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Monday, August, 18 2014
Who: Kirk Philpot, Riley's Army
What: Riley’s Army pancake Fundraising event at Applebee’s
When: Saturday Aug 23rd from 8-10am
Where: Applebee’s on Greenville Blvd
Phone: 919-608-8421
Details: Pediatric Cancer Awareness month is next month- Sept. And Riley’s Army has several upcoming events and programs to help spread awareness and paint Sept as Gold as Oct is pink.
• Sept 6th 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.
• Sept 28th- Riley’s Army, in conjunction with Winterville Parks & Recreation is holding the 3rd Annual "On the Run" with Riley’s Army 5k Run/ 1 Mile Fun Walk on Sunday, September 28th at Winterville Recreation Park at 3:00 pm. 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. Sponsorship opportunities, vendors for the event, door prize donations, and volunteers are needed.
• Gold Ribbon Bow Campaign- We are getting ready to paint it GOLD for pediatric cancer awareness. Every mailbox, business, desk, and person should be wearing a gold ribbon between now and September which is pediatric cancer awareness mo...Much like JDRF’s shoe and Children Miracle Network’s balloon; Riley’s Army now has a beautiful representation of a butterfly. Riley, herself, has and forever will be the butterfly in our logo. We could not think of a better way to spread awareness than through Riley’s butterfly. We have proudly watched it flutter through the local Papa John’s stores and local businesses with much success in the several months. We are excited to see it float around Greenville and surrounding counties in September.

Who: Chena Cayton, Wahl-Coates Principal. Claire Maxwell, Wahl-Coates Teacher
What: Welcome Back Wagon
When: Tuesday, August 19, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Wahl-Coates district
Phone: (252) 752-2514
Details: Inspired by a spring staff trip to the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, we are adding an element to this year's Welcome Wagon: Plans are for our staff to dress as pirates (Wahl-Coates mascot) and deliver treasure maps in a bottle to each student's door. The "treasure maps" are promoting Pitt County Schools' districtwide open house and a new program at Wahl-Coates in which each student and staff member will become members of one of four pirate flagships. These multi-grade flagships will work together throughout the year to earn points through behavioral and academic achievements, as well as work on service projects and character education goals. At Open House, students will get to learn about all four flagships followed by a big reveal that lets each student know his/her flagship on the first day of school. Welcome Wagon will take place Tuesday, Aug. 19, from noon to 3 (buses leaving from Wahl-Coates parking lot). Thursday, Aug. 21, is the districtwide open house from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for our school.

Who: Michele Whaley
What: Winterville Watermelon Festival
When: Thursday, August 21 through Saturday, August 23
Where: Winterville

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Who: Derrick Boyce, Pentecostals of Greenville
What: South Greenville Back To School Block Party
When: August 23rd, 2014 from 12-2pm
Where: South Greenville Parks and Recreation Center, 851 Howell Street 27834
Phone: 252-757-3033
Details: For all the families in the South Greenville Park area we are donating school supplies, and bringing food,fun and games to the community. We would like to bless the community, and equip our children with what they need to be successful for the coming school year!

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, August 20 2014
Who: Humane Society of Eastern Carolina
What: Pet of the Week
Phone: (252) 413-7247
Web: >

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Who: Kristal Gauthier Board Chair of Stop Human Trafficking Now
What: 5K to Stop Human Trafficking
When: Saturday Sept. 13th 8:00 AM
Where: Greenville Town Commons
Phone: N/A
Details: Walkers and runners welcome!

Who: Marion Harrington, Organizer. Lynette Bright, Singer with Carolina Allstars
What: Benefit for Mark Godley Jr. - Burn victim
When: August 23 2014 3 - 11 pm
Where: Ormond Amphitheater, Bath, NC
Phone: Pat Harrington 252-945-0872 Marion Harrington 252-945-0873
Details:Advance tickets $8, $10 at door. Children under 10 Admitted Free. Several musical acts are performing. Mark is a burn victim currently at Chapel Hill Burn Center. He has undergone surgery, and, according to his parents, is doing well. Mark and his friends were going to cook frog legs on a grill and someone put gas on the charcoal. Mark is 15 and the boys were not using good judgment. The incident happened approximately 3 weeks ago. He was first sent to Beaufort County Hospital in Washington. He was there about 3 hours and his bill is $6,100.00. He was then sent to Chapel Hill Burn Center where he underwent surgery and had skin graphs. He came home last Thursday and has to go back today to determine if he has to have more surgery and see how he is progressing.

Who: Chris Sutton, ECU Police Lieutenant
What: ECU Traffic Advisories

Friday, August, 22 2014
Who: Chef Jeff Yourdon, Lenoir Community College
What: Back to School Meal Ideas
Details: Jeff has ideas on how to make your life easy as families transition from summer to school.

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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