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Structure Fire

The Winfrey Plumbing and Heating building became fully engulfed in a fire after an explosion on a late Sunday night at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb. This as a result of the business owner, Mike Winfrey, who was making homemade bombs in which he lost his life. Three businesses and a residence were without power because of the fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire at  Winfrey Plumbing and Heating at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb.

A Grand Island firefighter walk with a fire hose as water cascades from other hoses used to battle an overnight fire atr 808 W. North Front St.

A Grand Island firefighter walk with a fire hose as water cascades from other hoses used to battle an overnight fire atr 808 W. North Front St.

A Grand Island firefighter takes a low angle with a fire hose, left, to spray directly onto a structure fire right after windows were knocked out as crews battle an overnight blaze at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

A Grand Island firefighter takes a low angle with a fire hose, left, to spray directly onto a structure fire right after windows were knocked out as crews battle an overnight blaze at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

Tom Chapman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Grand Island Fire Dept. maneuvers a nozzle on top of a fire engine while tackling an overnight blaze at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

Tom Chapman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Grand Island Fire Dept. maneuvers a nozzle on top of a fire engine while tackling an overnight blaze at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

A Grand Island firefighter sits on a fire hose to control it’s powerful pressure while directing it at a structure fire at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

A Grand Island firefighter sits on a fire hose to control it’s powerful pressure while directing it at a structure fire at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

Tom Chapman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Grand Island Fire Dept. regulates a valve on top of a fire engine while tackling an overnight blaze at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

Tom Chapman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Grand Island Fire Dept. regulates a valve on top of a fire engine while tackling an overnight blaze at 808 W. North Front St. Sunday.

A Grand Island firefighter walks through thick smoke near the intersection of W. North Front St. and N. Eddy as fire crews battle an overnight fire.

A Grand Island firefighter walks through thick smoke near the intersection of W. North Front St. and N. Eddy as fire crews battle an overnight fire.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

One of my many enjoyments and strengths as a photojournalist is going to what may be considered an ordinary event and coming back to the newsroom with good images. I had to improvise a little in which there weren’t many people at the event to start, but also the events were stretched out across the afternoon. Having two other assignments later that afternoon I saw how a small photo essay would come together with a beginning (children and their families constructing devises for an egg drop). Secondly, the egg drop itself from the rooftop of Edgerton Explorit Center and lastly reactionary images as a result.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

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2016 Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships

The Nebraska State Activities Association held the state boys basketball championships in Lincoln, Neb. Our publication The Grand Island Independent cover city and area teams that make the three-day tournament. The event can make for some early mornings and very late nights depending on timeframes within the bracket. It’s can be a lot of fun, but also very draining. However, I appreciate the opportunity to go as there are any number of newspapers in my past that don’t cover the finals or hire a freelancer. Arriving back home at 2 A.M. on my second wind I realize it’s all worth it. Here are some of my favorites:

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

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Fonner Park

Starting up in late February we’ve had great weather for horse racing at Fonner Park. It’s been very enjoyable and refreshing photographing something new other than watching horse racing a few times on TV. As any assignment I worked various angles with a variety of lenses, attempt to be spontaneous, take the reader where they can’t go and capture moments perhaps they didn’t see. And given the time experiment a little. The lead image is just that, panning with the action at 125th of a second to create slow motion blur.

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park.

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Game Day: Aurora vs. Hastings Boys Basketball March 1, 2016

The Aurora Huskies boys basketball teams have been one of the dominant ones this season in which they secured their spot in the state basketball tournament with a 64-27 victory over the Hastings Tigers.

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Start of New Year favorites

Here are some of my favorite images to start 2016 that includes several basketball photos, one of my favorite sports to photograph.

Sparks fly as Zack Grier, a framer with Essink Brothers Drywall, cuts through a steel stud for a back wall in the commons area at Shoemaker Elementary.

Sparks fly as Zack Grier, a framer with Essink Brothers Drywall, cuts through a steel stud for a back wall in the commons area at Shoemaker Elementary.

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Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Championships

I spent part of my regular Saturday workday covering area schools competing in cheer and dance. The level of talent and choreography was amazing as well as many of the outfits worn by the teams of dancers. It was obvious at how much hard work went into their routines. Here are some of my favorites:

The Aurora Huskies cheerleaders perform during the Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships at The Heartland Events Center. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

The Aurora Huskies cheerleaders perform during the Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships at The Heartland Events Center.

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Game Day: Grand Island vs. Kearney Prep Basketball Friday Feb. 5, 2016

One of my favorite prep sports matchups of the season was the Grand Island Senior High School Islanders hosting the Kearney High School Bearcats. Kearney won 54-53.

The Kearney student body section erupts during first quarter action Friday night in Grand Island. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

The Kearney student body section erupts during first quarter action Friday night in Grand Island.

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Game Day: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Football Nov. 27, 2015

Iowa came into Lincoln on a bitter cold afternoon as the Hawkeyes would be a tall order for the Cornhuskers to beat. Iowa won 28-20 remaining undefeated with a 12-0 record.

 

Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, celebrates his  touchdown run with teammate Derrick Mitchell Jr. during 3rd quarter action against Nebraska. Iowa won 28-20.

Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Derrick Mitchell Jr. during 3rd quarter action against Nebraska. Iowa won 28-20.

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Game Day: Nebraska State High School Football Championships Nov. 23, 2015

Two high school football teams in our coverage area Aurora and Burwell made it to the state championship games played where the Nebraska Cornhuskers have their home football games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both of our area teams lost, but had incredible seasons. Here are some of my favorites from both games.

Aurora Huskies senior lineman Gavin Rush reacts while looking at the scoreboard during the Class B State Football Championship against Elkhorn South at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Rush came out of the game with a 2nd quarter injury.

Aurora Huskies senior lineman Gavin Rush reacts while looking at the scoreboard during the Class B State Football Championship against Elkhorn South at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Rush came out of the game with a 2nd quarter injury.

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