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 J.D. Haze and The Ancestors records a song on January 4, 2017, in Petersburg, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

J.D. Haze and The Ancestors records a song on January 4, 2017, in Petersburg, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 A woman poses for a portrait in front of the U.S. Capitol while preparations for the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump are underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

A woman poses for a portrait in front of the U.S. Capitol while preparations for the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump are underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Scaffolding wraps around the clocktower of the Hustings Courthouse in downtown Petersburg on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Scaffolding wraps around the clocktower of the Hustings Courthouse in downtown Petersburg on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Petersburg resident Nauvata Evans, whose son was killed in the city in 2005, advocated for better neighborhood watch programs and for people to be unafraid to share information with local police. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg resident Nauvata Evans, whose son was killed in the city in 2005, advocated for better neighborhood watch programs and for people to be unafraid to share information with local police. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Dad Yates warms up on the guitar and reviews notes before facilitating a music lesson at his home on Feb. 2, 2017, in Salem, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Dad Yates warms up on the guitar and reviews notes before facilitating a music lesson at his home on Feb. 2, 2017, in Salem, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 Ruth Ebel poses for a portrait at the private residence of the photographer's step-parent's home in Salem, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Ruth Ebel poses for a portrait at the private residence of the photographer's step-parent's home in Salem, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 Party-goers dance in front of a light projection on Feb. 3, 2017, at Strange Matter in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Party-goers dance in front of a light projection on Feb. 3, 2017, at Strange Matter in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 The setting sun sets the clouds above W. Washington Street ablaze in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The setting sun sets the clouds above W. Washington Street ablaze in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Elizabeth Johnson, 13, performs on the harp during Friday for the Arts! celebrations at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Elizabeth Johnson, 13, performs on the harp during Friday for the Arts! celebrations at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Petersburg residents hold signs urging council members not to privatize the city's water utility during a council meeting at Union Train Station in Petersburg on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg residents hold signs urging council members not to privatize the city's water utility during a council meeting at Union Train Station in Petersburg on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 The internationally-renowned musician Victor Wooten, facing, hugs Dad Yates after a performance on March 3, 2017, at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

The internationally-renowned musician Victor Wooten, facing, hugs Dad Yates after a performance on March 3, 2017, at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 The sunset highlights the former BB&T bank building on Franklin and Adams Streets in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The sunset highlights the former BB&T bank building on Franklin and Adams Streets in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Neda Wright, a sophomore at Virginia State University, chats between poses while other VSU students, not pictured, conduct a photo shoot in the evening sun in an alleyway off E. Old Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Neda Wright, a sophomore at Virginia State University, chats between poses while other VSU students, not pictured, conduct a photo shoot in the evening sun in an alleyway off E. Old Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Friends gather at the home of Conway Jennings on April 9, 2017, in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Friends gather at the home of Conway Jennings on April 9, 2017, in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 Norman Rankins, from Colonial Heights, casts a line during a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing outting at Virginia State University's aquaculture ponds in Ettrick on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Norman Rankins, from Colonial Heights, casts a line during a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing outting at Virginia State University's aquaculture ponds in Ettrick on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Mom Yates lights a candle at the dinner table before a meal on April 16, 2017, at her home in Roanoke, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Mom Yates lights a candle at the dinner table before a meal on April 16, 2017, at her home in Roanoke, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 A sunset turns the sky shades of orange and pink behind the Hustings Courthouse in Petersburg on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

A sunset turns the sky shades of orange and pink behind the Hustings Courthouse in Petersburg on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 El'haji Bakari, a Virginia State University student, listens to a speaker during a Trojan Men United rally on campus on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

El'haji Bakari, a Virginia State University student, listens to a speaker during a Trojan Men United rally on campus on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Roger Trent, a member of the Wakefield Community Hunt Club and the Sportsman's Club, holds a snake he caught on the grounds of the annual Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival in Wakefield on Friday, April 21, 2017. He soon released the animal into nearby woods. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Roger Trent, a member of the Wakefield Community Hunt Club and the Sportsman's Club, holds a snake he caught on the grounds of the annual Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival in Wakefield on Friday, April 21, 2017. He soon released the animal into nearby woods. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Herb Groft, from Smithfield, shows off his support for candidates for state seats at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Herb Groft, from Smithfield, shows off his support for candidates for state seats at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Janet Taylor, of Chesterfield, sports a fashionable blue ensemble at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Janet Taylor, of Chesterfield, sports a fashionable blue ensemble at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Members of Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church in Petersburg, from left, Vivian Jones, Karen Miller, and Pastor Audrey Jones, pray before their march against violence on Halifax Street on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members of Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church in Petersburg, from left, Vivian Jones, Karen Miller, and Pastor Audrey Jones, pray before their march against violence on Halifax Street on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Sisters Hailey Hoffman, 9, left, and Melanie, 7, from Colonial Heights, run to catch up to the front of the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it slows to a stop at Union Station in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Sisters Hailey Hoffman, 9, left, and Melanie, 7, from Colonial Heights, run to catch up to the front of the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it slows to a stop at Union Station in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Onlookers surround the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it stops at Union Station for the first of two consecutive daily visits in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Onlookers surround the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it stops at Union Station for the first of two consecutive daily visits in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Virginia State University students, faculty and staff celebrate the graduating class of 2017 during commecement ceremony in the Multipurpose Center on campus in Ettrick on Saturday, May 13, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia State University students, faculty and staff celebrate the graduating class of 2017 during commecement ceremony in the Multipurpose Center on campus in Ettrick on Saturday, May 13, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Hot air balloon pilot Damien Ristaino prepares lines inside his balloon before a launch from Dinwiddie airport on Saturday. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Hot air balloon pilot Damien Ristaino prepares lines inside his balloon before a launch from Dinwiddie airport on Saturday. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 A model poses for a mud-themed photo shoot on May 28, 2017, at the photographer's home in Dinwiddie, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

A model poses for a mud-themed photo shoot on May 28, 2017, at the photographer's home in Dinwiddie, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 Ormonty Jones, an 8th-grader at Matoaca Middle School, poses for a portrait in the setting sun while he waits for friends to finish their photo shoots before going to their school's eighth-grade dance on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Ormonty Jones, an 8th-grader at Matoaca Middle School, poses for a portrait in the setting sun while he waits for friends to finish their photo shoots before going to their school's eighth-grade dance on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Denae Shepperson, from Petersburg, poses for a portrait while enjoying the Maltdown Music and Beer Series at Petersburg Area Art League on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Denae Shepperson, from Petersburg, poses for a portrait while enjoying the Maltdown Music and Beer Series at Petersburg Area Art League on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Petersburg police lead away a man arrested after a brief car and foot pursuit in the Ivy Gates Apartments near S. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 5, 2017. The man is suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank on W. Washington Street earlier in the day. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg police lead away a man arrested after a brief car and foot pursuit in the Ivy Gates Apartments near S. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 5, 2017. The man is suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank on W. Washington Street earlier in the day. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 The WhatCheer Brigade performs on June 20, 2017, at Gallery 5 in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

The WhatCheer Brigade performs on June 20, 2017, at Gallery 5 in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 Friends, family and co-workers gather outside of Won's Wig shop on N. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 26, 2017, in memory of Margie Cuyos, a shop employee was killed in a car accident last Friday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Friends, family and co-workers gather outside of Won's Wig shop on N. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 26, 2017, in memory of Margie Cuyos, a shop employee was killed in a car accident last Friday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Margaret Swann, of Hopewell, rests in the shade after fishing at City Point Park in Hopewell on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Margaret Swann, of Hopewell, rests in the shade after fishing at City Point Park in Hopewell on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Friends, from left, Ryan Jones from Petersburg, Nikki Brown from Petersburg, and Sinnie Goodman from Petersburg, dance to a DJ at the 11th annual Halifax Music Festival in Petersburg on Friday, July 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Friends, from left, Ryan Jones from Petersburg, Nikki Brown from Petersburg, and Sinnie Goodman from Petersburg, dance to a DJ at the 11th annual Halifax Music Festival in Petersburg on Friday, July 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Phillip Bailey Jr., center, hands out a hot dog to people who walked by the House of Wisdom church's food and clothing giveaway stand on the corner of Wythe and Sycamore Streets on Saturday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Phillip Bailey Jr., center, hands out a hot dog to people who walked by the House of Wisdom church's food and clothing giveaway stand on the corner of Wythe and Sycamore Streets on Saturday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 The Richmond-based No BS! Brass band performs at Trapezium Brewing Company as the Petersburg craft brewery marks its one-year anniversary on Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The Richmond-based No BS! Brass band performs at Trapezium Brewing Company as the Petersburg craft brewery marks its one-year anniversary on Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Old Towne Petersburg street scenes, Union Train Station, MLK Bridge. Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Old Towne Petersburg street scenes, Union Train Station, MLK Bridge. Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 What appears to be a Halloween pennant dragonfly, an insect native to eastern North America, rests on the tip of an American flag attached to the welcome sign at Pocahontas Island neighborhood in Petersburg on Monday, July 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

What appears to be a Halloween pennant dragonfly, an insect native to eastern North America, rests on the tip of an American flag attached to the welcome sign at Pocahontas Island neighborhood in Petersburg on Monday, July 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Cpl. Joshua Smith, from the 553rd CSSB 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, speaks to a reporter while undergoing an ammunition transfer and holding point exercise at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Cpl. Joshua Smith, from the 553rd CSSB 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, speaks to a reporter while undergoing an ammunition transfer and holding point exercise at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Cory Long, a man identified in an article on TheRoot.com, lights a confederate flag on fire after intense street fighting at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. In TheRoot.com article, Long shares his experience of trying to save his friend from a Neo-Nazi beating in a parking garage in while photographers stood by and watched to take pictures. When to put the camera down, stop working, and intervene is a decision that only the photographer can make in the moment. I haven't had too much practice with that in any life-and-death situation. It's a moral dilemma that has driven some professional journalists to suicide when they fail to grapple effectively with their own humanity in those moments. It's hard. I'm sorry that Corey had this experience with photographers and other bystanders. I don't have the answer for myself.For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Cory Long, a man identified in an article on TheRoot.com, lights a confederate flag on fire after intense street fighting at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. In TheRoot.com article, Long shares his experience of trying to save his friend from a Neo-Nazi beating in a parking garage in while photographers stood by and watched to take pictures. When to put the camera down, stop working, and intervene is a decision that only the photographer can make in the moment. I haven't had too much practice with that in any life-and-death situation. It's a moral dilemma that has driven some professional journalists to suicide when they fail to grapple effectively with their own humanity in those moments. It's hard. I'm sorry that Corey had this experience with photographers and other bystanders. I don't have the answer for myself.For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, presents a flag to Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen's widow, Karen, second from right, as she is joined by her two sons, Max, 14, left, and Ryan, 17, right, during a memorial service for the officer at Southside Church of the Nazarene in Chesterfield on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Lt. Cullen died in a helicopter crash while providing security and intelligence during the violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., on August 12. For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, presents a flag to Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen's widow, Karen, second from right, as she is joined by her two sons, Max, 14, left, and Ryan, 17, right, during a memorial service for the officer at Southside Church of the Nazarene in Chesterfield on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Lt. Cullen died in a helicopter crash while providing security and intelligence during the violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., on August 12. For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Joe Chamberlain, right, from Petersburg, a worker with Jones Trucking and Hauling, watches machine operator Ernest Jones demolish the Jays tire shop that once stood for years on the corner of Wythe and N. Sycamore Streets in Petersburg on Monday, August 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Joe Chamberlain, right, from Petersburg, a worker with Jones Trucking and Hauling, watches machine operator Ernest Jones demolish the Jays tire shop that once stood for years on the corner of Wythe and N. Sycamore Streets in Petersburg on Monday, August 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Using a special solar filter over the camera lens, the partial solar eclipse is seen at its peek at about 2:44 p.m. on August 21, 2017, on the Richard Bland College of William and Mary campus in Prince George, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Using a special solar filter over the camera lens, the partial solar eclipse is seen at its peek at about 2:44 p.m. on August 21, 2017, on the Richard Bland College of William and Mary campus in Prince George, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Steven Kidd, left, an inmate and HARP participant at Chesterfield County Jail, hugs his mother, Rebecca, during the jail's family night on Thursday, August 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Steven Kidd, left, an inmate and HARP participant at Chesterfield County Jail, hugs his mother, Rebecca, during the jail's family night on Thursday, August 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Marlene hoops at Libby Hill park in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, September 3, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Marlene hoops at Libby Hill park in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, September 3, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

 Amy Tennant, a worker for Deb's Concessions, assembles a game booth during preparations for 2017 Dinwiddie County Fair at the Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The fair is scheduled to open on Friday night and remain open until Sunday night. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Amy Tennant, a worker for Deb's Concessions, assembles a game booth during preparations for 2017 Dinwiddie County Fair at the Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The fair is scheduled to open on Friday night and remain open until Sunday night. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Marchers walk along Broad Street in Richmond during a protest against President Donald Trump's call to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Marchers walk along Broad Street in Richmond during a protest against President Donald Trump's call to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Elena Thompson, from Fairfax, Va., pays her respects at the casket of her uncle-in-law, William Manley Thompson, who was killed in 1941 at Pearl Harbor while serving on the USS Oklahoma and whose remains were originally classified as “Unidentifiable,” during a full military funeral at a family plot in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Elena Thompson, from Fairfax, Va., pays her respects at the casket of her uncle-in-law, William Manley Thompson, who was killed in 1941 at Pearl Harbor while serving on the USS Oklahoma and whose remains were originally classified as “Unidentifiable,” during a full military funeral at a family plot in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 The Dinwiddie County Fair on Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The Dinwiddie County Fair on Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 James Bell, from Hopewell, paints a corner of a mural inside a room at Petersburg Kid's Growth building on Wythe Street in Petersburg on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

James Bell, from Hopewell, paints a corner of a mural inside a room at Petersburg Kid's Growth building on Wythe Street in Petersburg on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Valerie Chavis-Jones, center, whose mother Pauline Wilkins and sister Vicki Ansar were killed along with two others in a quadruple murder in 2014, is sourrounded by family and friends on the site of Wilkins' former home where they were killed. Chavis-Jones and others gathered there on the afternoon following a jury's verdict finding their family member's killer guilty on all 10 counts of murder. After three years, "we needed closure," said Chavis-Jones. "We feel that they are here with us." [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Valerie Chavis-Jones, center, whose mother Pauline Wilkins and sister Vicki Ansar were killed along with two others in a quadruple murder in 2014, is sourrounded by family and friends on the site of Wilkins' former home where they were killed. Chavis-Jones and others gathered there on the afternoon following a jury's verdict finding their family member's killer guilty on all 10 counts of murder. After three years, "we needed closure," said Chavis-Jones. "We feel that they are here with us." [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Members of a New York-based Black Lives Matter group protest against racism, white nationalism, and fascism in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members of a New York-based Black Lives Matter group protest against racism, white nationalism, and fascism in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 A massive law enforcement presence appeared during rally - and its counter protest - to support the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

A massive law enforcement presence appeared during rally - and its counter protest - to support the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Japharii Jones, left, a member of the Black Lives Matter 757 group from Hampton, Va., and Mary Atkins, a resident of Richmond, rally the crowd in support of peace in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Japharii Jones, left, a member of the Black Lives Matter 757 group from Hampton, Va., and Mary Atkins, a resident of Richmond, rally the crowd in support of peace in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Tara Brandau, center, and other members of CSA II: The New Confederate States of America, rally while surrounded by local and state law enforcement in the shadow of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Tara Brandau, center, and other members of CSA II: The New Confederate States of America, rally while surrounded by local and state law enforcement in the shadow of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Jacinda Diaz, from Long Branch, New Jersey, holds a sign that reads, "Unity, equality, and love" in front of a large crowd of people protesting against racism, white nationalism, and fascism on N. Lombardy Street in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Jacinda Diaz, from Long Branch, New Jersey, holds a sign that reads, "Unity, equality, and love" in front of a large crowd of people protesting against racism, white nationalism, and fascism on N. Lombardy Street in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Manny "Peppa Mache" Redoble poses for a portrait during Petersburg's first out and proud event at DJ's Rajun Cajun restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Manny "Peppa Mache" Redoble poses for a portrait during Petersburg's first out and proud event at DJ's Rajun Cajun restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Petersburg Bureau of Police Lt. Emanuel Chambliss, center, and another detective investigate the scene where they believe five people were shot at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mistletoe and Harding Streets in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg Bureau of Police Lt. Emanuel Chambliss, center, and another detective investigate the scene where they believe five people were shot at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mistletoe and Harding Streets in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 The three surviving brothers of Delqukis Ruffin, who was slain a week earlier, from left, Delveccio, Dondelprecio, and Damion, kneeling, who embrace during a moment of prayer during a vigil for Delqukis Ruffin on Harding Street in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The three surviving brothers of Delqukis Ruffin, who was slain a week earlier, from left, Delveccio, Dondelprecio, and Damion, kneeling, who embrace during a moment of prayer during a vigil for Delqukis Ruffin on Harding Street in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Virginia State University first-year students, from left, Xavier Parker, Nevada Peterson and Sam Cooke, sit on a rock on the bank of the Appomattox River near the old Merchant's Mill Dam on the Appomattox River Heritage Trail in Petersburg on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia State University first-year students, from left, Xavier Parker, Nevada Peterson and Sam Cooke, sit on a rock on the bank of the Appomattox River near the old Merchant's Mill Dam on the Appomattox River Heritage Trail in Petersburg on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Scheniqua Woodside, a Dinwiddie resident whose son is inside Dinwiddie High School, waits in the parking lot of Dinwiddie Middle School during the lockdown at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Scheniqua Woodside, a Dinwiddie resident whose son is inside Dinwiddie High School, waits in the parking lot of Dinwiddie Middle School during the lockdown at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Petersburg firemen fight a blaze that leveled the Hotsy small engine repair building on Bank Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg firemen fight a blaze that leveled the Hotsy small engine repair building on Bank Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Petersburg Bureau of Police officers investigate the scene were one person was fatally shot on Sycamore Street in Petersburg early Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg Bureau of Police officers investigate the scene were one person was fatally shot on Sycamore Street in Petersburg early Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Virginia State University Trojan Explosion marching band members make intimidating faces as they march into Salem Stadium ahead of the CIAA conference championship football game against Fayetteville State University in Salem, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia State University Trojan Explosion marching band members make intimidating faces as they march into Salem Stadium ahead of the CIAA conference championship football game against Fayetteville State University in Salem, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Fort Lee soldiers arrive at Petersburg Masonic Lodge #15 in Petersburg on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Fort Lee soldiers arrive at Petersburg Masonic Lodge #15 in Petersburg on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

 Inmates stand to prepare for transport on Dec. 7, 2017, at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Illinois. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Inmates stand to prepare for transport on Dec. 7, 2017, at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Illinois. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

 Wayland Anderson of Rockford, a freelance artist, dances inside an illuminated Christmas tree during the Rockford River Lights show on Friday. Dec. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Wayland Anderson of Rockford, a freelance artist, dances inside an illuminated Christmas tree during the Rockford River Lights show on Friday. Dec. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

 Rockford resident Fritz Marlow clears away snow from his neighbors' properties near Woodruff Avenue and Broadway on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Rockford resident Fritz Marlow clears away snow from his neighbors' properties near Woodruff Avenue and Broadway on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

 Sunil Puri, founder and president of First Midwest Group, and the Puri family donate 8 acres of land worth more than $2.7 million to Rockford Christian Schools for future expansion for an elementary school. Puri gestures at an architectural rendering of the school's future designs at Rockford Christian Schools on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Sunil Puri, founder and president of First Midwest Group, and the Puri family donate 8 acres of land worth more than $2.7 million to Rockford Christian Schools for future expansion for an elementary school. Puri gestures at an architectural rendering of the school's future designs at Rockford Christian Schools on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

 The Harlem Globetrotters play against the Washington Generals at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

The Harlem Globetrotters play against the Washington Generals at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

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 J.D. Haze and The Ancestors records a song on January 4, 2017, in Petersburg, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 A woman poses for a portrait in front of the U.S. Capitol while preparations for the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump are underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Scaffolding wraps around the clocktower of the Hustings Courthouse in downtown Petersburg on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Petersburg resident Nauvata Evans, whose son was killed in the city in 2005, advocated for better neighborhood watch programs and for people to be unafraid to share information with local police. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Dad Yates warms up on the guitar and reviews notes before facilitating a music lesson at his home on Feb. 2, 2017, in Salem, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 Ruth Ebel poses for a portrait at the private residence of the photographer's step-parent's home in Salem, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 Party-goers dance in front of a light projection on Feb. 3, 2017, at Strange Matter in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 The setting sun sets the clouds above W. Washington Street ablaze in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Elizabeth Johnson, 13, performs on the harp during Friday for the Arts! celebrations at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Petersburg residents hold signs urging council members not to privatize the city's water utility during a council meeting at Union Train Station in Petersburg on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 The internationally-renowned musician Victor Wooten, facing, hugs Dad Yates after a performance on March 3, 2017, at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 The sunset highlights the former BB&T bank building on Franklin and Adams Streets in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Neda Wright, a sophomore at Virginia State University, chats between poses while other VSU students, not pictured, conduct a photo shoot in the evening sun in an alleyway off E. Old Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Friends gather at the home of Conway Jennings on April 9, 2017, in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 Norman Rankins, from Colonial Heights, casts a line during a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing outting at Virginia State University's aquaculture ponds in Ettrick on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Mom Yates lights a candle at the dinner table before a meal on April 16, 2017, at her home in Roanoke, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 A sunset turns the sky shades of orange and pink behind the Hustings Courthouse in Petersburg on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 El'haji Bakari, a Virginia State University student, listens to a speaker during a Trojan Men United rally on campus on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Roger Trent, a member of the Wakefield Community Hunt Club and the Sportsman's Club, holds a snake he caught on the grounds of the annual Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival in Wakefield on Friday, April 21, 2017. He soon released the animal into nearby woods. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Herb Groft, from Smithfield, shows off his support for candidates for state seats at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Janet Taylor, of Chesterfield, sports a fashionable blue ensemble at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Members of Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church in Petersburg, from left, Vivian Jones, Karen Miller, and Pastor Audrey Jones, pray before their march against violence on Halifax Street on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Sisters Hailey Hoffman, 9, left, and Melanie, 7, from Colonial Heights, run to catch up to the front of the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it slows to a stop at Union Station in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Onlookers surround the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it stops at Union Station for the first of two consecutive daily visits in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Virginia State University students, faculty and staff celebrate the graduating class of 2017 during commecement ceremony in the Multipurpose Center on campus in Ettrick on Saturday, May 13, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Hot air balloon pilot Damien Ristaino prepares lines inside his balloon before a launch from Dinwiddie airport on Saturday. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 A model poses for a mud-themed photo shoot on May 28, 2017, at the photographer's home in Dinwiddie, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 Ormonty Jones, an 8th-grader at Matoaca Middle School, poses for a portrait in the setting sun while he waits for friends to finish their photo shoots before going to their school's eighth-grade dance on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Denae Shepperson, from Petersburg, poses for a portrait while enjoying the Maltdown Music and Beer Series at Petersburg Area Art League on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Petersburg police lead away a man arrested after a brief car and foot pursuit in the Ivy Gates Apartments near S. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 5, 2017. The man is suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank on W. Washington Street earlier in the day. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 The WhatCheer Brigade performs on June 20, 2017, at Gallery 5 in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 Friends, family and co-workers gather outside of Won's Wig shop on N. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 26, 2017, in memory of Margie Cuyos, a shop employee was killed in a car accident last Friday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Margaret Swann, of Hopewell, rests in the shade after fishing at City Point Park in Hopewell on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Friends, from left, Ryan Jones from Petersburg, Nikki Brown from Petersburg, and Sinnie Goodman from Petersburg, dance to a DJ at the 11th annual Halifax Music Festival in Petersburg on Friday, July 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Phillip Bailey Jr., center, hands out a hot dog to people who walked by the House of Wisdom church's food and clothing giveaway stand on the corner of Wythe and Sycamore Streets on Saturday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 The Richmond-based No BS! Brass band performs at Trapezium Brewing Company as the Petersburg craft brewery marks its one-year anniversary on Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Old Towne Petersburg street scenes, Union Train Station, MLK Bridge. Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 What appears to be a Halloween pennant dragonfly, an insect native to eastern North America, rests on the tip of an American flag attached to the welcome sign at Pocahontas Island neighborhood in Petersburg on Monday, July 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Cpl. Joshua Smith, from the 553rd CSSB 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, speaks to a reporter while undergoing an ammunition transfer and holding point exercise at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Cory Long, a man identified in an article on TheRoot.com, lights a confederate flag on fire after intense street fighting at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. In TheRoot.com article, Long shares his experience of trying to save his friend from a Neo-Nazi beating in a parking garage in while photographers stood by and watched to take pictures. When to put the camera down, stop working, and intervene is a decision that only the photographer can make in the moment. I haven't had too much practice with that in any life-and-death situation. It's a moral dilemma that has driven some professional journalists to suicide when they fail to grapple effectively with their own humanity in those moments. It's hard. I'm sorry that Corey had this experience with photographers and other bystanders. I don't have the answer for myself.For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, presents a flag to Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen's widow, Karen, second from right, as she is joined by her two sons, Max, 14, left, and Ryan, 17, right, during a memorial service for the officer at Southside Church of the Nazarene in Chesterfield on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Lt. Cullen died in a helicopter crash while providing security and intelligence during the violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., on August 12. For complete coverage from this rally see the  Charlottesville gallery here.  [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Joe Chamberlain, right, from Petersburg, a worker with Jones Trucking and Hauling, watches machine operator Ernest Jones demolish the Jays tire shop that once stood for years on the corner of Wythe and N. Sycamore Streets in Petersburg on Monday, August 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Using a special solar filter over the camera lens, the partial solar eclipse is seen at its peek at about 2:44 p.m. on August 21, 2017, on the Richard Bland College of William and Mary campus in Prince George, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Steven Kidd, left, an inmate and HARP participant at Chesterfield County Jail, hugs his mother, Rebecca, during the jail's family night on Thursday, August 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Marlene hoops at Libby Hill park in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, September 3, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]
 Amy Tennant, a worker for Deb's Concessions, assembles a game booth during preparations for 2017 Dinwiddie County Fair at the Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The fair is scheduled to open on Friday night and remain open until Sunday night. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Marchers walk along Broad Street in Richmond during a protest against President Donald Trump's call to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Elena Thompson, from Fairfax, Va., pays her respects at the casket of her uncle-in-law, William Manley Thompson, who was killed in 1941 at Pearl Harbor while serving on the USS Oklahoma and whose remains were originally classified as “Unidentifiable,” during a full military funeral at a family plot in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 The Dinwiddie County Fair on Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 James Bell, from Hopewell, paints a corner of a mural inside a room at Petersburg Kid's Growth building on Wythe Street in Petersburg on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Valerie Chavis-Jones, center, whose mother Pauline Wilkins and sister Vicki Ansar were killed along with two others in a quadruple murder in 2014, is sourrounded by family and friends on the site of Wilkins' former home where they were killed. Chavis-Jones and others gathered there on the afternoon following a jury's verdict finding their family member's killer guilty on all 10 counts of murder. After three years, "we needed closure," said Chavis-Jones. "We feel that they are here with us." [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Members of a New York-based Black Lives Matter group protest against racism, white nationalism, and fascism in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 A massive law enforcement presence appeared during rally - and its counter protest - to support the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Japharii Jones, left, a member of the Black Lives Matter 757 group from Hampton, Va., and Mary Atkins, a resident of Richmond, rally the crowd in support of peace in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Tara Brandau, center, and other members of CSA II: The New Confederate States of America, rally while surrounded by local and state law enforcement in the shadow of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Jacinda Diaz, from Long Branch, New Jersey, holds a sign that reads, "Unity, equality, and love" in front of a large crowd of people protesting against racism, white nationalism, and fascism on N. Lombardy Street in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Manny "Peppa Mache" Redoble poses for a portrait during Petersburg's first out and proud event at DJ's Rajun Cajun restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Petersburg Bureau of Police Lt. Emanuel Chambliss, center, and another detective investigate the scene where they believe five people were shot at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mistletoe and Harding Streets in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 The three surviving brothers of Delqukis Ruffin, who was slain a week earlier, from left, Delveccio, Dondelprecio, and Damion, kneeling, who embrace during a moment of prayer during a vigil for Delqukis Ruffin on Harding Street in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Virginia State University first-year students, from left, Xavier Parker, Nevada Peterson and Sam Cooke, sit on a rock on the bank of the Appomattox River near the old Merchant's Mill Dam on the Appomattox River Heritage Trail in Petersburg on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Scheniqua Woodside, a Dinwiddie resident whose son is inside Dinwiddie High School, waits in the parking lot of Dinwiddie Middle School during the lockdown at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Petersburg firemen fight a blaze that leveled the Hotsy small engine repair building on Bank Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Petersburg Bureau of Police officers investigate the scene were one person was fatally shot on Sycamore Street in Petersburg early Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Virginia State University Trojan Explosion marching band members make intimidating faces as they march into Salem Stadium ahead of the CIAA conference championship football game against Fayetteville State University in Salem, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Fort Lee soldiers arrive at Petersburg Masonic Lodge #15 in Petersburg on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]
 Inmates stand to prepare for transport on Dec. 7, 2017, at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Illinois. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]
 Wayland Anderson of Rockford, a freelance artist, dances inside an illuminated Christmas tree during the Rockford River Lights show on Friday. Dec. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]
 Rockford resident Fritz Marlow clears away snow from his neighbors' properties near Woodruff Avenue and Broadway on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]
 Sunil Puri, founder and president of First Midwest Group, and the Puri family donate 8 acres of land worth more than $2.7 million to Rockford Christian Schools for future expansion for an elementary school. Puri gestures at an architectural rendering of the school's future designs at Rockford Christian Schools on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]
 The Harlem Globetrotters play against the Washington Generals at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

J.D. Haze and The Ancestors records a song on January 4, 2017, in Petersburg, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

A woman poses for a portrait in front of the U.S. Capitol while preparations for the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump are underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Scaffolding wraps around the clocktower of the Hustings Courthouse in downtown Petersburg on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg resident Nauvata Evans, whose son was killed in the city in 2005, advocated for better neighborhood watch programs and for people to be unafraid to share information with local police. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Residents and students gathered for the "Muslim Ban and Border Wall Protest" on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Dad Yates warms up on the guitar and reviews notes before facilitating a music lesson at his home on Feb. 2, 2017, in Salem, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Ruth Ebel poses for a portrait at the private residence of the photographer's step-parent's home in Salem, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Party-goers dance in front of a light projection on Feb. 3, 2017, at Strange Matter in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

The setting sun sets the clouds above W. Washington Street ablaze in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Elizabeth Johnson, 13, performs on the harp during Friday for the Arts! celebrations at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg residents hold signs urging council members not to privatize the city's water utility during a council meeting at Union Train Station in Petersburg on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The internationally-renowned musician Victor Wooten, facing, hugs Dad Yates after a performance on March 3, 2017, at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

The sunset highlights the former BB&T bank building on Franklin and Adams Streets in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Neda Wright, a sophomore at Virginia State University, chats between poses while other VSU students, not pictured, conduct a photo shoot in the evening sun in an alleyway off E. Old Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Friends gather at the home of Conway Jennings on April 9, 2017, in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Norman Rankins, from Colonial Heights, casts a line during a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing outting at Virginia State University's aquaculture ponds in Ettrick on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Mom Yates lights a candle at the dinner table before a meal on April 16, 2017, at her home in Roanoke, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

A sunset turns the sky shades of orange and pink behind the Hustings Courthouse in Petersburg on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

El'haji Bakari, a Virginia State University student, listens to a speaker during a Trojan Men United rally on campus on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Roger Trent, a member of the Wakefield Community Hunt Club and the Sportsman's Club, holds a snake he caught on the grounds of the annual Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival in Wakefield on Friday, April 21, 2017. He soon released the animal into nearby woods. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Herb Groft, from Smithfield, shows off his support for candidates for state seats at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Janet Taylor, of Chesterfield, sports a fashionable blue ensemble at The Shad, Grapes and Grains Festival. The Festival raised money for "the good citizens of Wakefield, Virginia, and the surrounding rural area," according to a statement by the organizers, at the Wakefield Ruritan Club on Friday, April 21, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members of Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church in Petersburg, from left, Vivian Jones, Karen Miller, and Pastor Audrey Jones, pray before their march against violence on Halifax Street on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Sisters Hailey Hoffman, 9, left, and Melanie, 7, from Colonial Heights, run to catch up to the front of the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it slows to a stop at Union Station in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Onlookers surround the Class J steam locomotive Norfolk and Western 611 as it stops at Union Station for the first of two consecutive daily visits in Petersburg on Saturday, May 6, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia State University students, faculty and staff celebrate the graduating class of 2017 during commecement ceremony in the Multipurpose Center on campus in Ettrick on Saturday, May 13, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Hot air balloon pilot Damien Ristaino prepares lines inside his balloon before a launch from Dinwiddie airport on Saturday. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

A model poses for a mud-themed photo shoot on May 28, 2017, at the photographer's home in Dinwiddie, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Ormonty Jones, an 8th-grader at Matoaca Middle School, poses for a portrait in the setting sun while he waits for friends to finish their photo shoots before going to their school's eighth-grade dance on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Denae Shepperson, from Petersburg, poses for a portrait while enjoying the Maltdown Music and Beer Series at Petersburg Area Art League on Friday, June 2, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg police lead away a man arrested after a brief car and foot pursuit in the Ivy Gates Apartments near S. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 5, 2017. The man is suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank on W. Washington Street earlier in the day. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The WhatCheer Brigade performs on June 20, 2017, at Gallery 5 in Richmond, Va. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Friends, family and co-workers gather outside of Won's Wig shop on N. Sycamore Street in Petersburg on Monday, June 26, 2017, in memory of Margie Cuyos, a shop employee was killed in a car accident last Friday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Margaret Swann, of Hopewell, rests in the shade after fishing at City Point Park in Hopewell on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Friends, from left, Ryan Jones from Petersburg, Nikki Brown from Petersburg, and Sinnie Goodman from Petersburg, dance to a DJ at the 11th annual Halifax Music Festival in Petersburg on Friday, July 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Phillip Bailey Jr., center, hands out a hot dog to people who walked by the House of Wisdom church's food and clothing giveaway stand on the corner of Wythe and Sycamore Streets on Saturday morning. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The Richmond-based No BS! Brass band performs at Trapezium Brewing Company as the Petersburg craft brewery marks its one-year anniversary on Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Old Towne Petersburg street scenes, Union Train Station, MLK Bridge. Saturday, July 15, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

What appears to be a Halloween pennant dragonfly, an insect native to eastern North America, rests on the tip of an American flag attached to the welcome sign at Pocahontas Island neighborhood in Petersburg on Monday, July 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Cpl. Joshua Smith, from the 553rd CSSB 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, speaks to a reporter while undergoing an ammunition transfer and holding point exercise at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va., on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members with the "Unite the Right" hold a rally while counter protesters engage them at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12, 2017. For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Cory Long, a man identified in an article on TheRoot.com, lights a confederate flag on fire after intense street fighting at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. In TheRoot.com article, Long shares his experience of trying to save his friend from a Neo-Nazi beating in a parking garage in while photographers stood by and watched to take pictures. When to put the camera down, stop working, and intervene is a decision that only the photographer can make in the moment. I haven't had too much practice with that in any life-and-death situation. It's a moral dilemma that has driven some professional journalists to suicide when they fail to grapple effectively with their own humanity in those moments. It's hard. I'm sorry that Corey had this experience with photographers and other bystanders. I don't have the answer for myself.For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, presents a flag to Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen's widow, Karen, second from right, as she is joined by her two sons, Max, 14, left, and Ryan, 17, right, during a memorial service for the officer at Southside Church of the Nazarene in Chesterfield on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Lt. Cullen died in a helicopter crash while providing security and intelligence during the violent and deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., on August 12. For complete coverage from this rally see the Charlottesville gallery here. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Joe Chamberlain, right, from Petersburg, a worker with Jones Trucking and Hauling, watches machine operator Ernest Jones demolish the Jays tire shop that once stood for years on the corner of Wythe and N. Sycamore Streets in Petersburg on Monday, August 14, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Using a special solar filter over the camera lens, the partial solar eclipse is seen at its peek at about 2:44 p.m. on August 21, 2017, on the Richard Bland College of William and Mary campus in Prince George, Va. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Steven Kidd, left, an inmate and HARP participant at Chesterfield County Jail, hugs his mother, Rebecca, during the jail's family night on Thursday, August 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Marlene hoops at Libby Hill park in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, September 3, 2017. [Photograph by Scott P. Yates]

Amy Tennant, a worker for Deb's Concessions, assembles a game booth during preparations for 2017 Dinwiddie County Fair at the Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The fair is scheduled to open on Friday night and remain open until Sunday night. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Marchers walk along Broad Street in Richmond during a protest against President Donald Trump's call to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in Richmond on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Elena Thompson, from Fairfax, Va., pays her respects at the casket of her uncle-in-law, William Manley Thompson, who was killed in 1941 at Pearl Harbor while serving on the USS Oklahoma and whose remains were originally classified as “Unidentifiable,” during a full military funeral at a family plot in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The Dinwiddie County Fair on Sept. 8, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

James Bell, from Hopewell, paints a corner of a mural inside a room at Petersburg Kid's Growth building on Wythe Street in Petersburg on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Valerie Chavis-Jones, center, whose mother Pauline Wilkins and sister Vicki Ansar were killed along with two others in a quadruple murder in 2014, is sourrounded by family and friends on the site of Wilkins' former home where they were killed. Chavis-Jones and others gathered there on the afternoon following a jury's verdict finding their family member's killer guilty on all 10 counts of murder. After three years, "we needed closure," said Chavis-Jones. "We feel that they are here with us." [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Members of a New York-based Black Lives Matter group protest against racism, white nationalism, and fascism in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

A massive law enforcement presence appeared during rally - and its counter protest - to support the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Japharii Jones, left, a member of the Black Lives Matter 757 group from Hampton, Va., and Mary Atkins, a resident of Richmond, rally the crowd in support of peace in front of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Tara Brandau, center, and other members of CSA II: The New Confederate States of America, rally while surrounded by local and state law enforcement in the shadow of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Jacinda Diaz, from Long Branch, New Jersey, holds a sign that reads, "Unity, equality, and love" in front of a large crowd of people protesting against racism, white nationalism, and fascism on N. Lombardy Street in Richmond on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Manny "Peppa Mache" Redoble poses for a portrait during Petersburg's first out and proud event at DJ's Rajun Cajun restaurant on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg Bureau of Police Lt. Emanuel Chambliss, center, and another detective investigate the scene where they believe five people were shot at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mistletoe and Harding Streets in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

The three surviving brothers of Delqukis Ruffin, who was slain a week earlier, from left, Delveccio, Dondelprecio, and Damion, kneeling, who embrace during a moment of prayer during a vigil for Delqukis Ruffin on Harding Street in Petersburg on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia State University first-year students, from left, Xavier Parker, Nevada Peterson and Sam Cooke, sit on a rock on the bank of the Appomattox River near the old Merchant's Mill Dam on the Appomattox River Heritage Trail in Petersburg on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Scheniqua Woodside, a Dinwiddie resident whose son is inside Dinwiddie High School, waits in the parking lot of Dinwiddie Middle School during the lockdown at the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg firemen fight a blaze that leveled the Hotsy small engine repair building on Bank Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Petersburg Bureau of Police officers investigate the scene were one person was fatally shot on Sycamore Street in Petersburg early Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Virginia State University Trojan Explosion marching band members make intimidating faces as they march into Salem Stadium ahead of the CIAA conference championship football game against Fayetteville State University in Salem, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Fort Lee soldiers arrive at Petersburg Masonic Lodge #15 in Petersburg on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/progress-index.com]

Inmates stand to prepare for transport on Dec. 7, 2017, at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Illinois. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Wayland Anderson of Rockford, a freelance artist, dances inside an illuminated Christmas tree during the Rockford River Lights show on Friday. Dec. 22, 2017. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Rockford resident Fritz Marlow clears away snow from his neighbors' properties near Woodruff Avenue and Broadway on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

Sunil Puri, founder and president of First Midwest Group, and the Puri family donate 8 acres of land worth more than $2.7 million to Rockford Christian Schools for future expansion for an elementary school. Puri gestures at an architectural rendering of the school's future designs at Rockford Christian Schools on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

The Harlem Globetrotters play against the Washington Generals at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Rockford. [Scott P. Yates/rrstar.com staff]

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