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From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
The temperatures may be dropping, but there is still plenty to do in Richland County.
Get outside and explore the natural wonders of Richland County, or head inside for showstopping performances! Extend Halloween with spooky mini golf and real ghost hunting or get a jump on your Christmas shopping while supporting local businesses.
Extend the spooky season with Mini Golf Spooktacular (Nov 1, 6) at Roselawn Mini Golf, where the course will still be decked out with Halloween decorations, lights, fog, and eerie tunes. Hunt for real ghosts in a decommissioned prison at the Public Ghost Hunt (Nov 28) at the Ohio State Reformatory. Ghost hunters will be divided up based on skill level for tailored experiences for beginners, intermediate, and advanced investigators. More…
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By Kathiann M. Kowalski
Consumer advocates, industry organizations and environmental groups continue efforts to learn more about claims that FirstEnergy and current or former subsidiaries may have financed an alleged $60-million conspiracy to make sure Ohio’s nuclear bailout bill became law and withstood a referendum attempt.
Yet opposition by FirstEnergy in two regulatory cases and in state court has combined with the legislative recess to prevent those groups and voters from learning more before Election Day. More…
When updated numbers were released by the State of Ohio on Thursday, it was revealed that Ohio schools have again experienced the largest weekly increase in cases of COVID-19 to date.
The state has 1.232 new student and staff cases, which in turn means that there have been over 5,000 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…
The City of Mansfield has re-issued a call for a live Christmas tree to place on display at Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield during the upcoming holiday season.
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. The City is requesting the tree be at least 30ft in height. In order for it to be successfully cut and removed the tree it must be accessible to the handling of equipment. More…
From our friends at Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves invites Ohioans to once again enjoy the view from the boardwalk at the Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve in northern Richland County.
“The hard work rebuilding the boardwalk at Fowler Woods will not go unnoticed,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Reopening this stretch of the nature preserve will give people a bright view of fall colors as well as some of the most vibrant spring flowers.”
Following years of planning and construction, crews put finishing touches on the boardwalk last week as ODNR Director Mary Mertz walked along the path. The boardwalk is more than 1.25 miles in length and was built to ADA standards with new handrails and benches placed along the route. More…
As numbers and levels were announced on Thursday afternoon, Richland County remained at Risk Level 3/Red for the fifth straight week in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System (OPHAS) for COVID-19.
This week’s Level 3/Red rating also remains with a High Incident label. Richland County had 195.62 cases per 100,000 population with 237 new cases over the past two weeks. Richland County will remain at the Red indicator of very high exposure and spread of COVID-19 until the Cases per Capita drops below 100. Richland County residents are encouraged to limit activities as much as possible and to follow all current health orders.
Richland County is one of 43 of Ohio’s 88 counties this week with the Level 3/Red designation. Only two (2) of those counties do not have a high incident indicator of COVID-19 spread. 43 of Ohio counties are at Level 2/Orange and only two (2) are at Level 1/Yellow. 78% of Ohioans are living in a Red-designated county. More…
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry has invited the public to attend any of three virtual open houses to learn more about management plans for Ohio’s state forests. Held annually, this year’s open houses are scheduled for early November.
“The Ohio Division of Forestry envisions healthy, diverse forests valued for the life-sustaining benefits they provide now and forever,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Division of Forestry. “Your input during the open house process is a crucial component of our strategic planning to ensure the sustainable use and protection of Ohio’s public forest lands.”
Division of Forestry’s forest managers and foresters develop annual work plans to guide management activities for 23 state forests in Ohio covering more than 200,000 acres combined. These open houses provide an opportunity for the public to better understand and comment on Ohio’s plans for sustainable forestry, which include recreation, treating invasive species, prescribed burning, and timber cruising and harvesting. More…
From the City of Mansfield:
Mayor Tim Theaker has announced the City of Mansfield has decided to change the date and time of Trick or Treat due to inclement weather predicted for tomorrow night. City-wide Trick or Treat is now scheduled for Saturday, October 31 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM which will hopefully provide a more enjoyable experience for those participating.
It is suggested that the participating age group be no older than 12.
Residents wishing to participate in Trick or Treat Night are asked to turn on their porch light between those hours. More…
The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm completed the sale of a single tenant School Specialty, Inc. location at 100 Paragon Parkway in Mansfield for $10,500,000.
The 314,736-square-foot School Specialty facility is located in an industrial corridor off North Main Street (12,000 VPD) which connects to Martin Luther King Jr Freeway (40,000+ VPD), which is a primary thoroughfare. The property features 49,500 square feet of office space with the ability to expand the building to over 1 million square feet. The warehouse is equipped with a narrow isle racking system with an in-ground, wire-guided forklift system for maximum use efficiency. Tenants in the industrial park include FedEx, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, and Ohio Army and National Guard. More…
In a statement on social media, the Richland County Board of Elections has provided several reminders about the last week of voting in the county in the general election.
In its release, the Board emphasized that details about new polling locations are not recent changes, but those which have changed since the last election due to COVID-19 related factors.
Changes include the following: More…
From our friends at Downtown Mansfield, Inc.:
Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is excited to present the 2020 edition of Monsterfield Masquerade in historic downtown Mansfield! Monsterfield Masquerade will take place on Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 AM.
This year’s Halloween fun will include only downtown Trick or Treat, per the Richland County Health Department we are unable to have the parade.
Trick or Treat will take place throughout downtown beginning at 11:00 AM with lots of downtown merchants participating. Event maps with participating merchant locations are available online at facebook.com/downtownmansfield or www.shopdineexploreandmore.com.
Downtown Mansfield Incorporated’s mission is to stimulate economic development, improve the appearance and create a positive image of the downtown as a desirable place to work, live, shop and invest.
The City of Shelby is proposing to make improvements on Main Street from Mansfield Avenue/Broadway to Gamble Street and is seeking public comments about the project.
Improvements include new curbing, crosswalks, sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, lighting, storm sewer, street trees, and furniture. The construction will be funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
No right of way will be purchased with the project. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be maintained with detours at times. The City will work with the contractor and local businesses to ensure closures to entrances for sidewalk pours, etc. are limited to non-business hours. More…
By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher
Not only is the entire world reeling from the impact of the pandemic, but it has impacted things close to home as well. Richland County schools, businesses, local governments, churches, and more are facing unique and difficult scenarios on a daily basis. People are struggling with illness and uncertainty everywhere you look.
Here at 1812Blockhouse, the specter of COVID-19 struck about a week and a half ago and became all too real. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that it prompted not only concerns, but was part of what prompted a week-long hospital stay — something completely out of the blue. More…