History

Alpha Moose on the Move

The trickiest part was getting the two huge moose heads out of the door. But long-time Ye Olde Alpha cooks Trevor Kropp and Dan Dokes, who were tasked with the job, succeeded. Getting most of the three do...

HIDDEN GEMS: A Tale of Two Chapels

Editor’s note: Today’s post on two gem-like chapels launches a new occasional series on lovely but lesser-known facets of Wheeling’s architectural heritage. You’ve driven past them. One tiny chapel on Nation...

We Wish You a ’70s Christmas

Ah, childhood holiday memories — those sweet candy cane and hot cocoa ghosts of Christmases past. Is there anything else that can conjure up such nostalgia? For those of us who are Boomers/Gen Xers, many of tho...

B.E. Taylor Christmas Star Shines On

The first time I talked to B.E. Taylor, I was a young reporter at The Times Leader. I was assigned to preview the upcoming B.E. Taylor Christmas show at The Capitol Theatre in Wheeling by my boss Phyllis Sigal,...

Wrapping Up Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays

Editor's note: Weelunk updates a story we shared four years ago about a business that ships various tastes of Wheeling that are near and dear to natives' hearts (and stomachs). Some traditions never grow old, a...

WLU’s Rare Book Returns Home 

We stood around the podium topped with a glass case like mythical giants peering down at tiny humans, and for me, the moment felt just as magical. It was 1994, and I was in the Nelle M. Krise Rare Book’s Room a...

ECHOES … Of Life Below Violet Hill

Long before my family moved to the brown stucco house at the top of Chicken Neck Hill overlooking Elm Run, I was a resident of Birch Lynn and spent most of the summers on the gently sloping hillside below it. ...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: Poppa’s One, Two, Three

Driving through Wheeling Park, I noticed a sign — “Bandstand” — and followed it to the top of the hill. I haven’t been up there in decades. The last time was for a party we had there when the rails around the b...

For the Love of Bicycling: Then and Now

Bicyclists in the Ohio Valley enjoy myriad recreational opportunities, from scenic bike trails to winding country roads beyond the city. Wheeling has a rich bicycling tradition, as evidenced by the popularity o...

DiCarlo’s Pizza: A Cultural Icon

There are only two kinds of pizza, good pizza and very good pizza.  — Peter Reinhart, author of "American Pie, My Search for the Perfect Pizza" Ask just about any Ohio Valley resident, and they will affirm ...

The ‘Hills’ Hold His Heart

Editor's note: Here in the Ohio Valley, the third weekend in July has meant an annual pilgrimage to Jamboree In The Hills for a lot of local country music fans. But for the first time in over 40 years, Jamboree...