OPD currently has four drones that are being used in locating suspects, missing children and missing elderly persons.

Odessa, Texas/July 16, 2024-Phillips 66 recently made a donation of 29 thousand dollars to the Odessa Police Department for the purchase of several new drones. OPD currently has four drones that are being used in locating suspects, missing children and missing elderly persons. 

(Michael Gerke, Police Chief-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

With the advancement of drone technology especially the quality of the onboard camera officers are able to use various options during an operation. 

(Michael Gerke, Police Chief-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

Phillips 66 is always looking for the needs of the community and always reaching out to first responders to help them keep the community safe. 

(Art Rodriguez, Area Operations Supervisor-Phillips 66/Permian Basin) 

The Odessa Police Department currently has 6 officer pilots in the drone program. Plans are underway to train more officers to be FAA certified to be drone pilots. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Odessa Family YMCA Participates in the Jack LaLanne Jumping Jacks Challenge 2024

Odessa, Texas/July 15, 2024-On Friday, July 12th, the Odessa Family YMCA participated in a special event honoring Jack LaLanne known as the Godfather of Fitness and Nutrition and his wife 98 years of age, Elaine LaLanne in the World Record Jumping Jack Challenge. 

(Wendy Hilliard, Group Fitness Director-Odessa Family YMCA/Odessa, Texas) 

Approximately 50 people participated in the World Record for Jumping Jacks event that included kids from the Odessa Family YMCA Day Camp, YMCA administrators and board members, Silver Seekers and members of the Odessa Family YMCA. 

(Wendy Hilliard, Group Fitness Director-Odessa Family YMCA/Odessa, Texas) 

The overall goal of the World Record for Jumping Jacks is to promote a healthy lifestyle for all ages. 

(Wendy Hilliard, Group Fitness Director-Odessa Family YMCA/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Jack LaLanne logo, Jumping Jacks Challenge 2024 logo and YMCA logo used by permission. 

0:01 / 1:24 Salvation Army of Odessa Back to School Shoe Limited Program

Odessa, Texas/July 14, 2024-The Salvation Army of Odessa held for the first time a Back-to-School event. Parents with their school age children signed up for a shoe voucher to be used beginning July 23rd. 

(Capt. Robert Coristion, Commanding Officer-Salvation Army/Odessa-Midland, Texas) 

Funding was provided by a local newspaper as well as from private donations. 500 school age kids benefited from this limited shoe program. 

(Capt. Robert Coriston, Commanding Officer-Salvation Army/Odessa-Midland, Texas) 

The Salvation Army of Midland also had the Back-to-School Shoe event on the same day and time. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

Education Foundation of Odessa and Ector County ISD Launch Innovative Mobile Classroom

Odessa, Texas/July 14, 2024-The Education Foundation of Odessa and Ector County ISD unveiled the Inspiration Station, a cutting-edge mobile classroom and outreach vehicle. The Inspiration Station is a versatile vehicle that can transform into educational and community spaces. 

(Celeste Potter, Executive Director-Education Foundation of Odessa/Odessa, Texas) 

The Inspiration Station is designed to bring the best of Ector County and the Permian Basin directly to students, families and the community. 

(Scott Muri, Superintendent of Schools-Ector County ISD/Odessa, Texas) 

Celeste Potter, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Odessa is very proud of the work she is doing to help students with their academic careers, especially with the Inspiration Station.  

New Ector County Republican Party Leadership Swearing-In Ceremony and First Board Meeting

Odessa, Texas/July 12, 2024-The Ector County Republican Party recently held a swearing in ceremony of the new and re-elected Precinct Chairs and the newly elected Party Chair Donna Kelm. Supporters and guests along with State Representative, District 81 Brooks Landgraf, State Senator Kevin Sparks of the 31st District and John Beckmeyer, Odessa City Manager attended the special ceremony. 

(Donna Kelm, Party Chair-Ector County Republican Party/Odessa, Texas) 

After the swearing in ceremony the new Ector County Republican Party leadership held their first board meeting to address issues regarding the By-Laws and vote on resolutions. 

(Donna Kelm, Party Chair-Ector County Republican Party/Odessa, Texas) 

Brandon W. Hodges who was elected to the State Republican Executive Committee to Represent Texas Senate District 31 spoke at the swearing in ceremony and first ECRP board meeting. 

(Brandon W. Hodges, Elected to the State Republican Executive Committe/Representing Texas Senate District 31) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

 

 

Cal Hendrick Announces His Candidacy for Mayor for the City of Odessa

Odessa, Texas/July 10, 2024-Cal Hendrick announced on Wednesday, July 10th to a full house of supporters at City Council Chambers his candidacy for Mayor for the City of Odessa. Mr. Hendrick gave a brief outline of issues affecting the city and its residents. 

(Cal Hendrick, Candidate for Mayor for the City of Odessa, Texas) 

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners are finding it difficult to set up business in Odessa due to impact fees, permitting and over regulation. Cal Hendrick believes that Odessa has to be competitive and will look at city ordinances that hinder new business growth. 

(Cal Hendrick, Candidate for Mayor for the City of Odessa, Texas) 

Cal Hendrick believes that being a lawyer and having well-developed critical thinking skills will help him as Mayor look at issues and find practical solutions to those issues. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.