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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
  • The B.B. Comer Bridge in Jackson County spans the Tennessee River between Scottsboro and Sand Mountain. A bridge to replace the steel truss bridge is complete between it and the Robert E. "Bob" Jones Bridge, pictured behind it. (Photo by The Huntsville Times)

    Scottsboro City Council discusses potentially preserving a piece of B.B. Comer Bridge

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Scottsboro City Council is discussing the idea of potentially preserving a piece of the B.B. Comer Bridge for display. The bridge over the Tennessee River is slowly being demolished. Two bridges stand side by side over the river, taking its place. City officials say there was a discussion about potentially preserving a piece of the historic bridge before demolition is complete. Council members say a committee was formed, tasked to make the contacts necessary to save […]

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    Local law enforcement agencies on heightened alert following Orlando mass shooting

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. —  In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, local law enforcement agencies are on high alert. They want to make sure all officers are ready in case something like that tragedy ever happens here at home. “You see and hear things on the national news every day, and it’s kind of getting close to home,” Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says. A situation like the shooting in Orlando causes the Albertville Police Department to be on heightened […]

  • Free Dental Day will be Friday, June 24 at Total Dental Care in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Total Dental Care in Marshall County is announcing its annual — and widely popular — Free Dental Day. In about two weeks, the staff at Total Dental Care in Guntersville will volunteer their time and open the doors in a day of giving back. “This is our sixth annual Free Dental Day,” Dr. Aaron George says. Anyone without dental insurance ages 19 and up can participate. “You can have either a cleaning, a filling, or an extraction.” Free Dental […]

  • EMA officials warn against burning during dry conditions

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — If you don’t have to burn anything, don’t — that’s what the Marshall County EMA is encouraging residents under the dry conditions the Valley is experiencing right now. “Because of the dry soil, there’s not a lot of moisture in the soil right now, and due to the warm temperatures we’re seeing, and the lack of rain, we’re seeing more and more fires develop,” EMA director Anita McBurnett says. Already this week, Marshall County crews responded to […]

  • Stolen pit bulls returned to Arab’s animal shelter, situation takes an unexpected turn

    ARAB, Ala. — Two pit bulls stolen from Arab’s animal shelter are back and Arab Police say the incident went from alarming to something much different. Tuesday the Arab Police Department was working to find out who took two pit bulls from its animal shelter. Video footage shows the  dogs were loaded into a truck, and that caused the officers to be alarmed. “Our first concern was two pit bulls, we were afraid that they were going to be used […]

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    UPDATE: Stolen pit bulls returned to Arab Animal Shelter

    ARAB, Ala. — The two pit bulls that were stolen from the city’s shelter late Monday evening have been returned. No names have been released, but charges are pending against the two adults and two juveniles who stole the dogs. Officers say recently other pit bulls had been taken from the shelter. Investigators believe these people might be related to those thefts as well. This case is still under investigation. We will update you with more information when it becomes released. 

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    Hydroplane boat racing to return to Lake Guntersville in summer 2018

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced hydroplane boat racing will return to Lake Guntersville in 2018. In a partnership between H1 Unlimited and the MCCVB, Guntersville will host the Unlimited Series for three days of racing June 21-24, 2018. The event brings the tradition of powerboat racing back to the lake. “Boat racing was one of the very first sporting events held on Lake Guntersville following the building of the dam,” said Marshall County Convention […]

  • Chasity Garner

    Judge sentences Marshall County woman to nearly 12 years for manslaughter conviction

    A Marshall County woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her nephew will serve significant time behind bars. Tuesday, a judge sentenced Chasity Garner to 11 years, 11 months and 11 days in prison for the death of 5-year-old Chaysen Garner. Prosecutors say Chasity Garner was driving under the influence when she crashed her SUV at the intersection of Alabama 69 and Union Grove Road in Guntersville in March 2014. Garner pleaded guilty in April, just as […]

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    Crews blast part of historic B.B. Comer Bridge, process will continue in coming weeks

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – On Friday, crews demolished part of the historic B.B. Comer Bridge.  A portion was blown up at 3 p.m. Crews stopped both roadway and river traffic due to this. Bystanders had to stay more than 1000 feet back for the blast, which shook the area and echoed over Sand Mountain. “It’s going to be going on through the summer. Probably through this month and into the next month,” said Seth Burkett, Public Information spokesperson for the Alabama […]

  • Adrian Renteria leaves the courtroom in previous hearing

    Jury finds Adrian Renteria guilty of lesser charges in deadly July 2013 crash

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County jury finds Adrian Renteria guilty of criminally negligent homicide and assault third in a July 2013 crash that left four teens dead and multiple others injured. The jury deliberated all of Wednesday afternoon and part of Thursday morning before coming to a verdict around 11 o’clock. As the verdict was read, there were tears and exclamations in the courtroom filled with friends and families of the victims involved in the crash. Some of Renteria’s friends […]

  • Adrian Renteria leaves the courtroom in previous hearing

    Day two of jury deliberations underway in Marshall County for Adrian Renteria manslaughter trial

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The jury is deliberating for the second day in the Adrian Renteria manslaughter trial. The jury resumed deliberations at nine o’clock Thursday morning. The jury got the case at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon and ended for the evening at six o’clock. Family and friends of the victims are sitting in a separate courtroom waiting for a verdict. Wednesday evening the jury came back to the courtroom asking the judge for definitions on terms. The judge again informed […]

  • Adrian Renteria in court during the trial

    Jury will continue deliberations in Adrian Renteria manslaughter trial Thursday morning

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The jury has ended deliberations in the Adrian Renteria manslaughter trial for the evening. The jury got the case at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon and ended for the evening at six o’clock. It will reconvene Thursday morning at nine o’clock. Renteria is accused in a July 2013 two-vehicle crash that left four teens dead and several others seriously injured. The crash involved a group of young people, many of whom were friends or acquaintances. The crash happened […]


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