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Monday, November 23, 2015
Who: Brian DeLong, Magnolia Arts Center
What: Magnolia Arts Center Black Friday Wine Sale
When: Starting at 5 am, Friday, November 27th
Where: 1703 East 14th Street in Greenville, located near the Perkins Athletic Complex and behind Sports Connection.
Details: The Magnolia Arts Center's mission is to provide the members of the greater Greenville area with the opportunity to express their creativity and participate in the arts, attend quality cultural events, and gather together to build community. We want to reflect the diversity and richness of this area, and to present a multitude of artistic experiences to the region.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Who: Hannah Caton (Development) & Meghan King (Executive Director Ronald McDonald House at Vidant Medical Center)
What: Light-A-Luminary 2015
When: November 1st through December 31st, we light them at our House on Christmas Eve in support of the families that cannot be Home with their loved ones for the Holidays.
Where: Ronald McDonald House, 529 Moye Blvd Greenville NC 27834
Phone: 252-847-5435
Web:, Facebook and Twitter
Details: It is that time of year again, to light up a life by lighting up your house or neighborhood! That's right, it's time for our annual Light-A-Luminary Fundraiser! For just $10/kit you can support a family's stay for one night here at the RMH! Our House will light the luminaries on Christmas Eve in support of our families who cannot be home with all their loved ones during the Holiday's. Each kit consists of 10 white bags, 10 candles, a bag of sand and instructions on how to put them together. Purchase yours today by stopping by our House, 529 Moye Blvd or giving us a call at 252-847-5435. We will also be selling them at some local retail locations: Plant and See Nursery, U.S. Lawns of Greenville, NC, Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Olive, Ironwood Golf & Country Club and Henry's Trees.

Who: Amanda Banks
What: Beary Merry Christmas in New Bern
When: Now through Christmas Eve
Where: Downtown New Bern
Details: Beary Merry Christmas is brought to you by the Downtown Council of the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce. WITN is a sponsor. The event involves a tree lighting, downtown decorations, Bear Plaza, local performers, volunteers helps make it happen and much more. The Santa House in Bear Plaza is open from November 27 through December 24. (Bear Plaza is located between Pollock and S. Front Streets.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Who: Robert W. “Bert” James II, Chairman, Coalition for Healthier Eating
What: 2nd Annual Farmers Ball
When: December 5, 2015, 6:00pm
Where: Greenville Convention Center, 303 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252.258.1701
Details: Ticket Price: $25.00 - Mission: To Educate consumers on access to all sustainably produced foods that can assist in improving their health. We are super excited that Deputy Under Secretary Vernita F. Dore - USDA - Rural Development has graciously agreed to deliver our keynote address. As a thank you to all our guest – they will receive a gift bag from local farmers containing sustainably produced foods valued over $25.00. All foods served at the ball come from our local farmers.

Who: Humane Society
What: Pet of the Week

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Friday, November 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
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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