Najee Jackson, fourth year bass drum player, performs with the Blue & Gold Marching Machine as fireworks fill the air after the Aggies home opening win over Mars Hill at North Carolina A&T’s Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, Saturday evening, September 9, 2017. North Carolina A&T is the largest public HBCU in the nation and hosts an almost 100-year-old marching band started in 1918. The Blue & Gold Marching Machine is said to be the 1946 pattern for the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. “Everything I play I feel it,” said Jackson. “It’s my passion for real.” Although it is his last first game Jackson says it is still an adrenaline rush seeing the crowd. (Eamon Queeney for The Undefeated)
Justin Hernandez, center left, Jim Motter, center, and Conor Gerrity, center right, line up with other torch bearers in front of St. Patrick Church in downtown Columbus on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday evening, March 17, 2014. St. Patrick Church hosted a special mass in honor of their patron saint today, which ended in a solemn procession around their block complete with torches and the carrying of their St. Patrick statue.
A man, who wished not to be identified due to legal issues, leaps off the cliffs into a deep pool at the Rock Mill on the Hocking River in Fairfield County as he swims with friends to cool off, Thursday afternoon, May 8, 2014. Signs read no trespassing but jumpers still come to take a terrifying leap into the cool waters. The man said he comes to swim here every summer and this was his first time this year.
Freeda Poniros, daughter of the original owners and mother to the current one, finally sits down at the end of the day to eat a hot dog after hours in the Roast Grill in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Roast Grill has been a Raleigh staple for more than 75 years. Opened in 1940 by Greek immigrants George Charles and his wife Mary, the restaurant has only ever served a limited menu of hot dogs, coke, baklava and pound cake. No ketchup allowed though, Mary refused to let it ruin her chili and the rule has stood ever since. Instead you can get the grilled dogs with mustard, chili, slaw and onions all for $2.50 a piece. The tiny restaurant that used to be a front porch is now run by the couple’s grandson George Poniros. (The North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)
Sgt. Keenan Pryor gets ready to lead the Ohio Army National Guard Color Guard to the presentation of the colors during the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction presentations during the joint session of the 131st General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse, Thursday morning, May 21, 2015. The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives came together to award the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction to the families of six Ohio servicemen that paid the ultimate price to their state and country. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)
Smoke rises as fire still burns in the debris of a derailed 98 car train just south of the Ohio State Exposition Center as fire crews begin to extinguish the fire, Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2012. Eleven to 13 cars, many of which were tankers carrying 3,000 gallons of ethanol each, train derailed around 2 am, caught fire and exploded. Officials are still unsure as to the cause of the crash and have evacuated about 100 residents within a 1-mile radius. Two onlookers were injured as they came to inspect the scene.
Gordon and Bettye Logan, of Georgetown, TX, drive up in their 1936 Auburn 852 S/C Boartail Speedster to accept the best in class award for Class 1: Pre-War American (Open & Closed Until 1942) during the fourth annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, Saturday, April 30, 2016. The vintage car showcase takes over a fairway at the iconic golf resort to display historic and rare automobiles while raising money for charities like the USO of North Carolina. (North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)
A woman is lit by her candle as she listens during a Moral Monday protest event at the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh, Monday, November 28, 2016. Led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, the event had multiple speakers but revolved around a message against the rhetoric of fear and hate as well as a call to Governor Pat McCrory to concede the election to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper. (The North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)
Zac Busch, of the Short North, wipes his face and cools off in the Bicentennial Park fountain as the Festival Latino goes on around him, Sunday afternoon, August 11, 2013. Busch is a member of a Columbus band called Zephyr Zodiac and, in light of their song “Nuns on the Run,” him and his band mates Alex Imhoff and Mike Oates got a whim to buy habit costumes and have fun around downtown Columbus. The group were a big hit at the Festival Latino as people kept stopping them to pose for photographs.
Jordyn Wood, 16, snuggles with Buffy, the last of his grandfather Don Butts’ 18 hospitalized labradors to be released from the Masterson Veterinary Clinic, as they get ready for the car ride home, Wednesday afternoon, April 2, 2014. “It’s been hard on grandpa,” said Jordyn. Last week between Wednesday and Friday, 18 of Butts’ labradors were poisoned with ethylene glycol, commonly known as antifreeze, and had to be rushed to Masterson Veterinary Clinic once Don realized something was wrong after his dogs began to have seizures. An 8 year-old male named Storm was the only dog to die and his diagnosis saved the rest. “I found Stormy like that,” said Jordyn. “It’s not something you want to see again, but Stormy saved the lives of 17 other dogs.”
Onlookers and Mica Khalifa, 7, right, react as Mica’s car wins a heat in the pinewood derby during the 15th annual Kirby Derby in Raleigh, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Started as a neighborhood block party of sorts in 2002, the annual Kirby Derby has grown into one of Raleigh’s most fun summer events, despite being spread mostly by word of mouth. The event circles around a tongue-in-cheek soap box derby complete with crashes and costumes. This year’s theme was fairy tales. (North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)
A worker with A & E Glass works inside a building at Lazelle and Lynn downtown after glass was damaged from a nearby explosion, Friday morning, February 28, 2014. An underground explosion rocked a section of downtown Columbus last night sending manhole covers and flames into the air. Power was still out to some areas this morning.
Executive Student Government members dressed as angels, Sophia Abatangelo, 18, second from right, talks to Lilah Wilfong, 17, right, on the patio of Smedes Hall during the 36th annual Lighting O’ the Grove at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, Sunday, December 4, 2016. Saint Mary’s, the private girls school and Raleigh institution for almost 200 years, celebrated its holiday weekend with the annual Lessons and Carols service and the 36th annual Lighting O’ the Grove. (The North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)
A truck driver is pulled out of cab by Columbus fire fighters as it dangles on the edge of the 315 north-bound bridge over Sullivant Avenue on the West Side of Columbus, Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2014. The north-bound lanes of 315 had to be closed as emergency responders worked to save the driver of a crashed semi trailer.
Daniel Thomas, of Upper Arlington, walks through a September 11th memorial on the Ohio Statehouse lawn after taking a photograph, Thursday evening, September 11, 2014. The lawn was covered with 2,999 American flags today to honor each life lost in the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The flags were arranged in two columns to represent the twin towers with a pentagon-shaped cutout in the center.
Charlotte Rhea, of Columbus, makes a grand entrance at the Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin 2014, or “Hat Day,” at Franklin Park Conservatory with her large red and black church lady hat with matching heels, Friday morning, May 2, 2014. The annual spring fundraiser at the Conservatory brings together more than 600 guests in all sorts of hats imaginable to raise funds for the Conservatory’s education programs.
Sarah Holden, 6, of Dublin, searches for crayfish and other creatures as she walks though the creek at Hayden Falls, Wednesday afternoon, July 17, 2013. Sarah was out with her brother Sam, 9, and the Lucy family, also of Dublin, Conner, 13, little sister Ava, 11, little brother Rowan, 6, and their mother Amanda Lucy. The group came down to the falls to get out of the heat and explore according to Amanda Lucy. “It’s always cooler down here,” said Amanda who brings the kids about once a month to the falls – where she also used to go as a child. “Too hot to be at the pool even.” Temperatures across central Ohio hovered in the mid to lower 90s as the heat index rose into the triple digits at some points.
Commissioner Delena Edwards, left, and commission president Grady L. Pettigrew, right, whisper during the Civil Service Commission hearing for former Columbus firefighter Marc Cain, Thursday morning, September 25, 2014. Cain requested the hearing to try to get his job back after being terminated in March for dishonest, insubordinate and sexual behavior.
A Columbus fire fighter works to fully quell a fire inside a condo on Bowman Meadow Drive in South Columbus, Thursday afternoon, September 5, 2013. According to Battalion Chief John Vingle no one was injured in the blaze that consumed one whole unit and much of the two adjoining homes at a destruction value around $500,000. The 17-year-old boy that lives in the condo was in the garage when he heard the alarms go off, at which point he stepped outside and saw the flames. Fire officials were investigating the cause, but were confident it was accidental.
Cardiac surgeons Bryan Whitson, right, and Ahmet Kilic, left, work on a patient’s new heart during a heart transplant in an operating room at Ohio State University’s Ross Heart Hospital in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The number of heart transplants performed in Ohio fell last year to its lowest point since 1989, but not due to less of a waiting list. As of February 7th, 59 percent of the 155 people who were waiting for heart transplants in Ohio had been waiting for at least a year. The highest rate in the nation.
Gilbert Abbington, of Reynoldsburg, looks up at the balloons he is buying for his wife along with flowers as he waits in line at Flowerama in Whitehall on Valentines Day, Friday morning, February 14, 2014. Valentines Day is Flowerama’s single busiest day of the year as last minute customers and delivery pick-ups flood in and out of the doors all day long.
Columbus emergency personnel use a fire truck ladder to try persuade a man to climb down safely off a support tower for the I-670 bridge over Neil Avenue in the Arena District, Friday afternoon, August 14, 2015. Police shut down I-670 Eastbound for more than two hours until the man climbed down safely. (The Columbus Dispatch/ Eamon Queeney)
Todd Burgei, left, junior vice commander of Westerville’s VFW Post 7883, lowers an American flag into a burning drum while J.R. Weimer, service officer, right, looks on during a flag retirement ceremony at the First Responders Memorial, Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2012. American flags are retired with a dignified ceremony and burned after they have become beaten, worn or tattered.
As seen from Bryan Regan’s plane, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team does a loop over Vandalia, OH, during a practice run and media ride in advance of this weekend’s annual Dayton Air Show, Friday morning, June 27, 2014. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, the team has been performing crowd-pleasing stunts in their 600 horsepower AT-6G Texan aircraft for 30 years now. The Texan was the platform in which hundreds of WWII pilots were trained in and more than 22 countries still use the plane in training. AreoShell will perform this Saturday and Sunday at the Dayton Air Show in Vandalia with a variety of attractions including the U.S. Navy Blue Angles.
Kids play in the Roochute, a giant parachute owned by Ron Holgado, of Old Town East, who brought it for people to play with, as they wait for the fireworks to start near North Bank Park in Downtown Columbus, Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014. Holgado said the Roochute is part of his social movement to spread happiness and do random acts of kindness. Held every year along the Scioto River in Downtown Columbus, the Red White and Boom celebration is one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the Midwest.
Adrian Casas, of Tru Service Group a labor and setup company, hammers up a wall mural as he and coworkers build the MRI Performance and Natrol brand booth for the Arnold Fitness EXPO in the main hall of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Wednesday morning, February 27, 2013. Part of the massive Arnold Sports Festival, the expo features 800 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition along with a stage that hosts non-stop competitions and entertainment. The expo opens to the public Friday at 9:30 am and runs until Sunday at 4 pm.
Anthony Tyree, far left, of Columbus, and other fishermen wait for a bite near the North Shore Boat Ramp of Buckeye Lake, Thursday afternoon, October 23, 2014. Tyree says he comes to this spot often in the fall to fish for saugeye, but hadn’t had any luck today. Buckeye Lake has been plagued by blue-green algae all year, causing beaches to be shut down as well as other issues.
Columbus fire fighters Nathan Shaw, left, of Station 19, John Delph, center, of Station 11, and Joe Shanahan, right, of Station 28, walk across the frozen Antrim Park lake as they train for a cold water rescue, Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. Although temperature climbed into the 60’s today, Columbus fire fighters and emergency medical personnel were able to use the still-frozen lake to train for a cold water rescue situation, which they do multiple times in the winter.
Robin Croswhite, of Charlotte, reads a book in the1960 Studebaker Hawk owned by her and her husband Tom at Fort Bragg during the Iron Mike Rally, Friday, April 29, 2016. Part of the fourth annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, the Iron Mike Rally brought together rare, classic automobiles and Fort Bragg soldiers for a 70-mile round-trip cruise from Pinehurst Resort to Fort Bragg to honor members of the military. (North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)
A sobbing Lavon Logan, third from left, is consoled by family members after Columbus Police removed her brother’s body during the investigation of the fatal shooting at 368 N. Roosevelt Ave. on the East Side near Bexley, Wednesday morning, May 6, 2015. The family kept repeating she was not in this alone before breaking into a prayer. Paramedics pronounced Kieta Smith, 34, dead at the scene at 4:03 a.m after what witnesses say was an argument with suspected shooter Sherrod L. Gamble, 36, of North Linden. Two young children were in the home but it’s not clear if they witnessed the shooting. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)
A fire fighter stands on top of a truck and watches Marjorie Ramsay’s home burn at 993 Bushwood Lane near Bethel Road after it was struck by lightning in Friday afternoon’s severe storm, June 29, 2012. “I was on the porch reading,” said Ramsay. “And all of the sudden I heard this monstrous pop that made me jump. I thought it was a transformer.” She called the fire department but all the circuits were busy. She believes the house will be a complete loss. “Oh lordy I just hope the other neighbors roofs are all right.” said Ramsay. “I’m going to have to find a new place to live.” A storm front with hurricane-force winds blew through central Ohio Friday leaving more than 200,000 people without power and damaging other property.
Nyla McCleskey, 10, of the Hilltop, flies a kite for the first time ever at Rhodes Park as her sister Saniya, 11, and cousins Jashawn Twitty, 10, and Diamond Demmons, 7, play with their kites nearby, Tuesday afternoon, April 21, 2015. Nyla’s mom Brenda McCleskey took advantage of the windy day and took the kids out to pick out kites for their first time flying. Central Ohio was under a wind advisory today with sustained winds from 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph or more.
As seen driving south, construction crews continue work on the trench – the first of its kind in the state – of the I-270 and Route 23 interchange, Thursday morning, May 7, 2015. The Ohio Department of Transportation is overhauling three huge interchanges on the north side of 270 over the next few years including Route 23, Route 33 and 315. The old systems are not able to handle the current traffic levels or project population growth and still be safe and efficient. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)
Members of Flint Hill, Chance Parrish, center, Adam Frazier, left, and Chris Poole, second from left, joke around with other musicians in the band room during the 81st Annual Highfalls Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention at North Moore High School in Robbins, North Carolina, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Flint Hill took home the top prize in the band competition. The annual gathering brought talent from around North Carolina to compete for the 1,800 dollars in cash prizes and bragging rights. Awards were given out for the top finishers in: band, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, singer, dancing, bass fiddle, dobro, piano and Most Promising Young Talent. (North State Journal/Eamon Queeney)