Bolivia, NC – The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says 80-year-old Lillian Hickman fought back when four masked and gloved men broke down her door Sunday night. The men originally tried to bind Hickman with duct tape, before deciding to lock her in a bathroom, where she called 911 while they robbed her house. Sheriff's officers arrived shortly after the robbers fled with Hickman's purse.
Hickman was left with a black eye from being struck with her door as the men forced their way inside, but did not go to the hospital.
Shorts' musical guest John Golden tells the story, in rhyme, of a favorite uncle's most memorable Christmas prank.
Our musical guest, John Golden, is not just a master on the guitar, he's also familiar to listeners as one of the hosts of WHQR's Magnolia Fatback Folk Hour. But you may not know, that he's a bit of a poet, too.
Commentator David Hill gives a dramatic reading of his family's first-ever holiday newsletter.
As a local pediatrician, we hope David Hill's actual bedside manner is nothing like the sardonic and self-deprecating wit he brings to his monthly commentaries on WHQR. David's pieces explore the pitfalls of parenting, generally with a tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Novelist Ellyn Bache reads an adaptation of her novella, Holiday Miracles, about a special season in a blended family.
Ellyn Bache is a former Wilmingtonian, lured back for just Holiday Shorts. Bache is the prolific author of novels about families, romance, and the events that can transform both. Her first novel, Safe Passage, about a family caught up in the bombing of the Beirut Embassy, was made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon.
Amputated reindeer... turkey hash... ear tubes... and one special miracle: last Sunday, WHQR celebrated our annual holiday tradition with a live broadcast of original stories from our gallery. If you couldn't join us for the show, we've collected all the fun for you, retroactively.
Commentator Nan Graham opened Holiday Shorts with ghosts of Christmases Past.
With her magnolia-tinted voice, Storyteller Nan Graham brings to life the unique flavors and idiosyncrasies of Southern life every other week. You can find those collected commentaries in her two books - Turn South at the Next Magnolia, and In a Magnolia Minute. A teacher and graduate of Chapel Hill and the Citadel, Nan has a full Southern resume - her childhood took her from Tallahassee, Florida to Columbia, South Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Wilmington, NC – Thick black mud squelches away from the treads of the city's recently-acquired swamp buggy as it jolts along the watery track use to keep an eye on several thousand feet of troubled sewer line near Hewlett's Creek.
In their now-daily patrols of the line, utilities workers have spotted woodpeckers, hawks, and myriad animal tracks back among the trees.