Community

  26th Annual Vision Banquet coming to Von Braun Center in June

This year’s banquet is set to recognize centennial churches that have been around for 100 years or more.

  HydroFest at Lake Guntersville needs volunteers

  Madison City Schools hosting food pantry this summer

  Local instructor explains the health benefits of doing yoga

  Steve-O performing comedy show in Huntsville

  Mae Jemison senior breaks athletic and academic barriers

  Madison County church celebrates 150 years of saving souls

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Day of Prayer events set for Thursday

Plans announced for National Community Development Week in Florence

Huntsville road closures leading up to Panoply 2019

  Huntsville’s Thin Line Support collecting donations for Mississippi tornado victims

  Huntsville animal rescue group opens thrift store

  Brett Favre speaking at Huntsville Boys & Girls Club event this summer

  Hartselle woman opens church and home to people in need

Feeding Families is a nonprofit organization in Hartselle that focuses on assisting people in need.

Huntsville Police Officer and his dog win at USPCA Dog Trials in Chattanooga

Officer Gibbs and his K9 won the PD1 part of the trials which cover attack work, article searches, agility, obedience and person searches.

  “We Rocked the World” trolley tours of Shoals music attractions begin April 27

Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau’s “We Rocked the World” marketing campaign is expanding with a series of guided tours beginning Saturday, April 27.

  Limestone County Schools host Peace Night

Tonight, Limestone County School leaders are holding a PEACE event at 6:30 p.m. at the Limestone County Event Center.

  NCAC Superheroes 5K & Fun Run this Sunday

  Superheroes Week Tuesday spotlight: Lydia Cole

  The passing of the torch at First Missionary Baptist Church

State Farm Agency partners with a New Leash on Life

PetSmart offers free Easter photos for pets

  Autistic Tuscumbia boy creates shirts for autism awareness

Florence sets entertainment district weekends

The entertainment districts are portions of downtown that allow the public to carry alcohol outside of businesses in specially marked cups.

  St. Baldrick’s raises money with Live Bald 2019

More than $20,000 was raised thanks to the event.

Second Saturdays return, with changes

Organizers make schedule changes to Second Saturdays in Tuscumbia.

  Decatur clinic offering free health care

If you live in Morgan County, there’s an option for health care that won’t cost a thing.

  River cruises coming to Lake Guntersville in April

Something new is coming to Marshall County this summer for lake lovers. A Guntersville couple is bringing river cruises to Lake Guntersville.

Huntsville gecko could be the next Cadbury “Bunny”

Could a Huntsville pet be featured as the next Cadbury “Bunny”?

Caught on camera: Houston worker survives flying out of construction bucket hit by truck

The utility worker is in stable condition after the impact sent him flying and he dangled upside down and sideways in his safety harness until his coworkers could lower him down.

Thank you for your support: ‘Together for Alabama’ raises over $56K for storm victims

Wednesday’s joint venture between WAFF 48 News, the American Red Cross and broadcasters across the state brought in $56,431 for storm victims.

  Grant Street Church in Decatur helping Lee County Tornado Victims

Members of Grant Street Church in Decatur are working to collect various different items to take to the tornado victims.

Supplies needed to help homeless following heavy rain in the Valley

NACH also says that with even more rain in the forecast for the area, the Grateful Life Emergency Warming Center is going to be open on Sunday, March 3 beginning at 2:00 p.m.

  New planetarium opens at U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center unveiled its new, state-of-the-art planetarium. They describe it as a world-class investment on the galactic scale.

Space Minute

WAFF 48 is proud to present, along with our sponsors, a look at the amazing space breakthroughs and technology being developed in north Alabama.

Severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday happening this weekend

Alabama’s eighth severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday begins on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, and ends at midnight, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, allowing Alabama shoppers to stock up tax free on common supplies costing less than $60 that every home and business needs to prepare for a natural disaster or

  U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosting world premiere of Apollo exhibit this weekend

The Space & Rocket Center is hosting the world premiere of “Apollo: How We Got To The Moon.”

  ‘Dollar General Baby’ turns 1, visits store where she was born

To celebrate her birthday, her family took her back to the business where she made her surprising entrance into the world.

  New Orthopedic & Spine Tower continues to take shape at Huntsville Hospital

It is Huntsville Hospital’s biggest project in nearly four decades.

  Workers putting finishing touches on new multimillion dollar Florence Middle School

Florence Middle School students and faculty members are just days away from a big move. Workers are putting finishing touches on the new multimillion dollar new Florence Middle School.

  Russellville High School hosts largest high school blood drive in northwest Alabama

It was a big day for Russellville High as they hosted the largest high school blood drive in northwest Alabama Tuesday.

Free nutrition classes for busy Huntsville families start this week

Healthy Huntsville and Huntsville Hospital are offering six free “Good Nutrition for Busy Families” classes, starting Feb. 12. These one hour classes are taught by Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center Registered Dietician Nutritionists Anna Key and Juliana Wright.

  Upcoming job fair in Huntsville geared at providing many with new career path

Are you someone who has been laid off or have you been out of the workforce for a while and you're looking to get back in?

  Hampton Cove parents voice concerns over flu outbreak

In Hampton Cove, the flu has been wreaking havoc in classrooms. In recent weeks, it's led to multiple sickouts, causing students to miss out on lessons.

Sparkman schools raise more than $20k for its classrooms

The PTA and PTO of all the Sparkman family schools came together Sunday to fund raise in a unique way.

  Huntsville boy battling Stickler Syndrome gets to be police officer for a day

Ian has battled stickler syndrome for quite some time now. This rare connective tissue disorder greatly affects Ian’s sight and his hearing.

  Latest on new AL School of Cyber Technology & Engineering

Do you have what it takes to lead the new statewide magnet school coming to Huntsville- the first of its kind in the nation?

National Children’s Advocacy Center looking for local superheroes

National Children’s Advocacy Center Looking For Local Superheroes

Black History Month on WAFF 48

February is national Black History Month and WAFF 48 is proud to showcase African-American leaders from across the Tennessee Valley on-air and online.

  Not Alone Conference aims to break the stigma of mental health

Breaking the stigma of mental health. That is the goal of the Not Alone Conference happening next month in Albertville and Huntsville.

Cecil Ashburn Drive contractors making headway

The contractor has prepped or cleared 80% of the project site of trees and other debris and has begun debris shredding operations.

Huntsville High School student earns perfect score on ACT

Ella Michael took the test last fall and found out she had made a perfect score in December, according to Huntsville City Schools officials.

  Blue Origin breaks ground on Huntsville plant

Blue Origin selected the Rocket City to build its BE-4 engine after landing a contract with United Launch Alliance.

  Opiate addiction forum in Huntsville

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

  What drivers can expect with Church Street construction in Huntsville

Crews are hard at work creating a new corridor into downtown Huntsville.

Freebies and assistance to furloughed federal workers in the TN Valley

Restaurants like Farm Burger and Chick Fil-A are offering either free meals or discounted meals to furloughed federal workers.

  Hard work stressed during Redstone Arsenal’s MLK observance

WAFF 48 News played a part in a special big event on Redstone Arsenal that focused on unity and diversity in their growing workforce.

  Development booming in downtown Huntsville; more projects coming

From new hotels and new stores and restaurants, there's a lot going on in downtown Huntsville.

Redstone Federal Credit Union sees increase in furlough loans

With the shutdown surpassing the 30-day mark, Redstone says, it has seen an increase in loan applications from furloughed workers.

  Businesses, passengers show support for unpaid airport workers at HSV

In the midst of the government shutdown, TSA staffing at some airports is dwindling. Callouts are at record highs, but that’s not the case in Huntsville.

  North Alabama couple going to great lengths to find missing dog

What would you do to bring your best friend home? A Huntsville couple is doing whatever it takes to find their lost dog.

  Huntsville mayor’s MLK award met with backlash

A group of pastors, community leaders and residents from north Huntsville organized a protest to get their message across.

Furloughed employees spend time volunteering

One Huntsville local is trying to get furloughed workers to volunteer, share and create opportunities that will fill a need in the community.

  Free adoptions through Saturday at Huntsville Animal Services

There are more than 90 animals at the shelter who need a loving home, and the shelter is out of space.

APOLLO 11 German-American Heritage Lecture Series

In celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago, this lecture series will feature those who lived and worked it.

Applications open for SALSA program

Applications for the Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) are now open.

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

The Alabama FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) program incorporates an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Advance Manufacturing and two years of paid industry experience.

  Contractor preps for Cecil Ashburn blasting

Pre-drilling and pre-splitting of rocks is underway in preparation for blasting.

  Secretary of the Army visits Redstone Arsenal for key modernization talks

The Army’s top civilian leader made his way to Redstone Arsenal this week to see the progress being made when it comes to the next generation of helicopters.

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

Monday morning in the Madison County Courthouse, Kevin Turner was sworn in as the new sheriff of Madison County.

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

They've bonded during the transition as Dorning hands over the reins to Turner and the agency's next chapter begins.

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

A state group is working to create awareness as the fight continues to combat the problem.

New reality show follows power couples in Huntsville

It centers around the lives of three high-powered African-American couples in the Rocket City. They have a multi-million dollar joint real estate venture called the Comeback Group.

  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

Brandon Harris graduated in 2012 and has since been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria, both of which are bone marrow diseases which Harris will need a stem cell transplant for.

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

Signs have been added along Cecil Ashburn Drive to let people know that they can still go to their favorite places as widening work continues on the mountain.

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

Public safety agencies are adapting to the changes that the project brings.

  Research: Workplace fitness programs can save hundreds

Finding time to actually stick to New Year's fitness resolutions can be tough, but a group of Valley moms started encouraging each other by working out every noonday.Throughout 2018, they lost over 100 pounds collectively.