Year in Review: November 2013

Stage four water restrictions and Black Friday shopping, just two of the stories as the 11th month of the year came and went.

November began with a political bang. On November first, nearly a third of Texas abortion clinics were closed after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction allowing the state's new abortion restrictions to take effect. The decision came after a federal judge blocked some of the restrictions he claimed to be unconstitutional.

The new Wichita Falls Travel Center downtown was unveiled. City transit routes and the Greyhound bus line are now operating out of the 6700 square foot facility on Scott Street.

The drought continued, and by mid month, Wichita Falls city councilors enacted stage four water restrictions. Wichita Falls residents voiced their onion at a town hall meeting with officials about stage four restrictions being in place.

Weeks after restrictions were put in place, the water tracker began to show up on water bills, letting you see how much restrictions and conservation efforts are helping.

And in an effort to create a new source of water for future generations -- city councilors gave another look at Lake Ringgold. Results from a feasibility study came out saying it can be a viable source of water.

In Bowie, the controversy surrounding the planning and zoning commission came to a head. City councilors continued talks about removing members of the board over a possible open meeting violation. Projects in Bowie were delayed as contractors waited on permits from the committee. The entire board resigned before councilors could make a decision.

Days before Thanksgiving, the Wichita Falls Food Bank received an unexpected blow. Theives stole 42 boxes of food worth around $3,000. Workers say that it appeared a cutting torch was used to cut the lock off the truck to get in.

After Thanksgiving lunch, many residents rushed to be the first in line at many retailers. Consumers lined up early at retail stores this year. Instead of the typical "Black Friday" rush many stores opened on Thanksgiving rather than on opening Friday morning.

And of course we can't forget about Franklin, the grossly overweight wild turkey found roaming around Vernon. Franklin was rescued by the Wild Bird Rescue, with no worries about being on the table! Franklin was sent to an animal sanctuary in South Carolina.

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