Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary

A birthday cake and float was decorated for the Saint Patricks Celebration Parade in Ireland on March 17, 2012 by, clockwise from top left, Nicole Mehringer, 10, Troop 646, Katelyn Sander, 12, Troop 18, and neighbor Hannah Nixon, 12, all of Ireland. The float was followed by girl scouts, brownies and daisies from troops around Dubois County on March 18, 2012.

Girl Scouts from Troop 143, from left, Camille Fleming of Holland, 9, Grace Sickbert of Huntingburg, 9, and Grace Meece of Huntingburg, 10, lifted their feet in the air for the wild sock contest during a lock-in slumber party at Holland Elementary School in Holland April 13, 2012.

Girl Scouts from Troop 425, from left, Chloe Buchanan, 8, Madeline Wanninger, 8, Lexi Freyberger, 8, Kiersten Woehler, 9, Hannah Scott, 9, Gracie Sunderman, 9, troop leader Shelley Merkel, Madelyn Merkel, 9, all of Jasper, gathered in a friendship circle at the closing of a meeting at Precious Blood March 12, 2012. The friendship circle represents an unbroken chain of friendship.


Holy Family Parish in Jasper celebrated the Girl Scout’s 100th anniversary by including Girl Scouts, Daisies and Brownies in the service on March 11, 2012 including, from left, Celeste Eby, 8, Lexi Gress, 8, and Addison Clauss, 9, all of Jasper. While the Girl Scouts are officially a secular organization, they offer patches to encourage girls to explore their faith.



Plunge for Paul

Members of the Forest Park football team — junior Nathan Libbert, left, sophomore Josh Voegerl, junior Austin Kempf, sophomore Ethan Knust carrying sophomore Bryce Bettag and freshman Joe Mesaris — prepared to run into the water at the Ferdinand State Forest during the Plunge for Paul benefit Sunday. The event was held for 9-year-old Paul Fischer of St. Anthony who is recovering from surgery after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in December. In all, 157 participants paid $20 each to take the plunge. Brooke Stevens/The Herald

Ireland, Ind. hosts beauty pageant reunion

Past Ireland High School Basketball queens and Ireland Historical society members gather before a recognition ceremony Sunday afternoon. Ireland High School's first queen from 1935 Viola Burger, 94, center, participated with 14 other past queens. Brooke Stevens/The Herald

Former Jasper High School Basketball queens, left to right, Shelba Schuetter, 1956, Beverly Mendel, 1955, Esther Kellams, 1953, and Millie Dick, 1951, waited for their names to be called during a recognition ceremony Sunday afternoon hosted by the Ireland Historical Society. Brooke Stevens/The Herald

SIU Students and Faculty Unite

SIU students, joined by striking faculty, protest around campus during a week long strike demanding a resolution to ongoing contract negotiations between tenured faculty and SIU administration. The strike ended Nov. 8 without a settlement between both groups.


Polar Plunge!!!

Community Gospel Choir

I had the opportunity in the past few weeks to photograph the Community Gospel Choir in Kirkwood, MO, a suburb southwest of St. Louis. Cecelia Stearman started the choir in 2007 in response to racial tensions in the city. The choir’s objective is “to build bridges that restore unity to the community”. The February after the choir was formed Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton, an African American, killed five city officials and shot the Mayor of Kirkwood, Mike Swoboda, at a city hall meeting. Thornton, from the neighborhood in Kirkwood called Meachum Park, felt he and his neighbors were being treated unfairly in regard to redevelopment plans in the area. Since the shootings, improving race relations is a big topic in Kirkwood and Stearman hopes that her choir can help overcome a few barriers. For more information about race relations in Kirkwood visit:

Veteran’s Day 2010

Judy Askew, mayor of Brookport, Il, commemorates Veteran’s Day by visiting the grave of her late husband, Colonel Donald Askew, at Mound City National Cemetery, in Mound City, Il., November 11, 2010. Instead of bringing the typical floral arrangement, Judy and her daughter, Leah, brought a paper flower made out of a McDonald’s wrapper and a McDonald’s cheeseburger to share. Judy Askew says, “He was absolutely crazy over McDonald’s cheeseburgers. We even put a cheeseburger in the memory box of his coffin. He wouldn’t be offended, he would have expected it!” Colonel Askew served in the military over 30 years and was a presidential adviser during the Regan and Carter administration.