Five things you need to know today, Jan. 22

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at
1. The Odessa City Council is considering building a sports complex in the city, and will vote to ask the Texas legislature to allow them to allocate hotel tax revenue toward the project during their meeting Tuesday.

2. A 71-year-old man’s West Odessa home was broken into and his wife’s ashes stolen during the weekend.

3. More than 300 members of the community joined in the Black Cultural Council of Odessa’s Freedom March to pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

4. To help fulfill the University of Texas Permian Basin’s goals of increasing the number of degrees it awards, attracting and retaining faculty, staff and students and ramping up important programs, President Sandra Woodley recently met with the local legislative delegation in Austin to make her wish list known for this session of the legislature.

5. The Odessa College Wranglers have had to make some second-half comebacks in the last couple of weeks of the WJCAC men’s basketball race. None was more improbable than Monday’s 67-63 victory over Clarendon College at the OC Sports Center.