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And the Show of Hands Winner Is …

“AHHHHHHH! I’m so excited!” was Sarah Lydick’s ecstatic response as the Wheeling Heritage Show of Hands top vote-getter Wednesday night at the Wheeling Artisan Center. She and her husband Rod walked away aft...

Chef Shares Recipes for Succcess

Chef Chris Kefauver won’t fib. He makes visits to local middle and high schools in order to recruit students to the Culinary Arts Program he chairs at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Wheeling camp...

Cartwright to Star In Unique Show

It was the very first time he saw glow sticks, and Lionel Cartwright will never forget the moment. For good reason. “It was that first night when I was hired to be a member of the staff band for Jamboree ...

Zieggy Tribe ‘Wanted’ by FBI

It was a pretty cool day for the Ziegenfelder Co. and its tribe — as cool as the sweet treats the company produces, as cool as their practice of compassionate hiring, for which they were honored in Washington, ...

In the Key of Nate

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sprinkled throughout this story are pieces composed by Nate Strasser when he was in kindergarten through second grade. The full album, "Nate at Eight," can be found at the end of the story. Na...

The Zieggy Tribe Loves Its Neighbors

Cold treats, warm hearts. That easily could define the "Zieggy Tribe" — honored with this year's Youth Services System Inc.'s Good Samaritan Award. Inspired by the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:2...

Ashley Is the Cat’s Meow

Charlie crawled through the frigid rain, one step at a time. His bones ached; his backside throbbed. He hadn’t eaten in days, and he could barely make it up the porch stairs. The world around him felt enormous ...

They Marched

They didn’t mind the hours of travel or the protesters who were protesting against them. They had something to do, and that was the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., this past Saturday. Two of t...

Prietsch’s Brick-and-Mortar World

People. They are the common denominator, as far as Wheeling resident Jennifer Prietsch is concerned. She’s been the general manager of the Macy’s at the Ohio Valley Mall for nearly a year after she and her h...

Gideon and the Governor

“If you put money in schools, you’re making smart people. And if you have smart people, then you can make more smart investments.” That’s what Gideon Titus-Glover said to Gov. Jim Justice during a town hall ...

WLU Student Leads Radio Station

The original transmitter back in the early 1990s appeared to be from the 1970s, actually, but that’s what Chris Lee had to settle for when optimizing his TV and radio budget at West Liberty University. On th...

A Teacher’s View on Issues

He knows he does not speak for all educators and that his words do not carry the weight of 37,000 state public employees, but educator Eric James does know how he feels after nearly 20 years as a teacher and a ...

Harry Hamm’s Plate and His Plan

No one has ever found it, but there were a few moments when Wheeling resident Chris Hamm thought he may have. It was completely possible that his father may have somehow come into ownership of it since he wa...

Connors Part of Downtown Growth

Dean Connors once was best known in the Wheeling area as the wig-wearing, head-bangin’ drummer for the local tribute band “Tongue-n’-Cheek,” but these days he has shed the fake locks for a businessman’s attire ...

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...

Remembering B.E. Taylor at Christmas

He was a sick kid one year in Aliquippa, PA and ordered to remain home by doctors after he was diagnosed with a kidney disease, so he asked his parents for a guitar and then taught himself how to play it. Th...

‘It’s About Opportunity’

This 20-year-old could do this or do that, but there’s also a chance, too, that Andrea Walton could return to her hometown after earning a pair of degrees at Kent State University. “Could” is better than nev...

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...

Midshipmen Thankful To Be Home

And they are home, back with their families in their hometowns and away from the rigors of a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. Linsly graduate Colin Kelly is near the middle of his third year, and Wheeli...

Respect Doesn’t Fade in Wheeling Area

When he first returned to American soil nearly 50 years ago, people looked the other way because they did not want to see someone connected to the unspeakable horrors about which they had heard so much. They...

American Veteran Moving Home to Wheeling

He didn’t leave here because of a lack of options. In fact, he loved his life in Wheeling after being graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 1978. Employment was easy to find, the camaraderie among the ...

The James Wodarcyk Podcast: Hannah Mull

James and special Co-Host Trevor Lindgren sit down with our favorite mutual friend Hannah Mull elaborate on the new project Black Bear Magazine which she spoke of briefly on the Arts Fest episode. From getting ...

Knox and His New Fort

“Tom Beck.” Those were the first two words Kyle Knox blurted after being asked how he has found himself as the production manager of the Capitol Theatre. Beck served as the venue’s production manager from...

The James Wodarcyk Podcast: Brew Keepers

James and Sara drink a few pints with her brother Josh Fulton along with partners Kevin & Carolyn Ayers from Brew Keepers. They are brewing some of the best microbrew beer you’ll ever drink. Listen to the e...

Miller Tackles Stadium Fix to Begin Year 2

It was crooked and it was obvious. Wheeling Island Stadium was broken, and no one knew how much it was going to cost to repair the concrete slab in the southwestern corner of the grandstand that had shifted....

The James Wodarcyk Podcast: Jeremy Larance

James joins Jeremy Larance on the campus of West Liberty University to discuss what may be the only English department to offer a degree in comics and graphic novels. A curious man has conversations with...

The James Wodarcyk Podcast: Jessica Rine

James has a nice chat with Jessica Rine from OV Connect & the United Way at St. Clair Lanes then bowl a few games. James Wodarcyk A curious man has conversations with interesting people. Hit Pl...

Augustine’s New Life Working Out

She was unhappy and didn’t own her own career, so Tammy Augustine fixed it with a few swift decisions. The 1988 graduate of Wheeling Park High School got a divorce, moved home to Wheeling after 25 years remo...

The James Wodarcyk Podcast: Ezra John Hamilton

James and co-host Sara Fulton chat with musician Ezra John Hamilton. Ezra gets into all aspects of pursuing a career as a musician. From his band Hit Play and his solo career to his work as a song writer and pr...

It’s A French Thing

Troves of wine line the brick walls. Built during the Victorian Era, the interior's many rooms ornately furnished with brass statuettes, stained glass windows, and carved wooden walls echo a forgotten time peri...

The James Wodarcyk Podcast: Episode 1

Weelunk had the great pleasure of meeting someone new Monday evening. James Wodarcyk would fit right in at Weelunk headquarters (er, if they existed), given our shared passion for Wheeling, West Virginia. So we...

McCamic Named Good Samaritan

Youth Services System’s Board of Directors holds the Good Samaritan Dinner each year to recognize the accomplishments of someone who exemplified the example described in the parable. In answering the question o...

A Light in our Valley

Dr. Dan Joseph receives the Dr. Lee Jones Patron of Youth award at the annual J.B. Chambers YMCA Light of the Valley luncheon set for noon, today at Wheeling Park's White Palace. Daniel Irwin Joseph has been a...

Gaudio Lives His Life with Family

He knows no strangers and considers you and me a part of his family. And Bob Gaudio may not even know us, but it’s a mindset he learned while he was a youngster in Follansbee. His perspective on his family t...

WLU Biology Professor Digs New Species

Summer can be a busy time for faculty as they dig into research and dig in is exactly what Dr. Zachary Loughman is known for. Selected as West Virginia’s 2014 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Found...

Stahl Enjoys Working for Wheeling

He’d never done it before, Philip Stahl thought. So why not, he thought. Stahl’s first day allowed him to determine he’d made a good career move, and then his second day arrived. “We had a bomb threat in ...

A Wheeling Company Changes the World

As we pulled into Touchstone Research Laboratory in the Triadelphia area of Ohio County, CEO and Founder, Brian Joseph, met us in the parking lot wearing a goofy pair of toy glasses - a gift from his five-year-...

Leo the Barber

Leo was the McColloch Street barber. His was a single chair shop. Nothing remarkable, but perhaps it's worth a few minutes to tell how a barbershop worked in the '60s. Simple things, like how to get a haircu...

Brother Jim

Brother Jim, 1931 -  2003 Sometime ago someone asked what Jim did. I thought about it for a minute then told them that Jim did Jim Hogan better than anyone I knew. He really was a bit different. One might say...
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