City Considers Allowing More Mobile Food Carts in Town

Food Carts

Recently, members of Wheeling City Council and other municipal leaders held a discussion about allowing more mobile food vendors in the downtown area. City leaders said the main reason they do not generally allow food carts is because the owners of established brick-and-mortar businesses, which have to pay a variety of taxes, complain about the mobile food vendors because they do not face the same requirements.

Nevertheless, Mayor Glenn Elliott and other council members seem resolute in allowing an expansion of the mobile food vending business in the downtown area. City leaders continue discussing the matter.

Hats Off to Siblings

Some Marshall County parents are celebrating along with their children after siblings Gregory and Kassandra Riggs of Limestone/Moundsville graduated on May 14 from West Virginia University. Gregory, a 2008 John Marshall High School graduate, graduated with a bachelor of science in physics and plans on furthering his education in physics in the Cleveland area. Kassandra, a 2013 JMHS graduate, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology with honors and will start medical school in August at WVU. Parents of both are Greg and Suzy Riggs of Limestone.

Iced Tea at a Lemonade Stand?

A new stand at the Wheeling waterfront brings refreshments to the community and income to United Way agencies. Named “Iced Tea at a Lemonade Stand,” it is sponsored by Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration and United Dairy.

Panhandle built the stand, and United Dairy provides pints of lemonade, and sweet and diet iced tea. The stand is staffed by United Way agencies, and those organizations receive all money collected.

The YWCA sold drinks at this year’s Arts and Cultural Fest, held Friday and Saturday. Aside from raising money at the stand, agencies also inform the public about what they do.

Lost Then Found

On Wednesday, May 17 the owner of a 1-year-old Golden Retriever named Mogley slipped from his collar at Oglebay after being scared. The dog took off running and his owner couldn’t catch him. The owner posted on Facebook begging for people to share. Within two hours the post was shared over 2,000 times. Strangers showed up at Oglebay Park that night helping to look for Mogley. Oglebay alerted all their employees and many helped look for the dog.

After 46 hours missing and the original Facebook post being shared more than 6,600 times, an Oglebay employee found Mogley hiding in the woods in a creek behind the garden center above the little lake. The owner was overwhelmed by the support of complete strangers and the community of Wheeling and Oglebay Park. Many thanks to all who helped look for Mogley and made it possible for him to come home.

A Long Legacy of Service

Marshall County Veteran Service Award recipient C. William “Bill” Harris, commander of the Cameron American Legion Post 18, has a long history of service in his Marshall County blood line. During a recent county commission meeting, Harris, a World War II veteran, revealed his grandfather served during the Civil War.

Rising from the Ashes

Construction of the new St. John Church is moving along in Benwood. Although the structure has a modern look, passersby can still spot fixtures from the original church, which burned down in March 2015 — especially stained glass windows.

Serenity Amid Hustle and Bustle

Monday through Friday during business hours in downtown Wheeling can be quite hectic. Anyone needed to escape for a few minutes can do so at the Market Plaza park. Several benches, chairs and tables await those looking to enjoy a lunch or a drink, while the environment seems almost seems akin to that of a central park in a much larger city.

Though the plaza may not feature numerous retail shops the way it once did, the atmosphere still provides a break from the brashness found throughout downtown Wheeling.