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North Augusta Middle School faced Kennedy Oct. 26 for Aiken County's volleyball championship, and the Eagles, playing at home, wound up on top, successfully defending their crown and extending their winning streak to 28 games.  North Augusta won the first set, 25-17, but Kennedy took the res…

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Maude Edenfield Park was the setting for a morning gathering Oct. 24, with dozens of people on hand to express thanks for (and to) local law-enforcement officers. David Weikle and his wife, Maribeth, organized the hour-long gathering, which had North Augusta Mayor Bob Pettit, North Augusta P…

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Fox Creek High School was the homecoming guest for Strom Thurmond this season,  and the Rebels dumped the Predators 28-10. The Oct. 23 contest had the home team, having built a 14-10 halftime lead, racking up 14 points in the third quarter and holding the visitors scoreless in the second half. 

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Aiken and North Augusta high schools met for junior-varsity football action Oct. 22, on the Green Hornets' turf, and the visitors made themselves at home, rolling to a 46-0 win.

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Fox Creek High School played host Oct. 21 to the Region 5-AAA cross-country meet, and the home team had the fastest runner of the afternoon: Trey Armstrong, who handled the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes and 59 seconds, which helped his team to first place in the boys' category. Next, in orde…

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Paul Knox Middle School faced Leavelle McCampbell Oct. 21, with Midland Valley High as the host site, and the Patriots built a 27-0 halftime lead en route to a 30-0 win over the Rocks. The visitors improved to 3-0 on the season and LMMS dropped to 0-3.

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Paul Knox Middle School played host to North Augusta for volleyball Oct. 19 and wound up on the short side of a 3-2 score: 25-20, 25-13, 20-25, 19-25, 15-13. Paul Knox wrapped up its season at 8-4 overall, narrowly missing a playoff spot. North Augusta, at 9-2, punched its playoff ticket for…

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Merriwether Middle School's homecoming football game, held Oct. 15, had Clinton as the visiting team, and the visitors got the last laugh. The halftime score was 6-6, but the Wildcats picked up speed and bagged a 22-12 win. 

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Fox Creek High School’s junior varsity football squad went up against Lexington’s freshman team Oct. 8, on the Predators’ turf, and the game came down to the final play. Fox Creek scored a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter and recovered an onside kick, but Lexington’s defe…

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Strom Thurmond High School faced Fox Creek in volleyball Oct. 8, on the Predators' court, and the home team prevailed in both junior varsity and varsity action. The scores were 25-9, 25-17, in JV play; and 25-11, 25-5, 25-16 in varsity competition.

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Rules and recommendations relating to COVID-19 have forced some adjustments, but North Augusta's recreation-league football program is in gear, along with other fall sports options. These Oct. 7 scenes are from Lions Field, with the Cowboys taking on the Falcons and the Steelers facing the M…

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North Augusta High School's girls tennis squad played host to Greenwood Oct. 5, at Riverview Park, and bagged a 6-1 win. The late-season victory boosted the Yellow Jackets to records of 9-2 overall and 5-1 in Region 5-AAAA play — enough to secure a playoff spot. Ansley Hooks played in the nu…

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Fox Creek High School, playing at Gilbert Oct. 2 in Region 5-AAA football, gave up two quick touchdowns early in the first quarter and could not recover. The Indians rolled on to a 43-0 win.

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North Augusta Middle School played host to Paul Knox for volleyball Oct. 1, and the home team got the "W," by scores of 25-8, 26-24, 13-25 and 25-11. The contest left the Yellow Jackets at 4-0 on the season and the Patriots at 4-2. 

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Paul Knox and North Augusta middle schools met for football Sept. 30 at Lions Field, in the season opener for both squads. The Patriots scored two touchdowns early in the first quarter and rolled to a 40-16 win, getting four touchdowns from LaDarius Tindal and two more from Michael Doe. 

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Jim Bob Bryant's troops got off to a strong start Sept. 25, as North Augusta High School's new football coach watched the Yellow Jackets jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The visitors, however, ruled the fourth quarter, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the final frame to bag a 27…

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North Augusta High School's junior-varsity football team, in its first action of the 2020 season, had a high-drama contest at Blythewood, on brand-new artificial turf. The Yellow Jackets' win, 22-16, came down to Zach Johnson hauling in an interception in the Jackets' end zone with about 20 …

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North Augusta High School's youngest football players got their first action of the season Sept. 23, getting their first chance in 2020 to go up against athletes aside from each other. The Yellow Jackets' B team, playing on brand-new artificial turf at Blythewood, gave up a touchdown and a t…

North Augusta High School, using its current gymnasium in the last few weeks before the gym's demolition and replacement, played host to Midland Valley for volleyball Sept. 17. The home team won 25-21, 25-17, 26-24. This photo set also includes imagery from the junior-varsity contest, which …

South Aiken High School cruised to top honors in a rainy swim meet Sept. 16 at Hammond Hills Suburban Club, racking up 136 points. North Augusta came in second (90), followed by Aiken (63), Fox Creek (15) and Midland Valley (10).

Restrictions relating to COVID-19 have been slightly relaxed with regard to athletics, including football, and that means more contact and more game-like conditions for North Augusta High School's football program. These scenes, showing varsity and junior-varsity players alike, are from the …

Aiken High School played host to Fox Creek Sept. 12 for a football scrimmage — the first action of the 2020 season for both squads. The home team racked up two touchdowns and managed to keep the visitors from crossing the 50-yard line, in a morning competition where both teams had only been …

Fox Creek High School, having moved up this season to the AAA classification, had its first home Region 3-AAA sporting event Sept 8, playing host to Brookland-Cayce, from Lexington County, for volleyball. The home squad started fast and rolled to a 3-0 win: 25-8, 25-15, 25-12.

TrueNorth Church, with the end of August, took a step back toward its pre-pandemic worship traditions, using its worship center for Sunday services, with masks and social distancing as part of the pandemic-resistance package. These scenes are from the 9 a.m. Sept. 6 service. The congregation…

SRP Park, which has been largely silenced by the COVID-19 response during what would normally be its busiest months of the year, drew an evening crowd Sept. 5, as the host site for a movie. Visitors — with masks and social distancing as part of the package — brought blankets and pillows to r…

A new feature is in place on Georgia Avenue, with the establishment of Vampire Penguin, specializing in "shaved snow and desserts," and also having a location in Anderson, along with others in California, Utah and Florida. A review in a newspaper in Sacramento, California, describes Vampire …

Hammond Hill Suburban Club was the site Sept. 2 of one of Aiken County's first high school athletic events since March, as North Augusta played host to Midland Valley for a swim meet, with a variety of guidelines in place relating to COVID-19. The home team swamped the visitors by a score of…

Several of North Augusta's military veterans gathered for a few minutes Sept. 2 to continue a tradition that dates back at least 50 years, to an anniversary of Sept. 2, 1945, with Japan's signing for the official end of World War II's hostilities. It began when local businessman Sam Woodring…

North Augusta High School welcomed about a third of its student body back to campus Sept. 2, with the Wednesday-Thursday pupils arriving for their first day of on-campus classes for the 2020-21 academic year. A similar number of students, under the current program to deal with risk from COVI…

Wednesday was the first day of school for the second cohort of Aiken County Public School District students who are attending school on the current hybrid schedule. This cohort of students attend school via distance learning on Monday and Tuesday and attend in-person on Wednesday and Thursday. 

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Preparations continue for the fall sports season, with a variety of adjustments having been made in the face of COVID-19. These scenes are from North Augusta High School's Aug. 31 varsity football practice. 

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Some Edgefield County residents may be breathing a sigh of relief with the placement of traffic lights at Bettis Academy Road and US 25. Several dozen people gathered in Bettis Academy Park August 29 to mark the occasion as a step toward safety at the intersection, where several people have …

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Fox Creek High School launched into the 2020-21 academic year Aug. 25, holding the first day of classes. The charter school, under the current plan, has about 725 students, with approximately 125 having opted for online-only instruction in the weeks ahead. Approximately half of the remaining…

One of North Augusta High School's football traditions has withstood the challenge of COVID-19, as the varsity players and coaching staff gathered Aug. 21 on their field for team and individual pictures. Photographer Wes Wilson handled the task, with precautions in place to minimize health risks. 

Lions Field got plenty of attention during the weekend of Aug. 15-16, with volleyball players from around Georgia and the Carolinas on hand for a two-day tournament featuring two-on-two competition on grass all day long both days, despite a little Saturday rainfall. The players included seve…

Fox Creek High School's approach to the 2020-21 football season includes some pre-sunrise action. These scenes, from August 11, are from the varsity (6 a.m.) and junior-varsity (7 a.m.) workouts. Pads and helmets are not yet part of the action, but at this point, regulations relating to COVI…

Practices are continuing as teen athletes around North Augusta hope to have a fall sports season to begin the 2020-21 academic year. These scenes, from August 10, show North Augusta High School's volleyball players — varsity and junior-varsity alike — in practice. Each team member, until rec…

Rain got the last laugh in an abbreviated baseball game held August 3 in SRP Park, with American League first-round playoff action having the North Augusta squad in action against Lexington Black, at the 17-and-under level. The visitors scored in the opening frame but North Augusta bounced b…

North Augusta High School, like dozens of other high schools around South Carolina, took a symbolic step in its athletic program August 3. The football team, with disinfectant nearby and a face covering for each individual, was allowed to hold a practice that went beyond running, stretching …

Two 17-and-under teams in summer baseball have seen plenty of each other over the past two weeks, with some other squads having ended their seasons prematurely, and a July 29 matchup in SRP Park featured the North Augusta squad going up against the Ship 71 team, with North Augusta bagging a …

The COVID-19 situation is forcing creativity in Fox Creek High School's efforts to prepare for the 2020 volleyball season. Individuals meet in small groups and are expected to maintain a coronavirus-resistant distance between each other, and balls are treated with Lysol-moistened paper towel…

North Augusta High School's volleyball program is engaging in workouts, with strict guidelines in place to help build strength, flexibility and skills while minimizing coronavirus-related risks. Players are to remain distant from each other and each girl is required to use only her own ball,…

The primary users of SRP Park — the Augusta GreenJackets — are out of action this year, but the facilities are still getting some baseball use. South Carolina American League Baseball, featuring a variety of squads representing North Augusta and such communities as Bamberg, West Columbia, Ch…

Riverview Park, in the midst of a strange summer, with the coronavirus having shut down a variety of traditional seasonal activities, is still playing host to hundreds of kids each week for such options as baseball, softball, soccer and playground time. These baseball scenes are from July 10…

Jim Bob Bryant, preparing for his first season as North Augusta High School's head football coach, reached a milestone June 22, running dozens of his aspiring players through a workout on their home turf for their first time under his guidance. The Yellow Jackets, with "social distancing" in…

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SRP Park played host to hundreds of afternoon visitors — including plenty of young ones — June 21 for a Father's Day event. Participants received a Sunday brunch and the chance to run the bases, play catch or take in the view from the pitcher's mound on the Augusta GreenJackets' home turf, w…

Lions Field, having been largely out of action for the past three months, had plenty of visitors June 20-21, as the host site of a grass volleyball tournament featuring teams from around Georgia and the Carolinas. Competition was two-on-two and ran from mid-morning until sunset both days. Sa…

Georgia Avenue was the venue for a protest march June 20, with hundreds of people walking from the municipal building up to Calhoun Park in a Black Lives Matter event. Attention was largely focused on high-profile incidents of police brutality, as well as the presence of a monument, in Calho…

Riverview Park was largely dormant for a few weeks from March into May, due to coronavirus-related restrictions and guidelines, but team sports action is underway now (with a drop in participation numbers), with some new safety measures in place. These baseball and softball scenes are from J…

Dirt and foliage, since June 1, have been on the move at Community Ministry of North Augusta's future base of operations, as the ministry has cleared land to move ahead with construction plans at 531 Belvedere-Clearwater Road, next to the Church of Christ and the Marathon convenience store. …

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