8:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

December 24, 1852: B&O Railroad Completed Near Moundsville

During the Civil War, the B&O played into the military strategies of both sides, and its tracks were repeatedly damaged and then repaired.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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7:41 am
Thu December 18, 2014

December 18, 1842: Senator Nathan B. Scott Born

Scott quickly amassed a fortune in business and banking. He then moved to nearby Wheeling, where he accumulated even more wealth as president of the Central Glass Company. He also made hefty sums of money in the coal industry and founded Dollar Savings and Trust, which is now WesBanco.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Appalachian Cuisine
2:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Vagabond Chef Returns Home to Wheeling

Matt and Katie Welsch, owners of the Vagabond Kitchen in downtown Wheeling.
Credit www.facebook.com/thevagabondkitchen

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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Home Rule
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

W.Va. Cities to Ask Home Rule Board to OK Taxes

Wheeling's suspension bridge.
Credit Chris Light / en.wikipedia

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.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Troubled Youth Thankful for Youth Services System in Wheeling

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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7:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Nov. 12 1844 Wheeling Businessman Henry Schmulbach Born

Henry Schmulbach was a bit of a business Renaissance man. He served as president of the Wheeling Bridge Company and the German Bank, which is now WesBanco.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Wheeling, Henry Schmulbach, Nail City Brewery, Schmulbach Brewing, Mozart Park, The Wheeling Bridge Company

When Henry Schmulbach was a child, he and his family immigrated to Wheeling from Germany. By the time he was a young adult, Schmulbach had become one of the city’s most successful businessmen, selling retail groceries and wholesale liquor.

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Inside Appalachia
6:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Is There A KY Bourbon Bubble? A New Album by a Folk Music Legend Alice Gerrard, and More

Steven Middleton visits the world's only ventriloquist museum, located in Kentucky
Credit Steven Middleton

This week's episode features Elizabeth Wells McIlvain helps employ 1,000 people in West Virginia, making Fiesta ware.And we learn that the number of jobs created by the Kentucky Bourbon Distillery industry has doubled in the last two years. We'll also explore some eccentric roadside attractions, including a Ventriloquist museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

An Old Name for a New Website in Wheeling

On West Virginia Morning, the Boy Scouts of America would like to rent out their massive facility of Fayette County, but they need a change in the state’s constitution to do it.  Ashton Marra will explain.  In Wheeling, some citizens are re-visiting the city’s history to take it into the future. 

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12:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Weelunk.com: Do Something

Credit Weelunk.com

Weelunk.com is a self-described “Wheeling-centric website that wants to serve sophisticated, local readers who care about their community,” and it’s is launching November 1st. That’s according to the Weelunk Facebook page that was born a few weeks ago and has since been growing in popularity.

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West Virginia History
10:22 am
Fri October 24, 2014

October 24, 1861: Voters Approve State of West Virginia

Waitman Willey would argue eloquently for suffrage for African-Americans at the 1872 Constitutional Convention that produced West Virginia’s current constitution.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / 1872, Western Virgnia, Reorganized Government of Virginia

Voters formally approved the formation of West Virginia on October 24, 1861. Many western Virginia residents had been frustrated with the Virginia state government for years. But, they had few options at their disposal because the U.S.

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West Virginia History
10:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 1903: Bishop John Joseph Kain Dies

A native of Martinsburg, John Joseph Kain's missions ranged from nearby Harpers Ferry to Leesburg, Virginia. During his seven years in this position, he helped rebuild communities that had been ravaged by the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Joseph Kain, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Diocese of Wheeling, St. Louis, Civil War, Harpers Ferry

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West Virginia History
9:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

October 7, 1747: Ebenezer Zane Born Near Moorefield

Born near present-day Moorefield, Zane and his brothers settled at the confluence of Wheeling Creek and the Ohio River, and later laid out the town of Wheeling.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Zane, Wheeling, homstead

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

What's Next in Wheeling?; Art Encourages Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

On West Virginia Morning, an unusual use for twitter.  In Kanawha County, an emergency coordinator is using the social media site to inform citizens where heroin overdoses occur.  And we’ll meet artist Janice Summers-Young who makes art from anything she finds.

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Remembering Charleston's Historic Block District, Garden for the Blind in Wheeling

A report about The Block, a historical district in Charleston once the heart of the city’s African-American community and more state history from Hinton in Summers County.  From Wheeling,  a report on a community garden specifically designed to be tended by the visually impaired and Marshall University's football team is expected to do well this season. 

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Community Gardens
10:57 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

New Urban Garden in Wheeling Designed For the Blind

Gardener Martin Wach built and planted the garden over a two-week period. And there's a lot of room for growth.
Credit Martin Wach

Wheeling has a new urban garden, and it’s a little out of the ordinary. It’s designed for visually impaired gardeners.  Not many like it exist in the state.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration

Some returning war veterans are becoming farmers and beekeepers thanks to a state program.  More about the Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Floyd County, Virginia.  The center is working with local farmers to raise certified Chinese herbs. The Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off in Wheeling on Friday. 

West Virginia Morning
9:26 am
Fri June 27, 2014

More on the History of Wheeling's Name, High School Students Learn Conservation & Jason Isbell

We  hear what author Alan Fitzpatrick was able to uncover in his search in the mystery of how Wheeling got its name. The Student Climate and Conservation Conference asks the question: How are we as global citizens going to bring back and contribute to our schools and communities? Also, Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

1:46 am
Thu June 26, 2014

New Book Discovers Where Wheeling (Place of the Skull) Got Its Name

Painter Cecy Rose looks onto her painting that serves as the cover art for the newly published book, PLACE OF THE SKULL.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

The name Wheeling is a very old word. While there’s some dispute, it’s most commonly translated from the indigenous Delaware language to mean “Place of the Skull.” That’s the name and subject of a recently published book written by Ohio Valley resident Alan Fitzpatrick.

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2:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Reclaiming the Abandoned: Ohio Valley Grows Local Food Economy

Danny Swan walks along the street of a neighborhood in the middle of Wheeling that's long been forgotten.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

**Music by Sugar Short Wave.

Like many towns across much of the state, Wheeling is home to a lot of abandoned, depressed, impoverished areas susceptible to crime and drug epidemics. The region has depended largely on the coal and steel industries, which are declining. The population is decreasing along with the economy and the vitality of the communities.

A small group is tackling several major projects with the hope of changing all of that. The projects all center around infusing the town with locally grown foods, and educational opportunities to teach residents how these foods are grown. There are eight initiatives already in motion and the fledgling non-profit, Grow Ohio Valley, has raised more than $200,000 so far to support their efforts. They hope that instead of being known as a dying town, Wheeling can become a regional food production hub.

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Education Reform
11:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

MIT-Inspired Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Lab Comes to High School in West Virginia

Layout of former library, soon-to-be TEAL lab at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling
Credit Wheeling Central Catholic High School

Wheeling Catholic High School has decided to take a page from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is renovating the school’s library into a Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) lab.

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