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2013 in focus

Saxophonist Lou Marini, better known as “Blue Lou,” performs with the Original Blues Brothers Band during the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in April.David Minton - DRC file photo
Saxophonist Lou Marini, better known as “Blue Lou,” performs with the Original Blues Brothers Band during the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in April.
David Minton - DRC file photo
A pair of Argyle fans scream as loud as they can while another fan muffles the sound after the Eagles sealed their win over Fairfield in the Class 3A Division II state championship game on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.David Minton - DRC file photo
A pair of Argyle fans scream as loud as they can while another fan muffles the sound after the Eagles sealed their win over Fairfield in the Class 3A Division II state championship game on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
David Minton - DRC file photo
Burleson Centennial baserunner Nate Menchaca takes a knee to the face as he is forced out at home plate by Denton catcher Dylan Tekell in February at Bronco Field.Al Key - DRC file photo
Burleson Centennial baserunner Nate Menchaca takes a knee to the face as he is forced out at home plate by Denton catcher Dylan Tekell in February at Bronco Field.
Al Key - DRC file photo
A tremendous display of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning lights up the skies Sept. 1, seen from Denton’s North Lakes Park. Texas Woman’s University’s 24-story Guinn Hall can be seen in the bottom right.Al Key - DRC file photo
A tremendous display of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning lights up the skies Sept. 1, seen from Denton’s North Lakes Park. Texas Woman’s University’s 24-story Guinn Hall can be seen in the bottom right.
Al Key - DRC file photo
Three-year-old Mia Wood can’t hold back her excitement as she slides down an embankment at North Lakes Park while parents Mark and Melanie Wood watch in January 2013.David Minton - DRC file photo
Three-year-old Mia Wood can’t hold back her excitement as she slides down an embankment at North Lakes Park while parents Mark and Melanie Wood watch in January 2013.
David Minton - DRC file photo
A deer jumps over a fence, and another deer, in northwestern Denton County last January.Al Key - DRC file photo
A deer jumps over a fence, and another deer, in northwestern Denton County last January.
Al Key - DRC file photo
Atomic Tanlines frontwoman Ally Play-Nice (a.k.a. Ally Lowe) wraps her mouth around the mic at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios during the 35 Denton music festival in March.David Minton - DRC file photo
Atomic Tanlines frontwoman Ally Play-Nice (a.k.a. Ally Lowe) wraps her mouth around the mic at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios during the 35 Denton music festival in March.
David Minton - DRC file photo

Year’s top photos captured community at its best

They made us laugh, cry and grimace in pain.

They captured the beauty that surrounds us every day in Denton County, and the joy that comes from the people who live here.

They offered behind-the-scenes glimpses at what makes this area unique, and a fond look back at a year just past.

They are the top photos of the year for 2013, pulled from the portfolios of Denton Record-Chronicle photographers Al Key and David Minton.