T.J. Oden's family has been farming and ranching on the same plot of land in West Texas for more than 100 years. "It was important to my father that our land stay in the family for as long as possible. He handed it down to me and I'll hand it down to my son," Oden said.
After leading a Rural Life Mass on the farm of Gary and Dinell Jacob near Winters, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI, blesses horses brought to the mass. About 150 people from across the area attended the mass held in the shade of trees.
San Angelo emergency personnel were dispatched to a structure fire in the 1300 block of west Beauregard at Catfish Corner Wednesday afternoon. The building was fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss. No injuries were reported in the blaze.
A family walks to the livestock barn at the San Angelo Fair Grounds through a heavy snowfall.
Smoke chokes portions of downtown San Angelo early Thursday morning as a fire burns in a warehouse. The call came in just before 11:00 p.m. Wednesday and at least eight fire trucks were needed to help contain the blaze.
Scorched grass and fencing run a length of State Highway 163 south of Barnhart Sunday night as a massive grassfire burns. The Texas Forest Service and many surrounding volunteer fire departments were called into action to quell the blaze.
Jen Tipton (right) participates in a candlelight vigil for U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brad Brown, who was killed in a motorcycle crash, on Arden Road a few miles west of San Angelo, Saturday, March 16. Tipton, Brown's fiance, and the local chapter of the Number One Stunnas motorcycle club held a memorial ride for Brown which ended at the crash site.
Sarah Pipkin and Mark Roberts embrace as they meet for the first time as Terri Roberts looks on at the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance offices in San Antonio. The Roberts' son, Dillon, was killed in June of last year while riding his dirt bike and the family decided to donate his organs. Pipkin received Dillon's heart.
Followers walk the street in the Procession of the Cross Friday afternoon as part of Good Friday services in San Angelo. The procession started at St. Margaret's Church and continued to the Catholic Diocese Retreat Center.
Jose De Leon, a Sterling City fourth-grader, climbs out of the Frio River at the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp during a three-day outdoor education trip with fellow classmates.
Nico Strydom, with Servpro of Vero Beach, pours water out of his boot after wading through knee-high flooding Tuesday around the Heritage Center in downtown Vero Beach. The interior of the center began taking water after day-long thunderstorms dropped more than seven inches of rain. "We're going to try and get as much water out of here as we can, but there's so much water surrounding the building that some will get back in," Strydom said.
Keith Franke participates in a parachute game at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center Summer Camp for Children with Disabilities near Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo. The camp is celebrating it's 31st year and is hosting 80 children this year.
Gloria Griffin wipes away tears as she stands just outside the fence where the body of her 9-year-old son, James, was found after he drowned in the retaining pond at Lake View Park in 1987. The park has a history of flooding after heavy rains. "In all these years since J.J.'s death, I've never been this close to the pond before," Griffin said.
Brent Halfmann passes a fellow farmer as they harvest milo from a field owned by Carl Block near Mereta. Local farmers in the area are helping the Block family with their fields after the death of their 12-year-old son Jason in August.
Members of the Junction High School marching band line up to take the field at San Angelo Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3 for their performance in the San Angelo Marching Festival. Junction was one of 22 bands showcasing their talents at this year's festival.
Silas Ferrell, 11, (from left), Hugh Downey, 11, and Noah Ferrell, 8, take turns jumping over a drainage pipe on Humiston Beach in Vero Beach on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The pipe was exposed after the sand on the beach eroded due to the high surf and winds brought by Hurricane Irma.
Ludwig Havlak, 92, leans in close to a B-24 Liberator parked on the tarmac at Mathis Field on Monday afternoon, the same model of aircraft he flew more than 40 missions on as a radar operator during World War II. Havlak said "613 combat hours it took me through, and I'm going to go kiss that baby."
Florida-based U.S. Forest Service members Jarrod Nobels (left) and Chuck Harden look on as a helicopter dumps mud onto burning trees near the roadside of U.S. 277 north of the Goodyear Proving Grounds, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The Wildcat Fire had at the time consumed more than 150,000 acres.
Paul Blake, of Vero Beach, participates in a demonstration with about 100 other local citizens voicing their opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration and refugee ban on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, on the steps of the Indian River County Courthouse in Vero Beach. The rally was organized by The Rev. Scott W. Alexander, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vero Beach. "This un-American executive order is small, it's mean-spirited, it's undemocratic and it's discriminatory towards people," Alexander said. About 50 Trump supporters were also at the courthouse voicing their opinion.
A man cleans his afternoon catch of fish as the local youth play in the flowing waters near Sisophon, Cambodia, Oct. 5, 2011. Daily life in rural Cambodia mainly revolves around water which is the major source for food and growing rice.
From left, San Angelo police officer Daniel Williams and San Angelo Fire Department's Mike Hensley and Tony Huston carry a man from his smoke filled Spanish Courts apartment in San Angelo. Initial reports say that a fire broke out behind the stove filling the apartment with smoke. San Angelo police officers Williams and Jack Tyler kicked down the door to the apartment and found the victim laying on the floor. The apartment resident was taken to Shannon Medical Center for smoke inhalation.
Vero Beach High School senior Caroline Kirkendall concentrates on working through the new keyboard music for the 2017 marching band season, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during the second week of summer band camp in Vero Beach. "This year's show is called 'Radiant Voices' and it's basically centered around Americans who have been powerful leaders so throughout the show you'll hear quotes from different speeches," said director of bands Page Howell. "Our number one mission is to support the football team. The band is such a vital part of the Friday night atmosphere and we take that very seriously." The band will roll out their show over the course of the first few football games of the season starting Sep. 1. "It gives the audience something new each week to look forward to as we roll out the show," Howell said.
Gifford community members and local law enforcement gather in front of the New Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, for a law enforcement community vigil to honor slain Indian River County Sheriff's Deputy Garry Chambliss. Chambliss, 50, was visiting friends Friday night when he was fatally shot by a bullet fired about 170 yards away from the scene of a roadside argument about 9:30 p.m. on 28th Avenue in Gifford. Sheriff’s officials said Chambliss wasn't the intended target.
Bill Marshall (left) and Frank Pendleton ready their gear to dive for lobster Wednesday morning at Humiston Beach in Indian River County on the first day of the 2016 mini-season. "We took both days off from work and we'll just keep at it. Dive, refill, eat, repeat," Marshall said.
As the sun begins to set, Vero Beach High School seniors make their way to the stage to receive their diplomas Friday, June 3, 2016, during commencement ceremonies at the Citrus Bowl in Vero Beach. The 2016 Fighting Indians graduating class nearly topped out at 700 students.