Lifestyles

Winners of the Marshall County Photo Contest

The Greater Moundsville Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the conclusion of the first ever Marshall County Photo Contest, which ran from November 23 to February 15.  Thank you to everyone wh...

Napping On The Porch

Growing up in Wheeling was like coming from a special planet.  Wheeling seemed to specialize in cultivating unusually eccentric people.  Wheeling suffered from a disease called acute prosperity.  The prosperity...

Betty’s Garden Diary for February 2016

Betty’s Garden Diary February, 2016 Simple Soil Science for Gardeners Betty’s Garden Diary thanks Dr. Michael Nicodemus for his contributions to this edition. Dr. Nicodemus has a PhD in Forestry from Purd...

What is Montessori Education?

What is the difference between “Montessori” and any other school? This is a question Paula Sikora, director of Sikora Montessori receives on a daily basis. Sikora explains, “I want to ensure that our community ...

The Elby’s Empire: Part 3 – The Grub

(Writer’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories that will concentrate on the history of one of the most storied restaurant franchises in Wheeling since the 1950s.) He looked like the Big Boy, and he...

Animal Tales from the Ohio County Dog Warden

Doug McCroskey Jr. is the Ohio County Dog Warden, Humane Officer, and the Shelter Director at the Ohio County Animal Shelter, and has been for the past 19 years. Not everyone appreciates his job at Ohio Coun...

Mayor’s Take on State of Downtown Wheeling

There is the good and the bad about downtown Wheeling right now. There’s no other option than to be honest about it. More people work today inside the Stone Center than even when the structure housed Stone &...

OI Summer Day Camp Registration

Oglebay Institute is gearing-up for another exciting summer camp season! A complete 2016 summer camp schedule and details about each program are now available atoionline.com/camps. Active Oglebay In...

History & Mystery Of Wheeling Castle Revealed

Introduction by Steve Novotney It depends on the time of year it is, and that’s because during the spring and summer months the Mount Wood Overlook is barely visible to those passing by along National Road a...

Ohio County Candidates Filed And Ready

Only two of eight races in Ohio County’s primary ballot are uncontested as local voters begin the process of learning more about those running for elected office. In the race for Ohio County Circuit Court Cl...

The Mostly True Story of “Betsy” Zane

  Just about every school child knows the story of how a 17-year-old girl named Elizabeth Zane saved Fort Henry by running to the cabin of Ebenezer Zane and returning with an apron full of gunpowder...

The Elby’s Empire: Part 2 – 9 Steps

(Writer’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories that will concentrate on the history of one of the most storied restaurant franchises in Wheeling since the 1950s.) They wanted to try roller-skating...

Top Ten: Ghost Bars of Wheeling

As we all know, some of Wheeling is often considered 10, 20, or even 30 years "behind the times." It's fun to flip things on its head and actually go back a couple of decades to check to see if it's true.  In t...

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With OI

Romantic Evening or “Hot” Date? OGLEBAY INSTITUTE OFFERS UNIQUE WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY   Whether you are looking for a romantic evening in an elegant setting or searching for a “hot” da...

Stadiums Offers Sporting Cuisine

It was supposed to be about her son’s 21st birthday and a game on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. It was 20 degrees at kickoff, future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre started at quarterback, and the Green Bay ...

WLU Wrestlers Reach Out to Young Fan

  West Liberty University head coach Mitch Smith and his Hilltopper wrestling team have reached out to embrace a young mat fan who is dealing with a difficult challenge. “Holdyn Keefer is a 4-year-ol...

Local Veterans Connecting Through New Group

A new veterans group is forming in the Wheeling area with hopes of connecting veterans and civilians in order to engage in more physical activity while proving to be an asset to the local community. Team RWB...

Wesbanco Project Still On Target, On Budget

Now that the framing for the new façade for Wesbanco Arena is in place, the center’s general manager believes the dream of a modernized public facility is more visual than ever before. Denny Magruder said th...

Betty’s Garden Diary: January 2016

While this is being written, it is three degrees in West Liberty and Betty’s garden is white with snow. However, the seed catalogs that have appeared in our mailbox have brought on our annual spring fever. Even...

A Poem: We Walked

(I was honored to be a speaker at this year's City of Wheeling Martin Luther King Interfaith Gathering for Freedom. I read this poem, which I wrote especially for the occasion.) We Walked away from Auschw...

Chapline Hill Tunnel Shrouded In Mystery

It’s dark and dank with orange moisture seeping from its rotting walls and bricked ceiling, and it’s been decorated with graffiti and reinforced and blocked with steel fencing. During the spring and summer m...

Growing up with a Growing Wheeling

I don’t remember Wheeling in its "heyday.” I’ve seen black and white pictures of shops and businesses lining downtown and the sidewalks packed with shoppers. I’ve heard stories and flipped through history books...

Local Miracle Worker On A New Mission

She’s performed one miracle and now is conjuring up yet another. Lorraine McCardle, the founder of the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley, has launched an effort to construct something new for all children in...

Alpine Shop Offers An Avalanche Of Ski Gear

Paul Exley enjoys offering beginning skiers a little lesson, and there is no snow required. “We do it right on the shop, and it can be 80 degrees outside. It doesn’t matter,” said the owner of the Alpine Ski...

The Ohio Valley Adventure

With the abnormal warm temperatures in the Ohio Valley this December, it is hard not to have that desire to be outdoors. Making the best of this weather is an absolute must. Might as well get a jump start on th...

2015: In Pictures

Take a look at some of the pictures that captured the essence of 2015.  Maybe you will see someone you know! Happy New Year To All - See you in 2016.   Photos By: Wallis Steve Novotney ...

2015 Top Ten: Stories By You

Recently we shared our 2015 Top Ten "Steve Novotney" and "IDEAS" stories.  Today we wrap up the year in review with a shout out to our readers, followers, advocates, investors, advertisers and all around Weelun...

Betty’s Garden Diary

Author's Note: This is the first installment in a planned series of informational articles for Ohio Valley gardeners. We will publish one installment this month and one in January. Then the installments will be...

2015 In Review: Readers React Top 10

Click on the Images Below to Read the Stories The past year has presented many positives within the Wheeling-area community, including successful business ventures, economic development, an evolving downtown...

Meet The Centre Market Violinist

Hello Wheeling. My name is Thomas Reinhardt. I have been away from Wheeling for years, traveling while residing in various eco-villages, intentional communities, and ashrams. During this time I have performed a...

The Mabel Files: A Christmas Gift of Faith

Tom and Lizzie Minns rarely had much to spend on each other at Christmas during their long and frugal marriage. The blind couple had always used what little money they had managed to save from their Wheeling co...

New Book & Film Tackle NFL Issue Head-On

CTE The acronym stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and the term didn’t even exist before 2002, when Dr. Bennet Omalu performed an autopsy on the body of 50-year-old Mike “Iron Mike” Webster, the fo...

TOYS!

That’s right. TOYS! The red wagon, the Rubik’s Cube, the baby doll, and the Jack in the Box, and there were the Evil Knievel and G.I. Joe action figures, not to mention the board games, Atari and Nintendo an...

Lowell Windfree’s Bobsled Run

  Lowell Windfree created a spectacular bobsled run. The neighborhood kids loved it. His momma hated it and for good reason. The event unfolded in December two weeks before Christmas. Following a wea...

Help The Unity Center Battle Addiction

She is involved because it is where life led her, and now Wheeling resident Diana Mey is doing what she can to raise awareness about a sanctuary that her family found in order to deal with the realities of addi...

In Video: Empress Emporium

The Empress Emporium is a delightful Tea and Parfumerie shop in downtown Wheeling, located on 1908 Market St. They specialize in decadence, and hand craft the experience for visitors. As you walk in the doo...

Falling Bricks Replaced by Downtown Growth

With every brick that fell, there was one local resident happy but another upset in a community torn between erasing what they always knew of downtown Wheeling and the critical need of evolution. The old Jup...
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