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  • Odessa studies law enforcement levy

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    ODESSA — Mayor Bill Crossley reported at Town Council’s meeting Tuesday, March 26 that the camera to be used to have a look at the bottom of municipal well #3 has arrived, and bids will now be solicited for performing the inspection to determine the cause of low-flow figures. Crossley also reported that a proposal to enact a law enforcement levy is still under study. He explained that the police department is having difficulty hiring a second officer for the department due to the low salary it can offer given its current bud...

  • Five interested in Town Council vacancy

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    ODESSA — At its regular meeting led by Mayor Pro Tem Landon Lobe in the absence of an ailing Bill Crossley, the Odessa Town Council followed up on several pending issues Monday, Feb . 26. Prior to the Monday night meeting, councilmembers interviewed five persons who wrote letters of interest in serving on the council as replacements for Councilman Josh Clark, who resigned recently. The five interviewees were John Waymire, Jeremy Smith, Ryan Shafer, Jim Smith and Jeff Norris. Between now and the next regular meeting council me...

  • Water well issues concern Odessa

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    ODESSA — Town Council discussed the issue of municipal well No. 3, until recently the town’s primary water source, at a regular meeting Monday, Feb. 12. Faced with declining output from well No. 3, the public works crew switched to using well No. 4, the former backup well. A $30,000 grant was obtained to study why the well’s output declined so drastically. The study resulted in two proposals: scrubbing of the well shaft for $250,000 with no guarantee that the decline would be remedied or placing a camera down the shaft to in...

  • School hosts veterans assembly

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Nov 9, 2023

    ODESSA - Veterans Day was celebrated by the School District with a school-wide assembly on Monday, Nov. 6. Although the ranks of the veterans attending were thin, school children, staff members and administrators were in attendance to present quite a memorable experience for those present. The Odessa Junior/Senior High School band led off with a rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. After having gone an entire year with no band teacher or band class, the students...

  • Back to winning ways for gridiron boys

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Oct 12, 2023

    ODESSA - After two consecutive losses due mainly to injuries, the Odessa football team was back in top form last Friday night, defeating the Inchelium Hornets by a score of 60-20. The game saw officials calling both teams for numerous penalties, which helped extend the contest into a nearly three-hour ordeal. Corbyn Neilsen had 23 carries for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Zane McMillan had 106 yards passing. Running back/receiver Chad Strebeck had 84 yards...

  • Renovated Community Center reopens

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    ODESSA - The renovation of the Odessa Community Center was completed in time for 2023 Deutschesfest, although a few details remain to be finished up before the town signs off on the project. An open house was held Friday, Sept. 29, affording the public an opportunity to visit the facility and view all the work that had been done. The project was funded through a grant offered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Town clerk Meri Jane Bohn and Steve Nelson of...

  • Rose sworn in as new police chief

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    ODESSA - At town council's Sept. 11 meeting, Mayor Bill Crossley administered the oath of office to new police chief: 43-year-old Ericka Rose. In accepting the job of chief, she fulfills a lifelong dream of leading her own department. She has known since childhood that she wanted to become a police officer and focused on that goal throughout high school and college and on into the early years of married life. Her husband, Brandon Rose, also in law enforcement, works as a...

  • Odessa FBLA teams place in top 10

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record Times|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    ODESSA – In early July, 34 members of Odessa High School's Future Business Leaders of America chapter competed in several categories at the 2022 National Leadership Conference in Chicago, where more than 15,000 students competed in approximately 100 events. Four Odessa teams of three or four students each brought home national awards. Odessa competed in 10 events and made it to the finals in four. All four placed in the top 10. The Partnership-with-a-Business team of Emily S...

  • Board of directors fires Odessa Hospital CEO

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 24, 2022

    ODESSA – The CEO of Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center was fired after only a year on the job. During a special June 9 meeting, hospital directors voted unanimously to immediately terminate CEO John Serle's contract. During the meeting, the board convened in an executive session lasting nearly an hour before returning to the public forum. The board then heard a motion and second, and voted unanimously to end Serle's employment without cause. Serle replaced interim CEO Emmett Sc...

  • Odessa hosts Jack & Jill softball game

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 24, 2022

    ODESSA – The Odessa women's softball team had a bye week in their schedule a few weeks ago and decided to hold a Jack & Jill game with spouses, family and friends during that week. According to team member Paige Smith, the game was so much fun, the team thought it would be fun to do another Jack & Jill game. Smith and her teammates planned the second Jack & Jill game for last weekend, followed by a BBQ afterwards with everyone bringing a side dish. By all accounts, the e...

  • Fishing derby for kids draws 25 anglers

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    ODESSA – The kids' fishing derby held Saturday morning, June 11, on private property at Schafer's pond south of Odessa was sponsored by the Crab Creek Alliance, the second event held this year by this newly organized Odessa non-profit. Many contributors to the event provided fishing poles for those who did not have them (although most brought their own), as well as everything from nightcrawlers for bait, hand-tied fishing flies by Rennie Tassell of Rosalia, and even c...

  • Two post-season wins for Tigers baseball

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 2, 2022

    ODESSA–The Tiger baseball team defeated the Sunnyside Christian team last Wednesday, May 11, by a score of 16-6 and the Riverside Christian team this Tuesday, May 17, by a score of 9-4 to move on to the state tournament. The next game for the Tigers will be on Saturday against #1 seed DeSales at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla beginning at 10 a.m. That game is a loser-out game. The winner will advance to play the winner of the Liberty Christian vs. Crosspoint game later the sa...

  • Discontent over school board decision aired

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 2, 2022

    HARRINGTON – Several students, teachers and community members signed up to speak at the Wednesday, May 25 meeting of the school board. All of them expressed disappointment and concern about the decision reached at the previous meeting for the Harrington School District to join the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague sports program during the 2022-23 school year. Many said that the decision was rushed and that the community had too little time to absorb the proposal and all of its ramifications. One person said that a survey filled out by...

  • Odessa girls take fourth at state meet

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 2, 2022

    ODESSA – The Odessa High School girls' team brought home the fourth-place trophy from the state track and field meet held May 26-28 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. Only a sophomore, Hayden Schuh, daughter of head coach Travis Schuh, had a stellar day in field events and races, placing first in the 100-meter hurdles, second in the 300-meter hurdles, second in the javelin, fifth as part of the 4x200 relay team and sixth as part of the 4x100 relay team. All of the g...

  • Sheriff's Office says good-bye to Hayden

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 26, 2022

    DAVENPORT – The recent death of Deputy Raymond "Riami" Hayden of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office came as a real blow to his family, colleagues and community. Although his time with the Sheriff's Office was brief, he made a lasting impression on those around him. He became a Lincoln County deputy in September of 2020. In early 2021, he began experiencing symptoms that ultimately were diagnosed as resulting from a brain tumor. Multiple surgeries and various treatment attempts were unsuccessful. Throughout his treatment, h...

  • Seven Tigers headed to state track meet

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 26, 2022

    LIBERTY LAKE – Seven Odessa track and field athletes are headed to the state 1B meet Thursday through Saturday at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. They qualified for state during the 1B District 6/7/9 Championships on May 20-21 at Ridgeline High School. Mason Wright is the only local boy to qualify for state. Hayden Schuh, Ashlyn Neilsen, Lexi Eden, Lily Starkel, Reegan Carstensen and Kathryn Burnett all qualified in the girls competition. Wright qualified in the 3...

  • Tiger win streak halted

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 26, 2022

    WALLA WALLA – The Odessa Tigers boys baseball season came to an end Saturday, May 21, with a 10-1 loss to the DeSales Fighting Irish. The No. 8-ranked Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but were unable to score after that. DeSales, the No. 1-seed, tied the game in the second and kept adding runs over the next three innings. Hayden Miller hit two singles, one of which resulted in the Tigers’ only run. Collin Martin also hit a single. Starting pitcher Collin Martin went three-and-a-third innings before being rel...

  • Two post-season wins for Tigers baseball

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 18, 2022

    ODESSA–The Tiger baseball team defeated the Sunnyside Christian team last Wednesday, May 11, by a score of 16-6 and the Riverside Christian team this Tuesday, May 17, by a score of 9-4 to move on to the state tournament. The next game for the Tigers will be on Saturday against #1 seed DeSales at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla beginning at 10 a.m. That game is a loser-out game. The winner will advance to play the winner of the Liberty Christian vs. Crosspoint game later the sa...

  • Harrington school board accepts LRS proposal

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2022

    HARRINGTON – A special meeting of the school board was held Monday, May 9, in the high school library to decide whether or not to accept an offer from the combined Lind-Ritzville/Sprague sports organization to join them for a year-long trial period that would allow more Harrington high-school athletes to participate in sports. Following discussion that lasted an hour and a half, the board voted 3-2 to accept the proposal. Board chair Shelly Quigley ran the meeting of the full board, which also included Darren Mattozzi, J...

  • Neilsen steals home on wild pitch to beat Northport

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 14, 2022

    ODESSA – The Tigers defeated the Northport Mustangs 7-6 Monday, May 9, at home in Odessa to make it into the next round of playoffs on Wednesday. After a 1-1 first inning, the Tigers added run in the second, fourth and sixth, while the Mustangs had a five-run sixth inning to tie things up. The game-winning run came in the seventh, when freshman Corbyn Neilsen was hit by a pitch to get on first base. After stealing second, then advancing to third on an error by the catcher, N...

  • Odessa turns 120 years old

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 6, 2022

    ODESSA – Last Saturday, April 30, the town celebrated its 120th year of existence in conjunction with other activities held as part of the town's annual Spring Fling events. Visitors and residents were also drawn to the quilt show in the high school gym put on by the Odessa Quilt Club, to yard sales taking place all over the town, to vendors of antiques and handcrafted items selling their wares on Division Street, which was closed to through traffic and also held displays of a...

  • Nelson named FBLA Admin of the Year

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated May 6, 2022

    ODESSA – On April 20, Jamie Nelson, the K-12 principal at the Odessa School District, accepted her award as the FBLA Administrator of the Year for the state of Washington at the FBLA leadership conference held in Spokane. Emily Scrupps, president of the Odessa High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, presented the award to Nelson for her support of the local chapter. Odessa's FBLA chapter advisor Terri King wrote the nomination letter submitted to the s...

  • FBLA's Outstanding Chapter of Year

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 28, 2022

    ODESSA – The local chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America was named the Outstanding Chapter of the Year for Washington at the state FBLA leadership conference held in Spokane last week. Area schools that also attended were Harrington, Davenport and Reardan. This was the first live state business leadership conference in two years, since the Covid pandemic forced schools to attend virtual conferences online. Today's seniors were freshmen at the last live c...

  • Tigers split with W-C and ACH

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 28, 2022

    ODESSA – The Tigers baseball team went 1-1 in doubleheaders against both Wilbur-Creston and ACH last week. Game 1 against the Wildcats in Wilbur on April 19 was a 5-3 victory for the Tigers. Collin Martin was the starting pitcher and went six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out 12. Nathan Carstensen was three for four at the plate, hitting two singles and a double. He also relieved Martin on the mound to close out the final inning. Game 2 had the oppos...

  • Alumni Gala honors shining stars

    Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 21, 2022

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS–The Eastern Washington University Alumni Association held a gala awards ceremony last Friday, April 15, at Northern Quest Casino. This annual event honors EWU alums who have achieved success in various walks of life after having graduated from the university. This year the top award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to a married couple, both of whom are EWU alumni currently residing in Spokane. Jon Heimbigner is well known to most Odessa area readers as a 1...

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