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Concordia Bank presents plans
to P&Z board for new building
Downtown may get a little longer.
Concordia Bank presented an initial plan to the Odessa Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night on plans to build a branch at the corner of Second Street (131 Highway) and Orchard.
The bank, which has held a location in Patricia's grocery store for what representatives described as almost a decade, has contracted with the owners of two lots to buy the properties if plans are approved.
The plan requires the properties, 323 and 325 S. Second Street, to be rezoned from residential to commercial zoning. Though it was not mentioned at the meeting, the lots would also need to be merged for the business to be put on both lots. Read more in The Odessan.
R-7 Board approves evaluations
of various district programs
Odessa R-7 Board of Education approved evaluations of district programs during a half-hour meeting May 19.
The meeting began with a presentation by Larry Hol, McQuerry Elementary principal, on the principal's choice art award.
This year's winner, Hol said, was Kelsie Rathert, a second-grade student.
Kelsie showed board members her artwork, which was a pen and ink design on a record she had painted red. The artwork, framed, will hang at McQuerry. Read more in The Odessan.
Principal's choice... Kelsie Rathert, second grade, displays her artwork chosen as principal's choice at McQuerry Elementary School this year. Rathert's project, pen and ink on a painted record, will be displayed in the school.
Justin Mefferd named W-N elementary principal
Justin Mefferd
Justin Mefferd, Odessa, has been named elementary principal at Wellington-Napoleon schools. He will begin his new position on August 1.
For the past three years Mefferd has served as elementary principal in Belton and prior to that time he was elementary principal for four years in the Richmond School District.
Mefferd said Tuesday, "I am excited to be back in the Wellington-Napoleon School District. I started my professional journey in the district 18 years ago as a coach and student teacher before receiving my bachelor's degree. I'm glad to be a part of such a high quality district and a supportive community. I've been welcomed with open arms and I'm ready to serve the students and staff to the best of my ability. It's a great day to be a tiger." Read more in The Odessan.
Groundbreaking ceremony planned for new library
A groundbreaking ceremony for Odessa's new branch of Trails Regional Library will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at 107 West Mason, the site of the building.
Members of the Trails Regional Library Board and staff will participate.
Free hot dogs will be served. Read more in The Odessan.
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