Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Feb. 22. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. Odessa and Midland ministers said Wednesday, after the legendary Dr. Billy Graham died in North Carolina, that Graham had greatly inspired them and was one of the most important evangelists in history.

2. The two Republicans vying to become the next Ector County judge staked separate positions Wednesday on a sales tax proposal that voters will consider in May.

3. Ector County residents learned about the seven justice of the peace candidates and their platforms, and about the office itself, during a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Ector County Republican Women.

4. Old arguments were rehashed and fingers pointed as candidates for Ector County commissioner offices discussed their platforms during the Ector County Republican Women’s meeting Wednesday afternoon.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian and Odessa High boys basketball teams will travel to Abilene for their area round playoff matchups against Metroplex opposition, according to an ECISD release.