Kelly Vaughen, WHNT

Kelly Vaughen


Huntsville, AL, United States

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Past articles by Kelly:

Last chances to join in for Huntsville History Month

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Throughout October, Huntsville has been celebrating "Huntsville History Month." While the month is winding down, it's not too late to join in. Saturday, October 26 is the last time you can take part in the Huntsville Ghost Walks or Trolley Tours. → Read More

Bernard Blues and BBQ Festival coming to Cullman

CULLMAN Ala. -- Blues and BQQ join forces for a weekend of tasty and toe-tapping fun. The Bernard Blues and BBQ festival is coming to Cullman for the weekend of September 14-15th. St. Bernard Prep School is hosting the arts, crafts, and music festival at St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School. → Read More

New Alabama litter laws come with steep fines and jail time

HUNTSVILLE Ala. -- The next time you throw something out of your car window, you could also be throwing away a lot of money. Alabama's new litter law went into effect in September. With it comes come steep fines, community service, and potential jail time. Throw a cigarette butt on the ground, and Huntsville Police could throw you in jail. → Read More

9/11 Honor Walk to Honor Heroes and Their Families

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is days away; a walk to honor the heroes who served our nation at that time is being held in Huntsville. The Sixth Annual 9/11 Honor Walk will be held on Sept. 8 from 1-5 p.m. at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. → Read More

Manners and life skills boot camp held at West Madison Elementary School

MADISON, Ala. -- Elementary school students in Madison are in boot camp, but it's not just stronger bodies they are building. West Madison Elementary students have been learning the Base 10 manners and behavioral concepts. Friday they held a boot camp to test all that they learned. → Read More

Historic bridge relocated to Sharon Johnston Park

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- Crews in Madison County worked several hours Tuesday to relocate a historic bridge in New Market. The bridge was first built in 1910 near Ditto Landing. It was there it became well known. "Back in 1916 the probate judge of Madison County, Judge Lawler, was murdered and thrown off of this bridge," explained Madison County District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones. → Read More

Art saves Madison woman’s life, now she’s showing off her art and giving back

ATHENS, Ala. -- After Lyme disease landed a Madison woman in the intensive care unit, she says it was art that saved her life. Now, her art has been sold around the world, and she's bringing her dazzling and distinctive style of art to North Alabama. → Read More

Dollywood Opens Its Largest Expansion, “Wildwood Grove”

Dollywood has officially opened Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion in park history. Dolly Parton opened the fascinating new land to visitors ready to enjoy its 11 thrilling new experiences. → Read More

Safely dealing with armadillos

As the temperatures climb higher, there is something else going up, the number of armadillo sightings. While mainly harmless, armadillos can spread disease to your or your pets. If you have armadillos in your yard, that's a sign of another problem. → Read More

Concerts in the Park is back with new performers and themed nights

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Arts Huntsville and the City of Huntsville Department of Parks & Recreation present the 2019 Concerts in the Park season. Concerts in the Park will be held every Monday evening, June 3–August 5, showcasing a mix of musical genres. → Read More

Hospital reduces children’s fears by letting them drive toy cars into surgery

HUNTSVILLE Ala. -- Hospitals can be a scary place for anyone, but especially for kids. Huntsville Hospital has child life specialists whose sole job is to help the children there beyond their medical needs. Making a trip to the hospital, not only bearable but even fun. → Read More

Annual Catfish Festival in Scottsboro taking place May 18

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - The 19th annual Catfish Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 18 in Scottsboro! The fun for the entire family starts at 8:00 a.m. at Jackson County Park. A free kids area includes train rides, inflatables and fishing. The Bowman's will provide entertainment. → Read More

“Walk to End Lupus Now” aims to help the thousands with lupus in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Walk to End Lupus Now is looking to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of the disease, and rally public support for the estimated 27,000 people who suffer from its brutal impact in Alabama. The walk is Saturday, May 18 at SR Butler Green on Campus 805. → Read More

A dad and his two sons set to graduate together from Drake State Technical College

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Brothers Avery and Austin Mathis and their dad Joey Mathis are no strangers to hard work. "We love working with our hands, and we love working outside and getting dirty, getting sweaty, we're not office people," said Austin Mathis. For the last 18 years, they worked in the moon bounce business at Big Bounce Rentals. → Read More

“Touch-a-Truck” event offers fun for kids, supports child abuse prevention

DECATUR, Ala. - Decatur Parents and Children Together is hosting a Touch-a-Truck event. Decatur PACT is a non-profit that works to prevent child abuse and neglect through community ties and actions. → Read More

Residents feeling “abandoned” and “forgotten” after Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael came ashore over six months ago. For some, it may be a memory, but the people living in the Florida panhandle are still living in a disaster zone. Creating a daily battle for those who live and work there, every day since the storm hit. → Read More

Six months after Hurricane Michael, those affected still waiting for disaster relief funding

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, one of four in U.S. history. The storm was historic. But now, over six months later, the federal government still has not passed a disaster relief bill for areas affected by the storm. → Read More

Restaurants and real estate still recovering six months after Hurricane Michael

It has been six months since Hurricane Michael flattened parts of the Florida panhandle. So much so the storm was upgraded to a rare Category 5 hurricane. Areas affected by hurricane Michael are still struggling to get back to normal. → Read More

High School Rodeo Competition comes to North Alabama

RAINSVILLE, Ala. - Get your lasso and cowboy hat ready, the rodeo is coming to town. For the first time in several years, the Alabama High School Rodeo Association is coming to North Alabama. In its 40th year, the AHSRA is gearing up for a big competition in North Alabama. → Read More

Experience the magic of Narnia in James Clemens High School’s spring show

MADISON, Ala. -- Magic, mystery, and a talking lion are just some of what's in store for you in James Clemens High School's spring performance. This spring, join James Clemens Theatre as they take you on a journey behind the doors of an old wardrobe which hides the magical land of Narnia. → Read More