Grants Make Feasibility Study on Traffic Feasible

Traffic Study

To many longtime Wheeling residents and visitors, the idea of opening Main and Market streets in the city’s downtown area to two-way traffic may seem downright absurd. Spending $1,000 per day on a study to determine if this is a feasible idea could seem even more ridiculous.

However, Mayor Glenn Elliott said the city will not have to spend this much because of grants promised by the West Virginia Division of Highways. If all the money Elliott believes is available actually comes through, the city’s direct cost for the study will only be 10 percent of the original projections. Therefore, if the study is $1,000 per day, the city is only responsible for $100 daily.

Still, many ask how such a concept could ever work. One would suppose that is the point of the study — to determine if it is feasible.

Try New Things

Every now and then, we get the opportunity to try something we’ve never done. It may not be something as exhilarating as skydiving, but whatever it is, it is something new for us.

Camping is an outdoor activity familiar to some, but quite unfamiliar with others. Last week, this reporter traveled with a companion to a campsite at Belmont County’s Barkcamp State Park for the first time. Building a campfire was quite normal for one of these two, while the other had never done such a thing, at least not on his own.

The new camper found the activity to be quite relaxing and enjoyable. Perhaps, this is an example of why one can always learn to appreciate new activities, regardless of age and habits.

Man Provides Warm Heart, Full Stomachs

Hot meals and a warm heart have been two of the things Jerry Morris has provided to Wheeling residents for the last 18 years.

On Thursday, September 14, Governor Jim Justice will honor his dedication to service at the annual Governor’s Service Awards dinner at the Culture Center at the State Capitol.

When Jerry Morris’ wife was seriously ill in 1999, she received meals delivered through the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in Wheeling. After she passed away, Jerry was looked for a way to fill his time and make a difference in his community. He decided to volunteer to deliver the very meals that had meant so much to his wife.

In the first year, he delivered 6,500 meals and 18 years later, he continues to deliver two meal routes each week. He is also the go-to driver if an additional route needs to be covered.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is encouraging state residents to register to vote or check their registration status by Sept. 18 — which is the deadline to register for those who want to vote in the Oct. 7 special election on the $1.6 billion road bond amendment.

September also is National Voter Registration Month, Warner pointed out.

Early voting for the special election begins on Sept. 22 and continues daily, except on Sundays, until Oct. 4. West Virginians can register to vote with their county clerks, at the Division of Motor Vehicles or online at