People

Central’s Harler A Winner On And Off Court

“The average person would lay there. Be different. Be great.” That is what one of two posters taped directly above his pillow states, and the other reads, “You’re lying there while someone is outworking you....

The Success Stories of Theresa Childers

It is a small area of Wheeling that now receives rave reviews, but Centre Market once was a problem for the antique storeowners, the area’s residents, and for law enforcement because of drug dealing and prostit...

New WLU President Wants to Listen, Learn

West Liberty University’s new President, Dr. Stephen Greiner, took office this week and began his official duties as the leader of the oldest institution of higher learning in the Mountain State. “I’m please...

Thankful for Dr. John McCullough

He tucks himself away in a small office uncharacteristic of a university president, even if he is an interim; that’s because he refuses to use much of the presidential suite in the renovated Shaw Hall, one of t...

Ziegenfelder’s Twin Pops Are Tops

She knew what Daddy did but seldom was offered a taste of what he did. That’s because, if Lisa Allen, her older sister, Karen, younger sister Tobie, or younger brothers Pete, and Ed, wanted some Ziegenfelder...

Amy Blon – A Heroin Addict’s Salvation

Amy Blon hopes to wake us up, and she prays she can save lives. Amy, now 27 years old, is a recovering heroin addict and will have been clean for two years in early December. She’s claimed victory in her war...

The Making Of An Unlikely Hero

Mike Anderson didn’t know what to do after graduating from John Marshall High School, and that wasn’t the school’s fault or his parents fault’ or his friends’ fault. “Naw,” Anderson admitted. “It was my own ...

Goodwin Looks to Grow Mountain State Tourism

It’s her home. She knows it well. And she knows there’s no place like her home. Amy Goodwin, the deputy secretary of commerce and the commissioner of tourism in West Virginia, is a native of the Friendly Cit...

Niles Aims For The Moon With New Album

It doesn’t suck. And believe it or not, that’s the highest compliment musician Adrian Niles has ever offered when discussing his own work. Usually, when Niles released his previous five albums, there was som...

Ronell Green – Wheeling’s Boxing Champ

He stayed calm, and he listened; he followed the game plan; he paced himself; he was patient; he kept his temper tempered; and he represented East Wheeling’s Bullpen Fight Club exactly the way he wished. Tha...

Developer Cuts Negative Faction No Slack

She’s petite and beautiful, and you would never guess she’s the mother of three and a preservationist who has made wise decisions when realism trumps her idealistic streak. She’s Heather Slack, and she’s a n...

People, Places and Artist Tom Breiding

The music of Pittsburgh-based songwriter Tom Breiding has taken him across the country and into the heart of the music industry machine, but over the course of a career that now spans 13 albums, the Wheeling na...

Wheeling’s Mindbender: Craig Karges

He was considered a nerd who hung out with some old guy, the black sheep of his family known for slugging scotch, toking on cigars, and telling others their fortunes. Some found this gentleman odd, but Craig...

Does W.Va. Need More Poetry?

Perhaps not surprisingly, West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, seems to thinks so. He’s been collaborating with several organizations, including West Virginia Public Broadcasting, to conceive new ev...

Calabrese’s Life An Open Book For Voters

You’ve noticed Frank Calabrese not only because he gets around town, but also because, for many years now, he’s had that curly, unshorn, white-haired mane that often grows unruly. But not this week. This ...

The Balancing Act of Erikka Storch

It’s a Chicken Cobb salad. The ingredients are supposed to be scattered about and pretty much everywhere within the bowl. But Erikka Storch wouldn’t stand for it. The tomatoes have to be here, the hard-boile...

Local Veterinarian Epitomizes Pet Care

Dogs and cats, of course, but his patients also include critters like cows and horses and hamsters and snakes and rats. Yes, even rats. “A person’s pet is a person’s pet. You never know what kind of anima...

Johnson Finding His Seam after Lost Season

They are like tunnels with lights at the end of them, and those pathways guide Savion Johnson to more yardage, more touchdowns, and more victories, and that’s been the case since his single-digit days of donnin...

Q and A: Ryan Ferns

In April 2015, OV Connect hosted a panel of local legislators to reflect on the recent session. Delegates Erikka Storch and Shawn Fluharty and Sen. Jeff Kessler attended this luncheon, but unfortunately the dat...
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