Pro-Life Rally

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A crowd gathers for the Pro Life rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The rally focused on the importance of pregnancy crisis centers and offering other options to women that don’t involve abortion.
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A woman interrupts a speaker to voice her support for Pro Choice during the Pro Life rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The crowd responded back by chanting, “We are Pro Life,” as the woman was escorted out by security.
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Members of the crowd chant, “We are Pro Life,” as a protestor is escorted out during the Pro Life rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The protestor interrupted the speaker to voice her opinion in favor of a woman’s right to choose.

 

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Meeting Larry

One of my favorite parts about journalism is you get to learn something new on a daily basis. The other day I was sent out to take photos of amusement ride inspectors checking out the rides before the opening night of the county fair. That’s when I met Larry, who just so happened to be conducting the last inspection of his 35 year career in the elevator and amusement safety business. I never even knew elevators and amusement rides were related, but after talking to Larry I learned there’s departments all over the country whose employees focus on those two areas.  It was a pleasure getting to spend time on the job with Larry, and even more special since it was his last inspection before retirement.web170731_ride inspection_MLC_080_e

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Miss Nursing Home Pageant

A few weeks ago I shot the Miss Nursing Home Pageant, and wow…I’ve never seen something so pure in my whole life. These ladies made the audience cry tears of laughter and sadness. I was so impressed by every single one of them.  Each woman was introduced to the audience, the emcee read a short bio about their lives that each had written about themselves, and then they answered a series of friendly questions.

My favorite was a woman who said she’d never been married, but that wasn’t a problem and she never wanted to be because, “she didn’t need a man telling her what to do.”

The ladies were all wonderful and I am so happy I got to spend the afternoon with them. Here are some of my favorite images.

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2016 District 7 Queen Dorothy Velma Strader shows off her crown during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Strader was second runner-up in the statewide pageant last year.
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Virginia Libbert points at a friend in the crowd after being crowned queen during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Libbert, who represented Villa Marie nursing home, will go to Branson next month to represent the district in the state-wide pageant.
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Rusty Bell and other audience members laugh during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Bell came to see his mother-in-law participate in the show.
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Betty Shemwell concentrates on trying to answer a question during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
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Contestants wait for the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant to begin at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The pageant was sponsored by Missouri Health Care Association. Twelve contestants competed in this years’ competition.
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Rafeala Spears is pushed up the ramp and onto the stage during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The event sponsors brought the ramp themselves so the stage would be accessible for all contestants.

 

County Fair

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Ethan Strobel, 10, of Russelville, shovels fresh chips into the pen for his pigs at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Strobel cleaned their pen before washing them in preparation for the show.
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Shelby Newberry braids her horse Decan’s hair while preparing for the Glory Days Rodeo during the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Newberry and Decan primarily do roughstock and barrel racing competitions. 
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Co-founders of Glory Days Rodeo, Ben Ferrell and Tom Calliham, talk while preparing for the rodeo to begin during the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. 
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From left, Wyatt Carvender and James Rademan sit and lay on cows while relaxing at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. “They’re soft and squishy,” said Carvender. 
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Libby Reinsch, 15, of Kirksville, blow drys her goat Short Stuff, in preparation for showing her at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Reinsch has been showing goats for 6 years, but in the last 2 has gotten more serious about competing. 

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Libby Reinsch, 15, of Kirksville, blow drys her goat Short Stuff, in preparation for showing her at the Cole County Fair at Jefferson City Jaycee Fairgrounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Reinsch has been showing goats for 6 years, but in the last 2 has gotten more serious about competing. 

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