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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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Shortening travel time to the Masters

Updated: 04/05/2007 - Masters Week means lots of traffic. When the I-20 at Washington Road exit is closed in the morning between 7:15 and 9:30, everyone gets off at River Watch Parkway, backing that area up.

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Public Safety stops spreading North Augusta fire

Posted: 04/03/2007 - What started out as a truck fire became a brush fire Monday afternoon. It happened on Cypress Drive near the Greeneway. North Augusta Department of Public Safety responded, and no one was hurt.

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Large turnout for first practice round

Updated: 04/05/2007 - A good portion of them were on the course for the first practice round. That includes all the big names who've been here before but still wouldn't pass up a chance to enjoy a Masters Monday.

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Fuzzy Zoeller holds golf clinic at Fort Gordon

Updated: 04/03/2007 - Fuzzy Zoeller was out at Gordon Lakes Monday putting on a clinic for folks at Fort Gordon, and lots of people came out to get help from him on their swing and short game.

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Freelancer skips covering Masters practice round to rob bank

Updated: 04/03/2007 - A freelance editor hired by CBS to work during the Masters is now behind bars, on charges of robbing a bank. Richmond County investigators say Michael Crane robbed the Wachovia bank on Gordon Highway Monday morning.

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Deadly accident on Central Avenue

Updated: 04/03/2007 - A crash killed an Augusta woman near the 1900 block of Central Avenue. Neighbors say this is the second bad accident in the area in just a few months. Now they're calling for drivers to slow down.

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Local golf pros hold benefit clinic

Updated: 04/03/2007 - Vaughn Taylor, Charles Howell III, and Jim Dent were at the Municipal Golf Course in Augusta Monday morning, holding a clinic to benefit the Adaptive Golf Challenge and the Walton Foundation.

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Airports ramp up for Masters traffic

Updated: 04/03/2007 - Representatives from both Augusta Regional Airport and Daniel Field say this Sunday prior to Masters Week has been one of the busiest they've seen in years.

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