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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 ...

‘Dots’ Mark Peace

Wheeling artist Robert Villamagna, director of the Nutting Gallery at West Liberty University, has issued a call to artists, age 18 and older, for a new exhibition, “The Dot Show: A Tribute to Bernie Peace.” Bernie Peace, who died at age 85 on Jan. 14, was a professor emeritus of art at ...

Cleaning House The Modern Way

It’s no secret that cleaning was an every-Saturday event when I was growing up. No alarm clock was needed as the rattle of buckets and mops meant it was time to get up and start cleaning for the girls in the family. The boys were charged with taking out the trash, cutting the grass and ...

Highfalutin Granny Finds Ring Underwhelming

Dear Annie: I am 75 and in a great relationship with a wonderful man of 83. He is a widower after 57 years of marriage. I have been divorced for 30 years after a 26-year marriage. I feel very strongly that I have met the man I could spend the rest of my life with. We have agreed that we are ...

‘Angels’ Helping Homeless

“I think it’s divine intervention.” With those words, Crystal Bauer, director of Project HOPE, described the $100,000 gift made Monday to the Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort by New Life United Methodist Church of Wheeling. With this generous donation, the Wheeling-Ohio County ...

Amazing Attire Abounds

The Wheeling 250 Committee launched a year-long celebration of the city’s 250th anniversary in grand style with a Twelfth Night costume ball at Oglebay Park last weekend. The fun-filled event drew a full house of area residents to Glessner Auditorium for a delicious dinner and dancing to ...

Chautauqua Welcomes Williams

The new year is turning out to be a banner year for opera singer Timothi Williams, who grew up in Wellsburg. Williams, a mezzo-soprano, has been chosen to join the Chautauqua Opera Company as a studio artist for its 2019 season. She is one of 24 young singers selected for this prestigious ...

Saluting Generous Neighbors

Happy holidays, readers! In this season of giving, it is not hyperbole to say that we live in one of the most generous regions of the country. If you have any doubts about the character of your neighbors, consider the numerous acts of selfless generosity performed by area residents for others ...

Harshman Presents New Poems

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman of Wheeling shared some of his newest poems — which still seem “new” to the poet himself — with an audience at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling Tuesday. Harshman returned to his home library to present a Lunch With Books program on ...

Artist Learns Design

Artist Moonjung Kang is having a busy time in Korea during her sabbatical semester away from West Liberty University. Kang, a professor of visual communication design at West Liberty, has completed special training in Korea on User Experience design. She plans to share her newfound skill for ...

Mother Needs to Butt Out

Dear Annie: Two years ago, I met a homeless man and took him in. “Steve” has a mental illness and a drug problem. He told me he had no family and was all alone. It was Christmastime, and I couldn’t walk away. Come to find out he had been living with his mom, who threw him out over his ...

Australian Studying Wheeling

A Lunch With Books presentation on noted 19th-century author Rebecca Harding Davis drew a large — and even international — audience to the Ohio County Public Library Tuesday. Wheeling historians Margaret Brennan and Rebekah Karelis gave a talk on the life and literary legacy of Davis, who ...

Kalia Enjoys Being ‘Foodie’

Music and food seem to go together harmoniously. Here is a case in point: the first three finalists for the music director’s position who have appeared with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra this season are all self-confessed “foodies.” During recent interviews, candidates Timothy ...

‘Husband’ Garners Critical Acclaim

The drama, “Daniel’s Husband,” featuring Wheeling native Leland Alexander Wheeler, continues to earn rave reviews for its second off-Broadway production. It was the featured play on the New York Times’ Ticket Watch on Thursday. “Daniel’s Husband” was declared “one of the New ...

Family Invasions

Dear Annie: Ever since we moved to a place that is central to all my husband’s relatives, they have treated us as the Free Holiday Inn. For the past 10 years, we have suffered their unending onslaught of visits. They come to visit their hometown, not to visit us; they just stay with us ...

Eight Glasses Of Water A Day: Myth Or Medicine?

The nutritionists tell us “You Are What You Eat.” Yet if one wants to be matter of fact, humans are mostly what they drink. So, how much of that should be water? According to the National Institutes of Health, about 60 percent of the average adult human body is made of water. This ...

Daughter Is Last To Learn of New Love in Dad’s Life

DEAR ABBY: My father began dating four years after my mother passed away from a terrible bout with cancer. He and I have always been close; in fact, I have always considered him to be one of my best friends. But since he started dating he has changed. I just traveled across the country for ...

Franco Enjoys ‘Taste’ Of City

Andres Franco, a finalist for the music director’s position with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, has already gotten a “taste” of the Friendly City. During a recent interview, the Pittsburgh resident remarked, “It’s funny, I went to a small neighborhood market last night and got ...