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Wheeling Central Beats Wheeling Park, Sort of

Story and Photographs By David Delk Weelunk Contributor In a matchup of the two best middle-school girls basketball teams in Wheeling, St. Michaels Parish School defeated Triadelphia Middle School 35-26 T...

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...

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...

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...

Charitable Giving, The Right Way

Jeffrey Yourkovich, CPA Weelunk Contributor As we prepare our shopping list for Santa, does yours include making a donation to a worthwhile charity? The bells are ringing, and the red kettle can be seen ...

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 ...

OPINION: Report Card for Ohio County Schools

By David Delk Weelunk.com Contributor Each year the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) evaluates the performance of each public school in the state and assigns each school a performance designat...

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....

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...

Confessions Of An Internet Shopper

I have a guilty conscience, and Small Business Saturday has really heightened my struggle with my inner demons. You see, I shop on the Internet. And <sob>, I like it. I mean, I used to like it. It suits m...

Injustice To One Is An Injustice to All

By Owens Brown Weelunk Contributor Wheeling NAACP Board Member “The National NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the ...

Does WV Need a New Political Party?

  By Chuck Wood Weelunk.com Contributor During the 2014 mid-term election there were many different individuals running for office in West Virginia, but largely just one political perspective. Nea...

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...

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...

I Moved Back to Wheeling – On Purpose.

By Jon-Erik Gilot Weelunk.com Contributor    “The more I try to answer the question of why I stay here, the more complicated my answers get, but I always felt like I understood myself here better ...

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...

Collect Taxes From Out-Of-State Workers

By CPA Jeff Yourkovich Weelunk.com Here is a novel approach to fixing West Virginia’s budget and financial woes: Let’s raise taxes, increase the sales tax, charge a user fee, cut services and slash payroll. ...

Unsung Heroes Deserve Our Thanks

  By Melanee Sinclair Weelunk.com Contributor   They fulfill a drive found deep within their souls. If asked, “Why do you do it?”, more likely than not they might say, “Do what?” They are ...

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...

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...

Seven Reasons Why We Should Vote Today

By Robert J. Gaudio Weelunk Contributor Let’s get something straight from the get-go. YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Look no further than the 2000 U.S. Presidential election for statistical proof of that. Six hundred...

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...

This Is Weelunk

This is Weelunk. It looks like a website, but it's more than that. It represents an attitude, a desire for a new Wheeling, one that trades shrinking and decay for optimism and enthusiasm. It shrugs off bored...

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...
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