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The Making Of An Unlikely Hero

Mike Anderson didn’t know what to do after graduating from John Marshall High School, and that wasn’t the school’s fault or his parents fault’ or his friends’ fault. “Naw,” Anderson admitted. “It was my own ...

Goodwin Looks to Grow Mountain State Tourism

It’s her home. She knows it well. And she knows there’s no place like her home. Amy Goodwin, the deputy secretary of commerce and the commissioner of tourism in West Virginia, is a native of the Friendly Cit...

Niles Aims For The Moon With New Album

It doesn’t suck. And believe it or not, that’s the highest compliment musician Adrian Niles has ever offered when discussing his own work. Usually, when Niles released his previous five albums, there was som...

Ronell Green – Wheeling’s Boxing Champ

He stayed calm, and he listened; he followed the game plan; he paced himself; he was patient; he kept his temper tempered; and he represented East Wheeling’s Bullpen Fight Club exactly the way he wished. Tha...

People, Places and Artist Tom Breiding

The music of Pittsburgh-based songwriter Tom Breiding has taken him across the country and into the heart of the music industry machine, but over the course of a career that now spans 13 albums, the Wheeling na...

Wheeling’s Mindbender: Craig Karges

He was considered a nerd who hung out with some old guy, the black sheep of his family known for slugging scotch, toking on cigars, and telling others their fortunes. Some found this gentleman odd, but Craig...

Does W.Va. Need More Poetry?

Perhaps not surprisingly, West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, seems to thinks so. He’s been collaborating with several organizations, including West Virginia Public Broadcasting, to conceive new ev...

Calabrese’s Life An Open Book For Voters

You’ve noticed Frank Calabrese not only because he gets around town, but also because, for many years now, he’s had that curly, unshorn, white-haired mane that often grows unruly. But not this week. This ...

The Balancing Act of Erikka Storch

It’s a Chicken Cobb salad. The ingredients are supposed to be scattered about and pretty much everywhere within the bowl. But Erikka Storch wouldn’t stand for it. The tomatoes have to be here, the hard-boile...

Local Veterinarian Epitomizes Pet Care

Dogs and cats, of course, but his patients also include critters like cows and horses and hamsters and snakes and rats. Yes, even rats. “A person’s pet is a person’s pet. You never know what kind of anima...

Johnson Finding His Seam after Lost Season

They are like tunnels with lights at the end of them, and those pathways guide Savion Johnson to more yardage, more touchdowns, and more victories, and that’s been the case since his single-digit days of donnin...

Q and A: Ryan Ferns

In April 2015, OV Connect hosted a panel of local legislators to reflect on the recent session. Delegates Erikka Storch and Shawn Fluharty and Sen. Jeff Kessler attended this luncheon, but unfortunately the dat...

Fahey Q&A: “I guess it’s in our DNA”

He’s a Fahey, and you know his name. You’re familiar with it because he and several of his family members have chosen to serve in roles in Wheeling and Ohio County. Gene Fahey is 51 years old, and he works t...

Snip After Snip, Scenna Still Cuts It

One after another. Snip by snip and cut after cut. Long hair. Short hair. Flattops. Hipster flips. He’s seen it, he’s cut it, and he’s swept up our hair. Children and adults. First cuts and final cuts ...

Sam Mason: Wheeling’s Deadliest Outlaw

When that boy grows enough ass to break his neck, they ought to hang the bastard.” Those words, once spoken about the late Col. Charles Askins in his youth, might have been better saved for Sam Mason, had the...

Szalay Finally Fills The Hole In Her Life

She’s always had a plan. It hasn’t always been the same plan, but her steps consistently have been in the direction of a vision that involved what she would become when she grew up. Angie Szalay has, since h...

Bethany Course: Welcome to the Real World

For many careers, an undergraduate degree is considered the minimum standard just to get in the door. But with unemployment among recent college grads higher than average, many realize you need to have somethin...