West Virginian: A Poem

  Your river veins, your heart of coal Seneca’s body, Spruce’s soul A quiet perfection–to some, unknown It is you, my God, my home Quivering dewdrop tracing stem Shaded eaves for root...

The Mabel Files: A Working Dog’s Story

Feature Picture from paintlater.wordpress.com Mabel Files 17 When I was a young dog just trying to survive on the streets of Wheeling in the early 1930s, few people ever paid any attention to me except,...

Keeping the Kids A Goal in Wheeling

"Retaining our youth." We hear the phrase all of the time in the Upper Ohio Valley, and that’s because it’s one of the most important aspects of a reviving community that is attempting to reverse...

Navigating Yesterday – A Haibun Poem

Navigating Yesterday   memories birthed in the Ohio swim to the surface   Pap Pap,  why did you have to tell us what your neighbor was carrying in that brown paper bag.   You could have...

Vagabond Tales: A Trip to D.C.

Like many adventures, this one began with a question: Would you like to come to D.C. for our event? The question is ever-changing. My answer, a constant, “Yes!” I first heard of the West Virginia...

Community Murals To Better Wheeling

Architects of Change, a community mural project, is promoting positive change for adults with mental illness who attend the Marian House and clients at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center by giving them the...

C3 Camp Is For Every Kid

For one week each year, people in Wheeling gather together to do something great. The mission is simple: serve the kids in this valley with no price tag attached. Volunteers show up from every corner of...

The “Father of West Virginia” Returns

The installation of the statue of Francis H. Pierpont, the “Father of West Virginia,” will begin on Wednesday, June 10, at Wheeling’s West Virginia Independence Hall, the historic site of the state’s...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 7

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of stories that will...

Interesting Flora of Ohio County

Creek-Side Flora This time of year is the perfect time to go out looking for interesting plants. There are so many to find, and flora is constantly changing. I especially enjoy identifying those with...

Weelunk Weekender

After a busy Memorial Day weekend, the city is taking a bit of a breather. No huge events this weekend, but lots of quality smaller ones. If you've always wanted to see a minstrel show, your chance is here....

The Wheeling Mob: Part 6

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of stories that will...

Spring

A flush of green Lilac, lavender, sweet the soft puff of dandelion seeds A hawk gliding on a breeze Caterpillars bungee jump from trees Wheeling Creek hushed by leaves A couple sitting on its bank heads...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 5

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories that will...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 3, Conclusion

Brady’s Rangers were very effective in their pursuit of the Indian raiding parties. Numerous times, they rescued women and children who had been taken captive by the Indians. When Brady’s Rangers...

The Hempfield Haunting

The historical reference to Wheeling as ‘Place of the Skull’ by local historians implies Wheeling is a setting of uncommon circumstances. To appreciate Wheeling’s paranormal attractions, you need to...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 2

After living in a cabin in Wellsburg for a period of time, Sam and Drucilla obtained property in West Liberty, with assistance from Van Swearingon, where they built a large frame house. One of the photos with...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 4

This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories that will...

Local Birds Of Spring, A Photo Essay

Spring has returned, and so have the birds (and the birds that didn't leave are happier). Local photographer Anna Fonner of Ark Photography has been busy snapping their photos all over Wheeling. Check out her...

Yesterday: A Haibun Poem

Yesterday   memories gather in the rear view mirror framing a rich past   Wheeling, late 50's: A living breathing organism; the population on the verge of decline. The business...

Weelunk Weekender

A busy late-April weekend in Wheeling kicks off Thursday evening with the Charlie Daniels Band at the Capitol Theatre. Charlie always puts on a great show, so don't miss it. Friday noon brings us...

When Two Non-Profits Connect

  So the story goes … I walked in to the Alpha for lunch one day in 2014, and Jason Koegler introduces me to Junior League of Wheeling President Lori Kenamond. We had pleasant exchanges between...

Brand New Firm To Chisel Outside The Box

It simply made sense. That is why the owners of two downtown Wheeling businesses have decided to merge Redbeard Communication and Neue into a new branding management firm named “Chiselbox.” Nathan...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 1

Captain Samuel Brady – Hero of the Revolution Part 1    During the Revolutionary War, the most well-known and respected individual in the Upper Ohio Valley was not named McCullough or Zane or...