Ideas

My Summer of Golf

The leadership of Oglebay Park and the Wheeling Park Commission decided to DO SOMETHING this year about the state of golf in the Ohio Valley - namely, that golf numbers are down, and young local people aren't n...

Job Opportunity: Downtown Wheeling

Weelunk hears from a lot of "ex-pats" who follow our stories. Some express an interest in moving back, but "no job opportunities" is always the deciding factor in staying put. So we are trying something new. Ju...

Yes Virginia, There is a West Virginia

A mountaineer’s conundrum If you are a West Virginia native and you have either traveled out of state or lived somewhere else, I assure you that the following has happened to you at least once: “Where are...

Philanthropy Takes Center Stage

On Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th, Wheeling, WV and the northern panhandle will be hosts to leaders from the Kresge Foundation of Michigan.  The visit is being hosted by Philanthropy West Virgini...

Becoming Successful in the Ohio Valley

 Background Today is a time when young adults are graduating from high school and traveling away from home to attend college or find work because they don’t believe there are any job or career opportunities ...

A More Compassionate Country Day

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story and audio here: Listen As compassion training is becoming more popular in schools across the country, a school in Wes...

Recycling Does Make Good Economic Sense

At last night's City Council meeting, I appointed members of a new Ad Hoc Committee on Recycling that will be tasked with reviewing Wheeling's existing—but underutilized—recycling program and suggesting improve...

Crackerland?

There are a lot of numbers to consider here. $6 billion: The price tag on the cracker plant that has been proposed by PTT Global, a petrochemical company based in Thailand, in the Dilles Bottom area of ...

An Ode to Wheeling Summers

By Christina Greer The headlines are depressing.   “The most miserable state in the US is West Virginia. For the fifth year in a row!” (The 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index) “West Virgin...

Local Kayakers Urged To Heed Danger

Kayaking local creeks is an activity that has picked up in popularity during recent years, and that is why Lou Vargo and Jesse Mestrovic wish to remind enthusiasts to take every safety precaution and to employ ...

Sheriff Tom Howard Keeping His Promises

Candidates running for public office usually make promises they fail to keep once their successful campaigns are complete, but Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard seems different following his first six months in of...

Old Alley House: A Wheeling Treasure

The property description is very trendy these days. Loft apartment, fully updated kitchen and bathroom, garage, a living space, an enclosed and shared courtyard, and bedroom walking distance from the downtow...

For Ginny Favede Community Comes First

She wanted to serve the public, so that’s what Ginny Favede did first as a member of St. Clairsville City Council and then as a one of three members of the Belmont County Commission. After eight years as a c...

To Love Others

Photo by Rebecca Kiger I want to say thank you to everyone sharing in this celebration of gratitude in honor of you and your faithfulness in serving the poor and homeless for this year's Winter Freez...

Fitzsimmons Dog Park Nearing Completion

The land has been sculpted, the posts set, and soon the fencing will go up, and the grass will be planted at the Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park in East Wheeling. The two-acre facility will be located near the T...

Design Plan Vital For Wheeling Renaissance

It is true that the Health Plan project within the 1100 block of downtown Wheeling is the first privately funded new building project since the mid-1980s, so the members of Wheeling Council and Mayor Glenn Elli...

Wheeling Hills Alive With Fitness Venues

It’s a city surrounded by the rolling hills of the Appalachia Mountains, and one employee of the city of Wheeling believes those ridges can be utilized more as recreational and a form of fitness for local resid...

State of the City 2017

Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here. It is my honor to serve as Mayor of Wheeling and my special privilege to deliver my first State of the City address. Before I recognize today’s honorees and shar...

Retention: A Tale of Two Commutes

How can we keep our young people in Wheeling? How can we convince those who have left to come back? How can we attract new residents to the Friendly City? These are three big questions that Wheeling ne...

In Support of the City’s New Website

The City of Wheeling recently announced a $33,000 commitment for a new website. According to a report from WTRF, it has some local residents raising questions. It may seem like a lot of money and it might be fr...

1989 MixTape: Styling With Rax

Let’s travel back to a time when the music was good and the smell of roast beef was in the air: Wheeling, W.Va., in 1989. Place the tape in the deck and press play. Track One: Guns N' Roses - Patience...

Spring 2017 Artist’s Studio Tour Announced

The Wheeling Arts and Culture Commission is excited to announce its inaugural Greater Wheeling Artists Studio Tour. The project aims to serve the community with art and cultural programming while supporting are...

Half Truth: There’s Nothing To Do In Wheeling

I grew up in Wheeling, I moved 3,000 miles away and then I returned. I have three kids that range from 1 to 11 years old. I love living in Wheeling and I am optimistic about our future. But there is something t...

Let’s Talk About Bullying

You may have noticed billboards around town recently suggesting just that. Next week, Wheeling Country Day School will again take on bullying, a subject carrying with it quite a variety of reactions, to say the...

Up For A Run?

Are you interested in running this New Year? Need help staying motivated? A new running group has formed in Wheeling and is looking for fellow runners to grow the group and help inspire others to get outside...

2016 Weelunk Top Ten: Ideas

In 2016 we received stories from over 100 people like you.  Here are the Top Ten stories of 2016 that were published in weelunk.com’s Ideas section, where ideas that support our area’s growth are welcomed. E...

Do You Weelunk?

Three years ago an idea was born. It centered around a feeling that things in Wheeling, West Virginia were moving forward, but in a direction simliar to kids about to slide down an icy number 11 at Crispin: hea...

Plant A Seed With Grow Ohio Valley

Greetings and Happy Holidays! As our third year draws to a close, more than ever we affirm our love of Wheeling; for where it has been, but more so for what it is becoming. It’s entirely gratifying to know o...

Preserving Suspension Bridge a Top Priority

One news report from 2016 that spurred much conversation in the Wheeling area and attracted regional attention to the historic Suspension Bridge took place on March 23, when the driver of a fully loaded Greyhou...

The Power of Intense Fragility

* Title attributed to E. E. Cummings The other evening I attended a musical program at Wheeling Jesuit University. Looking up from a table of delicious desserts after the performance, I saw Mary Hamm across th...

Five Questions – Scott Reed

(Editor’s Note: The same five questions were distributed to the two incumbents and one candidate running for the two delegate positions in West Virginia’s Third House District. They were invited to offer their ...

Five Questions – Tom Howard

(Editor’s Note: The same five questions were distributed to the two candidates running for Ohio County Sheriff. They were invited to offer their answers for publication free of charge, and, as explained to them...

High School Voices: Through the Lens

Editor’s Note: This is a collection of Wheeling Park High School senior voices about art and beauty and how social perceptions affect young people in the 21st Century. Walking through life, I know I wouldn’t...

Five Questions – John Powell

(Editor’s Note: The same five questions were distributed to the two candidates running for Ohio County Sheriff. They were invited to offer their answers for publication free of charge, and, as explained to them...

Killing the Lawyers

Editor's Note: Weelunk does not endorse candidates and opinions of local interest that meet our editorial standards are invited from all of our readers. As a young lawyer years ago, I often heard - along wit...

Five Questions – Del. Erikka Storch

(Editor’s Note: The same five questions were distributed to the two incumbents and one candidate running for the two delegate positions in West Virginia’s Third House District. They were invited to offer their ...

Five Questions – Del. Shawn Fluharty

(Editor’s Note: The same five questions were distributed to the two incumbents and one candidate running for the two delegate positions in West Virginia’s Third House District. They were invited to offer their ...

The Shape We Are In: Missing Panhandles

Because of factors like the secession from Virginia, the Mason-Dixon line and winding rivers, some consider West Virginia to be the oddest shaped state in the Union.  Could this be another reason for others to ...

High School Voices: Life is a Blank Sheet

Editor’s Note: This is a collection of Wheeling Park High School senior voices about art and beauty and how social perceptions affect young people in the 21st Century. While nature, architecture, and music a...

High School Voices: Self Perception

  Editor's Note: This is a collection of Wheeling Park High School senior voices about art and beauty and how social perceptions affect young people in the 21st Century. Starting in middle school, my...
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