Local Mother Turns Tragedy Into Triumph

Her oldest child came home to Wheeling during her final spring break from West Virginia University to play video games with her two brothers and sister instead of traveling on a trip to Texas with her girlfrien...

Three Citizens Doing More Than Something

Oh yes, people do make the difference. Gloria Delbrugge attends at least one meeting per day, most of which are related to her role as a member of the Wheeling City Council. She represents Ward One, an area ...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 1

THE BOSSES, BOOKIES, AND BURGOYNE (Writer’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories that will concentrate on the organized-crime scene in and around Wheeling during the past century.) Bill Lias orde...

Citizen Positions Open in Friendly City

Plenty of opportunities exist for Wheeling residents to get more involved with the decision-making that helps shape the municipality, but if an individual wishes to serve his or her city, it’s up to them to com...

‘Hubapalooza’ Wants Wheeling’s Input

The primary goal of the West Virginia Community Development Hub is to form partnerships with people and organizations from throughout the Mountain State in order to “same-page” citizens working to improve their...

WANTED: People Providing Puzzle Pieces

What piece of this puzzle can you provide? That’s an important question in the city of Wheeling right now, and that is because residents of all ages are engaged and discussing the future of the Friendly City...

Scatterday Q&A: ‘I Had To Be Remade’

If we can pretend for a moment that our brains are eggs-in-shells inside our heads, it would be easy to explain the injury suffered by Wendy Scatterday nearly three years ago. If that’s the case, and we are ...

Historic Steel Building Awaiting New Era

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s always been there during my lifetime, and I’ve passed by it, on foot or in a vehicle, thousands of times without even thinking about what takes place within its walls. It ...

Bailey Does Business As He Likes It

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He’s been here. Bob Bailey was born in Wheeling, and he was educated in Wheeling. Except for a couple of employment opportunities, Bailey has worked right here in the Upper O...

‘We’re Not Looking Backward Anymore’

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He reported progress, and he reviewed the many moves made by city government along with celebrating the residents behind the success that have created momentum in a Rust City...

McKenzie: The State of Wheeling

Welcome to Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and good afternoon. Thank you for being here today. It is my honor to continue to serve as your Mayor of the City of Wheeling, and my privilege to deliver my 6t...

State of City Address Set for Tuesday

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com For the sixth consecutive year Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie will present his “State of the City Address” today during a luncheon set to begin at noon at the Wheeling Island H...

The Arts and The Crofts in Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He will take a photo of anything, from spinning steel wool inside abandoned tunnels to the oft-unseen interiors of the most historic buildings. And she will paint anything...

Maroon Knight Pride Preps for Future

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com On the inside, the hallway walls remain green, and the doors are still thick, the windows continue to glow, many lockers are decorated in celebration of athletic achievements...

Coffield Optimistic About WALS Foundation

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com She’s a scientist. She is data-driven. But Hope Coffield also is a wife, a mother of two, a daughter of two teachers, and a lifelong resident of Wheeling, and she has been...

Recycling Issue Comes Back Anew

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Paper. Plastics. Metals. Textiles. Electronics. Composting. And glass – clear, brown, green, whatever. Almost everything can be recycled. But even though methods of rec...

O’Brien Feels Rising City Pulse

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com At the time Mollie O’Brien graduated from Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in 1970, her options were limited. She wanted to perform her music, and doing that in Wheeling s...

Morris Q&A – ‘People Love This Place’

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He walks from his North Wheeling house to his office on 14th and Main streets most days, and that means he strolls past where THE Fort Henry once stood during the Revolutiona...

Avenue Eats Celebrates Second Anniversary

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They had no idea if it would work. The “build-it-and-they-will-come” phrase was truly a question for Phillip Kendall and Lara Graves. “If we build it, will they come?” ...

McKees Find Harmony In Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They turned to science. Algorithms and crap like that. The stuff that originated with the real-life matchmakers who once considered likes and dislikes and what people had in ...

Missy Ashmore: It’s Big Picture Time

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com She doesn’t recall a conversation with her parents about a life in Wheeling following her education, and that’s because there wasn’t one. Her mother and father had watched th...

Neighborhood Memories Alive In Woodsdale

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles that will include profiles on each of Wheeling’s established neighborhoods.) This is a tough tale for me to tell...

Four Community Pillars in the ‘Show’

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The four presenters have been chosen by ReInvent Wheeling officials for the “Show of Hands” event on Feb. 12, and the director believes the ventures represent four important ...

Wheeling Youth Movement Attracts Attention

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Catherine Moore came to Wheeling on a professional mission, but her venture also was a part of a personal undertaking of her own. Moore is employed by “What’s Next West Vi...

Coleman’s Still Fresh After 100 Years

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He still blushes when his customers offer him the usual rave reviews. His face literally turns red with appreciation, and he can utter only four words in return – “Thank you ...

Neue Business Born In College Classroom

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Susan Hogan knew Patrick Cassidy, and Dr. Carrie White knew Glenn Elliott. Then this person knew that person, and that person knew someone else, and the Neue business (pro...

Skibo Q&A – It’s a ‘People’ Thing

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Allison Skibo works in a haunted office on the third floor of the City-County Building in downtown Wheeling. The room is no larger than a decent cubicle, but it does have ...

Bridge Tavern Ready For New Era

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He runs it old school. Good food. Good prices. Good service. No tolerance for trouble. He runs it just as his dad did. George Dormas was first introduced to the B...

‘The Sportsical’ – A Dream Come True

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Jakob Bedway enjoys sports – even hockey, despite his father’s objections. “Watching hockey can be tough in the Bedway house,” the 11-year-old fifth grader honestly admitt...