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Bobcat Golfers Win Regional

CONOVER, N.C. - The No. 21 Georgia College golf team punched their ticket to the NCAA Finals Wednesday, winning the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship by a single stroke.

GC put up a 289 on the final day, added to rounds of 291 and 289 for five-over par on the par-72, 7,064-yard Rock Barn Golf & Spa Jones Course. No. 2 Barry University was just one stroke behind in second.

Junior Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.) shot a team-best 70 today, and finished a team-best second at five-under par after previous rounds of 69 and 72. Smith missed a playoff for individual medalist honors by one stroke, carding five birdies in today's action.

Classmate Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.) was one stroke later in seventh place at three-under par. Garrett shot 71-70-72, birdying four straight from the seventh to the 10th hole today.

Couple Sentenced to Life for Killing 72-Year-Old

A Milledgeville couple has been sentenced to life in prison for killing the woman's stepfather last year.

On Friday, 23-year-old Ashleigh Elaine Ricks pleaded guilty to murder for killing 72-year-old Mandle Charlie Waters Sr.

On April 26, her boyfriend, 36-year-old Andre Brown also pleaded guilty to murder and to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

That's according to Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright.

He said Baldwin County Superior Court Hulane George sentenced both to life. Brown also got a five-year sentence on the weapon possession.

They admitted killing Waters on Oct. 4, 2011. Waters was married to Ricks' biological mother and had raised her since childhood, Bright said.

Supporter, Opponent Discuss T-SPLOST

Interest and questions grow around a proposed one-cent transportation sales tax--or T-SPLOST--on the July 31 ballot.

It's predicted to generate more than $750 million for 11 Central Georgia counties over a ten-year period.

Those counties -- Bibb, Houston, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Crawford, Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, and Wilkinson -- will vote as a single district.

That means either they'll all approve it, or none of them will.

State Representative Bubber Epps supports the T-SPLOST and local Sierra Club spokesman Lindsay Holliday says he'll vote no.

Both joined Randall Savage in the 13WMAZ studio during Eyewitness News at 6.

Georgia College Starts Volleyball Program

Wednesday Georgia College introduced the program's first volleyball coach.

Gretchen Krumkieck stepped up to the podium as students, faculty and fans gave her a warm welcome.

This is her first head coach job. Krumdieck spent the last three years as an assistant at division one Davidson College and stepped in as the interim head coach in 2010. She graduated in 2003 from Wheeling Jesuit University, where she helped her team to two regular season championships and an appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.

The bobcats will start spiking the ball in 2013 and Krumdieck says she will start recruiting right away for her quick-paced style of play.

Gov. OKs Fee for War-Vets Home Residents

A bill that could charge disabled veterans a fee to live at the Georgia War Veterans Home is now law. Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 535 Tuesday.

Under the law, it would cost veterans who live at the facility in Milledgeville up to $682 a month, which is what they get from the Department of Veterans Affairs for a monthly allowance.

According to Ernie Simons, Director of Health and Memorials at the Georgia State Veterans Home, the fee will not apply to everyone and will be assessed on an individual basis.

There would be a full or partial waiver based on economic need.

"Everyone would be looked at individually so it would not be a set fee imposed on everyone," says Simons.

Explaining the Regional Transportation SPLOST

Wednesday on Eyewitness News Mornin', 13WMAZ's Randall Savage talked to Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton about what would have to happen for an eleven county Central Georgia region to collect a regional transportation tax.

If approved, Staton says it could generate more than $748 million to fund transportation projects in the Middle Georgia Regional Commission's 11 counties.

Those counties include Bibb, Houston, Baldwin, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Pulaski, Twiggs, and Wilkinson.

Staton says collection would begin on Jan. 1, 2013.

Voters will decide on the issue July 31.

Man Charged with Milledgeville Slashings

A Milledgeville man is in jail charged with slashing his girlfriend and another man with a knife this weekend.

According to detective James Thompson with Milledgeville Police, officers responded to a call Friday night at America's Best Value hotel on North Columbia Street.

Officers found 35-year-old Katrina Bond covered in blood from lacerations to her face, hands and body.  She told officers she fought over the phone with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Nicholas Rashad Jenkins, then he showed up at the hotel and attacked her with a knife.

Bond told police Jenkins also cut a man who tried to break up the fight.

Jenkins eluded police in the woods behind the hotel, but went to a local hospital Sunday morning complaining of a hurt foot and threatening suicide.  After a mental health evaluation in Augusta, Jenkins was turned over to police.