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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Almost half of the food in the United States is thrown away while 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Growing up, you may have heard “your eyes are bigger than your stomach,” referring to the amount of food we put on our plate as children. Many take that same thought process into their grocery stores each and every day. For every person that has more than enough food on […]

  • Alabama leaders take stands on upcoming immigration bills

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The latest talk around the newest proposed immigration bills has sparked debates about what the government should do to protect both families and border policies. Those in the nation’s capital are weighing in, as are Alabama leaders, on this controversial topic. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-District 1) issued a statement saying, “Congressman Byrne looks forward to hearing from President Trump…as we work to ensure the border is secure and the American people are protected.” While many attorneys general […]

  • Huntsville Animal Services offering FREE pet adoptions on Summer Solstice

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you have been thinking about adopting a pet, now is the time! June 21 is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year with the most daylight and to celebrate, Huntsville Animal Services is offering FREE pet adoptions for dogs and cats that have been in the shelter more than 30 days. The offer will last between Monday, June 18 and Saturday, June 30. Don’t miss out on this Summer Solstice adoption […]

  • Rocket Chef 2018 combines the love of food and desire to help others

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket Chef Culinary Competition is back for the 5th year in a row. This unique cooking competition is the only event of its kind in North Alabama. It combines two things that are important to many of us – food and helping others. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of North Alabama and Merrimack Hall’s Happy Headquarters. Four of the area’s top chefs will face off in a three-round cooking event in front of an audience of […]

  • Huntsville native serves as part of the “Workhorse of the Fleet” in U.S. Navy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville native and 2008 Madison County High School graduate Sharun Wills is serving with the Assault Craft Unit TWO (ACU 2) in the United States Navy. The ACU 2 is one of the most advanced warfare units that operate landing craft, which are specialized to transport personnel and equipment from surface ships to shore. Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharun Wills is an electronics technician with a group based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is responsible for repairing […]

  • Garbage pickup schedule to change for nearly 700 Huntsville families

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For 655 households, “garbage day” will be changing from Tuesdays to Mondays. The change begins this coming Monday, June 18. Huntsville City’s Sanitation Department is adding a new pickup route to East Huntsville in order to manage the household growth in the Hampton Cove area. Residents who are affected (listed below) will have their yard and garbage waste picked up on Mondays instead of their regular Tuesday shifts. All cans should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. […]

  • Huntsville seventh grader eliminated in final rounds of Scripps National Spelling Bee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A seventh grader from Huntsville made it to the top 10 in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. In her third trip to the competition, Erin Howard was eliminated from the bee finals by the word “funest,” meaning portending death or evil. Erin added an extra “e” to end her participation. Howard, along with over 500 kids from across the United States, began competing in the preliminaries on Tuesday. Howard won the Madison County and Alabama Spelling […]

  • Record number of Auburn graduates obtain Fulbright Scholarships to help teach English around the world

    AUBURN, Ala. – A record-breaking six Auburn University graduates have been chosen to serve as English Teaching Assistants across the world as awardees of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. The educational exchange program gives the opportunity to help the English instruction in classrooms abroad. “Auburn’s unprecedented number of Fulbright Scholars certainly demonstrates the quality of our students, faculty and academic programs,” said Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “I am extremely proud of these six recent graduates […]

  • Tennessee Valley toddler shows Memorial Day appreciation with one really big hug

    CULLMAN, Ala. – Memorial Day is celebrated each year by those who recognize the significance of the men and women who lost their lives fighting for America’s freedom. But sometimes, that power resonates with even those who may not fully understand that significance, like a two-year-old boy. CJ Matheny showed his appreciation with a big hug on the World War II monument in Cullman Veterans Memorial Park. “He doesn’t know anything about Normandy and Pearl Harbor. He can’t find Iraq […]