Richland News

Richland News: Thursday

11 Aug , 2022  

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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All About Richland

Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Sale Starts Tomorrow

10 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s that time of the year when many yards in this part of Ohio sprout tables, chairs, and acres and acres of items to sell.

It’s the Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY, an event which has taken its place among Ohio’s favorite summer traditions. For over twenty years, the venerable Lincoln Highway is the place to go for bargains, food, and fun.

This year’s BUY-WAY takes place from 8 AM to 5 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

According to promotional material, “The idea of the BUY-WAY Yard Sale is to bring people to rediscover the lesser traveled path of the original Lincoln Highway, once a bustling road that began connecting America by automobiles, and changed the way we travel today. This event encourages small businesses to gain revenues through increased tourism. This activity helps the local economy.”

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All About Richland

$7.5 Million Headed To Mansfield For Downtown Streetscape Project

10 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Press Releases from Senators Portman and Brown

On Tuesday, the offices of U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown announced that the US Department of Transportation had awarded the City of Mansfield a nearly $7.5 million federal grant through the FY 2022 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program.

The program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program has been funded at $1 billion per year. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Portman spearheaded, Senator Brown helped write and pass, and which was signed into law last November, annual funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion. Between the IIJA and the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the RAISE grant program has been funded at $2.25 billion for this year.

The funds for the project will go toward rebuilding the downtown Mansfield streetscape.

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All About Richland

Richland State Wildlife Officer Recognized With Prestigious Award

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mississippi Flyway Council recently honored Ohio Wildlife Officer Nathan Kaufmann with the Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year award, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Officer Kaufmann has been serving Ohioans as a state wildlife officer since 2014 and is currently assigned to Richland County.

The Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year award is presented to the law enforcement officer who exhibits exceptional dedication and service to protecting the Mississippi flyway’s waterfowl populations. This award highlights officers who go above and beyond by protecting wetlands and waterfowl in their areas of assignment, educating waterfowlers, participating in waterfowl organizations, and promoting youth activities in hunting.

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History & Tourism

Colors And Corners Of A Richland August

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Classic cars, vintage planes, and country music take center stage in August in Mansfield.  The month is also for fairs, festivals, and one last hurrah before the kids head back to school! 

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store thanks to our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

Festivals Galore

For local flavor, enjoy the Richland County Fair (Aug 7-13), an event some in the community look forward to year-round for the rides and the fair food. Don’t forget to check out the livestock shows & sales and support those who participate in the Junior Fair.

What says summer better than blueberries?  The Lexington Blueberry Festival celebrates their 20th anniversary this year featuring amusement rides, food vendors, live entertainment, a car and bike show, a pageant, a 5K, and, of course, blueberries!

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All About Richland

A US30 Update

8 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; ODOT District Three

Here is a regular update in terms of the major US30 rehabilitation project which has been underway for the last two years.

As a reminder, the list of goals for this $61 million project include the replacement of bridges, construction and/or improvement of exit/entrance ramps, resurfacing, lighting upgrades, and much more.

The project is still scheduled for a completion date of May of next year.

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Schools

Over $850,000 In Security Upgrade Funding Coming For Richland County Schools

8 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Governor DeWine Press Release

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that more than 1,000 K-12 schools across Ohio will receive state assistance to pay for security upgrades that enhance the safety of students and staff.

While speaking recently at the Ohio School Safety Summit in Columbus, Governor DeWine announced that 1,183 schools in 81 counties will receive nearly $47 million in grant funding as part of his Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program. Grants equal the amount requested by each school up to $50,000. Funds will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting.

Several of those schools are located in Richland County; a full list is included below.

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning August 7

7 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT

This is a weekly report from ODOT District 3 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 August 7. All outlined work is weather permitting.

All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!

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All About Richland

After 12 Years, Renaissance CEO Moves On To New Adventure

6 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After a long and successful tenure, Renaissance Performing Arts Association CEO Michael Miller has announced that he will be transitioning to new endeavors this summer.

Miller, who first became involved with the Renaissance in 2002 as a member of its Board of Directors, is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities to promote the growth and long-term sustainability of the Imagination District, a downtown arts district that celebrates imagination through play, education, and live performance.

Since getting his start in the industry at the age of 6, Michael Miller has been involved in professional arts in some capacity, whether onstage, backstage, in the sound booth, or in administration. By the age of 12, he had debuted at The Kennedy Center, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Mansfield’s King Memorial

4 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If you are familiar with the memorials that dot Central Park in downtown Mansfield, then you already know that one of those monuments honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom this Monday is a national holiday in which we celebrate his importance and his legacy.

The monument to Dr. King was a labor of love that began well over 20 years ago, with the 1999 formation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Committee. The group was created between 1998 and 1999, after failed attempts to persuade the City to memorialize King by, for example, renaming a section of U.S. Route 30 in his honor. More…

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History & Tourism

Bromfield And India: Early Newspaper Post Suggests A Possible Lifelong Interest

3 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

While doing other research last year, 1812Blockhouse discovered a coincidence about Bromfield’s life which connects his early years in Mansfield with his later success as an author. When we posted it, we were not aware if this story had been previously known.

As historians note, Louis Bromfield’s father and grandfather spelled their surname as “Brumfield,” with the father making the change to render the family name more “distinguished.” Louis was born in 1896 in Mansfield, and was a student in Mansfield schools.

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All About Richland

Buckeye Imagination Museum Grand Opening Taking Place Next Week

2 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Buckeye Imagination Museum (previously known as Little Buckeye Children’s Museum) has announced the opening of its new facility to the public on Wednesday, August 10. Its new building is located next to the Renaissance Theatre in downtown Mansfield.

The entrance and parking lot can be accessed from West Third Street. It will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to start.   

“We are excited to welcome guests into our new facility, which we feel will better serve them,” says Fred Boll, Executive Director, “Our new building features a zero-level entrance and an elevator which allows us to be more accessible. It also has a parking a lot, which will be much more convenient to our guests.” 

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St. Peter’s School Science Teacher Mentoring NASA Summer Interns

2 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

St. Peter’s School science faculty member Janene Smith has been busy this summer, recently finished a summer mentorship role with the NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) program and serving as a panelist with The GLOBE Project’s Virtual Annual Meeting.

Smith’s role with SEES was to mentor a group of high school NASA interns. During their internship, the students learn about a topic and are tasked to pose a research question, which they will investigate and test using the scientific method. The group met virtually throughout the summer, then spent two weeks at the University of Texas at Austin to complete their project and presented their findings during the SEES Virtual Science Symposium.

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Schools

What’s That New Website I See? Hint: It Has A Good Deal Of Scarlet And Gray

1 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s been happening for some time, but a major step in an apparent redesign of The Ohio State University website took place in the last couple of days.

The new site has some revamped organization, but the major change appears to be an aesthetic one. The new site is a brighter, less packed-in experience that emphasizes white space and large headers.

As Mansfield is so closely connected to goings-on in Columbus, we here at 1812Blockhouse are on the OSU website several times a week. Because of that, we tend to notice such things.

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All About Richland

Four Richland County Organizations Receive Five Ohio Arts Council Grants

1 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In July, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board approved $18,246,306 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming.

The 764 grants approved at the meeting constitute the initial and major state fiscal year 2023 funding round for the OAC.

Five of those grants, totaling $147,366, are headed to Richland County.

“We thank Ohio’s elected leadership—especially Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate—for their steadfast support of our state’s creative sector,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “With these awards, Ohio’s resilient arts and culture sector will continue to play a critical role in the health and vitality of communities across the state.”

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