A Very Special Christmas Remembered

Leaving Harrisonburg, Virginia after attending a three-day meeting, rather than go to Lynchburg where I had been working, I decided I would drive home to Alabama to spend two days with my wife. The last year...

The Legends of Roney’s Point Examined

There was zero political correctness involved when I was first told the tales of Roney’s Point. Legend had it then that this was where the county’s crazy people were locked away, tortured, and then...

Books Every West Virginian Should Read

1. Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. A true memoir, Rocket Boys details the childhood experiences of NASA engineer Homer “Sonny” Hickam Jr. in his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia. In a poor mining...

Henderson Hall for the Holidays

The story is courtesy of a partnership with the great folks at Clutchmov.  “An online lifestyle magazine for the Mid-Ohio Valley” – including Parkersburg and its surrounding community. Built in 1836...

The Mabel Files: Japan Casts the Die

Wheeling’s Centre Market, and the shops nearby like Tom and Lizzie Minns’ Confectionary on Market Street, were at rest on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7, 1941, while the USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 5

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R.(Writer’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories that will...

It’s In Our Blood

We put traction to the dirt The sweat on our necks and the tears under our eyes  are not just pleas but fuel No matter what you do no matter what you hurt or take we will always have...

Like Wildflowers in August

"How far to Thomas now?" Allegheny Mountain in the August twilight. Photo by Andrew Carroll. We both know the answer, roughly, but Caleb asks me anyway, partly out of habit, partly for the excuse to...

Festival of Lights – The Untold Stories

Bill Koegler would drive from Oglebay Park to the Greggsville section of Wheeling at the bottom of the hill, turn around in the Convenient Food Mart parking lot, and drive back up W.Va. 88. The next time,...

West Virginia Calling Me Home

The following is part of a Vandaleer series from partner Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.  The series focuses on young adults in West Virginia. As a native of Jefferson County, West Virginia, the...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 4

This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R.(Writer’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories that will...

Jack Fleming’s Ode to West Virginia

While getting ready for tonight's big game, it's hard not to blast Aaron Copeland's  "Appalachian Spring" and stroll through some vintage WVU football youtube clips.  Which is where we found this classic...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 3

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. This is R-rated.  (Writer’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories that will concentrate on...

County Road 4

cold porch lights chase me thirty miles per hour downhill to the Ohio past bison in greasy fields old company town hollow filled by skinny creek run full of yellow dog seeps out back behind a mine...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 2

(Writer’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories that will concentrate on the organized-crime scene in and around Wheeling during the past century.)THE RATThe high-level gangsters scattered, but...

“The Bunker” at the Greenbrier

From Top Secret to Tourist Stop --"The Bunker" at the Greenbrier Between 1961 and 1992, if an enemy bomber looked like it was headed for the Nation’s Capital with intent to drop a nuclear device, all 435...