So here's my quick look at how I saw things in and around Macon in 2013. Gotta tell you, it was an interesting year. Rampant alligators, bears dodging bullets, the weekly pleasures of the serendipity of community journalism. Ah, to chase random acts of beauty for a living. Thanks for looking and Happy New Year.
General Peter Boylan, left, hands out awards to Georgia Military College students during the annual parade review at the school in Milledgeville recently. Boylan is retiring from his post at the head of the school.
A young fan proffers a toy version of one of Richard Petty's race cars during the autograph session at the Racers Reunion event at the Middle Georgia Raceway.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger Ronnie Beard helps Justin Sapp, center, and his father Stevie Sapp hoist the bear Justin killed on family property near the Twiggs County/Bleckley County line during the one day Middle Georgia bear season.
The Georgia National Fair midway.
One by one Timothy Johnson embraced members of his family after he was exonerated of a 1984 killing in Houston County. Johnson spent close to 30 years in jail.
John Vinson reacts to the sentencing Tuesday morning of Jomekia Pope to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Vinson's niece LaTosha Taylor.
Cub Scouts work together to fix a malfunctioning brake on their derby car.
Kerri Fickling carries a pair of dogs into a veterinary office in Gordon, GA. It was the second trip from her truck to the clinic with dogs to be spayed. Fickling has offered to foot the bill for any dog in Macon to be spayed.
Lionel, an American Bulldog is taken to an animal hospital with what volunteers at the All About Animals shelter believe to be either a broken hip or leg Thursday. Lionel was one of the dogs at the shelter apparently released from their kennels and mauled sometime between 8pm Wednesday and 8am Thursday. Three dogs were killed in the incident.
C. Jack Ellis stops to talk to a car full of supporters while last minute campaigning in Tindall Heights near the end of election day. Robert Reichert beat Ellis to become the first mayor of unified Macon/Bibb County.
Terris Hicks, left, helps push a car and driver he saw stranded in about a foot of standing water on Houston Lake Road in Warner Robins Friday morning. The driver said that when he drove through the water, it got sucked up into his the car's intake which caused it to stall. 2013 was a banner year for rain in Middle Georgia with rainfall topping 70 inches for the year.
Colonel Avery Chenoweth, Marine Corps, ret., in his home in Perry. Chenoweth, an accomplished painter, painted the portrait of himself in his home. He began his combat service in the Korean War.
Some of the youngest students of Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church in Macon run into the sanctuary on the first night of VBS.
Robert Coleman plays behind his head, one of guitarist Johnny Jenkins' old tricks, while playing with the Johnny Jenkins Tribute Band after the unveiling of Jenkins' spot on the Douglass Theatre Walk of Fame Friday. Jenkins' guitar heroics may have been an influence on a young Jimi Hendrix.
The scene at the Luke Bryan Farm Tour filled much of downtown Macon and on into Central City Park where the concert stage was set Saturday. Fans tailgated like the hours before an SEC game.
David Newborn does a flip after letting go of the rope swing over a bluff of the Ocmulgee River in Amerson Waterworks Park Sunday.
Georgia backup quarter back Hutson Mason, right, celebrates the first of two touchdowns scored by his offense in the fourth quarter against Appalachian State.
Tiffany Davis celebrates her first 10k as Phil Szmegra tries to cool off in the spray from a fire truck at the finish of the Labor Day Road Race 10k in Central City Park.
Lania Odom is the manager of the Beauty World store on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon. Though she isn't sold on Macon, she says she likes her job. "It's good. You meet a lot of different people," she said, "People are nice, sometimes they're not. Most of the time they are."
CJ Moss, left, cuts Jaquarian Clay's hair at Hillman's Imperial Barber and Hair Designers on Pio Nono Avenue near Anthony Road in Macon.
Tristan Davis braces for landing in the creek on the property of Trinity Woods Summer Day Camp in Macon Monday. Campers play in the creek a few times a week where they play on a water slide, look for frogs and crawdads and, of course, climb and jump.
Harrison Hughes gets some help squeezing house paint from his hair near the end of the first work day of the River of Life mission project in Macon. The project pairs church groups with Rebuilding Macon to repair area homes.
A canoeist paddles upstream on the Ocmulgee River between the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Rose Hill Cemetery Tuesday.
Mike and Shari Winkler's son Colten, 17, was killed in a drunk driving accident in April. They want to know why it took until September to charge the adult who was drinking with Colten and his friends with a crime.
A handmade memorial poster on the porch of MarQuez Blount's home.
From left, Matthew Waller, professional reptile trapper Jason Clark and homeowner Joseph Head put a measuring tape on the alligator trapped from underneath the deck of the vacant home adjacent to Head's on Bloomfield Road. The animal measured nearly ten feet long. Clark said it will be relocated to Columbus.
Annie Grace McElhannon of Bethlehem, GA gets ready for the Junior Princess competition of the Georgia High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Perry Thursday. Like many beauty pageants, the Princess competition puts contestants through interviews and tests but adds precision riding. The Rodeo, featuring the traditional riding and roping events, opens to the public Friday morning at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.
Cheryl Futrell sits at the grave of her son, Sgt. Marcus Shawn Futrell, on his birthday recently. Futrell was serving in Iraq as a National Guardsmen when he was killed by a malfunction in the Humvee in which he was traveling.
Kindergarten students at Vineville Academy in Macon had their graduation ceremony Friday. After getting certificates of Kindergarten completion, the students sang and danced for the audience of friends and family.