Wheeling

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.

An Old Name for a New Website in Wheeling

Oct 29, 2014
West Virginia Morning
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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. 

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.

West Virginia Morning
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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.

West Virginia Morning
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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. 

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.


West Virginia Morning
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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
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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.

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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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**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.

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.


A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade has been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge. 

A West Virginia judge on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms charge.

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The annual W.Va. Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest took place last week in Wheeling.

Awards:

Top Pipe fitter apprentice: Morgan Morgan – Local 83, Wheeling

Prize: $750, oxygen acetylene torch, gauges and hoses

Top Welding apprentice: William “Kieth” Kidd – Local 83, Wheeling

Prize: $750, Lincoln welding machine, welding hood and gear

Top Plumbing apprentice: Kenneth Raulston Jr. – Local 152, Morgantown

Prize: $750, tubing cutters, plumbing tools and tool bag

Top H.V.A.C. apprentice: Roger Harris – Local 625, Charleston

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A Wheeling official says the city's historic suspension bridge could be closed for up to two years for a lighting and wiring project.
 
City Manager Robert Herron says the $8.5 million project includes significant rewiring of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge.
 

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A Wheeling man is charged with threatening to shoot up a federal building that was previously targeted by a gunman who was killed by police.
 
43-year-old Charles Edwin Coffman is charged with threatening to commit a terrorist act. The felony charge is punishable by up to three years in prison.
 

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A former Wheeling police officer reportedly fired up to 30 shots into the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by security officers at the building.

Update: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

Oglebayfest 2013

Oct 5, 2013
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Pictures from Olgebayfest, the annual festival that began in 1978 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oglebay.

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