Lifestyles

An Afternoon With Stobart

And death shall have no dominion. Dead man naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon; When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have stars at elbow and ...

A Food Trucker’s Bumpy Road

And a blown transmission is a part of it, too. Dean Barath found that out this past week, and consequently he will not have his planned presence for Ideal Provisions at this weekend’s Upper Ohio Valley Itali...

Mineral Springs and the Stratford Hotel

My interest in the Stratford Hotel began as a young girl. It was there I played hooky from piano lessons, picked wildflowers and earned my Girl Scout trailblazing badge. One day I found silverware and shar...

1996 MixTape: Jamboree in the Hills

Let’s travel back to a time when the music was good and the not-so-delicate scent of body odor filled the air: Morristown, Ohio 1996. Place the tape in the deck and press play. Disclaimer: It's been 21 year...

Wilson Pleased with First Year on Council

The youngest ever. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s how Brian Wilson now feels. At first, yup, it was an intimidating little piece of Wheeling’s modern-day history, but these days, following his first year as the...

Scenes Seen in Wheeling – Part 2

There are problems, and there are issues, no doubt, and no one is denying that fact. And no one is ignoring any of it either. Not the drugs; not the out-of-towner criminal influence; not the crumblings ca...

Carney’s Life Path Takes Him Home

Literally, it is down on Main Street past the Eckhart House and Uncle Pete’s and Happy Goat Yoga and the Wilson Playground, and the legendary tavern has re-opened after a brief closure with new ownership in pla...

A Zoo Brew Chronicle

In the distance, a lone banjo laments an old song. Remembering old days buried deep within fading memories, a fiddle shades the air a somber grey. The past is mourned as the music yearns to step back into yeste...

Valley Views & Varmints: Tiny Lights

Summer brings out the bugs. Nasty skeeters, biblical plagues of cicadas, and that cricket that lived in my car for nine days one year and almost chirped me into the nuthouse. As a culture, we spend hundreds of ...

Betty’s 2017 Garden

Betty’s Garden Diary Revisited! Preface Greetings fellow Weelunk gardeners! This is a follow-up to the “Betty’s Garden Diary” series that my wife, Betty, and I published on Weelunk last year. Since we stopp...

Memories of Woodsie’s Bar in Fulton

Woodsie's, like many old storefronts in Wheeling, looked normal enough. Windows and a large entrance. But in older buildings there was often to the side another door, often unnoticed. Behind that side door are ...

Kyle’s Case – Unsolved One Year Later

“Oh no,” was the first thought that came into the mind of former classmate and friend Erin Guy, a recent graduate of John Marshall High School. “I didn’t believe it at first. I didn’t want to believe it, and pe...

Euchre: Poker’s Poor Cousin

Twenty or thirty years or so ago, a wearied traveler venturing through the coal-infused hills of Appalachia steps off his beaten path and takes refuge in one of Wheeling's countless taverns. Sidling up to the b...

Pete Jefferson

Pete was not a regular in our crowd but was around enough to the extent that he should have been. We knew each other, went to the same parties, but I believe he was a bit older. Pete had an older brother, a han...

McColloch’s Leap

In East Wheeling in the mid 1960's there was a 'bar' on almost every corner. But the word 'bar' isn't all they were, they were also community centers. Places that glued the small neighborhoods together. Plac...

Why Wharton Came Home to Wheeling

He grew up here. Most of his family has always lived here. And, now, after three decades, he lives here again. Thomas Wharton, brother of long-time Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton, returned to Wheelin...

WJU Graduate Presented With Manning Award

Overcoming Obstacles is Second Nature for WJU Graduate A Hillard, Ohio native overcame learning obstacles to not only earn a degree from Wheeling Jesuit, but achieve much success during her four years at the...

Blind Butch

The neighborhood of Goosetown was special in the 60s, not much of it now remains. It was hidden in a small corner of Wheeling. Big Wheeling Creek on the east and railroad tracks on the west defined it. Eleve...

Learning to Drink in Wheeling

Somehow we all got introduced to the ancient evil of alcohol. In Wheeling most likely it was beer. Way back in the old days, which would have been the late and mid 60's Wheeling had a great system for creating ...

Baseball in Wheeling – Chapter 3

(Editor’s Note: This chapter is the fourth entry of a series of stories that will focus on the history of the game of baseball in the Wheeling area.)   “It’s Because He Smiled A Lot” It really didn’t m...

Wheeling Women Artists: Melody Meadows

Melody Meadows’ passion for theater blossomed at the age of ten. She is a Charleston native but pursued children’s theater in New Martinsville, WV. She then continued on her acting path via Magnolia High Sc...

We Watch Forever

They had a party at our prison last night and they thought we couldn’t see.This rotten stone hell where we walk in darkness forever is not as it was when I faced the hangman in 1932 or as it was when my compa...

The Capitol of Entertainment

Star studded night The searchlights shine brightly It’s entertainment that I need Up on the billboard, the title glitters Wheeling’s own Broadway show The walk of fame full of music stars The time they sp...

Wheeling Women Artists: Pat Jacobson

Local Painter Tackles Political Issues Pat Jacobson has loved art for as long as she can remember. “Oh, I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was a child. Of course, I didn’t know what I wanted to be a...

Grow Ohio Valley Seeks Hosts

Early this summer, another four AmeriCorps service members will arrive in Wheeling to assist Grow Ohio Valley in its mission of establishing a robust local food economy. They will remain here for separate amoun...

Mayor Eyes Compassion for Wheeling

It is about a change in the mindset of local government that alters the citizen experience because people are treated more like people. Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott joined a number of Wheeling area residents...

Loft Living Alive in Downtown District

One housed a mega-popular retail store and the other was so industrial a train traveled through it when necessary, and what took place in both buildings many years ago helped sustain the people of the Upper Ohi...

Historic Footbridge Alive With Memories

Once upon a long time ago the Buch & Donavan Drug Store, the Rose Bowl, the Minute Market, and Ye Olde Alpha were on one side of it, and on one the other side Wheeling College, the Pleasanton ball field and...

Baseball in Wheeling – Chapter 2

(Editor’s Note: This introduction is the third entry of a series of stories that will focus on the history of the game of baseball in the Wheeling area.)   “Belle Isle was Yankee Stadium” There were th...

Scenes Seen in Wheeling – Part 1

If residents of Wheeling refuse to take their surroundings for granted, then they can experience some unusual sights in all corners of this Friendly City. These photographs were captured during the past two ...

Kennel Owners Uncertain About Their Future

UPDATE: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice did veto Senate Bill 437 today in Wheeling and now the legislation will initially return to the Senate for override consideration. If Senate leadership refuses to pick...

Recording History: Wheeling Water Works

  As the AmeriCorps member for Wheeling National Heritage Area, I have been doing research on the history and architecture of the Warwood neighborhood since September. In February, an employee at the Wh...

The Men of the Pen

My friends and I on a warm summer night Drove down to the famous home of fright 11 Acres and surrounded by walls The WV State Penitentiary held them all A prisoner’s home was a 5x7 cell A horrible home, an...

Baseball in Wheeling – Chapter 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first chapter of a series of stories that will focus on the history of the game of baseball in the Wheeling area.   A Man and His Game The pitcher’s mound moved depending on the ...

Romantic Wheeling Project: Greenwood Cemetery

Obituaries Greenwood Cemetery, 151, Of Wheeling, West Virginia, Has yet to pass away. Greenwood was born in March, 1866, to the prominent citizens of Wheeling. 37.5 acres, Lined with monuments of human s...
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