Jim Blackburn, 82, of Decatur Shoe Repair reacts December 6, 2018 at his Fourth Avenue Southeast business after receiving a check for $5,000 to replace machinery that was stolen from him in Decatur, Ala.
West Davidson's Austin Musgrave bats against Central Davidson in the rain during their game on April 26, 2018 at West Davidson High school in Lexington, North Carolina. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Approximately 20,000 educators march in downtown Raleigh on May 16, 2018 in the March for Students and Teacher's Rally for Respect. The march was organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) in urge of increased per-pupil support and better teacher pay. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
North Davidson's Kobe Brown jumps to avoid contact while being tackled by Lexington's Abraham Vargas Perez during the first half of their game on October 12, 2018 at North Davidson High in Lexington, North Carolina.
DT Shackelford, left, wipes away tears from Austin student Kerri Minor Jr. during Impact Day, held by Decatur Youth Services on May 2, 2019 in Decatur, Ala. The former Austin and Ole Miss football star, Shackelford, spoke with close to 100 at-risk students from Decatur City Schools during the event.
Firefighters are silhouetted in a cloud of smoke as they respond to the back side of Court Street Grill on April 22, 2019 in Moulton, Ala. The fire began in the Court Street Grill damaged at least two buildings housing businesses and offices on Moulton’s historic courthouse square. The restaurant was fully engulfed in flames at 10:20 p.m. The fire began before 9 p.m.
Matias Matias 8, center, uses a vacuum hose to squirt water as he plays in the pool with his brother Juan, 12, left, and sister Jessica, 7, in Southwest Decatur, Ala. on May 30, 2019.
Hartselle Policemen Robert Baker, from left, Robert Finn, and Roger Speake stand for a portrait on March 22, 2019 in front of the home they rescued a woman from during a house fire on February 22 in Hartselle, Ala.
Alabama defensive back Nigel Knott (13) kneels to pray before the 2018 Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on November 24, 2018.
Family greets an emotional Anthony Jacquez Robinson after he graduated Decatur High School on May 16, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. “He talks softly, but is a leader and the big man on campus,” said lead administrator Mary Hillis at Decatur High Developmental. Robinson, who is classified as developmentally delayed, is leaving Decatur High Developmental, but not to be confined to a life at home. He’s one of the first students selected to participate in the Project SEARCH program at Decatur Morgan Hospital. The program, which started in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, secures employment for people with disabilities.
Shelia Nix holds out a peace sign to the crowd during the Carnegie Carnival Parade on Second Avenue in Decatur, Ala. on March 2, 2019.
Phyllis Prichard sings along to a song to Bear her Yorkshire Terrier during the Concerts by the River at Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur, Ala. on May 6, 2019.
In this multiple exposure, George Mills, 98, at his home in Decatur, Ala. on May 24, 2019 is surrounded by military decorations he was awarded for his acts in World War II.
Ledford's Avery Cain (left) attempts a tag on Whiteville's Brooks Baldwin as he safely arrives at home for an inside-the-park home run during their game on Saturday morning at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Jeffery James salutes to the flag he added to the fire barrel during a flag retirement ceremony held by the Davidson County Young Marines and the Davidson County Honor Guard on June 16, 2018 at Forest Hill Memorial Park in Lexington, North Carolina. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Student Payton Roberts tackles teammate Ethan England for an exercise drill during Hartselle Junior High's wrestling practice December 19, 2018, at Hartselle Junior High in Hartselle, Ala.
West Davidson's Doulton Anderson, right, collides with East Davidson's baseman, Zach Stevens on March 14, 2018 at West Davidson High School in Lexington, North Carolina. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Tar Creek at higher levels passes underneath a bridge on highway 47, near Walnut Grove Road on September 17, 2018 in Lexington. Tropical Depression Florence dropped several inches of rain across Davidson County the previous weekend with nearly an inch and a half falling in just a few hours Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Firefighters review the cab of the box truck that caught fire August 9, 2018 on I-85 Southbound in Lexington, North Carolina. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Hunter Anthony, middle, is tattooed by John Snider, left, at Forever Tattoo in Asheville, North Carolina on September 26, 2018.
Ron "Tippy" Holt, left, and Rory Holt pose for a portrait in the men's weight room at Lexington Senior High on October 1, 2018 in Lexington, North Carolina. The Holts are the first father-son duo to be inducted into the Lexington Senior High School Sports Hall of Fame. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Denton's Julia Elington swims during the Girls 12 & Under 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay on July 20, 2018 during the 2018 Davidson County Aquatics Association at Brookeside Swim Club in Lexington, North Carolina. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Lee Garner gives a demonstration of a horse-powered cotton gin during the 48th annual Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion at Denton FarmPark on July 2, 2018. The cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney in 1793 as a way to separate cotton fibers from their seeds in a more painless method. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
Students and alumni come together at UNCG march to defend DACA on September 7, 2017 in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was decided on Tuesday that DACA will be ended by the Trump administration after being ruled as “unconstitutional”. (Photo by Dan Busey)
Tanya Harris prepares for her race to follow at the OrthoCarolina NC Cyclocross 2017-2018 in Boone, North Carolina on October 29, 2017. (Photo by Dan Busey)
Micah Kapp (left), 8, dressed as Thor, dances with 'Superwoman', also known as his mother, LaToya Kapp, during the Mother/Son Superhero Date Night sponsored by the Lexington Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday night at the Commons on the Green. [Dan Busey/The Dispatch]
A three hour exposure over Lexington, North Carolina, pointed to Polaris, the North Star to practice star-trail photography on October 18, 2017. (Photo by Dan Busey)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Casey Penland, middle, leads the ball away from Virginia Military Institute's Christopher McGhan, right, on Oct. 24, 2017 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Dan Busey)
Jimmy Huynh bartends Friday evening upstairs from his restaurant, Shotos Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood after his day shift on November 17, 2017 in Lexington, North Carolina. Huynh uses his 15-years of experience as a bartender to deliver customers with beverages that tell a story, and stand apart from an ordinary drink; including using botanicals as much as possible to honor his grandfather who was once a traditional apothecary in Vietnam. (Photo by Dan Busey)
Keren Bennett races through the sand pit during the 2017-2018 OrthoCarolina North Carolina Cycle-Cross in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 13, 2017. Bennett is currently 24th in standings with 488 points. (Photo by Dan Busey)