Lifestyles

An Essay for the Day: Matters of Mud

JONES MOUNTAIN, W.Va. – Funny what nearly 35 years of urban living makes an old country boy forget about country life, especially the winter-to-spring transition. A gurgling creek, softly wending its way thr...

Geo-History: The Gnadenhutten Massacre

EARL'S NOTE: One of the darkest days in American history was March 8, 1782. On that date, 96 innocent Christian men, women, and children at Gnadenhutten in Ohio were brutally executed by members of the Pennsylv...

PHYLosophy: The Upside of ‘Crumby’

“Daddy, it’s the moon and stars.” That’s what my 3-1/4-year-old granddaughter Norah told my son-in-law when she noticed half of a yellow sugar cookie and its crumbs on the kitchen table. It’s a broken coo...

Glass Castles, Demons and Jeannette Walls

“Magical.” In a word, that’s what Jeannette Walls calls her childhood. Surprised? If you have read her memoir, “The Glass Castle,” or have seen the movie based on the book, you might be. Walls will spe...

1993 MixTape: March Madness

Let’s travel back to a time when the month was March and snow was in the air: Wheeling, W.Va., in 1993. Place the tape in the deck and press play. Track One: Digable Planets - The Rebirth of Slick ...

Let’s Talk About Renewable Energy

Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center offers a wide variety of programs for the community. My kids attend camp. I've gone fungi-hunting and owl-calling. My husband and I constructed rain b...

An Essay for the Day: “An Irish Stew”

The cutting and chopping begin early today to fill two large pots atop the stove. In each will be layered large and thick slices of white onions and yellow potatoes. They’ll be followed by layers of cubed beef ...

Kelcie Says ‘Later’ to Drugs

Standing in prison with her infant daughter Reagan in her arms, Kelcie Rauscher read a newspaper article about a couple who had overdosed — a few days later, their baby starved to death in her bassinet next to ...

Commuter Tuition Rate Makes WJU More Affordable

Attending college is no longer an uphill battle thanks to Wheeling Jesuit University’s new, affordable commuter tuition rate. The University launched the Fr. Clifford Lewis S.J. Scholars Program, which offer...

#55Strong Returns to Classrooms

They had to research a mineral, any one of the 3,800 or so that exist on Earth these days, and they also had to prepare to educate their classmates on it when, finally, an acceptable deal was made to return the...

A Divided Peninsula of Souls

It is one of the silent cities of the dead in Wheeling, but this one was split, and one half has been forgotten. The Peninsula Cemetery, once the third largest in the state of West Virginia with more than 1,...

17 Years Later, Matt’s Still Saving Lives

A violinist sat on The Capitol Theatre stage playing “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 9. Just two months earlier, during a symphony rehearsal, someone truly did save ...

Geo-History: The Squaw Campaign

Earl’s Note: This is the first in a planned series of short installments about the events that shaped our history. Events that took place in other locations often involved the men and women from our part of the...

It Still Stands

No one knows about it these days because the signage has been removed, chains block the old access points, and Oglebay officials do not promote its existence in their lodging pamphlets or related material poste...

Renew Wheeling

Against market odds, two divorced individuals come together to create a life and family through opportunities of their own creation in Wheeling, West Virginia. The pair have abandoned the notion that Wheeling's...

Welcome to Hello Haberdashery!

Imagine a small shop lost to time where history collides with whimsy and a touch of the wild gypsy spirit. Elegance and sophistication lovingly displayed draws visitors back to a time when top hats and cameo br...

The I-68 Energy Corridor- Part 2

(Editor’s Note: This is the second of two reports that will update Weelunk readers on the current status of the proposal to extend U.S. Interstate 68 from the Morgantown area to Moundsville.) There are obsta...

The I-68 Energy Corridor- Part 1

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of two reports that will update Weelunk readers on the current status of the proposal to extend U.S. Interstate 68 from the Morgantown area to Moundsville.) Bob Miller was r...

The Children’s Museum is Hiring

The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley is seeking a Museum Manager to provide leadership and management, coordinate Museum activities, and direct the efforts of Museum staff. The position is part-time for 25-...

Travels With Betty, Part 2

Editor's Note: This is the second and final installment of the story of Earl and Betty's epic cross-country travels. If you haven't read the first part, you can catch up here. If you are a member of my gener...

Zende Predicts Downtown Growth

Can growth spread? The economic development specialist for the city of Wheeling believes it can, and after more than five years as the manager of Centre Market, Kurt Zende insists what has taken place inside...

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 the...

The Griffith Files: Nick’s Music

Nick’s Music was a Cradle of the Folk Music Revival of the 1960s and it Vanished – or did it? Before he could expand upon his fading memories about growing up in Wheeling for the brief stories he wrote for ...

2017 Top Ten: Stories By You

Today we continue the year in review with a shout out to our readers, followers, advocates, investors, advertisers and all-around-Weelunkers.  Here are the Top Ten stories of the year from YOU, our community co...

In Pictures: 2017

Take a look at some of the pictures that captured the essence of 2017.  Maybe you will see someone you know! Happy New Year To All – See you in 2018.  ...

Christmas Memories at the Mall

It was similar to shopping in, say, downtown Wheeling, but with two very notable exceptions. There was that roof, of course, and the warmth, too, inside those glass doors of the Ohio Valley Mall. Once it ...

Medical Cannabis – Part Two

It was an unexpected but welcome development for many when a legislative side road was navigated to get a vote on medicinal cannabis on the floor of the West Virginia House of Delegates. It was late March, a...

Local Families Offered Second Chance

Too many children do not have access to an internet-capable computer at home in the Upper Ohio Valley region, but one Wheeling couple hopes to change that reality for families without the means to purchase the ...

Eat Local This Holiday Season

Thanks to the cover and shelter our high tunnel greenhouses provide, we're able to grow veggies all the way into December. As a result, Grow Ohio Valley is proud to offer holiday produce boxes f...

Recollections of Rax

It was our social network before the public release of the Internet. It mimicked those Park Dances because there were people there from everywhere, and it was the place to go for a first date, every date, and e...

It’s About the Grooves at Nail City

C’mon! This 26-year-old is just a kid, right? What could he possibly know about vinyl records or the history of music? When he was born, country music had overtaken the forefront from rock n’ roll, and rap m...

I Believe, Help My Unbelief

So, we're moving. After 4 years in Wheeling, making friends, making music, building careers, growing kids, and generally just trying to find our place in the world, it's time to move on. I won't go into the det...

Growing Up in Wheeling: Woodsdale Homes

If you lived in a castle in modern times you would wonder what all the things in the castle used to be used for.  Growing up in a house built in 1914 on Poplar Ave in Woodsdale you would notice the artifacts of...

Medical Cannabis – Part 1

(Editor’s Note: This is the first story in a series that will examine medical cannabis and the programs that are under development in both West Virginia and Ohio.) Dana Kovach was raised in Toronto, Ohio, bu...

Travels With Betty, Part 1

How would you describe America? Have you ever thought about how you were respond if someone asked you to describe America? Would you talk about the people or the cities or the politics or religions? For most of...

Oglebay Flips the Switch to On Tonight

More than 300 acres of Oglebay’s picturesque landscape will come alive with twinkling light displays on Thursday, Nov. 9 as the annual Winter Festival of Lights kicks off for the holiday season. Recognized as o...

Sports Complex Addition for The Highlands

A goal adopted by the Ohio County Commission a decade ago will finally be realized at The Highlands when a multi-purpose sports complex is constructed and opened to the public in late 2018 or early 2019. Orp...

Peek Inside The Health Plan Impact

It’s been referred to as a number of different things. The “game changer.” The “difference maker.” The “cracker plant of downtown Wheeling.” And, well, as “new.” The Health Plan Headquarters, nearly co...
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