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Melanie Ruberti

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

Latest Stories by Melanie Ruberti

Two wrecks were reported shortly before 9 a.m. today, including one where a Georgia State Patrol trooper's vehicle was struck.
The trooper's vehicle was struck at Rock Mills and Chewning roads at 8:52 a.m. according to 911 officials. State patrol officials said a trooper was at the scene for another wreck when a truck came around a corner, its bra

Truck hits trooper vehicle at wreck scene

Two wrecks were reported shortly before 9 a.m. today, including one where a Georgia State Patrol trooper's vehicle was struck. The trooper's vehicle was struck at Rock Mills and Chewning roads at 8:52 a.m. according to 911 officials. State patrol officials said a trooper was at the scene for another wreck when a truck came around a corner, its bra

The year 2015 will bring big changes to Lafayette Christian School.
Headmaster John Cipolla announced Tuesday the school purchased an additional 50 acres behind the main campus off Hamilton Road, which will be turned into an elite athletic complex.
“Our desire is to be a blessing to other schools,” said Cipolla. “We also see thi

LCS set to build new athletic fields

The year 2015 will bring big changes to Lafayette Christian School. Headmaster John Cipolla announced Tuesday the school purchased an additional 50 acres behind the main campus off Hamilton Road, which will be turned into an elite athletic complex. “Our desire is to be a blessing to other schools,” said Cipolla. “We also see thi

For millions of children all over the globe, the Christmas season just got a little brighter.
Students and staff at Lafayette Christian School contributed to the effort to help children across the globe. Throughout the month of November, the school made and collected shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Inside the boxes were toys for either a

Packing Christmas cheer

For millions of children all over the globe, the Christmas season just got a little brighter. Students and staff at Lafayette Christian School contributed to the effort to help children across the globe. Throughout the month of November, the school made and collected shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Inside the boxes were toys for either a

There's not a lot of holiday cheer in Ginger Watson's home these days.
There is a Christmas tree proudly standing in her living room, decorated with ornaments and lights galore, and several presents beneath its lower branches, stacked up and wrapped neatly with brightly colored paper and festive bows. But the mood is somber and not filled with a l

Remembering Kimberly

There's not a lot of holiday cheer in Ginger Watson's home these days. There is a Christmas tree proudly standing in her living room, decorated with ornaments and lights galore, and several presents beneath its lower branches, stacked up and wrapped neatly with brightly colored paper and festive bows. But the mood is somber and not filled with a l

The holiday season got off to a rough start for Jeff Tucker.
On Nov. 12, in broad daylight, someone backed their truck onto the driveway of Tucker's Lincoln Lane home and took off with his trailer and ATV, valued close to $6,000. The thief, or thieves, also stole a Fed Ex package containing a Christmas gift for his daughter and some of Tucker's hu

Man uses Facebook to seek stolen items

The holiday season got off to a rough start for Jeff Tucker. On Nov. 12, in broad daylight, someone backed their truck onto the driveway of Tucker's Lincoln Lane home and took off with his trailer and ATV, valued close to $6,000. The thief, or thieves, also stole a Fed Ex package containing a Christmas gift for his daughter and some of Tucker's hu

Jennifer Pike is no stranger to a classroom.
It's her experience with teaching, academics and student advisement that made her the top candidate as the new registrar at THINC College and Career Academy.
From teaching science at Callaway High School for nine years, to serving as an administrator at Gardner Newman Middle School for four years, to r

THINC hires registrar

Jennifer Pike is no stranger to a classroom. It's her experience with teaching, academics and student advisement that made her the top candidate as the new registrar at THINC College and Career Academy. From teaching science at Callaway High School for nine years, to serving as an administrator at Gardner Newman Middle School for four years, to r

When 16-year-old Elizabeth Wyzykowski takes the stage this Sunday, it will be her first time to compete in a beauty pageant.
Something she never thought possible, had she not received a letter from the Miss Teen Atlanta organization asking her to come in for a preliminary interview to qualify for the competition. So she did.
“They said 90 p

LCS teen to compete in state pageant

When 16-year-old Elizabeth Wyzykowski takes the stage this Sunday, it will be her first time to compete in a beauty pageant. Something she never thought possible, had she not received a letter from the Miss Teen Atlanta organization asking her to come in for a preliminary interview to qualify for the competition. So she did. “They said 90 p

Once a fire call is made to 911, the clock starts ticking for responding firefighters.
While those active calls are few and far between for the LaGrange Fire Department, the crew still likes to be at the top of their game.
It's one reason the firefighters are honing their skills this week in live fire exercises at the training center off Fort Dri

Firefighters train for worst

Once a fire call is made to 911, the clock starts ticking for responding firefighters. While those active calls are few and far between for the LaGrange Fire Department, the crew still likes to be at the top of their game. It's one reason the firefighters are honing their skills this week in live fire exercises at the training center off Fort Dri

Students with the LaGrange High School Chorus will be lifting their voices in song alongside the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.
The group will take part in the annual LSO holiday concert called “Celebrating Christmas.” The performance will include traditional holiday favorites as well as a Christmas sing-a-long.
The LaGrange High School

LHS choir to sing with symphony for Christmas show

Students with the LaGrange High School Chorus will be lifting their voices in song alongside the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. The group will take part in the annual LSO holiday concert called “Celebrating Christmas.” The performance will include traditional holiday favorites as well as a Christmas sing-a-long. The LaGrange High School

A two-car collision on Lafayette Parkway on Monday afternoon sent two people to the hospital.
The accident happened about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of Union Street. Police had not released details, but at the scene it appeared that a silver Jeep Laredo collided broadside with an older model Honda Accord on the parkway.
LaGrange firefighters u

Accident shuts down parkway

A two-car collision on Lafayette Parkway on Monday afternoon sent two people to the hospital. The accident happened about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of Union Street. Police had not released details, but at the scene it appeared that a silver Jeep Laredo collided broadside with an older model Honda Accord on the parkway. LaGrange firefighters u

The offices of LaGrange Personal Aid have temporarily turned into a winter wonderland. 

Shopping with Santa

The offices of LaGrange Personal Aid have temporarily turned into a winter wonderland. 

Helping people has been a priority of Denná Muncy's ever since she was a little girl.
Muncy served in the Navy, became president and CEO of an air ambulance service based in the Caribbean, and was on the ground serving those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Now, she has one more title to add to her repertoire.

New coordinator joins local food bank

Helping people has been a priority of Denná Muncy's ever since she was a little girl. Muncy served in the Navy, became president and CEO of an air ambulance service based in the Caribbean, and was on the ground serving those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Now, she has one more title to add to her repertoire.

Over the past 12 months, Feeding the Valley food bank distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to people all over Troup County.
Those goods were mainly dry, non-perishable items. If any agency wanted meat or dairy products to hand out, it would have to make the 45-minute drive to the food bank in Columbus to get them – then haul them b

Healthy meals for needy families

Over the past 12 months, Feeding the Valley food bank distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to people all over Troup County. Those goods were mainly dry, non-perishable items. If any agency wanted meat or dairy products to hand out, it would have to make the 45-minute drive to the food bank in Columbus to get them – then haul them b

Classes have ended, but now the real work begins for John Rigsby.
The Georgia State Patrol cadet is a member of the 96th Trooper school at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Rigsby is learning the rules of the road behind the wheel and training with troopers at GSP Post 2 LaGrange.
“It's tough … you have to treat pe

Learning the ropes

Classes have ended, but now the real work begins for John Rigsby. The Georgia State Patrol cadet is a member of the 96th Trooper school at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Rigsby is learning the rules of the road behind the wheel and training with troopers at GSP Post 2 LaGrange. “It's tough … you have to treat pe

Holiday decorations, home decor, favorite traditions and personal style will take center stage this weekend in LaGrange.
Four area homeowners are opening their doors and welcoming the public for the 15th annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
“Every year the homes are different. Guests love a mixture of the old and the new,” said West Georgi

Tour of Homes set for Sunday

Holiday decorations, home decor, favorite traditions and personal style will take center stage this weekend in LaGrange. Four area homeowners are opening their doors and welcoming the public for the 15th annual Christmas Tour of Homes. “Every year the homes are different. Guests love a mixture of the old and the new,” said West Georgi

(Reporter's Note: This is the last in a series of articles focusing on drugs in LaGrange and Troup County. For many drug addicts, they have to hit rock bottom before they make the choice to finally get clean and sober. To really understand the tumultuous journey, I spoke with “Jeff,” a former user who, under the condition of anonymity,

'I thought I'd die a junkie'

(Reporter's Note: This is the last in a series of articles focusing on drugs in LaGrange and Troup County. For many drug addicts, they have to hit rock bottom before they make the choice to finally get clean and sober. To really understand the tumultuous journey, I spoke with “Jeff,” a former user who, under the condition of anonymity,

(Reporter's Note: This is the second part in a series of articles focusing on drugs in LaGrange and Troup County. To get to the heart of the matter, I spoke with “William,” a former drug dealer in the community, who under the condition of anonymity, shared his story of how he made, sold and used drugs for more than a decade. In addition

'LaGrange has a drug problem'

(Reporter's Note: This is the second part in a series of articles focusing on drugs in LaGrange and Troup County. To get to the heart of the matter, I spoke with “William,” a former drug dealer in the community, who under the condition of anonymity, shared his story of how he made, sold and used drugs for more than a decade. In addition

(Reporter's Note: This is the first part in a series of articles focusing on drugs in LaGrange and Troup County. To get to the heart of the matter, I spoke with “William,” a former drug dealer in the community, who under the condition of anonymity, shared his story of how he made, sold and used drugs for more than a decade. In addition

Addicted to drugs

(Reporter's Note: This is the first part in a series of articles focusing on drugs in LaGrange and Troup County. To get to the heart of the matter, I spoke with “William,” a former drug dealer in the community, who under the condition of anonymity, shared his story of how he made, sold and used drugs for more than a decade. In addition

It's a popular day to travel, but some people don't make it to their holiday destinations.
What should be a time to celebrate, reminisce and give thanks can turn into a horrific, deadly and sad season for families. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the Thanksgiving holiday is the deadliest period on state roads and interstates; topping Memori

GSP: Thanksgiving 'deadliest holiday season' for travel

It's a popular day to travel, but some people don't make it to their holiday destinations. What should be a time to celebrate, reminisce and give thanks can turn into a horrific, deadly and sad season for families. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the Thanksgiving holiday is the deadliest period on state roads and interstates; topping Memori

The sounds of the season waft through the hallways of the First Presbyterian Church on Broad Street.
Voices rich with baritone, tenor and bass tones sing holiday hymns and Christmas carols in a harmonious melody. The men of the Sons of Lafayette choir are hard at work, perfecting their craft for their bi-annual Christmas concert called “Chri

Sons of Lafayette gear up for holiday concert

The sounds of the season waft through the hallways of the First Presbyterian Church on Broad Street. Voices rich with baritone, tenor and bass tones sing holiday hymns and Christmas carols in a harmonious melody. The men of the Sons of Lafayette choir are hard at work, perfecting their craft for their bi-annual Christmas concert called “Chri





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