Melanie Ruberti

Position: Content producer
E-Mail Address: mruberti@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 706-884-7311

Latest Stories by Melanie Ruberti

A parade of pink will soon be taking over the streets of LaGrange … but make no mistake, they're definitely a force to be reckoned with.
The group is arming themselves with knowledge and declaring war on breast cancer. On Sept. 27th, hundreds of people, including breast cancer survivors, will lace up their tennis shoes for the fifth annual H

Hope for a day

A parade of pink will soon be taking over the streets of LaGrange … but make no mistake, they're definitely a force to be reckoned with. The group is arming themselves with knowledge and declaring war on breast cancer. On Sept. 27th, hundreds of people, including breast cancer survivors, will lace up their tennis shoes for the fifth annual H

Music for Peace

September 11 is a day that lives forever in the memory of every American. In the wake of many ceremonies commemorating the day, the LaGrange International Friendship Exchange, or L.I.F.E., is once again using music as a way to honor those who lost their lives. For the eighth year, the organization is hosting the 9/11 September concert. LIFE uses

LaGrange firefighters are trading in their hoses for boots this week to show their support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
For three days, Sept. 11th - 13th, firefighters will take turns holding out their boots for donations at the Wal-Mart and Kroger in LaGrange.
“It's a way for us to raise funds to support people with muscular dys

LaGrange firefighters give muscular dystrophy the boot

LaGrange firefighters are trading in their hoses for boots this week to show their support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For three days, Sept. 11th - 13th, firefighters will take turns holding out their boots for donations at the Wal-Mart and Kroger in LaGrange. “It's a way for us to raise funds to support people with muscular dys

A yearly mammogram saved Wanda Lowe's life in August 2001.
“After the mammogram, the Radiologist said they wanted to see me. I became very nervous because they'd never said that before,” explained Lowe. “They had my mammogram up in the viewing room. It looked like a full moon hanging up there in my breast that wasn't there the ye

Cancer victims bond to form support group

A yearly mammogram saved Wanda Lowe's life in August 2001. “After the mammogram, the Radiologist said they wanted to see me. I became very nervous because they'd never said that before,” explained Lowe. “They had my mammogram up in the viewing room. It looked like a full moon hanging up there in my breast that wasn't there the ye

Reporter's Note: This story chronicles my ride along with the LaGrange Police Department on Aug. 28.
My ride along with LaGrange Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit started uneventfully…. but that was the point.
But that didn't mean there wasn't a lot to do. It had been a busy week for the LaGrange Police Department. There had been a

The crime fighters

Reporter's Note: This story chronicles my ride along with the LaGrange Police Department on Aug. 28. My ride along with LaGrange Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit started uneventfully…. but that was the point. But that didn't mean there wasn't a lot to do. It had been a busy week for the LaGrange Police Department. There had been a

They set a lofty goal, but the United Way of West Georgia is counting on it's partnering agencies and the community to achieve it.
During a kick off breakfast for the 2014 campaign, the organization announced they hope to raise $1,050,000 for the upcoming year. United Way of West Georgia President, Patty Youngblood, said for every dollar raised, 9

United Way kicks off 2014 campaign

They set a lofty goal, but the United Way of West Georgia is counting on it's partnering agencies and the community to achieve it. During a kick off breakfast for the 2014 campaign, the organization announced they hope to raise $1,050,000 for the upcoming year. United Way of West Georgia President, Patty Youngblood, said for every dollar raised, 9

The Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia makes it its mission to serve children in our community.
Now, in addition to it's various clubs, fun activities, and caring volunteers and staff, the organization is adding new educational programs to it's after school line up. Students will get to plant their own garden and cook in Positive Sprouts, learn h

Programs with a purpose

The Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia makes it its mission to serve children in our community. Now, in addition to it's various clubs, fun activities, and caring volunteers and staff, the organization is adding new educational programs to it's after school line up. Students will get to plant their own garden and cook in Positive Sprouts, learn h

For the fifth consecutive year, golfers teed up to support children with the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia.
It was the largest turnout the organization ever had for the Kia of LaGrange Back a Kid golf tournament, and this year there was more to celebrate. Chief Professional Officer, Bart McFadden, announced as of Wednesday, the club was a de

Golf tournament helps Boys and Girls Club see green

For the fifth consecutive year, golfers teed up to support children with the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia. It was the largest turnout the organization ever had for the Kia of LaGrange Back a Kid golf tournament, and this year there was more to celebrate. Chief Professional Officer, Bart McFadden, announced as of Wednesday, the club was a de

It started with bruising up and down 3-year-old Kylie Beth Creed's tiny body.
Some bruises, according to Kylie Beth's mom, Shaleigh, were as big as golf balls. After taking her to the doctor, Shaleigh's worst fears were confirmed: Kylie Beth had leukemia. Sadly, the girl's against cancer ended just as quick as it began.
“We went to Egleston

The race for a cure

It started with bruising up and down 3-year-old Kylie Beth Creed's tiny body. Some bruises, according to Kylie Beth's mom, Shaleigh, were as big as golf balls. After taking her to the doctor, Shaleigh's worst fears were confirmed: Kylie Beth had leukemia. Sadly, the girl's against cancer ended just as quick as it began. “We went to Egleston

Big Brothers, Big Sisters wanted

Phillip Alexander grew up in a concrete neighborhood, inside the projects just outside Houston, Texas. “There was always something, crime, going on,” he said. “I heard shootings all the time at night. There was always competition from neighborhood to neighborhood.” Alexander had three brothers and a sister, whom he was clo

A partial train derailment occurred in Hogansville today shortly after midnight when a vehicle was was struck at a crossing.
The vehicle, described as a flatbed 18 wheeler, became stuck on the railroad tracks at a crossing north of Hogansville near the intersection of American Legion Road and Hogansville Road. The vehicle apparently lost its tract

Train collides with truck, partially derails

A partial train derailment occurred in Hogansville today shortly after midnight when a vehicle was was struck at a crossing. The vehicle, described as a flatbed 18 wheeler, became stuck on the railroad tracks at a crossing north of Hogansville near the intersection of American Legion Road and Hogansville Road. The vehicle apparently lost its tract

A date has been set for a man accused of shooting three people in a home invasion while a man in another case pleaded guilty to choking and cutting his girlfriend.
Troup County Superior Court Judge John Simpson on Wednesday set Sept. 2 as the court date in the state's case against Victor Wayne Weatherspoon during a criminal, non-jury hearing. Weat

Trial date set for Weatherspoon case

A date has been set for a man accused of shooting three people in a home invasion while a man in another case pleaded guilty to choking and cutting his girlfriend. Troup County Superior Court Judge John Simpson on Wednesday set Sept. 2 as the court date in the state's case against Victor Wayne Weatherspoon during a criminal, non-jury hearing. Weat

While domestic violence is a serious issue, the Harmony House is hoping a tropical themed bash will raise more awareness and money for the organization.
The group is holding it's 7th annual Flamingos in Paradise Saturday at the Highlands Country Club. All the proceeds stay local to help battered and abused women in our community.
“It goes i

End of summer bash to help Harmony House

While domestic violence is a serious issue, the Harmony House is hoping a tropical themed bash will raise more awareness and money for the organization. The group is holding it's 7th annual Flamingos in Paradise Saturday at the Highlands Country Club. All the proceeds stay local to help battered and abused women in our community. “It goes i

The Troup County Sheriffs Office announced Tuesday investigators made a key arrest in a burglary from a home in southern Troup County.
Investigators arrested and charged 23-year-old Jeremy H. Koone of Harris County with one count of burglary in the first degree. They say Koone took several hundred dollars worth of precious metals from a house.
Ko

Harris County man arrested for local burglary

The Troup County Sheriffs Office announced Tuesday investigators made a key arrest in a burglary from a home in southern Troup County. Investigators arrested and charged 23-year-old Jeremy H. Koone of Harris County with one count of burglary in the first degree. They say Koone took several hundred dollars worth of precious metals from a house. Ko

Woman struck by lightning

A 30 year woman is back home this morning, after indirectly being struck by lightning at a residence in the 300 block of Maley Road. According to the Troup County Sheriffs Office, it happened around 7 p.m. Monday. Deputies say the woman was standing in a doorway during a fast moving thunderstorm, when lightning hit her yard, indirectly striking he

At six years old, Hailee Singleton understands what it means to give back to the community, maybe better than most adults.
The little girl has collected more than 650 cans of food, several boxes of clothing, and raised money for several area charities - by herself - and all in a span of three months.
“I just like helping people,” said

Six year old's selfless act of giving

At six years old, Hailee Singleton understands what it means to give back to the community, maybe better than most adults. The little girl has collected more than 650 cans of food, several boxes of clothing, and raised money for several area charities - by herself - and all in a span of three months. “I just like helping people,” said

The LaGrange Police Department arrested Brandon Clausell after receiving a tip from a Columbus hospital.
According to hospital officials, they received word of two child molestation incidents that occurred in the city of LaGrange. Upon further investigation, officers arrested Clausell in connection to both cases.
Investigators allege the man mole

Man charged with molesting two children

The LaGrange Police Department arrested Brandon Clausell after receiving a tip from a Columbus hospital. According to hospital officials, they received word of two child molestation incidents that occurred in the city of LaGrange. Upon further investigation, officers arrested Clausell in connection to both cases. Investigators allege the man mole

A new scam is targeting unsuspecting residents with the scammers telling victims there's a warrant out for their arrest through the Troup County Sheriff's Office.
According to TCSO, several people have contacted the sheriff's office about an individual calling them, saying in order to avoid being arrested they should immediately send him money thr

New scam tells people to pay to avoid arrest

A new scam is targeting unsuspecting residents with the scammers telling victims there's a warrant out for their arrest through the Troup County Sheriff's Office. According to TCSO, several people have contacted the sheriff's office about an individual calling them, saying in order to avoid being arrested they should immediately send him money thr

When a LaGrange police officer pulled behind 25-year-old Cordarius Cortez Bailey's Toyota Camry Aug. 13, the officer's intention was to issue him a citation for not wearing his seat belt.
Instead, Bailey took off, taking police on a chase through out residential areas on the south side of LaGrange, stretching from Whitesville Road over to Dallis S

LPD speaks out on high speed chase

When a LaGrange police officer pulled behind 25-year-old Cordarius Cortez Bailey's Toyota Camry Aug. 13, the officer's intention was to issue him a citation for not wearing his seat belt. Instead, Bailey took off, taking police on a chase through out residential areas on the south side of LaGrange, stretching from Whitesville Road over to Dallis S

Reporter's Note: In Saturday's edition of the LaGrange Daily News, I introduced our readers to “Trevor.” Trevor is a well known gang member in our community who, under the condition of complete anonymity, shared his story of life inside a gang. In this second part of the series, I'll have more on Trevor's story, but focus on what local

Gangs of LaGrange, Troup County

Reporter's Note: In Saturday's edition of the LaGrange Daily News, I introduced our readers to “Trevor.” Trevor is a well known gang member in our community who, under the condition of complete anonymity, shared his story of life inside a gang. In this second part of the series, I'll have more on Trevor's story, but focus on what local




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