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This Day in WV History: Earl Oglebay Dies

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Earl Oglebay died on June 22, 1926, at age 77. The son of a wealthy Wheeling businessman, he became head of his father’s bank at age 28, ma...

Meet the Weelunk Nature Writer

Some people just have Wheeling inside them. If you were born here, it’s in your blood. If your parents and grandparents were born here, it’s in your bones. Laura Jackson Roberts is a sixth-generation resident, ...

Meet The Newest Weelunk Staff Editor

Combining a passion for the arts, people, and community involvement, Lizzy Sellers studies writing and psychology at Florida State University. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure to meet her, she desc...

Meet Weelunk’s Newest Writer

Born and raised in the Ohio Valley, Brian Thomas spent the last four years studying film at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He recently returned home from working as a film script developer in the cha...

‘Students First’ Motivates Saunders

When he was a kid, he was usually the muddiest ballplayer on the field who couldn’t wait to get back to fishing after the game, and he continued his athletic career at Wheeling Park High School. And then Wal...

Grow Ohio Valley Seeks Hosts

Early this summer, another four AmeriCorps service members will arrive in Wheeling to assist Grow Ohio Valley in its mission of establishing a robust local food economy. They will remain here for separate amoun...

Wheeling Women Artists: Bonnie Thurston

Bonnie Thurston is a proud West Virginian woman who grew up in a remote southern part of the state. Her first introduction to the literary world was when her father would read bible stories to her before bed as...

Wheeling Hill’s Windmill Will Churn Again

It was The Windmill, and it will be The Windmill once again. That means its four unfurled sails will rotate once again if Dan Millhouse has anything to say about it. “So far, we’ve managed to get the lightin...

Marketing Strategist Eager To Show Her Hand

She watched it and enjoyed what she witnessed, and that is why Alex Weld finds herself in the middle of the conversation in the city of Wheeling. Weld was hired this month by Wheeling Heritage as the new mar...

Wheeling Native Finds Happiness In Dubai

She was raised on South Huron Street on Wheeling Island as a member of the Chaney family, reared as a Roman Catholic, and is a graduate of Blessed Trinity, but she failed to see much to keep her in the Upper Oh...

Stobbs Shares Memories of Wheeling Downs

He was a kid whose father was very involved with the local horseracing industry and whose mother didn’t much approve of what took place at Wheeling Downs. He knew “Big Bill” Lias, and although he had heard h...

Colaianni Reshaping Wheeling’s Downtown

He was an unusual student at The Linsly School and not just because he had a hard hat and construction boots in the car he drove to commute from Dillonvale, Ohio, Monday through Friday during the academic year....

Toriseva Tees Off on Watchdog Network

By day she is one of West Virginia’s most respected trial attorneys, and now, in the early evening during the workweek, Teresa Toriseva is hosting a two-hour, all-topics talk show on Wheeling’s WatchDog Radio N...

Meet the Clay Ninja

“I remember watching him create a few clay pieces on the wheel. He made it look so easy, so effortless, and within minutes he would turn this clump of clay into a mug, a bowl, or a teapot. It was as if he was a...

Nelson Nailed Her Niche In Wheeling

What she did know was that she wanted to return to Wheeling following her college career. What Susie Nelson didn’t know was how. When she was graduated from Wheeling Park High in 1989, her beloved city ha...

Schmidt Humbled by All-Time Team Honor

Doug Schmidt was one of THE Wheeling Nailers, and that was a pretty big deal, but initially his roster status worked against him here in the Friendly City. How? The pretty blonde lady who was helping a di...

Nick Nardone Shares Memories of His Father

No attractive way exists to explain what Lou Gehrig’s Disease does to the afflicted. In the beginning, daily activities like walking and running suddenly become more challenging because of weakness in the le...

Expats: ‘We’ll Be Home for Christmas’

There’s something here in Wheeling that isn’t there, a draw of sorts that lures hundreds of homecomings each December and only a small part of the rationale apparently pertains to squared pizza slices or fish s...

Minnesota Woman Aims to Impact Warwood

Hello! I’m Christina Rieth, and I’m the PreserveWV AmeriCorps member for the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation (WNHAC). I’m originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I developed my background in h...

Corpus Christi Celebrates Awesome Authors

Corpus Christi School had eight finalists in the Ohio County Public Library Awesome Authors Contest. The students were recognized at the library in a ceremony in late November. They were 8 out of 54 finalists f...

Simple Twist of Fate

This piece of paper may seem insignificant but I assure you that it tells an interesting story with a very important lesson for me. Rehanging a door last summer, I found this slip of paper being used as a sh...

Drone Interest in Wheeling Area Taking Off

When he first began researching the purchase of a drone, Travis Broadwater couldn’t exactly predict how his wife, Jenna, would react to the proposal. He practiced reciting his reasons before approaching her ...

Bank on These Guys

“It’s not personal, it’s just business” is an unfortunate cliché in the American lexicon. Few things in life are more personal than business or one’s money. Business is built on strong personal relationships. ...

Wheeling’s Golden Core

This isn't a sports story.  It's not a sentimental story.  It's not a "glory days" story. It's a story of a city, Wheeling, West Virginia, whose core is made of gold. State Champs On Novemember 9th, 19...

From NYC to the OV

The following is part of a Vandaleer.com series from partner Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.  The series focuses on young adults in West Virginia. My name is Elizabeth Diker and I have come to West V...

Chief Helms Returns to Duty After Scary Crash

It’s a motorcycle cruise this couple has taken for several years during the third weekend in each July simply so they can stay on the outside of the region’s single largest country music festival, but one that ...

W.Va.’s Poet Laureate A Student Of Life

This Poet Laureate’s pace when he’s publicly reading his work is sometimes somewhat swift and steamed, but when Marc Harshman is embracing a conversation, the author chooses his words most carefully. He is arti...

A Vagabond Comeback for Chef Matt Welsch

He realizes people have been wondering, and he respects the fact. That’s why Matt Welsch, known to many as the “Vagabond Chef,” has tried to be as transparent as possible. Nearly 200 people contributed an av...

Schultz ‘Top Cop’ in Mountain State

Wheeling Park Pool. Deep end near where the high drive once stood. Twelve-and-a-half feet of all water and, of course, zero oxygen. And a male special needs student was motionless resting on the bottom of the ...
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