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Andrew Novotney steers the boat up to the dock March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Sophie Whitten | @swhittenphotography

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April 6, 2021
Fishing rods lie on the boat March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Thomas (TJ) Johns said that they hope to get more people involved in the fishing team. “In the area, especially here in southern Illinois, bass fishing and fishing in general is huge,” Johns said.

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April 6, 2021
Andrew Novotney holds up his fishing rods March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Novotney has been fishing with the Saluki Bassers for two years but has loved the sport since he was a kid.

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April 6, 2021
Thomas (TJ) Johns holds a fishing lure March 31, 2021, at Kinkaid Lake in Jackson County, Ill. Johns said that the fishing club is a registered student organization and they travel all over the country to fish in tournaments.

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April 12, 2021
Sheila Pepmiller embroiders a shirt at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Pepmiller has been embroidering with the boutique for eight years and said that one of the biggest challenges with COVID-19 was the inconvenience the restrictions were to the customers. “It was easier just to come and get something, do it as a gift and take off and now it’s not convenient like that,” Pepmiller said.

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April 12, 2021
Sheila Pepmiller embroiders a shirt at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Pepmiller has been embroidering with the boutique for eight years and said that one of the biggest challenges with COVID-19 was the inconvenience the restrictions were to the customers. “It was easier just to come and get something, do it as a gift and take off and now it’s not convenient like that,” Pepmiller said.

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April 12, 2021
Sheila Pepmiller embroiders a shirt at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Pepmiller has been embroidering with the boutique for eight years and said that one of the biggest challenges with COVID-19 was the inconvenience the restrictions were to the customers. “It was easier just to come and get something, do it as a gift and take off and now it’s not convenient like that,” Pepmiller said.

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April 12, 2021
Nicole Miskelley cuts a rug pad April 3, 2021, at Melise’s Boutique in Marion, Ill. The boutique provides one on one customer service to give their customers the best formal wear shopping experience.

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April 12, 2021
Taylor Hoffman organizes dresses at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill.

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April 18, 2021
Allison Spence fits a client for a tuxedo at Melise’s Boutique April 3, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Melise’s Boutique is a dress shop that provides formal wear as well as an embroidery service for the community.

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April 18, 2021
Zoe Harris, owner of Cadmus, a web content creator, holds up her finished business plan March 31, 2021, at the SIU Small Business Development Center in Carbondale, Ill. Harris combined her love of writing with her knowledge of business to provide articles and texts for other businesses to use on their websites and social media.

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April 18, 2021
Jackson County CEO student, Stasi Solbrig, applies for a loan for her business, ARS Photography, March 31, 2021, at the SIU Small Business Development Center in Carbondale, Ill.

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April 18, 2021
Jackson County CEO student, Ellee Doerr, pitches her business to her banker March 31, 2021, at the SIU Small Business Development Center in Carbondale, Ill. Doerr creates stickers for her business, Sticker Bug.

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April 18, 2021
Abrahim Cooper speaks at the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year event March 17, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “When I first came to the club, the first thing I noticed was that the staff here are very open and great, very easy to talk to, very easy to just, like, talk about anything and they’ll approach for anything,” Cooper said. He said if they are feeling upset, the staff is quick to help the students out.

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April 14, 2021
Superintendent at the Carbondale Community High School, Daniel Booth, guest speaks at the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year event March 17, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. He said the best thing the students can do to work on their success is to work on their happiness, to persevere through their hard times and to stay optimistic in every situation.

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April 14, 2021
SIU sophomore, Amelia Lawson, drives the ball toward the green during the match against Bradley University March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 19, 2021
Hollie James putts the ball into the hole during the match against Bradley University March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 19, 2021
Janie Samattiyadeekul drives the ball down the fairway during the match against Bradley University March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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March 14, 2021
SIU senior, Rose Bundy, pitches the ball toward the green March 14, 2021, at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale, Ill.

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April 21, 2021
Artist, Michael Coleman, holds out his paint-covered hands after working on the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “[The mural] talks about the racial unity and we really do need it in southern Illinois. We’ve had a lot of issues with racism [...] I want to be able to give something for the community for not even just a short period of time, but for a long period of time so more generations can be inspired by it,” Coleman said.

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April 21, 2021
Community activist and leader, Michael Coleman, opens a bottle of paint March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. The mural is being painted as a symbol of unity between the races in the community and the world. It is located on a busy road at 715 South University Avenue, Suite X so that many people will pass by and see the art.

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April 21, 2021
Cree Sahidah Glanz and Marquez Scoggin’s daughter, Masterpeace, paints part of the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Glanz said that art is for people of all ages and they like to expose Masterpeace to it for that reason.

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April 21, 2021
Community activist and leader, Michael Coleman, paints the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “Just being able to just give time to give back to your community, I think that’s really important. We take so much but, like, we have to keep giving back to the community and this is my way of doing it,” Coleman said.

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April 21, 2021
Community activist and leader, Michael Coleman, paints the Art Reconciliation community mural March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “Just being able to just give time to give back to your community, I think that’s really important. We take so much but, like, we have to keep giving back to the community and this is my way of doing it,” Coleman said.

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April 21, 2021
Artist, A.J., hangs up her art, La Cosmodia, on a wall March 5, 2021, at Project Human X in Carbondale, Ill. “It was made for Black History Month as part of Project Human X so it’s meant to highlight, you know, the divine nature of Black women because I think that the world looks at Black women kind of like to be stereotyped as like angry or just mean or like whatever, but I think, like, the core thing that comes to my mind like when I picture a Black woman is just, like, nurturing, and when I think of nurturing, I think of space because space makes up everything,” A.J. said.

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April 21, 2021
A piece of art hangs on the wall Project Human X March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. The piece represents the presence of Black culture and is part of a three-piece project depicting the past, present and future of Black culture.

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April 21, 2021
The untitled Art Reconciliation project is unveiled March 13, 2021, at Project Human X in Carbondale, Ill. The painting was sketched by Cree Sahidah Glanz and contributed to by over thirty community members. Each person could add to a patch of skin color or part of the brain. The different skin colors represents the unity of every race and the floating brain represents a higher understanding of the community and world around us.

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April 21, 2021
Artist, Cree Sahidah Glanz, speaks about the painting they taught the community during one of Project Human X’s paint nights March 5, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “This was made for the ‘Stop the Violence’ workshop that we had with Carbondale united in October and we taught this to community members for free and it’s just a piece of art to show unity and peace,” Glanz said.

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April 21, 2021
Dana Penrose receives his order at Dairy Queen March 11, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Penrose said that he loves the customer service at the Carbondale Dairy Queen and it always makes him excited to come back. “They’re so good to me. [Sandra Bollinger] hasn’t seen me yet this year and she said, ‘You want the Hawaiian?’ and I said, ‘Yeah.’ She already knew,” Penrose said.

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March 13, 2021
Sandra Bollinger, an employee at Dairy Queen, makes a shake March 11, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “I have a lot of favorite memories. The owner’s father is who trained me, Joe Waicukauski, he was just always a joy to work with,” Bollinger said. Waicukauski passed away in 2016, but his son, Mark Waicukauski, continues to own the business.

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March 17, 2021
Kimora Brown holds up her Dairy Queen Blizzard March 8, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. Brown said she loves coming to Dairy Queen and eating the ice cream with her family.

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March 17, 2021
Braylin Bostic and Kimora Brown receive their ice cream March 8, 2021, at Dairy Queen in Carbondale, Ill. Bostic and Brown said they begged to go get ice cream because they love the Dairy Queen in Carbondale.

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March 17, 2021
SIU freshman, Madison Ledbetter, sips on a strawberry smoothie from Dairy Queen March 8, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “I love switching up what I get here and trying new things but a go it is always a hot fudge sundae,” Ledbetter said.

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March 17, 2021
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