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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
  • Nearly 35 years a cold case, Scottsboro Police ask for public’s help in identifying John Doe

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — A nearly 35-year-old case doesn’t have any answers and Scottsboro Police are hoping by getting the word out it can,  and a family can have closure. A Scottsboro cemetery nestled among hills and tree-lined streets is quiet. The cemetery holds hundreds of stories of lives that are gone. It also holds a mystery. “Back in October of 1981, we had a fatal pedestrian accident,” Scottsboro Police Lieutenant Erik Dohring says. Dohring says the man was hit on […]

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    Health Department: About 31 cases of Zika now confirmed in Alabama, new case in Marshall Co.

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama public health officials continue to monitor nearly three dozen people in the state who have contracted the Zika virus.  There have been about 31 positive diagnoses in the state, with the latest in Marshall County. Dr. Scott Harris, Infectious Disease Physician with Alabama Department of Public Health, said the person in Marshall County acquired Zika by traveling overseas.  There have been no cases of local transmission in Alabama, Harris said. Harris said pregnant women should heed […]

  • New details emerge in investigation into Crossville daycare owner after officials say meth was found inside center

    CROSSVILLE, Ala.– New details are emerging about details surrounding the investigation into a Crossville daycare owner, after DeKalb County officials say meth and drug paraphernalia were found inside her establishment. Cars lined the parking lot of the daycare Friday morning. As activity continues at her daycare, owner Leslie Bright is facing several drug charges. Working on tips from concerned residents, DeKalb County officials say after a consented search they found meth and drug paraphernalia inside the center. DeKalb County Sheriff […]

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    Ethics case filed against Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls dismissed

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The ethics case filed against Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls is dismissed. The Alabama Ethics Commission referred the case to Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall’s office for what was termed “possible prosecution.” The specific allegations against Sheriff Scott Walls were not released. As matter of routine in this situation, Marshall requested the Alabama Attorney General’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard took the case. Broussard issued the following statement […]

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    UPDATE: Child undergoes night of surgery after dog attack in Crossville

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. – Police call it the worst dog mauling they’ve ever seen. Thursday morning, Crossville Police were called to a home for a report of a child bitten by a dog. When they got there, they found the child very badly injured. Authorities say the child is 4 years old. Emergency crews transported the child to Marshall Medical South in Boaz then airlifted to Birmingham in critical condition. Crossville Police said the incident happened at a home on Justice […]

  • Albertville first responders get specialized training as part of state-wide tour

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville first responders are taking part in a state-wide tour that teaches safety when responding to an incident on or around train tracks. Albertville Police and firefighters were the audience at a stop on a state-wide tour Thursday. “We are in Albertville today as part of a 40 city rail safety tour,” Operation Lifesaver Alabama Executive Director Nancy Hudson says. “Alabama Operation Lifesaver’s program is 40 years old this year, and we decided to take our safety message on […]

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    Lake City Amusement Park faces more legal action, court documents allege the company owes nearly $100,000

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Amid swirls of allegations of unpaid employees and money owed to season pass holders, the closed-down Lake City Amusement Park is facing yet another lawsuit for nearly $100,000. A Decatur-based company is taking legal action against Lake City Amusement Park, saying it is owed a large amount of money. Court documents show Goss Electric, Inc., is alleging Lake City Amusement Park still owes money for labor and work done by the company. The documents read Goss Electric […]

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    Henagar votes to go wet in Tuesday’s election

    HENAGAR, Ala. — Henagar residents voted by margin of nearly 100 votes to go wet in Tuesday’s election. Local store management in Henagar say they don’t know what to expect from the vote that said ‘yes’ to alcohol sales Tuesday. They say it’s too early to tell. As for residents, the vote was split — only passing by fewer than 100 votes. Some residents say the move would keep the revenue that is leaving the city inside. “Scottsboro, Fort Payne, […]

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    Jackson Co. Commission wants residents to know how taxpayer dollars are spent in light of budget shortfall

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Jackson County Commission is fielding questions from taxpayers as to how exactly their dollars are spent, and commissioners say they want residents to understand the answer. In dealing with a budget shortfall, commissioners discussed finding new revenue sources, but residents want to know where their dollars are going. The commission had to decrease spending and make cuts — nearly $2 million worth over recent years. “It’s put a hardship on a lot of folks, but of course, […]

  • A community-organized group is working to combat drug use in Marshall County

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A group is working toward creating change throughout Marshall County. It started with an idea to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse, and the community took hold of the efforts. “We’re forming what’s called LifeWatch United. That is a community group, not just based off of one person, a community of people coming together concerned about the community and what we’re dealing with in the community as far as drugs,” Program Coordinator Jon Henderson says. […]

  • An anonymous donation to the Albertville Police Department is sparking a city-wide effort to ‘Back the Blue’

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A generous donation from an anonymous Marshall County resident is creating a movement within the city of Albertville to support law enforcement. It all started with a man who doesn’t want any public credit. “A guy came in the front lobby one day and wanted to make a donation to the police department. He’s a resident here in Albertville. He started us off with a $1,000 donation,” Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith said. The department worked […]

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    Marshall Co. bordered by 4 counties with travel-related Zika cases, efforts to control mosquito population ongoing in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. — Efforts in Boaz are ongoing to control the mosquito population, a process city officials say has been in the works for quite some time. With more than two-dozen travel-related cases of Zika virus reported in Alabama, sights turn to mosquito control. Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a […]