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Standing guard
STOPPING TRAFFIC has been Bob Slusher's job for 20 years, as he helps make sure local students can cross safely. Here he is pictured at his twice-daily post, the corner of Second and College streets.
Bob Slusher goes to "the office" twice a day, Monday through Friday, in all kinds of weather.
Wearing a red and black uniform of preference and neon uniform of necessity, he stands at the corner of Second and College streets with a stop sign held high. And between that location and his first post at Second and Dryden streets, when the 1912 school building was used as the Upper Elementary School, Slusher has stood guard for 20 years and countless Odessa students.
One person has attempted to take a count, his wife, Janis. Read more in The Odessan.
1912 school, reservoir to be discussed Monday
The Odessa Board of Aldermen will discuss the future of two city properties Monday and hear information on the potential to hold landlords accountable for delinquent utilities.
All three discussions will be for information only with no vote planned, Sid Rustman, city finance officer and assistant city administrator, said Tuesday.
The two properties to be discussed are the 1912 school building and the city reservoir. While options for both properties have been floated repeatedly over the years, there are no further plans in place for either property, and both require significant maintenance. Read more in The Odessan.
Board filings to begin Tuesday
For those interested in serving the area through elected office, filing for positions on several local boards will begin Tuesday.
The cities of Odessa, Lake Lafayette, Mayview, Bates City and Wellington, Odessa R-7 and Wellington-Napoleon R-9 school districts, Sni Valley and Wellington-Napoleon fire protection districts, Odessa Special Road District and Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Lafayette County will seek candidates to appear on April 4 ballots.
Filing for all boards will be open from Tuesday, December 13, to Tuesday, January 17, with some restrictions, unless otherwise noted. Read more in The Odessan.
Volunteers send boxes to troops
SENDING CARE | Karen Shipp, left, and Lucy Moore, volunteers, help pack boxes for US troops stationed overseas over the Christmas holiday. Also pictured are, back, from left, Danielle Georgina and Janice Houle.
Nearly 900 boxes of treats and necessities and 1750 pairs of tube socks left Odessa for U.S. troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bahrain and South Korea this week.
The effort to send boxes is organized by Trish and Eddie Lackey and Doris Graham, who receive assistance from volunteers and VFW Post #5675.
Volunteers have sent around 500 boxes annually for the past few years, but this year received a large donation that, when added to proceeds from a chili benefit, auction and donations of money and products to be included, was able to fund a large increase in the project. Read more in The Odessan.
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