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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
  • Lowe’s employees, community members work to build new ball field in Douglas

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — In a community collaborative effort, the town of Douglas and retail home improvement store Lowe’s are partnering up to build a new ball field at the town’s sports complex. The hot sun and dusty ground aren’t deterring Lowe’s employees and community members from getting out and working together to build a new ball field at Douglas’ sports complex. The town paid for the grading work. “Then Lowe’s came in, and was gracious enough to provide the labor and […]

  • Lake City Amusement Park faces lawsuit, allegations that employees have not been paid

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Lake City Amusement Park closed down, but it’s still a topic of conversation amid allegations of unpaid employees and a pending lawsuit. Lake City Amusement Park is deserted. The park’s owners closed it at the end of June after opening in April of this year. That was news to employees, who were wondering if they would get paid. Now weeks later, some of them are still wondering. We have gotten several messages from former employees saying they […]

  • Hollywood Fire Department receives $80,000 grant to buy equipment

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — The Hollywood Fire Department is getting a grant for $80,000 to replace equipment that is outdated – some of which is from 1997. The department has been trying for years to get a grant to buy new equipment. Finally now, it’s approved. “The airpacks are about $6,200 a piece, so we didn’t have the funds for that, so we wrote a grant to get it,” Chief Patrick Allen says. The department is going to get 13 new pieces […]

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    A potential special session could open a door for Jackson County to obtain much-needed funding

    SCOTTSBORO Ala. —  Governor Robert Bentley is considering a special session, and for Jackson County, it could be a door opened to remedy a dire need — funding. Jackson County leaders are hoping a special session could open an opportunity to increase revenue in the county. Voters in the county shot down a one cent sales tax increase proposal. A second amended proposal didn’t get far in this year’s regular session. The bottom line is – Jackson County needs a […]

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    Severe drought in northeast Alabama, Madison County, could affect food prices down the road

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Parts of northeast Alabama and Madison County are impacted by a severe drought, and officials say it could impact some food prices later on. Even with small amounts of scattered rain here or there, there is still an impending drought in some areas of the Tennessee Valley. DeKalb County is one of those areas, as a scorching sun bears down on fields. Agriculture is the top industry in the county. “DeKalb County, along with a number […]

  • How life jackets can be used improperly, leading to safety issues

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are several aspects that could hinder the functionality of life jackets and the Guntersville Rescue Squad is encouraging everyone to be aware of that before heading out on the water. Life jackets seem pretty straight forward but there are multiple aspects that could create issues in how they function. For parents, officials say these details are vital to their child’s safety while using one. An important detail to ensure is determining if the jacket has a Coast […]

  • Arab Police: Woman makes up elaborate robbery/abduction claim to hide that she stole money

    ARAB, Ala. — An elaborate claim about a robbery involving an abduction could lead to a woman facing charges. On Wednesday, a woman told Arab Police she had been robbed while handling money. The story became more elaborate from there. “She stated that outside of Check Into Cash, a male individual grabbed her and drove south on 231,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said. Arab Police said the woman told officers the man demanded she hand over the money, or she […]

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    Marshall County officials discuss installing security measures at county courthouses

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Marshall County officials are discussing putting security systems in both the Albertville and Guntersville courthouses. Administrators say they feel it’s more necessary now, in light of the events in our nation. Streams of people come and go each day at the Marshall County courthouse in Guntersville and at the county’s other courthouse in Albertville. Unlike in neighboring counties, Marshall County doesn’t have security systems at its courthouses. That’s something Commission Chairman James Hutcheson is making a priority […]

  • Taking Action: Try to ‘catch ’em all’ on Pokemon Go, but do so safely

    ARAB, Ala. —  It’s the game that has millions looking at the world through their smartphones, but Pokemon Go can also get distracting, which can bring the fantasy-merged world crashing back to reality. Since Wednesday the Pokemon Go mobile game has people trying to “catch ’em all.” It features characters from the popular television series and Nintendo video games. The game that spans generations of players and merges fantasy with reality can get also get distracting, making it easy to […]

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    Community invited to help Albertville’s ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ program on Tuesday, July 12

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville City Schools is partnering with other community organizations to bring local children ‘Blessings in a Backpack.’ The goal is to make sure no student goes hungry when school breaks for the weekend. The groups work with the school system during the school year to make sure identified students in Kindergarten through fourth grade don’t go home for the weekend without food.  They need donations to make it happen, though, because it takes an army. Emilie Adams […]

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    Arab Musical Theatre back home after being selected for featured performance at International Thespian Festival

    ARAB, Ala. —  A group of Marshall County teens are back home now after getting an experience of a lifetime. Arab Musical Theatre put on one last production of Zombie Prom in June.  It was a packed show, and every penny of the proceeds helped. In a once in a lifetime chance that’s quite the honor, the group was accepted to perform at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Five high schools in the nation were selected to perform on […]

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    Arab Police: A text message about drug activity accidentally sent to the wrong person lands man in jail

    ARAB, Ala. —  Arab Police said a text message accidentally sent to someone he didn’t know landed a man in jail. Officers say a woman got a text  from a man she didn’t know mentioning his involvement in drug activity at a home.  She called the Arab Police Department and relayed the contents of the message. Officers identified the man as Michael Scott Saucier and found he had warrants for his arrest.  Arab officers arrived at the home and arrested Saucier. […]


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