The Tools Of The Trade

The biggest day of my life was the morning I put on my new knickers with the brand new leather lace-up knee boots with the pen knife in a special holster. It was attached to the outside of the right boot...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 2

(Writer’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories that will concentrate on the organized-crime scene in and around Wheeling during the past century.) THE RAT The high-level gangsters scattered, but...

Blast Off Apps Focusing on Local Businesses

“Greed.” That is Adam Paul’s one-word answer to why the small-business sector of the American economy has yet to tap into using mobile phone apps to help grow their respective operations. But Paul and...

Valley Be Quirky

The mainstream labels it a revitalization of the Ohio Valley with Wheeling as the epicenter. But there’s a subtle underlying current that may have always been there, but it is just now evolving into an open...

On Being Irish

  I am Irish, I guess, because I don’t know what else to be. I am half German, but being German never came easy to me. We are a melancholy lot; I am. That is why we sing and laugh so much...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 1

THE BOSSES, BOOKIES, AND BURGOYNE (Writer’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories that will concentrate on the organized-crime scene in and around Wheeling during the past century.) Bill Lias...

Little Ships and Big Ships

I started in the securities brokerage business in 1957 with a Cincinnati firm named Westheimer & Co. It was a regional firm as most were in those days. The president of the firm was a venerable old...

Disaster of the Steamboat Scioto

By Rich Knoblich Weelunk Contributor Dating back to the placement of a skull, aka Weelunk, along the Ohio River’s banks, Wheeling’s folk history has evolved to include numerous paranormal events...

Snow Day, a Poem

By Lauren Cuff Weelunk Contributor   Snow Day   I have coffee I keep my pajamas on I play music I listen to my dog snore I begin to write a story for my...

Maroon Knight Pride Preps for Future

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com On the inside, the hallway walls remain green, and the doors are still thick, the windows continue to glow, many lockers are decorated in celebration of athletic...

Defy The Cold; Fish For Trout!

by Jesse Mestrovic West Virginia trout-stocking is getting into full swing. It may be cold, snowing, and threatening hypothermia outside, but the diligent, passion-driven sportsmen and women are gearing up...

Recycling Issue Comes Back Anew

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Paper. Plastics. Metals. Textiles. Electronics. Composting. And glass – clear, brown, green, whatever. Almost everything can be recycled. But even though methods of...

Miklas: More than Just Meat

By Sarah Koegler Weelunk Contributor My Weekly Stop I tie the dog’s leash to the railing on the stoop, help my boys prop their bikes against the wall, and walk into Miklas Meat Market. I’m usually...

An Echo Point Romance

By Bill Hogan Weelunk Contributor Doodad and Bebe I met Mary Ann’s grandparents when I first dated her. She lived way out in the country, and at that time the roads were a lane and a half and very...

Avenue Eats Celebrates Second Anniversary

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They had no idea if it would work. The “build-it-and-they-will-come” phrase was truly a question for Phillip Kendall and Lara Graves. “If we build it, will they...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 6

By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor   The Minns Confectionary Feels the Loss of a Jazz Giant – Wheeling’s Chu Berry   Chris Cerone, the blind, balding 41-year-old musical genius...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 5

By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor   The Mabel Files Part 5: Stogies, Sandwiches, and Crocheted Lace The 1920s and 1930s were tough times for Tom and Lizzie Minns, the blind proprietors of...

Coleman’s Still Fresh After 100 Years

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He still blushes when his customers offer him the usual rave reviews. His face literally turns red with appreciation, and he can utter only four words in return – “Thank...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 4

By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor The Mabel Files Part 4: Music, talk, and danger inside the Minns’ Confectionary A safe warm gathering place for friendship, but for thieves ... not so...

Fitness 101: Get Moving…Naturally

By Justin Kiger Weelunk Contributor Diary of an Unresolved Fitness Quest: Day One January 2015 came in with all the resolutions every other year has in store: Get fit. Eat right. Join the gym. It’s nearly...

The Flair In The Fabric Of Wheeling

by Bill Hogan I think of the Wheeling of my young years as a time when the city was booming. City streets were full of pedestrian and vehicular traffic competing with streetcars for a place in the flow....

The “Mabel Files”: Part 3

T.J. Minns and his “Pal” By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor   When my grandfather, Thomas J. Minns, had a full head of steam on the sidewalks of South Wheeling in the second two decades...

Preservation with Elmer and Harry

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They collect old photographs of couples because the subjects usually appear unhappy, and they think that it’s funny. For the same reason “Carlton the Butler” – a...

Plans Unleashed for Dog Park

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com When the ribbon is cut this summer to officially open Wheeling’s new dog park, it will represent the culmination of conversations that began more than two years...