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Beverly Carter, the director of the Warren Road Community Center in Augusta, talks with 22-month-old Mary Kingsley Broome as she plays during the Kinder Gym program. The children's program runs every Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


With winter weather putting a chill on many parts of the region, the Emergency Management Division is issuing reminders regarding severe winter weather.


- Travel on icy or snow-covered roads can be hazardous, so motorists are warned to use extra caution this morning.

- Those unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to cold weather to a minimum. Frostbite is harmful and painful. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be lethal, and it is particularly hard on infants and the elderly.

- If you must go out, dress in layers and cover your ears, head and hands. Remember, high wind speeds dramatically increase the effects of low temperatures by increasing the "wind chill factor."

- Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.)

- Use extreme caution when operating a portable generator. Be sure to read the owner's manual first. Do not operate a generator indoors or in any confined space.

- Remember emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra nonperishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.

Source: South Carolina Emergency Management Division


AIKEN ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: 5 p.m., public works administration building, 245 Dupont Drive N.W.

TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 6 p.m. each Thursday, Grovetown United Methodist Church, 206 E. Robinson Ave.; a nonprofit weight-loss support group; (706) 863-0726.

SOCIAL DANCING CLUB: begins today and will meet at 7 p.m. each Monday at the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Center for five weeks; Rudy Brostrum, (803) 442-9337.

MARTINEZ-EVANS OPTIMIST CLUB: Noon each Thursday, Jones Creek Clubhouse; (706) 830-5730.

MAKING COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING COUNT: 7-8 p.m., Lakeside High School auditorium, 533 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans.

HARLEM CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION AND CITY COUNCIL MEETING: 6 p.m., City Hall, Louisville Street, Harlem; originally scheduled for Jan. 21.