A year taking pictures in this town

December 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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_BoylanGeneral_BoylanGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 04/12/13
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.

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.

 

 

Petty_in_ByronPetty_in_ByronGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Byron, GA 08/31/13
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.

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.

 

Bear_HuntBear_HuntGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Perry, GA 12/14/13
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 Saturday.

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.

 

Fair_FeaturesFair_FeaturesGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Perry, GA 10/13/13
The Georgia National Fair midway.

The Georgia National Fair midway.

 

Johnson_TrialJohnson_TrialGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Perry, GA 12/5/13
One by one Timothy Johnson embraced his family after he was exonerated of a 1984 killing in Houston County Thursday.

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.

 

Jomekia_PopeJomekia_PopeJohn Vinson reacts to the sentencing Tuesday morning of Jomekia Pope to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Vinson's niece LaTosha Taylor.

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.

 

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Cub Scouts work together to fix a malfunctioning brake on their derby car.

Cub Scouts work together to fix a malfunctioning brake on their derby car.

 

Spay_LadySpay_LadyGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Gordon, GA 12/20/13

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. 

 

All_About_AnimalsAll_About_AnimalsGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 10/17/13
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.

 

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.

 

Ellis_CampaignEllis_CampaignEllis stops to talk to a car full of supporters while last minute campaigning in Tindall Heights Tuesday.

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. 

 

Weather_FeatureWeather_FeatureGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Warner Robins, GA 08/16/13
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.

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.

 

Avery_ChenowethAvery_ChenowethColonel 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.

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.

 

First_Baptist_VBSFirst_Baptist_VBSSome of the youngest students of Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church in Macon run into the sanctuary on the first night of VBS.

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.

 

Johnny_JenkinsJohnny_JenkinsGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 06/21/13
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.

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.

 

Luke_BryanLuke_BryanThe 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.

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.

 

Summer_Days_Rope_SwingSummer_Days_Rope_SwingGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 09/01/13
David Newborn does a flip after letting go of the rope swing over a bluff of the Ocmulgee River in Amerson Waterworks Park Sunday.

David Newborn does a flip after letting go of the rope swing over a bluff of the Ocmulgee River in Amerson Waterworks Park Sunday.

 

FeatureFeatureMercer University student Roy Miller practices the Saxophone Concerto by Alexander Glazunov in a classroom in Newton Chapel Wednesday.
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Mercer University student Roy Miller practices the Saxophone Concerto by Alexander Glazunov in a classroom in Newton Chapel Wednesday.
 

UGA_v_App_StUGA_v_App_StGeorgia backup quarter back Hutson Mason, right, celebrates the first of two touchdowns scored by his offense in the fourth quarter against Appalachian State Saturday.

Georgia backup quarter back Hutson Mason, right, celebrates the first of two touchdowns scored by his offense in the fourth quarter against Appalachian State.

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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.

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.

 

Pio_NonoPio_NonoGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 07/26/13
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."

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."

 

Pio_NonoPio_NonoGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 08/05/13
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.

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.

 

Summer_Days_Creek_KidsSummer_Days_Creek_KidsGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 07/22/13
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.

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.

 

Rebuilding_MaconRebuilding_MaconGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 07/11/13
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.

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.

 

Summer_Days_CanoeSummer_Days_CanoeGRANT BLANKENSHIP/THE TELEGRAPH Macon, GA 07/23/13
A canoeist paddles upstream on the Ocmulgee River between the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Rose Hill Cemetery Tuesday.

A canoeist paddles upstream on the Ocmulgee River between the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Rose Hill Cemetery Tuesday.

 

Colten_DeathColten_DeathMike 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.

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.

 

Gun_VigilGun_VigilA handmade memorial poster on the porch of MarQuez Blount's home.

A handmade memorial poster on the porch of MarQuez Blount's home.

 

Bloomfield_AlligatorBloomfield_AlligatorFrom 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.

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.

 

Rodeo_FeatureRodeo_FeatureAnnie 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.

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.

 

Iraq_Ten_YearsIraq_Ten_YearsCheryl 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.

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_Grad_FeatureKindergarten_Grad_FeatureKindergarten 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.

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.

 

 


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