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Lunch WIth Books To Feature the Life of Labor Leader Walter Reuther

WHEELING -- The Ohio County Public Library will host an online Lunch With Books program, featuring the life of Walter Reuther, from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. Remembering Wheeling native and national labor leader Walter Reuther on his birthday (born Sept. 1, 1907, Wheeling, West ...

Charities Experience Unfortunate Side Effects of the Pandemic

WHEELING — An unfortunate side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is evident at local charities’ donation bins throughout the Ohio Valley. The problem has been two-fold for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store located on Bow Street in the Fulton neighborhood of Wheeling. Just ask store ...

Pandemic hasn’t dulled South Wheeling’s fierce neighborhood pride

WHEELING — Stuck at home? Many of us have listened to health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic and have remained close to or at home. In one Wheeling neighborhood, time has not stood still for many of its residents and businesses. Just ask the folks at the South Wheeling Preservation ...

Oglebay Institute Offers Ways to Experience Nature

WHEELING -- Think there’s nothing to do? Feeling bored at home? Want to get the kids out of the house? Take heart, Oglebay Institute in Wheeling offers numerous adventures this month that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The great outdoors are still great. Below is a list of upcoming ...

A SUMMER UNDER QUARANTINE

It’s no secret that “normal” vacation plans during this topsy-turvy time of battling a world-wide virus have been voided or greatly scaled back. Whether it is due to the fear of contracting the coronavirus or lack of funds from lost earnings, Ohio Valley residents are rethinking their ...

Summer Staycation Survey: Three in Four West Virginians Vacationing Locally

Even though it may not seem like it, we are more than halfway through the year already, which means summer vacations are happening. However, due to the unforeseeable circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are now facing challenging financial implications as a ...

Pandemic Life, Captured Digitally (Literally)

NEW YORK — In journalism, when we’re trying to explain a complicated story, we often start with raw data. How many? How much? How long? How far? I decided to use this same approach to document my life during the lockdown. I began working from home in mid-March. Since then, I have ...

Lunch With Books Offers Adventures in Restoration

WHEELING -- Join Sarel Venter and Bekah Karelis while they explore some of the tools and techniques used in their workshop at the Ohio County Public Library’s online Lunch With Books program set for noon Tuesday, July 28. As owners of a restoration contracting company, Adventures in ...

Precek Hits 103 Years

Bill Precek of Shadyside celebrated his 103 birthday on Sunday, July 19. Bill’s church family, Pastor Jim Monogoudis and members of the Shadyside First Christian Church, helped him celebrate with a social distanced style party with cake, doughnuts and singing from the sidewalk. Bill is shown ...

McGee Celebrates 93rd

Kathryn McGee of Wheeling celebrated her 93 birthday at home with family on Monday, July 20. “Kay” was born in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, on July 20, 1927 to John and Mary Gulash and moved to Shadyside, Ohio while she was in grade school. Kay worked for Ohio Edison at the R.E. Burger Power ...

Tingler Marks 98 Years

Mary Tingler, a native of Blaine, Ohio, will celebrate her 98th birthday on July 31. She was born July 31, 1922 in Blaine, daughter of the late Louis and Julia Nagy. Mary was married to the late Lawrence “Pete” Tingler on July 31, 1951. The marriage produced two children, Larry ...

Butter Up the Table

Butter dishes! It’s amazing, but I don’t believe I’ve ever written about these utilitarian dishes as a stand-alone collectible. But these pretty covered serving dishes are not just useful, they’re attractive and fun. An antique or vintage butter dish adds a touch of class to a dining ...

Sisters Enjoyed The Simple Life in Barton

BARTON — Gwendolyn Carter and two of her sisters — Katherine Moravick and Lois Keller — all celebrated their birthdays in June, turning 98, 91 and 96, respectively. Carter, who prefers to be called Gwen, and her siblings grew up on Barton Road between the village of Barton and the ...

Pen Pal Program Forges Connections Beyond Nursing Homes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Rich Vanderweit saw the loneliness of older people in the COVID-19 pandemic, and he devised a modest effort to ease their isolation. Vanderweit, an activity aide at Sullivan County Health Care in Claremont, thought: Why not match his nursing home residents with pen ...

A Wedding Day to Remember

This spring, brides-to-be worried less about finding “something borrowed and something blue” for their big day and more about whether or not wedding ceremonies could even happen. In the wake of COVID-19, couples faced an unprecedented set of social distancing guidelines that hindered the ...

Wheeling Woman Takes Top Prize in Tea Cozy Contest

WHEELING — Brooke Boston credits her grandmother for her success with the knitting needles. Boston of Wheeling recently took the top prize in the 2020 Larkin Tea Company Tea Cozy Competition. Boston made a darling teapot cozy in the form of an owl to win the contest offered by the Larkin ...

Betty Puskar Leaves Behind a Legacy of Kindness

MorGANTOWN — Betty J. Puskar wanted to be remembered as someone who facilitated breast cancer care and for making breast cancer something that people talked about. She also wanted to be known as someone who helped people. Those who crossed paths with Puskar can attest to that legacy of ...

Queen Elizabeth’s birthday marked with smaller ceremony

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's birthday was marked Saturday with a smaller ceremony than usual, as the annual Trooping the Color parade was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts ...

Bars reopening in New Orleans. Will tourists come?

By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bar owners in New Orleans prepared for a soft opening, and an uncertain one, as they began letting customers in Saturday for the first time in months. Capacity is limited to 25 percent, live music remains prohibited, and nobody knows ...

The Word on the Street

Throughout this country and across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the worst and best in people. At their worst, people flagrantly disregard health officials’ guidelines to stay home, wear masks if going in public and even spitting in the faces of store clerks. The worst case ...