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2013: Pictures of the year

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Great photographs are timeless, capturing moments and telling stories with a a visceral force that resonates with viewers.

The Free Lance-Star’s photojournalists go out into the community daily in search of images to enliven reporters’ stories or, in some cases, make powerful stories on their own.

From a rare cloud formation to Civil War re-enactments to extraordinary images of ordinary life, here is another look at the top local images from 2013 by our photo staff. ~ Phil Jenkins, Editor