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Parade And Football Game Attract Notice

When West Virginia University officials visited Wheeling Tuesday to outline plans for health care in the area, they also shared random thoughts of parades and football. Speaking at Wheeling Hospital, WVU President E. Gordon Gee noted that he and the Pride of West Virginia marching band had ...

Music, Nature Dazzle

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and its guest artists gave a dazzling show for Music Under the Stars, despite having to tangle with the real-life pyrotechnics of Mother Nature last weekend. A large crowd filled Oglebay Park’s Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater for the free concert last Sunday ...

Finding Help When You Are Feeling Hopeless

Suicide is an uncomfortable subject and one we do not talk about frequently. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34. September is Suicide ...

Rejoicing Accompanies Brennan

“It’s a new day.” “He’s a breath of fresh air.” “He’s ‘the real deal.’” Those were just some of the joyous and heartfelt sentiments expressed by laity and clergy Thursday as they welcomed the Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan as the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese ...

Boos Directs New Play

Theatrical innovator Karla Boos, formerly of Wheeling, is directing another world premiere in Pittsburgh this month. Boos is the founder and artistic director of Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. Under Boos’ leadership, Quantum is known for presenting world premieres and staging plays in ...

Duffy Earns Prize

Congratulations are extended to Sean Duffy of Wheeling who has won third prize in the 2019 West Virginia Fiction Competition. Duffy, who is the programming director of the Ohio County Public Library and executive director of the WALS Foundation in Wheeling, captured the bronze medal with a ...

WV Writers In Spotlight This Month

West Virginians’ literary accomplishments are booming this summer. Author and poet Anna Egan Smucker, who grew up in Weirton and now resides in Bridgeport, West Virginia, has a new work that is slated to be published this week. Her poetry chapbook, titled “Rowing Home,” is set to be ...

Beetle Baby Feted

When Vickie Wynn Owens Bauer of Wheeling observes her 50th birthday on Thursday, she may have a grand celebration, but it’s unlikely that the festivities will top the excitement of her actual arrival — in a Volkswagen Beetle! Vickie, of course, doesn’t remember the specifics of her ...

Harshman Assumes New Role

A new era in offering gracious hospitality has begun at one of the area’s most serene spots. Cheryl Ryan Harshman of Wheeling has been chosen as the new director of Sandscrest Retreat and Conference Center near Wheeling. In addition, Gary Cardelein of Paden City has been hired as the new ...

Richter’s New Play Published

Wheeling native Jeremy F. Richter’s play, “Future, Here,” has been published by Dramatic Publishing. The play, issued last week, now is available for productions anywhere. Theaters around the country can order performance rights for the play from Dramatic Publishing. It’s been a big ...

Is It Time for a Vacation?

Can you relate to one or more of the following statements? Your quality of work is lacking. You aren’t meeting deadlines well. Your temper is flaring. You’re sleeping too much. You are daydreaming more and more about getting away from everything. If so, there is a good chance that you need ...

Wheeling Celebrates In Style

It’s certainly been a patriotic and fun-filled week in Wheeling and the Upper Ohio Valley. Despite a thunderstorm near concert time, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Celebrate America performance took place Thursday night at Heritage Port on the Wheeling waterfront. Many area residents ...

Dad Visits Fireworks Heaven for the Holiday

Fireworks! The sign on the rooftop was about the same size as the building. My grip on the steering wheel tightened and my pulse quickened. A much-smaller sign said: Fresh Roasted Peanuts. “Anybody want some peanuts?” I asked. The kids chorused affirmatively and my wife Betsy gave me a ...

Harshman Composes City Poem

The Independence Day concert at Heritage Port in Wheeling will feature a poetic premiere. West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will read a new poem, “Wheeling at 250,” that he wrote at the request of the Wheeling 250 Committee. The reading will take place during the Wheeling ...

State Attracts Acclaim

As we continue to celebrate all things Wheeling in particular and West Virginia in general this weekend, it’s good to see the Mountain State getting some much-deserved national attention. An astute newspaper reader pointed out that the July issue of Southern Living magazine contains several ...

Peyton: ‘Hi, Ho, Silver’

In addition to being a sports medicine pioneer, new Wheeling Hall of Fame member Ronald G. Peyton is a veteran newspaper carrier. Peyton, who now lives in Texas, said he had 150 to 200 customers as a paperboy for the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer. But, noting what set him apart ...

Harshman Captures Ginsberg Honors

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman can rightfully say now that he is channeling his inner Beat poet. The reason, you see, is that Wheeling resident has won first prize in the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. The honor includes a $1,000 prize. Harshman’s winning poem is titled ...

Author Explores Amish Culture

During a visit to Wheeling, author P.L. Gaus of Wooster offered a fascinating view into Amish culture as glimpsed from an “English” (non-Amish) perspective. He appeared at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books series Tuesday and spoke about Amish society in Holmes County, ...

Mensore Movie Returns

Area residents now have more opportunities to see “Mine 9,” a new film directed and written by New Martinsville native Eddie Mensore. The movie, which was released commercially earlier this year, was shown at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville last weekend. “Mine 9,” set in an ...