• December 5, 2016

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On Dec. 5, 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35.

2016 Empty Stocking Fund

The Empty Stocking Fund, an annual fundraising effort by the Odessa American and The Salvation Army, raises funds for a holiday meal and gifts under the tree. Donations provide food and clothing and toys for needy families in Odessa. This year’s goal is $120,000. Donate at either the Salvation Army, 810 E. 11th St., or at the Odessa American, 222 E. Fourth St. Call 332-0738. The fund has raised more than $1.6 million during the last 21 years. All funds raised stay in Ector County.

Posted in Lifestyle on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:09 am. | Tags: 2016 Empty Stocking Fund

Tickets still available for Black Magic Christmas show

Tickets are still available for “A Black Magic Christmas” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at CrossRoads, 6901 E. State Highway 191 in Odessa.

Posted in Ecisd on Monday, December 5, 2016 5:45 am. | Tags: Odessa , Black Magic , Christmas , Head Choir Director , Sierra Leone , Baptist Church , Ariana Grande , West Africa , Aaron Hawley , Permian High School

STONE: Breathe easier this winter

December is here and having spent most of November still wearing shorts and T-shirts, the weather has finally caught up with autumn, bringing with it much cooler temperatures.

Posted in Levi stone on Monday, December 5, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Levi Stone

Dowling cafeteria manager wins award

When Rosa Hernandez made the switch from fast-food restaurants to school nutrition at Ector County Independent School District, she was able to slow down and enjoy being around children. She’ll still do that, but with a little extra oomph after being named a World Class Leader in Education at a recent school board meeting.

Posted in Ecisd on Monday, December 5, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Dowling , Rosa Hernandez , Food , Camp Pendleton , United States Marine Corps , Cafeteria Manager , Ector County Independent School District , Manager Wins Award , Gonzales , Ector County , Staff Sergeant , Reagan , Halloween , Easter , Dowling Elementary School

CENTERS' PIECE: Change is hard, could save a life

Change is a part of life, yet it can be one of the most frightening aspects of life. For individuals coming to therapy, the idea of change, letting go of unhealthy habits even when they realize change needs to be made, is one of the most difficult aspects of recovery.

Posted in Centers piece on Monday, December 5, 2016 5:15 am. | Tags: Centers For Children And Families , Christine Hall

HEALTH BRIEFS: Week of Dec. 5

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

Posted in Health briefs on Monday, December 5, 2016 4:45 am. | Tags: Health

Deputies find body of missing woman

Ector County deputies found the body of a missing 66-year-old woman behind a residence on Sunday afternoon.

Posted in Law enforcement on Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:34 pm.

GEEK: Filling in the blanks about McAfee and Norton

Question: I too use Vista and there’s a point that I would appreciate clarification on before I dump this PC. I am 83 years old and that says it all about my computer knowledge. I also use the PC for printing puzzles for my wife and I, email and the occasional mail order. I was under the impression that we pay McAfee, Norton and a host of other companies large sums of money to protect us from viruses, malware etc. You have not explained why they are not protecting us from the hazards you mention. What am I missing?

Posted in Geek to me on Sunday, December 4, 2016 8:15 am.

Five things you need to know today, Dec. 4

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Saturday, Dec. 4. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

Posted in Local on Sunday, December 4, 2016 8:00 am.

BBB: Find a trustworthy pet care center during the holidays

For pet owners looking for a safe place to house their furry friend, locally kenneling or boarding your animal is a great option. Still, the thought of leaving your family pet with strangers can be worrisome. Whether you’re going out of town for just the Christmas weekend or taking an extended winter vacation, Better Business Bureau advises you to do some research to ensure your pet is in good hands.

Posted in Bbb column on Sunday, December 4, 2016 7:45 am.

PERRYMAN - Is there an urban-rural divide?

The recent presidential election and the extensive coverage of voting patterns raised awareness of an apparent “divide” between urban and rural populations. Differences often noted include age, income, educational attainment, and race. The economic divergence is notable, with the fastest growing industries concentrated in urban areas, while rural areas are experiencing slower expansion.

Posted in Ray perryman column on Sunday, December 4, 2016 7:15 am.

Grants expand ODC scope

City officials are tweaking a grant program that provides money to developers who invest in Odessa’s blighted downtown infrastructure, in what signals a significant shift in the way the city invests the sales taxes it collects for economic development.

Posted in City of odessa on Sunday, December 4, 2016 6:00 am. | Tags: Odessa Development Corporation , David Turner , Gloria Salinas , Filiberto Gonzales , Downtown Odessa , Odessa City Council , Larry Long , French Press Café

Poster child conquering obstacles

Having been born three months prematurely and weighing less than a pound, Maci Gutierrez has had three surgeries and beaten the odds to approach her second birthday on Christmas Day as the Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center’s 2017 Poster Child.

Posted in Lifestyle on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:45 am. | Tags: Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center , Maci Gutierrez , Poster Child , Violeta Bello , Laci Judkins , Odessa Crystal Ball Foundation , Jennifer Fowler , Pediatrician , Janelle Beckman

Empty Stocking Fund needs your help

An Odessa family won’t have a merry Christmas without help. Lauren, not her real name, is a single mom to a 5-year-old boy and they live at the extreme poverty level.

Posted in Local, Lifestyle on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:45 am. | Tags: Empty Stocking Fund , Salvation Army Community Center , Empty Stocking Funds , 2016 Empty Stocking Fund

ELAM: Oil traders decide OPEC really is Santa

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus.

Posted in Dennis elam column, Inthepipeline, Dennis elam on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Business , Elam , Dennis Elam

Gomez still backing students

As the first in her family to graduate from college and the first Hispanic on the ECISD School Board, Vickie Gomez may look like a self-made woman. But she is quick to tell you she is not.

Posted in Utpb, Ecisd on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30 am.

Psychiatry residency program begins at TTUHSC

The psychiatry residency program Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin started in November with four doctors and plans are for it to double in size this summer.

Posted in Education on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center , Health , West Texas , Psychiatry , Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School Of Medicine , Gary Ventolini , Bipolar Disorder , Substance Use Disorders , Program Director , Big Spring State Hospital , Skype , Schizophrenia , Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Of The Permian Basin , Bobby Jain , Oceans Hospital

Board to discuss facility evaluation

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will discuss a request for approval of architectural services to evaluate the district’s current facilities, building design and commissioning when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor boardroom, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.

Posted in Ecisd, Ector county isd on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30 am. | Tags: Stantec , Tom Crowe , Ector County Independent School District Board Of Trustees , Region 17 Education Service Center , Pbk Architects Inc. , Dallas , Superintendent , Long-range Technology , Architectural Services , Ector County

CHIEF'S APPRAISAL: ‘Tis the season for property tax questions

Have you received your 2016 tax statement? You should have received your statement, unless you have a mortgage company responsible for paying your tax out of an escrow account. Whether you will pay the tax or your mortgage company will pay on your behalf, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding property tax bills.

Posted in Chief s appraisal on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:15 am. | Tags: Anita Campbell , Chief's Appraisal

MATTER OF RECORD: Nov. 18 through Dec. 2

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

Posted in Matter of record on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:15 am. | Tags: Matter Of Record , Marriages , Divorces , Matterofrecord

ECTOR COUNTY RESTAURANT REPORT: Nov. 21 through Nov. 29

These are the food inspection scores for Nov. 21 through Nov. 29 performed by the Ector County Health Department. Violations dock points, with a perfect score starting at 100.

Posted in Restaurant report on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:00 am. | Tags: Restaurant Report , Ector County Health Department , Echdreport

Permian Basin drilling report: Nov. 24 – Nov. 30

Permit applications approved by the Texas Railroad Commission for Nov. 24 through Nov. 30 for Districts 7C, 8 and 8A. Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of permits approved for that leasehold.

Posted in Permian basin drilling report on Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:00 am.

GARDENING: Winter blooms make for a merry Christmas

It is Christmas time, the most wonderful time of the year. For a gardener, December does not mean we don’t have any new plants in the home. Two of my favorites that I have are many Christmas cacti and an amaryllis or two. Both are easy to grow and they help add to the Christmas spirit.

Posted in Gardening on Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:45 am. | Tags: Texas A&m Agrilife Extension Office , Christmas Flowers , Amaryllis Flower

BUILDING PERMITS: Nov. 21, 2016 – Nov. 25, 2016

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.

Posted in Building permits on Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:45 am. | Tags: Building , Building Permits , Business

GOOD SAMARITAN: Prioritize your marriage first before your children

Deciding to have children can be a positive and rewarding experience, but to help ensure this, parents need safeguards to make sure that they are keeping their marriage strong while raising their children.

Posted in Lifestyle, Health on Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:30 am. | Tags: Breast Cancer , National Institute Of Health , Grief

DR. ISLAM: Thanks for the Reflux!

It’s not surprising that the week of Thanksgiving was chosen as GERD awareness week, especially with our tendency to indulge in a little too much pumpkin pie! GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a common disease that affects millions of Americans. Everyone has heartburn on occasion, but there are some clear differences between heartburn and GERD.

Posted in Health on Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:30 am. | Tags: Dr Islam , Rafiul Sameer Islam , Gastrointestinal

GARDENING: More people opting for fake Christmas trees

In 2006 Google acquired YouTube after scooping up more than $1.5 billion of the video-sharing mogul’s stock, the “X-Men: The Last Stand” smashed a record in theaters by bagging more than $72 million in opening day ticket sales, and growers in the United States planted more than 30 million pines and firs and to serve a billion-dollar industry for fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and swags.

Posted in Gardening on Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 am. | Tags: Texas A&m Agrilife Extension Office , Jeff Floyd , Pecans , Pruning , Prune , Soft Landscape Materials , Landscape , Gardening , Gardener , Food , Integra , Repeat Applications , West Texas

SENIOR CENTERS: Dec. 5, 2016 – Dec. 9, 2016

Dec. 5, 2016 – Dec. 9, 2016

Posted in Lifestyle on Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 am. | Tags: St. Joseph , Northside Center , Sunrise Club , Salvador M. Guerrero Southside Activity Center , Odessa College , Westside Center

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of Dec. 4, 2016

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

Posted in Lifestyle on Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 am.

ECISD MENU: Week of Dec. 5 through Dec. 9, 2016

Following are the menus for Dec. 5 through Dec. 9.

Posted in Lunch menus, Food on Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 am. | Tags: Ecisd Menu , Lunch Menu , School Food

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB overcomes early struggles, downs Western New Mexico

So many times early in Saturday’s game, the UTPB men’s basketball team would make the right decision, executing the right play, making the right pass, finding the right look at the basket, and taking the right shot — only for the ball to rattle out of the rim and fall wide.

Posted in Utpb on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:42 pm.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB uses defense to spark offense in first Lone Star win

After a close loss Thursday night in its league opener, the UTPB women’s team was forced to wait to find its first win in the Lone Star Conference.

Posted in Utpb on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:38 pm.

MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Odessa College grinds out victory over New Mexico Military Institute

The Odessa College men’s basketball team will head into the holiday break on a winning note.

Posted in Odessa college on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:31 pm.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Odessa High downs Midland Christian, captures Sandhills Tournament championship

Throughout the Sandhills Tournament at the Jerry Larned Sports Complex, the Odessa High girls basketball team had no trouble rolling through opponents.

Posted in Girls, Odessahigh, Girls, Odessa high on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:23 pm.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Odessa High caps Liberty Hill Tournament with win

After dropping three of its first four games at the Liberty Hill Tournament, the Odessa High boys basketball team picked up a convincing 71-53 victory over Austin Reagan in the final contest of its road trip Saturday.

Posted in Boys, Odessahigh, Boys, Odessa high on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:27 pm.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Odessa College keeps rolling with win over Ranger College

The Odessa College women’s basketball team picked up its 10th straight win to open the season.

Posted in Odessa college on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:21 pm.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Permian closes Mansfield Tournament with loss

Quentin Grimes and Sam Henderson combined for 46 points as the College Park boys basketball team defeated Permian 55-53 in the third place game of the bronze bracket at the Mansfield Tournament on Saturday.

Posted in Boys, Permian, Boys, Permian on Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:15 pm.

Tradition kicks off holiday season

Posted in City of odessa on Saturday, December 3, 2016 8:00 pm.

Iraan mourns

Emily McGhee called out across the cold, wet Iraan Stripes parking lot to her friend Destiny Barrera and the two embraced and shared a quiet moment less than 24 hours after a beloved educator in the community that they knew died in a late-night crash.

Posted in Education, Vehicle accidents on Saturday, December 3, 2016 7:44 pm.

Five things you need to know today, Dec. 3

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Saturday, Dec. 3. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

Posted in Local on Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:30 am.

OPD warns of auto burglaries

The Odessa Police Department reported a rash of auto burglaries where thieves took guns, spare keys and personal documents like checks.

Posted in Law enforcement on Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:15 am. | Tags: Steve Lesueur , Police Spokesman , Odessa Police Department

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