A look back at the top stories of 2018

The story that stole the hearts of thousands in Alabama and all over the globe was the rescue of Toffee, Huntsville’s celebrity dog!

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - From a daring puppy rescue to big companies bringing lots of jobs to North Alabama, 2018 was packed with news that had you talking!

We’re taking a look at the most popular stories on social media and WAFF.com this year.

The story that stole the hearts of thousands in Alabama and all over the globe was the rescue of Toffee, Huntsville's celebrity dog!

Toffee shot to stardom in late June when she fell into a 50-foot hole at her foster family's South Huntsville home. Her plight drew in audiences around the world. The deaf Australian Shepherd mix puppy was rescued after 31 hours. Exhausted first responders got her out alive.

And it was a happy ending for the sweet pup. She was adopted by one of her rescuers and has a new Golden Retriever brother named Max!

Fantastic economic development news for the Tennessee Valley also topped headlines in 2018. And the announcements sparked tons of chatter, shares and likes on social media.

The $1.6 billion Mazda-Toyota plant coming to Huntsville and bringing 4000 jobs made the list, as did Facebook bringing their new $750 million data center to the rocket city, creating 100 high-paying jobs.

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People all over the world reacted to the news that Nosey, the traveling circus elephant, was seized from her owner by Lawrence County authorities and sent a sanctuary in Tennessee.

There were also the adorable Waldrop sextuplets who returned home to Albertville after their historic birth at Huntsville Hospital! They just turned one and got renewed for a second season of their show on the TLC network.

In February, federal agents raided a doctor's office suspected of running an opioid pill mill in Lewisburg, TN. And a desperate search for a missing Moulton woman came to a tragic end when Jennifer White's body was found.

2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman, an aerospace engineer at Redstone Arsenal, became the first African American female pilot in the Alabama National Guard! She credits discipline, perseverance and faith with helping her reach her goals.

A deadly Mississippi bus crash killed two Huntsville women and injured 44 others.The bus was taking passengers to the Fitz casino in Tunica.

And on the sports front- the Alabama Crimson Tide had another dominant season and the Rocket City Trash Pandas got their name after a public vote that had everyone talking!

Merchandise sales for the new baseball team continue to break records.

Limestone County mother Amanda Reyer was handed a 40 year prison sentence for putting both of her small children in a scalding bath as a form of punishment, leaving them with lifelong injuries.

In Huntsville, on Airport Road, an argument between Taco Bell employees became deadly. Pete Morris McCullough is accused of shooting and killing his assistant manager, Shawn Bone.

Then there was a very big catch off Point Mallard in Decatur- a nearly 100 pound Blue Catfish lured in by Theodore Pride.

Your First Alert station is dedicated to keeping you informed and we’re ready for the many stories that will unfold across the Tennessee Valley as we head into 2019.

Here’s the full list of top 2018 stories:


January 9: Toyota-Mazda plant coming to Limestone County, will bring 4,000 jobs

February 23: Sextuplets home from Huntsville Hospital

June 13: Black bear sighting in Sand Mountain

September 5: Trash Panda’s name picked for Madison baseball team

November 14: Bus leaving from Huntsville crashes in Mississippi, kills two

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#4. Deaf puppy rescued from 50-foot hold in south Huntsville

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