Ideas

The Day David Came Home

Two of his battle buddies came to Wheeling for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in 2011 because they had heard Michael’s stories about the event for years while serving together in the United Sta...

Weelunk’s First Six Months

Weelunk.com turned a half year on May 1, and the response from Weelunkers like you has been overwhelmingly positive.  With over 515,000 pageviews we are on target for 1,000,000 in our first year.  Thank you for...

Key Issues Are Awaiting 2016 City Officials

One year. There is one year remaining in Andy McKenzie’s tenure as mayor of Wheeling, and all six ward positions will come available as well when the Friendly City stages its municipal elections in May 2016....

A Wheeling History Center & Museum?

  Have you ever thought, "There really should be a Wheeling History Museum!" Well, the Wheeling National Heritage Area is working with a broad group of local residents to make this a reality. We need yo...

‘Do Something’ More Than Just a Slogan

Sometimes, doing something is all it takes to make a difference, and East Wheeling resident Stephanie Wright is a prime example. Last fall Stephanie and a large group of other volunteers spent a couple of da...

The Fields Of Oglebay

“If you build it, he will come” They are not described on any park map, but they may be the most utilized destinations in all of Oglebay Park. I am speaking of the three lush green, open fields that resid...

1985 Mixtape

Cassette in the deck, press play.   Track 1: Through 5th Grade Eyes / "Axel F" - Harold Faltermeyer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V93XY-KQfak Wheeling ,W.Va., in 1985, from a fifth-grader...

Another World To Land in Downtown Wheeling

It has been a notion in Aaron Badia’s mind for several years, and he believes now is the time to move forward with it instead of allowing the wish to remain a mere daydream. Badia, a 29-year-old Bellaire Hig...

Remaking Wheeling: Are You All In?

Straight out of the gate(way to the West) I should be clear on a few things: 1) Wheeling is fantastic. Right now, as is, fantastic. 2) Wheeling is in one the most extraordinary times of its history. Think th...

I am Looking for Real Syrup

Weelunk encourages its readers to learn all about REAL syrup at Oglebay Institute's Maple Sugaring Day, Saturday March 21... While shopping at Walmart and trying to be health-conscious, I took a gander d...

School Lunchroom: Opportunities Ahead

I am very fortunate to be able to volunteer occasionally at my children’s school with the lunch duty. I enjoy watching children eat, chat, laugh, hop, skip, and even argue for a couple of hours. During this tim...

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...

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...

Protect our Water

Bishop Ralph W. Dunkin Weelunk Contributor   Water has always been at the heart of the Christian faith and heritage.  From the four rivers that had their origin in Eden, to the crossing of the Red...

Weelunk In Review

As Weelunk.com nears its four-month anniversary, we pause for reflection.  It has been an amazing journey to say the least.  In the fall of 2014 our stated mission was to "help make Wheeling awesome."  As with ...

A 1992 Mixtape

By LeeRoy Weelunk Contributor Join me on a journey in time back to a Friday night in Wheeling, W.Va., 1992.  Our mission: to find out “where the high school kids are.” First, we pull out our fancy GPS tra...

Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials

By Wheelhouse Carrie Weelunk Contributor With Wheeling looking in the face of another snow event, and its peak coming during tomorrow's Super Bowl 49, a lot of us will be watching the game and the commerc...

If the IRS Calls, Hang Up!

 By Jeffrey Yourkovich CPA Weelunk Contributor Filing season for your 2014 taxes officially began on January 20, 2015. The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and the administration of the Internal...

You Too Can Become Rich in 2015!

By Russell Dunkin Weelunk Contributor Happy New Year! Just as reliable as the ball dropping in Times Square each year, you can expect to see financial magazines showing you all the best places to inves...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...
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