Five things you need to know today, Aug. 20

August 20, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, Aug. 20. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. County residents are less than three months away from voting on whether to create a sales tax assistance district, and commissioners are preparing to educate voters on how that added revenue would be used.

2. The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees during a meeting today will consider calling a tax ratification election.

3. Usually, girls play softball and boys play baseball. This summer, a local softball coach put his all girls’ team in baseball to improve their skills.

4. The Permian Basin Amputee Association aims to assist under-served amputees, spread public awareness and tackle the issues they say no one else will.

5. Dr. Robert Lane “Bob” Chappell Jr. had a hard time getting into medical school but made the most of his opportunity when it came, distinguishing himself academically and then establishing a dermatology practice that proved the “happy profession” he had expected.

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