Fulton County honor guard members Lt. Damien Butler, Sgt. Randell Lattimor and Deputy Rashad Wheeler stand at attention in the rain at the graveside service for Eastman police officer Tim Smith. The honor guard was made up of law officers from all parts of Georgia.
Wilella Thomas turns 105-years-old on November 18, 2017. To celebrate her church, Macedonia Church, held a surprised her with a birthday luncheon to honor the oldest member.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria White and the Robins Air Force Base Honor Guard were posted at the entrance of Shirley Hills Baptist Church ffor Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff’s memorial service.
Warner Robins Fire Department engineer Travis Keen and Nekia Taylor share a quiet moment headquarters. They met for the first time since Keen and other firefighters rescued her from her burning apartment at Lenox Pointe on Karl Drive.
Mary Jackson, 88, waters the grass in her front yard at her home on Montpelier Avenue. Of her yard she said, “It ain’t pretty yet. You wait until the flowers bloom.”
A bulldog in one of the floats gets their sunglasses adjusted while riding in the Perry Chamber of Commerce Independence Parade.
Rev. Jesse Jackson walks hand in hand with Fort Valley Middle School students as he leaves the school after an inspirational speech in the gym.
An Averitt truck was knocked on its side and pushed some 50 feet up the tracks by a Norfolk Southern train moving north at about 1:45 p.m. in Bolingbroke.
Frances Deputy gets excited for the start of the 2016 Perry Independence Parade. Officials canceled the parade soon after it started as wind, rain and lightning became heavier and families scrambled back to their vehicles.
Dr Larry Rivers, President of Fort Valley State University, dances with the marching band at the first game in the new Wildcat stadium on campus.
Prosecutor John Regan points as he questions Keith Dozier during cross examination. Dozier, the remaining suspect in the Gail Spencer embezzlement-murder, took the stand in his own defense.
Elissia Dotson holds her candles at the candle light vigil held in memory of Jai’mel Anderson, 8, who was shot to death at an Indian Oaks Apartment. About 100 people attended the candlelight vigil at the gazebo in downtown Fort Valley.
A Camaro does a burnout during the filming of the Jason Aldean music video “‘Gonna Know We Were Here” being film in downtown Macon at the corner of Cotton Avenue and 2nd Street.
Sasha Hutchings, a graduate of Central’s Fine Arts and International Baccalaureate program and member of the cast of the Broadway show “Hamilton,” conducts a workshop with a Central High School’s theater class.
Tyerra Woodson and her boyfriend Joshua Marks share a kiss in a hallway of the Anderson Center Tuesday night. Woodson was graduating with a Pharmacy Technician certificate from the School of Heath Macon Campus. Almost 100 people received certificates in areas ranging from barbering and cosmetology to surgical technician. The Helms College, Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality had 17 diploma of culinary arts and 2 certificates of culinary arts.
Arthur Elementary School first grader Ariel Her smiles at the school’s namesake Matt Arthur, Prince Charming, while having her photo made during the school’s Cinderella Ball.
Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he takes the stage at the Macon Coliseum during a 2015 campaign stop.
Donald Trump makes a point at the Macon Coliseum during a 2015 campaign stop.
Dawn McClendon holds a photo of her father and mother, Derwood J. and Louise McComb. McClendon’s father was murdered by Larry Timothy O’Neill more than 30 years ago. Now O’Neill has been released from prison after spending 33 years behind bars. He is now running for office in Jackson County Michigan. McClendon and her siblings were never told that O’Neill was released from prison and feel he should not be allowed to run for public office.
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell poses for a selfie with Caroline Freeman during her visit to Mount De Sales Academy.
Michael Bruce from Colorado brands a steer at Bill Barnes Stoney Creek Ranch in Monroe County. Barnes cowboy and cowgirl friends come from around the country to help him doctor and brand his calfs.
Jenice King reacts as she sees family photos of Alvin Comer Whitson “Whit” Martin Jr. at his graveside service. King had never seen photos of the man she befriended before his face was horribly scared by cancer. King gave a eulogy at his service in the chapel at McCullough Funeral Home and spoke of a kind man with a troubled past.
Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Griffith, right, smiles and shakes hands with guests during the recessional after his investiture ceremonies at Fort Valley State University.
State Senator David Lucas, left, and State Representative James Beverly speak in the hall outside the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The decision about demolition of the Douglass House was postponed.
Sisters Kendreyana, 9, and Rokajai Mitchell, 7, play with their friend Ava Hollis, 8, in Hollis’ grandmother’s, Helen Leslie, driveway on Pierce Drive West. Leslie sang Ring Around the Rosie as the girls circled the water sprinkler to keep cool on a hot day.
Citizens line the streets around the courthouse in Forsyth as they pay their respects to Monroe County deputy William Norris’ funeral procession. Norris and Jeff Wilson were shot while answering a call about an attempted suicide near Bolingbroke. Christopher Keith Calmer, 46, is charged with murder in the death of Norris and faces other charges in the incident. Norris is the first Monroe deputy killed in the line of duty in the agency’s history, according to the sheriff’s office.
Gloria Jean Brown smokes a cigarette in the doorway of Corner Grocery Walnut Street. She didn’t notice any changes in her neighborhood from the 5×5 program.
Claudia Rapp watches as Bakari Andrews and Shannon Gravely dance at their reception.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert laughs as he tells the story of moving the model of the U.S.S. Macon from the Centerplex back to the lobby of the Macon-Bibb Government Center.
Barbara McGahee laughs with Judge Tillman Self III as she serves breakfast at Jeneane’s Cafe. McGahee has been a waitress at the restaurant for 44 years. December 24th will be her last day as she retires to take care of her mother of also worked at the restaurant for years.
Boys sit and read as they get their hair cut at Hartley Elementary School. Boys got free haircuts during the “Books with Barbers” event at the school. A partnership between several local barbers and the school’s Family Engagement program made the haircuts possible. The boys read books while the barbers cut their hair.
A large crowd attended the prayer service at Steward Chapel AME Church for the 9 people killed in Charleston shooting.
James Burdette waits to be rescued as he stands stranded on a rock at the bottom of waterfalls in the Towaliga River in High Falls State Park. His younger brother, Christian Burdette, drown earlier in the falls as James could only watch helplessly.
One of five wolves is moved to the Fort Valley State University State Animal Facility for Emergencies (SAFE) Center. Animals from the Oatland Island Education Center in Savannah were evacuated ahead of a possible hurricane.
Britney Crow of Warner Robins blows bubbles as the sun goes down as she waits for the balloon glow to start at the Perry Dogwood Festival Balloon Glow.
Karma Lilly Little, 6, hugs Jamie Paulk, her Jeffersonville Elementary School principal, after Sheriff Darren Mitchum made her an honorary deputy sheriff. Karma Lilly is battling stage four Neuroblastoma cancer and has dreamed of being a law enforcement officer since she befriended police officers in New York City visiting her in the hospital where she is undergoing a medical trial.
Lights on the Giant Wheel reflect on the wet pavement at the Georgia National Fair.
Janea Cox kisses her child Haleigh, the girl who launched Medical Marijuana in Georgia. There will be a benefit at The Barn in Colloden for the family that continues to struggle with her care and recovery from a fire.
Reginald Fowler, seen through a bullet hole in the window, sweeps the floor of his family’s living room. His wife Patricia Fowler was playing a video game in her living room when bullets were shot at her residence. Fowler said police found evidence of nearly 40 rounds that hit her home in the assault. Her family, Reginald and 15-year-old daughter Tyisha Rainey, were in the house also at the time of the drive-by shooting.
Patrice Lester, sister of Chassity Lester, is restrained by her brother Chad Lester and grandmother, Mae Helen Wright, after she yelled an obscenity at Brandon Davis as he left the courtroom. Davis plead guilty to fatally beating and stabbing the 26-year-old Lester.
Vincento Harris, dressed as a movie Monster stands outside Jittery Joes in Mercer Village. The production team for the movie “The World is Big and Scary” were walking their Monster around promoting their KickStarter campaign they hope will fund the movie.
Brandon Thompson turns away as a rescue crew tries to resuscitate the driver of a pickup size utility truck at the scene of an accident on northbound Interstate 75. Thompson was a witness to the wreck. She said that the tractor trailer was stopped in the road and the driver of the pickup utility truck didn’t stop. The driver of the utility truck was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia at 10:40 a.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Deborah Touchton holds her husband’s, James, hand as they listen to questions and answers at the town hall meeting at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin. More than 200 people with health care concerns attended. For about an hour, new director Maryalice Morro fielded questions and listened to comments.
Middle Georgia State University students string yarn from post to post at an interactive public art installation on campus.
Hay bales fly as Carlos Aeschlimann crashes through the end of the track at the Magnolia Soap Box Derby.
Gracie Jackson, 8, climbs in a Yoshino cherry tree in Third Street Park at the Cherry Blossom Festival festivities. Jackson was waiting for the ice servers to start handing out the cold treat to the crowd.
Lewis McGriff tosses a brick he just cleaned to his pickup truck as he sits atop the pile beside Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Monday morning. McGriff, 72, said he has been a a mason all his life and likes to have a few extra bricks on hand for odd jobs.
April Scarborough holds her son David, 3, at the school bus stop on Hartley Street in front of an abandoned house. They were waiting on her other two children to come home from school. Her family lives on a different street in the neighborhood but she said it has many of the same problems as Hartley Street.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis observes his officers at work on the scene of a homicide.
A SWAT Team member helps a victim leave the Middle Georgia Regional Airport terminal. The airport was the scene for disaster scenario training that included active shooters inside the airport terminal, reports of an IED and lockdown of the airport and a hostage situation in a nearby building.
Marjorie Spaulding steps out of the food line to give 5-year-old Aubrey Hess a kiss on the forehead at the 16th annual Spring Break Cookout at Loaves and Fishes. Aubrey was at the cookout with her mother, Candice Hess, who is friends Spaulding. More than 60 members of the Mentors Project helped with the event cooking and serving chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, cake and ice cream.
Wendy Wood and Shannon Grieshop stand in the middle of a prayer circle Wednesday. The Hilltop Elementary School paraprofessional and teacher, surrounded by their coworkers, have hands laid on them as they are prayed for at an after school meeting of the Teachers Living for Christ. Grieshop will be receiving a kidney from Wood at Emory University.
Members of the HMLA 773 watch as the pilot lands their new Huey on the flight line in front of the hanger. The helicopter is the first brand new helicopter the unit has added in 20 years. The aircraft was flown in from Texas.
Macon-Bibb County firefighter Joshua Hughes rescued a small 5-month-old mixed terrier dog named Lucky from a house fire. The dog’s owner, Valerie Young, was alerted that her house on Birch Street was on fire. She rushed to the scene and ask about her dog and was told that no animal had been removed from the burning home. She let firefighters on the scene know know that she owned a dog that she left in inside the house and beseech them to rescue him. Hughes went back in the smoked filled house and retrieved the dog still in it’s kennel, from danger. “He was jumping around when I got to him.” Hughes said.
PJ Williams, 6, plays in the water as his 14-year-old uncle, Kenny Grieshop, makes a slash in the water meant to surprise his nephew at Tattnall Square Park. A sudden downpour turned a drainage area into a water park.
Sandra Torres, right, hugs The Mentors Project’s June O’Neal after she was presented with a Kia van. Interstate Auto Sales presented Torres with the van and a check for $200. Torres has been walking miles back and forth to work and needed a vehicle.
Sue Freeman looks through her destroyed mobile home for pieces of a child’s roll top desk that was stored in it. Twiggs County Sheriff Chief Deputy Billy Boney said he thought it was thinks a tornado that briefly touched down on the property.
CFO Ron Collier answers questions in a news conference at the school board office.
Four groups of marchers from Booker T. Washington Center for northside, Rosa Jackson Center for eastside, Frank Johnson Center/Unionville for westside and Memorial Gym for southside, met at the Macon-Bibb County Government Center for a short Martin Luther King Jr. March rally.
Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas reacts as she is triple jumped during a game of pool checkers. “I gave her one.” (a king) said her opponent, checkers champion, Alfred “East Point” Barnett after the match at the new Chess/Checker/Connect 4 Park on Lynmore Avenue. The new park is the latest project by the South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology organization. SMART received a grant from the American Association of Retired Persons to build the playing tables and two large Connect 4 games in the park. Lucas said about the game, “I know when I’ve met my match.”
Madeline Thomas, 3, plays in the Cherry Street fountain at the 100th year Nu-Way Weiners and Terminal Station celebration.
McGruff the Crime Dog puts his paws in the air as he gets help into the costume in the Centenary Church parking lot. Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Outreach division deputies Santel Smith and Emmett Bivins were getting ready to make crime prevention appearance for senior citizens event in Tattnall Square Park.
Charday Dix, 15, right, listens to Patricia Ford, reigning Miss Georgia, as she visits in her Children’s Hospital Navicent Health. The pair talked about careers. Charday said she would like to be a doctor. Ballet dancing and fingernail polish were also covered in the conversation. Ford’s platform as Miss Georgia is promoting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through recognition, fundraising and support for patients and families.
CaTesha Brown is consoled Monday as the body of her son Marquez Brown arrives at Bentley & Sons Funeral Home in Macon. Brown was one of two Fort Stewart soldiers killed at southeast Georgia apartment. Sgt. Shaquille Craig was charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Brown and Pvt. Malika Darion Jackson, 21, of Foley, Alabama. Brown, 23, was a graduate of Southwest High School.
A Romeo’s In Juliette employee takes in the American Flag at closing time.
The Red Cross Emergency Shelter at North Park Recreation Center is equipped to take in hurricane Matthew evacuees with pets.
A racer slides backwards down a slide and into a shallow mud pit during the Macon Mud Run at Hephzibah Children’s Home Saturday morning. The 7K and 5K course includes obstacles, pond crossings, hills, slides, tunnel crawls, and mud pits.
Ryan Sampson gives his son Tyshawn Hollis last minute instructions to listen to his teacher and eat all his lunch on the first day of school at Veterans Elementary in Bibb County.
Hot air balloons light up the sky at the Perry Dogwood Festival Balloon Glow.
Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn greets supporters after the forum with Republican nominee David Perdue at the Macon Convention Center.
A Macon-Bibb County firefighter holds onto the legs of one of his fellow firefighters that is lowered into the passenger compartment of a overturned vehicle. The driver of the truck, Steven Zimvler, said he was driving on I-75 south just before the Hartley Bridge Road when a car hydroplaned into a transfer truck and then back into his lane. The car struck his truck in the right rear as he tried to avoid it. Zimvler’s truck turned over in the road and came to rest in the breakdown lane under the Hartley Bridge Road bridge.
Former President Jimmy Cater kisses the hand of a small girl after making a group photo with visitors after church services at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga..
Marjorie Spaulding steps out of the food line to give 5-year-old Aubrey Hess a kiss on the forehead at the 16th annual Spring Break Cookout at Loaves and Fishes. Aubrey was at the cookout with her mother, Candice Hess, who is friends Spaulding.
Grace Howell is reflected in a rain puddle as she chases down an out-of-bounds tennis ball during at Middle Georgia State College. She was at Covenant Academy tennis practice preparing for the start of the GICAA tennis regional at John Drew Tennis Center Wednesday. Coach Gwen Wood said, “The weather is good for tennis, except for the humidity.”
Volunteers from the audience fall into a deep sleep after being hypnotized by Hypnotist Steve Bayner during the Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show at the Georgia State Fair in Macon.
Makayla Rideau, a 10-year-old 5th grader at Southfield Elementary, smiles as she sees colors in a homemade spectroscope. She and about 70 of her schoolmates were participating in “Lights On Afterschool” a nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. Southfield’s event was hosted by the Museum of Arts and Sciences featured STEM activities and a animal show.
Blossom, Paul and Alice Williams’ pink poodle, was on hand for petting and photos with the crowd attending the Cherry Blossom Festival Third Street Park festivities.
A Bibb County Deputy holds a white rose before placing it at the Macon Police monument at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day observance in the Mulberry Street Park. The ceremony recalls the ultimate sacrifices of Macon police officers, Bibb County sheriff’s deputies and Macon-Bibb County firefighters who died while on duty.
Honey, a 1-year-old teacup Chihuahua, barks as Larry and Carol Womack pose on the front porch of their home. Honey attacked an armed robber as he tried to force the Womacks into their home. Carol is holding a target from a recent trip to the shooting range.
Lucile Clark, 83, looks out over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day marchers at the Macon-Bibb Governmental Center.
Mercer University President Bill Underwood stands in a chair to get a look over the fence at the Spearman C. Godsey Science Center under construction. The building will have four stories and a basement when completed in December 2017. It will have more than 30 laboratories. Underwood was on hand for a beam signing ceremony where students were invited to sign their names on the last beam to be installed in the building.
Macon-Bibb County firefighters are battle a major fire at the scene of the old A.L. Miller School on Montpelier Avenue. Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 12:30 AM where they found fire in the old gymnasium, said assistant chief Shane Edwards.
A Carlyle Place resident Jeanette Tally, 85, holds Lucy, a robotic baby harp seal, during a group session before lunch. Each resident in the session got a few minutes with the doll. The doll reacts to touching and speaking to it by moving, closing its eyes and making sounds.
Manuel Arrila paints the marquee at Cox Capital Theatre. He was one of a crew from A.T. Long and Sons Painting working on Second Street along with paint manufacturing company Benjamin Moore to revitalize Macon’s Second Street as part of its Main Street Matters program. Macon is the one of 20 communities across North America to launch the project. Tony Long said that the nice weather was conducive for painting outside.
NASA ER-2 pilot Stu Broce, Meat, sits in his pressurized flight suit before his 8-hour flight Wednesday. Broce breathes pure oxygen for one hour before his flight to remove all the nitrogen from his blood. The suit is similar to the space suits that astronauts use in space flights.
Camden Lurie, 4, laughs as he plays in a sprinkler during the Centerpoint Church Kids Life water battles at the church.
Mama Louise Hudson takes a phone call in the kitchen of H & H Restaurant. The restaurant on Forsyth Street, a Macon culinary mainstay with ties to the city’s music heritage, is being recognized as the most iconic restaurant in the state. Thrillist.com, a food, drink and travel website, awarded H&H the Georgia title. The list, “The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State (And D.C.)” was published online Sunday.
Mattie Hardin gets walked by Boone, her 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, along Cherry Street. Hardin said that they take a 2 to 3 mile walk each day and that Boone is known by his neighbors as the self walking dog.
Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, makes his speech to the crowd at a town hall meeting at Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga.