Best of 2013 by Michael Holahan

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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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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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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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The morning sun is reflected in the placid waters of the Savannah River during on a misty Monday morning September 16, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Medical students, from left, Frances McMath, Melissa Rainsford and Chishamis Zvobgo examine a human brain and spinal cord as Dr. Bill Pearson, right, talks about its anatomy at GRU's Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy Wednesday afternoon November 20, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Farmer Joe Derrick holds a handful of recently harvested corn at his farm near Johnston, SC Friday morning October 11, 2013. The government shutdown has hit South Carolina farmers just as many of them are harvesting their crops. Derrick said he is missing 0,000 in direct payments and conservative incentive grants from the government that help him balance costs each fall. Michael Holahan Staff
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Between innings at the Augusta Greenjackets game vs. Savannah, children are sprayed with water to help them keep cool during Super Splash Day Wednesday afternoon June 26, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Emerson May, 5, snuggles with her dad, Donnie May, at her welcome home party at Enterprise Mill in Augusta Wednesday afternoon July 24, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Shamya Blair, 2, watches as Rev. Roger Gardner (not shown) blesses the children during Bridge Ministry church services under the Calhoun Expressway near 15th Street Saturday afternoon August 3, 2013 in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Newly minted Glenn Hills High School graduates celebrate after picking up their diplomas following commencement at the James Brown Arena Tuesday morning May 28, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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A bicyclist peddles his way through the tunnel under the 13th Street Bridge in North Augusta Monday afternoon June 24, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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A dragonfly pauses on a blade of grass at Pedleton King Park in Augusta Monday afternoon June 17, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Renisha Albert, 5, emerges from a column of soldiers after going to say goodbye to her dad, Daniel Albert (not shown), as he is deployed with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon Wednesday afternoon January 2, 2013. Most of the approximately 287 soldiers will be sent throughout the Middle East for the 9 month deployment. Michael Holahan Staff
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Sgt. Wes London, kisses his wife, Brittany London goodbye as he is deployed with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon Wednesday afternoon January 2, 2013. Most of the approximately 287 soldiers will be sent throughout the Middle East for the 9 month deployment. Michael Holahan Staff
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Andrew Belanger, 10, reacts after eating yeast extract (Marmite) spread onto seaweed paper during the annual Fear Factor odd food eating contest Friday afternoon June 27, 2013 at the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Dr. William Dolen tells Jadon Wrights (cq), 4, to open wide so he can get a look at his throat at the Pediatric Allergy Clinic at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta Monday morning February 4, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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A mocking bird takes a walk on a snowflake Christmas decoration mounted onto a street light at the Riverwalk in Augusta Monday afternoon October 21, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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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 very first time Wednesday morning September 11, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Kelyn Banks, 4, says goodbye to his dad, Spc. Craig White as he is deployed with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon Wednesday afternoon January 2, 2013. Most of the approximately 287 soldiers will be sent throughout the Middle East for the 9 month deployment. Michael Holahan Staff
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Madison Kennedy, 10, gives a tearful hug to her step father, SSgt. Justin Scott while his wife, Elizabeth Scott, stands at left as about 200 troops from the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are reunited with their families upon their return to Fort Gordon, GA September 27, 2013. The troops were deployed for 9 months in the middle east. Michael Holahan Staff

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