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Monday, April 20, 2015

Who: Nick Steward, Accounts Manager
What: Shop for Live
When: April 25th, 2015. 10:00am- 4:00pm
Where: Woodsmen Center, Kinston
Phone: 252-522-3031
Details: A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society sponsored by Field Controls. The Shop for Life event has vendors offering Food, Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Bath & Body, Home & Garden, Children's specialty items and other Unique gifts. There will also be a raffle for a $1,000 grand prize. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the door.

Who: Ashton Watkins, Church Member
Bill Norris, Church Member
What: Son Fun Family Festival
When: May 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Ayden United Methodist Church
460 3rd Street
Ayden, North Carolina
Phone: 252-746-6524
Web address:
Details: This will be a fun old fashioned family festival. There will be vendors of all types, delicious food, children's activities including bouncy houses, bake sale of homemade items and a silent auction including restaurant certificates, gift cards, photography sessions, and much much more. Frozen characters Elsa and Ana will also be at the festival.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What: Washington's Southern Tour
When: Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Where: Tryon Palace
Details:Enjoy dinner at the John Wright Stanly House as President George Washington stops by for a visit during his Second Southern Tour. This event includes a rare look inside the Stanly House by candlelight, as well as cocktails and an 18th-century dinner in the Stanly House Garden. This event is part of a series of events dedicated to George Washington's Southern Tour, and is being managed by the New Bern Preservation Foundation. You can find more information & purchase tickets to this event at In collaboration with Washington's Southern Tour, visit the North Carolina History Center through May 17 for "The Many Faces of George Washington," a special panel exhibit on Washington

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What: BBQ Festival on the Neuse
When: May 1-2, 2015
Where: Kinston
Phone: 252-560-2693
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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Who: Tami Brock and Amber Wigent
What: Children's Multicultural Fair
When: Saturday, April 25th 2015 (10-2pm)
Where: Greenville Montessori School, 822 Laurie Ellis Road, Winterville, NC
Phone: 252-355-6268
Details: Come celebrate global food, costumes, dance, music, games, and crafts prepared by students and families of the school and also local volunteers.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Who: Brenda Diggs, Chair Neighborhood Advisory Board
Harry Stubbs, Alternate Board Member, Merry Kennedy, Association Liaison
What: 5th Annual NAB Symposium: Uniting Neighborhoods for Quality of Life
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:15 am - 2:00pm
Where: Greenville City Hall
Phone: 329-4228 for more information
Web: For registration go to or call 329-4898
Details: FREE Event with Breakfast and lunch provided

Who: Rhonda James
What: International Taste of Greenville
When: May 7, 2015
Where: Greenville Hilton
Details: International Taste of Greenville is a culinary delight designed to bring attendees some amazing food, as well as a silent and live auction. All proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

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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