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Monday, November 17, 2014

Who: Bessie Braxton, coordinator of outreach ministries, Bishop Rodrick Best, Pastor
What: Coat and Blanket Giveaway
When: November 22, 2014 from 12-2
Where: Cathedral of Fresh Fire Ministries 1400 W. 5th street. Greenville
Phone: 252-258-3143
Web: (a web address you would like to appear on our website)
Details: We want to help those in need. We will be passing out bowls of hot soup on that day.

Who: Janet Williams, Co-Chair of Community Churches United Ministries
What: NEWSONG'S Very Merry Christmas Tour
When: Friday, December 5, Show starts at 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Kinston Lenoir Performing Arts Center, 2601 N. Queen St., Kinston
Phone: (252) 531-1700
Details: Artists this year include NewSong, Jamie Grace, sanctus Real, Josh Wilson and Morgan Harper Nichols. Come out and kick off your Christmas season with this three hour show with a blend of Holiday music as well as popular hits by these

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Who: Glee Dunbar, BSW, MSW Student; Miriam Hill, BSW, MSW Student; Ashley Tucker, BSW, MSW Student; and Ali Kiser, BSW, MSW Student (Social Workers 4 Change)
What: Misunderstood: The Voice Behind the Cardboard
Details: This film was created in collaboration with the panhandlers of Greenville, NC as a School of Social Work community project. The amount of information we learned from these individuals was expansive.

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, November 19, 2014

Who: Andrea Peters, President, Board of Directors of the Greenville Ulster Project, Reid Neuhoff, President, Teen Advisory Board
What: Active Ulster Project Recruiting
When: Deadline for applications, December 15, 2014
Phone: 252-916-1297
Web: Facebook: Ulster Project of Greenville, NC
Details: The Ulster Project is recruiting participants for 2015 and beyond. Teens will act as ambassadors to a Northern Irish teen that is approximately 15 years old for four weeks-the last week of June-the last week of July. Teens must exhibit leadership qualities, have strong Christian values and deep respect of other cultures. There are daily activities ranging from Service Projects to Social Activities, with trip's to both our state's and nation's capitals. We ask that families provide room and board for a guest teen. All program expenses will be covered for both teens. There will be a total of 16 teens (8 US/8 NI) and four adult counselors. We need 4 girls and 4 boy homes, and ideally 4 of them being Catholic and 4 Protestant as the teens from Northern Ireland will also be classified in this way.

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

Teacher of the Week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Who: Kim Saad/Artistic Director of The Dance Collective (Guests: Marissa Miller, Ella Jordan and Anna Jordan)
What: Winter Wonder featuring The Dance Collective in "Peter and the Wolf" and "Clara and The Nutcracker Prince" - a benefit for Toys for Tots and Pitt County Schools
When: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:30pm
Where: ECU's Wright Auditorium
Phone: ECU Central Ticket Office 252-328-4788 for tiara and pointe shoe raffle tickets 252-355-7880
Details: Tickets may be purchased by calling the ECU central ticket office at 252-328-4788 and may also be purchased at the door for $15

Who: Bianca Shoneman, Uptown Greenville
What: Freeboot Friday, last one of the season
When: Nov. 21, 5-8pm
Where: Five Points Plaza, Uptown Greenville
Phone: 252.561.8400
Details: The Monitors headline the event! Should be amazing....

Friday, November 21, 2014

Who: Kiara Jones, Pitt Co.
animal shelter director to talk about the new licensing fees and canine control ordinance, esp. how they affect hunters?

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

Stars Dance Studio

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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