Area this week
Burn Ban and fireworks
The county commissioners at this week’s meeting voted to put on the burn ban after nearly a couple months with it off. This ban came from the recommendation of Fire Chief Calvin Chaney. This is tacked on with the fireworks prohibition passed, which will prohibit the sale or use of fireworks in outlying areas of Stephens County, most likely in anticipation of the holidays around the corner. The prohibited fireworks include missiles with flying wings and skyrockets. The Breckenridge American will update this list as more information becomes available.
Boil Water Notice
The City of Breckenridge issued two boil water notices effective Nov. 29. The first impacts the areas between North Parks and North Pecan, and from West Elm to the northern end of the system. The second notice will effect the south side of 1235 East Highway 180 to 1851 East Highway 180, Melrose, Newton and Lowell to Elliot, according to two releases from the city. The notices are due to a water line break during construction and will be in effect for at least 48 hours, as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The release states residents in the impacted areas should boil their water for two minutes in order to assure all bacteria be killed. This includes water for drinking, cooking and ice making. Residents also have the option to purchase bottled water or water from another suitable source. Anyone with questions is asked to call the city offices at 254-559-8287 or the water office at 254-559-7249.
Gas this week fell about 6.6 cents across the state, according to GasBuddy’s survey. This brought the average gallon of gas to $2.26. This compares with the almost 8 cent drop nationally, which brought the average gallon of gas nationwide to $2.53. These totals in the state means gas prices are now lower than they were this time last year, by half a cent. They are also 31.1 cents lower than a month ago. Prices nationally are 3.4 cents higher than this time last year and 29.4 cents lower than this time last month.
Weather this week continued to be dry and clear, with temperatures getting warmer as the week progressed. We began the week in the low 50s and the temperature dropping in the mornings and evenings. While temperatures still dropped at these times throughout, the highs got warmer, with the week ending in the 80s. This weekend we can expect temperatures to dip a bit, bringing the area down to the 70s and 60s. The skies will be clear.