“Coal”

There are wives in this Upper Ohio Valley whose husbands have delved deep underground for 30 or 40 years, and along with their spouses, so have their fathers, their sons, and even their daughters,...

An Afternoon With Stobart

And death shall have no dominion. Dead man naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon; When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have stars at elbow and...

A Food Trucker’s Bumpy Road

And a blown transmission is a part of it, too. Dean Barath found that out this past week, and consequently he will not have his planned presence for Ideal Provisions at this weekend’s Upper Ohio Valley...

Tunnel Stories

This is the old B&O railroad tunnel along Wheeling Creek. As kids one of our adventures was going through the tunnel. There was not a whole lot of room in there and I always wondered what we would do it...

Mineral Springs and the Stratford Hotel

My interest in the Stratford Hotel began as a young girl. It was there I played hooky from piano lessons, picked wildflowers and earned my Girl Scout trailblazing badge. One day I found silverware and...

1996 MixTape: Jamboree in the Hills

Let’s travel back to a time when the music was good and the not-so-delicate scent of body odor filled the air: Morristown, Ohio 1996. Place the tape in the deck and press play. Disclaimer: It's been 21...

Wilson Pleased with First Year on Council

The youngest ever. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s how Brian Wilson now feels. At first, yup, it was an intimidating little piece of Wheeling’s modern-day history, but these days, following his first year...

A Zoo Brew Chronicle

In the distance, a lone banjo laments an old song. Remembering old days buried deep within fading memories, a fiddle shades the air a somber grey. The past is mourned as the music yearns to step back into...

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...