On Friday evening, Feb. 21, Graham resident Jennifer Ellis went on a plane ride with local pilot Jim McIrvin to take aerial pictures of Graham. The amateur photographer was excited for the opportunity, but her enthusiasm quickly turned to dismay as she eyed and took photographs of Lake Graham and Lake Eddleman.

“I was amazed to find just how low the lake was,” Ellis told the Graham Leader via email.

She posted her pictures, some of which show boat docks many yards from water, onto her Facebook account, and she said that several of her friends responded to her post with equal alarm.

At the last Graham City Council meeting, City Manager Larry Fields warned that stage 3 water restrictions may have to be implemented as early as this spring, as both Lake Graham and Lake Eddleman, Graham's primary water source, are currently at 51 percent capacity.

In order for stage 3 restrictions to be mandated, capacity must reach 45 percent. According to a recent report from the National Weather Service, three states, including Texas, experienced a drier than normal winter, resulting in an overall worsening of already dire drought conditions heading into the spring months.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.