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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Volunteer Katie Tyner, 16, center, looks on as Caroline Dennis, left, and Bob Young, right, put a beam in place as they repair the framing of a back porch as part of the Salkehatchie Summer Service program in North Augusta on Monday, July 8, 2013. During the week-long program, participants physically improve homes of needy families in South Carolina.
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Derek Underwood and Brooks visit with Russell Callaway and residents at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. Derek Underwood and his dog, Brooks, were named the grand prize winners in IAMS pet food Love Tails contest. They will star in a national ad for IAMS. The winning video features Brooks and Derek visiting a nursing home. Brooks is a certified therapy dog, and the two visit nursing homes at least once a week. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Augusta centerfielder Jesus Galindo catches the third out of the fourth inning as the Augusta GreenJackets played the Charleston RiverDogs at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday, July 5, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Remedy drummer Caleb Guillebeau practices with band members as they rehearse songs from their upcoming cd, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Harlem, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Blane Cowart, of Charleston, stocks up on firework at Wacky Wayne's in North Augusta on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. "I'm going to win," Cowart said about the fireworks. "Every year the folks across the lake make as look silly, but not this year."
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Pearce Truesdale, left, and his friend, Will Christman pose for a picture in the Augusta Commons, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. The reenactors recently returned from participating in the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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People gather on the River Walk to watch the firework show that fires from the 5th Street bridge during the Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 4, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A fisherman rides along the Augusta canal as a rainbow forms, Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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The Internment Support Detachment (ISD) cannon battery practices before firing World War II-era 75mm Pack Howitzer at the Independence Day celebration at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Ten-year-old Katelyn Dwyer, her 16-month-old sister, Scarlett, and friend Riley McNevin, 9, watch as a member of the band Swinging Medallions is held upside down as he plays saxaphone at the Independence Day celebration at Fort Gordon on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Abilene Baptist Church hosts a picnic and celebration as a "Thank you" for soldiers currently in the Armed Services, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Evans, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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People gather for the third annual Fourth of July ceremony at The Signers' Monument on Greene Street in Augusta on Thursday, July 4, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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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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Instructor Laura Neff (center) helps 6-year-olds Deeley Arciero (left) and Camille Jones during Neff's "playful prints" printmaking class for 5- and 6-year-old children at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's summer art class on Friday, June 28, 2013. The weeklong art sessions for children ages 5 to 12 are 5 for members and 0 for nonmembers. Morning and afternoon sessions will resume on July 8-12 and continue through July. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Susan Vines, a volunteer with the CSRA Humane Society, plays with Brunton, a 2-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix, near Lake Olmstead Tuesday afternoon June 25, 2013. Brunton is available for adoption. Visit www.csrahumanesociety.org for more information. 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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An inch worm creeps along the inside of a flower in North Augusta Monday afternoon June 24, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Seven-year-olds Cassidy Carr (left) and Cameron Lupton (right) walk down a dock hand-in-hand on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Wildwood Park during the APBA Power Boat races at Lake Strom Thurmond in Appling, Georgia. Lupton said he was holding his sister's hand because she was scared of the water. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Dancers from the Eastern Star Dance Theatre perform with audience members as the Greater Augusta Arts Council presented local artists responding to David Michalek's "14 Stations" at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Michalek's photographic exhibit is the central piece of a week of events to increase awareness of homelessness in Augusta. On Thursday, a sidewalk chalk installation and viewing is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eighteen-year-old Tyler Cartwright spins and throws an advertisement for Great Clips in front of the Augusta Water Works at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Wrightsboro Road on Friday, June 21, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Cartwright said he's out sign spinning anywhere between three to five hours a day, depending on the heat, but that it's a fun job for him to do. Sara Caldwellstaff
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People enjoy the water at Aqueduct Park at the Rae's Creek Spillway near the Augusta Canal on Thursday, June 13, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Augusta Greenjackets mascot Auggie gets ready for the start of the game against the Charleston Riverdogs, Friday, May 31, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Artist Rhian Swain makes a chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center Thursday morning June 20, 2013. It's all part of The Greater Augusta Arts Council presentation of "Journey of Community", a week-long art exhibit focusing on homelessness in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Artist Rhian Swain makes a chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of the Sacred Heart Cultural Center Thursday morning June 20, 2013. It's all part of The Greater Augusta Arts Council presentation of "Journey of Community", a week-long art exhibit focusing on homelessness in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Children play on the M48 tank at Pedleton King Park in Augusta Monday afternoon June 17, 2013. The M48 tank was designed in the 1950's, has a 90mm gun and weighs 45 tons. Michael Holahan Staff
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Kent Hall is silhouetted in front of light coming through a stained glass window in the main sanctuary during a Signal Corps military concert at the First Baptist Church of Augusta on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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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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Stathia Hammon sits in her booth at the Saturday Market, surrounded by her painted frameworks she has for sale on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Eddie Banks, of Praters Athletic Flooring, rides on a large sanding machine as he sands the gym floor a the GRU's Christenberry Fieldhouse in Augusta Tuesday afternoon June 17, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Four-year-old Mia LaPonzina blows on a dandelion top, saying the seeds were like fairies, during a nature walk at Phinizy Swamp Park in Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The nature walk takes place at 9:30 a.m. of the first Saturday of every month.Sara Caldwellstaff
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Deborah Jett, 9, frolicks in the water at the splash pad at Summerfield Park in North Augusta Wednesday afternoon June 12, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A soldier dressed in a Revolutionary War uniform adjusts his hat before a ceremony to celebrate the 238th Birthday of the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon, on Friday, June 14, 2013.
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Steven Strouble plays the saxophone outside the Clubhou.se during the Super Happy Block Party, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. The Super Happy Block Party for the National Day of Civic Hacking invites artists, hackers, engineers, teachers, etc. to work together to solve local and national community issues. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Kamryn Parrish, 6, reels in one of four catfish she caught before 9:30 a.m. as her cousins Troy, 3, and Lillie, 5, watch during the 26th annual Kids Fishing Event, hosted by the Breakfast Optimist Club, at Augusta Technical College's catfish pond on Saturday morning, June 8, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A young man dives into the water at Aqueduct Park at the Rae's Creek Spillway near the Augusta Canal on Thursday, June 13, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children participate in cheerleader camp at the YMCA on Wheeler Road in Augusta Monday morning June 3, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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A pedestrian crosses Greene Street during a heavy afternoon rain shower in Augusta Monday afternoon June 3, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Participants gather in groups to work on problems during the Super Happy Block Party, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. The Super Happy Block Party for the National Day of Civic Hacking invites artists, hackers, engineers, teachers, etc. to work together to solve local and national community issues. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Six-year-old Roger Jones, Jr., watches as a catfish, which was the first fish he had ever caught, is weighed at the 26th annual Kids Fishing Event, hosted by the Breakfast Optimist Club, at Augusta Technical College's catfish pond on Saturday morning, June 8, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Temporary Agricultural Workers sift through washed peaches as they search for defects and bruises, separating higher from lower quality, on Friday, May 31, 2013 in Johnston, South Carolina. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Rachael Rhodes adds her drawing to one of the whiteboards set up along Broad Street during the Super Happy Block Party, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. The Super Happy Block Party for the National Day of Civic Hacking invites artists, hackers, engineers, teachers, etc. to work together to solve local and national community issues. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Cross Creek High School commencement at the James Brown Arena Wednesday morning May 29, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Navy Veteran Matthew E. Funsch, member of the VFW Post 649, attends a Memorial Day Service at the All Wars Monument in downtown Augusta on Monday, May 27, 2013.
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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. To see a gallery of photos of Glenn Hills Graduation, go to augustachronicle.com Michael Holahan Staff
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Junior ROTC members are seen repelling 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 repelled down the tower on campus at the Youth Challenge Academy. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Members of the Marine Corps League James L. Hammons Detachment #939 from Aiken, SC, wave to the crowd during the Aiken Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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A man paints the side of the Port Royal building as a team works on construction at the location on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A young woman dances to the beat of rap music as the enthusiastic crowd cheers during a Community Block Party near the corner of MLK Blvd. and Swanee Quintet Blvd. Friday afternoon May 24, 2013. The annual event is a kickoff to summer vacation for community children and is sponsored by the Augusta Recreation, Parks & Facilities Department, JR's Stop & Shop and Perry Broadcasting of Augusta. The event included free food, live performances, radio remotes and giveaways. Michael Holahan Staff

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