The Legends of Roney’s Point Examined

Story and Photography By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com There was zero political correctness involved when I was first told the tales of Roney’s Point. Legend had it then that this was where the county’s c...

A Reporter’s Musings

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: Occasionally, some collected facts and scenarios do not make it into an article, but they may still be interesting to the public. Hence, “A Reporter’s Musings...

Elm Grove Is Defined By Its Uniqueness

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles that will include profiles on each of Wheeling’s established neighborhoods.) No other neighborhood in Wheeling i...

Act Now on Aetnaville Bridge

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Since Weelunk published an article last weekend that concerned the future of the Aetnaville Bridge, a group of Wheeling Island residents started a petition on Change.org, and...

Q and A: Don Atkinson

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He calls it a wrecker. The rest of the world calls it a tow truck. But 58-year-old Don Atkinson, an employee at Ace Garage in his native Fulton section of Wheeling since 1...

Smithsonian Reporter Enchanted By Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Smithsonian Magazine reporter Tony Horwitz was in Wheeling last week while following the path taken in the 1850s by New York Times correspondent Frederick Law Olmsted. Ho...

Wesbanco Arena Restaurant Generating Fans

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com When the Wheeling Nailers face off against Orlando this evening at Wesbanco Arena, a couple of thousand seats will be filled with members of a most faithful fan base, teenage...

It’s Not All Coal on the River

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com As the debate concerning the transportation of fracking waste on American rivers continues, local officials confirmed that several hazardous and non-hazardous materials alrea...

Erika Donaghy: One Step at a Time

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Her passion was initiated by “Snoopy,” believe it or not, but the eye-opening experience concerned nothing to do with watching the internationally famous cartoon canine in Char...

Rescued Wall Hosts A Flood Of Memories

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com For decades Wheeling’s residents and visitors have traveled past the history of the Friendly City’s flooding events, and despite the razing of the former Gene Long Community ...

Neighborhoods: Downtown

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles that will include profiles on each of Wheeling’s established neighborhoods.) G.C. Murphy. L.S. Good. Sears. Stone...

Some Children Are All Boxed In

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s hard to believe there are homeless children here in Wheeling and in the Upper Ohio Valley. One in 45 U.S. children in the United States experiences homelessness each ye...

Q&A With Shawn Fluharty

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The other kids made fun of him because he lived in a trailer with his mother during his elementary school days, and at first Shawn Fluharty was embarrassed. His parents, Dou...

Q&A With Erikka Storch

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The first decision Erikka Storch made when walking into her new office as the president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce was to open the vertical blinds that hid an e...

Hope for Change Alive in West Virginia

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Now we know. We know the winners and we know the losers. We know that Rep. Shelley Capito will assume the “junior” senatorial position in the United State Senate. We k...

A Ballot Breakdown For Weelunkers

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Citizens of Ohio County, West Virginia, will have several decisions to make this mid-term Election Day with federal and state offices at stake. In fact, county voters have t...

Each Vote Counts

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com On May 29, 2012, Wheeling resident Charlie Ballouz lost his bid to become the city’s second ward council representative. Ballouz lost by one vote to current council member K...

The Resurrection of Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Although the current momentum has attracted the attention of many during the past two years, the movement forward in Wheeling began several years ago with a plan gone bad. At...

Moondog: Wheeling’s Reluctant Superhero

“Why?” It’s his favorite question, and he asks it with charmingly sincere curiosity. That is why, if you see him and proclaim your love for him, he will ask you, “Why?” At that exact moment, you possib...

New Blood Is Reinventing The Friendly City

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Hydie Friend was convinced a transfusion was in order, and that’s exactly what the former executive director of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. told her staff sever...

The Hunt Is On For Housing In Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com The need for new housing is at a crisis level in the Friendly City. That’s the bad news. The good news? This crisis has been recognized by both government and the h...

Much Ado About Things To Do

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It was once a true statement. It might still hold true today for some. “There’s nothing to do in Wheeling,” remains a criticism voiced these days on social media, local ra...

Bennett McKinley: The Road to the Alley

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It all started with a dog taking a leak in an alley. It was Lane 9, in fact. The alley is a throughway located between a law firm and the First Presbyterian Church along C...