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Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center Financial Literacy Live Stream with Prudential

    Join the Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center for a Financial Literacy Live Stream with Troy Tompkins of Prudential.  We will discuss saving for retirement, and why you should avoid early withdrawal due to the current crisis.  Tune in LIVE – comment, ask a question or give our video a like (or love!) for your chance to be entered to win a prize. 

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center Author's Network Live Stream with Brenda Ratliff

    Join the Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center for an Author’s Network Live Stream with local author Brenda Blessing Ratliff.  Brenda will discuss her writing process, what inspires her, and will read a selection of her book, A Life Worthwhile.  Tune in LIVE - comment, ask a question or give our video a like (or love!) for your chance to be entered to win a prize!

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • PBALC’s Legal Literacy Live Stream with Attorney Dianne Leyva

    Join the Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center and attorney Dianne Leyva of Leyva Law Firm as we discuss general legal issues related to immigration and visas.  Tune in to our live stream – comment, ask a question or give it a like (or love!) for your chance to be entered to win a prize!

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • PBALC’s Legal Literacy Live Stream with Attorney Feliz Abalos

    Join the Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center and attorney Feliz Abalos for a discussion on general legal issues related to family and criminal law.  Tune in to our live stream – comment, ask a question or give it a like (or love!) for your chance to be entered to win a prize!

  • Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Texas Book Festival 2020

    For the first time ever, the 2020 Texas Book Festival Weekend will be held entirely online. This virtual festival will take place from October 31 through November 15, offering two full weeks of free virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers, and children! The 2020 Texas Teen Book Festival will also take place during the two-week virtual festival, featuring conversations with acclaimed Young Adult authors aimed at teenage readers.

  • Sunday, November 15, 2020
  • Texas Book Festival 2020

    For the first time ever, the 2020 Texas Book Festival Weekend will be held entirely online. This virtual festival will take place from October 31 through November 15, offering two full weeks of free virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers, and children! The 2020 Texas Teen Book Festival will also take place during the two-week virtual festival, featuring conversations with acclaimed Young Adult authors aimed at teenage readers.

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  • Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

    Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand honeymoon couple stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus has managed to return home by hitching a ride of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat.

  • Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • Man dead after setting himself on fire

    Man dead after setting himself on fire

    A man was reportedly found dead Wednesday afternoon after firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1900 block of North Hancock Avenue.

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020
  • Affidavit leaves some questions about stolen OPD unit

    Affidavit leaves some questions about stolen OPD unit

    A series of Freedom of Information requests made by the Odessa American don’t answer some questions about a man involved in a chase that resulted in a stolen Odessa Police Department patrol unit and later an officer-involved shooting.

  • Ector to delay start of in-person classes

    Ector to delay start of in-person classes

    Ector College Prep Success Academy will delay the start of school until Sept. 9.

  • Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Church seeks funds for repairs

    Church seeks funds for repairs

    Odessa pastor Ernest Florez received a rude awakening to start the final week of July.

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • BBQ joint owner wants shot at District 1

    BBQ joint owner wants shot at District 1

    Eddie Mitchell, owner of Ed and Tom’s Bar-B-Que, has filed to run for city council’s District 1 seat saying he hopes to help make changes to what he calls the south gateway of the city.

  • Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • Phased-in opening to take a little longer

    Phased-in opening to take a little longer

    Ector County ISD is starting school Wednesday, but the first phase of the restart will be longer than originally planned due to the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the community.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
  • Man charged with injuring baby

    Man charged with injuring baby

    A 26-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly threw a shoe at a baby, placed the baby’s face under running water in the shower and sink, threw the baby on the bed and squeezed the baby’s thumbs until she would scream.

  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020
  • OHS student makes perfect score on ACT

    OHS student makes perfect score on ACT

    In a rare and difficult feat, Odessa High School student Aakash Angirekula scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance test, which he took in June. 

  • Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Name change

    Name change

    The Ector County ISD Advanced Academics Department has announced that as middle high school students are returning to school this fall they will notice a name change with some of the district’s courses.

Top Businesses

John's Corner

John's Corner

tel. 432-362-0004

3827 N Dixie Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762

John's Corner in Odessa TX John's Corner is a landscaping and nursery garden solutions company located in Odessa, TX. John's specializes in various gardening areas such as: organic solutions, flowers, house plants, beddings plants, trees, shrubs, ground cover, and much more. With the correct guidance and solutions, John's employees are equipped with the knowledge and experience to improve your gardening area. Our garden center is based in the vicinity of Ector & Midland Counties, so if your garden is undergoing rough times, we have the products to help. These products include; Ferti-lome, Soil Mender, Roundup, Turfmark, Scott’s Ortho, Green Light, and Hi-yield.Our reputation speaks for itself; John’s Corner has won Best Nursery in the Odessa American Reader’s Choice Poll for 10 years in a row. If you are located in Andrews, Odessa, Midland, Permian Basin, or Ector County, we are here to fulfill all of your gardening or landscaping needs.

Odessa American

Odessa American

tel. 432-337-4661

222 E 4th St, Odessa, TX 79761

Basin Podiatry

Basin Podiatry

tel. 432-550-3668

2626 JBS Parkway, Odessa, TX 79761

We provide high quality medical care for your feet and ankles. Patient care is our top priority. Our goal is to provide excellent medical care of the foot and ankle in a Christian and patient environment. Our number one priority is patient care and to see that you feel comfortable in our office. We want you to know that we will go above and beyond to accommodate all of our patients!

OA Advertising

OA Advertising

tel. 432-333-7602

222 E. 4th Street, Odessa, TX 79760

Print and Digital Advertising couldn't be easier. The Odessa American delivers world-class journalism to the Permian Basin’s most influential audiences. We specialize in connecting our engaged consumers to marketers by utilizing OA print, mobile, digital, social media and high-level live event platforms. This allows us to present unparalleled advertising and sponsorship opportunities for brands looking to reach a high-quality consumer and alignment with best-in-class content.   Whether you’re a local store owner looking to promote your business or a corporate marketer responsible for multiple locations, we offer a suite of solutions that deliver the leads you desire.     Find out what opportunities are available on our multi-channel platforms for your brand. Download our Digital Media Guide today.

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play Odessa Graduation

Odessa Graduation

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play Permian Panther football camp

Permian Panther football camp

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A short video from the Permian Panther football camp.

play Deadly shooting

Deadly shooting

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play Cpl. Steve LeSueur on Wednesday unattended death

Cpl. Steve LeSueur on Wednesday unattended death

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LeSueur discusses unattended death Wednesday afternoon on Alpine Avenue in Odessa.

play Butterfly release

Butterfly release

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Hundreds of people release their butterflies Saturday at the Globe Theater.

play OPD investigate shooting death

OPD investigate shooting death

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Odessa police responded to a reported shooting/stabbing in the 1600 block of West 7th Street where they found a dead 27-year-old male who had been shot. An investigation continues.

play Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang

Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang

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The Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Some of the members gathered to talk about the Gang including what it means to them.

play The Jaguar Stones presentation

The Jaguar Stones presentation

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The authors of The Jaguar Stones book series made a presentation to more than 500 ECISD GT 3rd and 4th grade students at Blackshear Elementary. Although most of the presentation dealt with Mayan civilization and living in the tropical rain forest, one of the authors, Jon Voelkel has been a rock musician for some time and gave a few students a lesson on how to become a Rock 'n' Roll star.

play Decomposed Body report

Decomposed Body report

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Odessa Police Spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur discusses the body found Tuesday in the parking lot of Sams Club.

play Child Abuse Awareness Month

Child Abuse Awareness Month

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Denise Malm, executive director of Harmony Home, discusses child abuse awareness.

play Spring Fling

Spring Fling

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The hunt begins as hundreds of children rush the field to collect Easter eggs.

play Chavira and Gregg discuss issues

Chavira and Gregg discuss issues

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The Ector County Democratic Club invited ECISD school board place 1 candidates Arlo Chavira and Carol Gregg to come to their meeting to discuss why they should be on the board and to discuss some of the issues.

play Stations of the Cross 2

Stations of the Cross 2

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Students at St. Mary's perform the second station.

play Stations of the Cross 1

Stations of the Cross 1

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St. Mary's students being the first station.

play Color Dash 2015

Color Dash 2015

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play Dash-cam video of dog shooting

Dash-cam video of dog shooting

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(Graphic content) Odessa Police respond to a house alarm Wednesday morning and are confronted by the homeowner's dog. Video provided by Odessa Police Department from a dash camera in officer's patrol vehicle.

play OPD delivers Thanksgiving meals

OPD delivers Thanksgiving meals

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The Odessa Police Department collected donations from the employees to provide Thanksgiving meals to several less fortunate families.

play OPD/ECSO pursue possible drive by shooting suspects

OPD/ECSO pursue possible drive by shooting suspects

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Odessa Police and ECSO deputies pursue a vehicle believed to have been connected with a drive by shooting earlier in the day.

play Eddy Shelton named County Commissioner

Eddy Shelton named County Commissioner

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Ector County Judge Susan Redford announced that Eddy Shelton was her selection to fill the County Commissioner Precinct 1 position.

play Permian Playoff Win

Permian Playoff Win

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Video by Edyta Blaszczyk|Odessa American

play Coach Blake Feldt talks about Permian loss

Coach Blake Feldt talks about Permian loss

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Video by Edyta Blasczcyk|Odessa American

play Ray Perryman: State of the City

Ray Perryman: State of the City

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A segment of video from Ray Perryman's Keynote address at the Odessa State of the City luncheon.

play Permian v. Midland High

Permian v. Midland High

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Permian head coach Blake Feldt talks about the 15-14 win over the Bulldogs.

play Pink the Park

Pink the Park

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play Permian Coach Blake Feldt

Permian Coach Blake Feldt

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Coach Feldt speaks about the 30-13 loss to Abilene High.

play Basin BBQ Blowout

Basin BBQ Blowout

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The Odessa Chamber of Commerce held its 4th annual Basin BBQ Blowout as a fundraiser for its operations department.

Local People

AP FOOD: Better burgers are about the blend

AP FOOD: Better burgers are about the blend

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There was a time when I liked burgers based mostly on their toppings. I might order a Swiss cheese and bacon burger, or one topped with blue c…

All Night Long: Lionel Richie recalls closing 1984 Olympics

All Night Long: Lionel Richie recalls closing 1984 Olympics

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EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the histor…

Community

PET OF THE WEEK: Sadie

PET OF THE WEEK: Sadie

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Sadie, a 4-month-old male Lab mix, needs to be adopted into a good home. To adopt Sadie or a…

PET OF THE WEEK: Sierra

PET OF THE WEEK: Sierra

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Sierra, a 2 month-old female kitten, needs to be adopted into a good home. To adopt Sierra o…

GOOD NEWS: MC awards ten students with scholarships

GOOD NEWS: MC awards ten students with scholarships

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MIDLAND Ten new Midland College (MC) students will receive the coveted Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship, which pays for tuition, f…

GOOD NEWS: STRC awarded $88,000 from local foundation

GOOD NEWS: STRC awarded $88,000 from local foundation

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MIDLAND Starlight Therapeutic Riding Center (STRC), today announced the award of a challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee…