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H1N1 clinics to be held at elementary schools


Those wanting to get vaccinated against the influenza A H1N1 virus will get another shot at it today, the East Central Health District said.

Clinics will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Terrace Manor and Windsor Spring Road elementary schools.

The shots are free, but those on Medicaid, Medicare or the State Health Benefit Plan are asked to bring their insurance cards. Seasonal flu vaccine will be given if available and will cost $25.

$5,000 reward offered in case of stolen guns

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering as much as $5,000 in reward money for information about an Aiken County gun store burglary in November.

The thefts occurred after business hours Nov. 4 at The Yard Shop at 522 Edgefield Road, Belvedere. The burglar stole 20 firearms, most of which were handguns.

Anyone with information can call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (803) 642-1763 or the ATF Columbia Field Office at (803) 251-4600.

Police charge teen in armed robbery

Authorities have arrested a North Augusta teen wanted in a December armed robbery.

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety charged David Leeshawn Smith, 17, of Conifer Court, with grand larceny and armed robbery Tuesday, according to jail records.

Smith is accused of robbing an acquaintance at gunpoint Dec. 20, according to an incident report. Police say Smith rummaged through the victim's apartment and stole a cell phone, tennis shoes and other items before leaving in the victim's 1984 Pontiac Bonneville, the report states. The vehicle was later recovered in Augusta.

Smith remains at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Family psychologist to speak at church

Family psychologist John Rosemond, whose column on parenting appears Sundays in The Augusta Chronicle , will speak at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way. Admission is $10, or $15 per couple. Child care will be provided.

For more information, call (706) 733-2275, or see

Foundation will give scholarships to 200

The Watson-Brown Foundation Inc. is accepting scholarship applications for 2010-11 awards.

The foundation will award 200 scholarships to high school seniors and college undergraduate students. Scholarships are $3,000 or $5,000 a year for a student's first four years of undergraduate studies.

Students must be from one of 16 surrounding counties in Georgia and South Carolina and can attend any four-year, accredited college in the country.

Details, including the online application, can be found at