A collection of Odessa American staff photographs of people and events during the month of September.
Elijah Garcia, 13, practices kicks at the Jones Tae Kwon Do studio. Garcia and 14 other students from the studio traveled to England for the International Tae Kwon Do Federation World Cup Championships.
Gerda Green, West Texas Food Bank warehouse manager, loads boxes of food items onto a pallet as she prepares it for pickup in the food bank's Odessa warehouse. The food bank has seen a 50 percent drop in perishable food deliveries from the USDA since last year and is heading into the holiday season with a shortage.
Lilly Ramirez, left, places a flag with the help of her grandaughters, Zakaira Ramirez, 6, Ganessa Lopez, 6, and Jalissa Lopez, 7, during "An American Tribute" at Memorial Gardens Park. Over 200 people attended the event to honor the people who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during the 9/11 attacks as well as local law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Sallie Cockerell, 6, paints a picture during the Ellen Noël Art Museum's "ART a la CARTE & Kite Flying Extravaganza".
Burleson Elementary students present gifts to Odessa firefighters from Station 4 as part of the school's " Never Forget the Heroes and Victims of 9/11 - Celebrate Courage and Pride!" assembly in the school gym. Firefighters from left are Capt. Joey White, Chris Golden, Phillip Tavarez and Kevin Phillips. The Permian High Jr. ROTC color guard also participated in the program.
Benjamin Castillo, 7, jumps from one rock to another during the Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes event at Memorial Gardens Park.
ECISD police officers Kenny Taylor, center, and Bobby Luffman talk to ninth-grade student Timothy Rivera, 15, while they patrol the hallways at Ector Junior High. With the campus being more than 1/4 mile long, the Segways make it much easier for the officers to patrol the campus.
Blake Powell squeezes lemons to prepare for customers at the Permian Basin Fair and Expo. Though this is her first year working at the giant lemon-shaped lemonade stand, Powell said the lemon's owners have brought it to the fair for 15 years. "I've had people tell me they always look for the giant lemon," Powell said. "This lady poured her other drink out and said she wanted some of ours."
Aramis Galvan, 7, slides down the 'Mardi Gras' ride during the annual Permian Basin Fair and Expo.
Ruben Guerra, employee of Grady Henly Decorators, hangs red, white and blue curtains inside the Ector County Coliseum in preparation for the Permian Basin Fair. Guerra said he has decorated parts of the fair for about 30 years.
Stephanie Mancha, 8, left, and her brother Brian Ramirez Castro, 13, right, play Uno with their mother Rachel Muus and sister Ashley Ramirez Mancha, 13, as their mothers partner Tony Vargas watches a movie inside a classroom where they are staying at St. Joseph's Parish. The family is currently being helped by a nonprofit group called Family Promise that works with 14 churches in Odessa to help provide a place to stay for homeless families in Odessa.
Stanley Wallace hugs his wife, Michaela Wallace, after she pinned on his badge during the badge pinning ceremony at the Central Fire Station. Jay Sudell and Bobby Valles II were also sworn into the Odessa Fire and Rescue department with Wallace.
Paula Waldrop, right, playing the part of Olene Wiffer, and D'Alice Belanger, left, playing the part of Edith Ellington, listen to Kristen Geddes, playing the part of Sammy Porter, as her character gossips during the first act of the play "First Baptist of Ivy Gap".
High water along University Boulevard backs up traffic where several vehicles stalled due to heavy rains.
Registered nurse and nurse practitioner student Raceli Gibson performs a check up on A. J. Ulate of Odessa at the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The Care Mobile provides a health care option for many families who don't have health insurance. Nearly 30 percent of the people in Ector County are without health insurance.
Joe Raines pets his dog Hank, an 11-year-old red border collie, before competing in the Sheep Dog Trials at Ector County Coliseum Arena. "He doesn't perform well unless he gets some love" Raines said.
Ivan Cavello, right, holding his 20-month-old son, Isaac Cavello, his daughter Marianna Cavello, 5, and Luzamparo Costa watch from the Una Mano Amiga float as vaqueros ride by during the Diez y seis de Septiembre parade on Grant Avenue in downtown Odessa.
Jayne Sedate traces an image of an icon during an icon workshop at St. John's Episcopal Church. The workshop started Sept. 6.
Aiden Villa, left, arrived at the Verizon store on 42nd Street at 3:30 a.m. to be first in line to get an iPhone 5. John Phariss, center, drove by the store at midnight, saw that nobody was in line, and returned at about 5 a.m. Both had older iPhones and were looking forward to the new phone for its new operating system and features including 4G LTE. About a dozen people were in line for the phones when the store opened.
Kindergarten teacher Cynthia Rowden holds Auden Alcantar's hand while leading students to the buses at Barbara Jordan Elementary. The school had to close enrollment when it reached its maximum capacity.
Dally Willis, president of the Permian Basin of West Texas Central Labor Union, claps during a break in Midland County Democratic Chairman David Rosen's speech at the 55th annual Labor Day celebration last year inside the Slator Community Center.
Desiree Baldwin reads a magazine about animals during her two-hour bus ride home from Burleson Elementary. The fifth-grader spends about 4 hours on the bus each day after being placed in an elementary school farther from home because the closest, Blackshear Elementary, was full.
Former NFL player Leonard Larramore lifts seventh-graders Eidy Ibarra, left, and Angel Cortez over his head during a motivational speech at Ector Junior High.
A student walks past a gallery showing artwork done by Odessa College students for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Odessa College inside Sedate Hall.
The Rev. Michael Pfeifer, right, Bishop of the San Angelo Catholic Diocese, and Rev. Thomas Macwan, a Bishop from India, bless the central building of St. Mary's School. A capital campaign and a grant from the Kenedy Memorial Foundation funded the $635,000 project, which includes new windows, lighting, air conditioning and paint.
Kyle Panko, left, and Jared Guzman, 12, dance during the Grand Entry at the 13th Annual Permian Basin Inter-tribal Powwow at the Odessa College Sports Center.
Lindsey Duckwarth looks through a mega phone at Kaitlyn Walters who wears it as a hat before the Permian vs. Abilene High football game at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.
Collene Hall, from Greenwood, works on her laptop beside her daughter's steer during the Permian Basin Fair and Expo.
Odessa Fire and Rescue academy cadet's Rocky Adams, from left, Blake Hardin, and Aaron Locy, practice a drill by unrolling and rerolling fire hoses while performing at the Permian Basin Fair and Expo.
Texas Electric employee Nau Ulate clears out a ditch for the installation of electrical lines at Mesquite Oasis RV park on West University. Co-owner Mary Lewis said they have some reservations for people attending the oil show but that the current available 50 slots are completely filled and they are currently working on adding 50 more.
Collin Sewell, a member of the Odessans for Kids PAC, talks about the reasons for the $129.75 million ECISD bond election during a public meeting at the Odessa High cafeteria.
Members of the Wild Bunch run along the sidelines waving Odessa High flags after the Bronchos scored their first touchdown in their homecoming game against San Angelo Central at Ratliff Stadium.