Betty’s 2017 Garden

Betty’s Garden Diary Revisited! Preface Greetings fellow Weelunk gardeners! This is a follow-up to the “Betty’s Garden Diary” series that my wife, Betty, and I published on Weelunk last year. Since...

Euchre: Poker’s Poor Cousin

Twenty or thirty years or so ago, a wearied traveler venturing through the coal-infused hills of Appalachia steps off his beaten path and takes refuge in one of Wheeling's countless taverns. Sidling up to the...

Pete Jefferson

Pete was not a regular in our crowd but was around enough to the extent that he should have been. We knew each other, went to the same parties, but I believe he was a bit older. Pete had an older brother, a...

McColloch’s Leap

In East Wheeling in the mid 1960's there was a 'bar' on almost every corner. But the word 'bar' isn't all they were, they were also community centers. Places that glued the small neighborhoods together....

WJU Graduate Presented With Manning Award

Overcoming Obstacles is Second Nature for WJU Graduate A Hillard, Ohio native overcame learning obstacles to not only earn a degree from Wheeling Jesuit, but achieve much success during her four years at...

Blind Butch

The neighborhood of Goosetown was special in the 60s, not much of it now remains. It was hidden in a small corner of Wheeling. Big Wheeling Creek on the east and railroad tracks on the west defined...

Learning to Drink in Wheeling

Somehow we all got introduced to the ancient evil of alcohol. In Wheeling most likely it was beer. Way back in the old days, which would have been the late and mid 60's Wheeling had a great system for creating...

Baseball in Wheeling – Chapter 3

(Editor’s Note: This chapter is the fourth entry of a series of stories that will focus on the history of the game of baseball in the Wheeling area.)   “It’s Because He Smiled A Lot” It...

Wheeling Women Artists: Melody Meadows

Melody Meadows’ passion for theater blossomed at the age of ten. She is a Charleston native but pursued children’s theater in New Martinsville, WV. She then continued on her acting path via Magnolia...

We Watch Forever

They had a party at our prison last night and they thought we couldn’t see.This rotten stone hell where we walk in darkness forever is not as it was when I faced the hangman in 1932 or as it was when my...

The Capitol of Entertainment

Star studded night The searchlights shine brightly It’s entertainment that I need Up on the billboard, the title glitters Wheeling’s own Broadway show The walk of fame full of music stars The time...

Wheeling Women Artists: Pat Jacobson

Local Painter Tackles Political Issues Pat Jacobson has loved art for as long as she can remember. “Oh, I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was a child. Of course, I didn’t know what I wanted...

Grow Ohio Valley Seeks Hosts

Early this summer, another four AmeriCorps service members will arrive in Wheeling to assist Grow Ohio Valley in its mission of establishing a robust local food economy. They will remain here for separate...

Mayor Eyes Compassion for Wheeling

It is about a change in the mindset of local government that alters the citizen experience because people are treated more like people. Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott joined a number of Wheeling area...

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...