2020 Vision: Wheeling Leaders Looking Ahead

Weelunk doesn’t have a crystal ball to foresee how Wheeling’s future will unfold in 2020, but today’s post is the next best thing. Leaders from all over the city and county share their top goals for the coming ...

Birds of a Feather Count Together

On the day of Christmas Bird Count, nature gave to meeeee: 125 Canada geese a-grazing, eight mallard ducks a-swimming, five American crows a-mobbing (a raptor) … and a downy woodpecker drumming in a treeeee. ...

HIDDEN GEMS: A Tale of Two Chapels

Editor’s note: Today’s post on two gem-like chapels launches a new occasional series on lovely but lesser-known facets of Wheeling’s architectural heritage. You’ve driven past them. One tiny chapel on Nation...

Wrapping Up Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays

Editor's note: Weelunk updates a story we shared four years ago about a business that ships various tastes of Wheeling that are near and dear to natives' hearts (and stomachs). Some traditions never grow old, a...

Soul Is the Goal for Church Christmas Programs

Did you ever wear angel wings constructed out of wire coat hangers and tinsel? Or was it a shepherd’s costume that involved the most discreetly patterned bathrobe in the house, a pillowcase, and some rope? ...
Valerie holding a "Shop Small" sign

Shop Small on Saturday and Carry a Big Bag

Sometimes you just want to shop in your jammies. Sometimes you need everything from an ice scraper to almond butter, and only a big box will do. Other times, you want to smell those coffee beans grinding, ru...

Cultural Food Tour Offers Tasty View of History

The waves of immigration that fueled Wheeling’s industrial era didn’t disappear with the factory jobs. Kibbeh. Pierogi. Schnitzel. Marinara. They’re all still here. Sometimes in restaurants and at festivals,...

Will Charter Schools Land in Ohio County?

Editor's note: As this story was in final production, the West Virginia Education Association (teachers union) launched a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the new state law that authorizes chart...

Palms Herald Holy Week

Editor’s note: In a continuing series on how the Ohio Valley expresses its spirituality, today’s post is the story behind area churches’ celebration of the start to the Christian Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemor...

DOWNTOWN DO-OVER: The Big Pieces in Place

Editor’s note: A national redevelopment award here, a new building there, millions of dollars of renovations still somewhere else. What’s happening in downtown Wheeling can be hard to track, whether your city c...

#ChooseWV: Campaign Focus Is Pride of Place

If you film it, they will come. Calling stray Mountaineers home and attracting prospective ones here might not be quite that simple, but the team behind #ChooseWV figures an inspiring video sure can’t hurt. ...

Lent: A Time for Renewal

Editor’s note: The Lenten/Easter season looms large in the Christian calendar. In today’s feature on Spirituality in the Ohio Valley, the rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church shares his thoughts on getting ...

Wheeling Park Students Bound for Creativity

Shadows run in faint diagonal lines across the carpet in one corner of Wheeling Park High School’s sprawling media center. They show where book stacks used to be. Now, work benches with vice clamps located h...

A Fishy Family Feast Is Christmas Eve Tradition

Buying salted cod (baccala) from Coleman’s Fish Market is a decades-old tradition for the Cerra family. Debbie Cerra Cresap used to shop for such food with her father. Now, she takes her own adult daughter, Li...

Couple Trades Big Pay for Big Blessings

Editor’s note: As part of a continuing series on how Wheeling residents express their spirituality, today’s post features a young couple who are going against the cultural flow. Matt and Amanda Cummins are trad...

Iafrate Fighting for a Better Church

Editor’s note: As part of a continuing series on how Ohio Valley residents express their spirituality, Weelunk recently visited with a Wheeling man whose spiritual/social-justice calling includes bringing even ...

Comfort Keeps Pouring In for Jewish Community

“It’s been something,” said Rabbi Joshua Lief. He was actually sitting down for a brief moment at the end of a week that included the shock of a deadly shooting at a nearby synagogue, an interfaith memorial for...

Safety Is the Issue for Building Levy

Whatever voters decide come Nov. 6 on $22 million of potential new and upgraded digs for city fire and police departments, one thing is indisputable. Facilities to be potentially replaced — launched in the 1950...

TIME TO GREEN UP: Recycling Is Tough All Over

Editor’s note: As part of a continuing series, Wheeling officials recently shared the city’s recycling/garbage program may be up for changes both small and large in order to cope with a global crisis in the rec...

‘The Calling’ Keeps Him Alive

Editor’s note: As part of a continuing series on how Wheeling residents express spirituality, today’s post features a ministry that is the polar opposite of America’s mega-church trend. This pastor has a congre...

TIME TO GREEN UP: Oglebay Makes Greens Greener

As part of a continuing series on how Wheeling is greening up, Weelunk looks today at the non-profit sector. Area readers are likely familiar with Oglebay’s full-scale switch to LED bulbs for the annual Festiva...