Best of 2013 by Todd Bennett

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Brook Parrish of Pavo, GA, bought Kendalls Western Hats when he was just 19. Parrish has been customizing hats for customers at the Augusta Futurity for over 20 years. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Larry Lancaster gives Ron Kirby's boots a shine during a break in the action at the 34th Augusta Futurity at the James Brown Arena. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Paine College 6-foot guard Mario Jordan is playing his final home game Saturday. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Johnny Dempsey a painter with Carver Industrial Coatings of Edgefield, SC, paints the steeple at Hillview Baptist Church in Graniteville, SC. The all-day project will require two coats of paint. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Sandy Wood, owner of Designed for Change, created a Pinterest account to help showcase the items available for sale at her shop. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Kathleen and Gary Lisko have been trying to secure a drug she needs to treat her electrolyte disorder. After persistence by her family, Kathleen Lisko is back on a patient assistance program that will help her get a very expensive drug that she believes was allowing her to live a normal life. The family's triumph also means other patients will be back on the program because that program will no longer exclude patients like Lisko who have Medicare Part D. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Aquinas High School basketball player Ahmed Hill scored his 2,000th point Tuesday night. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Aidan Tidwell gets a hug from his mom Heather Tidwell in his room at Children's Hospital of Georgia. The Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition brings together all five of Georgia's children's hospitals and more than a thousand pediatricians to try to improve the health of Georgia's children. A big concern is the incredibly low amount - an average of ,200 per child - that the state's Medicaid program spends on children. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Brook Parrish fields a phone call as Jesse Shelton, right, and her mom Debbie from Union Hall, VA, check the styling of her new hat. Brook Parrish of Pavo, GA, bought Kendalls Western Hats when he was just 19. Parrish has been customizing hats for customers at the Augusta Futurity for over 20 years. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Soteria Deciel Raymond, the 2012 North Augusta Idol winner, performs "Girl on Fire" during the ninth annual North Augusta Idol at North Augusta High School. The annual talent show features students in elementary, middle and high school. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Greenbrier's #10 Clint Hardy collides with Lakeside first baseman #8 Tanner Durand during their game Tuesday night. Durand couldn't keep hold of the ball and Hardy was called safe. Lakeside won 5-4 over Greenbrier. (TODD BENNETTSTAFF)
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Police officers operate a road check on Mike Padgett Highway Friday night during Operation Thunder. Operation Thunder is a 90-day state crackdown on DUI, safety belt and speeding violations. The operation began in Richmond County on Feb. 14. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Snowflake's ears perk up as Margie Hobbins squeezes a squeak toy at the Evans Towne Farmers Market. The two spent the afternoon at the Greyhound Crossroads booth, which promotes adoptions for retired greyhounds. The fledgeling Evans Towne Farmers Market is gaining customers and vendors who gather each Thursday near the Columbia County Library in Evans. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Laney's Khadijiah Cave is our 2013 Georgia girls basketball player of the year. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Aniyah Badger gets from her mom Collier Badger, left, and her cousin Khadijah Goodwin, right, as she tries on a prom dress at Butler High school Thursday evening. Butler High School worked in conjunction with the SOFTER mentoring program to give away free prom dresses to girls who can't afford to buy one. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Burke County's Chris Washington is our wrestler of the year. He won a state title this season. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Tianlang Guan works on his game with his father Han Wen Guan at Champions Retreat. The Chinese teen will be the youngest Masters competitor ever at age 14. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Greenbrier's #23 Adam Sadder loses the ball as Lakeside's #16 Luke Wiles, bottom, beats the throw and makes it safely back to first base during their game Tuesday night. Lakeside won 5-4 over Greenbrier. (TODD BENNETTSTAFF)
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Julie Cameron performs the "Aerial Contortion in Silk" as part of the show Tuesday night. Quidam is a story about Zoé, a bored young girl that escapes into a world of imagination. Cirque du Soleil performs their first of two shows at the James Brown Arena Tuesday night. (TODD BENNETTSTAFF)
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Greenbrier's #26 Emily Ludwig, right, and Starr's Mill's #18 Molly Moroney battle for the ball during their game, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Augusta, GA. Starr's Mill defeated Greenbrier 3-1. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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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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Starr's Mill goalie #1 Paige Betsill clears the ball away from Greenbrier's #11 Raven Rose, center, as Starr's Mill's #20 Rachel Catlett during their game, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Augusta, GA. Starr's Mill defeated Greenbrier 3-1. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Lia Ilund has her face painted as 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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An ROTC honor guard leads a riderless horse during the Aiken Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Veterans salute Grand Marshal Command Sergaent Major Ron Pflieger during the Aiken Memorial Day Parade, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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South Aiken QB Bo Baldwin poses for a picture, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. South Aiken QB Bo Baldwin is a highly thought of prospect who has gotten injured each of the past two seasons. This could be the year it all comes together.TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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South Carolina's #14 Connor Shaw is upended by North Carolina's #4 Jabari Price during the first quarter of South Carolina's game against North Carolina, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Columbia, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Fans wait for the start of Clemson's game against Georgia, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Clemson, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Jesse Cheadle gives water to Kelly Ayres' bulldog Matilda during the 20th Anniversary of Border Bash, the annual meeting of UGA and South Carolina fans, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Joey Banks performs at MAD Studios, Friday, July 26, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. MAD Studios has open-mic nights, live music weekly and are starting a new fourth Saturday Jazz night. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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South Carolina's #7 Shon Carson sits in front of a misting fan during South Carolina's game against Georgia, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Athens, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Holly Doyle holds her daughter Katie in her lap as they cheer with the USC cheerleaders during the 20th Anniversary of Border Bash, the annual meeting of UGA and South Carolina fans, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Cross Creek softball player Courtney Self poses for a photo, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Georgia players take the field before the start of Georgia's game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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North Augusta High School students meet before school during the annual See You at the Pole, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in North Augusta, South Carolina. About 80 students attended See you at the Pole at North Augusta High School, a global day of student-led prayer. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Law Enforcement officers from Augusta Richmond Sheriff's Department and Georgia State Patrol wait for an investigator to collect evidence after a man attempted suicide by jumping from the Walton Way Extension bridge onto the I-20 eastbound onramp, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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UGA freshman Pierce Wallace puts some finishing touches on his face paint before Georgia's game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Georgia's #5 Danian Swann and teammate #20 Quincy Mauger watch as LSU's #14 Terrence Magee fails to come up with a pass during Georgia's game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Georgia's #86 Justin Scott-Wesley can't hold onto an Aaron Murray pass in the end zone during Georgia's game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Athens, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Jen Belgin, aka TK5361, reads to children during Star Wars Reads Day at the Augusta Richmond County Public Library on Telfair Street, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Reverend Rob Hartley immerses his hand in holy water as he leads the Blessing of the Animals at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in North Augusta, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Matt Johnson sits with his daughter Abigail as she has her portrait drawn by May Phillips during Christmas Made in the South at the James Brown Arena, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. Abigail and her sister Sarah were both sitting for a portrait of both of them. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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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. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Silver Bluff players #8 Jalen Douse, #15 Greg Dunbar and #10 Jaylen Lawrence react after Silver Bluff's 28-24 loss to Batesburg-Leesville, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Columbia, South Carolina. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Silver Bluff linemen James Jacks, left, and Gyasi Yeldell pose for a picture, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Aiken, South Carolina. Jacks and Yeldell are both four-year starters and both play on offense and defense. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Long Putter anchored on chest. Drew Belt is a golf pro at West Lake Country Club. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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(From left-right) Brent Allen, Pat Allen, Tammie Hensley and Ren Hensley, all from Perryton, Tx, pose for a picture in front of the clubhouse, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (TODD BENNETTSTAFF)
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Laney quarterback #15 Horatio Keller is comforted following Laney's 35-33 loss to Lovett, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Buford's #30 Ausin Smith breaks up a pass intended for Washington County's #8 DJ Sanders during Washington County's game against Buford in the GHSA State Championship, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Adam Scott celebrates winning the Masters Tournament after the final round of the Masters Tournament, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (TODD BENNETTSTAFF)
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during the gun show at the Exchange Club Fair Grounds in Augusta. Attendees spent about 30-45 minutes in line just to get in the door. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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