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There is Only The Commons

If I asked any John Marshall High School graduate from 1968 until 2015 where they ate lunch, I would get a specific answer. They wouldn't have to think about it. They wouldn't have to try to remember. They woul...

A Future: Live As If There Were One

Albert Einstein once said, “Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.” Wheeling, in its lack of foresight and adaptation to economic cha...

Wheeling Lives Up To Its Name

  No one can doubt that Wheeling lives up to its name - The Friendly City. You witness this every day. People exchanging hellos, courtesies extended to lend a hand; hold doors open and allow other to go...

A Call for Telling New Stories

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story here: Listen   The Catholic Committee of Appalachia just published a pastoral letter. It’s the third of its k...

The Wheeling Renaissance… Of 1953

A Weelunk Partnership with Archiving Wheeling. For more Archiving Wheeling stories about local history through documents go to www.archivingwheeling.org. If you had tuned into Wheeling’s WTRF television sta...

A Magnificent Present

  Editor's Note: This fall, an Honors College writing course at West Liberty University, taught by Dr. Steve Criniti, adopted the City of Wheeling as the course focus. The course, entitled “Writing Whee...

Musings About Local Hiking

Over the last several weekends, I have been lucky enough to do a bit of hiking. Urban hiking, even- in Pittsburgh's Frick Park and New York's Central Park. Those are both amazing, tranquil escapes with bustling...

2015 Top Ten: IDEAS

In 2015 we received stories from over 100 people like you.  Here are the Top Ten stories of 2015 that were published in weelunk.com's "IDEAS" section, where ideas that support our area's growth are welcomed. ...

Why We Need the West Virginia Channel

What is West Virginia’s most valuable resource? Our natural beauty? Coal and natural gas? Our people? I believe our most important resource is one we don’t think of very often. Our story. The story ...

Special Gifts For Special People

There are some gifts that still need giving on this day, but these can only be offered through composition to place them perfectly in their lives. With good will and kind wishes the many who follow have been...

Millennial State of Mind

Shared from Weelunk.com's partner: West Virginia Executive Natalie Roper is the Executive Director of Weelunk parter: Generation West Virginia   Millennials, those born after 1980, are choosing to...

The Sanity Tree

"And Then 9/11 Happened" Christmas of 2001 will not make it to my “Top 10 Most Enjoyable Christmases” list. As a Navy Reservist, I had celebrated an occasional birthday while on my required annual military d...

Scrooge Visits Moundsville

There have been rumors circulating around the money-changing office lately that a production called "Being A Ghost Story of Christmas" and purporting to be the life story of one Ebenezer Scrooge is being mounte...

Tiny Homes A Big Idea in Wheeling

It’s only an idea at this point, but it’s something two Wheeling business partners believe can add to the transformation that is taking place at this time in the Friendly City. Howard Scott and Nick Pusateri...

Books That Every West Virginian Should Read

1. Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. A true memoir, Rocket Boys details the childhood experiences of NASA engineer Homer “Sonny” Hickam Jr. in his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia. In a poor mining town...

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 separate ...

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 Thanksgiving Break?  If ye...

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...