Ethan Fitzgerald, WHNT

Ethan Fitzgerald


Huntsville, AL, United States

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Past articles by Ethan:

Huntsville employee termination policy remains unchanged after Darby conviction

Thursday, Huntsville City Council discussed an ordinance that would allow the city to fire employees facing or that have been convicted of a felony, without a formal department hearing. Moving forward without hearings would have legal implications. → Read More

Mother of man killed by police after mental health episode to speak & march in D.C.

The mother of a man killed by Huntsville Police will make her way to Washington D.C. this Friday to advocate for more mental health resources within the ranks of law enforcement. Her son was shot 16 times by HPD officers after an hours long stalemate. → Read More

Heat & pandemic making homeless shelter operations increasingly difficult

Imagine staying somewhere that has a COVID-19 outbreak. Your options are quarantine where the outbreak is, likely getting COVID-19 yourself. Or you can leave and have to sleep on the streets. → Read More

UAB answers questions about FDA approval of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 16+

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 16-and-older. Understandably there's a few questions about why ages 12-15 are left out of the FDA approval. → Read More

COVID-19 spike leaving few options for homeless & shelter staff

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter on Seminole Drive closed early this week after a COVID-19 outbreak. The shelter is expected to reopen Tuesday night after a deep clean. The Salvation Army shelter said they had several positive cases and gave homeless residents the option of staying inside the shelter to quarantine or […] → Read More

Decatur City Schools to pay year-long substitute teachers $20 an hour as teacher shortage worsens

"They are looking for quality people, but in the end, you've got to fill these classrooms." → Read More

Huntsville start-up modernizes airplane tech, could improve safety & efficiency for carriers

A national business incubator, gBETA, which helps start-up technology businesses, recently came to Huntsville and made several investments in small businesses. Avilution was one of five businesses selected, many of which are tackling big-picture issues across the world. → Read More

Madison County School Board expected to talk masks and COVID-19 plan at special session

Madison County Schools Board of Education will hold a special session Monday night to discuss masks and the COVID-19 plan for the new school year. → Read More

City official explains new Huntsville Music Officer position, economic impact

The City of Huntsville said the "music officer" job has easily been one of their more popular job postings, and while the title seems all fun, the City says the job is a serious arm of economic development. → Read More

ADPH, UAB take questions from parents as students prepare for school year

With the start of school around the corner, school systems are considering requiring masks as COVID-19 cases spike sharply. → Read More

Having AC issues in this brutal heat? You might not be alone

As you can imagine, a lot of people are cranking up the air conditioner this week. However, according to a few air conditioning repair services, their phones are ringing non-stop with repair requests. → Read More

Teachers express mixed feelings on mask policies for new school year

Following the mask mandate for Huntsville City Schools, the Alabama Education Association is sharing what their teachers are feeling. AEA also expects more schools to follow Huntsville with masking policies before school starts. → Read More

Tuberville pushes Alabama defense priorities as NDAA inches forward in D.C.

Senator Tommy Tuberville secured several amendments to this year's annual defense budget. → Read More

Senior living community training for Olympics of their own

In anticipation of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, a Huntsville retirement community is getting in the spirit of the games by hosting skill events of their own. → Read More

Rainy summer likely to cause hay supply & quality issues going into winter

Mother Nature is helping some farmers, but not all, this summer. Due to a lack of consecutive dry days, The Alabama Farmers Federation says the availability and quality of hay will be a problem going into winter. → Read More

Mayor Battle aiming to finish higher in ‘Best Place to Live’ rankings

Following Huntsville's #3 ranking for Best Place to Live, Mayor Tommy Battle says he won't stop until Huntsville is #1. → Read More

Huntsville residents fill town hall meeting to get updates on Zierdt and Martin Roads

After more than 10-years of waiting, the City of Huntsville says the Zierdt Road Project could soon be complete with along with Martin Road also nearing completion. Tuesday, District 5 residents packed the town hall to learn more. → Read More

Buying or selling a house in this crazy market? Realtors say beware of one increasingly common scam

The Huntsville Area Association of Realtors says given how aggressive the market is, they've seen people fall victim to scammers. → Read More

Non-profits & churches pen letter to Gov. Ivey, state leaders regarding relief money

Jim Carnes, the Policy Director for Alabama Arise says several organizations felt the need to send the letter because they’ve spent decades trying to make dents in some of Alabama’s biggest problems. They feel the federal relief money is a rare opportunity to help tackle several issues. → Read More

Volunteer fire departments hopeful summer fundraising will help cover growing pains

Several communities across North Alabama might be seeing letters in the mail asking for donations to their local volunteer fire department. Volunteer fire departments send these letters every year, but now, the urgency is much higher. → Read More