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Richland News: Monday

19 Oct , 2020  

Each day, 1812Blockhouse collects and shares the best writing and most important stories from local and other media covering Richland County. For tweets from over 100 local sources, visit Richland Tweets (left sidebar on desktop, scroll down on mobile).

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18 Oct , 2020  

History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Mansfield Dry Goods Building

18 Oct , 2020  

Sometimes an element of good can come from a tragic event, particularly one that does not involve loss of life or limb.

Such was the case with the Mansfield of one hundred years ago, a place where the economy bustled with activity and investment.

In early 1919, a fire broke out at a downtown establishment housed in the Hartman and Spreng Building at 26 North Main Street. At the time, the building was home to the Mansfield Dry Goods Company. More…

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Schools

New Organic Chemistry Lab Will Expand Ohio State Mansfield’s Academic and Major Offerings

18 Oct , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University at Mansfield will soon boast its first organic chemistry teaching and learning laboratory. The lab and associated support spaces will enable expanded course offerings and the ability to complete additional four-year bachelor’s degrees entirely on the Mansfield campus.

The multi-year, multi-phase project began in the summer of 2018. Phase one focused on the existing structures in the 40-year-old Conard Hall. Construction included upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as updated code compliant services to two current chemistry and microbiology labs utilized by approximately 1,000 Ohio State Mansfield and North Central State College students annually. More…

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning October 18

18 Oct , 2020  

By ODOT District Three, 1812Blockhouse

While road projects are winding down for the year, some are continuing into late fall. ODOT District Three has released its weekly report highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves.

What follows are posted projects taking place within Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties. Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on October 18. More…

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All About Richland

Ex-House Speaker Runs For Reelection Despite Federal Charges

18 Oct , 2020  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The race in the rural Ohio district of disgraced ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder now includes four write-in candidates attempting to unseat the once-powerful politician ,who has refused to step aside from his reelection bid despite facing charges in a $60 million bribery scheme.

The four challengers — of varied parties and backgrounds — are unified in their attacks on Householder’s questionable ethics and his role in passing a nuclear bailout bill at the center of the scandal that now faces renewed scrutiny at the Statehouse. Still, a Householder victory appears likely in District 72, given his strong ties in his native Perry County and an endorsement by the local Republican Party. More…

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History & Tourism

Garden Gateway Opening Today

18 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, See! this our fathers did for us.” John Ruskin, art critic (1819-1900)

What the Board of Kingwood Center Gardens, backed by tremendous community support and countless volunteer hours, has done over the last two to three years is something that truly stands apart. As Ruskin’s quote suggests, the Garden Gateway Project, which opens this week, is designed and built in a way that captures the visitation of an industrialist benefactor; celebrates the beauty of flowers and landscaping; and which pays meticulous attention in even the smallest design elements. 

So what Mansfield is actually receiving is something that does not come along that often — an instant community treasure and civic landmark.

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1812Blockhouse

We’re Taking A Day Off

16 Oct , 2020  

This is Thomas Palmer, Owner/Publisher of 1812Blockhouse.

This past Saturday, a close friend with whom I have regular discussions several times each week day tested positive for COVID-19.

Within two or three days I was experiencing very strong COVID symptoms. It’s the stuff you read about, but also additional things you didn’t realize came with the mix.

Take hallucinations, for instance. I don’t believe I had ever had one until this week.

1812Blockhouse will be taking the day off on Saturday. We will return on Sunday morning, God willing. Continued thanks for being a reader!

All About Richland

Search For City Christmas Tree Continues

16 Oct , 2020  

From the City of Mansfield Service Complex

The City of Mansfield is continuing its search for a live Christmas tree to place on display at the Carrousel Park located in downtown Mansfield.

If you have an evergreen tree you would like to donate please contact the Mansfield Street Department at 419- 755-9803.

Trees located within city limits are preferred. We are requesting the tree be at least 30ft in height. In order for us to successfully cut and remove the tree it must be accessible to the handling of equipment. More…

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Schools

Ohio Schools See Largest Weekly COVID Increase; Richland Has 9 New Cases

16 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

When updated numbers were released by the State of Ohio on Thursday, it was revealed that Ohio schools have experienced the largest weekly increase in cases of COVID-19 to date.

The state has 869 new cases, which in turn means that there have been 2,739 cases during the 2020-2021 school year.

The report reflects both new and also cumulative cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff. Schools are then required to report those cases to their assigned local health department which, in turns, reports the same to the Ohio Department of Health. More…

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All About Richland

Bromfield On Tap Thursday Evening

15 Oct , 2020  

It’s not every day you can watch Louis Bromfield works being performed here in Manfsield.

The Ohio State University at Mansfield welcomes audiences to join its virtual theatre performance Separate Together on Thursday, October 15. This compilation of three short, timeless pieces will kick off with a scene from an exciting, rare, and not in circulation play by local Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and playwright Louis Bromfield.

It is fitting for the Ohio State Mansfield Theatre Program to perform a Bromfield piece with him being a local legend as a novelist and conservationist, and the campus Bromfield Library being his namesake. Bromfield’s play De Luxe, co-written by John Gearon and originally preformed on Broadway in 1935, portrays Paris in the 1930s among a group of frustrated but quick-witted socialites. More…

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All About Richland

Ohioans, Richland Countians Already Showing Up At The Polls

15 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

With 21 days until Election Day, Ohioans are showing up to vote early in record numbers – with triple the number of Ohioans voting at early voting centers across Ohio compared to the same point four years ago. 193,021 Ohioans voted early in-person in the first week compared to 64,312 at the same time in 2016.

Absentee ballot requests increased by 316,033 to a total of 2,470,268 absentee ballot applications received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes 23,853 requests from military and overseas voters. At the same time during the 2016 election, 1,245,670 absentee ballots had been requested.

“Voter enthusiasm is off the charts and we couldn’t be happier,” said LaRose. “We’ve never seen this many people voting early in-person and it demonstrates what Ohioans know to be true – it’s easy to vote in the Buckeye State!” More…

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History & Tourism

A Day In Shiloh

15 Oct , 2020  

In Richland County, you don’t have to go far to get away from city life. If you follow Route 13 North out of the city of Mansfield, you’ll quickly leave behind the trappings of urban and suburban living. With the city in your rearview mirror, the beautiful tapestry of fields, farmland, and rolling hills of Shiloh unfolds before you. Ahead is a region of bounty and slow country living. You’ll see horses and buggies, clothes hanging out on the line, and farm stands filled with the pick of the day. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Pastor, Educator, Politican, Diplomat: The Life Of Edmund Fairfield

14 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Throughout its history, Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

Few we have profiled in this series have held the variety of positions that the subject of today’s profile held during his lifetime. Edmund Burke Fairfield was a minister, a politician, a writer, a university executive, and a member of the United States diplomatic corps. More…

All About Richland

DeWine: Expect COVID-19 Virus To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

14 Oct , 2020  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

With colder temperatures and the annual flu season just ahead, Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday warned the spread of coronavirus in Ohio will likely get worse before it gets better.

“We’re already seeing that in the trend lines the last several weeks,” DeWine said during a Tuesday briefing on the state’s coronavirus response.
DeWine noted the number of cases statewide has increased “dramatically,” and though more virus tests are administered each week, test positivity has begun to climb as well.

“When the cold weather hits, more people will be going inside. … That’s when we will see more spread,” he said. More…

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