Staff Photos of the Week: Dec. 2-8

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Jace McTier paints a mural on the 15th Street overpass that spans Wrightsboro Road in Augusta Monday afternoon December 2, 2013. The mural is being completed by volunteer artists and is expected to be completed before Christmas. Michael Holahan Staff
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Senior lineman Thomas Adams (left) and his teammates celebrate with the other students on the field as Aquinas High School beat Mount Pisgah Christian School 17-16 in Alpharetta, Ga., on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Aquinas advances to play for a state championship next Friday, Dec. 13. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Charles Maddox (left) said he has no computer experience or uses email as he sits with Navigator Terri Gant while she explains how to log into Healthcare.gov during an open enrollment workshop in a computer lab in the administrative area on the third floor of the Augusta-Richmond County Library off Telfair Street on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Maddox chose to go through the enrollment process via the phone. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Band director Chuck Deen, left, leads the North Augusta High Band as they play for the crowd during the annual North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Calhoun Park and Lookaway Hall on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
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Glenn Hills' #12 Aubrey McRae puts up a shot against Laney's #30 TyQwan Wilson during Glenn Hills' 68-66 win over Laney, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Two men cruise past the expansive Thurmond Dam spillway during a warm Wednesday afternoon December 4, 2013 in Clarks Hill, SC. Michael Holahan Staff
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West Florida's Chelsea Palmer holds the hair of Svenja Burkhardt after Burkhardt's nose was bloodied on the field as the University of West Florida beat the University of Western Washington 2-1 in overtime in the NCAA Division II Soccer Championships semifinal game on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Once at their permitted location, protestors chant and speak out against using dogs for dental studies while standing near Georgia Regents University's Dental School during on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Actor Bobby Parker reacts as Augusta native Alex Taylor, left, and Zack Arrington, shatter sugar-glass bottles of fake milk over his head while shooting a scene for the short film “The Milk Man: A Return To My Roots,” in downtown Augusta on Wednesday, Dec.4, 2013. Taylor, a 2005 graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, teamed up with DFA grad Paul Woods and fellow graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to shoot the short film about a lactose intolerant man.
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Silver Bluff linemen James Jacks, left, and Gyasi Yeldell pose for a picture, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. Jacks and Yeldell are both four-year starters and both play on offense and defense. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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A mocking bird takes a break atop the Fort Cornwallis memorial behind St. Pauls Chruch in Augusta Monday morning December 2, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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West Florida's Chelsea Palmer smiles as she is hugged by Sashana Campbell in celebration after Campbell scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the University of West Florida beat the University of Western Washington 2-1 in overtime in the NCAA Division II Soccer Championships semifinal game on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Fifteen-year-old Allyson Smith (center, right) goes up on her toes, on her way to the door, after helping 17-year-old Lauren Cotter finish preparing for their Nutcracker Performance as they get ready outside the Imperial Theater Friday, December 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. The girls are playing Snow characters and are with the Columbia County Ballet. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Candidate for the vacant 127th District seat Diane Evans laughs as she waits for voting results for the runoff election on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
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Vonda Sanders places an ornament and an angel on the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Sheriff's office in memory of her son Da' Travious "Bubba" Hoskins, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. Members of the Angel Heart support group placed the ornaments on the tree in memory of loved ones lost. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Shawn Bradshaw unlocks his bike before he rides his bike home from Tubman Alternative School Friday afternoon December 6, 2013 in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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A man from Laurelwood Equipment rides a lawnmower down Georgia Avenue in the annual North Augusta Evening Lions 2013 Christmas Parade on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Stephanie Diaz, along with her children, 10-year-old Cameron and 4-year-old Arielle, wait as men tie a Christmas tree to the top of her car at Barton Field on post at Fort Gordon during the Trees for Troops event on Thursday, December 5, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. The Christmas Spirit Foundation, representing Christmas growers and distributors, provided over 500 evergreen trees to Fort Gordon active duty personnel. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Tony Manning, 6, right, dances with his friend Yamal Soto, 5, as they listen to the Our Lady of Peace children's choir sing during the annual North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Calhoun Park and Lookaway Hall on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
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Silver Bluff's #5 Shaquez Wright reacts after Silver Bluff's 28-24 loss to Batesburg-Leesville, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Columbia, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Aquinas High School's Griffin Scott Thursday afternoon December 5, 2013 at Aquinas High School in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Southern New Hampshire's Christian Rodriguez (right) celebrates after Southern New Hampshire University's 2-1 win over Rockhurst University in the NCAA Division II Soccer Championships semifinal game on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Retired Army lieutenant colonel Brian Prince embraces his wife Lori Prince after winning the run off election for the vacant 127th District seat on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Prince replaces the late Representative Quincy Murphy, who died in August.
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GRU's Ryan Weems (center) looses the ball while driving to the basket between defenders Ricardo Martin (left) and Alen Hardy (right) in the first half as Georgia Regents beat Lander 84-76 at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A girl reads a book in North Augusta Elementary's float during the annual North Augusta Evening Lions 2013 Christmas Parade on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Legendary University of Georgia coach Vince Dooley poses for a photo with Kolton (cq) McLaughlin, 3 , Tuesday afternoon December 3, 2013 during a book signing at the Kroger store in North Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Aiken Civic Ballet dancers perform during the Nutcracker Tea at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Dancers briefly performed, signed autographs and posed for photos at the event. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Betty Ann Harden weaves a cane chair seat at the Augusta Training Shop Friday afternoon December 6, 2013 in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff

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