Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Wednesday, March 21. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.
1. The Odessa City Council will start keeping audio recordings of all closed-door meetings instead of written summaries, making it easier for the public to hold the officials to account if future violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act seem apparent.
2. District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales insisted Tuesday that his role in firing the leadership of the Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce did not conflict with his duties as a city official who funds that organization with tax money.
3. Of more than 3,500 veterans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor, two of them are from Odessa, and their service will be honored during a special banquet next month to raise money to help struggling veterans.
4. With only four of seven members attending the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, those attending approved tabling a discussion of rezoning middle and elementary school boundaries until the full panel was present.
5. IN SPORTS: Tanner Adams’ two-run home run lifted the Permian Panthers baseball team to a 5-4 victory in District 2-6A baseball action at McCanlies Field as Permian rallied with three runs in its final at bat.