Ideas

Welcome to the first installment of our new series. WEEasked some simple questions — and your neighbors, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, maybe some strangers, answered. Get to know them a little bit better ...

Growing Generations Delivers Family Dreams

Growing Generations. That’s what they do. They make families. They turn siblings into aunts and uncles. They create grandparents. They help HIV-positive men become fathers, with their own sperm. They allow g...

AN ESSAY FOR THE DAY: To Eat a Talking Pea

“If peas can talk, should we eat them?” asked a very deep New York Times “think piece” a few years back. To which more than a few people might retort: “Yes, but only after you drown them in hot butter!” M...

Chef Shares Recipes for Succcess

Chef Chris Kefauver won’t fib. He makes visits to local middle and high schools in order to recruit students to the Culinary Arts Program he chairs at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Wheeling camp...

WEELUNK in a Nutshell

We want you, our readers, to know a little more about Weelunk, its vision and its place in the Ohio Valley and beyond. Lately, you may have noticed a few new writers, stories posted with more regularity and ...

Roberts Ruminates: Beans and Weenies

I didn’t drink coffee until my first child was born. For 27 years of my life, I got by on ante-meridiem pep alone. But when the kid came along, as you can imagine, a steaming cup of artificial energy became an ...

Enter Weelunk’s Haiku Contest

Try your hand at writing a haiku inspired by Wheeling’s waterfront, and one winner will join West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, for lunch! A haiku is a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three phra...

Roberts Ruminates: Ode to This Road

The National Road runs like an artery right through our community. It wasn’t originally meant to come through Wheeling, though. It began in Cumberland, Md., and ultimately ended in Vandalia, Ill., but thanks to...

An Essay for the Day: Matters of Mud

JONES MOUNTAIN, W.Va. – Funny what nearly 35 years of urban living makes an old country boy forget about country life, especially the winter-to-spring transition. A gurgling creek, softly wending its way thr...

PHYLosophy: The Upside of ‘Crumby’

“Daddy, it’s the moon and stars.” That’s what my 3-1/4-year-old granddaughter Norah told my son-in-law when she noticed half of a yellow sugar cookie and its crumbs on the kitchen table. It’s a broken coo...

Changes to Two-Mile Hill?

The far left of the three lanes along Interstate 70 would become the “slow lane” on the climb up Two-Mile Hill if Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard gets his wish. Howard, now in his second year of a four-year t...

Ninth Annual State of the City Address

(Here is the full text from Mayor Glenn Elliott's State of the City, delivered March 13, 2018, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.) Good afternoon. Welcome to the 9th annual State of the City Address ...

Wheeling Disappoints In Global Traffic Study

Wheeling has placed only 1,225th out of 1,360 in a recent report on a critical indicator of thriving cities, traffic. The prestigious INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard details the woeful state of local congestion,...

Memories of Mac’s Club

There was a time before Roberto’s Bar became Figaretti’s, before a La-Z-Boy showroom was transformed into TJ’s Sportsgarden, prior to when the Swing Club became Generations Pub and before the Owl’s Nest became ...

An Answer to ‘What’s Next?’

The answer to, “What’s Next?” may soon come into focus for downtown Wheeling, but what maybe-could-might happen within the vacant lots along Main Street remains a literal mystery. The Health Plan headquarter...

Memories of The Eagle Inn

You could already hear the music as you walked toward the front door from the always-packed parking lot, and immediately you were met by the bouncer who, you knew, would need to see your ID. Once you were gr...

Wheeling 2018 – Part Three

(Editor’s Note: This story is the third and final of a three-part series that will examine the potential that exists in the Wheeling area as we enter a new year.) It seems simple. It’s a bus stop, after all,...

Wheeling 2018 – Part Two

(Editor’s Note: This story is the second of a three-part series that will examine the potential that exists in the Wheeling area as we enter a new year.) Is it difficult to believe there are more people work...

Wheeling 2018 – Part One

(Editor’s Note: This story is the first of a three-part series that will examine the potential that exists in the Wheeling area as we enter a new year.) Believe it or not, the coming of The Health Plan headq...

Novotney’s Top 10 in 2017

As Weelunk ingrained itself in our community, many more folks forwarded their story ideas to me far more often than during our first two years of operation. And many of those suggestions did come to fruition...

Tunnels? Under Downtown Wheeling?

Pinched off water lines and undiscovered water and sewer lines have been the primary cause of the delay involved with the storm sewer separation project along Main Street in downtown Wheeling, but has a tunnel ...

‘It’s a Regional Thing’

The Health Plan employees now moving into the insurance company’s new headquarters in downtown Wheeling reside in three different states, and that’s because the compensation is worth it. The same is very tru...

Creek Debris Soon to Be Cleared

Receiving approval to clean creeks of flooding debris is very rare, and he will admit it, but the clearing of affected waterways in Ohio County should be completed by the end of the year, according to Emergency...

WVPB: Should West Virginia Rejoin Virginia?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting show The Front Porch recently did a segment discussing whether our state would be better off in its pre-1863 configuration, beholden to Richmond. The final consensus was "no", ...

Can Teaching Kids Compassion Change Culture?

As compassion training is becoming more popular in schools across the country, a school in West Virginia is taking on a pilot compassion curriculum project of its own. The goal is to improve student achievement...

Come Learn About the Public Market

The Public Market Meeting is this Wednesday!  Join us for an opportunity to hear more about the Public Market project, engage in a conversation about future plans, and express your interest in ...

Living On $3.87 Per Day Not A SNAP

$3.87. That’s the daily budget I spent the past two days so I could eat. Why? To prove a point. Three dollars and 87 cents is the average amount of money available daily to those on SNAP, the Supple...

Head, Hands, Heart: Real Hope.

Across West Virginia in cities and towns Sunday, September 17, 2017 is WV Day of Hope: A Celebration of Prevention and Recovery.  Birthed about three years ago as a result of a faith-based roundtable hosted b...

My Summer of Golf

The leadership of Oglebay Park and the Wheeling Park Commission decided to DO SOMETHING this year about the state of golf in the Ohio Valley - namely, that golf numbers are down, and young local people aren't n...

Job Opportunity: Downtown Wheeling

Weelunk hears from a lot of "ex-pats" who follow our stories. Some express an interest in moving back, but "no job opportunities" is always the deciding factor in staying put. So we are trying something new. Ju...

Yes Virginia, There is a West Virginia

A mountaineer’s conundrum If you are a West Virginia native and you have either traveled out of state or lived somewhere else, I assure you that the following has happened to you at least once: “Where are...

Philanthropy Takes Center Stage

On Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th, Wheeling, WV and the northern panhandle will be hosts to leaders from the Kresge Foundation of Michigan.  The visit is being hosted by Philanthropy West Virgini...

Becoming Successful in the Ohio Valley

 Background Today is a time when young adults are graduating from high school and traveling away from home to attend college or find work because they don’t believe there are any job or career opportunities ...

A More Compassionate Country Day

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story and audio here: Listen As compassion training is becoming more popular in schools across the country, a school in Wes...

Recycling Does Make Good Economic Sense

At last night's City Council meeting, I appointed members of a new Ad Hoc Committee on Recycling that will be tasked with reviewing Wheeling's existing—but underutilized—recycling program and suggesting improve...

Crackerland?

There are a lot of numbers to consider here. $6 billion: The price tag on the cracker plant that has been proposed by PTT Global, a petrochemical company based in Thailand, in the Dilles Bottom area of ...

An Ode to Wheeling Summers

By Christina Greer The headlines are depressing.   “The most miserable state in the US is West Virginia. For the fifth year in a row!” (The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index) “West Virgin...

Local Kayakers Urged To Heed Danger

Kayaking local creeks is an activity that has picked up in popularity during recent years, and that is why Lou Vargo and Jesse Mestrovic wish to remind enthusiasts to take every safety precaution and to employ ...

Sheriff Tom Howard Keeping His Promises

Candidates running for public office usually make promises they fail to keep once their successful campaigns are complete, but Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard seems different following his first six months in of...

Old Alley House: A Wheeling Treasure

The property description is very trendy these days. Loft apartment, fully updated kitchen and bathroom, garage, a living space, an enclosed and shared courtyard, and bedroom walking distance from the downtow...

For Ginny Favede Community Comes First

She wanted to serve the public, so that’s what Ginny Favede did first as a member of St. Clairsville City Council and then as a one of three members of the Belmont County Commission. After eight years as a c...
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