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Five things you need to know today, Sept. 26

September 27, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. Odessa City Council gave their second and final approval of a tax levy for the next fiscal year, raising the effective property tax rate in city limits.

2. Despite a protest from an Odessa businessman, the Odessa College Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the execution of an abatement agreement with Oberon Solar LLC, which wants to build a solar farm in the western part of Ector County.

3. Before turning dirt on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s kinesiology building Tuesday, President Sandra Woodley announced it would be named for Odessa businessman and friend to the university Kirk Edwards and his family.

4. The Ector County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office has experienced an increase in customer volume, which is causing unpredictable wait times.

5. IN SPORTS: Friday was a night of firsts for many members of the Permian football team. In the Panthers’ 70-8 homecoming victory over Hollywood (Fla.) International School of Broward. The Odessa High football team was eager to take care of business and erase the sting from the first loss of the season during the lead up to Thursday’s game against El Paso Montwood.

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