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SCAM ALERT: Ice Bucket Challenge Video Scam

Posted: 6:34 AM - 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.

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Monday, September 1, 2014
Who: Ernie Lubiani, Talent Contest Winner. Crystal Newby, Organizer
What: 3rd Annual Pitt county Fair's Got Talent Contest
When: Thursday September 18th
Where: Pitt County Fairgrounds
Phone: (252) 902-6040
Details: highest scores in ages 10 and under, 11-20, 21 and over, the highest overall score for all ages, and the Andrea Blake Linton People's Choice Award (the contestant that raises the most money and turns in that night to the American Cancer Society)

Who: Bryan Oesterreich, Project Coordinator for Scholarships. Rocky Willis, President of the Coastal Carolina Ford Club. Dan Rogers, PR Officer of the Coastal Carolina Ford Club. Bryan Van Gyzen, BCCC Lead Instructor of the Automotive Technology Program at the College
What: Coastal Carolina Ford Club Scholarship Program
When: First Saturday of the month, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m
Where: Hardees at 264 West in Washington
Phone: (252)946-7297 //
Details: We'll be raising funds for the scholarships by selling Hardees Cruise-In tee shirts and 50/50 raffles. Our club felt it was a natural for us to support students wishing to enter the auto tech field. Our mission is to give back to our community. The scholarships awarded will be $500. People brings cars of all makes and models, enjoy some fellowship, have some food and listen to some good old Rock & Roll from our DJ. We usually draw from 90-100 hot rods.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Who: Jeff Howard, La Grange Garden Spot Festival
What: La Grange Garden Spot Festival
When: Friday, September 5, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday, September 6, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: La Grange
Phone: (252) 286-7688
Details: Friday festival will begin at 6:00 pm with various food, craft, and informational vendors. Rides / activities are provided by Ragland Productions that include rock wall, laser tag extreme, mobius, adrenaline rush, trampoline jump, baseball speed cage. Spare Change will be performing Friday, Sept 5th 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Saturday festival will begin our second annual corn hole tournament with registration beginning at 10:00am. Tournament will begin at 11:00am. The festival will begin at 11:00 and Mighty Saints of Soul will close out the festival performing Saturday evening from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Various entertainment will be performing during the day on Saturday.
The t-shirt design this year was designed by Lindsay Morgan from Lenoir Community College.
Sponsors this year are RHA Howell Care Center, Town of La Grange, Tands / Bojangles', Lenoir Community College, Southern Bank, and Lenoir Memorial Hospital

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 3, 2014
Who: Doug Hoffman,Riley's Army Board Member
What: Make It Gold Day
When: Saturday, September 6
Details: Papa John's and Riley's Army are partnering together to Make it Gold Day. An afternoon of family fun activities at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center (600 Booker Dairy Rd, Smithfield) from 12-5pm. Free Papa John's pizzas, $1 drinks, $1 hot dogs, $1 hamburgers, entertainment, DJ, clown, face painting, bouncy houses, dunking booth and more. Volunteers are needed for this event.

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

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Thursday September 4, 2014
Who: Meghan King, Ronald McDonald House Manager
What: Fall Mum Sale 2014
When: Order by Monday, September 22nd
Pick up on Thursday, September 25th 11am-6pm
Where: Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina
Phone: 252-847-5435
Details: Mums are $16.00 and support the families of the Greenville Ronald McDonald Houses.

Who: Pat Tripp, Ayden Collard Festival
What: Ayden Collard Festival

Friday, September 5, 2014
Who: Allan and Catherine Floars (founders of the event in memory of their son Jacob who was killed in an auto accident)
What: 4th Annual Jacob's Run
When: Saturday, September 6th (meet at Hometown Harley Davidson in Winterville at 10:30, ride begins at 12:00, return to Winterville around 2:00 for bands and other activities)
Where: Hometown Harley Davidson, Winterville
Phone: 919-289-5568
Details: Raised more than $32,000 to date for James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital.

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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WITN Scam Alert

SCAM ALERT: Ice Bucket Challenge Video Scam

Posted: 6:34 AM - 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.

SCAM ALERT: Social Media Scammers

Posted: 07/09/2014 - With just a tap of your finger you can tell your friends how you're feeling, what you think about how they're feeling, and connect with people at any time. But with all that easy communication, scammers are looking for easy targets on social media.

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