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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 ...

The King and Oglebay

Arnold Palmer Recalled by Oglebay's Randy Worls He knew it would spoil, but the child didn’t seem to care, so Arnold Palmer signed his banana peel and handed it to the young man. That’s the kind of man Pa...

Culture and Community Growing in South Wheeling

The city of Wheeling, W.Va. has a rich and colorful history. Wheeling was home to many prosperous businesses including iron, steel, and tobacco industries. Wheeling remains a historical city today. One group pr...

Local Film To Debut At Marquee Cinemas

Brains or muscle? Accountants or killers? Need? Or greed? All the above are involved in this 35-minute street drama, and it was filmed here in Wheeling, where one of the actors witnessed it, and anothe...

My Town: Benjamin Andrews

I started dating Mary Ann in the late 1940s. Incidentally, dating in my day was asking a girl out for the evening for a movie, a dance etc. Her father, Andy Hess, had bought Table Rock Farm in the early 1930s. ...

Storch Reveals Experience with Recent Stroke

She’s got this work ethic, you see, one that wakes her early but leaves her up late, and that’s because she’s a devoted wife, a dedicated mother of two daughters and a son, a Mountain State lawmaker, and now th...

Duffy Home For Dream Job at Wheeling Jesuit

So there he was in the middle of Manhattan, and he was alone because he elected not to attend a Broadway play that his wife and others wished to see. He found himself in Times Square, a true melting pot for the...

Bedway Molding His Career In Wheeling

He’s always known he needs to work with his hands to create something because that’s what he’s always done since an early age while growing up in Bridgeport, Ohio. Adam Bedway began with leveling and coverin...

Ohio County Schools: Where I Grew Up

Sometimes people walk into your life and turn right around and walk away out of your life. However, there are some select few special people who stay with you forever. Those are the ones who plant seeds of know...

“Coach” Sam Andy: 1940 – 2016

He fought for what he believed in whether he was a coach, a teacher, a member of the Ohio County Board of Education, a radio commentator, or a friend. And Sam Andy battled for people, too, because, in many c...

Do Something: Community Fitness Challenge

Liberty Distributors President Mark Peluchette is named winner of inaugural ‘Community Fitness Challenge for Executives’   Naming an overall winner of the Community Fitness Challenge for Executives (CFC) ...

Hosting Trump in Wheeling Without a Hitch

The dinner comprised  stuffed chicken breast, roasted potatoes, green beans, a roll, and a side salad, and it was prepared by Undo’s Family Restaurant. After flying from western Pennsylvania to the Ohio Coun...

From Turkmenistan with Love

Why would a young woman from Central Asia go through the trouble of learning English, getting a passport, saving her money, and traveling to a country more than 6,000 miles away to attend West Liberty Universit...

Thorngate Set To Begin Work For Ward 5

He went to bed as a Dimmeydale kid knowing his father and brother could be in harm’s way during his slumber, and that was because dad was a firefighter, and his brother Greg was a member of the Wheeling Police ...

Wheeling’s New Mayor

Change. Judging from the results of Wheeling’s municipal Election Day, the residents elected change in all but one of six wards, and including the mayor’s position. While two long-term council members dec...

Remembering Big Lou

I first met Lou right after World War II. I was a juvenile delinquent for the norms of that era and Lou had a bar just over the Junior Avenue bridge in Elm Grove appropriately named “Lou’s”. The city of Wheelin...

Election Prep: Board of Education

Do Something. Vote May 10. After two years of the current board uncharacteristically making headlines, the the Ohio County BOE race has never received this much attention. Each of the six candidates in the rac...

Election Prep: City Council Ward 5

Do Something. Vote May 10.   Wheeling’s Ward 5 includes a fraction of Woodsdale plus Edgwood, Pleasanton, Dimmeydale, and the residents living along National Road between Washington Avenue and Park Vie...

Election Prep: City Council Ward 3

Do Something. Vote May 10. Residents of Ward 3 also will elect new council representation in May as Robert “Herk” Henry will step down after more than two decades in the position. The ward includes East Wheeli...

Election Prep: Ohio County Assessor

Do Something. Vote May 10. Steve Novotney was able to solicit answers to the same questions from both candidates for Ohio County Assessor. Click on the images below to read more about each candidate: &nb...

Wheeling’s Waldrum Rises Above Sorrow

No matter how hard I try again this year, Charles Waldrum won’t have ham with all the fixings for Easter dinner, and I’m guessing that will be all right with him because his 2016 thus far has truly sucked. A...
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