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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

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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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    Recommended changes to allow growlers, direct sales at breweries a chance for more growth in Alabama’s breweries

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — If a set of recommended measures for the legislature revolving around craft beer sales become reality, they could open doors for breweries in the state, especially smaller businesses. In an effort to expand the booming craft beer industry in Alabama, the Alabama Brewers Guild is advocating to loosen the restrictions on sales straight from breweries for off-premises consumption. Some brewers argue current laws mean roadblocks to growth. After discussions and public hearings involving the Alcohol Beverage Study […]

  • Multiple organizations pull together in Georgia teen’s safe rescue from Jackson Co. cave Saturday

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala, (WHNT) — A 15-year-old girl from Georgia is recovering from a broken ankle after a boulder rolled  on her foot while exploring a Jackson County cave Saturday. The rescue operation took many hands and organizations, and it’s something the local squad sees several times a year. “Saturday afternoon, a little after five, there was a caving accident at Tumbling Rock Cave in the Hollywood area,” explains Eddie Tigue with the Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue Squad, “We in turn […]

  • Upgrades and improvements planned for Marshall County’s 2 county parks

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Marshall County Commission is planning upgrades to its two county parks. The areas are popular among dozens of out-of-town and local visitors. For one of the popular destinations, its future was under discussion last year. Last year, working with a tight budget and the news of the longtime park manager’s near retirement, the county commission discussed the future of County Park # 2, a popular camping destination. The county made a decision to keep it open. “It will […]

  • Added security measures to Marshall County’s courthouses a goal, but funding is a question

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Marshall County Commission is looking to improve security at the two courthouses in the county, but funding is a question. Marshall County has courthouses in Guntersville and in Albertville. The County Commission is looking to improve the security at both. Sheriff Scott Walls sends more deputies during high-profile court proceedings, but Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says the Commission would like to do even more in terms of long-term security. “It’s concern of mine, and the […]

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    Marshall County’s stray animals face grim future as hard-working volunteers step down

    Two volunteers who ran a program designed to give dogs and cats picked up by Marshall County Animal Control a second chance are resigning. They say it’s because the workload has become consuming and very significant, affecting their health. Unfortunately, the county does not have a shelter.  Instead, the animals are boarded at various locations.  So — what’s next for these unwanted pets? Mary Harris and Linda Morris ran Friends of Marshall County Animal Control, working closely with the county’s […]

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    UPDATE: Albertville man found alive, well in Ohio

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Police say a man reported missing in Marshall County last weekend has been found in Cleveland, Ohio. Albertville Police say Jon Phillip Jones, 47, is alive and well.  Prior to this, his family had not seen him since December 31. Police did not release further details.  

  • First of several stores in Shoppes of Albertville, Hobby Lobby, to open Monday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After months of construction, one of the big name retailers in the Shoppes of Albertville is opening its doors next week. Construction began on the Shoppes of Albertville — a retail center that would include multiple major name stores — early last year. The center is located off of U.S. Highway 431. Now, one of its stores is opening its doors in just a few days. “We will have our first store to open on Monday,” says […]

  • Reorganized drug unit in Marshall County aims to heighten local efforts

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A newly-reorganized drug unit is moving for a heightened effort in Marshall County. The focus – get more drugs off the streets and get offenders behind bars. “We reorganized the Marshall County Drug Unit, which is now called the Marshall County Drug Task Force,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Abel says, “Before, all of the employees of the drug unit were employees of the DA’s office.” Abel says now the unit is made up of law enforcement from agencies […]

  • DeKalb County working quickly to repair road damages, other issues, from Christmas Day flooding

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Many areas throughout the Tennessee Valley continue to recover from the Christmas Day flooding, including DeKalb County. Officials are working to take the next steps to fix the damages as fast as possible. Like other Northeast Alabama counties DeKalb County has several roads that are closed, needing heavy work. Officials are planning and putting into action the steps they need to take to fix the issues across the county. Commissioners say fixing the roads and […]


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