• October 27, 2020

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96th and 97th COVID-19 related deaths at Medical Center

Medical Center Health System is reporting two more COVID related deaths. The first patient, a 76-year-old male, died Monday afternoon. The second patient, a 74-year-old female, died Monday evening. 

Odessa doctor treats migraines with Botox

For as long as he's been in Odessa, Dr. Mandeep Othee has been providing pain management for patients. One of his newer ventures trends into migraines and headaches.

West Texas Food Bank closed

The Midland and Odessa facilities of the West Texas Food Bank will be closed tomorrow.

ECISD cancels school, all activities for Tuesday

Due to the hazardous weather and road conditions predicted for tomorrow, Ector County ISD is cancelling school for Tuesday, October 27. All ECISD buildings will be closed, and all school district activities are cancelled. There will be no virtual classes.

COLLEGE SPORTS: UTPB football prepares for final fall scrimmage

Things are progressing for the UTPB football team as it continues to prepare for an unconventional season.



UTPB closing campus

Out of an abundance of caution, UT Permian Basin has decided to close campus at 5:30 p.m. tonight due to the changing weather conditions.

Bowie teacher making impact

Having earned a degree in government and politics from University of Texas at Dallas, Sheena Salcido thought she would go into something in government, politics, being part of a political action committee, or possibly working for a lobbying group.

Basin set for freezing temps

The Permian Basin is projected to see a stint of cold weather for the next 48 hours with potential for snow around Southeast New Mexico and the potential for an ice storm around eastern parts of the Permian Basin.

City going back virtual

Renewed concerns about the spread of COVID-19 is prompting Odessa City Council to return to virtual meetingsand halting recently restarted in-person meetings at City Hall.

MCH, OC partnering for healthcare

Medical Center Health System and Odessa College announced a partnership Monday to provide increased healthcare support during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

OC board to consider appointing Lewis to fill trustee spot

The Odessa College Board of Trustees will consider approving the appointment of Trudy Lewis to fill the unexpired term of Royce Bodiford.

Prosecutorial revamp viewed

Ector County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a resolution asking the Texas Legislature in Austin to create a criminal district attorney’s office here, merging the district attorney’s and county attorney’s offices.

Permian Basin gets freezing temps

The Permian Basin is projected to see a stint of cold weather for the next 48 hours with potential for snow around Southeast New Mexico and the potential for an ice storm around eastern parts of the Permian Basin.


The following is a list of felony dispositions from the Ector County District Clerk’s Office. Listed attorneys do not necessarily represent who was involved when the case was disposed. The prosecuting attorney was not listed unless otherwise stated.


The following is a list of felony indictments by an Ector County grand jury on July 20, 27, Aug. 18, Sept. 14, 29, and Oct. 12, 2020. The list does not include those who have yet to be arrested.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Permian's Rodriguez continues making progress

With each passing year in her high school golf career, Permian’s Rylie Rodriguez keeps setting the bar higher and higher and this year has been no exception.

NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Jackalopes open season with weekend sweep

WICHITA FALLS The Odessa Jackalopes began the 2020 season on a strong note this weekend with a pair of victories against the Wichita Falls Warriors. It is the first time that Odessa has started 2-0 in its history.

Montessori Mastery plans expansion

Because of a need and demand, Montessori Mastery School of Odessa plans to expand with students and renovation.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: UTPB, Odessa College honor Jasmine Melendez before scrimmage

The UTPB softball team had a ceremony in memory of Jasmine Meléndez prior to its scrimmage with Howard College Sunday at UTPB Park.

COLLEGE TENNIS: UTPB men finish up fall season in Wichita Falls

The UTPB men’s tennis team won 10 matches over the course of two days Friday and Saturday during its final tournament of the fall season at the Midwestern State Invitational at the MSU Tennis Center.

94th COVID-19 related death reported at Medical Center

Medical Center Health System is reporting its 94th COVID-19 related death. The patient, a 74-year-old female, died Saturday evening.

THE ECONOMIST: Texas job growth

The most recent employment data indicates that the pace of hiring in Texas has slowed. In September, 40,700 net new jobs were added, compared to 111,900 in August. Moreover, the unemployment rate rose and is now higher than the national level. Not great news, but not unexpected.


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.

GEEK TO ME: Check for system updates

Q: I have a problem with my computer in that an access feature disappears frequently causing me to restart the computer to regain its presence. I have a new Acer, Windows 10 computer just 3 months old. Only my wife and I use the computer for email, news, ordering products and some correspondence. I purchased Microsoft 365 with the computer.

BBB:Spooktacular Halloween tips

Dealing with COVID-19 in 2020 has been more trick than treat. The pandemic has forced us to adjust our everyday lives, cancel plans and wonder how to observe upcoming holidays safely. With Halloween approaching, and local governments encouraging social distancing over social gatherings, many are looking for creative new ways to enjoy fall festivities.

MASTER GARDENERS:Collect rainwater for your garden

Are you catching your rainwater for use in your yard, beds or garden? Did you know that a 2,000 square foot roof will yield approximately 1200 gallons of water when we receive one inch of rain? This week the local news reported that we may not get rain for several months. But, it will rain again. This is the perfect time for you to install your own system.

ELAM: Overcapacity all around

That is the case everywhere one looks. Southwest Airlines lost $1.2 billion in the third quarter while American (AAL) doubled that loss at $2.4 billion. American has a negative book value and net debt of $24 billion. The end result is most likely dissolution and break up.

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