Dragging a squeegee, Adrian Leon puts the first coat of new blue paint on a tennis court Saturday evening, Sept. 20, 2016, at Timrod Park in Florence S.C. Leon, from Georgia, has been painting tennis courts for five years. It takes about 20 minutes to put on each coat.
Standing in a circle, several Marlboro County High School drum players rehearse on the grounds of the nearby Stewart Heights Elementary School before their performance at the annual Dillon Battle of the Bands, Oct. 4, 2014, in Dillon, S.C.
Tim Spence backs a 1964 Cadillac Eldorado out of the parking lot of Schofield's ACE Hardware store on Saturday afternoon, March 15, 2014, in Florence, S.C. Spence was headed to a wedding and the car was part of the wedding procession.
Darlington High School band members carry musical equipment back to their bus after a performance at the annual Dillon Battle of the Bands, Oct. 4, 2014, in Dillon, S.C.
Graduates, friends and family members mingle outside Francis Marion University's Smith University Center gymnasium after the school held spring commencement ceremonies for 363 graduates on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Florence, S.C. FMU awarded honorary degrees to S.C. District 60 Rep. Phillip Lowe and State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman; she also served as the commencement speaker.
Autumn Perkins, center, 11, and Rylee Gasque, right, 10, explore a hallway outside of a ballroom with other girls during the 16th Annual Father-Daughter Dance, Friday night, Feb. 6, 2015, at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology, in Florence, S.C.
Wearing an arrow headband, Alex Scholtes, Patient No. 6 in "Dogsbreath Devereaux," sits off stage during rehearsals for the 26th annual Melodrama, July 1, 2013, at the Pioneer Village in Worthington, Minn.
Fadumo Kalif, left, buys a mixer at Walmart in order to make anjera bread, Oct. 17, 2012, in Henderson, Ky. Kalif, who works at a nearby Tyson chicken processing plant, settled in Henderson after fleeing Mogadishu, Somalia. She's learning English with help from her two nieces, whom she cares for.
"If you this color you've had a lot of disappointments," Vern Switzer said, Sept. 10, 2016, at his farm in Rural Hall, N.C. Switzer has been farming for 37 years — longer if you count back to when he was a kid, and his grandmother showed him how to grow watermelons. "I’ve made my mark on life by achieving something nobody can take away from me," he said. "It gives me a sense of control. When you can control your own destiny, what more can life offer?"
Rachel Flamini, playing the Sugarplum Fairy, waits offstage for her cue during a performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet," which was put on by the South Carolina Dance Theatre on Saturday evening, Dec. 6, 2014, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, in Florence, S.C.
Jordan High School band members stand at attention prior to a football game against Hillside High School, Oct. 28, 2016, at Jordan High School in Durham, N.C.
Cambridge City Council candidate Nadeem Mazen, center, laughs with Cambridge School Committee candidate Jake Crutchfield in a school bus they turned into a campaign bus, on election day, November 3, 2015, in Cambridge, Mass. Mazen, the first Muslim elected to a government post in Massachusetts, was reelected for a second term.
Vern Switzer walks back from a stream adjacent to his farm, Sept. 10, 2016, in Rural Hall, N.C. "I told my wife, 'I know I work hard. So if you don't see me and can't find me and you have to come across that road, and find me over there sitting in the chair, sitting on the tractor, and I've gone, don’t cry. I left here doing what I wanted to do. That's what's important.'"
Edgar Sarmiento, of Florence, searches for muscadine grapes on the vine, Saturday afternoon, August 23, 2014, on John Ward's pick-your-own vineyard in Darlington County. "A farm is a beautiful thing," Sarmiento said.
Vern Switzer walks on his Rural Hall farm, Sept. 10, 2016, outside of Winston-Salem. "We've got two back to back bad deals. Slavery was one. Then after we got out slavery — not got out of it, but after we fought our way out, prayed our way out, got out, then we went into sharecropping. And that was just legalized slavery."
Power lines and poles sit on a roadside as a result of an icestorm followed by a snowstorm, April 11, 2013, north of Rushmore, Minn.
Supporters of Cambridge City Council candidate Nadeem Mazen, right, watch public access television as election results are displayed, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at the Middle East Downstairs, in Cambridge, Mass. Mazen, who was elected to his second term on the council, harnessed technology and mobilized young voters during his campaign.
The one-eyed Annabelle, one of three dogs that Scott Jones and his wife Sally personally own, sits on a chair Saturday in a building next to Jones' house, Nov. 15, 2014, in Quinby, S.C. Dogs, including ones part of Jones' dog boarding business, aren't housed in cages and are allowed to move freely in the rooms. "You can't just lock the doors at night," Jones said. "That's not the way this should be done. I just didn’t want to do that to the dogs."
Dropping to his knees, aspiring Christian rapper Kerry Lee prays during a performance Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at the Antioch Fellowship Church on East Howe Springs Road. "It was something God gave me then," he later said, speaking about the mid-song prayer. "It's not something I rehearsed. I don't want to put on an act for God, I want to act for God."
Fourth of July fireworks are reflected in the hood of a pickup truck as they fill the air above Darlington Raceway, July 4, 2015, in Darlington, S.C. The fireworks came at the end of the Darlington County Chamber of Commerce's Freedom Fest 2015, which took place at the racetrack.
Participants a barrel race paddle out of the starting area during the Tara Hall Home For Boys' 4th annual Paddle Fest, Saturday, June 20, 2015, on the school's Georgetown County campus, as well as in the adjacent Black Mingo Creek. Money raised at the event went toward operational expenses for the nonprofit residential school. Tara Hall's mission centers around providing a nurturing environment for neglected, troubled and abused boys.
Kristi Braddock kisses Walter Braddock on Friday night, March 7, 2014, in the terminal of the Florence Regional Airport as he returns from deployment in Afghanistan. His unit, the 251st Area Support Medical Company, part of the South Carolina National Guard, is based in Darlington.
Wearing fins, Calixte Gillier, 9, jumps into the deep end of the YMCA pool Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Florence, S.C.
National Honor Society member Kevin Henry Mathewes yawns during commencement exercises for South Florence High School's class of 2014, which were held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Florence Civic Center, in Florence, S.C.
Whitey Watts, left, 87, and Charlie Appledy, 92, eat ice cream, Oct. 1, 2014, inside the McLeod Farms farmstand at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market. The two, who live at the Methodist Manor senior community, try to go to the market a couple of times a week.
Khaliyha Cooper, 3, reacts during a storytime reading of "Hattie and the Fox," by Mem Fox during Camp Out at Mount Zion, which was organized by McLaurin Elementary School and held Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at the Mt. Zion Apartments in Florence, S.C.
Alice Serenyi helps care for a critically ill patient in an intensive care unit, Sept. 10, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, in Florence, S.C. The patient was brought by her Air Reach helicopter team from a community hospital. Serenyi, accompanied by a flight paramedic, transports patients from helicopter to hospital room, and stays at the hospital until local doctors and nurses are fully prepared to care for the patient independently.
Estuardo Garcia, 9, of Worthington, listens during bible school Wednesday night, August 7, 2013, at Church of God of Prophecy, on Fifth Avenue in Worthington.
Children sit with Stephen Yamoah of the Pee Dee Vipers during a Wednesday March 12, 2014 visit by the Vipers to the Barnes Street Activity Center, in Florence, S.C.
A performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet" was put on by the South Carolina Dance Theatre on Saturday evening, Dec. 6, 2014, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, in Florence, S.C.