Corey Perrine | Photojournalist


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.
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.
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.
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.
Jo Ann Harris, 38, pauses for a moment holding her grandson Tyler Beasley, 22 months, in what remains of their house, before showing in a walk-through Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Harlem, Ga. On Thursday, Nov. 18, a fire destroyed the edifice after Beasley accidentally knocked over an oil lamp. According to Harris, she went to use the bathroom only to come back to a wall of flames and her grandson on fire. Harris immediately doused the flames from his bare legs after ignited oil landed on his skin and ran out of the house. Beasley suffered second-degree burns. Within minutes the house was engulfed in flames. Harris, single and unemployed, said she lost everything and is looking for help to rebuild. Harris had fallen behind on paying the electric bill and had just paid to have it reconnected. According to Harris, it was the last night of living by oil lamp as the power was to be reconnected the next day. Beasley is expected to have a full recovery.
Jose Flores Smith, originally from Cuba, is seen at his Smith Gardens Apartment home on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in Hialeah, FL. The spanish-speaking community, heavily comprised of Cuban immigrants will be pivotal in this year's election. The area is traditionally known as a politically red area. Smith lives off $653 dollars of Social Security a month. His rent is $550 dollars. Currently his air conditioning window unit is broken to his studio apartment.
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.
Cecelia Johnson prays with other members of the congregation Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. Hundreds came out to celebrate the 148th celebration of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the document that abolished slavery in America.
Jesse Simpson, audio/visual specialist for The Old Frontier shows off his
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.
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.
Jason Sikes, an Elvis Presley impersonator, performs Saturday, Nov. 6 at The Jack C. Fortune American Legion Post 205 in Augusta, Ga. About $2,400 was raised for the Wounded Warrior program that will offer them a Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Sikes has been performing in the area and around the country for the past 12 years.
Buster Smith, 5, hands his grandmother, Francis Henderson, a flower after Easter egg hunting in their back yard in Fort Myers, Fla.
Adrianna Ixta, 2, is seen pressing her face on the glass of the butcher's meat section Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at Jacobo's Authentic Mexican Grocery & Bakery in Omaha, Neb. Ixta was there with her parents as they shopped.
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.
A life-size cutout of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen juxtaposed with Fox News broadcasting poll predictions and President Obama on the screen Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at the Mitt Romney Victory Office in Boca Raton. At the time of the broadcast it was predicting a 4 to 5 percent margin in favor of Obama.