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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.

Have a story idea for Laura, or merely want to see if you can beat the record for the best ‘Christmas’ joke she’s heard? Email her at laura.christmas@whnt.com

Recent Articles
  • Arab High School JROTC gets visit from Command Sergeant Major of Aviation and Missile Command

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of teens with some big aspirations got a chance to ask a prominent leader in our armed forces questions about their dreams. Wednesday morning the library at Arab High School started to fill up with a group of students who are matching in their dress. As they shuffle in, they talk and laugh quietly. It’s 8:30 and the school day has just started. As the announcements filter unseen through the room, the crowd of […]

  • What’s that construction near 431? Latest phase of expansion at Guntersville Municipal Airport near anticipated completion

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The latest phase of an expansion at the Guntersville Municipal Airport is expected to be complete in the next several weeks. If you’ve driven 431 between Huntsville and Guntersville lately, you probably noticed a lot of dirt being moved at Guntersville Municipal Airport. It’s part of an expansion that should be finished in the next several weeks. “Right now, there’s a lot of open dirt next to 431, and that’s been part of the construction process,” Airport […]

  • Industry and business growth in Marshall County could help fill empty spaces

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Recent growth in Marshall County could help fill empty buildings that have been that way for months. The Kennametal plant closed just over a year ago in Grant. Pilgrims in Boaz closed in January of 2014. County economic development officials are actively recruiting for those buildings. The former Pilgrims building is a unique sell, and is taking time. “It has to be probably something in the food industry,” Marshall County Economic Development Council President Matt Arnold […]

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    Scottsboro City Council to continue discussions on proposed lodging tax increase

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Scottsboro City Council will continue to discuss the proposed increased lodging tax. During its work session and meeting Monday night the Scottsboro City Council discussed increasing the city’s lodging tax and heard a proposal on how that money could be spent A committee was put together to decide what would be the best option for the city, if the council decides to go that route. Monday night, those ideas were presented to the council for […]

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    Scottsboro City Council to hear proposal on increased lodging tax Monday night

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — During its work session and meeting Monday night the Scottsboro City Council has plans to discuss increasing the city’s lodging tax and also to hear a proposal on how that money could be spent. The proposal is to increase Scottsboro’s lodging tax by two percent. “We’re at 12 percent currently, of which the city gets five percent and the chamber of commerce gets one dollar per night room fee,” Mayor Melton Potter says. This proposal has […]

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    Man wanted by Arab Police hides in store ceiling, gets arrested when he falls through

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) —  Police see some pretty interesting things, but a scenario that happened over the weekend was a first for the Arab Police Department. The situation ended with an arrest, but it was the events that led to that arrest that topped the chart on the “unusual scale.” It all started with a normal call to the Arab Police Department. “We got an anonymous tip that Adam Dill is at our Dollar General,” said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn. […]

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    Youthful offender status denied for Marshall County teen charged in accidental shooting death of 15-year-old

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County judge denied a youthful offender status request for a teen charged in the death of 15-year-old Jason Richards. Ryan Anthony Fitch was 18 at the time of his friend’s July 2015 accidental shooting death. He is charged with criminally negligent homicide among other related charges. Monday at the youthful offender hearing the prosecution presented a report and the defense offered several witnesses. At the end the judge denied it, but did not give a […]

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    With threat of ice and snow looming, officers ask residents to take heed of the warnings

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — With the looming chance of ice and snow, the Arab Police Department is asking people to help its officers help others if the weather gets messy. It takes a lot of Arab Police officers to patrol, handle calls, and respond during a snow and ice event, and the department is relatively small with a big jurisdiction. “Our call volume increases dramatically during that time, and it’s usually because people are getting out on these roadways that […]

  • Free tax preparation underway in Marshall County, for any income, any age

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s tax season, and if you need help preparing your filings, a non-profit group in Marshall County has gone through extensive certification and is ready to do it for free. “It’s our first day to do taxes for tax year 2015,” explains site coordinator Larry Garrett. Garrett is overseeing a location at the Guntersville Rec Center. That is one of the numerous locations across the county that will do your tax preparations for free. “We’ll take […]

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    Town of Grant looking ahead after announcement its Walmart Neighborhood Market will close

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — A slew of Walmart stores are set to close across the nation as part of the company’s “sharpened focus on portfolio management,” and one of those stores opened just more than a year ago in the small town of Grant. Walmart released that 154 stores across the United States will close. The U.S. closures included 23 Neighborhood Market stores. One of those is in Grant. Mayor Larry Walker was told of the news several days ago. “They […]

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    Investigators: Man killed brother on hunting trip in Bryant, then drove away and killed himself

    DEKALB & JACKSON COUNTIES, Ala. – The DeKalb and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving two brothers. The investigation spanned both counties overnight. The two have been identified as R.C. Rush, 53, of Bryant, and Carmon Washington Rush, 54, of Pisgah. Tuesday night just before midnight the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call about a shooting in Bryant, in a wooded area off of County Road 290. “We responded and located Mr. R.C. Rush […]

  • Feasibility study in progress to move forward for potential development at Guntersville City Harbor

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Guntersville is taking steps to open doors for its City Harbor as hopes of a potential development are at the front of the vision. Late last year, the Guntersville City Council voted to rezone two pieces of property at City Harbor that the city owns. As a result, the land is zoned general business that allows on premise alcohol. Part of the land was already zoned the same way. The council hopes the […]


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