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Monday, September 15, 2014
Who: Laura Lee Davis, Membership Director Carteret, Craven & Pamlico Girl Scouts
What: Girl Power Festival
When: Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Havelock City Park
Phone: (252) 342-0868
Details: The first Girl Power Festival will feature local businesses and non-profit organizations offering an interactive message about Girl Power, successful women in unique career fields, opportunities to participate in hands-on STEM/healthy living/physical fitness activities, a walking trail emphasizing outdoor camping preparedness as well as live musical entertainment by the local band, Work In Progress. Don't miss the crowning of the Riverside Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ford Subaru, Bojangles' and Bob 93.3 talent search. Admission & Parking are free! Sponsors are the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, Riverside Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ford Subaru, Bojangles', Bob 93.3 and WITN.

Who: The Malpass Brothers
What: Ayden Community Theatre presents "The Malpass Brothers"
When: Saturday, Sept 20th at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Where: Ayden Arts & Recreation Community Center
4354 S. Lee Street, Ayden
Phone: 1-877-339-5550
Ticket prices:
$15 general admission online
$18 general admission at the door on Sept 20
$20 limited reserved seating tickets

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Who: Molly Cashion, Organizer. Jerry Fisher, Dream Factory Board Member.
What: The Putt for Dreams Open
When: Saturday, Oct 18th from 11-7pm
Where: Uptown Greenville
Phone: 252.367.2543
• Popular local establishments host this indoor mini golf putting tournament
• Teams of 4 compete for prizes and bragging rights!
• One golf hole is constructed by and located at each of the participating locations (all within walking distance of Uptown Greenville)
• 11am-7pm; After Party 7p-9p at the old City Market parking lot with music & free food and drink!
• Proceeds to benefit Dream Factory™

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, September 17, 2014
Who: Kirk Philpot, Founder of Riley's Army
What: On the Run with Riley's Army 5K
When: Sunday, Sept 28th registration at 2:00 and race begins at 3:00pm
Where: Winterville Parks and Rec Ball Fields in Winterville behind AG Cox Middle School
Phone: 919-608-8421
Details: Please consider honoring the work that Riley's Army does by participating in our 5K Run/ 1 Mile Fun Walk. Registration is now open for participants- please visit to register for the road race or during a packet pick up at Omega Sporting Goods on Sept 27th 12:00-2:00 or at 2:00 on race day.

5K- $30 (after Sept 6th) limited quantities of our race shirt
1 Mile- $15 (after Sept 6th) limited quantities of our race shirt

This year we will add a Field Day to the event in hopes to create awareness of pediatric cancer in our community and lend support to the families of children with cancer. We are envisioning a day of vendors, bouncy house, food, and fun for people of all ages. Those with a race bib (walkers and runners) will receive all food and drinks for free as part of their registration fee. Those without a race bib- food (from Texas Roadhouse, Papa John's and hopefully Moe's) and drinks will be available for $1 each.

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

Teacher of the Week

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Who: Melissa Briley, chairperson of the Bethel Harvest Festival
What: Bethel Harvest Festival
When: September 20, 2014
Where: Railroad Street in Bethel, NC
Phone: 252-531-7027
Web: or on facebook
Details: This is a family oriented festival with a petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, touch a truck and face painting. All types of vendors including food, crafts, metal works, Mary Kay. Entertainment for the day: The Spin Man doing basketball tricks, Southern Charmers line dancers, Curtis Hyler and Jubilation, The Vines Sisters, the David Lee Jones Band, the Breeze Band and Stairwell.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Who: Mekenzie Cox Greenville Fire/Rescue Life Safety Educator, and Lindsey Forde Smith, founder of Lemonade Stand. I will also have a fire truck from GFR with me, with crew in their Pullin' for Pink t- shirts.
What: Pullin' for Pink - 2nd annual pink fire truck pull to raise awareness and support local women fighting cancer and survivors.
When: Sept. 21st from 2:30-6:pm
Where: 5th and Greene Street, in front of City Hall, downtown Greenville
Phone: 252-329-4679
Details: All proceeds go to Lemonade Stand, a local support network for of women through all phases of cancer and beyond.
Sponsored by Lee Kia, The Venue Shoppes

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

Who: Bianca Shoneman, Executive Director, Uptown Greenville & J. Batt, Executive Director, Pirate Club
What: Freeboot Friday
When: September 19, 5-8pm
Where: Five Points Plaza, Corner of 5th and Evans Street
Phone: 252.561.8400
Details: Special guest appearances by Coach McNeill, PeeDee, ECU Cheerleaders and Marching Band, plus FREE Bucket truck rides from GUC! The official pep rally for ECU Home Games!

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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WITN Scam Alert

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.

SCAM ALERT: Beware Scholarships Scams

Posted: 07/17/2014 - While it is summer time now, plenty of students are gearing up for college. That preparation may mean looking for scholarships to help pay for their education. But beware: scholarships are a new target for scammers.

SCAM ALERT: Survey Scammers

Posted: 07/11/2014 - There is a scam going around asking for your feedback and offering to pay you for it.

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