Melanie Ruberti

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LaGrange Public Safety Director Louis Dekmar can add one more title to his repertoire.
Last month, Dekmar was elected by a body of his peers as one of four vice presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, or IACP.
“I've always been active in the organization. The benefit to me is I have an opportunity to see early chall

LaGrange public safety director elected to IACP post

LaGrange Public Safety Director Louis Dekmar can add one more title to his repertoire. Last month, Dekmar was elected by a body of his peers as one of four vice presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, or IACP. “I've always been active in the organization. The benefit to me is I have an opportunity to see early chall

Every home tells a story.
From the architecture to the decorations and furnishings, to the location and the people who live there – each house is unique and special in its own way. This year, four homeowners are opening their doors and welcoming folks into their houses for the 15th annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Each home will be decked out

Homes for the holidays

Every home tells a story. From the architecture to the decorations and furnishings, to the location and the people who live there – each house is unique and special in its own way. This year, four homeowners are opening their doors and welcoming folks into their houses for the 15th annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Each home will be decked out

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Grego's bright, warm, bubbly personality fills up any room she's in.
The vivacious teen, a former pageant winner, is eager to talk about school, her passion for special-effects make up, playing the piano and working out. It's hard to imagine just five years ago, she stopped breathing inside her home. Her mom, Audrey Grego,

Local teen prepares for state pageant

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Grego's bright, warm, bubbly personality fills up any room she's in. The vivacious teen, a former pageant winner, is eager to talk about school, her passion for special-effects make up, playing the piano and working out. It's hard to imagine just five years ago, she stopped breathing inside her home. Her mom, Audrey Grego,

Members of the Choral Society of West Georgia are using their voices to remind people of what they're grateful for during this season of thanksgiving.
It's part of the group's ninth annual concert, aptly titled “We Gather Together.” The music is centered around American hymns and folk music such as “We Gather Together” and

A concert of Thanksgiving

Members of the Choral Society of West Georgia are using their voices to remind people of what they're grateful for during this season of thanksgiving. It's part of the group's ninth annual concert, aptly titled “We Gather Together.” The music is centered around American hymns and folk music such as “We Gather Together” and

Veterans Day took on a special meaning this year for 17-year-old Caleb Corban.
The Senior at Lafayette Christian School is in the process of applying to the United States Naval Academy, where he hopes to fulfill his life long dream of becoming an elite Navy Seal.
“I've always liked the combat role and I like the Navy,” Corban said. &#

Big hopes, big dreams

Veterans Day took on a special meaning this year for 17-year-old Caleb Corban. The Senior at Lafayette Christian School is in the process of applying to the United States Naval Academy, where he hopes to fulfill his life long dream of becoming an elite Navy Seal. “I've always liked the combat role and I like the Navy,” Corban said. &#

A day off from school still meant lots of work for some teens from Lafayette Christian School.
But none of them seemed to mind. Instead, the group was happy about the tasks set in front of them. The teens list of projects included cleaning, painting and decorating two classrooms inside the new Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia on Cannon Street.

Making a difference

A day off from school still meant lots of work for some teens from Lafayette Christian School. But none of them seemed to mind. Instead, the group was happy about the tasks set in front of them. The teens list of projects included cleaning, painting and decorating two classrooms inside the new Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia on Cannon Street.

On a small hill, just overlooking New Franklin Road, stands the silhouettes of soldiers, proudly fighting for their country and our freedoms.
The wooden figures were all drawn, crafted and delicately cut by the hands of retired Air Force Sgt. Frank Sledge. Each one telling a story of the sacrifices made for our country and the community.
The icon

Honoring our veterans

On a small hill, just overlooking New Franklin Road, stands the silhouettes of soldiers, proudly fighting for their country and our freedoms. The wooden figures were all drawn, crafted and delicately cut by the hands of retired Air Force Sgt. Frank Sledge. Each one telling a story of the sacrifices made for our country and the community. The icon

Before he became an award-winning author, Stephen Roth competed in pinewood derbies, interned at the LaGrange Daily News and graduated from high school while calling LaGrange home.
It was his small-town experiences here that laid some of the ground work for his first novel “A Plot for Pridemore.”
“Growing up in a small town like

Award-winning author returns home

Before he became an award-winning author, Stephen Roth competed in pinewood derbies, interned at the LaGrange Daily News and graduated from high school while calling LaGrange home. It was his small-town experiences here that laid some of the ground work for his first novel “A Plot for Pridemore.” “Growing up in a small town like

The sweet sounds of Vivaldi and Borodin will soon be filtering throughout the Callaway Auditorium.
The music will sound familiar, but the people behind the instruments may surprise people. Forty of the area's most talented string musicians will come together for the first concert of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra and the LYSO String Ensembl

Young string players take stage

The sweet sounds of Vivaldi and Borodin will soon be filtering throughout the Callaway Auditorium. The music will sound familiar, but the people behind the instruments may surprise people. Forty of the area's most talented string musicians will come together for the first concert of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra and the LYSO String Ensembl

A high-speed car chase that ended on Lower Big Springs Road in Troup County started with a carjacking Monday in Valley, Alabama.
According to Valley Police Maj. Mike Reynolds, a man parked his 2014 black Dodge Avenger at the pumps at the Circle K convenience store on Fob James Drive in Valley and went inside to prepay for gas. When the man returne

New details in high-speed chase

A high-speed car chase that ended on Lower Big Springs Road in Troup County started with a carjacking Monday in Valley, Alabama. According to Valley Police Maj. Mike Reynolds, a man parked his 2014 black Dodge Avenger at the pumps at the Circle K convenience store on Fob James Drive in Valley and went inside to prepay for gas. When the man returne

Two men are now behind bars following a high-speed car chase that crossed state lines.
Law enforcement officers from Chambers County, Alabama, were in pursuit of a stolen 2014 black Dodge Avenger north on Interstate 85. At one point, officials said speeds reached up to 117 miles per hour. The Troup County Sheriffs Office was notified of the chase

Stolen vehicle chase from Alabama ends in Troup

Two men are now behind bars following a high-speed car chase that crossed state lines. Law enforcement officers from Chambers County, Alabama, were in pursuit of a stolen 2014 black Dodge Avenger north on Interstate 85. At one point, officials said speeds reached up to 117 miles per hour. The Troup County Sheriffs Office was notified of the chase

A crazed party scene, a fatal DUI accident, a visit to the coroner and becoming a teenage parent are just some of the scenarios ninth graders faced on Wednesday.
While the scenes and situations weren't real, students got a healthy dose of reality at the fourth annual Teen Maze event. The teens weren't in control of their destiny, instead they lear

Teens learn life lessons

A crazed party scene, a fatal DUI accident, a visit to the coroner and becoming a teenage parent are just some of the scenarios ninth graders faced on Wednesday. While the scenes and situations weren't real, students got a healthy dose of reality at the fourth annual Teen Maze event. The teens weren't in control of their destiny, instead they lear

Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) will remain in office for the next two years.
The incumbent won the race for District 29 over his opponent, Brian Roslund, by more than 2,000 votes. McKoon held a wide margin over Roslund for most of Tuesday evening.
“I feel great,” said McKoon. “We performed better than expected and i

McKoon wins State senate seat

Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) will remain in office for the next two years. The incumbent won the race for District 29 over his opponent, Brian Roslund, by more than 2,000 votes. McKoon held a wide margin over Roslund for most of Tuesday evening. “I feel great,” said McKoon. “We performed better than expected and i

Thick black smoke billowed in the air Monday afternoon above the Checkers drive-in restaurant on Vernon Street after a vehicle struck the side of the building and burst into flames.
Witnesses said a driver lost control of her 2000 Buick Regal at the twin drive-through shortly after 4:20 p.m., jumped the curb and hit the side of the restaurant. A w

Car bursts into flames after wreck at Checkers

Thick black smoke billowed in the air Monday afternoon above the Checkers drive-in restaurant on Vernon Street after a vehicle struck the side of the building and burst into flames. Witnesses said a driver lost control of her 2000 Buick Regal at the twin drive-through shortly after 4:20 p.m., jumped the curb and hit the side of the restaurant. A w

Be prepared to pull of on the side of the road if you pass by the Nick Allen pavilion off Forest Avenue, or anywhere within a 5 mile vicinity of it.
It's next to impossible not to be drawn towards the delicious aroma of Boston butts being smoked over a fire pit of hickory and oak wood. If you get close enough to see the savory meats, you might eve

A LaGrange tradition

Be prepared to pull of on the side of the road if you pass by the Nick Allen pavilion off Forest Avenue, or anywhere within a 5 mile vicinity of it. It's next to impossible not to be drawn towards the delicious aroma of Boston butts being smoked over a fire pit of hickory and oak wood. If you get close enough to see the savory meats, you might eve

It's not just a teen problem anymore, according to several experts, addiction to drugs and alcohol now begins in middle school.
A frightening statement Twin Cedars hoped to drive home through its first Prevent Event on Wednesday at LaGrange College. The organization brought in doctors and officials who are on the front lines of drug and alcohol ab

Dozens gather to prevent drug, alcohol abuse

It's not just a teen problem anymore, according to several experts, addiction to drugs and alcohol now begins in middle school. A frightening statement Twin Cedars hoped to drive home through its first Prevent Event on Wednesday at LaGrange College. The organization brought in doctors and officials who are on the front lines of drug and alcohol ab

Every year, the Lions Club of LaGrange helps needy people see things a little more clearly.
It's through their Glasses program, in partnership with the LaGrange Personal Aid Association and two local optometrists, that people who meet certain criteria can get an eye exam and new prescription glasses - all free of charge.
“It's a benefit to

Paying it forward

Every year, the Lions Club of LaGrange helps needy people see things a little more clearly. It's through their Glasses program, in partnership with the LaGrange Personal Aid Association and two local optometrists, that people who meet certain criteria can get an eye exam and new prescription glasses - all free of charge. “It's a benefit to

Preventing alcohol, drug abuse

These days, getting drunk or high is taking on a whole new meaning. Gone are the days where teens actually drink alcohol to get drunk. Now, they've learned new and inventive ways to get the high they want, and pass a breathalyzer test. For instance, pouring shots of alcohol into their eyes, where the membranes can soak up the alcohol. “Kids

Shining the light on domestic violence

Domestic violence made plenty of headlines this year, especially after video surfaced of NFL Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face and dragging her out of an elevator, but it also hits closer to home. In December 2013 LaGrange resident Pamela Hardy was found beaten to death outside her home. Her husband, Charles Hardy,

Fear was not going to stop 12 people from Rosemont Baptist Church from fulfilling their mission in Zambia.
It was, after all, what God called them to do. While the Ebola outbreak rages on in West African nations, and is now affecting folks right here at home, Pastor Adam Camp and the others were determined to help needy, orphaned children in a rem

Ebola outbreak not stopping local missionaries

Fear was not going to stop 12 people from Rosemont Baptist Church from fulfilling their mission in Zambia. It was, after all, what God called them to do. While the Ebola outbreak rages on in West African nations, and is now affecting folks right here at home, Pastor Adam Camp and the others were determined to help needy, orphaned children in a rem





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