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The Wilds Safari Park Now Open for Season

CUMBERLAND, Ohio ­— Spring is in the air and the animals are in the pastures, which means that The Wilds is opening for the season! Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, a variety of excursions will be available that are certain to create lasting memories for the whole family. A safari ...

Gardener’s Hope Springs Eternal

WHEELING — Gail Paige is itching to plant something, but knows better. “I turned the dirt over a couple of weeks ago and then the weather got funky,” says Paige, looking out longingly at four raised beds at the back of her Wheeling Island property. With temperatures swinging from ...

Americans Update Their Closets As They Emerge From Pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of being stuck in sweatpants, pajamas and fuzzy slippers, Americans are starting to dress up and go out again. Levi Strauss is seeing a resurgence in denim while demand for dresses at Macy’s, Anthropologie and Nordstrom is going up as proms and weddings ...

Snap, Snap: Local Chef Shares Grilling Secrets

WHEELING — The sky is happy-day blue. The grass is green. It’s enough to have any Ohio Valley grillmeister snapping those tongs in anticipation of hot nights on the deck or back patio. But, you may want to hold on there. Wheeling chef Gene Evans — with 25 years of restaurant ...

Outside the Window Box

The gardening world has a tried-and-true formula for the perfect window box: a thriller, a filler and a spiller. You simply can’t go wrong with a tall red geranium amid a tranquil bed of white impatiens and cascading vines of ivy. But maybe you’re an experienced window box gardener ...

Elmhurst Residents: Life Experience Key in Coping With Pandemic

WHEELING — Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are being administered at a rapid pace in the Wheeling area, Jamie Crow, executive director of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, an assisted living residence for older adults, is breathing a sigh of cautious relief. “Over the past year, our world ...

Life on Ohio Valley’s Waterways

WHEELING — On a day as fine as April can muster, buttercups are whooping it up on the rich silt left behind by winter flooding on Wheeling Island. A pileated woodpecker is chuckling somewhere in the trees, his pterodactyl-style head somehow hidden from view despite his grand size. It’s ...

Ohio County Names 2021 Champions of Children

WHEELING — Since 2010, the Ohio County Partners in Prevention Team has recognized three Champions of Children in April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Although COVID-19 derailed last year’s awards, the team has adapted this year’s ceremony to be held remotely on the Ohio ...

When Masks Are A Thing of the Past

WHEELING — The day will come when it is possible to go to school or to the grocery store without a mask, which begs an interesting question. What will happen to all these colorful scraps of fabric and elastic when COVID is contained? “Some people are going to be so excited to not wear a ...

Wheeling Priest Is a Fan of the Cross

WHEELING — It isn’t surprising that crosses are a part of the Rev. Richard Skaggs’ everyday life. The man’s a priest, after all. What might be unusual would be the staggering tally if they were ever actually counted. Bounding up and down the stairways and passages at St. Matthew ...

Wheeling University Students To Present Scholarly Research

WHEELING — Students from various academic programs will present their scholarly work during Wheeling University’s annual Student Research & Scholarship Symposium Wednesday. This year, the annual research symposium will consist of a half day of poster and oral presentations by students ...

A touch of grey

WHEELING — When Kimberly Brown decided to join the “ditch the dye” trend last spring, she thought she was making a personal decision. Having maintained her original dark brown locks for more than 20 years, she was tired of the maintenance and the expense. COVID-19’s shutdown of hair ...

Youth Services System Recognizing ‘Safe Place’ Partners

WHEELING — The yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign catches the eye. There’s one at the front entrance of the Ohio County Public Library. There’s one on the side of every local public bus and outside every Wheeling firehouse. There’s even one posted at K.E.Y. Animal ...

Welty Home Accepting New Residents Again

WHEELING — The coronavirus has made many seniors rethink their living situations. While many who live alone have done well during the year-long pandemic, others suffered terrible loneliness during the months of isolation. Welty Home in Wheeling has seen an uptick in inquiries from seniors ...

The Ubiquitous Orchid: A Pandemic Project With Surprises

Not so long ago, orchids were regarded as rare and exotic. But these days, thanks to new propagation techniques, certain varieties are mass-produced. Moth orchids, gorgeous but common, with sweet patterned faces, are widely sold by supermarkets and other retailers. In fact, orchids are ...

It’s Paczki Time!

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — That box of paczki you sneaked into this Lenten season might conjure up visions of a sweet Polish babcia baking up some love for her family. But, more likely, there was an Italian baker from the Bronx behind it. It’s true. Peter Barbaro is Riesbeck’s bakery program ...

St. Clairsville Pet Rescue Matches Dogs With Families

WHEELING — The dogs are excited. One muffled “woof” quickly turns into a wild chorus. But, Jodi Hunt is in no way distracted from her phone interview with the Sunday News-Register. “The goats are out playing in the sunshine and they just made a thump,” she calmly explained of what ...

River Valley Health Foundation Provides Healthy Amount of Help

WHEELING — The River Valley Health Foundation Inc. this past week celebrated its new location and announced the distribution of grants to several local nonprofit organizations, as well as funding to assist COVID-19 vaccinations for local health agencies. The Wheeling Area Chamber of ...

Dr. Oz aids police in resuscitating man at Newark airport

By DAVID PORTER and JASON DEAREN Associated Press The television personality known simply as Dr. Oz gave details Wednesday about a tense real-life scene in which he helped police save a man's life at Newark Liberty International Airport as anxious spectators looked on. The incident ...

City Recognizes Wells for Being a Stellar Employee, Expands His Role

WHEELING – Whether it be shoveling snow, making sure the vending machines are stocked, sprucing up the market house with a coat of paint or providing assistance with a festival in Centre Market, city of Wheeling employee Spike Wells puts his heart and soul into his job -- one he does ...