• July 23, 2017

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Today in History

On July 23, 1967, five days of deadly rioting erupted in Detroit as an early morning police raid on a "blind pig" (an unlicensed bar) at the intersection of 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue resulted in a confrontation with local residents that escalated into violence that spread into other parts of the city; 43 people, mostly blacks, were killed.


Court records to be more accessible

For the past two and a half years, the Ector County Court Clerk’s Office has been working on making court records more accessible.

Some technology needs could be helped with federal funds

Ector County Independent School District’s technology needs over the next decade would come to more than $99 million, but its most urgent requirements are for things like fiber networks and equipment upgrades to keep everyone traveling down the information superhighway.

Commissioners to discuss moving forward with sales tax proposal

On Monday Ector County Commissioners will discuss calling and holding an election to create the Ector County Assistance District that could authorize the levy of an additional sales tax.

Permian Basin Rehab Center to break ground for Outdoor Therapy Center

The waiting room at the Permian Basin Rehab Center bustled with activity on a Wednesday morning as children moved about either greeting their therapists with a smile or waving goodbye.

MEDICAL MATTERS: Why Gynecological exams are necessary over the age of 50

Many women feel that there is no longer a need for a gynecologist after childbearing. For women older than the age of 50, yearly exams are encouraged and are very important. Even if yearly pap smears are not needed, pelvic and breast exams can give your doctor information to keep you healthy.

GOOD SAMARITAN: Anxiety affects individuals of all ages and is a normal emotion

Anxiety is a normal emotion that most will experience at some point in their life. Anxiety becomes an issue for individuals when it begins to overwhelm each aspect of their life, when it occurs more frequently or when it hinders day to day function. The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as having feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes such as heart rate increasing. For most, anxiety is temporary and will quickly subside. An example of this is when trying to make an important decision. You may feel anxious and wonder “Am I making the right choice?” This feeling of anxiety may cause your heart rate to increase, and other worried thoughts may enter in as well.

Lunch and learn at the Petroleum Museum

MIDLAND The Petroleum Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series will feature a video “At the Edge of the Volcano” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

'Sing a Song with your Supper' on Aug. 5

West Texas Talent has scheduled “Sing a Song with your Supper” on Aug. 5 at Dee’s Bistro, 622 N. Lee Ave.

MATTER OF RECORD: July 17 through July 21

Matter of Record is a weekly listing of publicly available records at the Ector County Courthouse of marriage applications and divorces.

Poetry and spoken word competition

The Permian Basin Poetry Society has scheduled a SLAM poetry/spoken word competition for all ages from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 28 at Kamiposi Art Gallery, 510 S. Big Spring St., Midland.


These are the food inspection scores for July 11 through July 20 performed by the Ector County Health Department. Violations dock points, with a perfect score starting at 100.

GARDENING: Heard it through the grapevine

EarthKind horticultural practices were developed by leading horticulture experts of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and is under the leadership and direction of Professor and Extension Horticulturist Steve George.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of July 23, 2017

Community Calendar is a listing of events including club activities in Odessa and surrounding communities. To submit an entry for Community Calendar, email oalife@oaoa.com

SENIOR CENTERS: July 23, 2017

July 24, 2017 – July 28, 2017

REUNIONS: July 23, 2017

The Permian High School Class of 1972 is seeking classmates for its 45th reunion Friday, Saturday and July 30. Visit “Permian High School Class of 1972” on Facebook to post your contact information, email Mary Hope Armstrong at mizhope1@gmail.com or Terri Stigen Edmiston at terriedmiston@yahoo.com or mail contact information to PHS Class of 1972, P.O. Box 2253, Odessa, Texas 79760-2253.

SCRAPBOOK: July 23, 2017


Five things you need to know today, July 22

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Saturday, July 22. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

New pastor frequent Israel visitor

The First United Methodist Church has a new pastor, the Rev. Todd Salzwedel, who will emphasize the importance of building relationships in the furtherance of building up his church.

Church news

Church news is a listing of events, classes and other activities in houses of worship in Odessa and the area. To submit information for church news, email oalife@oaoa.com.

Registration for ECISD schools coming up next week

Summer registration arrives in full force next week on the following schedule:

Region 18 working to supply teachers to area

With a chronic teacher shortage in school districts around West Texas, the Region 18 Education Service Center has been helping to fill spots through its teacher certification program.

Kermit to start early-out Fridays in the fall

After positive results from a recent parent survey, Kermit Independent School District is going to start using early-out Fridays this fall. 

Traveling troupe to perform 'I, Barbara Jordan' in Midland

The Ensemble Theatre of Houston will give two performances of its traveling production “I, Barbara Jordan” in Midland at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today at the Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W. Wadley Ave.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: Despite dwindling numbers, Midland-Odessa FC finds cohesion ahead of latest playoff test

MIDLAND In a little more than two months since it played its first National Premier Soccer League game, Midland-Odessa FC is going through a problem some professional teams don’t face across longer seasons.

TEXAS LEAGUE: RockHounds hold on for win over Corpus Christi Hooks

MIDLAND Viosergy Rosa hit a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh to put Midland ahead and the RockHounds held on for 6-5 win over visiting Corpus Christi on Friday at Security Bank Ballpark.

Permian Basin adds one rig as national count falls

Permian Basin oil companies added one drilling rig in the week ending Friday, according to the latest count by Baker Hughes. The gain meant 374 rigs were active in the region — all drill primarily for oil.

OPD receives complaints about roofing scam

The Odessa Police Department has recently received several complaints and is investigating theft reports involving a roofing contractor company called Arroyo Roofing, according to an OPD news release.

Grand jury indicts man accused of drunken driving in wreck killing three

An Ector County Grand Jury indicted the 23-year-old Odessa man accused of causing the deaths of three people in a fiery wreck last month on 12 felony charges — including six new charges since his initial arrest — and a district judge increased the man’s bail while prohibiting him from drinking.


  • Crude Oil: 45.77   (-1.15).
  • Nymex MTD AVG:   45.8187.
  • Natural Gas: 2.970  (-.073).
  • Gasoline: 1.5633   (-0.0429).
  • Spreads: Sept./Oct.   (-.18)   Oct./Nov.   (-.24).
  • Plains WTI Posting: 42.25    (-1.00).

OPD searching for suspect who police say crashed stolen vehicle into residence

Odessa police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who evaded officers last weekend in a stolen vehicle and later crashed into a residence near Gage and Douglas.

Five things you need to know today, July 21

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Friday, July 21. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

What's Going On

What's Going On is a listing of events at various venues in Odessa, Midland and the surrounding area. To submit entries for What's Going On, email oalife@oaoa.com.

New education dean ready to take on West Texas

Growing up, Selina Mireles said her father told her she couldn’t go wrong with two professions — going into business, preferably accounting, or teaching.

Kinder College preparing children for kindergarten

From counting with edible goldfish to making beluga whales out of cups and games where children were directed to figure out where someone was by the sound of their clap youngsters got some kindergarten preparation this week through Kinder College Camp.

Desert set to rock again

It’s been more than a decade since Rock the Desert first opened to showcase Christian bands in a festival atmosphere between Odessa and Midland.

TEXAS LEAGUE BASEBALL: After injury derailed college career, Hurlbutt relishes opportunity with RockHounds

During his college career, Dustin Hurlbutt didn’t spend much time thinking about professional baseball.

TEXAS LEAGUE BASEBALL: Hooks' late homers lift Corpus Christi over Midland

Dexture McCall and Jason Martin ripped back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth inning as the Corpus Christi Hooks defeated the Midland RockHounds 5-3 Thursday night at Security Bank Ballpark.

Ector County jury finds man guilty of sexual abuse of child

An Ector County jury found a man guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a young child Thursday a day after the man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

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