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  Opiate addiction forum this Thursday in Huntsville

The forum will address where we are, as a community and a state, in combating this addiction.

Furloughed employees spend time volunteering

Pet food for the furloughed

Free adoptions through Saturday at Huntsville Animal Services

APOLLO 11 German-American Heritage Lecture Series

Applications open for SALSA program

Calhoun Community College to host FAME Information and Recruiting Sessions in Decatur and Huntsville

Continued Coverage

  Contractor preps for Cecil Ashburn blasting

Secretary of the Army visits Redstone Arsenal for key modernization talks

‘I’m back home now’: Kevin Turner sworn in as new Madison County sheriff

Dorning, Turner work together for smooth transition in Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office

Alabama Human Trafficking Awareness Day sheds light on problem, efforts to fight it

New reality show follows power couples in Huntsville

  Outgoing Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning reflects on long career

The outgoing Madison County sheriff received a big “thank you” from the community as he marks the end of a decades-long career.

Yellowhammer Brewery running out of beer because of shutdown

If the government shutdown continues, Yellowhammer Brewery general manager Ethan Couch says it’s going to run out of its most popular beers.

  Hartselle’s new police chief lays out priorities to move department forward

Hartselle has a new police chief and he’s a familiar face within the department!

Gov. Ivey visits Providence Elementary School

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey spent her Thursday morning reading to pre-K students at Providence Elementary School.

“Be the Match” hopes to find stem cell donor for Bob Jones graduate

Message from businesses: We’re open during Cecil Ashburn construction

Police, fire, paramedics taking key steps during Cecil Ashburn shutdown

Research: Workplace fitness programs can save hundreds

What route will you take during the Cecil Ashburn closure?

Closing Cecil Ashburn Drive expected to cause problems for motorists and nearby residents

  Everything you need to know about the closure of Cecil Ashburn Drive

The major South Huntsville corridor is completely closing Monday, January 7 for widening. Thousands of drivers will be impacted by the project.

Comics helping Huntsville boy with brain disorder

James Pollard, 11, lives with cerebral palsy, dystonia, a seizure disorder, and autism. His doctors say the Huntsville boy now has a neuromuscular degenerative condition and needs to see a specialist.

Athens police officers remembered on 15th anniversary of their deaths

Jan. 2 is a day that stands in infamy for the city of Athens and its police department. On that day, 15 years ago, two officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

Huntsville good Samaritan continues to get national attention as he expands his mission

His journey across the United States to help others went viral and now Rodney Smith Jr. is taking his mission to a whole new level in 2019.

Cecil Ashburn Drive shutdown is fast approaching

It's the shutdown many have been dreading, but the city says the work needs to be done to make Cecil Ashburn wider to handle more traffic as growth continues- and to make it safer.

Huntsville police officers spreading holiday cheer with good deeds

Their small acts of kindness are making a big difference in the community.

  Huntsville, Athens mayors ready for prosperous 2019

There's no denying that 2018 was a great year for economic development in North Alabama and now, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks are gearing up for a successful, busy new year.

A look back at the top stories of 2018

It's been a busy year for us here at WAFF, covering the news that matters to you. As we gear up for 2019, we're also taking a look back at the biggest stories of 2018.

Albertville sextuplets celebrate turning 1, get new season of TLC show

“Sweet Home Sextuplets” will be returning for a second season, the family and TLC announced.

New cancer center could be making its way to the Shoals

The state's Certificate of Need Board approved the request for the North Alabama Medical Center and UAB Health System to build a comprehensive cancer center.

Justin Barley named Hartselle’s new police chief

Justin Barley is honored to be chosen to lead the Hartselle Police Department.

Lauderdale County students learn the importance of giving this holiday season

Hundreds of Lauderdale County High School students are honoring faculty members by recognizing them through what they call 12 days of giving.

Twelve Strays of Christmas: Day 1

The holiday season can be a great time to make an addition to your family by adopting a pet in need. For the next twelve days WAFF will be partnering with Huntsville Animal Services to introduce you to 12 dogs and cats that are eligible for adoption and looking to brighten your home.

Efforts ramping up to draw Mazda Toyota suppliers

The North Alabama Industrial Development Association is recruiting suppliers for the plant across the 13 county region they serve.

Debate sparked over classic “Rudolph” film

That tweet has garnered thousands of likes and retweets and an abundance of comments.

Redstone Arsenal rings in the holidays with sparkling tree displays

U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Garrison Redstone and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center held separate holiday tree lighting ceremonies.

Ridesharing efforts underway as Cecil Ashburn shutdown approaches

The corridor will soon be closed for widening and a local group is collaborating ridesharing options.

Huntsville sushi-making class at Straight to Ale

Learn how to make sushi at Straight to Ale on Wednesday December 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Sippin Cider Festival: Annual event returns Dec. 8

Set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the eighth annual event offers an evening of roasting marshmallows, special activities for children, visits with Santa, door-prize giveaways and, of course, plenty of cider prepared by downtown merchants.

Huntsville City Council President gets stuck on city hall elevator

The tweet received several responses after Keith posted the initial tweet, including Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Lt. Donny Shaw.

Lawrence County animal shelter seeking beds, supplies

Officials in Lawrence County are hoping to warm up their animal shelter as conditions outside get colder.

Christmas tree farmer on how to pick the perfect tree

Christmas Tree farmers in Huntsville say picking out a Christmas tree is much more than chopping one down.

  How you can donate on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is here, and here's how you can find a non profit that needs donations or some volunteers.

Florence Wine Fest tickets available on Saturday

The Florence Wine Fest is set to return to the Shoals in March and fans of the event will be able to get tickets earlier this year

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving

But there are people out there, who aren’t into the traditional food of Thanksgiving or maybe some don’t want to cook.

Huntsville homeless shelter fights to keep families together

No other homeless shelter in the area allows a married couple to stay together. Genders are segregated - even at mealtime. Single moms are separated from sons 13-years-old and older; the teens have to go into the men’s side alone.As for single dads? There really isn’t any provision in Huntsville f

Hartselle police chief prepares to be next Morgan Co. sheriff

Ron Puckett has loved his time with the Hartselle Police Department, and now he's excited to take on his new role as sheriff of Morgan County.

Huntsville using 'The Big Picture’ to move city into the future

“The Big Picture” captures Huntsville’s priorities and vision and it’s driving everything the city is doing moving forward.

Black Friday: Your shopping road map

Black Friday hours: Here's a list of when retailers like Walmart and Best Buy will be open.

Better Business Bureau of North Alabama warns of holiday scams

Scams can pop up in many different ways over the holiday season and Elizabeth Garcia, president of the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, wants those in the Tennessee Valley to be armed with important information.

Consultants touch on reasons Huntsville was chosen for new Mazda Toyota Plant

It's been called "one of the most coveted industrial prizes in years."

Madison County officers give holiday safety tips

Lt. Donny Shaw with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office posted on the community app NextDoor on Friday, with some tips for shoppers and homeowners to keep in mind throughout the holidays.

Redstone Arsenal’s Wellness Center gets big face-lift

Metabolic, fitness and body composition assessments will be offered for the first time using a variety of methods.

‘Wreaths for Veterans’ honors thousands of heroes this holiday season

Over 3,000 Christmas wreaths prepared by the volunteers will go on the grave sites of local veterans.

Marvel Universe is coming to the VBC

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’

Rain didn’t put a damper on efforts to honor TN Valley veterans

The weather may have halted the Veterans Parade but it certainly didn't take away from the meaning of Veterans Day and how the Huntsville area honors its heroes.

Huntsville Veterans Day Parade canceled due to inclement weather

For people who have already bought tickets (or otherwise personally invited) to the Veterans Breakfast to honor our Blue Star and Gold Star families, the Breakfast WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED at the Roundhouse Depot on Monday morning.

Hall of Heroes: Decorated Vietnam veteran shares life lessons from long Army career

Edward Trexler displayed unbelievable bravery in Vietnam. He went on to have a long career with the National Guard, training future generations on the Black Hawk helicopters. He also worked on Redstone Arsenal.

  Hall of Heroes: Army veteran continues to make a difference for his country at USASAC

Marcus Mackey was wounded on a dangerous mission in Iraq and now, he’s continuing to serve his country by helping strengthen U.S. partnerships all over the globe.

Hall of Heroes: Captain Gamble inspires future generation of pilots after legendary flying career

Carl Gamble's nearly 40-year career included landing a burning plane in Vietnam and being hijacked as a commercial airline pilot.

Hall of Heroes: Sandy Weand continues to serve his community after incredible Army career

Weand is a master aviator who was in the Army for three decades and fought in Vietnam. His career culminated in missile defense work at Redstone Arsenal.

Wreaths for Veterans will happen Nov 14 & 15

Wreaths for Veterans places 3500-3600 Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans at both Maple Hill Cemetery and Valhalla Memorial Gardens.

Special look at “gems” inside U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum

The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum on Airport Road in Huntsville has a collection of amazing artifacts that showcase our nation’s military history.

Hall of Heroes: David McLawhorn’s life changed by helicopter crash

McLawhorn has a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Purple Heart from a mission that nearly took his life.

West Limestone lunchroom closed after fire

Students at West Limestone High School will be without a lunchroom for at least two weeks.

Hall of Heroes: Galen Rosher reflects on his amazing contributions to Army aviation

Rosher had a hand in the development and testing of the Black Hawk, Apache and Comanche helicopters.

Huntsville Sports Commission hosts Super Retriever Championship in Jones Valley

The public is encouraged to come and try jumping their own dog on Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4 during the Fun Jump category. Then get ready for some great competitive action in the finals.

Convoy of Hope touches lives in Limestone County

The Saturday event provided free groceries, shoes, haircuts, family portraits and job and medical services to individuals suffering from poverty, disease and hunger.

Pet pictures with Santa at Huntsville Animal Services

The fundraiser will include poet pictures with Santa, a silent auction, food, raffles and face painting.

A New Leash on Life talks Hobbes House

ANLOL shares their fundraising efforts with WAFF.

SLIDESHOW: Halloween spirit at Huntsville Hospital

A special Halloween celebration at Huntsville Hospital put smiles on the faces of many patients.

Vote to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama win $100,000 from the NASCAR Foundation

The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama are in the running to receive a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation-but they need your vote.

Online petition hopes to change day of Halloween celebration

The Halloween and Costume Association posted the petition on the website Change.org. It has received thousands of signatures in the past few days, even though it was posted online three months ago.

Madison County authorities warn of spoofing scam involving dispatch line

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on Tuesday, saying that scammers are “spoofing” their main dispatch line.

Huntsville police holding active shooter response training

The police department is partnering with the Huntsville Community Watch Association to host an event in hopes of providing community members with understanding of how to handle active shooter incidents.

Tennessee Valley Halloween events

Here is a list of family friendly Halloween events beginning on October 26th in the Tennessee Valley. Stay safe and have fun this Halloween!

New Market home tops list of most popular Airbnb listings in AL

The home, which is a 100-year-old property, was rumored to have been the first post office in North Alabama before transitioning into a jail, a doctor’s office, and later an antique store.

Halloween special on adoptions from Huntsville Animal Services

The free adoption special will last until Saturday, November 3. It applies to all pets, however some exceptions may apply to specific pets.