Wheeling

July 28, 1860: Wheeling Suspension Bridge Reopens to Public

Jul 28, 2015
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The Wheeling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River reopened to the public on July 28, 1860. The bridge had originally opened to much fanfare in 1849. At the time, it was the longest clear span in the world and helped usher in an era of great American bridge building.

July 14, 1900: Gangster 'Big Bill' Lias Possibly Born in Wheeling

Jul 14, 2015
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  Gangster “Big Bill” Lias was born on July 14, 1900 in either Greece or Wheeling. The uncertainty over his birthplace would later derail the government’s efforts to deport him.

The Prohibition era in America began just before Lias turned 20. Seeing an opportunity, he quit his family’s grocery business in Wheeling to sell illegal booze. After Prohibition was repealed, Lias moved into illegal gambling. And in 1939, when the numbers racket was made a felony, he launched a string of casino-nightclubs in Wheeling. He also played a major hand in the city’s prostitution business and became influential in local politics. In 1945, Lias purchased Wheeling Downs racetrack. Three years later, the federal government charged him with income tax evasion and, in 1952, seized his racetrack and other assets.

On West Virginia Morning, a report from Wheeling where a new generation is taking over rebuilding the city.  And, we’ll listen to the music of old time fiddler Elmer Rich who died on West Virginia Day. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


June 22, 1926: Earl Olgebay Dies at 77

Jun 22, 2015
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  Earl Oglebay died on June 22, 1926, at age 77. The son of a wealthy Wheeling businessman, he became head of his father’s bank at age 28, making him the nation’s youngest bank president. In the late 1800s, Oglebay partnered with John D. Rockefeller in a Cleveland iron business. He amassed a small fortune in 1901, when he sold his iron interests to U.S. Steel.

June 19, 1786: Indian Ambush Changes Lewis Wetzel's Life

Jun 19, 2015
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  On June 19, 1786, a tragic hunting trip changed pioneer Lewis Wetzel’s life forever. Wetzel, his father, and two brothers ventured out from their home near Wheeling and were ambushed by Indians. The attackers killed his father and one brother and badly wounded the other brother. The 23-year-old Lewis already held a deep hatred of Indians. But the death of his father and brother brought out a darker side. From this point on, he dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Indians.

A Glen Dale woman has pleaded guilty to taking money from a nonprofit organization.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richelle D. Blair faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. She pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to theft from an organization receiving federal funds.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the State Capital where the Joint Committee on Tax Reform held its fifth meeting, this one focusing on property taxes.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


The 3,000-pound drop forge (the biggest in the factory) in full downward plunge onto a piece of steal as it's pounded into a new reality.
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In an age of globalization and a shrinking manufacturing sector, two young men in Wheeling are hedging their bets and running with a business idea that first took off in 1854. Hand-forged tools actually took off much earlier, but Warwood Tool has been in the tool-forging business for over 160 years now: hammers, crow-bars, pick-axes, you name it.


An Ohio trucker has pleaded guilty to stealing merchandise during a delivery to a Cabela's facility in West Virginia.

Bruce Silver faces up to 10 years in prions and a maximum $250,000 fine. The 55-year-old resident of Neffs, Ohio, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Wheeling to theft from interstate shipment.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Dr. Suzanne Cole, the staff oncologist at the Charleston Area Medical Center.  Dr. Cole’s work is featured in a new television documentary premiering tonight on PBS called “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”  We’ll also hear a clip from the documentary  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Local Food Local Places working group of representatives from federal, regional, state, and local organizations tour Wheeling.
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Momentum continues to mount behind local food and local economic development efforts in the Northern panhandle. Wheeling was one of the top picks in a national Local Foods, Local Places Competition. As a result, local organizations are receiving technical assistance from multiple state and federal agencies to help capitalize on the growing demand for local foods.  Meetings with federal agency representatives began last week.


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Police in Wheeling say a suspension bridge has been closed after a cable snapped.

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was closed Friday morning. Media outlets report the cable was on a snapped power line near a jogging trail.

In 2013, the bridge was closed after a corroded cable on top of the span snapped on the downtown Wheeling side. The cable helps to keep the bridge from swaying.

In reality, McCarthy didn’t have an actual list.
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On February 9, 1950, a speech in Wheeling given by U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy altered the course of history. During his speech at the McClure Hotel, the Wisconsin Republican held up a piece of paper that allegedly listed 205 communists who worked for the U.S. State Department.

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WesBanco Arena in Wheeling is scheduled to temporarily close this summer for renovation work.

City manager Robert Herron says new seats and handrails will be installed. The upgrades are the second phase of a $5.6 million renovation.

The city plans to open bids for the project on Feb. 20. The downtown arena is set to close from June 1 to Aug. 26.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Herron discussed the renovation on Tuesday during a City Council meeting.

It devastated communities along the entire 1000-mile stretch of the Ohio.
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When West Virginia statehood leaders carved out the new state’s borders, the eastern panhandle counties were included primarily to keep the B&O in West Virginia and outside of Confederate Virginia.
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Shortly after moving to Wheeling, Scott began to dabble in Republican politics.
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Chef Matt Welsch is a local boy who, after touring the country on a motorcycle (writing a travel-cuisine blog about being a vagabond chef), returned to his hometown and set up shop.


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Several cities participating in West Virginia's home rule program are seeking approval to impose sales taxes.

The tax proposals and other requests will be considered by the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board on Monday during a meeting in Fairmont.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.  And Clark Davis reports from the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.

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