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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19 and the Sand Mountain Bureau Chief. A Florida native, Laura attended the University of Florida and will always be a Gator at heart. While attending UF Laura reported and produced for a NPR affiliate, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM; a PBS affiliate, WUFT-TV; and ESPN 850 WRUF. Laura also anchored local news updates for NPR’s Morning Edition. She also completed a concentration in Political Science.

While still at UF Laura started reporting for WGFL-TV/WNBW-TV, a CBS/NBC affiliate in Gainesville. That job turned full-time after she graduated from UF in December 2012.

Laura is proud to call the south home. She grew up in a small town in Central Florida and enjoyed the experiences that afforded her. She was homeschooled for ten years before attending a public high school and then UF.

When she isn’t finding stories in Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson Counties Laura enjoys being outdoors, especially on Lake Guntersville. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in the Sand Mountain Region and to be a part of the WHNT News 19 team.

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    Arab Police identify pedestrian hit and killed on Highway 231

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police say no charges are expected in the death of a Guntersville man, who died after being struck by a car in Arab. It happened Friday night, as the driver was turning from Highway 231 onto Northgate Drive. Police says 28-year-old Kerry Justin Trey Lassetter was walking in the middle of the turn lane when he was hit.

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    Deputies interview persons of interest in investigation into Henagar man’s shooting death

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT)- Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office are interviewing persons of interest in the investigation into a DeKalb County man’s shooting death. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been working with multiple agencies through the weekend to piece together exactly what happened in Henagar that left a man dead. Kenneth Shaw was found dead at his home just off Highway 40 on Weaver Road in Henagar Saturday night. Rachel Langley lives next door. “It’s shocking. It’s very […]

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    Dog tag and service picture found in Guntersville thrift shop goes back to family

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Earlier this week, we told you about a special find at a Guntersville thrift shop, run by Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove.  Staff found a dog tag and a service picture tucked away together in among other donations. The agency wanted to track down the family the items belong to, and it did. The thrift shop in Guntersville is always busy, and as it is a  source of supplemental funding for the non-profit agency, that’s […]

  • Fort Payne Middle School students donate 1,000+ of their toys to needy families for Christmas

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students at Fort Payne Middle School are involved in a program that incorporates multiple aspects, that for fifth and sixth graders are impressive. They’ve built a robot, and if that’s not impressive enough, they’re doing a project to benefit kids in the area where they live. A group of Fort Payne Middle School students crowd around a table, watching a small robot make its way through different ‘missions’. They exclaim when it does, and groan […]

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    Teen charged relating to death of 15-year-old Jason Richards applying for youthful offender

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A teen charged in the death of another Albertville teen earlier this year is applying for youthful offender status. Court documents show Ryan Anthony Fitch is applying for that status. District Attorney Steve Marshall says his office will oppose it. Fitch’s attorney applied for that status this week. Albertville Police announced Fitch’s arrest in July, after a months-long investigation into Richards’ death. Another juvenile was also implicated in the case. Fitch, 18 at the time of […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Service picture and dog tag found in a Guntersville thrift shop, organization is looking for its owner

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Pictures can be priceless; they can capture a unique moment in time or a memory. A memory of someone who served in the armed forces turned up in an unlikely place and the organization that found it wants to find the owner. Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove is a non-profit agency. It won’t turn anyone away if they need hospice care, but not everyone has a reimbursement source. The un-reimbursed care is funded through United […]

  • Asbury area township process moving forward

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — The process to turn the Asbury area into a town is months in the making and organizers are looking to move forward. The process started with community meetings and a petition. Right now that petition is undergoing a  validity process. “Just making sure the signatures are good, and then when that’s checked out it will go to the Probate judge’s hand,” says resident organizer Albert Childress. If all is approved by appropriate entities, the next move […]

  • Guntersville High School students learn banking and finance by running a bank inside their school

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High School students are getting a first hand look at banking and finance because, well, they’re running a bank inside their school. Will Giles leans over a counter clutching a wad of money to deposit in between classes. Giles is a senior at Guntersville High School. One of his peers fills out the necessary paperwork. Four days a week during lunch though, Giles is usually on the other side of that counter. “It is Wildcat […]

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    ‘Keeping our city warm’ coat drive aims to donate warms clothes to Albertville students

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Junior Board of the Albertville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a coat drive called ‘Keeping Our City Warm.’ They’re collecting new and gently used coats, mittens, scarves and toboggans for students in the Albertville City School System. The drive runs through December 9th. Donations can be dropped at various locations across Albertville including the Albertville Chamber of Commerce. Other locations are: First Baptist Church First United Methodist Church Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Mt. Vernon Baptist Church […]

  • Jackson County finds short-term fix for some budget cuts

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A short-term fix to some of Jackson County’s budget issues is in place. The county’s decreasing funding prompted the county commission to pass a budget with some heavy cuts in September. The most recent budget eliminated the county’s substantial budget deficit, but it also included many cuts — from closing the courthouse one day a week, to cutting employee hours. Now, though, there’s a change. Jackson County Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges says it started with discussion in […]

  • “He’s our hero” – Vietnam veteran dies trying to save his family from their burning home

    ROSALIE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County man nearly died while fighting in the Vietnam War; injured so badly medics didn’t think he’d make it when they found him all those years ago. Jim Hayes’ family says he was a hero then and say he’s a hero now – because he died trying to save their lives. “He was a wonderful man,” says Jim Hayes’ wife Dana. Jim Hayes was sent over to Vietnam as member of the U. S. […]

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    Main Channel Brewing Company, Guntersville’s first brewery, to open to public Thursday

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Charting new waters in the Lake City — Guntersville’s first brewery will open its doors to the public Thursday. Main Channel Brewing Company will be open from 3:00 until 8:00 Thursday and Friday, and from 1:00 until 7:00 on Saturday. All of the craft brews offered center around Lake Guntersville themes, which is the at the heart of the brewery itself. Longtime Guntersville resident Brett Smith, his brother Clay Smith, and his wife Sarah Smith own […]


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