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Big Ol’ Ballpark Fair returns to Toyota Field

The fairground lights are set to turn on Friday for the fourth annual Big Ol’ Ballpark Fair. No matter your favorite fair activity, Toyota Field has it all! → Read More

Rep. Dale Strong plans to address several national security concerns

U.S. Congressman and recent appointee to the House Committee on Homeland Security Dale Strong said Wednesday he hopes to address several national security concerns in the coming weeks. → Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters forges local connections with mentoring mission

January is National Mentoring Month, a time to highlight local mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tennessee Valley creates mentor-mentee relationships between local kids and leaders in the community. → Read More

Crestwood Medical Center hosts Healthy Heart Challenge

February 1 marks the start of Healthy Heart Month, and local cardiologists say now is the time to learn what you can do to recognize the signs of heart disease. → Read More

Thousands flock to Wheeler Wildlife Refuge to greet the cranes

More than 18,000 cranes have made the journey from Wisconsin to Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, ushering in the annual Festival of the Cranes. Thousands of people travel to Decatur to meet the birds each year. → Read More

Helpful tips on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s this holiday season

The holidays can be a stressful time for many, especially those who take care of loved ones. There are more than 11 million caregivers in the United States, and nearly half of them are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. → Read More

Will there be another COVID spike this holiday season?

Alabama health officials say another spike in COVID-19 cases could be on the horizon as we turn a corner into colder weather and the holiday season. → Read More

High transmission for the holidays: North Alabama experiencing increased COVID-19 numbers

With the increase in travel around the holiday season, Alabama health officials say it’s possible the state will see a spike in cases over the next couple of months → Read More

Welcome Home: Rocket City watches Orion Spacecraft return to Earth

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center and the Trash Pandas partnered to host a watch party for the Artemis I Splashdown at Toyota Field. → Read More

Rocket City Marathon returns downtown for two days of races, more routes

After severe weather brought last year’s event to a standstill, the Rocket City Marathon will be back in Huntsville this weekend. The race is expected to bring 3,000 runners to the area. → Read More

50 Years Later: Apollo 17 astronaut remembers last trip to the moon, looks to the future of the Artemis program

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 50th launch anniversary of Apollo 17, Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt visited the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, shared memories of his mission, and provided insight into NASA’s journey back to the lunar surface. → Read More

Thousands of high school runners compete in Huntsville cross country championship

– A little bit of rain and mud didn’t stop thousands of high school runners from competing in a series of 5K races for the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championship on Saturday. → Read More

32 year tradition returns to Fantasy Playhouse with annual showing of “A Christmas Carol”

A thirty-plus-year holiday tradition is returning to Huntsville. Take a journey with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future as they take to the stage on Friday. → Read More

Thousands of high school runners set to arrive in the Rocket City

The series of 5K races will take place at John Hunt Park’s Cross Country Course. Race organizers said over 3,000 runners are registered for the event. → Read More

Florence Lauderdale Animal Services wants to empty the shelter this holiday season

If you’ve been considering expanding your family to include a furry friend, this holiday season may be the perfect time to adopt. Florence Lauderdale Animal Services will be one of dozens of shelter nationwide participating in Bissell’s Empty the Shelters event this December. → Read More

“A blessing in the community,” local church hands out free Thanksgiving groceries to hundreds

Hundreds of cars lined up outside of First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville as church members handed out clothing and food on Sunday. → Read More

Greater Huntsville Humane Society hosts holiday open house, offers festive pet portraits for a good cause

Some of North Alabama’s furriest residents had their pictures taken with Santa on Saturday. Not only where these portraits pretty cute, but the proceeds benefited animals without homes this holiday season. → Read More

Rocket City Christmas Light Show kicks off at Toyota Field

One of the biggest holiday celebrations in North Alabama has returned for its third year at Toyota Field. → Read More

Registration opens for Huntsville’s Winter Break Camps for students

Winter break is about a month out for children in North Alabama Schools, and the City of Huntsville is offering several programs that will provide activities over the break. → Read More

Nearly 1,000 people gather for Artemis I launch in the Rocket City

Liftoff! At approximately 12:47 Wednesday morning, the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion spacecraft left the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, beginning a 25-day mission in space. Hundreds of people gathered at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSPC) to watch the successful and historic overnight launch. → Read More