• January 24, 2021

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Odessa man dies in crash

An Odessa man is dead following a major crash that occurred early this morning in Northeast Odessa. On January 24, 2021 at approximately 1:48 a.m., Odessa Police responded to 42nd Street and Preston Smith in reference to a major crash.

GEEK TO ME: Maintain personal contact information for web logins

Geek Note: I swear to you, my dear Geeks, that the appearance of the below question at this particular time is a mere coincidence, and was in no way motivated by anything you may have seen in the news recently about Facebook locking accounts, or anything of that nature. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure, this question arrived in my e-mail box on Dec. 14, 2020, and it just happened to come up in the normal rotation for use in this week’s issue. Could I have skipped it? Sure, I could have. However, regardless of the seemingly politically-related optics, this is nothing more than a legitimate question, deserving of a legitimate response. Geek’s honor!

THE ECONOMIST: Friendlier skies

One of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic has been airlines. The sharp decrease in demand for air travel due to shutdowns and safety concerns has severely crimped revenues and profits. Companies are struggling to maintain service and, in some cases, to survive intact.

BBB: Choosing the right solar company

The solar industry has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, and Texas ranked second in the nation for solar growth in 2019. Solar energy promises consumers lower bills, tax incentives and an increase in home value, making it a tempting option for homeowners.

Muri: ECISD not going back to normal

As Ector County ISD moves through the COVID-19 pandemic and all its attendant uncertainty, Superintendent Scott Muri knows one thing for sure: things will not go back to business as usual when it’s over.

Mexico native making a difference

By her own admission, she was born of humble beginnings.

MASTER GARDENERS: Texas state grass thrives in hot, dry climate

Sideoats Grama Grass (Bouteloua curtipendula) is the state grass of Texas. A native plant so it is perfect for a xeric garden. It ranges from Canada to Argentina and can often be found in prairies, beside railroad tracks, and is also used to control erosion since it has deep fibrous roots to stabilize the soil. Sideoats Grama is a staple grass in our native prairies and is widely used to restore sites to their native landscape.

Uncertainty continuing in pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, local psychiatrists and counselors say there are indications of some lingering effects such as anxiety, depression and uncertainty.

Limited MOSC musicians ready for Mozart performance

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was writing and composing music, he was writing pieces for orchestras that were fewer than 80 musicians during the 1700s.

ELAM: Killing unity on day one

Former Trans Canada now TC Energy explained the benefits of the Keystone Pipeline to Team Biden. It included 10,000 American union jobs, steel pipe made in the USA, $10 M Green Job Training Fund, $500 M for suppliers, and 100% renewable power to operate the pipeline. Team Biden stopped the Pipeline Construction on Day One. This strands investment in Canada, kills jobs in America, and angers one of our biggest trading partners.

Bustin’ For Badges

Bustin’ For Badges has scheduled the 2021 Clay Shoot Fundraiser benefitting local law enforcement April 15-16.

COVID-19 vaccines

Medical Center Hospital will be administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the drive-thru clinic at Ratliff Stadium, south main entrance. Clinic hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today-Friday. Clinic is for Phase 1A - frontline workers and Phase 1B - most at-risk. Online registration requested for quicker onsite processing. For those, that are not able to register online will be rerouted to a waiting area to register before vaccination. Wear short sleeve clothing easy to access arm. Bring a valid driver’s license or other photo ID. To preregister or for more information, visit mchodessa.com.

Empty Bowls fundraiser

West Texas Food Bank has scheduled 2021 Empty Bowls fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the new Innovative Gardens, at the Midland facility, 1601 Westcliff Drive, Midland.

MATTER OF RECORD: Jan. 24

MARRIAGE APPLICATIONS

GARDENING: Begin thinking about early spring weed control now

It is that time of the year again. Now is the best time to start preparing your garden for the weeds that may begin to germinate soon. Think about trying a pre-emergent herbicide to help create a protective layer over your lawn to prevent the early weeds from growing. Early spring in our area is the perfect time to apply a pre-emergent, so around Valentine’s day is good timing. Getting ahead of weeds is one of the best options for weed control.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Wranglers continue solid start to season

PLANO The Odessa College men’s basketball team continued its successful season-opening road trip Saturday with a 91-76 victory against Collin County Community College.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Scoreboard for Jan. 23

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Senior Assistant City Attorney Robert Carroll dies at 34

Odessa Senior Assistant City Attorney Robert Owen Carroll died on Thursday, January 21 after a short illness. The Midland resident was 34-years-old, according to an obituary notice by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

Adoption event

The Odessa Animal Control, 910 W. 42nd St., has scheduled an Adoption event for January to help find every shelter pet a furrever home.

Church News

The Odessa American welcomes church special events. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays for consideration for the following Saturday’s edition. Email oalife@oaoa.com.

Apostle Mark known for clarity

The Apostle Mark, also known as Mark the Evangelist, was a passionate man whose message was powerful enough to establish the first Christian church in Africa.

Villatoro: Get it done!

What are you waiting on to get that job done? A funny quote is this, “My resolution for 2021 is to eliminate procrastination from my life! But, I will start tomorrow.”

Virtual fundraiser

The Power of One Virtual Luncheon & Children's Style Show benefiting CASA of West Texas has been scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

COVID-19 vaccines

EDITOR’S NOTE: Do not show up at Ratliff Stadium today. The vaccines do not begin until Sunday. Medical Center Hospital will be administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the drive-thru clinic at Ratliff Stadium, south main entrance. Clinic hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday-Friday. Clinic is for Phase 1A - frontline workers and Phase 1B - most at-risk. Online registration requested for quicker onsite processing. Those not registered online will be rerouted to a waiting area to register before vaccination. Wear short sleeve clothing easy to access arm. Bring a valid driver’s license or other photo ID. To preregister or for more information, visit mchodessa.com.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Wranglers hold on for season-opening victory

The Odessa College basketball team withstood a second half surge to hold on for a 75-74 victory over Hill College Friday in the season opener for both teams.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB tops No. 11 St. Edward's, snaps skid

AUSTIN The UTPB men’s basketball team bounced back Friday, beating No. 11 St. Edward’s 75-65 to split their Lone Star Conference series and snap a six-game losing streak.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Falcons settle for split of road series

AUSTIN The UTPB women’s basketball team settled for a split of its Lone Star Conference series at St. Edward’s, losing Friday’s game 74-57 after winning 59-51 on Thursday.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Second-half run helps Permian pull away from Odessa High

The Permian boys basketball team bounced back and jumped out to an early lead before pulling away for a 76-61 victory over Odessa High in District 2-6A play Friday at the Permian Fieldhouse.

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