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Five things you need to know today, Dec. 27

December 28, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Dec. 27. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. As a way to give back to the Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, Nikita Weaver has created a sculpture in honor of the 58th anniversary of the Crystal Ball, the yearly event that raises money for the facility.

2. Local barber Michael Torres provides free haircuts a few times a month to residents at Sienna Nursing & Rehabilitation.

3. Ector County fireworks stands are open for business to help residents welcome the new year with a bang.

4. Two Pecos High School students have won the TX-23 Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging high school students to code by creating their own digital applications.

5. IN SPORTS: Five area runners were named to the All-State Cross Country Team by MileSplit Texas last week.

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