The Men of the Pen

My friends and I on a warm summer night Drove down to the famous home of fright 11 Acres and surrounded by walls The WV State Penitentiary held them all A prisoner’s home was a 5x7 cell A horrible home,...

Courts Four and Five

The tennis courts four and five are gone. I drove through Crispin Center with my buddy Rory, a thoroughbred mutt a lot like the driver and saw the work in progress. There was a big commercial dumpster parked...

driving route eighty-eight

in the space between working and not i lose myself essing and squiggling day and late on eighty-eight-- a kind of asphalt umbilical cord, connecting dawn and sunset--- wending way again...

Romantic Wheeling Project: Suspended

It was built to be the longest in its decade, but now as men walk across it, its purpose degrades. Forged by the hands of stone and steel, giving interested eyes a historic appeal. Now gaze upon the...

WJU Hosting Two Exhibits in March

Wheeling Jesuit will host an exhibit by Israeli Photographer Erez Kaganovitz entitled Humans of Tel Aviv in the university’s Bishop Hodges Library during the month of March. An opening reception for the...

Babe

Babe, I believe his last name was Hert, was in Saint Michaels grade school with my oldest sister Kay when the school was located one block up from Edgington Lane. It is an apartment building now. I believe...

Romantic Wheeling: August 21, 1990

August 21, 1990 Dear Meg, My platoon and I are stationed at Camp Casey in Korea for now and no one knows for how long. It feels like forever since I’ve been home, I can hardly remember what yall look...

Catfish Fishing on the Ohio River

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work! – Unknown Cover picture - Russ Cook holding a good sized Ohio River Catfish that he caught. The problem with the world today is that not enough...

Changing Course: A WLU Retirement

When David J. Thomas, originally from Burgettstown, PA, first came to West Liberty State College (WLSC) in 1970, he was a sophomore at Weirton Madonna High School (MHS). His early entry into WLSC was due to...

The West Liberty Tanneries

When West Liberty was settled, the region had a lot of oak trees. In addition to supplying lumber for the building needs as the community grew, those oaks also provided a plentiful supply of oak bark to the...

Waller’s Floats Through Winter

It’s January, and it’s 18 degrees outside the Waller Pools and Spas building on Eoff Street. And Waller’s was open as it is each day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., but not for a clearance sale on...

A Sweet Romance

My son, Neil, was home from Africa after spending two years in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and another year or so working with some Italian Missionaries in Uganda. We were having lunch in this trippy...

2016 Weelunk Top Ten: Stories By Steve

As we put a wrap on our 2016 in review, here are the Top Ten stories from our Chief Editor and Writer Steve Novotney. Editor’s Note: This Top Ten list was compiled using Google analytics and social media...