Staff Photos of the Week: Sept. 9-15

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Lauren Diggs, 7, anxiously waits to get a glimps of her dad, US Army Sgt. Joshua Diggs, as he marches with other soldiers into a Fort Gordon gymnasium after returning from an overseas deployment Wednesday morning September 11, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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South Carolina players take the field before the start of South Carolina's game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Columbia, South Carolina. SARA CALDWELLSTAFF
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A man and his dog participate in Paddlefest on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Officers with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office attend a September 11th remembrance ceremony at the Commons in downtown Augusta on Wednesday morning.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jessica Hill speaks with two-year-old Jonah Olson during preschool coloring time at the Georgia Regents University Child Care Center in Augusta on Monday, September 9, 2012. The care center is a Quality Rated early care and early education program for children.
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US Army Warrant Officer Ian Stewart, left, salutes the flag along with other soldiers during a 911 anniversary observance at Fort Gordon Wednesday morning September 11, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Wayne Weatherton, of Geisler Painting, pressure washes a part of the roof at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta Friday afternoon September 13, 2013. The historic church recently underwent extensive restoration and will dedicate a new organ on Sunday. Michael Holahan Staff
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Balloons are reflected in Freddie Hudson III's sister LaTonya Hudson's sunglasses as she waits with friends and classmates of her brother, all gathered to share honoring his life, at the start of a football game at the Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia on Friday, September 13, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Six-year-old Amya Majors has her face painted by clown Kellan Bermudez before the start of the Cole Bros Circus on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. There are three shows on Sunday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Flanked by a giant poster, Rob Orlando, left, of Dell Computer, talks with US Army Capt. Kenneth W. Demars during TechNet Augusta 2013 which opened Tuesday morning September 10, 2013 at the Augusta Convention Center. Michael Holahan Staff
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Robin Auldridge looks over his cotton crop, which he says should have grown several feet higher but has not due to lack of sunshine on his farm in Blythe, Ga. "If they don't have energy, they don't produce and UV is one of the things that makes everything work," Auldridge said. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Richmond County Sheriff's Office drug tracking dog, Blecky, wears a cooling vest that was donated thourgh Project Paws Alive. The RCSO K-9 department has been issued two ballistics vests, 10 cooling vests and 10 first aid kits all due to ,500 in donations from people across the country.
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Nine-year-old Madison Noyce makes a face at her 8-year-old brother Joshua Noyce as they went from table to table collecting candies and other swag during a small business expo at the community center in North Augusta, South Carolina on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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After returning to Fort Gordon from an overseas deployment, Spc. Brad Looper holds his 2-week-old son, Tristen, for the first time Wednesday morning September 11, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Westside's Mason Dodd (right) has the ball and is brought down by Hephzibah's Devin Wright (left) during a football game between Westside High School and Hephzibah High School at Westside High School in Augusta, Georgia on Friday, September 13, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Pre-K teacher's assistant Victoria Allen reads to a group of students at the Georgia Regents University Child Care Center in Augusta on Monday, September 9, 2012. The care center is a Quality Rated early care and early education program for children.
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Nathan Bryson, of Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, installs some of the many pipes that make up the organ at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta Wednesday afternoon June 12, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Al Ferguson (right) says a blessing with his 7-year-old grandson Makell Wilson (left) before Wilson eats lunch at Monte Sano Elementary School on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Ferguson said he has been coming to the school for Grandparents' Day ever since his grandson was in pre-kindergarten. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Robin Auldridge shakes out a handful of "stems" from a hay bale on his farm in Blythe, Ga. Because of the lack of sunshine this year, the hay is very dry and hard, resulting in half as much protein. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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University Hospice Registered Nurse Walter Harwood tends to hospice patient Mary Pitzer at her home in Martinez Thursday afternoon September 12, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Dr. Wayne Goodwin, retired Federal Police Officer with the Pentagon who survived the attacks on New York, waits to be interviewed after speaking at a September 11th remembrance ceremony at the Augusta Commons on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
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Coach Jimmie Lewis watches and video records practice as he looks out on the Harlem High School football team run practice drills at Harlem High School on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Daniel Thurston leads armchair aerobics at St. John Towers in downtown Augusta on Friday, September 13, 2013. St. John Towers is a faith-based apartment community in Augusta for seniors 62 and older. The facility has been downtown for 40 years and offers its residents on-site activities and wellness programs, a salon, fitness center and other amenities.
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Jimmy Reardon judges a sphynx cat at the 19th annual All Breed and Household Pet Cat Show, presented by Cattyshack Cats, at North Augusta Activities Center on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. The show, which is sanctioned by The International Cat Association (TICA), recognizes more than 50 breeds of cats. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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South Carolina's Bruce Ellington catches the ball from Connor Shaw and is chased by Vanderbilt's Darrius Sims during South Carolina's game against Vanderbilt, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Columbia, South Carolina. SARA CALDWELLSTAFF
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Willie McCloud (1) celebrates his first rushing touchdown in the first half as North Augusta beats Grovetown 56-13 on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Rick Babb (center, right) holds a sign that says "No huge stadium debt" --signaling he is not for Project Jackson-- as he sits with Tom Greene (center) and Phil Hurley (left) during the Aiken County Council meeting in the amphitheatre on campus at Aiken Technical College on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in Graniteville, South Carolina. The council moved the public hearing on the proposed North Augusta TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) district to Aiken Tech after a standing room only crowd at it's last meeting where it had a first reading of the ordinance. Citizens took turns voicing their opinions during the hearing portion of the meeting. Ten-year-old Kym Frison (far right) sits in the front row as well. Sara Caldwellstaff

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