Melanie Ruberti

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E-Mail Address: mruberti@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Melanie Ruberti

It's the little things we sometimes take for granted.
Basic necessities like: clean, running water, new backpacks for school, a school to grow and learn in, a warm, nutritious meal to start and end our day, and someone to hug and love us every single day. But these are the very things the children and adults living in the rural villages in the Ola

Hope for Honduras aids impoverished

It's the little things we sometimes take for granted. Basic necessities like: clean, running water, new backpacks for school, a school to grow and learn in, a warm, nutritious meal to start and end our day, and someone to hug and love us every single day. But these are the very things the children and adults living in the rural villages in the Ola

Normally, glow-in-the-dark apparel and glow sticks are not required at most races – but then again, this isn't an ordinary race.
Saturday at 9 p.m. hundreds of walkers and runners will set off on a 5K through the streets of downtown LaGrange for the 14th annual Leggin' It for Literacy 5K and Fun Run. LED lights and luminaries will light thei

Leggin' it for literacy

Normally, glow-in-the-dark apparel and glow sticks are not required at most races – but then again, this isn't an ordinary race. Saturday at 9 p.m. hundreds of walkers and runners will set off on a 5K through the streets of downtown LaGrange for the 14th annual Leggin' It for Literacy 5K and Fun Run. LED lights and luminaries will light thei

With cold and flu season getting under way, a new form of an old virus is hitting some people hard, especially young children.
According to Dr. Robert Martin, a family physician with the Emory at LaGrange Clark-Holder clinic, the enterovirus is actually one of the causes for the common cold.
“It's one of the Center's for Disease Control's (

Enterovirus sweeping the nation

With cold and flu season getting under way, a new form of an old virus is hitting some people hard, especially young children. According to Dr. Robert Martin, a family physician with the Emory at LaGrange Clark-Holder clinic, the enterovirus is actually one of the causes for the common cold. “It's one of the Center's for Disease Control's (

One of the keys to bringing more jobs to Troup County is having a motivated and credentialed workforce.
It's also one of the reasons the THINC College and Career Academy believes in the success of its program and wants to share it with others. The group held a Town Hall meeting at West Georgia Technical College to show off its program and get inpu

Strengthening Troup County's workforce

One of the keys to bringing more jobs to Troup County is having a motivated and credentialed workforce. It's also one of the reasons the THINC College and Career Academy believes in the success of its program and wants to share it with others. The group held a Town Hall meeting at West Georgia Technical College to show off its program and get inpu

With vehicle manufacturing plants like Kia, Hyundai, and Hanil E Hwa are now calling Troup County home, local and state organizations are coming together to bring a taste of the Korean culture to downtown LaGrange.
This weekend, all things Korean will take over Lafayette Square as part of the Korean Festival. The event, hosted by the Korean Americ

Downtown LaGrange will play host to the 2014 Korean Festival

With vehicle manufacturing plants like Kia, Hyundai, and Hanil E Hwa are now calling Troup County home, local and state organizations are coming together to bring a taste of the Korean culture to downtown LaGrange. This weekend, all things Korean will take over Lafayette Square as part of the Korean Festival. The event, hosted by the Korean Americ

Some area folks will be keeping their gas tanks full for awhile practically free of charge.
The West Point Lake Coalition announced the winners of their recent raffle and fundraiser. At stake were free gas cards from the McDonald Oil Company.
The winners were:
First place, Robert and Eva Staines, winnung $1,000 in free gas.
Second place, Frank

Winners announced; new buoys for West Point Lake

Some area folks will be keeping their gas tanks full for awhile practically free of charge. The West Point Lake Coalition announced the winners of their recent raffle and fundraiser. At stake were free gas cards from the McDonald Oil Company. The winners were: First place, Robert and Eva Staines, winnung $1,000 in free gas. Second place, Frank

Thirty-two-year-old Terry Pike loves a good challenge.
Last March, Pike, who was bored with his job, debt free and single, decided to meet one of those challenges head on and started preparing himself to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
“It was hard telling my boss, 'Yeah, I want to quit my job to go hike.' But it [hiking the Appalachian

A hike like no other

Thirty-two-year-old Terry Pike loves a good challenge. Last March, Pike, who was bored with his job, debt free and single, decided to meet one of those challenges head on and started preparing himself to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. “It was hard telling my boss, 'Yeah, I want to quit my job to go hike.' But it [hiking the Appalachian

Barbara and Howard Ruddick have lived in the tranquil Booker Hills neighborhood in West Point since 1971.
The couple raised their family there and enjoyed the quiet, peaceful atmosphere the neighborhood offered them for several years. But that changed five years ago after a rash of burglaries hit the neighborhood and community. Fed up, the Ruddick

Keeping a watchful eye

Barbara and Howard Ruddick have lived in the tranquil Booker Hills neighborhood in West Point since 1971. The couple raised their family there and enjoyed the quiet, peaceful atmosphere the neighborhood offered them for several years. But that changed five years ago after a rash of burglaries hit the neighborhood and community. Fed up, the Ruddick

If you're looking for a good sale this weekend, you might get more bang for your buck at the old Westbrook tire shop and warehouse off Main Street in downtown LaGrange.
The ladies with the Junior Service League of LaGrange have worked well into the night each day to transform the usually empty building, into a fun and organized temporary departmen

A sale like no other

If you're looking for a good sale this weekend, you might get more bang for your buck at the old Westbrook tire shop and warehouse off Main Street in downtown LaGrange. The ladies with the Junior Service League of LaGrange have worked well into the night each day to transform the usually empty building, into a fun and organized temporary departmen

Firefighters from LaGrange and Troup County fire departments participated in HazMat training this week.
See photos from the event:

Firefighters train for 'worst case scenario'

Firefighters from LaGrange and Troup County fire departments participated in HazMat training this week. See photos from the event:

The Sovereign Grace Church of LaGrange can add a new title to its name.
The church is now a recognized member of the Sovereign Grace ministry - a group that is nationally recognized for their gospel culture. The ministry has a network of churches within the United States and internationally.
“We shared a very similar church culture,”

Local church now a part of national affiliation

The Sovereign Grace Church of LaGrange can add a new title to its name. The church is now a recognized member of the Sovereign Grace ministry - a group that is nationally recognized for their gospel culture. The ministry has a network of churches within the United States and internationally. “We shared a very similar church culture,”

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Firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department got some hands-on training while practicing rescue techniques.
They polished skills like tying knots, properly strapping a victim into a basket, raising and lowering the victim from different elevations, plus vertical and horizontal saves.
LFD Lt. Austin Starr said this type of rescue w

Learning the ropes: Firefighters train rescue techniques

Photo essay: Firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department got some hands-on training while practicing rescue techniques. They polished skills like tying knots, properly strapping a victim into a basket, raising and lowering the victim from different elevations, plus vertical and horizontal saves. LFD Lt. Austin Starr said this type of rescue w

A sea of pink is sweeping over LaGrange.
From dazzling lights adorning the trees in Lafayette Square and the water flowing from the fountain, to the ribbons and bows attached to the fences and surrounding businesses. There's already a strong show of support for those winning the battle against breast cancer and for those who fought and lost. It's

Painting the town pink

A sea of pink is sweeping over LaGrange. From dazzling lights adorning the trees in Lafayette Square and the water flowing from the fountain, to the ribbons and bows attached to the fences and surrounding businesses. There's already a strong show of support for those winning the battle against breast cancer and for those who fought and lost. It's

The New Community Church off South Davis Road hadn't even opened, but dozens of folks lined up early to wait at the front doors.
They all had one thing in common: looking for a new job opportunities and career growth at the third annual West Georgia Career Connect Expo and Job Fair held Thursday at the church.
“I was surprised when people w

Job seekers wanted

The New Community Church off South Davis Road hadn't even opened, but dozens of folks lined up early to wait at the front doors. They all had one thing in common: looking for a new job opportunities and career growth at the third annual West Georgia Career Connect Expo and Job Fair held Thursday at the church. “I was surprised when people w

Troup County firefighters were among local agencies participated in the annual Boot Drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
MDA provides healthcare, education and is dedicated to curing Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.
This year, the department raised more than $2,450.

Troup Co. firefighters give MD the boot

Troup County firefighters were among local agencies participated in the annual Boot Drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA provides healthcare, education and is dedicated to curing Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. This year, the department raised more than $2,450.

The signs and symptoms of flu are coming soon: coughing, congestion, aching, fever and more.
To get ahead of the upcoming flu season, doctors say now is the best time to get the flu vaccine, since it usually takes two weeks for the shot to become active.
“As soon as possible. You want it in your system before the flu comes to the area,̶

Protecting yourself from the flu

The signs and symptoms of flu are coming soon: coughing, congestion, aching, fever and more. To get ahead of the upcoming flu season, doctors say now is the best time to get the flu vaccine, since it usually takes two weeks for the shot to become active. “As soon as possible. You want it in your system before the flu comes to the area,̶

The LaGrange Fire Department raised $1,728.78 during their annual boot drive.
All the proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help pay medical bills and send kids with muscular dystrophy to camp.
The fire department raised $100 more than last year.

Giving muscular dystrophy the boot

The LaGrange Fire Department raised $1,728.78 during their annual boot drive. All the proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help pay medical bills and send kids with muscular dystrophy to camp. The fire department raised $100 more than last year.





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