Best of 2013 by Emily Rose Bennett

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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Children laugh as they watch clown duo, the Ambassadors of Laughter, perform at Augusta-Richmond County Library on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The Reading with the Ringling Bros. program encourages children to have fun with reading.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A few years ago Crawford McConnell of Appling started a group called Hunters Taking an Aim at Hunger. Deer donations were processed and the meat was given to a local food bank. This year McConnell has only received one donation due to a combination of the expense of processing and a declining amount of deer in the area.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Students from Hammond Hill and North Augusta Elementary School play on the newly constructed adaptive playground at Riverview Park on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. It is the first of its kind in North Augusta and it gives area children with and without disabilities a chance to play together.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Franck Kamanda picks broccoli from Manuel's Bread Cafe farm in North Augusta on Monday afternoon, January 7, 2013. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kamanda has worked on the small farm for more than a year and moved to the United States to be with his uncle who resides in North Augusta.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A girl looks out the window of Eros Bistro as a couple walks by in the wind and rain at the corner of 10th and Broad Streets on Thursday, February 7, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A girl leads her horse to be washed at the Hippodrome in North Augusta on Monday, January 20, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Ameriprise employee Will Rogers has been a financial advisor for 20 years and sees himself continuing the same work for another 20 years. "I have an innate understanding of financial concepts," Rogers said, adding that he enjoys helping people make good financial decisions.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Veala Lowe, of Augusta, settles in for an evening of fishing on a dock along the Savannah River in North Augusta on Monday, January 14, 2013. "It calms you down after a long day at work, "Lowe said of fishing. "I love being on the water. This is my favorite spot."
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jean Johnson hugs her son SPC McKinley Johnson IV during a welcome home ceremony at Fort Gordon for the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. "My baby boy is back," Johnson smiled as she squeezed her son. "He's my only son."
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jim Moore, of Evans, receives a mark of ashes across his forehead on the first day of Lent, a Christian season of penance, reflection, and fasting in preparation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, Wesley United Methodist Church distributed ashes outside of Chik-fil-a and Panera Bread restaurants for those unable to attend church services.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Children's Hospital of Georgia patient Carlos Garth Jr., 9, of Grovetown, dances as Irish fiddler Liz Knowles plays music with fellow musicians Kieran O'Hare and Pat Broaders during a small performance on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The group is in town for a benefit concert on Thursday for the Press On childhood cancer research fund.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Teenagers walk along a path near Aqueduct Park in Augusta on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Temperatures for past three weeks have been drastically below normal while rainfall amounts are above average.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Freedom Park Elementary students hold their balloons before releasing them into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Dorthe Peloquin, of Evans, demonstrates an advanced trick with her award winning llama HK Terry at her farm. Pelquin has been showing llamas for about eight years.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A cow stands among debris where a free stall once stood at Southern Swiss Dairy Farm in Waynesboro on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. A tornado caused by Monday's storm ripped the stall from it's foundations, tore down trees, and damaged several other buildings.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Holding a stuffed doll with his father's image and voice-recorded message, Conner Reeves, 5, right, leans against his cousin Katheryn Thompson, 7, during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013. This will be the second tour of duty for Reeves' father, Cpt. Dixon Reeves.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Georgia Regents University graduates leave James Brown Arena to meet their families and friends after graduation on Friday, May 10, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Georgia Regents University graduates leave James Brown Arena to meet their families and friends after graduation on Friday, May 10, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jeanette Stevens wrings her hands as she speaks to reporters about the investigation involving the drowning of her eight-year-old son, Jon, in a Hephzibah pool in April.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Xiaoling Wong smiles as her daughters sings with the CSRA Chinese Association Fun Club Chorus as they perform for children and staff in the lobby of the Children's Hospital of Georgia on Tuesday, May 28, 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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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Dance instructor Sharon Mayfield helps student Tianna Murray with relaxation skills during a class as part of the inaugural Finding the Way Forward Workshop at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The workshop is geared for girls in grades eight through 12 without access to college and career planning.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Golda and Meiji Nguyen leave James Brown Arena after graduating from Davidson Fine Arts School on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A student stretches during a dance class as part of the inaugural Finding the Way Forward Workshop at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The workshop is geared for girls in grades eight through 12 without access to college and career planning.
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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) The boys soccer player of the year is South Aiken High School junior Daniel Zaremba.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A man sifts through clothes at Garden City Rescue Mission on Friday, June 29, 2013. Local charities fear that donation Boxes from out-of-town groups will diminish clothing and other donations to help the area's needy. Garden City Rescue Mission collects clothing and distributes it to homeless and needy each week at 9 a.m. on Friday. (Man's name is Oliver, but declined to give his last name).
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Phones in hand, Reem Atamna, 15, left, and Asma Daoudi, 18, gather in the lobby of the Islamic Center of Augusta after midday prayer during the tenth day of Ramadan on Friday, July 19, 2013. Young Muslims increasingly turn to their smart phones for applications such as Muslim Pro, which helps them to locate Mecca, remember when to pray, or find out when to break daily fasts. The app also offers a Quran, with recitations and translations. "What I really like is the prayer times app," Daoudi said. "It's very helpful with an alarm to remind you when it's time to pray."
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Peri Fiveash, 11, holds her mother Eddie's hand as she receives her back to school immunization shots from nurse Alicia Murdock at the Richmond County Health Department on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Moments before heading into surgery, Thomas Cooper, 6, holds onto his great aunt Kim Dean as superheroes Spider-Man and Batman scale down the side of the Children's Hospital of Georgia, waving to children through windows and organizing a mock villain chase with the McDonald's Hamburglar on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A boy pops up during morning prayer on the Islamic holiday of Eid. Eid marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims worldwide by celebrating with a huge meal and prayer. The Islamic Society of Augusta celebrates the feast in its new mosque for the first time on Wednesday, August 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Col. John Lamoureux, incoming commander for Fort Gordon's Eisenhower Medical Center, attends a change of command ceremony at Barton Field on Friday, August 9, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Friends, family, and supporters attend the funeral of Rep. William Quincy Murphy, D-­Au­gusta, on Friday, August 9, 2013. Murphy was a state representative for 11 years.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Joe Lawry hugs his son, Boone, 5, as his daughter Cameron, 7, sits on his knee outside of Boone's kindergarten classroom on the first day of school at Hammond Hill Elementary in North Augusta, Monday, August 19, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Daniel Miller, 29, has attended about a dozen tattoo parties. Miller, who is an apprentice tattoo artist, got his start in Cincinnati where his brother is a professional tattooist and tattoo parties are popular. "They're more relaxed and convenient for the artist," Miller said of why many choose to participate in the events. (**Note, Miller was in the middle of fixing up a new parlor where he'll be working and had no shirt with him... so, that's why he's not wearing a shirt in any of the photos).
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Greta Mills attends Aiken's sixth annual Labor Day BBQ Cook-Off on Monday, September 2, 2013. Proceeds from the event will benefit The United Way of Aiken County.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Catherine Brock of Griffin, Ga., dresses as the Queen of Hearts during the Fantasy Fables Stroll for the 10th anniversary of The Georgia Red Hat Jubilee society held at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, October 11, 2013. In honor of it's tenth birthday, the Georgia chapter is celebrating with an ice cream social, a Mad Hatter Tea Party, and other activities over a three day weekend.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Officers with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office attend a September 11th remembrance ceremony at the Commons in downtown Augusta on Wednesday morning.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Mildred Nunnery participates in armchair aerobics at St. John Towers in downtown Augusta on Friday, September 13, 2013. St. John Towers is a faith-based apartment community in Augusta for seniors 62 and older. The facility has been downtown for 40 years and offers its residents on-site activities and wellness programs, a salon, fitness center and other amenities.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Women dressed as their favorite story book characters parade down Ninth Street in downtown Augusta during the Fantasy Fables Stroll for the 10th anniversary of The Georgia Red Hat Jubilee society held at the Augusta Marriott on Friday, October 11, 2013. In honor of it's tenth birthday, the Georgia chapter is celebrating with an ice cream social, a Mad Hatter Tea Party, and other activities over a three day weekend.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Lakeside Middle School students in a special eighth grade mathematics program visit the cooling towers for Reactors 1 and 2 at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The tour is part of National Nuclear Science Week.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Lakeside Middle School students in a special eighth grade mathematics program visit the cooling towers for Reactors 1 and 2 at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The tour is part of National Nuclear Science Week.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Lakeside Middle School students in a special eighth grade mathematics program visit the cooling towers for Reactors 1 and 2 at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The tour is part of National Nuclear Science Week.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Augusta Preparatory Day School players celebrate after defeating Young Americans Christian School 3-0 during the 2013 GISA Class AAA Volleyball Championship at Augusta Prep on Friday, October 24, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the Young Life Christian group attend Farm-O-Ween with over a 100 kids, games, food, and other fall shenanigans.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Ola VanDusen waves a flag as soldiers walk down Broad Street during a Veterans Day Parade in Augusta, Ga., on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Retired Army veteran Clettis Williams is helped back to his seat by Major General LaWarren V. Patterson, right, after receiving the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his service in Korea during a Veterans Day observance at the All Wars Monument in downtown Augusta, Ga., on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Citizens gather along Broad Street in downtown Augusta, Ga., for the Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the Westside High School Marching Band perform during the Veterans Day Parade along Broad Street in downtown Augusta, Ga., on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Major General LaWarren V. Patterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, waits to speak during a Veterans Day observance at the All Wars Monument in downtown Augusta on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Augusta resident David Hartmann reads a book to his three-year-old daughter, Ada, at Hickman Park where he built one of two little libraries available for the community. The little library has several shelves where members of the community are invited to donate and borrow books at their leisure. Hartmann got the idea after seeing one while on a walk in Decatur.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Laney Walker High School senior quarterback Horatio Keller attends practice on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
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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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(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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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Hattie DeWitt, 61, stands outside of Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries on Eighth Street in downtown Augusta after picking up a bag of food on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. DeWitt receives less than 00 a month income and goes to the food pantry to help her get by for the remainder of the month.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Hattie DeWitt, 61, walks home after receiving two bags of food from the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries food pantry on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. DeWitt receives less than 00 a month income and goes to the food pantry to help her get by for the remainder of the month.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Riders walk their horses at the Hippodrome in North Augusta on Monday, January 21, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jessica "Inskatiable" Christian. Position: Blocker.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Robyn "Roxy Rampage" Martin. Position: Blocker.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Lydia "Ethyl Agitate" Mitchell. Position: Blocker.
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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) Washington County Quarter Back A.J. Gray is in his first year as the starting QB. He was an all-state pick at Defensive Back as a sophomore and was all-state in basketball as well.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Deborah Stitt attends a September 11th remembrance ceremony at the Augusta Commons on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) A tiny American flag is seen waving from a car window during a Veterans Day Parade in Augusta, Ga., on Monday, November 11, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the Our Lady of Peace children's choir sing Christmas carols during the annual North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Calhoun Park and Lookaway Hall on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Reithoffer Shows crew Dean Chamberlain helps set up the Space and Wheelie ride in preparation for the Western Carolina State Fair at the Aiken County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) From left Derrick Hatcher, 11, Jalen Williams, 11, Derrianna Hatcher, 7, and Kolbe Doe, 2, show Annie Doe the gifts they received from the annual James Brown Toy Giveaway at James Brown Arena on Thursday, December 19, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Sheriff Richard Roundtree in his office on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

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