HAPPY TO BE HOME | The Hilburn Family stands outside their new home, built through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Bryan and Ashley Hilburn and their three sons, from left, Derek, 8, an incoming third-grader at Odessa Upper Elementary, Michael, 2, and David, 1, were welcomed to the home with a ceremony held Sunday. In addition to recognitions by members of Lafayette County Habitat for Humanity, the family was given a set of quilts by My Sister's Heart.
"I can't think of anybody else who would be more deserving," Adam Couch, mayor, said of the family during the ceremony.
Jail cells stall work at old station
As aldermen consider transitioning the vacant public safety building at 101 S. Second Street into a pavilion, work on the building has stalled with the discovery the old jail cells in the building were set in stone.
"I didn't know if there was historical value in any of this," Mickey Ary, city administrator, told aldermen Monday night as he asked for guidance about the cells. "I just didn't feel comfortable moving forward."
The iron cells, painted white, were set into the concrete floor of the building. Ary said Cherokee Construction, the firm that has torn down the inside of the building on behalf of the city, has said they would not charge an additional amount for the work if allowed to recycle the metal on their own behalf. Otherwise, the work, which was not included in the $4800 project bid, would cost the city an additional $1781. Read more in The Odessan.
Michael Lockhart injured in Monday accident
A familiar Odessa pedestrian was injured Monday after being struck by a car.
Michael "Mikey" Lockhart, 40, is said to have stepped into traffic on North Second Street as Alexa Schwartzhoff, 20, turned left out of the Sonic parking lot. According to police documents, Schwartzhoff's car struck Lockhart in the southbound lane.
Odessa police officers Marti Steelman and Fred Alkire apparently found Lockhart sitting in the middle of the southbound lane. Read more in The Odessan.
EDC hears water, sewer sale speech
Cheryl Norton, president of Missouri American Water, spoke June 20 to the Odessa Economic Development Council about the firm and its offer to purchase the city's water and sewer facilities.
Norton said if the company bought the Odessa facilities, an attempt would be made to retain the present employees.
"We don't want to bring in new people," Norton said. Read more in The Odessan.
Independence Day fun planned in Odessa
Numerous activities are planned in Odessa for the Fourth of July holiday on Monday.
Events will begin on Sunday afternoon as Odessa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5675, assisted by its auxiliaries, holds an annual Independence Day celebration Sunday evening at the post home on East Old 40 Highway.
Activities will begin at 6 p.m. Daylight fireworks will be provided for children and a fireworks display will be held at dusk. Read more in The Odessan.