• October 23, 2017

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On Oct. 23, 1942, during World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein (el ah-lah-MAYN’) in Egypt, resulting in an Allied victory.


Police asking for public’s help with convenience store robbery

The Odessa Police Department is looking for two suspects involved in a robbery at the 7-Eleven at 1523 Harless Ave.

Deputy accidentally discharges firearm at courthouse

An Ector County deputy accidentally discharged a firearm around 1:07 p.m. Friday at the Ector County Courthouse Security Office.

Two bridges hit in Ector, Midland Counties.

The Texas Department of Transportation closed an outside lane of West Loop 338 and an overpass on I-20 in Midland County over the weekend.

False report of gun at Nimitz

Administrators at Nimitz Middle School on Monday received a report that a student on campus might have a gun.

DPS identifies Midland teen killed in wreck

The name of a 17-year-old killed in a two-vehicle wreck over the weekend was released by Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday.

Teacher uses Twitter to engage students

Out of a desire to get students in her principles of technology class more engaged, Odessa High School teacher Rowena Dolino has resorted to Twitter.

STONE: Pedestrian-related injuries are more likely during Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and children of all ages will hit area neighborhoods, churches, and community events to celebrate. Among the distractions of costumes, festivals, and plentiful treats, a child’s perception on staying safe can take a backseat leaving the burden of responsibility squarely on the adults around them.

TxDOT meeting to focus on Loop 250 project

MIDLAND A public meeting to discuss a proposed construction project on Northeast Loop 250 in Midland is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sibley Nature Center, 1307 E. Wadley Ave. in Midland. The proposed project would extend the main lanes of Loop 250 and also build overpasses at the intersections with County Road 1150 and County Road 60.

Marine Corp birthday celebration

The 5th annual celebration of the U.S. Marine Corp birthday is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Man Cave Museum, 1525 E. Seventh St.

CENTERS' PIECE: How to manage Halloween anxiety in children

Parenting is a difficult job and becomes especially challenging when parenting a child with anxieties. Managing their anxiety is one of the jobs that parents have to face and this can become insurmountable around Halloween. However, this task does not have to be difficult when you have a few good parenting tools to use.

HEALTH BRIEFS: Week of Oct. 23

To submit a health brief, e-mail submissions to oalife@oaoa.com. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday for consideration for the following Monday’s edition.

MCHS Monster Mash fun set for Saturday

Medical Center Health Systems has scheduled a Monster Mash from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the MCH Parking lot, Second Street and Alleghaney Avenue.

Five things you need to know today, Oct. 22

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

FRG report highlights hospital’s failures

Nearly a month after the Ector County Hospital District approved their Fiscal Year 2018 budget with a 4-2 vote, some board members discussed that vote after a report they used to help make their decision was anonymously turned over to the Odessa American.

Councilman refuses to disclose residence, employer

District 1 City Councilman Malcolm Hamilton refuses to say where he lives. And he claims that where he works is none of anyone’s business.

MASTER GARDENERS: Protect your turf from weeds by using pre-emergents

A weed is a plant located where it is not wanted. Have you spent too many hours down on your knees pulling weeds or repetitively spraying weed-killers? Pre-emergents are a group of lawn products that offer relief from countless hours of handpicking weeds. It is not an instant fix, but diligence at putting these products on your lawn can pay off in the long run.

Merry Marketplace opens Nov. 3

“Oh Deer, Christmas is Here!” is the theme for this year’s 35th annual Junior League of Odessa Merry Marketplace. The fundraiser is scheduled Nov. 3-5 at the Ector County Coliseum.

PERRYMAN: Job market mismatch

By all standard definitions, the US economy is at “full employment,” which loosely means that everyone who wants a job has one. The unemployment rate declined to 4.2% in September, and the number of unemployed persons declined by 331,000. At last count (August), there were more than six million job openings across the United States, up more than 590,000 from a year prior and the highest ever recorded.

County to receive nearly $2.5M in insurance proceeds

Ector County Commissioners will vote on two items during their regular meeting Monday that will help them pay for needed repairs and replacements from serious storm damage.

Ector County Kids Can’t Wait eyes next steps

Ector County Kids Can’t Wait, an advocacy group for Ector County Independent School District’s $291,172,291 bond and tax ratification election, will go over next steps as the Nov. 7 election approaches during their meeting set for noon Monday at Complex Community Federal Credit Union, 4519 E. 51st St.

BBB: Operation Game of Loans: Nationwide Crackdown on Student Loan Scams

Student loans affect more than 44 million Americans and total more than $1.3 trillion in debt. In 2016, the average student owed $37,172, making these loans a potentially huge financial burden to many. That’s according to a report released earlier this year by Forbes. Unfortunately, the prevalence of student loan debt provides scammers the opportunity to take advantage of current and former students.

GEEK: Trouble with sleeping computer

Q: After a recent Windows update, my HP desktop running Win 10 no longer automatically goes in sleep mode as scheduled. I have checked power settings, and tried different ones including factory, all to no avail. Using the power icon I can manually get into sleep mode. Got confused looking at the CMD options.

ELAM: Market shows ups, downs over decades

The emergence of the Corinthian 100 heralded the bursting of the Higher Education Trillion Dollar Debt Bubble, and I said so at the time. My thinking was that once a group of students found some wiggle room to cast doubt that the education ‘contract’ had been fulfilled, others would soon find their own reasons.

MEDICAL MATTERS: Frequently asked questions for Mammographies

Why do women need to have yearly screening mammograms?

Your vote counts: Early voting begins Monday

Early voting begins Monday in the Texas constitutional amendments, Ector County Assistance District and ECISD bond and tax ratification elections.

All boys piano recital today

The Odessa Music Teachers Association has scheduled the annual all boys piano recital at 2:30 p.m. today at Odessa College Jacks Rodgers Fine Arts Auditorium.

DR. ISLAM: Let’s talk about gas

At our office, we like to talk about poop. It’s a natural part of life, and it’s one of the functions that keep your body moving like it’s supposed to. The GI system may not be glamorous, but it is a crucial part of your health. In addition to talking about poop, today we’re also going to talk about gas. We’ve all been there and have experienced gas, a loud and badly timed belch, or bloating. These uncomfortable (and potentially embarrassing!) bodily functions are actually an important part of your digestive system.

MATTER OF RECORD: Sept. 14 through Oct. 20

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

MEDICAL MATTERS: Mammography: Frequently Asked Questions

Why do women need to have yearly screening mammograms?


These are the food inspection scores for Oct. 13 through Oct. 19 performed by the Ector County Health Department. Violations dock points, with a perfect score starting at 100.

BUILDING PERMITS: Oct. 16 – Oct. 20, 2017

Building Permits is a listing of new residential, residential additions and alterations, commercial additions and alterations, commercial change of use and total values of construction projects in Odessa.

SCRAPBOOK: Oct. 23 – Oct. 27, 2017


SENIOR CENTERS: Oct. 23 – Oct. 27, 2017

Oct. 23 – Oct. 27, 2017

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of Oct. 22, 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


ODESSA Randy and Linda Harrison of Odessa recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special dinner with family at Venezia’s Restaurant in Midland. Their children also surprised them with a trip to Fredericksburg for Oktoberfest the weekend of Oct. 6-9.

ECISD MENU: Week of Oct. 23 - Oct. 27, 2017

Following are the menus for Oct. 23 - Oct. 27.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Smith looks to improve as Texas Tech's season continues

LUBBOCK When asked about Texas Tech’s defensive performance, Des Smith replied with four words.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Odessa College falters late to drop five-set match to Midland College

Odessa College couldn’t find the points it needed in tough spots Saturday afternoon against Midland College.

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