The Gift of DNA

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I’m 48 years old today, and I am a blessed man. I still have both of my folks, an awesome wife and two kids, and my extended family is better than any dream could...

A Tour Through Clay School

Photographs and Story By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I lived directly across the street from Clay School for three years, and that’s when I learned about Darryl Bayne’s dream. He bought the...

There’s Hope For Hines

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He was draped in a couple of shirts, a hoodie, two pairs of socks, little-boy long johns, a snowsuit, ski cap, and his favorite boots, and then a tuxedo of sorts was placed...

Chief: Help Us Prevent Crime

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com If Wheeling residents wish to continue living in one of the safest cities in America, picking up the phone and reporting what they consider “suspicious activity” is...

1100 Block Returns To Roots

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Officials of the city of Wheeling spent two years guiding tours of the vacant, dilapidated buildings within the 1100 block of downtown Wheeling, and more than a year...

A Reporter’s Musings

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: Occasionally, some collected facts and scenarios do not make it into an article, but they may still be interesting to the public. Hence, “A Reporter’s...

Act Now on Aetnaville Bridge

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Since Weelunk published an article last weekend that concerned the future of the Aetnaville Bridge, a group of Wheeling Island residents started a petition on Change.org,...

Q and A: Don Atkinson

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He calls it a wrecker. The rest of the world calls it a tow truck. But 58-year-old Don Atkinson, an employee at Ace Garage in his native Fulton section of Wheeling since...

It’s Not All Coal on the River

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com As the debate concerning the transportation of fracking waste on American rivers continues, local officials confirmed that several hazardous and non-hazardous materials...

Erika Donaghy: One Step at a Time

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Her passion was initiated by “Snoopy,” believe it or not, but the eye-opening experience concerned nothing to do with watching the internationally famous cartoon canine in...

Neighborhoods: Downtown

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles that will include profiles on each of Wheeling’s established neighborhoods.) G.C. Murphy. L.S. Good. Sears....

Some Children Are All Boxed In

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s hard to believe there are homeless children here in Wheeling and in the Upper Ohio Valley. One in 45 U.S. children in the United States experiences homelessness each...

Q&A With Shawn Fluharty

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The other kids made fun of him because he lived in a trailer with his mother during his elementary school days, and at first Shawn Fluharty was embarrassed. His parents,...

Q&A With Erikka Storch

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The first decision Erikka Storch made when walking into her new office as the president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce was to open the vertical blinds that hid an...

Hope for Change Alive in West Virginia

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Now we know. We know the winners and we know the losers. We know that Rep. Shelley Capito will assume the “junior” senatorial position in the United State...