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Kill Devil Hills officers revive man with OD drug

Updated: 05/05/2016 - Police officers in Kill Devil Hills have revived an unconscious man after administering a dose of naloxone and using an automatic defibrillator. It happened just hours after getting the drug and receiving training.

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Updated: 05/05/2016 - People in North Carolina are twice as likely to die from stroke than in other states.

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Monday, May 2, 2016
Who: Dawn Manning, First Christian Church Youth Leader
What: Out of the Box for Homelessness

Who: Christon Martin-Founder/Executive Director, Brittney Lynch-Director of Operations
What: ProjectLift Community Efforts
We provide year round quality educational and recreational programs throughout Halifax and Northampton Counties. Summer camp begins June 20th. Steve Harvey show November 2016
When: Year round programs
Where: Weldon Elementary School & Garysburg Community Center
Phone : Christon Martin 252.678.3803,
Web: Facebook Name Projectlift Community Efforts OR Christon M Martin
Details: It is our mission to Lift, empower, and encourage all young people to reach their full potential throughout the state of North Carolina through quality recreational and educational programs. We also coordinate and host positive events throughout the state. I travel as a gust/motivational speaker at schools, churches and colleges across NC.

Who: Daryl Passer with the Car Show.
What: 35th annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse
When: May 6-7
Where: Kinston
Phone: 252.527.1131
Details: Open Car Truck Show
Registration 9:00 am - 1:00 pm • Awards 3:00 pm at the Car Show Stage
History comes rolling in as more than 100 Classic Cars and Trucks roll in to the festival for the Sale Auto Mall 4th Annual Open Car Show. Hosted by Carolina Classic Cruisers and the BBQ Festival on the Neuse, the show is a rolling history lesson for all to experience! Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Contact: Darrell Passer, 919-440-7268

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Who: Helen Mary Uebler, St. Peter's Creative Fellowship. Ruth Honeycutt, St. Peter's Creative Fellowship.
What: St. Peter's Creative Fellowship Spring Craft Fair
When: May 7, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: St. Peter's Spiritual Life Center ; 2700 E. 4th St., Greenville
Phone: 252-940-8199
Details: Craft Fair will include handmade creations from our group in addition to the independent vendors who will be there. Jewelry, recycled/ repurposed items both metal and wood, quilted items, purses, pottery, Scentsy, windchimes and metal work, soaps, crocheted and knitted items are some of the items you may find.
We will also have a section for garden plants, ready for planting when you get home. We also have BBQ chicken plates for $8.00. We will be serving from 11am -2pm.

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

Who: Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU Police
What: ECU Commencement Traffic

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Who: Steven Hardy-Braz
What: National Bike to School Day
When: Wednesday, May 4

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Who: Jordan Joyner, Vidant Medical Center Stroke Nurse Navigator and Ashley Elks, Vidant Medical Center Stroke Center Manager
What: National Stroke Awareness Month
When: May
Details:Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke. Eighty percent of the strokes that occur could have been prevented. May is Stroke Awareness month – a time for people to learn about their risk factors and prevent stroke. The number one cause of stroke is high blood pressure. Of those individuals with high blood pressure, more than 20% were unaware they suffered from hypertension. Unfortunately, many people with high blood pressure are also overweight and have diabetes and/or high cholesterol. Another common risk factor for stroke is cigarette smoking which causes damages to the blood vessels. Steps such as reducing salt intake, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco, and managing stress are important in reducing the risk of having a stroke. Age, race, and sex are risk factors that cannot be changed which is why it is so important that people change the risk factors they have control over.

Who: Holly Garriott, Director of the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
What: First Friday Uptown Greenville ArtWalk
Where: Uptown Greenville
When: Friday, May 6th from 5-8PM
Contact: Emerge Gallery, 551-6947 or

Who: Brock Whaley, Delcor
What: Teed Off at Cancer Dinner and Tournament.
When: May 11th and 12th
Where: Greenville Country Club
Phone: 252-321-8868
Web: www.teedoffatcancer. com
Details: The Teed off at Cancer Dinner will be an evening complete with dinner, the wonderful Coach Jeff Connor as our guest speaker, music by Mark and Kelly from Jupiter Jones, raffle drawing, and more.
We are expecting an evening of fun, entertainment, and socializing with over 140-150 golfers, their spouses, and community members at the Greenville Country Clubhouse on Wednesday May 11th 2016 at 5:30pm. We hope you will help us pack the Clubhouse and support Coach and Mark and Kelly as they support Riley's Army! Tickets for the dinner if you are not golfing are only $25 each and can be purchased at, at 692 Olive in Arlington Village, or at the Delcor Showroom off Charles Blvd. Several restaurants will be on site serving up their favorites- Texas Roadhouse, Nino's, Hilton, AJ McMurphy's, Sam Jones, Coffee Shack and RA Jeffreys. Dinner, drinks, entertainment, and supporting a great cause for only $25!

Friday, May 6, 2016
Who: Emily Jarvis, Executive Director; Brian Baker, Director of Astronomy and Space Science
What: Picnic with Mercury
When: May 9th, 10am-1pm
Where: Town Commons Greenville NC
Phone: 252-364-6569
Details: Come join A Time For Science on Monday, May 9th at the Town Commons in uptown Greenville as we observe the transit of Mercury. Bring your lunch and have a picnic with us from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a walk through the solar system and view the transit safely through one of our telescopes! This rare event occurs when the Earth, Mercury and the Sun align in just the right way to allow Mercury to travel across the face of the sun from our perspective here on Earth. The transit will begin at 7:13 a.m. and continue until 2:42 p.m. and will not reoccur until 2019.
Saturn Ring Relay (hula hoop relay): Saturn has lost its rings! Team up and compete to save the planet. Two teams each join hands and form a line, then each team must pass a hula hoop down the line without breaking their grip. If they unlink hands at any point, the team must start over. The team that first puts 3 rings around Saturn wins!
Solar System Bowling: A star is on a collision course with the solar system! Create maximum chaos by knocking down all the planets of the solar system.

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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