Five things you need to know today, Feb. 12

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, Feb. 12. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at

1. The Ector County Precinct 4 Commissioners race has been heating up as two Republican candidates battle it out on social media about criminal accusations while and the Democrat incumbent faces a challenger whose husband formerly held the office for 12 years.

2. Ector County Commissioners will vote on whether to ask voters again in May to approve a county sales tax district during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, after it was previously rejected by a nearly 2-1 margin in the last November election.

3. The Odessa City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to call an election allowing Odessans to vote on a proposal to create a new council member elected by voters citywide and give the mayor a vote, creating a seven-member voting board.

4. Four Ector County Independent School District high school seniors have been selected as National Merit Hispanic Scholars.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian boys basketball team scored six points in the first minute after the head coach made a mass substitution. The Panthers closed the first half with a 13-4 run to lead 37-17, the outscored the Rebels 25-6 in the third quarter to blow the game open.