Year in Review: June 2013

The ongoing drought did not not show any signs of getting better at the start of June.

Wichita Falls residents did find out what to expect when the city goes into stage 4 drought restrictions. The restrictions were approved by city councilors but would not go into effect until the lakes hit 30 percent capacity.

Stage four does not allow any outdoor irrigation or watering plus many more restrictions on water use.

June also saw the opening of two popular new eateries in Wichita Falls. Customers flocked to the grand opening of Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Midwestern Parkway. A week later on June 13, cars were double-wrapped around the new Chick-fil-a after it opened its doors. The two restaurants brought dozens of new jobs to the city.

June was also one of the deadliest months on record at Waurika Lake. Park rangers say three separate drownings left three dead including a 12-year-old boy. Two occurred on the same day. The tragic events at the lake brought reminders from park rangers of some important safety tips when on any lake.

One of Wichita Falls' most prominent landmarks announced its closure in June. Rodd Womble, owner of the First Wichita Building, better known as Big Blue, says the decision to close down the building was purely business. He said the cost to fix the building's old elevators was just too much.

As another month of devastating drought came to a close, we found yet another business some were turning to for new water-the ancient art of water witching.

A water witcher is a person who claims to be able to find underground water with the help of dowsing rods.

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