The 12 Days Before Christmas

Photographs and Story By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It was supposed to be a good day in Sardis, Ohio, and that is because December 13 had been designated as “Connection Day” for Triad Hunter’s...

Grab A Seat For Christmas

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com In case there is a last-minute, Christmas Eve shopper who is looking for a unique gift idea, Frank O’Brien said he could make a suggestion. O’Brien, the executive...

A Mother’s Christmas Miracle

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I was misbehaving. A lot. And I was told I was on the naughty list. But that meant nothing to me because the Santa secret was out, and I didn’t believe my mother. Over...

Six Bikes For Christmas Morning

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I was minding my own business and simply buying some Braunschweiger like my Grandma Novotney used to feed me, and out of nowhere my friend Dave suddenly asked, “What...

Recycling The Recycling Program

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Many in the Friendly City would like to see the municipality adopt an improved recycling program as a part of the offered sanitation services. According to Wheeling City...

Wish to Be Heard At Council Meetings

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com “Those who wish to be heard.” It’s always the last item on every agenda for Wheeling’s city council meetings. And it will be there again for tomorrow’s...

Fracking the People

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I asked Belmont County Commissioner Matt Coffland what he thought of the fracking-under-the-Ohio-River proposal a couple of months ago, and he replied, “I sure hope they...

Tourists Prefer Friendly

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Tomorrow is “Tourism Day” in the city of Wheeling. But it’s not a designated day. Mayor Andy McKenzie did not issue a proclamation, and the state legislature has...

City Set To Vote On Plan And Tax

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Members of Wheeling City Council will cast a pair of imperative votes during their upcoming meeting on Dec. 16. One agenda item concerns the finalization of the city’s...

People First, Capitalism Follows

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com OK, so the Professional Building on Market Street has a new owner, and so does the Flat Iron Building on Main Street, and both buyers are considering build-outs for...

Miracle on Market Street

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Something very special took place at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre this past weekend. There were three performances of “A Christmas Carol,” and all three...

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,...