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From ‘Star Trek’ to Wheeling

WHEELING — Pastor Alan Flaitz most definitely believes in the power of prayer. He also has put great faith in the power of his EV — electric vehicle. Rev. Flaitz is the pastor at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Wheeling and Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church near Sherrard. A ...

Wheeling Jamboree Book Highlights Performers

WHEELING — Fans of country music from its early days at The Jamboree in Wheeling, are sure to delight in the newest publication that includes photos of the many long-ago forgotten performers who once graced the stage at the Capitol Music Hall and Expo Hall on Wheeling Island. The book ...

‘Night to Shine’ Prom To Go Virtual in 2021

GLEN DALE — Every segment of the local population has been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children and adults alike have had to make concessions to keep one another safe. Unfortunately that has meant many annual events have been canceled, postponed or altered. And that ...

New Library Exhibit Recalls Wheeling’s Street Car Days

WHEELING — Known from its early days as a transportation hub, by 1866, Wheeling was the second Ohio Valley town (after Bellaire) to have street cars on rails pulled by horses for public transportation. By 1887, those tired horses were replaced by an electric street railway or “trolley” ...

Special Memories Are Hanging On Locals’ Christmas Trees

From attics and basements, closets and under beds, here they come. Treasured Christmas ornaments are being placed lovingly on trees everywhere. More than ever this holiday season, area residents are making a special effort to create lasting holiday memories despite the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Dental Hygienists Brush Away the Pandemic Blues

WEST LIBERTY — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, dental hygienist students at West Liberty University's Sarah Whitaker Glass Dental Hygiene School have managed to keep people smiling. The dental hygienist program at WLU, under the direction of Stephanie Meredith, has 28 seniors and 33 ...

Making Spirits Bright Through Movies

WELLSBURG — It sounds like the plot for a made-for-TV movie — a widow, a pandemic and Christmas right around the corner. However, this is reality for Angela Cipriani of Wellsburg and others. She, like many of her neighbors and friends, has been self-isolating to stay safe during a time ...

A Script for Success From Wellsburg to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — When most youngsters were watching “Sesame Street” and “The Muppets Show” on TV, a young Jay Cipriani was fascinated to know how these shows were made. Cipriani, a Wellsburg native, took that childhood curiosity to a new level when he began writing his own shows. ...

Artworks Celebrates Her Own: Bev West and B. Woven

WHEELING — Bev West is one of the newest members of Artworks Around Town, located at Wheeling’s Centre Market. She joined Artworks in October 2019. She has a wonderful array of woven items for sale in the Gallery, all of them unique and all of them very popular. Her business is called B. ...

Wetzel County Author Completes Historical Children’s Book

Wetzel County resident and retired teacher Jan Thornton Jones announces the publication of her third children’s book, “Last Letter To Gettysburg.” This book is historical fiction and is intended for the middle aged reader –approximately fourth grade and up to adult. The story ...

Welty Home and Good Shepherd Celebrate Decades of Caring for the Community

WHEELING — Since 1950, thousands of local men and women have lived in comfort and security thanks to the generosity of Wheeling philanthropist Clara Welty. She started a trust to provide care for elderly people that has resulted in the creation of hundreds of apartments for seniors, an ...

World War II Wall of Honor Installed at St. Alphonsus Church

WHEELING — About 18 months ago, some parishioners at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Center Wheeling made an interesting discovery. Some broken wooden plaques that held the names of World War II veterans from the parish were uncovered in a forgotten storage area of the ...

Making Lists for Santa in the House of Children

When baby boomers like myself get together to reminisce about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays of our childhoods, there is often talk of the toy catalogs and the long lists we made for Santa. Thanksgiving Day was the start of the long vigil to that all-important Christmas Day. When I ...

Apart But Together: Tips for a Cozier Zoom Thanksgiving

We all know Thanksgiving is going to look different this year. If you’re lucky, you might live where the weather will still be nice and you have space to create an outdoor Thanksgiving with appropriate social distancing. The rest of us are preparing for the fact that an in-person ...

Oglebay Mansion Museum Survives the Great Depression and Now a Pandemic

WHEELING — There is something to be said about history repeating itself. Just ask the folks who tend the Mansion Museum at Oglebay Park. This gorgeous piece of Wheeling history has long been a sought-after tourist attraction since it opened to the public in 1935. Today, it is decorated in ...

Cool Stuff Made Locally Available at Stifel and Schrader Centers

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale not only benefits shoppers looking for unique gifts it also supports local artists. The exclusive six-week show provides an outstanding opportunity for some of the region’s most talented artists and craftsmen to sell ...

Is Honey Healthy? How to Make Sure You Don’t Get Stung

From the American Heart Association News As temperatures fall, honey's popularity tends to rise. Whether used as an ingredient in autumn recipes and holiday desserts, added to a celebratory cocktail or given to ease a child's cough, it certainly satisfies a sweet tooth. Although ...

Colder Months Can Be Perfect Time to Photograph Gardens

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has led more people to spend time outdoors, and many find themselves walking the same paths and gazing at the same trees or shrubs day after day. Author and self-taught landscape photographer Larry Lederman suggests looking at your surroundings anew by ...

Our Lady of Peace Dedicates Expansion

WHEELING — On Nov. 1, Our Lady of Peace Parish and School celebrated the dedication of the new Battaglino Family Center. The Most Rev. Mark Brennan, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, he Rev. Joseph Augustine, pastor; Principal Maureen Kerr, and members of the Battaglino ...

A Salute to Our Veterans

There is nothing typical about any holidays or other observances during this year as health concerns over a coronavirus grip the world. Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is no different. Many communities are not holding their typical parades or in-person services. ∫ In Wheeling, American Legion ...