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Tennent’s Beer Comes To The Valley

“Guid gear comes in sma’ bulk.” The translation for this Scottish expression – “good things come in small packages,” and it’s the perfect way to start our next article about a few new brews in the Wheeling mark...

Mount Wood Marvel Will Not Be Overlooked

It’s been abused by vandals, and it’s crumbling with age, but the members of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission believe the Mount Wood Overlook can be transformed in a popular destination. The Arts Co...

The Moose Abides

“Hi, this is Taylor at the front desk at Oglebay. There’s a gentleman here trying to deliver a moose to the Nature Center.” In all fairness, I knew the moose arrival was imminent. I just didn’t know exactly ...

Is Pluto a Planet?

Do you know what a planet is? Most of us can tell the difference between a planet and a star and the difference between a planet and an asteroid or comet. Astronomers, like everyone else, like to group/class...

Elmhurst: The House of Friends

I’m 62 years old now, and when my time comes, I’m packing up and heading for this village. In fact, I’m already on the waiting list. Read on, and I’ll tell you why. Elmhurst, the House of Friendship, is ...

Visiting the Mound in Moundsville

Photos by Glynis Board Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story here: Listen   Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of W...

Public Key in Preserving Historic Span

I sat on the sidewalk Wednesday morning near the downtown Wheeling end of the historic Suspension Bridge with a pen and a notebook in my hands, and I counted cars and vans and trucks that were either exiting or...

West Virginian: A Poem

  Your river veins, your heart of coal Seneca’s body, Spruce’s soul A quiet perfection–to some, unknown It is you, my God, my home Quivering dewdrop tracing stem Shaded eaves for root and limb ...

The Mabel Files: A Working Dog’s Story

Feature Picture from paintlater.wordpress.com Mabel Files 17 When I was a young dog just trying to survive on the streets of Wheeling in the early 1930s, few people ever paid any attention to me except, o...

Keeping the Kids A Goal in Wheeling

"Retaining our youth." We hear the phrase all of the time in the Upper Ohio Valley, and that’s because it’s one of the most important aspects of a reviving community that is attempting to reverse population ...

Navigating Yesterday – A Haibun Poem

Navigating Yesterday   memories birthed in the Ohio swim to the surface   Pap Pap,  why did you have to tell us what your neighbor was carrying in that brown paper bag.   You could have lied o...

Vagabond Tales: A Trip to D.C.

Like many adventures, this one began with a question: Would you like to come to D.C. for our event? The question is ever-changing. My answer, a constant, “Yes!” I first heard of the West Virginia State So...

DC Ventures Has A Vision For Wheeling

They have a vision, and they believe it’s a dream that can come true. Vince DeCrease is one of three partners of DC Ventures, LLC, a development company found a dozen years ago. He along with Charlie Savage ...

“Anything’s A Blessing.” Or Is It?

I want to believe him. I want to believe my $5 will go toward food and water and better clothing. I don’t want to think it was used to buy heroin for him to shoot under a bridge. I don’t want to believe it w...

Community Murals To Better Wheeling

Architects of Change, a community mural project, is promoting positive change for adults with mental illness who attend the Marian House and clients at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center by giving them the ...

C3 Camp Is For Every Kid

For one week each year, people in Wheeling gather together to do something great. The mission is simple: serve the kids in this valley with no price tag attached. Volunteers show up from every corner of thi...

The “Father of West Virginia” Returns

The installation of the statue of Francis H. Pierpont, the “Father of West Virginia,” will begin on Wednesday, June 10, at Wheeling’s West Virginia Independence Hall, the historic site of the state’s founding, ...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 7

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of stories that will co...

Mmm . . . Popcorn Opens at Market Plaza

My son insisted he could smell the popcorn by the time we hit the former Kaufman’s storefront. He held fast to his dad’s hand as he skipped down the alley and into Market Plaza. We were heading out to our first...

Interesting Flora of Ohio County

Creek-Side Flora This time of year is the perfect time to go out looking for interesting plants. There are so many to find, and flora is constantly changing. I especially enjoy identifying those with special u...

Weelunk Weekender

After a busy Memorial Day weekend, the city is taking a bit of a breather. No huge events this weekend, but lots of quality smaller ones. If you've always wanted to see a minstrel show, your chance is here. ...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 6

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of stories that will conc...

“The Stag,” the Myth, the Legend

Every time I visit “The Stag” at Oglebay Park, I wonder how many Ohio Valley children have perched themselves on his smooth, verdigris surface. How many families have spread a picnic blanket in his shadow on a ...

Spring

A flush of green Lilac, lavender, sweet the soft puff of dandelion seeds A hawk gliding on a breeze Caterpillars bungee jump from trees Wheeling Creek hushed by leaves A couple sitting on its bank heads ...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 5

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R. (Writer’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories that will conc...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 3, Conclusion

Brady’s Rangers were very effective in their pursuit of the Indian raiding parties. Numerous times, they rescued women and children who had been taken captive by the Indians. When Brady’s Rangers encountered an...

The Hempfield Haunting

The historical reference to Wheeling as ‘Place of the Skull’ by local historians implies Wheeling is a setting of uncommon circumstances. To appreciate Wheeling’s paranormal attractions, you need to delve into ...

WPHS’s Park Players to Perform Footloose

Aimee Shultz is a WPHS senior and assistant director of the musical   Anyone who was a young person in the 80’s remembers the Kenny Logins hit song, “Footloose”, as well as its movie counterpart star...

The Mabel Files: Wheeling Boys Go to War

Wheeling barber George Griffith was about to go to war in the Spring of 1941 and the Army fatigues he was issued and directed to wear from boot camp to deployment, just like the plain but tough uniform he had w...

Captain Samuel Brady: Part 2

After living in a cabin in Wellsburg for a period of time, Sam and Drucilla obtained property in West Liberty, with assistance from Van Swearingon, where they built a large frame house. One of the photos with t...