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Updated: 11:23 AM - 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!"

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Monday, September 29, 2014
Who: Antonio Lugo, Local Veterans Employment Representative. Captain Joel Bliven
What: 2014 Goldsboro Stand Down (for Wayne, Lenoir and Wilson Counties)
When: October 2nd, 2014
Where:Herman Park Center in Goldsboro
Phone: 313-408-0683
Details: The 2014 Wayne County Stand Down is an event dedicated to providing services to men and women who have served in any branch of the military. This event is in honor of their commitment to serve and protect our country and our way of saying thank you in your time of need. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about new benefits and services that are available to them and be able to complete the applications on the spot.
The Wayne County Stand Down brings all service providers, community supporters and housing and employment specialists together in one place to provide the most comprehensive learning atmosphere possible. It is open to all military who are located in Wayne, Wilson or Lenoir counties. This fun filled day of events includes: food, give-a-ways, educational seminars (vocational training, benefits updates), medical check-ups (health screening, dental check-ups, blood pressure screening), employment staffing and housing opportunities. There will be live entertainment on stage to satisfy all musical tastes.

Who: Latina Shelley, Owner of Ladies of Purpose
Name of the event: 2nd Annual Victims to Victors Fundraiser
Date, Time, & Location for the event: Saturday, October 11 at 5-9pm at The Hilton Greenville
Phone #: 252-624-9659
Details: Ladies of Purpose is a non-profit organization I started to provide permanent housing for female victims of domestic violence in the Pitt County area. Our long term goal is to secure enough grant funding to build a set of apartments where the women and their children can come to live after leaving the local domestic violence shelter. The 2nd Annual 'Victims to Victors' fundraiser is a focus on prior victims of domestic violence that have overcome their situation to become victorious.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Who: Melody Worthington, Curator
What: "Stepping into the Past" Saturday Series/(Murder Mystery Theater & Dinner Fundraiser)
When: Every Saturday from 10am-3pm / (Dinner Theater October 24th)
Where: Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 North Church Street, HWY 301, Kenly, NC 27524/ (Dinner Theater will take place at the Johnston County Ag Center, 2736 NC Highway 210. Smithfield, NC 27577)
Phone: 919-284-3431
Details: The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is a private non-profit museum that was founded in 1983 with on-farm tours. The mission of the Museum is to promote and present the history and heritage of the rural farming community. The Museum has grown to house a 6,000 sq ft exhibit gallery, workshop, pack house, homestead, tobacco barn and one room school house. Each Saturday we promote local demonstrators of traditional arts, crafts and trades. The Saturday activities are included with regular admission to the Museum. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for students. Annual memberships are available. An individual membership is $25 and a family membership is $50. Our full schedule of events is on our website under

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 1, 2014
Who: Justin Bass- Manager, Marty Evans-Coach, Stanley Styron- Coach
What: Strike Out Cancer Fundraiser
When: Saturday Oct 11th & Sunday Oct. 12th.- Times of the tournament will be announced closer to the date of the tournament.
Where: Greene County Recreation Complex
326 US 13
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Phone: Donnie Harper- EC Nations- 704-860-7011 & Amanda Bass-Hurricanes-252-717-8360
Details: Connie Corey Hurricanes baseball team has partnered with Donnie Harper with EC Nations baseball and are hosting their first annual "Strike Out Cancer" Fundraiser event for breast cancer awareness month, and all funds will be donated to Farmville Relay for Life! We will be hosting a "Strike Out Cancer" tournament Oct. 11th & 12th at the Greene County Recreation Complex, and for every team that signs up to play in this tournament Donnie Harper will donate $25.00 per team to Farmville Relay for Life. Also for each player and coach that wears pink in this tournament Connie Corey will donate $1.00 to Farmville Relay for Life! The Connie Corey Hurricanes challenge you to donate too!! Donations can be given to Amanda Bass made payable to the Connie Corey Hurricanes or dropped off at any First South Bank. We invite you to come out to this event even if you don't have a team to sign up, and enjoy watching the games! Join us on our quest to "Strike out cancer"!

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

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Thursday, October 2, 2014
Who: Brent Lubbock, Sylvan Heights Bird Park
What: Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Friday, October 3, 2014
Who: Varessa Wall, Major Gifts Officer, Vidant Health Foundation. Connie Conners, Breast cancer survivor, Pink Ribbon Run founder/supporter
What:6th Annual Pink Ribbon Run
When: Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Brook Valley Country Club, 311 Oxford Rd., Greenville
Phone: 252-847-8994
Details: 5K run, 1-mile walk or Kids Dash, benefiting breast cancer patients at Vidant Medical Center. Registration begins at noon. The Kids Dash is at 1:45 pm and the race starts at 2:00 pm. Pre-register at or contact Varessa Wall at or 252-847-8994. The fee to run or walk is $25.00 if you register before September 25, or $30.00 after. Registration is free for breast cancer survivors. The Kids Dash is also free. Registrationis available the day of the event.

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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SCAM ALERT: Real company, fake job

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.

SCAM ALERT: iTunes Users Targeted

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.

SCAM ALERT: Ice Bucket Challenge Video Scam

Posted: 09/02/2014 - The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS is now become a tool for scam artists to not just grab your attention, but also the personal information stored on your computer.

SCAM ALERT: Instagram Picture Leads To Con Artists

Posted: 08/27/2014 - As the world of social media grows, scammers are finding new ways into your newsfeeds and computer windows. Now the Better Business Bureau says those scammers are using Instagram to bait victims.

SCAM ALERT: IRS Warning Of Tax Scam

Posted: 07/23/2014 - Two things are certain in life:death and taxes, as the Benjamin Franklin quote goes. You can guarantee the idea of late taxes can give some of us a deathly scare, and some scammers are apparently preying on that.

SCAM ALERT: Work From Home Scam

Updated: 07/21/2014 - It is summer time so a little extra cash flow would be nice. But beware of a new scam that promises you easy money. It turns out you may be helping these folks shuttle illegal goods around.

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