‘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...

Preservation with Elmer and Harry

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They collect old photographs of couples because the subjects usually appear unhappy, and they think that it’s funny. For the same reason “Carlton the Butler” – a creepy, z...

C-SPAN’s Wheeling Coverage this Weekend

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s a big weekend for Wheeling, W.Va. Do you realize why? I’ll offer you a hint. “C-SPAN's Cities Tour takes our Book TV and American History TV on the road. On the...

Plans Unleashed for Dog Park

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com When the ribbon is cut this summer to officially open Wheeling’s new dog park, it will represent the culmination of conversations that began more than two years ago. Resid...

Beer is Back in Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor's Note: To listen to Steve's entire interview with Josh, click on the podcast link at the bottom of the page.) It’s a product of saccharification, the process of b...

Hofreuter-Landini To Focus on Parents

By Steve Novotney   “Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label. Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients and to pull the weeds. You can’t decide what kin...

Matt Welsch: A Stay At Home Vagabond?

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Go ahead. Ask him. “How’s life been, Chef?” Quickly, Matt Welsch will reply, “It’s been an adventure.” And he means it. Completely. Since roaming the woods of Mar...

Branding Wheeling a Tough Task

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Rebounding? Revitalizing? I was asked a most interesting question during a recent trip to Pittsburgh. A waitress at Roland’s Seafood Grill in the Strip District inquire...

Park Teacher Opens Minds About Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They get interested, and then they get angry. The best part is that they learn without even realizing it. Ryan Stanton, a history teacher at Wheeling Park High School, ins...

City Recognizes Important Historic Homes

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The Wheeling Historical Landmarks Commission initiated its Building Plaque Program Tuesday by awarding the owners of five significant structures with markers recognizing thei...

OPINION: Bill Cosby – Make a Decision

By Steve Novotney Bill Cosby needs to make a decision. Will he perform at the Capitol Theatre on March 14, or will he cancel or reschedule? It’s a valid question, especially since he has canceled some ...

The 12 Days Before Christmas

Photographs and Story By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It was supposed to be a good day in Sardis, Ohio, and that is because December 13 had been designated as “Connection Day” for Triad Hunter’s Stalder 3UH...

River City Offering Live & Local Music

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s about the talent, and it’s about the atmosphere it creates. Those are two primary reasons why Jason Miller and Becky Schmidt often offer live and local music at the Rive...

Grab A Seat For Christmas

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com In case there is a last-minute, Christmas Eve shopper who is looking for a unique gift idea, Frank O’Brien said he could make a suggestion. O’Brien, the executive director...

A Mother’s Christmas Miracle

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I was misbehaving. A lot. And I was told I was on the naughty list. But that meant nothing to me because the Santa secret was out, and I didn’t believe my mother. Over and...

Festival Of Lights – The Untold Stories

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Bill Koegler would drive from Oglebay Park to the Greggsville section of Wheeling at the bottom of the hill, turn around in the Convenient Food Mart parking lot, and drive ba...

Six Bikes For Christmas Morning

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I was minding my own business and simply buying some Braunschweiger like my Grandma Novotney used to feed me, and out of nowhere my friend Dave suddenly asked, “What organiza...

Recycling The Recycling Program

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Many in the Friendly City would like to see the municipality adopt an improved recycling program as a part of the offered sanitation services. According to Wheeling City M...

C-SPAN To Feature Wheeling History

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com An American cable and satellite network will be in town today to divulge what stories and segments it will broadcast about Wheeling during the month of January. Officials ...

Wish to Be Heard At Council Meetings

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com “Those who wish to be heard.” It’s always the last item on every agenda for Wheeling’s city council meetings. And it will be there again for tomorrow’s regularly schedu...

The “Real” Santas of Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Tinsel was everywhere. It was wound around the downtown’s utility poles, and it outlined most storefront window displays. Tinsel smothered the Christmas trees on display a...

Fracking the People

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I asked Belmont County Commissioner Matt Coffland what he thought of the fracking-under-the-Ohio-River proposal a couple of months ago, and he replied, “I sure hope they don’...

Tourists Prefer Friendly

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Tomorrow is “Tourism Day” in the city of Wheeling. But it’s not a designated day. Mayor Andy McKenzie did not issue a proclamation, and the state legislature has not passe...

City Set To Vote On Plan And Tax

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Members of Wheeling City Council will cast a pair of imperative votes during their upcoming meeting on Dec. 16. One agenda item concerns the finalization of the city’s ope...

People First, Capitalism Follows

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com OK, so the Professional Building on Market Street has a new owner, and so does the Flat Iron Building on Main Street, and both buyers are considering build-outs for residenti...

Miracle on Market Street

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Something very special took place at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre this past weekend. There were three performances of “A Christmas Carol,” and all three were sold ...

That Fabulous Tree Is Talking Again!

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Her eyes didn’t move from side to side, so you really didn’t know when IT would come. Sometimes you strolled in front of her with your folks, and other times you jumped su...

First Fridays Making Connections

  By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com More than 30 businesses in downtown, Centre Market, East Wheeling, and North Wheeling are set to participate in this evening’s First Friday event. First Fridays,...

The Growth Continues: Grow Ohio Valley

Photographs and Story By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com A Wheeling organization has gained the support of the federal government - top Appalachian Regional Council, the USDA, the EPA, and local officials gath...

The Gift of DNA

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I’m 48 years old today, and I am a blessed man. I still have both of my folks, an awesome wife and two kids, and my extended family is better than any dream could contain....

A Tour Through Clay School

Photographs and Story By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I lived directly across the street from Clay School for three years, and that’s when I learned about Darryl Bayne’s dream. He bought the 83,000-square-f...

When to Cancel? Dr. Dianna Vargo

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Now that the month of December has arrived, many local parents are asking themselves the same question: “Will this winter be as bad as last winter?” The inquiry is popular...

Memories Can Help Reinvent Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com I have an idea. It concerns Santa Claus. I don’t believe I get to see him enough, and it’s not because I’m on his “Naughty List.” The reason is that when many downto...

There’s Hope For Hines

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He was draped in a couple of shirts, a hoodie, two pairs of socks, little-boy long johns, a snowsuit, ski cap, and his favorite boots, and then a tuxedo of sorts was placed o...

Chief: Help Us Prevent Crime

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com If Wheeling residents wish to continue living in one of the safest cities in America, picking up the phone and reporting what they consider “suspicious activity” is where the...

1100 Block Returns To Roots

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Officials of the city of Wheeling spent two years guiding tours of the vacant, dilapidated buildings within the 1100 block of downtown Wheeling, and more than a year clearing...