Stephenson County Fair Queen Alex Brinkmeier of Pearl City, Ill. shows a picture just taken of herself posing with sisters Naomi, 3, and Rachel Sdao, 6, of Freeport, Ill. at the Stephenson County Ag Breakfast Saturday.

Freeport catcher Jack Lehnherr tags the foot of Marmion’s Tyler Eberth for the out at home plate during the IHSA Class 3A Sycamore Sectional semifinal Wednesday.

The Fleurball takes riders high into the night air July 17, 2010 at the Stephenson County Fair.

The Fleurball takes riders high into the night air July 17 at the Stephenson County Fair.

U.S. Army National Guard Spec. Marty Oswald talks with his neice, Kelly Oswald of Machesney Park, during Freeport’s 333rd Illinois National Guard Military Police Unit’s annual Christmas dinner Dec. 7 at the National Guard armory.

Lena-Winslow’s Trey Griffin eyes Lewistown’s Zack Rilea while picking up a first down Nov. 20 in Lewistown.

Jamie Kempel (left) and Todd Parker of Pearl City, Ill. use a boat to help neighbors move items from their homes July 28 as Pearl City’s north side flooded after the Yellow Creek spilled over its banks.

Mailboxes for Main Street residents along North East Street in Pearl City remain barely above water July 28. Water levels continued to rise.

Leigh Hartog of Freeport, Ill. is The Journal-Standard Athlete of the Year.

Darrell Jansen, Albertus Airport manager, stands inside the newest hangar at the airport as one of its three doors open Aug. 16. Inside, the hangar is divided by walls into three separate sections.

Lisa Otto, mother of Specialist Norman Cain III, who died in the Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan March 19, 2009, holds back tears next to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (left) at Freeport Public Library Sept. 24. Otto, along with other families of fallen soldiers, were present for the unveiling of the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition.

Devin Brown, 6, of Freeport, Ill. rides in the back of a Freeport Rural Fire Department truck during Freeport’s Memorial Day Parade, May 31.

From left, Freeport firefighters Chris Potempa, Chris Lowery, and Brett Hartwig Paint “Engine 2” on the left door of Freeport Fire Station No. 2 July 29.

Eastland Head Volleyball Coach Kristy Pierce huddles with her team after the school won its second straight IHSA Class 1A state title Nov. 14 at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal.

A severe thunderstorm rolls over downtown Freeport, Ill. June 18, 2010.

Perry Sturgeon, part-owner of Dermal Addiction tattoo shop in Freeport, works on a back tattoo for James Hohenstein of Freeport during a demonstartion at “In the Flesh – A Cultural View of Body Art” at the Freeport Art Museum March 26.

Dakota’s Jake Apple celebrates after defeating Macomb’s Phillip Norton (right) for the IHSA Class 1A 171-pound state title at Assembly Hall in Champaign Feb. 19.

A Macheney Park firefighter prepares to relieve other firefighters on scene at a five alarm fire in Machesney Park, Ill. May 28.

A thresher is fed during a demonstartion at the 40th Annual Threshing and Antique Show Sept. 18 in Freeport.

Freeport seniors Courtney Shiffer (35) and Katie Norman meet at mid-court toward the end of Freeport’s loss to Peoria Richwoods during the IHSA class 3A state championship game at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill. Mar. 7.

Jim Downs works on a men’s heel inside his downtown Freeport shop April 14.

Dancer Chelsea Brown stretches before rehearsals at the S&R Dance studio on Stephenson Street.

Dancer Dana Harder practices a tap routine.

Courtney Flemming and other dancers prepare to run through a routine at S&R Dance studio in Freeport, Illinois.

A dancer rests her feet between rehearsals at S&R Dance’s studio.

Dana Harder rests between routines during practice at S&R Dance’s studio on Stephenson Street in Freeport, Illinois.

Anna Schaefer stretches before rehearsals for S&R Dance Studio’s upcoming recitals.

Dancers practice inside S&R Dance’s Studio May 7.