The Top 10 Contributed “Weelunker,” Articles of 2014

By Weelunk Staff

What an amazing 2014 it has been for us at Weelunk.  The first three quarters of the year was spent fantasizing, strategizing, and organizing, followed  by some planning and fundraising; after that some designing, hiring and — finally — launching.  Since our launch on Nov. 1 we have welcomed nearly 60,000 unique visitors and 190,000 pageviews.  The holiday break has given us the opportunity to take a break and a deep breath.  We are now focusing on 2015 and some really cool ideas that we hope to initiate, such as some new sections and a revised calendar.  But before we close the door completely on 2014, we would like to acknowledge our very favorite part of Weelunk: YOU.

“Weelunkers” are writers who aren’t on the Weelunk payroll.  Pretty much any story you read here that’s not by Steve Novotney or Bill Hanna is a Weelunker story.  Over 50 of you have contributed articles to Weelunk.  From pizza to taxes,  from hooligans to cheerleaders, it’s our contributors that help validate and move our mission forward: To help support the revitalization of Wheeling, W.Va.  You have done so by telling the world (People from all 50 states and over 80 countries have visited this site.) that Wheeling is awesome, it is positive, and it is something to be PROUD of.

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Here are the 2014 Top 10 “Weelunker” stories determined by number of pageviews.  Click on the images to read the stories again or for the first time.


#10 WPHS Cheerleaders Trained for Success

By Kalyee Miller, WPHS Junior 

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Junior Kaylee Miller gave us a preview of what it takes to become a state champion.



#9 Modern Victorian Cocktail: History, Family & Balance in a Century-Old Home

By Laura Jackson Roberts

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One of the most well-written contributions we have received came from Laura, a Wheeling native who came home to raise her family with a mix of history, present, and future.


#8 Victorian North Wheeling, A Place to Call Home

By Angela Zambito Hill

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Angela Zambito Hill chose to move her young family to North Wheeling — with style.

#7 Thanksgiving Eve at the Alpha

By Josh Wack

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Josh Wack enters the Top 10 with his first of two contributions: A tale of a Wheeling tradition — the one and only Wednesday night at the Alpha.


#6 Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Story by Sarah Koegler, Photographs by Rebecca Kiger

The story of one of Wheeling’s first same-sex weddings, told beautifully by a firsthand account through Sarah Koegler’s voice and Rebecca Kiger’s lens.



#5 I Moved Back to Wheeling and My Kids Joined a Gang

By Erika Weidner

Erika Weidner moves back to Wheeling from Baltimore and tells her Maryland friends, “No, Richmond is not in West Virginia, and I moved back for FAMILY”.


#4 Signs of Wheeling: Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow

By Glynis Board

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Highlighting Weelunk’s partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Glynis Board takes us to Andy Hogan’s farm and shows us his unique collection of Wheeling’s past.


 #3 The Whores, the Help, and the Hooligans

By Bill Hogan

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Prolific Weelunker Bill Hogan shares his memories of hanging in a much different South Wheeling.


#2 I moved Back to Wheeling: On Purpose

By John Erik-Gilot

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John-Erik Gilot tells us way he’s proud to have moved back to Wheeling.


#1 “Number 93, for 6?”

By Josh Wack

In this Weelunk classic, our first ever “contribution,” Josh Wack describes the cultural experience of ordering pizza from Elm Grove DiCarlo’s.