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Columbia County will seek bids for parkway extension

Columbia County commissioners agreed Tuesday to advertise for bids for two road construction projects -- the extension of William Few Parkway and an access road for a proposed Augusta Technical College campus in Grovetown.

County officials have budgeted $2.8 million for the William Few Parkway project, cutting out a new stretch of the highway between Columbia and Chamblin roads. The funding will come from a 2006 general obligation bond.

Scott Herring, the director of Construction and Maintenance Services, said he wants construction to start in May so the road can be finished before classes start in August at the new Grovetown High School.

At the other end of William Few Parkway, officials want to extend the road from where it ends just east of Washington Road to a connection point with Hardy McManus Road.

The access road for Augusta Tech is budgeted at $1.5 million and will be funded using 2001-05 1-cent sales tax dollars.

Three men face charges in man's shooting death

Three North Augusta men are charged in the killing of a man at his home this weekend.

According to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, Tyrone Wade, 23, of the 100 block of Greenland Drive; Joseph Darnell Kemp, 25, of the 100 block of Nappier Lane; and Anthony Tashawn Perry, 24, of the 2000 block of Celeste Circle are charged with murder, first-degree burglary and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime. Mr. Wade is also charged with possession of a stolen weapon.

According to police, Julius Walker was killed Saturday at his home in the 500 block of Samuels Street in North Augusta.

Mr. Wade was arrested Monday by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling. Mr. Darnell and Mr. Perry were arrested by Aiken County sheriff's deputies Tuesday in North Augusta.

Thief takes electronics, liquor from Coconuts bar

A thief made off with more than $2,000 worth of liquor from a local nightclub between Sunday morning and Monday night.

The theft at Coconuts, 1082 Bertram Road, included 85 bottles of top-shelf liquors, including six bottles of Patron tequila, six bottles of Crown Royal whiskey and six bottles of Grey Goose vodka, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

The thief, who broke through the front door, also stole a DJ mixer worth $1,000, a TV projector and other electronic equipment, the report said.