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WITN visits first "Cool School" - Nominate your school now!

Updated: 10/17/2014 - WITN and Bob 93.3 want to know "How Cool Is Your School?" Your school could be chosen for a free concert from Echosmith, including the band's hit "Cool Kids!" Today, Heather and Jim were live from Farmville Central in Pitt County.
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SWAT team arrests Winterville man

Updated: 10/17/2014 - Members of the Greenville Police Department's SWAT team arrested a Winterville man overnight for a violent crime, and now he is waiting on a first appearance in court from behind bars.

ECU panel to shed light on Ebola outbreak

Updated: 10/16/2014 - Is Ebola just a problem for Africa or is it a global issue? That is one question that an East Carolina University panel will be discussing Thursday night.

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Who: Molly Cashion and Jerry Fisher
What: The Putt for Dreams Open
When: Saturday, Oct 18th from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Uptown Greenville
Phone: 252.367.2543
• Popular local establishments host this indoor mini golf putting tournament
• Teams of 4 compete for prizes and bragging rights!
• One golf hole is constructed by and located at each of the participating locations (all within walking distance of Uptown Greenville)
• 11am-7pm; After Party 7p-9p at the old City Market parking lot with music & free food and drink!
• Proceeds to benefit Dream Factory™

Who: Melissa Adamson, United Way of Pitt County, Young Professionals of Pitt County
What: Fall Food Drive Kick-Off Event
When: Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: A Time for Science in Ayden
Phone: 752-4101
• Young Professionals provides networking, service and professional development opportunities for young leaders in our community.
• Each year we host an annual food drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
• Hunger is a serious issue in our community and our goal this year is to provide 60,000 meals
• On Oct. 19th from 2pm-7pm we are hosting an Oyster Roast at A Time for Science in Ayden
• A Time for Science is set on 400 acres of conservancy land
• We are inviting young professionals 21-40 to join us for oysters, kayaking, hiking and networking
• Event is free but participants MUST RSVP
• We are encouraging everyone to bring a non-perishable food donation
• This event is family friendly
• In addition to this event we would like to invite business to become drop-off sites for donations from the community
• Our goal is to collect 60,000 meals for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Who: Robin High, MPA, RD, LDN
Nutrition Program Director, Pitt County Health Department
Natalie Taft, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutritionist, East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine
Taylor Lawless
Dietetic Intern, East Carolina University
Dr. Calvin Ellison
Success Dynamics Community Development Corporation

Throughout the year and especially nearing the holiday season we often think about the need for food donations for those in need. In honor of Food Day on October 24th, Nutrition and Physical Activity Partners is working with several organizations in the community. We also have some tips on healthy food donations.

Partnerships with food assistance programs: The Nutrition and Physical Activity Partners are collaborating with food distribution program leaders to further support healthy lifestyles for those in need. The collaborative, called Mission Nutrition, will promote and supplement the amazing work these groups are doing.
• Last week we came together first brainstorming meeting. We recently met with the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, the Freedom Family Foundation, the Comrades diabetes group and the Churches Outreach Network for our first brainstorming meeting
• A common theme was the importance of their clients and participants staying healthy and getting healthier.
• For Food Day we are leading grocery store tours to train Mission Nutrition leaders to shop and donate healthy on a budget.

When groups receive nutritious food donations, they are better able to meet their missions.

Healthy food donations:
That's where the community enters the process. These groups greatly appreciate food donations from the community. Just because the food items have to be non-perishable, which means the foods can be stored for long periods of time, does not mean that the food can not be healthier.
• There are many healthy canned and dried goods that won't spoil quickly and that are packed with vitamins and minerals. Canned vegetables, canned fruit and whole wheat pasta are a few examples.
• Choosing low sodium products with no added sugar is also a great idea.
Keep MyPlate in mind when you make donations: at least ½ of the donations should be fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein, whole grains and low fat dairy. Donation bins can be found in many local schools, offices, in churches and at the university.

How to make a MyPlate donation:
Remember that what you donate not only goes into the bin, but into someone's body. Here's how to use MyPlate to guide your healthy food donations:

• Make half of your donations fruits and vegetables. Some examples include low sodium canned green beans, tomatoes, greens, and corn and low sugar canned peaches, pineapple and dried fruit.
• Healthy shelf-stable donation ideas for lean protein include canned tuna, salmon and chicken packed in water, low sodium canned or dry beans and lentils. Nuts and peanut butter are also sources of protein.
• Pick up healthy whole grains like bread, pasta, light popcorn, brown rice, oatmeal, cereal, grits and crackers.
• Non-perishable low fat dairy foods include pudding cups, powdered milk and evaporated skim milk for cooking.

Example of MyPlate and a MyPlate donation:
1 Myplate, 1 can of vegetables, 1 can of fruit in fruit juice, 1 can of chicken or fish; 1 bag of brown rice dairy

Community Key Leader Perspective: Any food donation will help, but if you treat your donations as MyPlate meals then your donations will go further to nourish those in need.

Reminders: Here are some things to remember when choosing your donation items:
• For less added sugar choose canned fruits that are in "fruit juice" or "light syrup". Consider doing this when you shop for yourself, not just when you buy donations.
• Choosing whole grains fiber and low fat dairy for calcium and protein
• Remember that meat and fish are not the only sources of protein! Nuts, nut butters such as peanut butter and almond butter, beans and lentils also have protein.

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, October 15, 2014
Who: Kyle Robinson, Event Organizers. Margaret Turner. Event Organizers
What: Aces for Autism
When: Saturday, November 15, Tennis 8 am - 5 pm; Dinner, Program, and Auction 6 - 9 pm
Where: Tennis Baywood Racquet Club and possible other tennis venues; Dinner at Murphy Center @ ECU
Phone: (252) 864-5226
Details: Aces for Autism will provide financial help to families who need Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for their child affected by autism. Eventually, our vision is to have an Autism Child Development Center here in Greenville serving families throughout the eastern part of the state. There are only 3 centers currently in North Carolina (Asheville, NC; Winston-Salem, NC, and Cary, NC)

Who: Humane Society of Eastern Carolina
What: Pet of the Week
Phone: (252) 413-7247
Web: >

Teacher of the Week

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Who: John Kramzar, Business Relations Representative, Vocational Rehabilitation & Gloria Leak, Vocational Counselor, VR
What: In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), October
When: Continuous throughout month of October
Phone: 252-830-8560 Pitt County VR Services
Details: Discussing both sides of our Dual Customer Approach, Gloria will talk about Consumer Intake Process and Services for Consumers and John will talk about employer relationships, incentives for employers, and Job Development Strategies

Who: Ashka Lewis- Community Support Specialist, and Paula Liggon- Employment Specialist
What: National Disability Employment Awareness Month- NDEAM
When: Month of October
Where: N/A
Phone: (252) 758-4188
Details: We will discuss employment services provided by ECVC. Paula will discuss job development and job coaching services. Ashka will discuss long term follow up services. Both will discuss NDEAM.

Friday, October 17, 2014
HOW COOL IS YOUR SCHOOL: Farmville Central in Pitt County

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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Posted: 10/14/2014 - If your morning paper is coming at a higher cost than normal, officials warn it may not be due to printing costs at the paper but because of scammers.

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Posted: 09/22/2014 - This is about the time of year people are perusing the internet for a side job to pick up a bit of extra cash for the holidays. However, scammers are using some seemingly legitimate tactics to target job seekers.

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Posted: 09/11/2014 - One scammer in our state is targeting your tunes, and hoping to get enough personal information to then target your money.

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