Best of 2013 by Sara Caldwell

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A man walks his horse down an aisle in a barn at the Hippodrome in North Augusta, South Carolina-- a location where those participating in the Augusta Futurity stall their horses-- on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, during the week of the Augusta Futurity competitions which are held at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. Hundreds of participants came to the Augusta area for the week-long competition. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Khreem Baker helps 2-year-old Za-nae Baker into her coat as he prepares his family to leave the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Ten-year-old Ja-Quay Haynes (right) stands, watching TV, while Baker helps his daughter. Baker said after he was recently laid off, he has spent his time at home with his children. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Grovetown Elementary School teacher Tara Tredore (right) holds two candles during a candle light vigil, which was held out of remembrance for 13-year-old Jared Meriweather, who committed suicide the previous weekend. Many many gathered at the Meriweather's home on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Grovetown, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Joey Varnadore rides Halos Rey as third in the work order for the Area 18 Youth Scholarship cutting competition on Friday, January 25, 2013 on the main floor of the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. Varnadore approaches the herd during his turn as he competes in one of the final competitions of the 2013 Augusta Futurity. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Randy Teasley (right) fires a handgun at a target at Shooters gun shop and indoor range. He said he agreed with President Obama's proposal for stronger background checks. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Fifteen-year-old Lindsay Wallace floats after treading water for a portrait at the deep end in a pool at the Augusta Aquatics Center on Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Wallace is a freshman at Davidson Fine Arts and qualified in eight individual swimming events at the Georgia High School Association State Swimming and Diving Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, where Wallace swam in the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Ten-year-old Michael Nixon (right) climbs and hangs from the bleachers during the first round of the state playoffs in as a girl's high school basketball game is underway between Laney High School and Toombs County High School at Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Belmont Abbey's Jay Council tries to keep Aiken's Re'mon Nelson from putting up a shot during a NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Southeast Regional quarterfinal game between USC Aiken and Belmont Abbey on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Aiken, South Carolina. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Bonnie Mangelly (left) turns to look at the track as she and Corey Fisher (right) stand near spectator seating during the 47th Renewal Aiken Spring Steeplechase in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Mangelly said she is wearing a hat designed by Philip Treacy, a British designer, and that she comes to the Steeplechase every year. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Cuse trips over a jump and falls to the ground, throwing jockey Gustav Dahl, as the rest of the horses and riders competing in the fifth race -- The Budweiser Imperial Cup with a purse of 0,000 -- continue running their first lap during the 47th Renewal Aiken Spring Steeplechase in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Nine-year-old Jocelyn Cervantes (right) shies away from the Easter Bunny during the Eggstravaganza in the Gentry neighborhood off Old Edgefield Road in North Augusta, South Carolina on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Richard Musick raises his hand in worship as he sings at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center for a prayer service in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Thursday was recognized as the National Day of Prayer. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Driver Chris Buist (center) took people on laps through the mud pit in his jeep during the "Redneck Olymp-Hicks" which were held at the Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Team competitors throw mud at each other after completing an obstacle near the finish line during the 2013 Marine Mud Run Challenge on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Junior ROTC members are seen rappelling on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Wednesday was the first full day of Camp Semaphore, where Junior ROTC cadets rappelled down the tower on campus at the Youth Challenge Academy. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Temporary Agriculture Workers go through Orchard 12, which was planted in 2004, as they pick peaches for J.W. Yonce & Sons Inc. peach farm on Friday, May 31, 2013 in Johnston, South Carolina. The average start date for picking peaches in the area is May 15. The late start will push production into mid- to late September rather than a normal end around Labor Day. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eight-year-old Mia Tinsley (left) works with 8-year-old Dyamond Williams (right) on a class newsletter during a Data Camp at the Bernie Ward Community Center on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A girl turns to the audience, where her family is sitting, and signs "I love you," in American Sign Language after receiving her diploma on Friday, June 7, 2013 during the North Augusta High School Graduation Ceremony at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center in Aiken, South Carolina. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Amy Ashe (right) sits with her son Dominique Walls (left) on a bench at the top walkway of the Augusta Riverwalk on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Walls said they came to watch the water from the Savannah River rise in the amphitheater after the floodgates were opened earlier in the day at Lake Thurmond. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eight-year-old Henry Graham (center right) stands with 9-year-old Grayson Boyd (center left) and looks over at the line of girls just before the boys ask a partner to dance with them on Saturday July 13, 2013 during a junior dance class, where participants learned how to dance the Shag, at the YMCA location off Martintown Road in North Augusta, South Carolina. Aaron Hobbs (far left) stands in line as well, since there were more girls than boys in the class. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Five-year-old Summer Walker (left) eats her strawberry smoothie after the ending ceremony of a five-week-long summer camp-- which only met on Tuesdays-- called "Camp Veggie Truck," at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Each week would have a different theme, with tonight's being "Yo Yo Yogurt," and 10-year-old Timira Williams (center right) watches Walker eat her smoothie. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A mail truck flipped over near the intersection of 12th Street and Ellis Street, approaching Greene Street, on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Richmond County Sheriff Deputy Jo Martin (right) approaches the truck. Sara Caldwellstaff
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On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, a worker with Georgia Power prepares to remove a power pole after a car wrecked into the pole at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Jake Ellis Lane in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A stop sign in a parking lot on campus at the Summerville location of Georgia Regents University is refracted in raindrops through a driver's side car window on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Thirteen-year-old Mia Dickens (center) dances with 14-year-old Madison Carver (right) in the gymnasium during an 80's themed dance at Merriwether Middle School in North Augusta, South Carolina on Friday, September 20, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Six-year-old Elliott Storer (center) looks over to her father Rodney Storer as they walk through the streets with stuffed animals and balloon animals during the second day of the Arts in the Heart festival in downtown Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Sixteen-year-old Tiffany Huang (right) adjusts her headpiece before a dance performance in the Augusta Common during the second day of the Arts in the Heart festival in downtown Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Anna Tovo (far right) goes to spike the ball against Spring Valley's V'Aria Harris (center) as Emily Teelon (far left) and Carly Bland (center, left) during a volleyball game between Aiken High School and Spring Valley High School at Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Brian Prince (right) hugs Agnes Myers (center), one of his supporters, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 during Brian Prince's election party at the Holiday Inn off Gordon Highway in Augusta, Georgia. Prince won 44.6 percent of the votes, and fellow candidate Diane Evans won 29.57 percent of the vote, sending them to a run off election for the Georgia House District 127 seat. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Laney High School Quarterback Horatio Keller stands for a portrait near the shadow of the Laney Wildcat statue at the Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium before football practice starts on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Keller had more than 300 offensive yards and four touchdowns in the game between Laney High School and Dublin High School on Friday, November 1, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Robin Presson (center) is seen atop his horse Tiny Tim as he speaks with his daughter Katharine Presson (center, right) on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Memorial Gate in Hitchcock Woods in Aiken, South Carolina. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Duvelle McClendon's father, Derek McClendon (left), sits with 2-year-old Caleb McClendon (right) as they watch during the GISA State A football championship game between Curtis Baptist School and Robert Toombs Christian Academy at Anderson Field in Macon, Georgia on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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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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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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Laney's Jaylen Taylor knocks the ball from Glenn Hills' Aaron Williamson during a high school basketball game between Laney High School and Glenn Hills High School at Laney High School on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Aquinas' #47 Chris Lambert loses his helmet as he's taken down by a host of Calvary Day defenders during Aquinas' game against Calvary Day in the GHSA State Championship, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Atlanta, GA. SARA CALDWELLSTAFF
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Antwoin Butts (left) hugs another Washington County player (right) once the 2013 GHSA State Football Championship game between Washington County and Buford is over at the Georgia Dome on Friday 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Buford won, 35-19. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Washington County player Anthony Taylor(center, left) looks up at a large screen, broadcasting the ball, with about a minute left during the 2013 GHSA State Football Championship game between Washington County and Buford at the Georgia Dome on Friday 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Buford won, 35-19. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Ponch Hall sits atop his horse Dan as he looks out over the crowd of spectators gathered around the Calvary, petting the soldier's horses, at the end of the historical reenactment Battle of Aiken at a grounds site off Powell Pond Road in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Hall said he has been reenacting in Calvary for 14 years. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A Federal soldier picks through the clothes of a fallen solider during the historical reenactment Battle of Aiken at a grounds site off Powell Pond Road in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Ponch Hall holds out a locket with a photo of his lover as he tells his character's story at the Confederate Cavalry's campsite before the historical reenactment Battle of Aiken at a grounds site off Powell Pond Road in Aiken, South Carolina on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Hall also wore a green scarf, a gift from another character for him to wear in her honor. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Seventeen-year-old Lynda Norris (left) leaps during her piece during rehearsals for the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker at the Dance Augusta Studio on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Seventeen-year-old Julia Nelson starts her piece by the instruction of Zanne Colton during a group rehearsal for the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker at the Dance Augusta Studio on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Metz (center, left) stretches her arms as 17-year-old Lynda Norris (center, seated) speaks with another dancer as they wait for their rehearsal turns as the group prepares for the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker at the Dance Augusta Studio on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Carlee Chastagner goes to her toes as she waits for her turn to work through a piece at the instruction of Zanne Colton during rehearsal for the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker at the Dance Augusta Studio on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Seventeen-year-old Lynda Norris leaps during her piece during rehearsals for the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker at the Dance Augusta Studio on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Other dancers watch from the edge of the floor. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Adam Scott after receiving the Green Jacket during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Adam Scott celebrates taking the lead on No. 18 during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Angel Cabrera, right, reacts with his caddie and son Angel Cabrera Jr. after missing a birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Adam Scott during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Brandt Snedeker and his caddie Scott Vail walk on No. 16 during the third round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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From left, Aden Shaw, Sydney Shaw and Randy Shaw watch the action from the sixth green during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Marc Leishman prepares to putt on 8 during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Trevor Immelman shields from the rain on the seventh green during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Jason Day reacts to missing a putt on No. 18 during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Tiger Woods walks on No. 16 during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (SARA CALDWELLSTAFF)
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Thirty-one-year-old, army reservist Stacy Gross wears a Breast Cancer Awareness charm bracelet as she sits for an interview at Panera Bread off Agerton Lane near the Augusta Exchange on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer when she was about four months pregnant, and has undergone a lumpectomy procedure to remove the cancerous tissue from her right breast, along with receiving two rounds of chemotherapy before the expected Decmeber birth of her daughter, M'Kiah. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross rests her head as a nurse checks her fetal heart rate during pre-op before Gross's lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross's best friend Kimberly Nujin (center) leans against the wall, in the corner of the room. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Tara Jenkins holds a photo of her niece as she sits with her sister Stacy Gross in an exam room for a routine appointment with obstetrician Calvin Hobbs on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Oncologist Mark Keaton checks Stacy Gross during her first chemotherapy consultation on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross was cleared to start chemotherapy treatments once she started her third trimester. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Surgeon Randy Cooper (center) leans to mark where he will be removing cancerous tissue from Stacy Gross's right breast in her lumpectomy surgery at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Pam Anderson (left, foreground) and Kimberly Nujin (right) wait with Gross. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Best friends since childhood, Kimberly Nujin (right) puts her forehead on Stacy Gross's head as they pray before Gross is wheeled toward an operating room for her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Scrub technician Voncille McKie (left, background) suctions as Surgeon Randy Cooper (right) cauterizes during Stacy Gross's lumpectomy procedure where he removes cancerous tissue from her right breast at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross walks through a wig selection at University Hospital's Breast Health Center on Monday, September 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross looks up as her chemotherapy drip beeps during her first chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff

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