Corey Perrine | Photojournalist

Life

JR Rementeria points to where the fire started the day before at State Road 29 and I-75 eastbound, while a forest fire is seen burning in Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County Saturday, March 30, 2013.  The so-called Huckabee Wildfire, which started Friday afternoon, has burned through about 20,000 acres on the Big Cypress National Preserve. The resulting smoke caused the Florida Highway Patrol to shut down the Alligator Alley portion of Interstate 75 from about 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. State Road 29 also was shut down from U.S. 41 to Oil Well Road. As of Tuesday, crews had the fire 45 percent contained. Officials said 64 people with multiple agencies were committed to fighting the fire. The Huckabee fire began north of Fire Prairie Trail along Turner River Road and continues to burn to State Road 29 to the west and Interstate 75 to the north. Officials are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
  
The night of Nov. 7, 2008 will never be forgotten for Kara Kevorkian, right, and her daughter Netaya, 17, both then of Nashua. Kara was shot by ex-boyfriend Juan Mateo Sanchez, 45, with a .357-caliber handgun. Sanchez faces 20-50 years in prison for attempted murder after shooting her five times at point blank range. Kara lay in a pool of blood while her daughter performed CPR and called 911, saving her life. On the center of Kara's back, a bullet wound can be seen where a bullet narrowly missed her spine.
  
KLANDESTINE -- Members of the Ku Klux Klan watch a cross burn Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 in Warrenville, S.C. Duwayne Johnson was initiated as the Imperial Wizard of the All-American Invisible Knights and announced his group would soon have a larger presence in Augusta, Ga. Johnson claims his chapter is not about white supremacy but about keeping races separate in
     
  
A woman is carried away after fainting from mourning by three neighbors Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Immokalee. First responders were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. to 501 Doak Ave. where two individuals were fatally wounded in a predominately Haitian part of town. Imokalee Police and Collier County Sheriffs are calling the incident an active death investigation at this time. Police have leads on a person of interest. Hundreds came out after word spread wailing and mourning, showing strong ties and support in the community.
  
A minnow swims adjacent to an American alligator at the base of its tail Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee, Fla. Patrons toured the 13-acre privately owned swamp of famed landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. The two hour swamp walk tours are $50 per person and through forest, mud and in some parts, alligator-inhabited waters.
  
Friends and family reflect on the life of Scott Craig after throwing in carnations in his honor Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Visitor's Center. Close to 200 individuals paid their respects. A week ago Craig went missing while fishing on the lake. Only his boat was recovered. Currently, people that patrol the water, are devoting an extra hour in the morning and in the evening in his recovery. Local boaters have donated their time according to his mother, Terri Craig.
     
  
Christian pop artist, Jonny Diaz, performs for a crowd of a couple hundred on the lawn of the commons area against a nearly-full moon Sept. 21 in downtown Augusta, Ga. Diaz came as part of the 10-day Westobou Arts Festival. The concert was sponsored by 88.3 WAFJ in celebration of their 16th anniversary.
  
Amber Baker waits for the homecoming queen parade to begin as she sits atop a 1957 Ford Thunderbird Friday, Oct. 8 at Lions Field in North Augusta, S.C. They circled twice waiving to the crowd. Fox Creek High School crowned Danielle Sheppard their 2010 homecoming queen at half time as their varsity football team battled Calhoun County High School.
  
Newlyweds Tiffaney, 21, and Brendon Peterson, 18, from left, embrace while witnesses Larina Thornton, Brendon's mom, wipes a tear, and Joe Morgan, Tiffaney's dad, sign wedding documents with Terri McKay, Public Notary, May 25, 2013 at Drive-Thru Wedding & Notary on 19th St. SW in Naples, Fla.
     
  
Owner Gary Vickers, center, helps out customer Ron Hajj of Hanover, Mass. as he examines a shotgun Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Smokin' Barrels Gun Shop in Naples. Want the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person on your holiday list? How about a gun? Federal and state laws don't forbid it, as long as you are using your own money to buy it, and are not giving it to a minor or someone who is otherwise legally prohibited from owning one. Gun sales nationwide are soaring‚ they peak around Black Friday‚ and sales statewide are expected to reach record levels in 2013, about double what they were in 2007. Meanwhile, guns, ammo and other weaponry are appearing in cheery Christmas flyers put out by major retailers.
  
ShaMyon Green, 8, looks to find his mother Renee after kicking the backside of the concrete dugout too many times, out of sheer boredom, Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Lake Olmstead Stadium during a GreenJackets baseball game. Green fractured three toes to his left foot. His mother, who works at the stadium, had to finish her shift two hours later to take him to the emergency room. According to Renee, a few weeks after the incident, ShaMyon has fully recovered.
  
Tonya Nelson of Augusta has hands laid on her by Kimmi Gardner of Grovetown Saturday, Aug. 14 underneath The Calhoun Express way at 15th Street in Augusta. Bridge Ministry from the New Hope Worship Center based in Grovetown have been assemblying under the bridge for the past three and a half years, providing temporal and spiritual needs for the homeless, the underprivlidged and other congragationists. They not only heal but offer prayers and help people become saved through Jesus Christ. They assemble underneath a bridge after Pastor Roger Gardner, Kimmi's husband, was inspired years ago in Nashville, Tenn. when he witnessed one.
     
  
Ivana Varga, right, dances with partner Nicholas Altomare Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Fla. Hundreds competed in the Swing Into Summer Ballroom Dance Competition. Ages competing ranged from 8 years-old to 92 in the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and more. Lunch was offered to registered participants and guests and medals were handed out to top finishers in various categories.
  
Members of Collier County Sheriff's Office respond at the Sunshine Pharmacy after a raid was conducted earlier in the day Thursday, Jan. 17, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confiscated boxes of evidence and computers from the business. Collier County Narcotics team helped in assisting with the operation. Details are unknown why the officers arrived but stayed for about 30 minutes asking questions to those working inside. Federal investigators have not released details for the said raid either.
  
Essie Butler sits on her porch with a baby doll Aug. 26 at her Augusta home on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta. Butler was relaxing talking with a friend watching cars go by.
     
  
Derrick Greene, 27, of Quechee, Vt. jumps off a covered bridge 100 feet into the Ottauquechee River Sunday, July 10, 2011 while others look in Woodstock, Vt. In the background is Simon Pearce Restaurant at the mills where fine dining is served and glass is blown below. Temperatures in the 90's made for perfect swim weather for patrons and daredevils alike.
  
Santa Claus is seen boarding the elevator as he goes up to give presents to children Saturday, Dec. 25 at the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. Santa came to visit several children who were there for the holidays.
  
Former Senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.) gives John Whalen of Tulsa, Okla., a thumbs up after Whalen told him that he voted for him during the 1996 Presidental race against Bill Clinton (D-Ark.). Dole was serving in Italy while Whalen was in Okinawa, Japan in the 1940's.
     
  
Paul Brooks shows where ground level used to be in 1971 when his parents purchased property containing this Mysore fig tree July 19, 2013 in Estero, Fla. Brooks says they were the 5th house in Estero at the time and it was purchased for $6,500 dollars. Today the tree is 117 years old, located at Broadway Ave. East, and the largest fig tree in the United States at 93 feet and a spread of 130 feet. Brooks runs the tree as a tourist stop and runs the gift shop where naturally unseeded jams are made from the fig fruit. After years of opposing incorporation, the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) has decided now is the time for Estero to become a municipality. Feelings among residents are mixed. Efforts to place incorporation will appear on the on the November 2014 ballot. If successful Estero would become a municipality by January 1, 2015.
  
Pfc. Virniqua Watkins of Sparta, Ga. consoles her teary-eyed daughter Harmony, 1, after a deployment ceremony Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at Ft. Gordon, Ga. About 100 troops from A Company, 345th Military Intelligence Battalion will deploy to Baghdad, Iraq tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. but will head first to training, for six weeks, at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Their mission, the first unit to deploy since the end of combat operations announced last month, will serve as the Corps Analytical Augmentation Element for United States Forces Iraq located at Camp Victory for 12 months.