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Year in Review: May 2013

The drought continued during the month of May with little rain, but one city did go wet. Many folks got fired up over gun rights, and hundreds were left without homes in Oklahoma.
The drought continued during the month of May with little rain, but one city did go wet. Many folks got fired up over gun rights, and hundreds were left without homes in Oklahoma.

The beginning of May triggered more debate on carrying concealed weapons, specifically on college campuses, where lawmakers gave colleges the option to allow students to bring bring on campus as long as the weapons remained in their cars at all times. MSU President Jesse Rogers was opposed to that option but the university took no action to prohibit the option, so it applies to MSU students.

The law, along with 12 other gun bills, wasn't the only gun talk in May. The Archer ISD school board approved qualified employees to carry firearms on school property, joining other Texoma school districts such as Harrold and Quanah.

Faith Refuge, a homeless shelter for women and children, celebrated its one year anniversary.

Construction began for a memorial at the Wichita County Cemetery, named for Glen Eickmen, the former Wichita County Veteran Services Officer who started fundraising for the project before his death. It's a place where he wanted to honor veterans and which became a reality at the Memorial Day Service.

Residents in Iowa Park gave a toast to the results of a special election in the last dry area in the county. Alcohol sales became legal in Iowa Park for the first time since before prohibition.

On May 20th, disaster struck in Moore, Oklahoma when a huge EF-5 tornado caused an estimated 2 billion dollars in damage. It also killed 23 people and injured nearly 400 others. In the following months local groups from Texoma would travel north to aid in clean up efforts.

In May our devastating drought continued to get worse. The combined lake levels at Arrowhead and Kickapoo were 38.4 percent at the end of May. That had Wichita Falls in stage three water restrictions.
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