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.

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.

 Matthew Horn digs through the magazine recycle bin for old telephone books at the San Angelo Friends of the Environment (SAFE) Recycling Center in San Angelo. Horn, a junior at Central High School, is conducting a month-long study of the recycling habits of San Angelo for the regional science fair in late-February.

Matthew Horn digs through the magazine recycle bin for old telephone books at the San Angelo Friends of the Environment (SAFE) Recycling Center in San Angelo. Horn, a junior at Central High School, is conducting a month-long study of the recycling habits of San Angelo for the regional science fair in late-February.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 Aaron Cervantes, 8, plays on a tree swing with his uncle Arturo Cervantes in front of his home near Reagan Elemantary School in San Angelo. Cervantes' home was damaged in an April fire and will receive new siding, fresh paint and shingles during the City of San Angelo's Reagan Neighborhood Blitz on Friday.

Aaron Cervantes, 8, plays on a tree swing with his uncle Arturo Cervantes in front of his home near Reagan Elemantary School in San Angelo. Cervantes' home was damaged in an April fire and will receive new siding, fresh paint and shingles during the City of San Angelo's Reagan Neighborhood Blitz on Friday.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 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."

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.

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.

 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.

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.

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.