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Jerry Brooks, (77) owner of Jerry’s Flower Shoppe, prepares a bouquet of flowers for a customer upcoming for Valentine's Day weekend on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Carbondale Ill. Brooks said the shop first opened in October of 1964. “We’re the only store front florist left in Carbondale. I never thought I would see the day we’re the only florist shop in town,” Brooks said. He said that they are like one big happy family with their customers in Carbondale.

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February 22, 2021
Dean McKinnies sprays leaves with leaf shine for a customer on Friday Feb. 12, 2021, in Carbondale Ill. McKinnies has been working for the shop since she was 15. “We’ve always worked so well together. I always say we’re like a well oiled team,” Mckinnies said. She said that even though this is their busiest time of the year it's still a fun job. Madison Taylor | @the.madisontaylor

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February 22, 2021
Jerry Brooks, 77, arranges a vase of flowers for a customer Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Carbondale Ill.

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February 22, 2021
Dean McKinnies walks from the display room to get back to work for Valentine's Day Friday Feb. 12, 2021, in Carbondale Ill.

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February 22, 2021
Dean McKinnies arranges a vase of flowers for a customer Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Carbondale Ill.

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February 22, 2021
Jerry Brooks, 77, arranges a vase of flowers for a customer Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Carbondale Ill. Brooks said that business didn't start off too well at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was horrible at first from last February into May and then it gradually picked back up. Now it's doing pretty good,” Brooks said. He said he didn't know if they were going to make it but now the business is staying strong.

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February 22, 2021
Edith Koine sings on the worship team on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. According to Neophansya Robinson, the women who sing on the praise team sing every Sunday and have not missed  one Sunday during the pandemic.

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February 13, 2021
Danielle Pollard sings as part of the praise team on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, at Zion Temple COGIC church in Murphysboro, Ill. According to Neophansya Robinson, the women who sing on the praise team sing every Sunday and have not missed  one Sunday during the pandemic. Madison Taylor | @the.madisontaylor

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February 13, 2021
Zion Temple COGIC church's senior pastor, Stephen Robinson Jr., preaches in the church Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 13, 2021
Members of Zion Temple COGIC sing and lift up their hands during worship on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 13, 2021
A member of Zion Temple COGIC church follows along with the sermon with his bible on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro,

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February 13, 2021
Neophansya Robinson, First Lady of Zion Temple COGIC, plays the tamborine during worship Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, at Zion Temple COGIC church in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 13, 2021
Zion Temple COGIC church's senior pastor, Stephen Robinson Jr., preaches in the church Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 13, 2021
Nurse Coral Cerrato takes patient Donna Bryant’s blood pressure at SIU Family Medicine on Thursday February 4, 2021, in Carbondale Ill. Cerrato has been a nurse for thirty years and says she enjoys seeing her patients progress to wellness. “We’ve overcome a lot of challenges since Covid-19 and discovered we can still help patients more than we thought using telehealth,” Cerrato said. Cerrato also emphasized how much more they have been cleaning. They clean everyday but now they clean a lot more Cerrato said.

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February 13, 2021
Jason Hudy shows the results of question 38 with only 7 people picking the right answer on Feb. 3, 2021.

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February 3, 2021
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February 4, 2021
Clare Killman, social media director for Democrat congressman hopeful Rey Lenzi's campaign watches the polls on Nov. 3, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Killman said she became a part of the campaign by just asking what needed to be done and found a place that needed work.

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November 6, 2020
Raymond Lenzi's campaign party sits and waits for the results to come in for their candidate on Nov. 3, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill.

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November 6, 2020

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November 6, 2020
Raymond Lenzi, the Democratic Nominee in Illinois 12th Congressional District, watches for the results of the presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020, Carbondale, Ill. Lenzi said he wanted to run for Congress because he felt the country needs to move forward with justice issues of income and equality.

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November 6, 2020
Organizer Nancy Maxwell leads the protestors through Vienna City park on September, 27 2020 in Vienna ILL

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October 16, 2020
(Left to right) Don Brown, Jeff Messemore and Darrell Wimberly pray before starting their demonstration in Vienna on September, 27 2020 in Vienna ILL.

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October 16, 2020
Protestor Ezekiel Brown created a sign meant to bring people together because we’re all human. Brown said he wanted his voice to be heard in this movement for change. “I’m out here to uphold the values and ideas that the Constitution gave to us” Brown said on September, 27 2020 in Vienna ILL

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October 16, 2020
Anti-protesters show off their flags as they gather in Vienna City park on September, 27 2020 in Vienna ILL

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October 16, 2020
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