Pipeliners Giving Back; A Retirement; and Travel

Editor’s note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don’t make it into the daily newspaper.

This space serves as a spot to aggregate and publish those items that otherwise would stay locked away forever in the reporters’ notebook.

Giving Back

A group of women whose husbands work in the oil and gas industry in the Ohio Valley are doing their part to give back to the community.

On Friday, women from Mississippi, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Washington, Georgia and Oregon came together at the Hampon Inn hotel at The Highlands to make blankets that will be sold at the March for Mutts event Sept. 27. The event benefits the Marshall County Animal Shelter, and the women hope proceeds from the sale are a boost to the shelter’s operations.

In the future, the group also plans to donate blankets to local nursing homes. As members of the group stated at Friday’s event, the negative aspects of the gas and oil industry always seem to be shown. However, this is one of many examples of the people in that industry doing good for the communities in which they are temporarily calling home.

Losing in A Good?Way

Wheeling Councilman David Miller said he has lost 18 pounds in recent months, and he has kept an eye on the 4th Ward he represents in the process.

Miller has been jogging each night through the ward, leaving his house in Edgwood, proceeding out to the Washington Avenue area and back. This seems to be the definition of a win-win situation.

Hats Off

Hats off to Ohio County Board of Education member Tim Birch, who is no longer wearing his trademark head covering during meetings.

Meth Problem

Virtually everywhere you look across the Upper Ohio Valley, more and more residents are getting busted for using or manufacturing the illegal drug methamphetamine. Commonly known as meth, this chemical compound seems to be creating an epidemic in our area.

The frightening fact is that for every person arrested for methamphetamine, there are likely several yet to be detected. Law enforcement officials do their best to keep up with the meth trade, but it is very difficult when so many people are already involved in the illegal business.

Treacherous Travel

It was a bad week all around for travel around the Ohio Valley. Flash flooding closed both lanes of Ohio 7 south for hours Wednesday, leaving those traveling to the Wheeling area no choice but to turn around, head all the way back to Steubenville to cross the river and come down W.Va. 2. Later that night, Ohio 7 was shut down near Steubenville because of a train derailment, and on Thursday, U.S. 22 west in Weirton was closed near the Harmon Creek Road exit because of power lines down across the road, forcing police to funnel a large volume of traffic through downtown Weirton back to the highway.

It just goes to show, no matter the conditions, it pays to leave yourself a few extra minutes to deal with unforeseen circumstances.

No Challenge

Moundsville Vice Mayor David Wood and Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt were probably pleasantly surprised that no one filed to challenge them for their seats in the Nov. 4 general election. Councilman At-Large Phil Remke faces challengers Kevin Rhome, as well as former City Manager Allen Hendershot.

In a city that is facing issues such as its application to the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program and an update of its comprehensive plan, it is discouraging that so few individuals chose to seek council seats. Not that Wood and DeWitt are performing poorly, but it seems someone else should have put forth the effort to serve on council.

Farewell, Dux

Dux, a Wheeling Police Department K-9 dog, is retiring after serving four years with handlers Jason Martin and Ric Roxby. His work included several narcotic finds and apprehensions that Art may have written about.

Dux most likely will be placed with a military veteran who may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hurry Up And Wait

It’s been more than a month and a half since Wheeling City Council approved a $634,000 construction contract for the renovation of Market Plaza, but work still has yet to begin. But why hurry? After all, the project took at least five years to move from the discussion phase to final approval in the first place.

Never A Dull Moment

We’ve said it before, but it needs to be repeated: The number of events, festivals, concerts and other activities to do outside in Wheeling in the summer months is enough to keep anyone busy. Just this month, Wheeling’s Heritage Port has played host to the Heritage Music Blues Festival, the inaugural Mountaineer BrewFest and the Wheeling Wine and Jazz Fest. That doesn’t include the weekly Waterfront Wednesday concert series, or being able to simply sit and enjoy the view the port area provides.

Elsewhere in the city, August has seen the Grecian Fest in addition to various weekly concerts, discussions and other activities. Even if a planned event isn’t up your alley, simply enjoying the beauty of nature in Wheeling is possible within a very short drive.

This is all to say, the days of being bored in Wheeling are gone.

Many people have worked hard to start different, fun events in the city and surrounding areas, and we encourage our readers to take advantage of them before summer ends.