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No Wedded Bliss for This Location?

“Dear Heloise: Why have destination weddings become so popular? My niece is getting married in Hawaii, which is thousands of miles from family and friends. Neither the bride nor the groom lives in Hawaii, so it’s not as though they’ve established a life there. Although I’ve received an ...

Son’s Visits Will Include Meeting Mom’s Life-in Beau

DEAR ABBY: I am going through a nasty divorce. My sons, ages 4, 11 and 12, live with my husband, 1,000 miles away. They will be with me for summer vacation. This will be the longest stay they will have with me, and I’m not going to lie — I am excited and nervous at the same time. My ...

Poet Plumly Praised

In a sad coda to National Poetry Month, noted poet and Barnesville native Stanley Plumly has died. According to published reports, Plumly, 79, died of multiple myeloma on April 11 at his home in Frederick, Maryland. Plumly served as Maryland’s poet laureate for nine years, from 2009 to ...

Hodgen Visits Wright Places

When award-winning poet John Hodgen visited the Ohio Valley last week, he enjoyed the opportunity to step into the world of a poetic hero, the late Martins Ferry native and Pulitzer Prize winner James Wright. Hodgen appeared Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books ...

Kitty Cat Considerations

Dear Annie: I am hoping you can help me sort this out. I am an avid animal lover, and I have had animals all my life. I am now on the brink of turning 65 and have no pets. I am in very good health. Also, I am on the autism spectrum (high functioning). Despite 30 years of counseling, I have no ...

‘Code Girls’ Included Bethanians

You never know where you’re going to find a mention of the Ohio Valley in print. For example, did you know that two of the celebrated U.S. code breakers in World War II were graduates of Bethany College? In fact, one of the two women was a Brooke County native. They figure prominently in ...

Byrd Brings Golden Trowel

With spring’s arrival, many area residents are preparing for the coming gardening season. As South Wheeling residents and business owners make their plans for such endeavors, they might want to make an extra effort this year to qualify for a “Golden Trowel” award. The South Wheeling ...

McWhorter’s Wheeling Ties Noted

It turns out that a Wheeling native — Ellen McWhorter — is one of the educators searching for the burial site of America’s first published poet. McWhorter, an associate professor of English at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and Christy Pottroff, an assistant ...

I Got Inked!

While I cannot relate to the days of inkwells and feather quill writing, I can remember quite vividly using fountain pens. After graduating from those oversized pencils for printing in first grade, to using only No. 2 pencils in later grades, the fountain pen became a right of passage. I can ...

Georges Shares Advice

Dr. Angelo Georges, chief medical officer of Wheeling Hospital, offered some good advice to six area high school students who were chosen to participate in a simulation of robotic surgery Thursday. Georges, an internist who grew up in Shadyside, related that he switched his major in college ...

Choose to Use Healthy Words

Using Healthy WorHave you ever considered the power that the words you use have on your overall health and well-being? Think back to a time in your life when perhaps a parent, grandparent, teacher or friend said something that “stuck” with you. It may have been a positive or even a ...

Kossuth Exhibit Moving

This coming Friday is the closing day for the Wheeling 250 photography exhibit in the atrium of the U.S. District Courthouse on Chapline Street. The free exhibit, “Listening Through the Lens,” may be viewed during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Visitors are required to show ...

Mercer Joins Snoopy Ranks

Snoopy’s biggest fan in Wheeling is going to get the chance to keep an inflated version of the cartoon character aloft! Dr. William Mercer, Ohio County health officer and Wheeling physician, is a huge fan of the popular “Peanuts” character. As many folks know, his private medical office ...

Foreman Captures Literary Honors

Wheeling native Robert Long Foreman’s manuscript, “Weird Pig,” has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Nilsen Literary Prize awarded by Southeast Missouri State University Press. The prize includes $2,000 and publication of the winning manuscript by the University Press. “Weird ...

It’s National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

It may be easier to hide signs of gambling than other addictive behaviors. There is no slurred speech, staggering, dilated pupils or other physical signs. But there are some negative indicators: a change in personality, lying, increased credit card debt, and money or valuables that ...

Artists To Open Studios

Area artists, do you want to show off your studios to the public? If you do, the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission is looking for you! The commission is organizing its third annual Wheeling Artists Studio Tour and is seeking artists to participate by opening their studios for a day. ...

Bock Marks Heart Date

As February’s observance of National Heart Month draws to a close, we salute an area resident who definitely has “heart.” This month, retired educator Jim Bock is marking the 11th anniversary of his heart transplant. He and his wife Kathy reside in St. Clairsville. Bock was employed ...

Haizlett Examines New River

Northern Panhandle artist Rosalie Haizlett has been chosen as the guest artist for the New River Gorge Creative Residency, which is now underway in south-central West Virginia. As creative artist-in-residence. Haizlett is living and working at Lafayette Flats Boutique Vacation Rentals in ...

Finstein Lauds Positive Trend

Times have changed, and in a good way, for Friends of Wheeling’s annual Preservation Forum. Jeanne Finstein, Friends of Wheeling president, noted the contrast as she opened this year’s event held at the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday night. She recalled that when the Preservation ...

Bravery, Heroism Lauded

Brave. Heroes. They are two words that we use frequently, throwing them around rather casually, as in “You’re brave to wear that outfit!” or “Thank you for bringing candy. You’re my hero!” But true bravery and genuine heroes are much more important, signifying serious commitment ...