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Rooting for Vaughn

Updated: 04/07/2007 - Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has been playing very well through the difficult conditions this Masters. As of the end of Round 3, he's tied for fourth. There was a lot of excitement and support for Vaughn Taylor out at the course.

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Violence hits local hotel just in time for Masters

Updated: 04/06/2007 - Some places with Masters visitors, like the Regency Inn downtown, can be hotspots for violent crime. One couple staying there says they lost hundreds of dollars at gunpoint early Thursday morning.

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Washington Road crime down this Masters Week

Posted: 04/06/2007 - Richmond County deputies have been all over Washington Road this week, keeping a close watch. Deputies say their increased presence this Masters has meant less crime, and so far, this Masters Week has been unusually slow.

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Man wanted in shooting

Updated: 04/06/2007 - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for 19-year-old Michael Johnson, wanted for assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. They say he fired three to five shots at 2230 Acapulco Drive.

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Man found dead at scene of fire

Updated: 04/06/2007 - Traffic on Tobacco Road was blocked for a few hours last night after Richmond County firefighters arrived at the scene of a house fire and made a disturbing discovery.

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Dumb and Dangerous Driving at the Masters

Updated: 04/06/2007 - We caught some amazing dumb and dangerous driving at Berckman's and Washington Road. The only thing that seems to be on people's minds is getting into the Tournament. And that means chaos.

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Sale agreement reached with Avondale Mills

Posted: 04/06/2007 - Avondale Mills will sell its remaining Graniteville assets, including the buildings and land. The textile company closed after the Graniteville train wreck and chemical spill in January of 2005.

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Cops bus tables for charity

Updated: 04/06/2007 - They're trading in their guns and badges for menus and serving trays. North Augusta Public Safety officers and other local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to raise money for Special Olympics South Carolina.

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Tobacco Road house fire apparent arson to hide murder

Updated: 04/06/2007 - Investigators have identified and charged a subject in connection to a body found at a house fire in the 1700 block of Tobacco Road. 56-year-old Paul Franklin Blevins is in custody.

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The King tees off the Tournament

Updated: 04/05/2007 - The first shot of the 2007 Masters came from a four-time champion. Quite a crowd gathered at the first tee to watch Arnold Palmer. Patrons lined up early along the first tee to catch a glimpse of history in the making.

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Masters business may not save Golf Hall of Fame

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Masters Week is one of the busiest of the year for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens, but will it be enough to keep the downtown attraction from shutting down for good?

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Augusta hopes to woo new businesses with Red Carpet Tour

Updated: 04/05/2007 - City leaders certainly know the Masters is a way to get the bigwigs in town, and the hope is they'll fall in love with Augusta and want to stay here...or at least bring their businesses here.

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When course is closed, festivities continue

Updated: 04/05/2007 - The course gets quiet when the sun goes down, but that's just the beginning of the fun during Masters Week in Augusta. News 12 cruised Washington Road to find out what folks do during the evening.

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Fire investigators hunt for serial arsonist

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Richmond County fire investigators say three recent fires downtown in the Harrisburg area were no accident, and they believe the same person or group is responsible. Now they need your help.

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Tax service accused of filing fraudulent returns

Updated: 04/05/2007 - The Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against Atlanta-based Jackson-Hewitt franchisee Farrukh Sohail for cheating the government out of more than $70 million by making bogus deductions and false claims.

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The Pairing Effect

Updated: 04/05/2007 - In a Masters tradition, the US amateur champ tees it up on Thursday with the defending Masters champion. This year that honor falls to Richie Ramsay, who will play with 2006 winner Phil Mickelson.

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Rock Fore! Dough: good times for a good cause

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Rock Fore! Dough is fast becoming a tradition as part of the Master's celebration. This year, Cheap Trick and Dashboard Confessional were the headliners, and there was a huge turnout.

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Aiken Waffle House assault arrest

Posted: 04/04/2007 - Aiken Public Safety Investigators have arrested 17-year-old Antonio Demarco Alvelo in connection with an assault at the Richland Avenue Waffle House in Aiken on Saturday (March 31).

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"Masters money" goes to work for Augusta community

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Over the past decade, the Augusta National Golf Club has donated over $11 million from the Masters to local charities in our area. Here's just one example of how that "Masters money" is changing lives for the better.

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Third annual Rock Fore! Dough set to jam

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Tonight, the annual Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert kicks off at First Tee. "It's a really fun event," said event promoter Joe Stevenson. "The crowd is always great, and it's just a great time of year here in Augusta."

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Counterfeiting on the rise

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Masters Week means more business...and more chances for fake money. By Tuesday, investigators had already found fake bills at the Bobby Jones Home Depot and Sam's Club.

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Ticket scalpers risk fines, jail for profits

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Deputies are all over Washington Road this week cracking down on crime. They say Sunday and Monday are their warning days, but Tuesday they start cracking down on all illegal activity and increasing their presence.

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Masters Week brings profits for Aiken businesses

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Businesses on Washington Road may think they've got prime real estate when it comes to luring in Master's patrons, but entrepreneurs in downtown Aiken say that's not necessarily the case.

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