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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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Recent Articles
  • “It’s very unusual”: Albertville responds to 26 outdoor burning-related fires since last Friday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The conditions are so dry right now it doesn’t take much to start a blaze that can destroy many acres of land, and firefighters with Albertville Fire and Rescue have their hands full battling dozens of brush fires across their coverage area. More than 50 acres are charred near the Marshall-DeKalb County line. A fire swept through Thursday as crews battled to put it out. That fire is just one of the brush fires Albertville firefighters have […]

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    Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Albertville is participating in a project that aims to combat an industry wide devastating disease

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Marshall County is one of two vineyards in the nation to be a part of a project that aims to combat a disease that affects the industry as a whole. Jules J. Berta Vineyards calls Albertville home, and was recently awarded 2016 Alabama Winery of the Year. The winery is part of a project spearheaded by University of California, Davis. “We got involved in a research release patent agreement with Davis, and […]

  • Albertville Police officers participate in No Shave November a little early, plan to top the $5,200 raised last year

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Last year the Albertville Police Department raised thousands of dollars for a local non-profit agency, and this year the officers are working to top that. For the second year, Albertville Police officers are participating in No Shave November, but with a twist and for a cause that hits close to home. “I have a goal for an amount that I want to set that we’re raising money for, for Shepherd’s Cove,” Chief Doug Pollard said. Hospice of […]

  • Boaz Police selling shirts to buy Christmas presents for local kids in need

    BOAZ, Ala. — The Boaz Police Department is working to raise money to give Christmas to kids who might not have one. The Boaz Police Department is there to protect and serve, and right now, the officers are taking that to a new level.”On the t-shirts it says ‘I support Boaz Police’, but it’s really supporting kids in the community, local community,” explains Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin, “We’re selling the t-shirts in the hopes that we can raise enough money to […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Albertville Police warn of a scam that involves a check and shopping spree, say it’s popping up across the city

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Albertville Police Department is seeing a different type of scam going around the city. Police say recently a new scam is cropping up around Albertville, and it’s leaving its victims with empty promises and out money. “We’re starting to see a lot of this, where people are getting checks in the mail saying if you go spend this, go on a shopping spree at Walmart for a period of time, you’ll receive this amount of money,” […]

  • Guntersville City Schools to implement new form of random drug testing for middle and high school students in specific activities, privileges

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville City Schools is implementing a new form of random drug testing for students participating in specific activities. The Guntersville City Schools Board of Education approved new procedures and provisions for student drug testing at Guntersville Middle and High schools. Earlier in the year a Guntersville High School football player passed away from an apparent drug overdose. “With that we have been told that students had been beating the drug testing procedures that we had in place,” […]

  • Downtown Albertville Brewfest will feature about 100 brews, and local wine

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Downtown Albertville Brewfest is gearing up for its second year. The festival kicked off for the first  time last year and is getting ready for another go in just a few weeks. “It will feature about 100 brews from about 30 different breweries mostly scattered across Alabama,” event coordinator Justin Quarles says, “We’re going to have two musical acts this year, and about five food vendors. We are also going to feature a tiny home from […]

  • Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Albertville wins 2016 Alabama Winery of the Year

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The 2016 Alabama Commercial Wine Competition boasted 50 wines from 13 wineries and two breweries.  This year, Jules J. Berta Vineyards, a Marshall County winery with roots deep in its craft took home the top award – Winery of the Year. Jules Berta’s family’s home in Albertville is surrounded by the beginnings of what makes their livelihood thrive. Everything the winery produces is a product of the family’s land and work. For them, it’s a craft that spans […]

  • Continuing Spencer’s Story: A Marshall County mom is setting up free sensory-friendly play dates for families, training for parents

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County mom is working to provide educational and memorable experiences to families who have a child on the Autism spectrum. Earlier this year we brought you Spencer’s story. The four-year-old was diagnosed with an Autism spectrum disorder when he was about two years old. This year his mom, Patricia Moore, put together sensory-friendly play dates in Marshall County for any family that has a child with Autism or with sensory issues. The events bring families […]

  • DeKalb Ambulance Service selling shirts to raise awareness for domestic violence, and to remember murdered employee

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. —  The DeKalb Ambulance Service is working to raise awareness about domestic violence and remember an employee police say was murdered by her husband. Twenty-five year old Ashley Scott died earlier this year, and police say a domestic violence report had been filed just days before her death. Ashley was a full-time EMT with DeKalb Ambulance Service. Now her co-workers are doing their best to remember her, while raising awareness. Shortly before her death, Ashley’s co-workers at […]

  • Arab Police to participate in No Shave November with a twist, and the funds will go to a three-year-old girl battling cancer

    ARAB, Ala. — Some Marshall County police officers are participating in No Shave November, but with a twist. For the Arab Police Department, the proceeds are going to one of the smallest people those officers swore to protect and serve. Every day Arab Police officers go out to do what they swore they would do — protect and serve. Starting in October they’ll be bringing a new meaning to that oath. “The whole point of it is to bring awareness to […]

  • Courthouse security now in effect at the Marshall County courthouses in Guntersville and Albertville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County residents are noticing something new when they go into the county courthouses in Guntersville and Albertville. After months of planning security measures are finally installed. The new measures went into effect Monday morning. “I just want the public to realize this is for their benefit,” explains Commission Chairman James Hutcheson, “This is for their safety and the employees’ benefit. I realize it may be a small inconvenience to some people in Marshall County to get […]