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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2015 8:15 am

Odessans were up in arms in 2002 about a proposed overpass at JBS Parkway and Business 20. Some in a nearby neighborhood complained property values would go down. Some signed a petition while others complained to elected officials. The overpass would eventually be built.

ECISD Superintendent Roy Benavides had the task of naming two football coaches that year. ECISD has hired Scott Phillips, the two-time state coach of the year from East Plano High School, as Odessa High School's football coach and then hired Soctt Smith, a former Baylor coach, as the Permian High School head coach.

Plant closes: Ameripol Synpol announced plans to idle its Odessa plant, a move that would eventually cost more than 160 employees their jobs.

The Odessa plant, located at the south end of Grant Avenue near Huntsman Polymers, manufactured synthetic rubber for the tire, automotive and specialty rubber industries and employed 164 full-time workers and 30 contractors.

Generous donation: The Huntsman Corp. chemical company gave a $1 million charitable contribution to help pay for city water parks.

Fake grenade: A student at Ector Junior High School discovered what appeared to be a grenade laying on the campus' lawn. Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson said Investigator Gary Clark determined the device to be an old practice grenade.

New center: Family Dollar finalized arrangements for a new distribution center here on an 89-acre plot at Interstate 20 and JBS Parkway for a distribution facility.

Surprise plea: A 41-year-old Odessa man surprised leading guilty to charges of murder and attempted capital murder in the fatal shooting of the his wife and the wounding of an Odessa police officer. Joe Albert Ramon shot and killed his wife, Estella, 37, and injured Cpl. Greg Travland of the Odessa Police Department.


  • Target opens in Odessa.
  • President George W. Bush signs No Child Left Behind Act, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy.
  • Super Bowl XXXVI featured Irish rockers U2 and the Patriots routed the Rams 20-17. A young Tom Brady is the youngest winning quarterback ever and the game MVP.
  • Air China Flight 129 crashes and kills 119.
  • Tim Duncan becomes MVP of the NBA.
  • American Idol debuts on Fox. Kelly Clarkson wins the first season.
  • Tiger Woods wins the 102nd U.S. Open.
  • Lance Armstrong wins the 89th Tour de France.
  • Carson Palmer wins the Heisman.
  • Osama bin Laden’s assets are frozen by U.N. Security Council.
  • The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • Barry Bonds hits his 400th career homer.
  • A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
  • A federal grand jury in Houston formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

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