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Camp Lejeune Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

Updated: 7:11 AM - A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel in the Philippines while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country.

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Monday, November 30, 2015
Who: Rhett B. White, Town Manager
What: River Town Christmas
When: December 3-6, 2015
Where: Downtown Columbia, NC
Phone: 252-796-0723

Who: Anthony Holsten, John Kabakjian and Elbert Espano
What: Tuna Christmas
When: Friday, December 4, 7:30p.m.
Where: Magnolia Arts Center
Phone: 888-622-3868
Web: www.
Details: Please note: Magnolia Arts Center just won a nice award from the NC Theatre Conference. Each year, our Board of Directors presents the NCTC Awards to companies,
schools, and individuals that have exhibited leadership roles in their
community, as well as artistic, professional, or educational excellence. I'm so pleased to tell you that Magnolia Arts Center is the recipient of the 2015 NCTC Community Theatre Award! Congratulations!
The board is honoring Magnolia Arts Center for artistic quality, the leadership
you demonstrate by actively participating in NCTC programs, and the impressive ways the company is continuing to evolve to meet the needs of your community. We have been impressed with the company's work thus far and we are excited to see the innovative ways you will serve Greenville with your new space and education programs. The NCTC Awards were first presented in 1985 and this is the first time MAC has received this honor. You now join the award-winning ranks of community theatres like Theatre Charlotte, Raleigh Little Theatre, Twin City Stage, Hickory Community Theatre, Thalian Association and so many more.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Who: Laura Todd- Ayden Chamber of Commerce. Donna Robinson- Ayden Citizen
What: Christmas Town in Ayden
When: Thursday, Dec 3 4pm to 8pm with the Christmas Parade at 6:30pm
Where: Downtown Ayden
Phone: 252-746-2266
Web: find us on Facebook: Ayden Chamber
Details: This event is sponsored by the Town of Ayden and the Ayden Chamber of Commerce. 4pm to 8pm downtown businesses will be having give aways and door prizes restaurants are offering dinner specials 20+ vendors will be set up on Lee Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Street 4pm to 6pm Christmas Village on West Ave by the Stage and families can have their photo taken with Santa Hayrides around town where riders can vote on best decorated businesses and homes 6:00pm Christmas Carolers all around the parade route including the ECU Marching Pirates drum line 6:30pm ​Christmas Parade of Lights

Who: Jeff Charles, Voice of the Pirates
What: Morning Drive With Jeff Charles
When: Weekdays, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 AM

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Who: Ashton Thomason
What: Greenville Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 5

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Who: Amy Brewer, representative for Ruth’s House
What: Ruth’s House presents Swinging through the Holidays with the Tar River Swing Band
When: Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm
Where: The Turnage Theater in Downtown Washington
Phone: 2529751711 – The Turnage Theater
Details: This event is sponsored by Gaskins & Gaskins, First South Bank & Lee Chevrolet & proceeds support the fight against domestic violence. Ruth’s House is Washington’s Domestic Violence Shelter for Women & their children. Tickets can be purchase by calling the Turnage Theater prior to the event or purchasing the day of – the box office opens the day of the event at 6pm, we will have beer & wine available at that time, seating begins at 630pm at the band starts at 730pm. Come support a great cause.​

Friday, December 4, 2015
Who: Chip Laughinghouse(Executive Director of The Blind Center) Dr Tim Klugh (Board Member)
What: Kris Kringle Craft Show
When: Friday December 4th 12pm-6pm, Saturday December 5th 9am-3pm
Where: First United Methodist Church 304 W. 2nd St Washington,NC
Phone: 252-375-7588
Web Address:
Details: Crafts by local artist including Christmas decorations and gifts, jewelry, pottery, children items and items handmade by the clients at the Blind Center.

Who: Bobbie Parsons, Saving Graces for Felines
What: Cat Adoptions at PetsMart
When: Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: PetsMart in Greenville
Phone: (252) 355-3404

WITN Sunrise Bios

NAME: Heather King
TITLE: WITN News at Sunrise Anchor and Executive Producer
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
MARRIED: Happily!
CHILDREN: Lauren, Kate and Dixie the Dog
FAVORITE TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE BAND: U2, Kelly Clarkson
FAVORITE BOOK: Impossible to pick a favorite, but one of the best recent ones is "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
FAVORITE FOOD: Homemade pizza
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.

Heather King always knew she wanted to be a journalist and tell stories, but she didn't figure out the TV part of it until high school. Heather says, "don't laugh, but a few years on the Glenbard West speech team made the difference." So, she left the Chicago suburb where she grew up for the heart of the Midwest and headed to the University of Missouri.

Heather worked as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. The minute she felt the buzz and energy of an actual newsroom, she knew she picked the right career. Heather's reporting has been recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Heather is the anchor and executive producer of WITN News at Sunrise and also reports. She's been fascinated by morning news since an internship with a Chicago television station. Heather will admit she hasn't always been a morning person, but she says it's easy to wake up well before the sun when you love your job!

Getting into work early often means getting out of work early in the day. That schedule has allowed Heather to enjoy quality time with her daughter each afternoon. She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County Corporate Board and is on the committee that plans the annual MS Walk in Greenville.

Heather and her husband Chris live in Greenville with their two daughters, and their dog, Dixie.


NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE SONG: "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel
FAVORITE BOOK: "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson
FAVORITE FOOD: Michaelangelos Pizza in Greenville
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FUN FACT: I've skydived over 40 times. I've got an irrational fear of wasps.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Computer with satellite internet connection...I could learn survival skills off the internet.

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not."

These were the words Jim Howard's grandfather would tell him every time Jim would start talking about approaching snow. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, New York allowed Jim many opportunities to bug his family about the snow. Now, living in North Carolina allows him to bug them about hurricanes as well!

Jim's road to Eastern Carolina went from a childhood in upstate New York to his adolescence in South Florida. Looking out the airplane window his first time flying into West Palm Beach, Jim turned to his mom and said "look, there's snow on the ground!" Jim says she gave him a funny smile. The smile turned into a laugh when they stepped off the plane and Jim realized that the "snow" was sand, and the air felt like a furnace! This is just one of many experiences that fueled Jim's desire to learn more about the earth's atmosphere.

Jim's passion for weather took him to Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Within a week, he secured his first job, as the morning meteorologist for a Panama City, Florida television station. Although he was very excited about his first job, he quickly discovered one big problem. He would have to readjust his alarm clock from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Strong coffee and cold showers became a regular part of his morning!

Jim says he was a fully transformed "morning person" when offered the opportunity to work as the meteorologist on WITN-7 News at Sunrise in 2001. With family in both New York and Florida, Eastern Carolina has proved to be the perfect location for Jim. He says being a part of WITN-7 News at Sunrise has been rewarding beyond his expectations. The people of Eastern Carolina are as kind and generous as any he's every met, and the variety of weather keeps him on his toes! From snow and hurricanes, to severe thunderstorms and flooding threats, Jim says there's one thing that can be definitely said about our climate:

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not!"

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