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Kristen Conner


Huntsville, AL, United States

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Past articles by Kristen:

The Madison City Council approves three big road projects

MADISON, Ala. - Drivers in Madison are about to see some more construction on their commute. At a meeting Monday, the Madison City Council approved construction contracts for three big road projects they've been excited to green-light. These are part of the capital improvement program. → Read More

Overcoming back to school anxiety

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - This week, kids around the Tennessee Valley are starting their school year. But some of their mixed emotions about the year, particularly if they're starting a new school or in a new environment, can be difficult to handle. → Read More

Church group, students team up to donate free food and goods to Huntsville community

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Fellowship of Faith Church held a food distribution Monday to give free food to those who need it in Huntsville. Behind Jemison High School on Monday, a long line of tables formed behind three U-Haul trucks. → Read More

Madison City Schools ready for the upcoming year during time of growth

MADISON, Ala. - Madison City Schools is preparing for another school year that begins on Wednesday. In the meantime, the school system is monitoring enrollment numbers and other sources of information to determine how full the schools will be this year and finding space for classrooms wherever they can. → Read More

Instrument repair shop hits fast tempo ahead of back to school rush

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - At Southeastern Musical Services on 9th Avenue in Huntsville, it's been a busy summer. Bill Deiss, owner and technician, said since school ended last year they have repaired more than 1500 instruments. Summer is their busiest time because it's when families and bands from all over come to the shop for their repair needs during the break. → Read More

Lincoln County Schools to expand skilled trade and technical offerings to area students

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. - Lincoln County Schools is making some changes that will result in more opportunities for area students. Director of Schools, Bill Heath, said by moving 9th grade from the Lincoln County 9th Grade Academy to Lincoln County High School, they will create space for a variety of uses in the former 9th Grade Academy buildings. → Read More

As impaired driving rises, Huntsville Police crack down on high drivers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police say impaired driving is on the rise, and so are traffic fatalities in their jurisdiction. They want to let people know that driving while high is just as dangerous as driving drunk. → Read More

A New Leash on Life launching thrift shop and pet adoption center in Madison

MADISON, Ala. - A New Leash on Life is opening facilities in Madison. The new buildings, next door to one another on Slaughter Road, will include a thrift shop and adoption center. → Read More

Neighbors, police and city leaders working together to target speeding in Huntsville neighborhood

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Leaders, police, and neighbors in the Five Points area of Huntsville are trying to stop speeding on their streets. Huntsville Police started the Five Points Initiative in February, working with neighborhood and community watch leaders as well as city council member Frances Akridge to identify problems in Five Points and create solutions together. → Read More

Constellation development approved in Huntsville, to break ground in the fall

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A development that has endured delays is now approved to come into the city of Huntsville. Thursday, the Huntsville City Council approved a development agreement for Constellation, a mixed-use development including apartments, retail, restaurants and office space, to the outskirts of downtown. → Read More

Alabama House of Representatives to take up lottery bill Tuesday

ARDMORE, Ala. - The residents of Ardmore, Alabama are uniquely positioned to see what the lottery can do for a community. Just across the state line in Ardmore, Tennessee, they see people flock by the hundreds for the chance to make a million. → Read More

Child dies in Jackson County ATV wreck

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - Deputies in Jackson County say a 12-year-old is dead after an All Terrain Vehicle wreck this weekend. Jackson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said authorities were called sometime Saturday morning. → Read More

City of Madison adopts new animal tethering ordinance

MADISON, Ala. - The City of Madison has a new animal tethering ordinance in place. It ensures that you can not restrain pets with a leash or tether unless you are outside watching them. → Read More

Huntsville City Schools introduces new district app

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville City Schools has an app available for download on Apple and Android devices. It is called HCS Connect. District webmaster, Kevin Redmond, said the idea is to keep parents and staff informed about what's going on in the district. → Read More

Huntsville City Schools board member Pam Hill to resign

HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Huntsville City Schools board member Pam Hill announced her resignation on Tuesday at a board meeting. She said she has been sick, and disclosed she has a disease that causes pain. She stated that being a board member was a dream job, and she feels she was born to be passionate about Huntsville City Schools. → Read More

Huntsville City School board votes to split P-8 schools

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday for a special session where the board voted unanimously to approve a plan to split its Pre-K through 8th grade combined schools into two. → Read More

Deadline extended for college readiness program in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The deadline to apply for the CAP and GOWN Project's STEM Summer Institute has been extended to 11:59 p.m. May 10. That's almost two weeks from the original deadline of April 29. Organizers came to WHNT News 19, asking us to help them get the word out. → Read More

DeKalb County man dies in three-vehicle crash

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A Dawson man died in a three-vehicle wreck Monday, Alabama State Troopers said in a news release Monday evening. Trooper Curtis Summerville, Public Information Officer with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, identified the man as Roger Pragit, 65. → Read More

Huntsville Police department unveils new recruitment vehicle

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police unveiled a new tool Thursday that can help them recruit new officers: a recruitment vehicle. It is a specially designed cruiser that the department's recruitment team will use at events around the southeast and driving in the Rocket City to get your attention and show what Huntsville Police has to offer. → Read More

How summer burn restrictions in some counties can protect your health

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- May 1 starts the beginning of summertime burn restrictions set forth by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. These burn restrictions are not aimed at preventing brush fires, like the burn bans that get the most attention in years past. Instead, this annual set of restrictions effective from May 1 to October 31 takes aim at air quality. → Read More