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2003: Friday Night Lights and wars hit home

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Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 7:00 am

Crews from “Friday Night Lights” scoped out the OHS-Permian game to make plans for the filming of the movie. Director Peter Berg courted Odessa for a good part of the year saying he didn’t want to make the movie if he couldn’t film part of it in Odessa.

Shocking crime. June Naylor was found dead at midnight Friday at the 1406 Everglade Ave. home of her 40-year-old son.

Odessa Police Detective Sgt. Paul Shepherd said Saturday that the 69-year-old woman's throat had been slashed. Her son, James Harold Naylor, was later arrested on a murder charge as he was coming out of Bethel Assembly of God Church.

Wild weather: In June a supercell thunderstorm packing gale-force winds left much of Odessa in tatters, toppling power lines and trees, flipping a semi-tractor trailer on its side, ripping roofs off homes and businesses and smashing windows, the National Weather Service reported.

Fallen soldier: Pecos native Johnny Villareal Mata became the first area soldier and first Texan killed in the war in Iraq.


  • Kmart's 29-year run in Odessa ended in January as the nation's once-dominant discount retailer announced it would close 326 more of its poorest-performing stores to right its financially listing ship. In addition to the East 42nd Street Big K store, Kmart closed 53 other stores in Texas.
  • Midlander Brenda Lee Anderson, 41, won a $3.03 million lump from the Texas . Ernesto Fabela won $1 million in a Texas Lottery scratch-off game.
  • Odessa's $40 million Alliance Hospital opened with CNN talk show host Larry King as a guest speaker.
  • Patrick Canty is named publisher of the Odessa American.
  • Super Bowl XXXVII ends with the Buccaneers over the Raiders 48-21.
  • Ector County was ordered to pay $50,000 as its part of a settlement with nine sheriff's deputies fired or demoted by Sheriff Mark Donaldson shortly after he assumed office in January 2001. Ector County Judge Jerry Caddel said the county was liable for the first $50,000 of the settlement as part of last month's agreement between attorneys for the former sheriff's deputies and the county.
  • The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq begins.
  • LeBron James signs endorsement deals worth more than $90 million. He is later drafted by the Cavaliers.
  • Lance Armstrong wins 90th Tour de France.
  • Jason White wins 2003 the Heisman.
  • The "EZ Rider" bus system in Odessa and Midland debuted.

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