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Monday, May 25, 2015

Who: Serena Mooney, South Central High School UNICEF Club President; Emma Hutson, South Central High School UNICEF Event Planner; Dr. Nick Mooney, South Central High School UNICEF sponsor
What: 2nd Annual UNICEF Magic for Charity Event
When: Saturday May 30 at 6 pm
Where: South Central High School
Email: SCHS teacher Katie Riley:
Phone: (252)-321-3232
Web: (The group who is building the well in Nicaragua), (The Magician's website)
Details: The UNICEF club at South Central High School in Winterville is focusing their efforts on raising money for the TAP Project, which brings clean water to impoverished countries. Several club members will be traveling to Nicaragua this summer to donate funds toward clean drinking water. They have set a goal of at least $12,000, which is the amount needed for a deep well and a pump to benefit a community of 100 families.

Who: Coastal Carolina Ford Club, JDRF, Eastern NC Car Clubs Represented by Dan Rogers, Bryan Oesterrich.
What: Cruise in for a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Purpose is to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
When: May 30, 10 am - 3 pm
Where: 3910 Hwy 264 E Greenville NC at the Country Casuals / Discount Shoes #2
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Who: Robin Duuring, Professional Development Coordinator
What: CMN broadcast on WITN
When: May 29 & May 31
Where: WITN
Phone: (252) 847-1071
Details: Promoting the upcoming CMN broadcast on WITN, which raises money for sick and injured children in Eastern Carolina.
Robin has served Children's Hospital in both a nursing capacity as well as Professional Development Coordinator, talking about the amazing things that happen every day at Maynard Children's Hospital.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Who: Lisa Hermann, Chaplain
What: CMN broadcast on WITN
When: May 29 & May 31
Where: WITN
Phone: (252) 847-1071
Details: Promoting the upcoming CMN broadcast on WITN, which raises money for sick and injured children in Eastern Carolina. Lisa is the Chaplain for Maynard Children’s Hospital and also serves as a Chaplain with East Care.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Who: Tom Harrison, Director, Washington County Travel & Tourism Authority
What: North Carolina Black Bear Festival
When: Saturday, June 6
Where: Plymouth's Historic Waterfront on the Roanoke River
Phone: (252) 793-4808
Details: The purpose of this event is to recognize, educate and celebrate this important North Carolina native. It is a little-known fact that the biggest black bears on the planet and the highest black bear densities in the world are not found in Canada or Alaska, but in eastern North Carolina. Mild winters, abundant crops and extensive forests and swamps are the reason that 700 lb. black bears are not uncommon. The current world record black bear, which came from eastern North Carolina, weighed a whopping 880 lbs.

What: CMN broadcast on WITN
When: May 29 and May 31
Where: WITN
Phone: (252) 847-1071
Details: Promoting the upcoming CMN broadcast on WITN, which raises money for sick and injured children in Eastern Carolina.

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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