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WITN announces second "Cool School" - Nominate your school now!

Updated: 10/22/2014 - WITN and Bob 93.3 want to know "How Cool Is Your School?" Your school could be chosen for a free concert from Echosmith, including the band's hit "Cool Kids!" On Friday, Heather and Jim will go to New Bern High School.
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Monday, October 20, 2014
Who: Anne Marie Bartlett, Event Coordinator, Lenoir County SPCA
What: Spook Your Pooch
When: Saturday, October 25 10AM-2PM
Where: Second Chances Lenoir Co. SPCA Thrift Store
2900 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston
Phone: 252.933.4522 or 252.560.4663
Details: Spook Your Pooch Fall Bazaar is a fundraiser for the Lenoir Co. SPCA. We are a non-profit organization that strives to save and protect all the animals we can through the generosity of our supporters.
We have a fun filled day of activities for children and pets that include a Costume Contest for children 12 and under with their pets. Both have to be in costume. A Howling Contest for dogs. Local vets on hand to answer questions. Rabies Clinic. Pet Grooming.Games, food, and raffles.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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, October 22, 2014
Who: Nikki Klapp, Darleen's Flamingo 5K Co-Chair, Catherine Pfeiffer, Shepard Cancer Foundation board member
What: 5th annual Darleen's Flamingo 5K
When: Saturday, November 1, Registration starts at 3 p.m. and event begins at 5 p.m.
Where: water front in the Smithton community of Belhaven
Phone: (252) 945-6542
Web: www.flamingo5k.org
details: Proceeds from the event benefit the Shepard Cancer Foundation.


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

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Who: Dr. LaTonya M. Nixon, TRIO Director and Christy Jones, TRIO:EOC Coordinator
What: TRIO WEEK
When: October 27 - 31
Where: Pitt Community College, Warren 1306
Phone: (252) 493-7689
Web:
Details: TRIO, which are US Department of Education programs that offer college access to all persons, will celebrate its' 50th anniversary this year. In honor of that we will have several events during the week of October 27th thru October 31st. Specifically, the TRIO Open house will be held on Monday, October 27th, from 12-2 in the lobby of the Warren building. All are welcome to attend to learn about the success of the TRIO programs. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.

Who: Bianca Shoneman, Uptown Greenville
What: Freeboot Friday
When: Friday, October 24, 5 p.m.
Where: Five Points Plaza, Greenville

Who: Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU Police
What: ECU Game Impact on Traffic


Friday, October 24, 2014
HOW COOL IS YOUR SCHOOL: New Bern High 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
E-MAIL: heather.king@witn.com
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
PREVIOUS STATIONS: KOMU-TV
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 BEVERAGE: Green tea
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FAVORITE SEASON: Autumn
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: An airplane so I could fly home.

BIOGRAPHY:
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.

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NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
E-MAIL: jim.howard@witn.com
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
PREVIOUS STATIONS: WMBB in Panama City, FL
MARRIED: Yes
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE BAND: Billy Joel
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 BEVERAGE: Dr. Pepper
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FAVORITE SEASON: Winter
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.

BIOGRAPHY:
"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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SCAM ALERT: Subscription Scammers

Posted: 10/14/2014 - If your morning paper is coming at a higher cost than normal, officials warn it may not be due to printing costs at the paper but because of scammers.

SCAM ALERT: Real company, fake job

Posted: 09/22/2014 - This is about the time of year people are perusing the internet for a side job to pick up a bit of extra cash for the holidays. However, scammers are using some seemingly legitimate tactics to target job seekers.

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Posted: 09/11/2014 - One scammer in our state is targeting your tunes, and hoping to get enough personal information to then target your money.

SCAM ALERT: Ice Bucket Challenge Video Scam

Posted: 09/02/2014 - 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.

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