Five things you need to know today, May 3

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, May 3. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at

1. Projected costs of renovating the Ector Theatre doubled in the past year to about $10.8 million, prompting the Odessa City Council to consider finding a way to pay for the project anyway, scale it back, or tear down the venue and replace it with a new facility.

2. A probable cause affidavit detailed the reported solicitation and inappropriate touching of a 12-year-old girl by a man who was arrested Sunday.

3. Students coming to Odessa College for 2018-19 will find higher room and board rates.

4. The Ector County Hospital District board of directors had the opportunity to ask questions and air concerns with local representative this week.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian Lady Panthers softball team takes on the Timber Creek Falcons (19-8) in a best-of-3 area round series at Abilene Christian University’s Wells Field. Game 1 is at 4 p.m. today, with Game 2 scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.