Five things you need to know today, Jan. 12

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

1. Three months into the new fiscal year, Medical Center Health System finances are not showing any improvement, but with new administration leadership and the approval of a new budgeting system, there is hope the tides may start to turn.

2. The Odessa Development Corporation began 2018 with District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner appointing industrial warehouse-owner Ted Tuminowski to replace the board’s President Charles Carlson, whose term expired.

3. An employee contracted with the Ector County Detention Center was fired for taking pictures of herself with inmates, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office release said.

4. Ector County ISD police, with assistance from the Texas Rangers, arrested two Permian High School freshmen in connection with a threat posted on Snapchat about “shooting up PHS.”

5. IN SPORTS: After 13 seasons leading the Monahans football team, Mickey Owens is retiring.

6. BONUS: IN SPORTS: The face is a little more weathered, the creases around his eyes a little more pronounced, but the high-wattage smile is still that same now for Canyon’s Will Lowe as it was when he broke into the ranks of professional rodeo in 2002.