Five things you need to know today, April 24

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, April 24. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at

1. Ector County Commissioners were split during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday over the issue of publishing a notice of intent to issue $85 million of debt for a new courthouse, ultimately rejecting the idea 3-2.

2. A prosecutor for the Attorney General’s office and defense attorneys for Elizabeth Grace McDonald discussed several concerns about the case during a status conference Monday.

3. The idea of converting Noel and Pease elementary schools into lower grade and upper elementary level campuses was brought to parents at Noel Elementary on Monday.

4. Odessa Arts kicked off its annual Mark Tenniswood Volunteer of the Year gala in style with a Black and White Ball on Sunday at the MCM Eleganté Hotel. The black ties, bowties, music and dancing didn’t disappoint alongside a special ceremony to recognize volunteers across the city.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian Lady Panthers softball team will take on the El Paso Americas Trail Blazers on Friday in the Class 6A bi-district round for a best-of-3 series. The Odessa High Lady Bronchos softball team will travel to Pecos on Friday for a Class 6A best-of-3 bi-district series against the El Paso Socorro Bulldogs.