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IHOP's Pancake Day supports Children's Miracle Network

Updated: 9:41 PM - IHOP is offering a free short stack of pancakes to patrons today and asking for a donation to Children's Miracle Network in return. WITN is proud to host the annual telethon to raise money for the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center.
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SCAM ALERT: Fake detectives fishing for cash

Posted: 6:54 AM - If you heard the FBI or some out-of-state police detective wanted to talk to you about a complaint, you would likely want to clear things up right? That is just what some scammers are hoping for as they dial numbers. Before they dial yours, read more about today's scam alert.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Who: Lori Favre,

Who: Heather White, Director of Library Project Development, ECU


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Who: Scott Rose, Greenville Jaycees
What: Greenville Jaycees Shuck N Pluck
When: Feb. 28th. 5 PM till 9 PM.
Where: The American Legion, 403 St. Andrews Drive
Phone: 865-385-6358
Web:
Details:
The purpose of the local chapter is to become a force for good in the community, determining community needs and providing solutions by planning and facilitating community service projects. In the act of serving, members receive hands-on experience, which translates to the enhancement of personal growth and the development of valuable leadership skills. Please join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Winslow's Tavern at 6:30 PM for our open membership meetings!
This year we will be raising money The Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina, a key focus of the North Carolina Jaycees's efforts.

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, February 25, 2015

Who: Humane Society of Eastern Carolina
What: Pet of the Week
Phone: (252) 413-7247
Web: >www.hsecarolina.org/
Details:
Initial:

6:40 Teacher of the Week


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Who: Representatives from BBQ Festival on the Neuse (names will come later)
What: BBQ Festival on the Neuse
When: May 1-2, 2015
Where: Kinston
Phone: 252-560-2693
Web: bbqfestivalontheneuse.com
Details: WITN is a sponsor. This event drew 40,000+ people to Kinston last year. It is the largest BBQ cookoff festival in North Carolina. There are many events, including one that features the owner of the Chef and The Farmer, who is getting national recognition and has a PBS TV show. BBQ chefs come from near and far to take part in the cookoff. The event is organized by the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce. This year, a kickoff concert is being presented by our radio partner WRNS on Thursday, April 30, with headline Kellie Picker.
Initial: ss (they will also be coming back in April, closer to the event)


Friday, February 27, 2015

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
E-MAIL: heather.king@witn.com
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
PREVIOUS STATIONS: KOMU-TV
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 BEVERAGE: Green tea
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FAVORITE SEASON: Autumn
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: An airplane so I could fly home.

BIOGRAPHY:
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.

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NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
E-MAIL: jim.howard@witn.com
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
PREVIOUS STATIONS: WMBB in Panama City, FL
MARRIED: Yes
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE BAND: Billy Joel
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 BEVERAGE: Dr. Pepper
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FAVORITE SEASON: Winter
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.

BIOGRAPHY:
"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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Heather King's Baby Blog

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Posted: 03/24/2014 - Ever need something to snap your little one out of a funk? Try a little music.

Ten Words For 2013

Updated: 12/31/2013 - New Year’s Eve is a great time of reflection and a great time to look forward to all a new year will hold.

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Updated: 11/05/2013 - My daughter learned a valuable lesson in toddler party planning today: ask Mom.

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WITN Scam Alert

SCAM ALERT: Fake detectives fishing for cash

Posted: 6:54 AM - If you heard the FBI or some out-of-state police detective wanted to talk to you about a complaint, you would likely want to clear things up right? That is just what some scammers are hoping for as they dial numbers. Before they dial yours, read more about today's scam alert.

SCAM ALERT: Cell phone held for ransom

Updated: 02/13/2015 - Many of us are addicted to our smart phones now. So imagine your screen locking up, saying you violated some federal law. You would probably take it seriously- and that is just what scammers want!
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SCAM ALERT: IRS phone scam hitting home

Updated: 01/22/2015 - Deputies phones have been ringing off the hook in Jones County with reports of this scam that all starts with a different phone ringing: yours.
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SCAM ALERT: Keeping your smart phone "healthy"

Posted: 01/15/2015 - We talk about how to keep yourself and your family healthy, but what about your smart phone? That is a New Year's resolution the Better Business Bureau wants you to take seriously so you avoid being the victim of a crook.

SCAM ALERT: Confirmation email leads to virus

Posted: 01/05/2015 - If you do any online shopping you know once you click "purchase," you can expect a confirmation email in your inbox within seconds. Scammers know that too, and they are trying to use it against you.

SCAM ALERT: Work emails with malware

Posted: 12/30/2014 - We have seen a lot of phishing email scams this year with crooks trying to gain access to your computer by tricking you in to clicking a link that is bad news for your hard drive.

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