Richland News

Richland News: Weekend

18 Sep , 2021  

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).

Weather for Saturday

Hi 82º | 10% chance of precipitation

WMFD

Shelby Rolls Pleasant Spartans
Crestview Moves to 5-0 After 37-0 Win Over Monroeville
“We Are Lucas” Cubs Stun Division 2 Lakewood Rangers 35-27

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Check out Week 5 high school football roundup from Richland County and beyond
Heartbeat of ‘Great Mohican Pow-Wow’ returns with hoop dancing, traditional acts
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Mail Pouch Tobacco barn being restored in Mifflin Township
SHELBY DAILY GLOBE ($)
Business progression addressed at Shelby City Council
Shelby park activities enjoyed by youths
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Daily updated lifestyle news from Ashland and Crawford Counties – Access here


History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Warren Rupp Observatory

18 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The following post was previously shared as part of our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series. Since then, the folks at the Richland Astronomical Society have added a new public viewing night, and we have updated our post. 1812Blockhouse takes periodic looks at a variety of things in the Richland County area – some, like today, are geographic locations; other times, they will be organizations, or causes; or even events and happenings. Each time, we will collect details from across the Internet and combine them into a single list.

Today we look at the Warren Rupp Observatory.

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Downtown, History & Tourism

One Region, Many Downtowns

17 Sep , 2021  

By Ruth Corradi Beach

Beyond its county seat, Richland County is a land rich in small communities. From rural to suburban, each town has its own personality and attractions worth a day trip.

Slow down and enjoy the beauty of the countryside by visiting the villages of LucasPlymouth and Shiloh, and the charming community of Olivesburg. Here you’ll find an old-school general store, museums celebrating local history and quaint bed & breakfasts.

Nestled in the rolling hills of southeast Richland County, Butler attracts outdoor enthusiasts. This town marks the start of the Richland B & O Trail, perfect for bikers and walkers. Dive deeper into nature on the Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail as you hike through an old-growth forest, past prairies and waterfalls. Kick back at The Whiffletree Restaurant or stroll up to the counter at Five Points Drive-In for shakes, floats and more summer favorites.

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All About Richland

Mansfield Symphony To Offer New Concert Experience This Weekend

16 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Symphony opens its season this Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 PM with “Harmony in Nature,” a brand new, hybrid concert that will be performed onstage at the Renaissance Theatre and simultaneously streamed outside to the Ren Backlot for patrons to enjoy under the stars. 

The Harmony in Nature concert will be a welcome new experience for music lovers as the symphony performs Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, accompanied by masterful projections of beautiful landscapes from around the world.

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Lucky State Route 13

16 Sep , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s State Route 13 is actually rather lucky. It may have changed a bit in its over-90-year history, but it has maintained its designation and general trajectory in that entire period of time.

It’s lucky as well as it traverses Richland County from north to south (and vice versa), running through Mansfield and Bellville along the way. More…

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All Things Business

Avita’s Phase III Brings Obstetrics Unit To Ontario

15 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This week, Avita Health System announced that construction started earlier this year on Phase III of Ontario Hospital.

This third phase has been in progress since March 2021 and will include additional inpatient beds and a new Labor Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) unit on the second floor.

“We always had a plan to expand the number of inpatient beds available at Ontario Hospital to better meet the needs of the community,” said Jerome Morasko, President/ CEO, Avita Health System. “We also wanted to bring another option for obstetrical care to the area. Our new unit allows patients to deliver their babies in state-of-the art LDRP rooms and provides a unique birthing experience right here in Richland County.”

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All About Richland

Pumpkin Carvers Sought

15 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Do you really, really enjoy pumpkin carving? Are you handy with a pumpkin and a carving knife?

If so, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

In order to prepare for its larger and better than ever 2021 Pumpkin Glow, Kingwood Center Gardens is on the lookout for volunteer carvers. The event has grown so that some several hundred pumpkins need to be carved and lit. More…

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All Things Business, Shelby

One Location, Many Shops

14 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The revitalization of downtown Shelby continues with the arrival of a new business to Main Street.

Actually, that should perhaps be “new businesses.”

This past week, the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development held a ribbon cutting event for The Little Shops of Shelby, the newest addition to the downtown streetscape. The new store, located at 40 West Main Street, is owned by Connie Roub.

The Little Shops of Shelby features multiple vendors in one shopping venue. It’s a great place to find just the right thing for that someone in your life.

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Schools

Ohio State Programs Improve In New Collegiate Rankings

14 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University saw improvement overall and across several university programs in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2022.

Overall, the university moved up four spots and is ranked 49th among national universities and 17th among public universities. Individual programs also saw year-over-year improvement, including undergraduate computer science programs that increased four spots to rank 37th nationally and 18th among public universities. Undergraduate nursing program rankings were new to U.S. News & World Report this year, and Ohio State ranked 10th in the nation and 6th among public universities. Undergraduate business programs and best schools for veterans rankings improved nationally, by two and four spots, respectively.

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All About Richland

Building Doctors Are Coming To Town This Week

13 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Richland Preservation Action Group of the Richland County Historical Society and the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office will sponsor a Building Doctor Clinic for old-building owners in Mansfield on September 16 and 17.

The clinic features Building Doctors Mariangela Pfister and Kristen Koehlinger of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. It begins with a free seminar on Thursday evening, September 16, from 7-9 PM at the Oak Hill Carriage House, 310 Springmill Street in Mansfield. The seminar is open to the public and will feature guidelines for renovation projects and ways to solve some of the most common problems of buildings dating from 1800 to 1955.

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All About Richland

Change In Ownership Reportedly In The Works For Mansfield Radio Station

13 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A local transmitter for radio station WKSU at Kent State University may be changing ownership, according to a recent article in The Portgager.

WKSU’s local transmitter is 94.7 W234CX, with a tower near the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

The Portager article (which can be accessed here) states that the Kent State Board of Trustees are poised to vote on a possible transfer o ownership to Ideastream, a Cleveland-based non profit that owns and operations stations WCPN, WCLV, and WVIZ.

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All About Richland

New Requirements To Enter Mansfield City Building

12 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in the Mansfield and Richland County communities is having an impact in various settings, including schools, businesses, and local government.

On the latter note, the City of Mansfield is taking steps to protect its workforce and visitors by issuing new requirements to enter into and access city offices.

The Mansfield City Building has been largely open to the public since it reopened its doors on January 25 following a period of closure due to virus levels. Now, with a recent rapid rise in infections, the City Building will have new entrance requirements.

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning September 12

11 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohio Department of Transportation

ODOT District 3 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 September 12.

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Schools

Ohio State Distributes Another $46 Million In Student Aid

10 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

To assist students with financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University is distributing another $46 million in federal assistance for students.

The university notified more than 25,000 students this week that they are receiving block grants as part of the third round of emergency grants supported with federal relief funds. Eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students who enrolled in summer or autumn semester 2021 will receive grants of $250 to $3,000, depending on their level of financial need. Students on all Ohio State campuses are eligible.

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All About Richland

Richard County Schools Report A Doubling In COVID Infections

10 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As the 2021-2022 school year progresses, it is clear that the precipitous rise in COVID infections in non-school settings is also taking place in Richland County’s educational facilities.

Numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday show that the number of reported infections in the county’s school districts and buildings almost doubled in the last seven days. Last week’s numbered was more than twice that of the week before.

Last Thursday, in the second set of full results after the launch of school, there were a total of 141 reported cases during the previous week. These included 112 new student infections and 29 staff. These were found in 12 different school districts and buildings.

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