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2011 In Review - Stories That Impacted Texoma

     What a year 2011 was for Texoma, we're taking a look back at the most impactful local news stories, as picked by our Newschannel 6 facebook friends.   

     2011 got going with a chilly start, the first day of February a major winter storm hit Texoma, the February Freeze. We were on the air around the clock telling you about road conditions and dozens of closures. 

      In April, unimaginable tragedy hit. Officials in Graham said 28 year old Gabriel Armandaraz called 911 and told dispatchers he took the lives of his two children. Within hours, Armandarez was arrested across town and the children's bodies were found under the house. Hundreds came together to remember the young lives lost. 

April also saw devastating wildfires. Flames tore across most of Texoma destroying homes, property and wildlife while taxing fire departments to the extreme. 

     The fires were fueled in part by the worst single year drought in Texas history. Ranchers sold off herds, agricultural producers dealt with massive losses and cities across Texoma scrambled to deal with the threat of water supplies going dry. 

     In early June, Newschannel 6 followed the Rider Raiders down to the State Baseball Tournament in Round Rock where Cameron Allen led them to their first state championship! 

      This summer, however, the baseball diamond wasn't the only thing to heat up. Texoma saw more than 100 100-degree days. The heat, fueled by the drought and a high pressure systems that just wouldn't leave, caused many problems - including a massive amount of wildlife deaths. 

     On July 6th, then Wichita Falls Police Officer Teddie Whitefield was involved in an accident that took the lives of two young girls. One was pregnant. Investigators said he was driving at least 80 in a 45 mile per hour zone when he hit the girls. Reports showed he was on several drugs at the time. Newschannel 6 continues to follow the investigation.    

     In October, a Texoma family got answers, but not the ones they hoped for. The remains of 19 year Krishonda Townsend were found in Palo Pinto County. The young mother had been missing since July 2010.    

     November 7th saw tornadoes in Texoma. The Skywarn 6 Weather Team brought you live video of the twisters as they tore through parts of the area.    

     As the year wound down the Throckmorton Greyhounds were on a mission to get back to the six-man State Championship Game where they lost last year. They finally made it back to Abilene, where they beat number-one ranked Borden County 48-36 to take the school's second state title in seven years! 

2011 was a year nobody in Texoma will forget, even as we look forward to starting new in 2012. 

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

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