Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Wednesday, May 2. 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 waiting game begins again for Ector County Independent School District after the board of trustees unanimously approved an agreement between the district and Ector Success Academy Network, a nonprofit entity, to operate Ector Middle School starting in the fall. The Texas Education Agency has 15 days to approve it.
2. Odessa Mayor David Turner said the Odessa Fire and Rescue is struggling to meet the demand amid a rise in calls and due to a lack of fire stations, equipment and manpower.
3. Several cars derailed as a Union Pacific train delivered sand to a customer Tuesday morning in Odessa, with seven cars flipping to their side and three others derailing but remaining upright, a Union Pacific spokesman confirmed later Tuesday.
4. The Junior League Jurassic Jungle, a new dinosaur-themed splash park, is scheduled to open on May 26 with the rest of the City of Odessa’s pools after weather damage last year delayed construction of the project.
5. Students at Odessa Christian School have once more captured wins in the annual Cursive is Cool Writing Contest offered by the Campaign for Cursive.