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Hot rod inspires Lackey's $111,000 jackpot win
 
LACKEYS ARE LUCKY WINNERS | Trish Lackey, right, was the winner of a $170 cash prize in the St. Patrick's Day contest sponsored by JJ's Down Home Cafe, The Dawg House, Taco John's, T&T's Good Farm Cooking, Bank of Odessa, T&N Auto Parts CarQuest, Iva Mae's Emporium, Second Street Flowers, Fantasy Truck, Odessa Tax & Accounting, Whistle Stop and The Odessan. When she was called to be congratulated for winning the contest, her mind immediately went to her husband, Eddie, left, who recently claimed a winning Missouri Lottery ticket. Lackey was one of more than 20 persons who turned in correct entries for the prize.
 
Eddie Lackey, Odessa, used a unique combination of "dream" numbers to win a $111,000 prize in the March 14 Missouri Lottery's Show Me Cash game.
"They're numbers based on a car that I wanted to buy when I was 18 years old. A 1969 Z28 that had a 427 engine in it," Lackey said. The numbers were 4, 6, 9, 27 and 28.
Lackey also uses his dream car numbers when he buys Powerball and Club Keno tickets at Tucker's Liquor and Convenience, Odessa, which is where he purchased his winning ticket. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Board discusses sewer, water ballot issue
 
A rush of new information, questions and criticisms has emerged in the last week as voters prepare to choose whether to sell city water and sewer utility systems to Missouri American Water.
Tuesday, April 4, Odessa voters will face Question 1, whether to sell the two systems for a minimum $17.5 million. The sale would need a two-thirds majority to pass.
However, as city employees hurry to prepare information, some city officials have questioned if voters will be well-enough informed. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Public School Foundation to hold gala
and Hall of Fame induction Saturday
 
Odessa R-7 Public School Foundation will host a dinner and awards ceremony beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Odessa Middle School gymnasium. Dinner and program will begin at 6 p.m.
Theme of this year's event is Investing in Our Future with inductees who have contributed to the students of the Odessa R-7 district. Dr. Ed See will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will be assisted by Aaron Dillon, foundation president.
Clint and Lara Maple and children, Allison and Alec, are being honored as friends of education for their continual impact and improvement of the lives of others. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Area voters will decide on races
and issues during Tuesday election
 
Two school board races, a bond issue and a choice whether to sell Odessa's city water and sewer utilities will appear on local ballots Tuesday, April 4.
Decisions whether to continue to hold uncontested races in Napoleon and a road improvement tax in Lake Lafayette also will be made.
Both the Odessa R-7 and Wellington-Napoleon R-9 school districts have races this year, with four candidates in Odessa and five candidates in Wellington-Napoleon vying for three three-year terms each. Read more in The Odessan.

 
 
RIBBON-CUTTING | Dyer Park playground ribbon-cutting was held March 23. Playground was made possible by Partners for Odessa Parks & Recreation who were provided funding through a Pioneer Trail Region F grant, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Oliphant Foundation and Odessa Clothes Closet. Installation assistance was received for this large project from City of Odessa Public Works Department, Masterpiece Lawn Care and Odessa Special Road District, I Love Odessa team and Odessa Parks & Recreation with Dave Decamp as project manager. Playground is made of recycled materials and mulch is 100% recycled Missouri truck tires, which are fiber- and steel-free. Pictured, from left, kneeling, David DeCamp, Steven Cobb; Tucker Starner with scissors; second row, AnnDrea Starner, Kelsey Smith, Lindsey Adams, Cinda Dowell, Dana Duncan, Nici Wilson, Dan Cobb, Beth Fox; back, Randy White, Tracy Dyer, Steve Wright, Mike Stevens, Richard Iser, Mike Duncan, Adam Couch holding Mason Couch, Chad Hubbard, Gerald Gittinger.
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