History & Tourism

New South Park Cabin Taking Shape As October Event Nears

17 Sep , 2019  

Almost three years of work, and countless hours of labor, are near an end as the “new, old” Cabin in South Park nears its first open house.

On Monday morning, concrete was delivered for the base of the porch floors and posts. Open porches on the west and east sides of the structure are currently under construction, each to feature eight foot ceilings. More…

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Diversity Shows Strongly In OSU’s New Enrollment Numbers

16 Sep , 2019  

A new report highlighting enrollment numbers at The Ohio State University shows the university is seeing historic success as it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding.

The same report shows that enrollment numbers at The Ohio State University at Mansfield are slightly, but not alarmingly, lower. More…

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All About Richland

OhioHealth Mansfield Home Care Services Relocate To Lexington

15 Sep , 2019  

OhioHealth Mansfield Home Care (Home Health and Hospice) has relocated to Lexington in a move that will improve comfort for associates and enhance the comprehensive care services available to patients at home.

The renovated space is located at 50 Industrial Drive in Lexington and expands OhioHealth’s presence in the area, reinforcing the system’s commitment to serving Lexington and nearby communities. More…

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National Auto Sport Association Championship Race Returns

14 Sep , 2019  

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is hosting the 14th annual National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Championships presented by Toyo Tires. More than 300 competitors in 26 classes will be on track, plus over 60 drivers racing in seven Time Trial classes. Last held at the permanent road course in North Central Ohio in 2012, NASA is returning to Mid-Ohio, the site of its inaugural championships event in 2006. More…


All About Richland

Richland Source Uses National Model To Engage With Voters, Candidates

13 Sep , 2019  

Emphasizing that “elections should be about voters, not candidates,” local media site Richland Source has set out on a unique journey for the fall.

It’s a three-part path. First, it’s about listening, as Richland Source representatives convene voter meetings in each of Mansfield’s wards to allow attendees to share priorities and views on city issues during guided discussions. Second, it’s about moderating the conversation between candidates in the form of the Mansfield Mayoral Debate on October 17 at the Renaissance Theatre, using collected voter input as a guide. And lastly, it’s about sharing a compendium of discussion from those ward meetings with those elected to office in November. More…

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History & Tourism

Fun Ideas for an Ohio Mini Vacation This Fall

12 Sep , 2019  

Just in time for cooling temperatures and vibrant foliage, Ohio. Find It Here and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are teaming up to launch the Fall in Ohio microsite  – an easy-to-navigate online resource perfect for locals and visitors seeking leaf-peeping tips, incredible fall color views, quintessential festivals and must-see attractions. Richland County sites are very much included in the mix. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Get To Know: The Richland Area Chamber Of Commerce

11 Sep , 2019  

Welcome to the first in a new series looking at organizations and groups in Richland County. We’re calling it “Get to Know,” as we’re sharing information about each which you might not already know.

In downtown Mansfield, catty-corner from the library parking garage, sits the former home of Dr. J.W. Craig (Be sure to visit here to read all about this landmark of Mansfield!). The current occupant of this impressive home, since 1978, is not a person – it’s the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. This organization, whose members are local businesses and associations, has developed an excellent reputation for serving the community as an advocate and catalyst for economic and business success in Richland County. More…

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All About Richland

Take A Hike: No Matter Your Experience Level, A Great One Awaits

10 Sep , 2019  

Get in touch with nature before summer ends or plan a hike as the leaves start to change! Take advantage of the warm weather and explore all the beautiful, can’t-miss scenery the area has to offer. Spending time in nature has been proven to improve mental focus, lower stress levels, increase creativity, and even boost the immune system. Whether you want to take a stroll on a park path, trek through the woods, or just explore the local flora and fauna, we’ve got all your must-hike trails right here. More…

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All About Richland

Experience Music In A New Way With The MSO

9 Sep , 2019  

Be sure to bring your smartphone as the MSO launches into its new season.

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its opening concert of the 2019-2020 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Bohemian Souls” on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program inspired by composers who were deemed unconventional in their day. More…

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1812Blockhouse: Three Years Of Pioneering

8 Sep , 2019  

You might not realize it, but at this very moment you are reading a post on a local news and information website that differs from almost every other such site in the country.

When the switch was flipped back on September 8, 2016, Richland County became the very first small to mid-sized media market in America (that we knew of or know of) with a site committed to keeping its readers informed not only through its own news coverage, but also by actually pointing readers to local news covered by other media as well. Each day since, we have not only done our own reporting, but we have featured links to stores on WMFD, the Mansfield News Journal, Richland Source, and to social media posts from dozens of other local governments, organizations, churches, and businesses to create a one-stop information center.

It has now been three years since 1812Blockhouse went live. Over 3,700 posts, 50,000 shared links, and millions of views later, that goal of creating informed readers remains at the very heart of what we do. More…

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History & Tourism

Classic Car Lovers Alert: Hundreds of Studebakers Coming to Richland County

7 Sep , 2019  

Back‐to‐back international Studebaker events converge at Richland County Fairgrounds, September 9‐14. The Antique Studebaker Club (ASC) holds its International Meet September 9‐10, followed by the even larger 55th Annual Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) International Meet, September 11‐14.

Studebaker owners from across North America and beyond will bring their classic cars to Mansfield for a week of history, fun, bragging rights and comradery. Throughout the event, members show their vehicles, share information and memories and participate in concours judging. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: The Largest Horse Parade East Of The Mississippi

6 Sep , 2019  

This summer, we’ve continued our yearly tradition of taking a weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Today, for the last post in our Summer Road Trip series for 2019, we’re turning our attention to a remarkable parade taking place this weekend just an hour down I71 or US42. More…


All About Richland, Shelby

Little Buckeye Museum Set to Travel

5 Sep , 2019  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is proud to announce the grand-opening of a new series of traveling exhibits thanks to the generosity and support of The Shelby Foundation.

The first exhibit in the series, a veterinary exhibit, will debut at the Marvin Memorial Library in Shelby in their children’s department. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 10:30 AM. The public is welcome to attend. More…

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All About Richland

Shawshank, Sundaes, And Salsa This Friday

4 Sep , 2019  

This month, several merchants will participate, and the event will include live music, live art, dancing, ice cream, and more!

Over the past few years Downtown Mansfield has seen significant growth in retail and development and First Friday Shop Hop is the perfect opportunity to find your favorite new spot. The September First Friday Shop Hop will feature: More…

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