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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Year in Photos 2014

It's really been an amazing year. I've moved from an internship Dallas, Texas to my current staff job in Omaha, Nebraska (two states I never thought I would live in). The journey has had a lot of surprises along the way but right now it feels like everything has kind of fallen into place. I can't wait for this year to really push myself and continue exploring my new home.  


Boone Central/Newman Grove Quarterback Wyatt Mazour pictured on July 16, 2014 at his home in Albion, Neb.


 Kaimay Reynolds, 6, bottom right, catches snowflakes on her tongue while Phil Wasta, left, Maria Smotherman, center, and Stephen Goodall, right, battle at Elmwood Park on November 15, 2014 in Omaha. Their group meets every Saturday throughout the year, rain or shine.


Steve Goldstein pictured in front of his fathers barn, built in the1920s, which he fixed up on March 6, 2014 in Weston, Texas. Back in the last real estate boom, little Weston, Collin County's oldest town, seemed ready to explode. A developer came to town, promised money for schools and other improvements, in return for the chance to build thousands of houses at the edge of the small farming center northeast of McKinney. City officials seemed to embrace the idea, though not everyone in town shared their enthusiasm. And then the crash came.


Natalie Tucker, daughter of Dan Frei, left, does a high kick for passing cars as Cindy Siadek, second from right, and Marolyn Swanson, right, wave with signs in support for Shane Osborn for the 2014 primary election on May 13, 2014 on Dodge St. in Omaha, Neb. Dan Frei is running for U.S. Congress.


Debra Wolverton, center, in red, receives communion from Pastor Terry Makelin as they participate in a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Heather Black, center, is comforted by her husband J.P. Black, left, both of Beaver Crossing and Rick Ragsdale, right, of Lincoln, during joint church service at the United Methodist Church on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage.


acob Brown stares through a window in his home during cleanup on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The house suffered severe damage to the windows, siding and roof as a result of hail and high winds.


Brothers Eric, Jamie and Ryan at Jamie's wedding.


A full spread of sharing plates at Mula including antojitos, tacos, rice & beans, salsa, and drinks pictured on August 27, 2014 on 40th and Farnam in Omaha. The Mexican kitchen & tequileria features street style Mexican cuisine, and a tequila bar.


Ryan in the forest in Washington.

Ron Ribiat pictured during True/False  Film Fest on Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Columbia, Mo.

The sidewalk is cleared with a brush near 16th St. and Douglas St. in Omaha. Cold temperatures and winds are expected throughout Sunday.


North Crowley High School Army Junior ROTC during the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration's March/Parade on Saturday Jan. 18, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.


Brian Alguire, second from left, and his girlfriend Breonny Lee, third from left, share a moment during the No Pants Subway Ride on January 12, 2014 in Dallas and surrounding areas. Participants split up into groups and rode different DART lines without pants


 Brianna Stewart stretches during practice for the Nebraska Strikers on April 15, 2014 at Omaha Bryan High School in Omaha. The team will compete in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.


Omaha Skutt players celebrate their state championship win over Elkhorn in the Class B State Championship Tuesday November 25, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.


Gabe the dog takes a snooze as people prepare to workout on August 13, 2014 at CrossFit Omaha in Omaha. Karen Wattier placed first in the Masters Women 60+ division of the 2014 CrossFit Games.


UC Irvine celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against Vanderbilt in the bottom of the second inning of game 6 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.


A picturesque dusk develops during the Virginia vs. Vanderbilt College World Series Championship Series game on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.


Missouri quarterback James Franklin is tackled during the Cotton Bowl Classic football game between Oklahoma State and Missouri on January 3, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


York players huddle together after they score a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Elkhorn vs. York football playoff game on October 31, 2014 Elkhorn Stadium.


 A rainbow arches above the tree line on May 14, 2014 in  Louisville, Neb.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall Sports

York players huddle together after they score a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Elkhorn vs. York football playoff game on October 31, 2014 Elkhorn Stadium. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



NAIT Goalie Kenny Cameron (33), above, blocks a shot by UNO's David Pope, (12), below, during the first period of the University of Nebraska at Omaha against NAIT hockey game CenturyLink Center in Omaha on October 6, 2014. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Cindy Wilson, left, and Katie Cascino, right of the Blue Crew cheer for Creighton before the Creighton Bluejays vs. Central Arkansas Bears basketball game on November 14, 2014 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD 



Omaha North's Payton Nelson (9), left, pushes past Amiah Jackson (12) during the first quarter of the Omaha North vs. Bellevue West high school football game on September 18, 2014 at Kinnick Stadium in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Omaha North's Marquis Lewis, (1), dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Omaha North vs. Bellevue West high school football game on September 18, 2014 at Kinnick Stadium in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD




Players warm up on the field before the  Omaha North vs. Bellevue West high school football game on September 18, 2014 at Kinnick Stadium in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



GACC celebrates their win over Ashland-Greenwood during the Class C GACC vs. Ashland-Greenwood NSAA State Softball Championship on October 17, 2014 at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Pitcher Maci Hunke, center, reacts with Mariah Hunke, left, during the GACC win over Ashland-Greenwood during the Class C GACC vs. Ashland-Greenwood NSAA State Softball Championship on October 17, 2014 at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Millard South cheerleaders have a snack before the Class A Papillion-La Vista vs. Millard South on November 13, 2014 at the NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Lincoln Pius X  celebrates a point during the Class B Lincoln Pius X vs, Omaha Skutt Catholic on November 13, 2014 at the NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Papillion-La Vista's Ellie McDonnell (9), left, hits the ball after Jessica Peters, (6). center, dove next to Elena Melendez, right, (10) during the Class A Papillion-La Vista vs. Millard South on November 13, 2014 at the NSAA State Volleyball Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD 



(from left) Shavon Shields, (31), Tai Webster, (0), David Rivers, (2), Walter Pitchford, (35), Benny Parker,(3), Terran Petteway, (5), and Huskers Head Basketball Coach Tim Miles, center, pictured on November 1, 2014 at the Hendricks Training Complex in Lincoln. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Bellevue West students Carlee Sine, left, Kimberly Gau, second from left, Colton Barber, center, Josh Schiefelbein and Spencer Belcastro, right, react to a play during the first quarter of the Omaha North vs. Bellevue West high school football game on September 18, 2014 at Kinnick Stadium in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Fans cheer after the first touchdown for  Nebraska during the first quarter of the NU vs. Purdue football game on November 1, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Balloons are released during the Nebraska against Miami football game after the first touchdown at Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Elkhorn cheerleaders, Brittany Oligmueller, bottom right, and Carly Brune, top right, stretch before the Elkhorn vs. York football playoff game on October 31, 2014 Elkhorn Stadium. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD



Gabe the dog takes a snooze as people prepare to workout on August 13, 2014 at CrossFit Omaha in Omaha. Karen Wattier placed first in the Masters Women 60+ division of the 2014 CrossFit Games. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Fall Features

Kaimay Reynolds, 6, bottom right, catches snowflakes on her tongue while Phil Wasta, left, Maria Smotherman, center, and Stephen Goodall, right, battle at Elmwood Park on November 15, 2014 in Omaha. Their group meets every Saturday throughout the year, rain or shine. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Maria Smotherman, left, and Stephen Goodall, right, battle at Elmwood Park on November 15, 2014 in Omaha. Their group meets every Saturday throughout the year, rain or shine. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD 


EMichael Lechtenberger, left, and Isabella Lechtenberger, 8, right, sit in the reading area on November 12, 2014 in the Art Works curiosity center at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The interactive section of the museum includes stations with pottery, portraiture, and touch screen painting among other activities. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


The Beet Burger Royale with tarragon potato salad pictured at Modern Love on October 28, 2014 in Omaha. The restaurant specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Chef Michaela Maxwell pictured at Modern Love on October 28, 2014 in Omaha. The restaurant specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Kat Cover, left, and William M. Cover II, right, owners of Grandpa Snazzy's Theatrical Rental and Grandpa Snazzy's Victorian Emporium and Coffee Shop pictured on September 16, 2014 in Weeping Water, Neb. The couple makes and rents stage costumes, weapons and props. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


A train passes through town on August 26, 2014 in Oakland, Neb.  Brendan Murray says the vibration from some trains, which carry crude oil, is cracking the foundations of his properties. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Delia Binette, 7, left, lifts her foot up which is by her mother Kristine Binette, center, as she asks Training Specialist Ladena Koch to smell it during a security check before the graduation ceremony of the Domesti-PUPS program on October 20, 2014 at the Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln, Neb. The service dogs trained by the inmates were then matched with people for disabilities, seizure response, mobility assistance and wheelchair assistance. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Delia Binette, 7, sits with her service dog Stormi during the graduation of the Domesti-PUPS program on October 20, 2014 at the Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln, Neb. The service dogs trained by the men were then matched with people for disabilities, seizure response,  mobility assistance and wheelchair assistance. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Pedro Gonzalez, left, Roberto Gonzalez, center, and Daniel Valadez, right, kick a ball around on November 3, 2014 near L Street and S. 22nd St.  in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Melanie Bartlett, right, comforts Antonio Bartlett, 4, as he falls asleep in there home on November 11, 2014 in Omaha. Growing up, Melanie's parents, Tom and Leslee, fostered. Melanie adopted and then fostered two children of her own. Now, the family is being honored in the Heartland Family Services Salute to Families. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD 


Hannah King, 12, of Elkhorn is buried in corn at Vala's Pumpkin Patch on September 29, 2014. The family run fall attraction will draw more than 200,000 visitors next month. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Beekeeper Chris Ruhaak of Loess Hills Honey Company harvests honey at Prairie Hawk Winery in Council Bluffs, IA. Beekeeping is seeing a rise in Nebraska and Iowa. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Students walk to the buses at Norris Middle School on October 28, 2014 in Omaha. There is a proposed fund for extensive repairs and renovations for Omaha middle schools. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Matt Wagner of Dead End Cemetery Yard Haunt's display pictured on October 8, 2014 in Omaha. The yard includes gravestones, faux stone pillars and faux-iron gate fencing. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Daunte Goynes, is licked by a service dog during the graduation of the Domesti-PUPS program on October 20, 2014 at the Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln, Neb. The service dogs trained by the men were then matched with people for disabilities, seizure response,  mobility assistance and wheelchair assistance. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Ebola patient Dr. Martin Salia arrives at The Nebraska Medical Center on November 15, 2014 in Omaha. He is the third Ebola patient to be treated there. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Michael Seevers, left, Uchenna Nwoye, center, Audri Edmonds and Eric Ruesch, right, vote in the Midterm elections on November 4, 2014 at the Joslyn Castle in Omaha.  SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Cedric Hartman prepares for the exhibition of his work during the KANEKO Open Space Soirée featuring works by Cedric Hartman on September 19, 2014 at KANEKO in Omaha. The exhibition included work by Cedric Hartman, Wallace E. Cunningham and Olson Kundig Architects. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Associate attorney Cheree M. Hatfield walks up the stairs to her apartment for lunch on September 22, 2014 in Ord, Neb. Hatfield is practicing law in Ord, and is a product of the Nebraska State Bar's Rural Practice Initiative which aims to get more recent law grads into rural Nebraska communities. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD