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Melanie Ruberti

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More than 300 motorists were stopped by LaGrange police officers Tuesday night at the intersection of Lafayette Parkway and East Render Street - but it wasn't all bad news.
Instead, the patrol unit set up a unique safety checkpoint, aimed at spreading holiday cheer while educating folks on the importance of driving safely during this season. Offic

Unorthodox check points for travelers

More than 300 motorists were stopped by LaGrange police officers Tuesday night at the intersection of Lafayette Parkway and East Render Street - but it wasn't all bad news. Instead, the patrol unit set up a unique safety checkpoint, aimed at spreading holiday cheer while educating folks on the importance of driving safely during this season. Offic

Ernest James Knight has lived a long, full life.
The son of a mill superintendent, he was born and primarily raised in a home on what was once known as Laurel Lane in the Hillside neighborhood. While that road was renamed, in the same spot the Knight family home still stands – as do the memories of a life just beginning near the turn of the

LG native celebrates 100th birthday

Ernest James Knight has lived a long, full life. The son of a mill superintendent, he was born and primarily raised in a home on what was once known as Laurel Lane in the Hillside neighborhood. While that road was renamed, in the same spot the Knight family home still stands – as do the memories of a life just beginning near the turn of the

Holiday drivers won't be the only ones on the road this Christmas.
Georgia State Patrol troopers will be too, traveling interstates, highways and roads throughout Troup County. But unlike some holidays, law enforcement officers will be manning safety checkpoints around the area.
“We'll be looking for seatbelt compliance on adults and childr

Troopers to set up road blocks

Holiday drivers won't be the only ones on the road this Christmas. Georgia State Patrol troopers will be too, traveling interstates, highways and roads throughout Troup County. But unlike some holidays, law enforcement officers will be manning safety checkpoints around the area. “We'll be looking for seatbelt compliance on adults and childr

Santa came early for folks at Feeding the Valley.
The jolly old elf and folks from the local Walmart Distribution Center dropped off more than 100 turkeys and trimmings to the food bank. In turn, the organization handed them out to their partnering agencies who will help feed hundreds of hungry families this holiday season.
“We love helping

Santa delivers needed meals

Santa came early for folks at Feeding the Valley. The jolly old elf and folks from the local Walmart Distribution Center dropped off more than 100 turkeys and trimmings to the food bank. In turn, the organization handed them out to their partnering agencies who will help feed hundreds of hungry families this holiday season. “We love helping

It will be a merry Christmas after all for dozens of children in Troup County.
The Georgia State Patrol Post 2 LaGrange, Troup County Sheriffs Department, Troup County Fire Department, LaGrange High School, Walmart, The George Eiland Marine Corps League Detachment 1040 and many other businesses and organizations collected 967 toys for the 2014 Toy

Toys for Tots collects over 900

It will be a merry Christmas after all for dozens of children in Troup County. The Georgia State Patrol Post 2 LaGrange, Troup County Sheriffs Department, Troup County Fire Department, LaGrange High School, Walmart, The George Eiland Marine Corps League Detachment 1040 and many other businesses and organizations collected 967 toys for the 2014 Toy

Every Christmas Frank Sledge and his sons create a masterpiece on his front lawn at the corner of Meadowland Trail and New Franklin Road.
Santa and his reindeer, dancing snowmen and ice skating penguins come to life at night in a dazzling display of lights.
Sledge estimates this year he's used more than 30,000 bulbs to create the winter wonderlan

Bringing cheer to community

Every Christmas Frank Sledge and his sons create a masterpiece on his front lawn at the corner of Meadowland Trail and New Franklin Road. Santa and his reindeer, dancing snowmen and ice skating penguins come to life at night in a dazzling display of lights. Sledge estimates this year he's used more than 30,000 bulbs to create the winter wonderlan

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





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