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Five things you need to know today, Feb. 18

February 19, 2019 GMT

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, Feb. 18. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. Since she was a little girl, Melanie Sheehan has wanted to be an elementary school counselor. Now she’s fulfilling that dream at Alamo STEAM Academy.

2. Odessan Troy Chesnut has found purpose in serving others, traveling across the world to donate wheelchairs to those in need. Chesnut will be honored as one of the Heritage of Odessa Foundation’s Community Statesmen in a 6:30 p.m. Thursday banquet at the MCM Grande Hotel FunDome.


3. The sheriff’s office raised tens of thousands of dollars through a hamburger benefit held Jan. 23 at the Ector County Coliseum, Barn A. The money was divided between three officers shot in the line of duty while serving a narcotics search warrant in north Odessa.

4. Something that First Baptist Church has discussed for many years is poised to come to fruition in the fall — First Odessa Christian Academy. Ultimately, the school will have grades kindergarten through 12.

5. IN SPORTS: The final round of the Tall City Invitational Saturday turned into a battle of endurance. In the end, it was the Monahans boys golf team that did just enough, taking home the team title with a two-day total of 599 (299-300).