2:08 pm
Wed December 13, 2006

Homemade Holiday Shorts - David Hill

David Hill and his wife Margaret

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.

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1:13 pm
Wed December 13, 2006

Homemade Holiday Shorts - Ellyn Bache

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.

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12:00 pm
Wed December 13, 2006

Homemade Holiday Shorts 2006

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.

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10:36 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Homemade Holiday Shorts - Nan Graham

Nan Graham and her son, Howell

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.

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Local Interest
6:06 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Swamped: City Takes on Sewer's Most Troublesome Section

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.

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Local Interest
11:41 am
Tue December 12, 2006

New Headquarters for Wilmington PD

Wilmington, NC – Construction on the new Wilmington Police headquarters is just about done.


The city says the $24-million building has come in under budget.


In January the police department will move from its Red Cross Street location to the new building on Bess Street. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the new headquarters will offer more for Wilmington's law enforcers.

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Local Interest
10:57 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Wilmington City Council Approves River Zoning

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington City Council passed a uniform zoning plan last night for along the Cape Fear River.

The zoning plan known as the Riverfront Mixed Use District applies to riverfront property except for inside Wilmington's Central Business District.

If developers opt into the zoning plan they must fulfill certain requirements, including public access to the waterfront.

Critics of the plan, such as Residents of Old Wilmington President Alice Mitchell, object to height allowances of 15 stories.

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Local Interest
10:57 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Cape Fear Community College Heading for Surf City

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College says it will open up a branch in Surf City next year.


The new Pender County branch will open in January and offer eleven courses.


Surf City mayor Zander Guy says right now coastal residents seeking community college classes have to drive to either Jacksonville or Wilmington.


Guy says plans are in the works to create a larger campus.


He says Surf City is now working on the bane of every college's existence - parking.

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Local Interest
10:55 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Indictment Pulled Against Former Deputy

Wilmington, NC – A revised indictment out of the clerk of courts office shows the foreman of the grand jury checked the wrong box when issuing an indictment of second-degree murder against a former New Hanover County Deputy.

Documents attached to the revised indictment show members of the grand jury called the foreman Monday night after watching media reports that former New Hanover County deputy Christopher Long had been indicted on second-degree murder.

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Local Interest
11:53 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Carpooling In Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – In an effort to get cars off the roads, the City of Wilmington has launched a project designed to get residents carpooling.

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