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Year in Review: October 2013

October began with the seventeen day shut down of the federal government.
October began with the seventeen day shut down of the federal government. About 57% of civilian workers at Sheppard Air Force Base and 2500 workers at Fort Sill lost pay while waiting as politicians fought it out over the federal budget.

Long time clerk Leonzo Jones was killed during a robbery at Zoom Zoom's, and police arrested two men in connection with the shooting. Family remembered Jones for the good he did in his own community and the concern he had for customers and friends.

In Duncan, residents took a stand against violence after tragic killings took promising young lives. High school students brought hope by showing everyone their roar and organized a baseball game to honor Chris Lane, the Australian college student killed in an alleged thrill killing. Authorities say the three teen suspects told them they were bored and needed something too.

Parents in Wichita Falls began a campaign to save Zundy Junior High from consolidation with Barwise Junior High. The facility utilization committee of the WFISD school board proposed a plan to consolidate Alamo and Sam Houston Elementary and move students to Zundy. Zundy Jr. High students would combine with those at Barwise. The issue would go to a school board vote, for a possible bond election.

Two local stalwarts were laid to rest in October. Joe Brown, beloved fixture of KFDX morning TV for decades, passed away at the age of 78 and legendary local sports writer Nick Gholson died at the age of 66 from cancer.

A local business, famous for hot links, got commemoration for years of service. The historical marker in front of Davenport's grocery will now serve as a reminder for the decades of support and food they have given to the community.

Wichita Falls teenagers came together to give back. Whether it was painting for a local church or bringing a little happiness to their elders, the message was apparent; teens can make a difference.

Things got a little spooky at the Zombie Crawl as October came to a close. The living and the undead battled it out in downtown in front of legendary zombie vanquisher Iron E. Singleton.

The spookiness wasn't contained to just the adults. Halloween made it's annual appearance, and that means costumes and candy for the youth of Texoma.

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