Five things you need to know today, Feb. 14

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at

1. A majority of the Odessa City Council voted Tuesday to call an election on changes called for in petition signed by at least 2,757 Odessans. Just not the May election proponents of the changes wanted.

2. The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a request to notify the Texas Education Agency that the district may enter into a contract with a third-party on improvement required schools.

3. Less than two weeks after the ceremonial groundbreaking, the Ector County Law Enforcement Center’s jail expansion encountered a setback in the shape of a storm drainage pipe where the expansion will be built.

4. A man suspected of a hit and run was charged by police after he reportedly assaulted an Odessa police officer.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian Panthers boys basketball team closed out the regular season Tuesday with a 69-35 victory over the Midland High Bulldogs at the Permian Fieldhouse to complete a clean sweep of the District 2-6A schedule.

The Permian boys basketball team celebrates winning the District 2-6A championship Tuesday after defeating Midland High 69-35 at the Permian Fieldhouse to finish district play at 10-0.

By Sam Waller