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R-7 Board hears report on DARE
 
Swearing in... Aaron Dillon, center, and Tahnami Gittinger were sworn in to new terms on the Odessa R-7 Board of Education by Janet Tirschel, right. Dillon and Gittinger, incumbents, were the only two to file for positions on the board, so no election was held for the positions.  photo by Hannah Spaar
 
Members of the Odessa R-7 Board of Education heard a presentation on the DARE program from Odessa Upper Elementary staff and fifth grade students at the beginning of the board's April 14 meeting.
Laura Shirley, fifth grade teacher, told the board fifth grade students recently held DARE graduation, ending a course on decision-making and drug resistance. Marti Steelman, school resource officer, led the DARE program this year.
Rebekah Hagerty, fifth grade teacher, told the board she was impressed with how the program had changed from when she was in school to encompass smaller problems students would encounter, such as a friend smoking or people thinking you were smoking because your friends were, rather than only covering serious problems. Hagerty said she believes the smaller problems are more realistic to what students will encounter. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Second Street traffic to be
diverted Monday, Tuesday
 
Northbound traffic on North Second Street will be diverted Monday and Tuesday to allow for removal of electric poles in accordance with the Second Street widening project. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Wellington raises sewer rates
 
Although unable to swear in newly elected council members David Russell and A. Kent Rogge, due to not receiving official certification of election results in time for approval, the Wellington City Council did have a quorum present April 13 to conduct business. Re-elected to his seat on the council, Rogge was able to participate. Russell was present for the discussion, but could not vote.
Council agreed to increase sewer rates from $4 to $4.50 per 1000 gallons of usage. Increase will be on May 1 bills.
Council members also met with Roger Morgan, Heartland Waste, who presented a proposal to continue serving city residents at the current rate of $7.65 per month for two additional years and then raising to $8 for the remaining three years of the contract. A motion to continue the agreement was approved. Read more in The Odessan.

 
 
Prom royalty... Colby Dowell and Hanna VanLanker were crowned king and queen of the Odessa High School prom Saturday night at Berry Acres, Odessa.  photo by Kory Hales
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