Originally created 05/05/02

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Police seek masked robber

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed a gas station in Warrenville on Friday night.

About 9:45 p.m., a man wearing a mask went into Kendrick's Gas Plus at 3007 Pine Log Road. He was armed with a long-barreled shotgun and demanded money from the clerk, Capt. Michael Frank said.

The clerk led the man behind the counter and opened the cash register. The gunman grabbed a handful of money and ran out of the store. No one was injured in the robbery, Capt. Frank said.

The man is white, age 18 to 25, and is approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. He was wearing an orange ski mask, a navy-and-maroon knit sweater and dark baggy pants. He had a thin mustache.

Anyone with information is asked to call (800) 922-9709. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

Riverwalk cleanup set to mark tourism week

The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau will help the Augusta Trees and Landscape Department clean Riverwalk Augusta on Monday as part of National Tourism Week.

The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. at the Eighth Street Plaza.

The bureau is also sponsoring the Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown program in honor of National Tourism Week. Many of Augusta's attractions will be free Thursdayfrom 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday.

Baston Road project closes Old Petersburg

A portion of Old Petersburg Road in Columbia County will be closed through tonight.

Columbia County Construction and Maintenance Services announced that the portion of Old Petersburg Road from Baston Road to Stephens Creek Road will be closed through 7 p.m.

The closing is related to the widening of Baston Road.

Safety program offered to Alzheimer's patients

University Health Care System and the Augusta Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will offer registration for Alzheimer's patients in the nationwide Safe Return program.

Safe Return was created by the Alzheimer's Association as a nationwide identification and registration program. If a person registered in the program is lost or found either locally or far from home, Safe Return can help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Program participants wear an engraved bracelet or necklace that identifies them and provides a telephone number to call to return them home safely.

With the $40 registration fee, which is sometimes waived, participants receive the engraved ID bracelet or necklace, iron-on clothing labels, a key chain, a lapel pin, a refrigerator magnet, stickers, wallet cards and a caregiver checklist.

For more information, call (706) 731-9060 or (800) 236-0688.