Ideas

After Saturday: Are you still All In?

By now we know what happened tomorrow, because it was yesterday. I’m writing on Friday and you’re reading on Sunday, which is after Saturday. There is glory or anguish over an achievement. In either case, I am ...

WJU: A Window to the Real World

  Students at Wheeling Jesuit University are continually encouraged to live out the university’s mission by serving others. Again this year, students gave up their fall break to take part in three sep...

Everyday Struggles of a Common Theater Nerd

Anyone who has been associated with the life of theater knows this emotional roller coaster, the ever-ticking clock counting down to opening day. But, for those who don't, let me educate you on this common stru...

The Ex-Pat’s Guide to New Wheeling

The Wheeling Ex-Patriot Do you call Wheeling, WV home, but currently live somewhere else?  If yes, we here at Weelunk.com consider you an "Ex-Pat".   Are you home now, visiting for Thanksgivin...

Storch, Kessler To Address Diversity

  One thing you can say about West Virginia: It’s homogenous. But is that a good thing? The next program in the Temple Shalom Social Action Lecture Series will tackle the lack of diversity in the ...

A Really Good Sign For Wheeling

Frank O’Brien and his staff members at the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau spend the vast majority of their time working on ways to market the Friendly City to travelers residing outside the Upper Ohio ...

First State Capitol Gets Solarized

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story here: Listen   Standing in downtown Wheeling, “the original gate to the West” (as Wheelonians sometimes call ...

I’ll Be There for You… Always

  Apparently it's a rarity-- the friendships we have now will be short-lived -- at least that's what we're told.  Sad but true.  Right? We make friends; we love friends.  We lose friends, it's part of l...

MiBurg Is Born

A note from LeeRoy: Weelunk.com launched Nov. 1 2014, and on July 1 2015 her first baby sister was born: Elkinite.com in BEAUTIFUL Elkins, W.Va.  And now we welcome Miburg.com in WONDERFUL Martinsburg, WV. ...

Remembering Abby Frohnapfel

When I got the call as I was waiting in line for a concert in Pittsburgh, I had no idea how much one piece of information could change my life. Like a pebble tossed into a pond, what happened sent a ripple of e...

Volunteer for CASA and Change a Child’s Life

It is only natural that one’s time, especially in this fast paced multitasking society of today, is very preciously spent. We have to prioritize and decide what matters most in hierarchical fashion both what we...

John Marshall HS Introduces School Blog

After much discussion with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members, we have identified two growing problems in our high school. The first is that our students do not seem to have adeq...

1987 MixTape

Happy First Birthday Weelunk.com!   Let's travel back to a time when the music was good and love was in the air: Wheeling, W.Va., in 1987. Place the tape in the deck and press play. Track O...

A Judge’s Passionate Plea For Action

Recently I was contacted via email by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jim Seibert because, on his way home one recent afternoon, he tuned into my radio program on AM 1600 WKKX/AM 1370 WVLY. He wished to have lunch so we ...

City Charter Changes: Who, What & Why

It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the city of Wheeling’s Charter has been completely reviewed and reformed despite the fact current Mayor Andy McKenzie had it on his to-do list when he was first e...

The Greenest City in West Virginia?

Editor's Note: This is the first contribution from George Kellas.  George won the Show of Hands event in September.  His winning project aims to document Wheeling through film and digital media.     ...

Grand Vue Park Is Reaching New Heights

Installing a zipline attraction at Grand Vue Park in 2012 was a huge surprise to the people of the Upper Ohio Valley because such outdoor recreation had never been readily available within the Wheeling metro ar...

What Should Wheeling Bring Back From The Past?

The past. The past. The past. The past. Over and over again people have concentrated only on the history of the Friendly City instead of on Wheeling’s future. Those “good ol’ days” or “back in the day” often...

Pitch Contest Fuels Downtown Businesses

The last two West Liberty University Entrepreneurs Pitch Contest winners have since opened Downtown Wheeling businesses.   Today, the two establishments are thriving and inspiring others to do the same. Sept...

Locals Make Sunday A Fun Day

Now that was my kind of “Sunday Fun Day.” But this one was different from what many may imagine.  No beach, no boat, no ballpark, and no pool were there, but instead just the people of the Upper Ohio Valley....

Progress Reported with Wheeling Projects

We at Weelunk work very hard to be sure our readers are up-to-date with any developments and possibilities in the Wheeling area, and when there is progress to report we enjoy offering those updates, as well. ...

Area Churches Mark “Day of Hope”

Editors Note: Yesterday faith organizations around the Valley took time to recognize a major epidemic that is affecting our community.     Six months ago the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Co...

Are You Ready For Some (Injury-Free) Football?

Go ahead. Sing it to yourself. We all hear it in our heads -- that familiar Monday Night Football tune. It’s coming. Football is back for 2015, and, depending on where you are in life, it has different meanings...

What does Downtown Wheeling Need?

It’s a question that has been asked since the opening of the Ohio Valley Mall in the late 1970s and an inquiry being posed more often now because of the continued development of The Highlands in Ohio County nea...

Reinstating Pluto as a Planet

The July 12, 2015 article about Pluto was the start of a four-part series (Is Pluto a Planet?). The goal of the first article was the hope of rekindling a scientific and public conversation of “what a planet is...

The Avett Brothers Are Coming: Are You?

Here's an IDEA: When a really cool, nationally recognized, critically acclaimed, award-winning band, whose founding members are still with the band and still considered "hip" or, as in this case, "hipster," com...

Quality of Life the Focus of Weirton Forum

It’s about spreading information in hopes of instigating reforms in households and within the state’s law books, and those behind this effort will visit the Northern Panhandle in less than a week. Over the p...

Can Diversity Help Wheeling Grow? Yes.

  After dropping my kids off to nature camp, as I walk out of Schrader Environmental Center, I hear a little girl say “That’s that Chinese girl.” My reaction: “I am sorry, I am not Chinese.” This is not...

Participation in the Arts Benefits Seniors

Participation in the arts -- whether as a creator, student, supporter or audience member--enhances the quality of life for individuals, providing opportunities for creative expression, socialization and persona...

Calling All Writers

On a sultry Aug. 20 2009, 18 inquisitive people met at the Books-A-Million store in the Highlands Complex. As they drank a cup of Joe Muggs coffee, they contemplated their bold, new idea. Should we start a writ...

Respect For Area Musicians On A High Note

There are two common denominators when it comes to musicians: They all possess memories of that first time when they performed for someone other than a shower stall, and they all can recall that very first for-...