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The Rev. Grant Wiseman, the rector of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, meets the hounds in Hitchcock Woods. The Blessing of the Hounds is the formal start of the drag hunt season for the Aiken Hounds.

102nd Blessing of the Hounds held in Aiken

The 102nd Blessing of the Hounds - the formal start of the drag hunt season for the Aiken Hounds - featured about two dozen riders and about 15 hounds as hundreds gathered in Hitchcock Woods on Thanksgiving Day morning.
By John Boyette
Black Friday

Early shopping trend grows

Black Friday signals the start of the hectic holiday shopping season for many, but for Ashley Fehrman, it marks a satisfying and stress-free conclusion.

2015 Thanksgiving events

From meals to storytime, there are many Thanksgiving events.

Thanksgiving holiday closings

Know before you go -- some offices will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.

Slideshow: Latest Columbia County bookings

Review mugshots and criminal charges from the Columbia County Detention Center Nov. 16-23

Woman kills would-be robber

A woman shot and killed a man who tried to rob her Wednesday when she showed up at a meeting to buy a car that had been advertised on Craigslist.

Black Friday store hours

See hours for Black Friday sales at area stores.

SLED denies request for 911 call in fatal shooting

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says it won't turn over the 911 call made prior to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Aiken, citing a pending investigation.

Weekly Crime Map

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8 traditions to introduce this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a very stressful time of year. During the chaos of cooking, organizing and decorating, creating new traditions and celebrating the season can easily be overlooked in the disarray.

No. 10 Gonzaga rolls past Washington

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Kyle Wiltjer had 24 points and Domantas Sabonis added 17, sending No. 10 Gonzaga past Washington 80-64 in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Sports Scores

Stay up-to-date on your favorite teams.

Editorial: It's all gravy if you think about it!

In the most prayerful way we know how, we exclaim: God, we've got it so good!
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