NORTH AUGUSTA - Growing up on St. Simons Island, Ga., Conni Purciarele was completely enamored with horses and spent a great deal of her time sketching them.
In fact, her teachers had to reprimand her for drawing during their lectures.
North Augusta Public Safety K9 Officer Alicia was 12 years old when she died. She spent her life detecting narcotics, accompanying her handler on traffic stops, school searches and parcel checks at the post office and UPS hub in Aiken.
Ruthie Owen likes to stay busy.
For her senior year at Augusta Prep, she played volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and is now playing tennis. She even did cheerleading for the first time during football season, though she admitted she didn't enjoy it as much as her other sports.