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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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    New bargain store opens in Albertville, brings in Hall of Fame pitcher to sign autographs on first day

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – People have another choice for bargain shopping in Albertville.  Wednesday, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opened at the Crossroads Annex on U.S. Highway 431, across from the Crossroads Mall. Ollie’s is a chain, and this is the 11th store in Alabama.  Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro is signing autographs for fans from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Niekro was an All-Star pitcher with Atlanta Braves, and also played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays […]

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    Marshall County judge sentences man found guilty in deadly 2013 crash to six years

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County man found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and assault third stemming from a July 2013 crash that left four teens dead and multiple others injured is sentenced to six years in county jail. Family members and friends of the victims  were present in a packed courtroom Tuesday morning in Adrian Renteria’s sentencing hearing. At the beginning of the hearing, District Attorney Steve Marshall cited violations against Renteria since he was released on bond, leading […]

  • Pink Glove Dance

    Dancing to make an impact: Marshall County students participate in Pink Glove Dance

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County students are dancing their way to making an impact by participating in the Pink Glove Dance , and the proceeds  are going straight to help their community. “We are doing our annual Pink Glove Dance, which is for breast cancer awareness,” explains  Marshall Technical School Health Science Instructor Suzann Peppers, “It’s something that I have picked up while I have been a health science instructor here, because it’s a way for health care providers to promote […]

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    Police: Robbery suspect dies after crashing car into building in downtown Fort Payne

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Police say a person suspected of robbing South End Market crashed a car into a building early Tuesday morning and died. The car hit a brick building on Gault Avenue in downtown Fort Payne, just beside the fire department and across from the police department. Police say Joshua Christian Grant, 25, was pronounced dead soon after the collision.  Authorities say Grant was involved in a high speed chase with police before running off the road, hitting […]

  • Little River Canyon fire

    Fire crews still on scene to monitor scorched hundreds of acres at Little River Canyon

    LITTLE RIVER CANYON, Ala. – The fire at Little River Canyon National Preserve is contained but crews from all over the nation are still there, monitoring the hundreds of acres that burned. Its impact is felt, not only in the scorched acres, but in local businesses. Smoke still lingers in the air, and crews are still on the ground, monitoring the remains of the roughly 350-acre blaze that swept through Little River Canyon, near Martha’s Falls over the weekend. “There […]

  • DeKalb Ambulance Service holds domestic violence education session for the community

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Staff at the DeKalb Ambulance Service are working to provide education opportunities for the community about domestic violence.  An employee was killed earlier this year in a domestic violence situation and through this effort and others like it, the company is keeping her memory alive. Representatives from a local domestic violence shelter presented the harsh situations that encompass domestic violence to staff and the community at DeKalb Ambulance Service Friday morning.  “We’ve decided to partner with […]

  • Mueller Company

    Four million fire hydrants, and 40 years: Mueller Company looks to future in Marshall County

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — One of Marshall County’s major companies is celebrating two milestones, and both show growth and commitment. Sounds of machinery ring out in the Mueller Company plant in Albertville. Those sounds mean movement –  in products, and in the company itself. “In 1976 we shipped our first fire hydrant,” plant manager  Randy Epperson says. The hydrants are shipped all over the world. This year is significant. “We’re celebrating two milestones in 2016,” Epperson says, “It represents 40 years […]

  • Unity Day

    Nearly 400 students strong against bullying: Guntersville Middle participates in Unity Day

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Nearly 400 Marshall County students are taking a stand against bullying, showing a sign of solidarity during Unity Day on Wednesday. Guntersville Middle School students pour out of the building and chatter excitedly as school staff corral them into a version of a line on the sidewalk. Getting nearly 400 middle school students into one line is akin to herding cats, or so it appeared. The line moved to its destination, and the students grew quieter, and […]

  • TVA conducts aquatic survey on Lake Guntersville to monitor health of the reservoir

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is doing aquatic surveys on several of its reservoirs and Tuesday morning, Lake Guntersville was in the spotlight. The goal is to get an overall idea of the lake’s condition. “The Reservoir Ecological Health Program consists of five indicators, and these five indicators are fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, and sediment,” TVA fisheries biologist Greg Shaffer said. Those multiple aspects are part of TVA’s aquatic survey of Lake Guntersville. The idea is […]

  • Crossville Elementary students get a donation of 650 books to encourage a love of reading

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. — A donation to Crossville Elementary School students is starting a love that can take them to new worlds. Inside a classroom at Crossville Elementary School, students stare expectantly at school counselor Lesa Simpson. “Don’t break it, don’t rip it, what else?” She asks. The students are in for a surprise. “What do I want you to do with it?” Simpson asks. “Put it in a book bag,” one of the students says. “And practice what?” This time, […]

  • Former Lake City Amusement Park in Guntersville faces third lawsuit

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are now three pending lawsuits claiming the closed-down Lake City Amusement Park owes thousands of dollars. Several months have passed since Lake City Amusement Park closed down, but there are still structures and rides still in place. Monday morning crews were working to disassemble the remaining remnants that made up the park. In the meantime, the company is facing yet another lawsuit. Court documents filed in Marshall County show C. A. Langford Company is asking for […]

  • “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 […]