Several Tennessee Valley schools cancel after school activities Monday due to weather concerns

DeLena Delano joined the WHNT News 19 team in February of 2019 as a Multimedia Production Assistant and moved to the web team as an Interactive Content Producer in June of 2019. She is originally from Marbury, Alabama, and moved to Huntsville after getting married in December of 2018.

She is a recent magna cum laude graduate from Jacksonville State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in drama. During her time at Jacksonville State, she interned at WEAC TV24 in Oxford. She is a Zeta Tau Alpha alumna.

In her spare time, DeLena loves exploring the Tennessee Valley, spending time with her friends and family, and visiting new places with her husband.

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — On Monday, friends and family members of fallen veterans honored their loved ones by placing holiday wreaths on each military grave. For the last 11 years, Wreaths Across America has been a way to honor the fallen heroes of Alabama. This year, it comes after the death of Joshua Kaleb Watson of Enterprise, who died after a Saudi national opened fire at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. During the ceremony, Gov. Kay Ivey joined Gold […]

  • Young Huntsville hockey super fan takes the ice with the Los Angeles Kings

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Huntsville native Jacob Brown spent some time on the ice with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Jacob’s wish on November 10 at a Huntsville Havoc game to fly him to Los Angeles for a Los Angeles Kings hockey game. Jacob Brown started playing hockey at the age of four. He’s always been a huge fan of the Huntsville Havoc and Los Angeles Kings. In a tweet from FOX Sports West, Jacob […]

  • Newest Galaxy of Lights display honors Huntsville man known for iconic Christmas decorations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights has been bringing joy to people’s holiday season for over 20 years. Galaxy of Lights started in 1996 with 25 scenes and has now grown to have almost 200 scenes. This year a new scene, honoring a Huntsville man known for his iconic Christmas decorations, can be found about halfway through the trail. “What’s really special this year is we have a new display that’s dedicated to Dr. Higginbotham. Many […]

  • Huntsville Animal Services under construction to improve facilities, offering free adoptions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – At Huntsville Animal Services, sounds of construction are accompanying the sounds of barking dogs. The shelter is currently undergoing major construction to improve the facilities. Construction Just Beginning The construction began about eight weeks ago, according to Karen Buchan, Animal Care Supervisor at Huntsville Animal Services. Buchan said the original thought of the improvements to the shelter was probably five to six years ago. “The actual planning began two years ago,” said Buchan. “It’s been a long […]

  • Madison principal kisses pig after school raises $15,000 for playground update

    MADISON, Ala. – The best educators are the ones who go the extra mile, but that doesn’t always mean studying and tests. A lot of it has to do with motivation, and what could be better motivation than sliming your teacher? Rainbow Elementary School Principal Brian Givens shared a video publicizing the goal set before the students alongside the pig he would have to kiss if the students met the goal. The students at Rainbow Elementary School in Madison raised […]

  • WEB EXTRA: How STEM impacts the Tennessee Valley workforce

    STEM Day is November 8. The importance of STEM in the Tennessee Valley prompted WHNT News 19 to learn more about the impact Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math have on the Rocket City. Huntsville is ranked the second best city for STEM and high tech jobs outside Silicon Valley. Huntsville has 35,000 STEM workers making an average salary of $105,533. WHNT News 19 Digital Reporter DeLena Delano spoke with Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Industry Relations and Workforce Lucia Cape […]

  • Planters NUTmobile heads to Downtown Huntsville Library

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Move over, Weinermobile! There’s a new traveling billboard in town. Planters brought the NUTmobile to Huntsville for Halloween. Trick or treaters at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library got to meet a nutty character this morning. The NUTmobile and Mr. Peanut made a special appearance on Thursday. They put on a puppet show and showed off some smooth moves for all the children who attended. This was their second appearance in Huntsville this week. The NUTmobile has been […]

  • Public input sought in search for new Limestone County Schools superintendent

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  • Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White Band honors Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney was honored Saturday during the Magic City Classic. The Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White Band spelled out ‘Cupcake’ during their halftime show. Fantastic tribute to Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney by the Maroon & White Band at the Magic City Classic @AAMUBulldogs @aamufb — Rocco DiSangro (@RoccoDiSangro) October 26, 2019 During the show, the band also released purple balloons, which was Kamille’s favorite color. Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney was found dead ten days after she […]

  • Huntsville High School student arrested after making threat to students

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville Police Department arrested a student after a threatening message was sent to student’s phones, according to authorities. Lt. Micheal Johnson said the student AirDropped the threatening message to students. Police said the 14-year-old was arrested for disorderly conduct and is being investigated for the threat. Police also said the threat was not found credible. Huntsville High School’s principal notified parents Thursday of a threat made against the school, assured them that it has been handled […]

  • Football Friday Week 8 Highlights

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  • North Alabama community donates dollars, diapers, and wipes during The Great Diaper Drive Blitz Day

    MADISON, Ala. – The Great Diaper Drive Blitz Day 2019 showed how incredibly supportive the community is in North Alabama. Staff from the  Food Bank of North Alabama,  iHeartMedia Huntsville,  Rocket City Mom, and WHNT News 19 collected donations from 5:00 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Walmart on Madison Boulevard. People of all ages donated diapers and wipes to the Food Bank of North Alabama’s diaper bank to be distributed across the area. “I just wanted to help,” said Esther […]

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