Foreman’s Short Story Published

Another young person from Poplar Avenue in Wheeling is receiving artistic recognition on a national scale.

Author James Hazlett Foreman, son of Noel and Anne Foreman of Wheeling, has an excellent short story featured in a new book, “Machine of Death,” published by Bearstache Books of Venice, Calif.

The volume is described as “a collection of stories about people who know how they will die.”

In Foreman’s fascinating story, titled “Heat Death of the Universe,” the United States has developed a blood testing machine that, when analyzing samples from people at age 18 or older, will tell how they will die. That bit of news could be received as being calming or creepy, depending upon one’s perspective. The knowledge also spawns troubling moral and social dilemmas for the post-9/11 world.

The author’s father related, “The day the book was first available at, it was the day’s best seller, beating out Glenn Beck’s ‘Broke.'”

Jim Foreman is a 1995 graduate of Linsly School and a 2000 graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He writes primarily satire/humor and magic realism (science fiction, fantasy and horror).

The young author cites Ray Bradbury, Terry Prachett, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson and Nicholson Baker as his favorite writers. Judging by Foreman’s crisp, engaging writing style, many readers could easily consider the Wheeling native as their own favorite writer.

As for the Poplar Avenue connection, Foreman’s father noted that the author was a next-door neighbor of young actor Leland Alexander Wheeler when they were growing up in Woodsdale. Wheeler, of course, made his network television acting debut in an episode of the drama, “Blue Bloods,” that aired on CBS Friday, Oct. 29.

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Congratulations go out to Glen Dale native Brad Paisley who won the Country Music Awards’ coveted entertainer of the year honor Wednesday, Nov. 10.

In his acceptance speech, Paisley, who served as co-host of the awards show on ABC, recalled that his “hero,” country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens, always points out that a turtle on a fence post “had to have help to get there.”

The singer then thanked his many fans and tearfully paid tribute to his late grandfather, who gave him his first guitar.

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The holiday season is truly upon us, with the opening of the 26th annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park. The festival is shining brighter than ever (thanks to the use of energy-saving LED bulbs) and the new displays, particularly the carousel and the fountain, are delightful.

The lighting show, which opened with a ceremony and fireworks Wednesday, Nov. 10, continues nightly through Sunday, Jan. 2. A total of 70 displays, arranged over a six-mile area of the park, are included this season.

The backdrop for the opening ceremony on the patio above the West Spa featured a spectacular ice sculpture tableau, complete with a life-size rocking chair, fireplace and mantel and snowman, all carved from ice.

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