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Casey Hallmark’s Accusations Against Odessa Council Crumble After Investigation

During two previous Odessa City Council meetings, former Downtown Odessa, Inc. (DOI) Director Casey Hallmark alleged numerous instances of bullying and intimidation by Odessa Mayor Joven and Odessa City Councilmen Mark Matta and Chris Haney. As a result of Hallmark’s allegations, the city hired Tommy Sheen, a Lubbock based attorney, to conduct a thorough independent […]

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A Second Look at the DNOW/Toby Eoff Lawsuit

Publisher’s note:  Last week, Odessa Headlines published a story about the verdict in a lawsuit brought by Distribution Now (DNOW) against Odessan Toby Eoff and others.  When news of the verdict broke we were, quite frankly, surprised as there had been no local information regarding the case.  In our initial investigation, we obtained the bulk […]

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Nearly $9M Jury Verdict awarded against Odessan Toby Eoff

A unanimous Fort Bend County jury late Wednesday, February 22, 2023, found that prominent Odessa businessman Toby Eoff willfully and maliciously conspired with other former employees of DistributionNOW (DNOW) to steal the energy sector giant’s trade secrets. The verdict included a finding that Mr. Eoff breached his fiduciary duty to Houston-based DNOW when he conspired […]

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Texas Bar Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Odessa City Attorney Brooks

Odessa Headlines learned today that Odessa City Councilwoman Denise Swanner has lodged a formal ethics complaint with the State Bar of Texas against former Odessa City Attorney Natasha Brooks over her role in the illegal backdating of Councilman Steve Thompson’s conflict of interest forms in 2020. The State Bar of Texas is an agency of […]

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ECISD Priorities At Odds With Local Voters

With the opening of Texas’ 2023 legislative session earlier this month, the legislative priorities unanimously passed by the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees last year are receiving renewed scrutiny. As recently reported in statewide and nationwide media the controversy centers on the District’s positions on school choice and bringing back Chapter 313 tax breaks. […]

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What Happened And Why?

Social media and local media outlets have been buzzing over the termination of appointed positions within the City of Odessa. During the December 13, 2022, Odessa City Council Meeting the Council brought forth an agenda item regarding the employment of then City Manager Michael Marrero, and City Attorney Natasha Brooks.  Theories regarding the terminations and […]

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H-E-B kicks off holiday season in Odessa with 20th Annual H-E-B Feast of Sharing celebration

On Friday, December 9th, thousands of Odessa residents will give thanks together and share a festive holiday meal during the 20th Annual H-E-B Feast of Sharing dinner. This year will once again feature in-person dinners. Hundreds of H-E-B and community volunteers will serve a free meal to more than 5,000 people at the Odessa dinner. […]

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Oil and Gas Workers Association Membership Claims Questioned 

An Odessa-based non-profit “Oil and Gas Workers Association (OGWA)” suddenly gained national attention last year, with a claim the organization boasts 46,000 members.  This large membership claim helped propel it into national prominence as a major authority on energy policy and focused a media spotlight on the man behind the organization, Matt Coday.  But partial […]

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Gov. Abbott To Speak at School Choice Event in Odessa 

First Christian Academy in Odessa is hosting Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday, March 23 for a Parent Empowerment Tour, discussing school choice related issues.  According to a press release, “parent empowerment is built on the foundational principles of transparency, quality, respect, and choice,” and the effort is “bringing together the community to focus on this vital […]

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ODC To Host Joint City Council/County Commissioner Meeting

Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett, Odessa Mayor Javier Joven, and Odessa Economic Development Corporation Board Chairman Kris Crow announced today their respective entities will be hosting a joint work session of County Commissioners’ Court, City Council, and the Economic Development Corporation.  “This is the first meeting of its kind between our three entities with the […]