Local Drummer’s Video Gets 15M Hits

As the holiday season winds down, we have learned that former Dofka drummer Steve Moore, who used to perform regularly in the Ohio Valley, has a “viral” video that’s hit the 15-million mark in terms of online viewings.

He and a Wheeling native, guitarist Jim Dofka, reunited to do a “fun” remake of “The Little Drummer Boy.” We’re told that their version can be seen and heard on YouTube as “Drummer at the Wrong Christmas Gig.”

The performance features Dofka on guitar, Moore on drums and Rev Jones on bass, with vocals by Jeff Martin.

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A photograph of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge is the featured illustration for January on a 2012 calendar published by the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

The theme for the calendar this year is “Transportation in the Mountain State by Water, Road, Rail and Air.” Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer, said the 13-month calendar highlights “how the state’s mountainous terrain, abundant rivers, narrow valleys and dense forests have challenged its people and industries.”

Each month, the calendar focuses upon a different aspect of travel or a structure built to facilitate navigation in West Virginia.

To request a free copy of the calendar, write to West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2012 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard E., Charleston, WV 25305; call Conni McMorris at 304-558-0240 or send an email message to conni.l.mcmorris@wv.gov.

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New author Robert L. Van Kirk, formerly of Wheeling, will hold a book-signing event at the Words and Music bookstore, located in the shops at Stratford Springs near Wheeling, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

Van Kirk, who now lives in New Bern, N.C., will sign copies of his first novel, “Wormwood: High Crimes and a Bunch of Misdemeanors.” The book, described as a murder-mystery and comedy, reportedly was inspired by Wheeling’s “delightfully quirky” past.

In addition, Van Kirk, a retired investment industry executive who grew up in Wheeling, will discuss “Wormwood” during a Lunch With Books session at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling at noon Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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Meanwhile, another author with area ties will be speaking at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program later this month.

Robin Yocum, a former crime reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and a former Brilliant resident, will appear at the library at noon Tuesday, Jan. 31, to discuss “Favorite Sons,” his debut suspense novel about a prosecuting attorney who must deal with a mistake and cover-up from his youth.

The book is set in the fictional Ohio Valley town of Crystalton. We’re told that other area towns, including Steubenville, Martins Ferry and Mingo Junction, are mentioned by name, as are The Intelligencer and News-Register.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net