supplies complete performance to beat Odessa High

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Banks helps lift Permian past Amarillo Tascosa

The Permian baseball team scored three of its five runs in the fourth inning, which included a two-run single from Tyson Banks, en route to a 5-3 victory against Amarillo Tascosa in a District 2-6A game on Tuesday.

COLLEGE GOLF: UTPB's Bjugstad takes third place at Lone Star Conference championship

UTPB’s Connor Bjugstad fired a third-round 74 on Tuesday to take third place at the Lone Star Conference men’s golf championship tournament at Frisco Lakes Golf Club.

GIRLS GOLF: Permian closes out season with 11th place finish at Region I-6A championships

The Permian girls golf team finished in a tie for 11th place during the final day of the Region I-6A championships on Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club.

GIRLS GOLF: Andrews, Seminole sending three teams to Class 4A state tournament

LUBBOCK Andrews and Seminole are both sending teams to the Girls Class 4A state tournament in May after the schools clinched those spots at the Region I-4A championship at Shadow Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.

Outage reported in Odessa

Heavy winds Tuesday caused power lines near Odessa College to contact each other, which triggered an outage that affected about 900 homes and businesses.

Midland man sentenced to jail following plea

A man who was arrested last year on accusations that he gave an Odessa Regional Medical Center patient under his care two packs of cigarettes in exchange for licking her breasts and photographing her buttocks has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Felon found in possession of firearms after traffic stop

An early morning traffic stop led to charges of a felon in possession of a firearm Tuesday, according to the Ector County Sheriff's Office.

Motorist, 61, injured following collision on Kermit Highway

A 61-year-old Odessan suffered serious injuries Tuesday during a head-on collision that occurred at Kermit Highway and West County Road.

DAILY OIL PRICE: April 25

  • Crude Oil: 49.56   (+0.33).
  • Nymex MTD AVG:   51.5108.
  • Natural Gas: 3.043   (-.023).
  • Gasoline: 1.6230   (+0.0116).
  • Spreads: June/July   (-.34)   July/Aug.   (-.27).
  • Plains WTI Posting: 46.00    (No change).

Five things you need to know today, April 25

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, April 25. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

Math a bright spot for ECISD; district still lags behind state

Early results show math was a strong point for Ector County Independent School District when comparing how last year’s fourth graders and seventh graders fared to how this year’s fifth and eighth graders did on the STAAR test in the March administration.

OPD: Two arrested in 14-year-old shooting

Odessa police reported arresting two teens in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old boy on Sunday afternoon in the 1200 block of Summer Avenue.

Early voting underway in Ector County

Early voting in the municipal election for both the Ector County Hospital District and the Ector County Independent School District started Monday and continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the Ector County Courthouse Annex, 1010 E. Eighth St., Suite 101. Early voting is also 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1-2. Election day voting is scheduled 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6.

Eckert asks to earn voters' trust

After presenting information on a sales tax proposal for areas of Ector County outside the city limits of Odessa and Goldsmith, County Judge Ron Eckert on Monday called out to naysayers, asking them to give the county a chance.

Alternative Education Center to pilot AVID next fall

Although they have been using elements of the college AVID, the Alternative Education Center plans to pilot the college preparation program starting next fall.

SANE nurses 'invaluable' to law enforcement

As an emergency room nurse at Medical Center Hospital, registered nurse Lisa Montoya sees a variety of health matters in her job. Now she’s training to become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE nurse.

Young Professionals set gala

Young Professionals of Odessa presents the inaugural Odessa Under 40 Awards Gala on Saturday at the Odessa Country Club. This formal event will honor some of the brightest young professionals in our community.

ODC secrecy for troubled program

The city’s economic development board met behind closed doors on Monday to sort out the stalled search for a professional leader of Odessa’s long troubled effort aimed at building business ties with Mexico.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Miller limited as Permian spring practice begins

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Robinson receives chance, signs to play at Cisco Junior College

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