Lifestyles

‘Bobo’ Shines Pink for Good Reasons

Feature Photo by Jeff Forster It’s not an illusion produced by drug use. There really is a pink elephant in downtown Wheeling. And for good reason. “Bobo” the elephant rests in the Heritage Port Park o...

In Full Bloom: Nicky’s Garden Center

  On the way back from Sunday brunch at Oglebay, we decided to stop by Nicky's Garden Center's new location on Warden Run Road to buy my mother-in-law a flower for her birthday. What we found was a whol...

Blue Church Celebrates Hip Hop

Blue Church seeks to fill niche in community This Saturday the Blue Church in East Wheeling will be home to a Homegrown Hip-Hop show that will feature several young artists from the Wheeling community. The c...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 10

Photography archived by James Thorton (Writer’s Note: This is the 10th and FINAL story in this series that has concentrated on the organized-crime scene in and around Wheeling during the past century.)   ...

Guarded Optimism Expressed For Cracker Plant

It’s been called a “game changer” as far as employment is considered, and an announcement made by Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the beginning of September has made many in this Upper Ohio Valley feel optimistic abou...

Autumn: A Poem

This poem is courtesy of our friends at Elkinte.com Soon comes the eve whose dawn shall be autumn Where the woodland sheds all, to be raked and forgotten With damp leaf puddles on each road and lawn Summe...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 9

Photography by Walter Smith Photography; archived by James Thorton (Writer’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of stories that will concentrate on the organized-crime scene in and around Wheeling during th...

Avalon on the Ohio

Wheeling's Short-Lived Coney Island Amusement Park by Kate Quinn and Seán Duffy A Weelunk Partnership with Archiving Wheeling. For more Archiving Wheeling stories about local history through documents clic...

Don’t Miss the Greenwood Cemetery Tour

Friends of Wheeling will host another Greenwood Cemetery Tour on Sunday, Sept. 20. Two, seven-person walking tours will include notable people from Wheeling’s past, in first person, costumed presentations. Cont...

The OI Board Benefit Photo Collections

The recent OI Board Benefit, held at Oglebay's Mansion Museum, was a wonderful event, as it always is. The setting and the people seem to make it especially fertile ground for photographers, as we have at least...

Weelunk Weekender

It looks like we'll get some cooler weather this weekend, but maybe some more rain. If that's the case, what better place to go than Towngate Theatre on Friday to catch The Wheeling Film Society's Presentati...

It’s Time For Oktoberfest Beer!

Yes, it’s still scorching hot outside, but stores’ shelves have replaced flowers and swim toys with pumpkins and scarecrows. Summer has unofficially ended (insert sad face), so we would like to introduce Weelun...

Duvall’s Has Kept Me Watching For 49 Years

One of the mainstay, small, family owned businesses in Wheeling is Duvall TV and Appliance located at 1125 National Road. The place has been here (not always at its current location) since Harry Duvall founded ...

The Wheeling Feeling – A Poem

The Wheeling Feeling.. ------ “The Friendly city” so it’s called, Along the Ohio River it lays sprawled. Nestled in the hills where so few know, If you blink you’ll miss it, though. ------ It’s a city ...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 8

Note: 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 eighth in a series of stories that will concen...

The Second Siege of Fort Henry

Photos Courtesy of Joe Roxby and Don Feenerty Photography Weelunk urges you to attend Fort Henry Days this weekend!   For local frontier history lovers the 1782 siege of Fort Henry holds a unique ...

Big Timber Growing in West Virginia

It was 2008. He had just completed his finance degree at West Virginia University, and thanks to the beginning of the Great Recession, Matt Kwasniewski saw little opportunity in his native state. That’s w...

Grow Ohio Valley Offering New CSA Program

Local residents interested in consuming healthier fruits and vegetables now have the opportunity to take advantage of Grow Ohio Valley’s Community Supported Agriculture program. Ken Peralta, executive direct...

Belles and Cowbells

A Lighter Look at History The significance of agriculture in the West Virginia culture is woven into the state flag adopted by the W.Va. Legislature in 1929. The center design, derived from the Great Seal of...

Bellaire Bridge A Continuing Conundrum

No one really has a solid idea when and if the old Bellaire Interstate Toll Bridge will be demolished. Not Mayor Edward Kuca; not his eight council members; and not Frank Longwell, chief of police for the city ...

July Clouds: A Poem

 (Shared from our sister site Elkinite.com) The clouds have returnedMaking things feel more normal, somehowA treason to harsher windsMilder skies now brew with beautyFor this afternoon, anyhowCrafted vapor...

Market Area the Center Of Attention

Wheeling’s Centre Market has nearly two centuries worth of history behind it, but that is not what most people talk about these days. Instead, when Centre Market is mentioned in conversation, it most often i...

Stone Center Residential Soon to Be Reality

The top three floors of the Stone Center in downtown Wheeling will soon be occupied by residents of the 22 loft apartments now being constructed by the Woda Group. The $2.1 million project, announced in Marc...

New Endeavors at Olney Friends School

I arrived on campus just in time for lunch, which gave me the perfect opportunity to learn all about the organic farm at Olney Friends School, an independent, progressive high school in Barnesville, Ohio. As I ...

The Mabel Files: A Long Nervous Wait

  Mabel Minns and her blind father, Tom, sat restlessly on a bench in the massive marble-floored waiting area of Wheeling’s B&O Station on a rainy evening in April 1944. Tom tapped his little bamboo...

The Big Buzz Is Only One Year Away

It was 16 years ago when we last heard that deafening buzz and saw their red eyes and orange veins, but those sights and sounds are set to return next summer in the Upper Ohio Valley region. Hundreds of thou...

Elvis Has Not Left The Victoria Theater

HE echoed. The man who changed this man named Earl Brown, owner of the historic Victoria Theater on Market Street in downtown Wheeling, was Elvis Presley, and ultimately it was “The King” who guided Brown an...

Tennent’s Beer Comes To The Valley

“Guid gear comes in sma’ bulk.” The translation for this Scottish expression – “good things come in small packages,” and it’s the perfect way to start our next article about a few new brews in the Wheeling mark...

Mount Wood Marvel Will Not Be Overlooked

It’s been abused by vandals, and it’s crumbling with age, but the members of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission believe the Mount Wood Overlook can be transformed in a popular destination. The Arts Co...

The Moose Abides

“Hi, this is Taylor at the front desk at Oglebay. There’s a gentleman here trying to deliver a moose to the Nature Center.” In all fairness, I knew the moose arrival was imminent. I just didn’t know exactly ...

Is Pluto a Planet?

Do you know what a planet is? Most of us can tell the difference between a planet and a star and the difference between a planet and an asteroid or comet. Astronomers, like everyone else, like to group/class...

Elmhurst: The House of Friends

I’m 62 years old now, and when my time comes, I’m packing up and heading for this village. In fact, I’m already on the waiting list. Read on, and I’ll tell you why. Elmhurst, the House of Friendship, is ...

Visiting the Mound in Moundsville

Photos by Glynis Board Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story here: Listen   Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of W...

Public Key in Preserving Historic Span

I sat on the sidewalk Wednesday morning near the downtown Wheeling end of the historic Suspension Bridge with a pen and a notebook in my hands, and I counted cars and vans and trucks that were either exiting or...
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