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.
Walking the Beat
It was good to see many representatives from the Wheeling Police Department patrolling Centre Market last weekend during the Wing Fest event. It was even better to see them talking with many of those in attendance. Law enforcement officials often say it is important to form relationships with the public before an emergency, and this was a fine example of that theory in action.
Also in attendance was Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, though not on duty: The chief was seen enjoying the evening's activities, and our reporter caught him singing along with the live entertainment.
Just another reminder that law enforcement officials are people, too.
Best of the Fest
Speaking of the Centre Market Wing Fest, the organizers of the event - as well as those in attendance - should be commended for making the event fun, well-organized and an example of what Wheeling has to offer.
In addition to the rows of restaurants offering wings and other vendors offering drinks, organizations like the Relay for Life and Hope for Hines were on hand, with many of those in attendance making donations or purchasing items for a good cause.
We hope Wing Fest and the multitude of other events happening this summer in The Friendly City become the rule - not the exception.
Boys of Summer
Another sure sign that the summer season has officially begun in the Wheeling area is the sight of the Wheeling Park Patriots varsity football team taking to summer conditioning practice at Wheeling Island Stadium, while the Wheeling Central Maroon Knights football team got a chance to do some summer conditioning drills on the new field at Wheeling Jesuit University.
During a recent roundtable discussion about heart attacks with local emergency medics and Wheeling Hospital doctors, it was noted by a few participants how the lunchtime food provided during the event wasn't exactly heart-healthy: Pepperoni and cheese pizza and chicken wings. But that didn't stop people from eating the food while talking about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Like Mother, Like Son
It was another Storch - not Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio - who recently passed legislation directing a portion of revenue resulting from the state's oil and gas be returned to the counties most affected by the industry.
Storch's son, Seth Storch, an incoming senior at the Linsly School, recently attended Mountaineer Boys State at Jackson's Mill, and was elected to the legislature there.
The younger Storch picked up on his mother's legislation pertaining to oil and gas revenue, which directs 3 percent of the revenue generated by oil and gas to the counties where it is produced. Seth Storch's Boys State bill, however, passed with a 20 percent figure.
After several months of earthwork, the plot for the new 15-acre Kettler's Ridge retail development is now level. This is just across National Road from Whiteside Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC in St. Clairsville.
By the end of the year, a new Advance Auto Parts store, a CVS Pharmacy and a Sheetz gas station/convenience store should open on the site.
A Leg To Stand On
Wheeling attorney Donald Tennant, also Ohio County solicitor, is relying on just one leg these days when he stands up in court. Tennant is using a walker after a recent hip replacement surgery.