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Goldsboro teen killed in shooting

Posted: 10/02/2015 - Goldsboro police are asking for information about the fatal shooting on South Slocumb Street Thursday night.

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Names: DeMario Carr Conference Host. Iz'reyel Robinson
What:The League of Extraordinary Mimes Fine arts conference
When: October 9-10 2015
Where: Philippi Church, 3760 Philippi Church
Phone: 919.455.4285
Web: Www.extraordinarymimes.Com
Details: Crown Fest is a dance competition giving away over $1000 in Cash and prizes.
The Crown Experience is The Finale concert featuring Recording Artist Maranda Curtis Willis. This production will include over 100 dancers singers and musicians. Something unlike anything ever witnessed here in Greenville, NC. Admission to these events are free to the public. But we do have VIP access that will include priority seating during our Saturday night concert. Call 919.455.4285 for more information about registration, tickets, volunteers sponsorship opportunities and more. October is anti-bullying month so we will be honoring Shannon Harper the mother on Alyssa McColcough with a special presentation!!
I would like to bring a group of 5-6 of my dancers to be apart of the interview that morning. We will be in full costume to bring a different visual for the interview.

Who: Lynne Garrison, Women for Women
What: Fall Membership Coffee
When: Thursday, October 15 From 10:00am-11:30am
Where: Greenville Hilton

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Who: Darone Dancy (Pitt County) & Gabriela Gonzalez (Wayne County), Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialists
What: ) 2015 Pitt & Wayne County Stand Downs
When: Wayne County Fri Oct 1st & Pitt County Fri Oct 23rd
Where: Wayne County (Herman Garris Park Center, 901 E. Ash St Goldsboro) & Pitt County (EPPS Center, 400 Nash St Greenville)
Phone: (252) 355-9067 Ext 211
Details: Please contact your local NCWorks office for additional information.

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 30, 2015
Who: Danielle Holdner- ECU Dance Marathon President Toni Abernathy- Public Relations
What: Dance Marathon
When: Spring 2016
Where: Student Rec Center
Phone: (919)753-7988 email is
Details: The event is exclusively for ECU students and the Miracle Children from James and Connie Maynard. We would love the community's help with fundraising for the hospital. We have multiple fundraising nights at various restaurants in the area. You can donate to donor drive
October 16th: SweetFrog
October 22nd: Chick-Fil-A
November 4th: Buffalo Wild Wings

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

Who: Natalie Evans
What: Teacher of the Week
Where: D.H. Conley High School

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Who: Amanda Elkins, Organizer
What: Hobgood Cotton Festival
When: Saturday, October 10 from 10am until 6pm
Where:Town of Hobgood - Friendship Park
Phone: 252-883-9827
Details: There will be something for everyone. A corn hole tournament, BINGO, face painting, Children's amusements, Cocoa the Clown, Art Show in the Depot, antique farm equipment, delicious foods, crafts, Live music all day - featuring some gospel, some oldies, the Hobgood Players and finishing the day with the fabulous Jonathan Parker Band at 5pm. Today is the last day to sign up as a vendor or sponsor.

Who: Jim Bisbee
What: Mumfest
When: October 10-11, 2015
Where: New Bern
Phone: (252)638-5781
Details: This is the 35th annual Mumfest in New Bern, which draws 90,000+ of people. The award-winning event features something for the whole family... Entertainment, attractions, exhibitors. WITN is proud to be the broadcast television sponsor of this excellent event.

Who: Ashka Lewis - Community Support Specialist, Paula Liggon - Employment Specialist
What: National Disability Employment Awareness Month = October
ECVC's Anniversary Banquet
When: October 1, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Rock Springs
Phone: (252) 758-4188
Web: /
Details: The month of October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM's theme is "At WORK, it's what a person CAN DO that matters." ECVC holds it anniversary banquets in October to celebrate NDEAM and the ABILITIES of people with disabilities. Special guest speaker is Colonel Greg Gadson. For more information on Col. Gadson, please visit:

Friday, October 2, 2015
Who: Latina Shelley, Ladies of Purpose
What: Ladies of Purpose Conference
When: Sunday, October 11, 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Holiday Inn, 203 SW Greenville Blvd., Greenville

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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