Staff Photos of the Week: Feb. 3-9

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Three female Asian elephants eat piles of fruit and vegetables in front of an audience at the free event "elephant brunch" to promote the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at James Brown Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The Circus will be at the arena Feb. 6 - 9. The elephants use their trunks, which have 150,000 muscles, to eat and can eat between 300 and 500 pounds of food. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Kings Kiss-Johnson, left, and her dog Balto during a break in the trial of Joshua Patterson at the Richmond County Courthouse Monday afternoon February 3, 2014. Michael Holahan Staff
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Cynthia Harris speaks out her concerns about merging Murphey Middle School with T.W. Josey High School during a town hall meeting, with the members of the Richmond County School Board present, at T.W. Josey High School in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, February 4, 2014. Sara Caldwellstaff
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School board members Marion Barnes (left) and Jimmy Atkins (right) sit on the front row and attempt to answer questions during a town hall meeting, with the members of the Richmond County School Board present, at T.W. Josey High School in Augusta, Georgia on Monday, February 4, 2014. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Aiken Public Safety officer Takima Butler comes from a line of Aiken officers, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Aiken, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Brig. Gen. John Morrison (center) speaks during an induction ceremony for 40 new Army recruits during halftime of the Georgia Regents University men's basketball game on Military Appreciation Day at Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. JON-MICHAEL SULILVANSTAFF
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Burke County High School's Donquell Green, middle, signs with Marshall while Jermaine Baxley, left, and Bryant Wilson, right, both sign with South Carolina during National Signing Day activities at Burke County High School in Waynesboro Wednesday morning February 5, 2014. Michael Holahan Staff
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Natosha Dunn (left) sits with her son Willie Yarbary (center) as he signs his letter of intent to attend Wake Forest University at the Academy of Richmond County on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Head Football coach Chris Hughes (right) sits with them as well. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Brandon Maddox smiles during an interview after signing a letter of intent to play football at Air Force Academy on National Signing Day at North Augusta High School on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Pastor Jimmy Jones cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Hope Center, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Graniteville, South Carolina. Christ Central converted the building into classroom space for children and youth as well as a commercial kitchen for culinary arts training. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Dexter McCain, 55, pauses to think about the answer to a question during a media interview outside the Salvation Army Center of Hope on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. McCain served in the Army from 1978 to 1986. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Fifteen-year-old Monique Davis holds a piece of cardboard against her rocket, waiting for the glue to hold, during an early morning Rocket Club meeting at the Technical Career Magnet School on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Robinson Bayse, 5, holds her 9-hour-old brother, John Bayse Jr., in one of the newly renovated rooms at Trinity Hospital of Augusta Tuesday morning February 4, 2014. Michael Holahan Staff
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Heard Robertson, of Robertson Restoration, sweeps up debris in his latest project on Hillcrest Avenue in Augusta Tuesday morning February 4, 2014. Michael Holahan Staff
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Fox Creek High School's Marques Sumner is The Augusta Chronicle's player of the week. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Stephen Briggs sits with his dogs, Lady (foreground) and Serena (center) on the back porch of their home on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 near Aiken, South Carolina. Sara Caldwellstaff
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As Frank Lozito sits perfectly still, photographer Keliy (cq) Anderson-Staley, right, removes the lens cap to take a photograph using the wet-plate collodion process, similar to a tintype, at the Morris Museum of Art Friday afternoon February 7, 2014. The process dates to the mid 1800's and subjects must remain still for a long time to make a sharp image. The public is invited to watch the photographer at work on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Josey's Breanna Wilson (center) and Aquinas defender Hannah Cundey (left) dive for the loose ball during the first half of T.W. Josey High School's 57-17 win over Aquinas High School in a girl's basketball game at Josey in Augusta, Ga., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Robbie and Jackie Stevens at their home in Hephzibah Wednesday afternoon February 5, 2014. The couple recently lost their son, Chad, 14, to cancer. Michael Holahan Staff
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Aquinas' Ahmed Hill makes a lay up over defender Jaylin Daniels (left) in the first half of Aquinas High School's 53-42 win over T.W. Josey High School in a boy's basketball game at Josey in Augusta, Ga., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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