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26 Jan , 2021  



All About Richland

COVID-19 State, Local Snapshot: Monday, January 25

26 Jan , 2021  

By: Mahoning Matters Staff; 1812Blockhouse

According to the latest figures on Monday from the Ohio Department of Health, the state is reporting 760,837 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, to date — 3,215 more than reported Sunday,The weekly volume of virus testing statewide continues a slump that began in late November. The average percent of positive tests, however, also continues to trend downward and has reached its lowest point since early November.

So far this month, agencies statewide have administered an average 10,287 fewer tests per day than in December. More…

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All About Richland

OSU Mansfield Announces Spring 2021 Theatre Plans

26 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, The Ohio State University at Mansfield announced its Spring 2021 Theatre plans. Comic Shorts, will provide audiences an opportunity to smile and laugh. These entertaining and fun online performances will feature comedy shorts and will be presented free to the public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26.

Auditions for Comic Shorts will take place on January 25 and 26 from 6 to 8 PM. There are multiple parts available and members of the community are welcome to audition. All rehearsals will take place virtually.

More information on auditions and how audiences can view performances are available at https://mansfield.osu.edu/theatre.

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 97

26 Jan , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Richland County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. Other “Everything You Always Wanted To Know” posts in this series are available here.

It is not the longest, or the most-traveled, highway in the state or even the region.

Along its length, however, which runs almost 35 miles along farm fields, along rivers, and through small towns, State Route 97 adds a lot to the character of this place we call home. It even boasts the birthplace of a United States President! More…

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All Things Business

NECIC Offering Microbusiness Development Course

25 Jan , 2021  

The main barrier to starting your own business? Not taking action.

By Edward Akinyemi/NECIC

Imagine this scenario. You have a great business idea that you know would fix a problem that many of us have. Not only is it a very real problem, but it’s also one that costs people a lot of wasted time, energy, and money. Would people be willing and able to pay for a product/service to solve this issue? You’re not entirely sure, but you have a pretty good hunch that the answer might be yes. More…

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All About Richland

How Many Vaccine Shots Go to Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting

25 Jan , 2021  

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by Ryan Gabrielson, Caroline Chen and Mollie Simon, ProPublica

As reports emerge across the country of health facilities throwing out unused and spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, some state governments are failing to track the wastage as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving officials coordinating immunization efforts blind to exactly how many of the precious, limited doses are going into the trash and why. More…

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Grande Dame Of Science Fiction

25 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today, we deviate just a bit by looking at the life of someone who may have never lived in Mansfield, but lies buried in Mansfield Cemetery and has strong familial connections to the city.

Her birth name was Mary Alice Norton, but her legions of fans know her by her pseudonym, Andre Norton. Other pseudonyms used by Norton included Andrew North and Allen Weston. More…

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All About Richland

ODNR Talks Woodpeckers

24 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This winter, the Ohio Department of National Resources (ODNR) is offering Ohioans an opportunity to attend webinars touching on nature and Ohio history.

First up is a look at Ohio’s Woodpeckers, which will take place this Wednesday, January 27 from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Here are come questions for you:

Why do woodpeckers chisel, peck, and pull away bark and wood? More…

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Schools

County Spelling Bees Held; Winners Crowned

24 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The 2021 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place a little differently this year, including transitioning the format to a virtual setting in order to abide by social distancing protocols. The students and coaches from 14 districts adapted well to the virtual format making the bees a great success. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned.

The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 14. Participating schools were Highland Local Schools, Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools, Northmor Local School District, Crestline Exempted Village School District, and Galion City Schools. More…

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All About Richland

Facade Improvement Program’s First Project Showcases Landmark Building

24 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Driving along North Main Street this weekend, something attracted our attention.

The first visible signs of Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI)’s new Facade Improvement Program became apparent over the last few days with new awnings installed on the historic Voegele Building.

The black and white awnings draw attention to the period storefront of the four story brick building, which dates to 1897. More…

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History & Tourism, Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks of Richland: All Souls Church

23 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

For over 120 years, the members of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellville have provided a high degree of care for the building their foreparents built – literally.

The building on Church Street serves a congregation whose roots in southern Richland County date back almost 200 years – to 1822. Originally occupying another structure in the village, the present structure was constructed between 1894 and 1897. More…

Schools

Teachers Unions Push DeWine To Support Schools Without ‘Coerced Preconditions’

23 Jan , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Eight teachers’ unions throughout the state are pushing Gov. Mike DeWine to rethink his timeline for school reopening and vaccine distribution.

In a joint statement distributed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers and signed by the presidents of the unions in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, the leaders expressed disappointment with DeWine’s plan, saying his administration is using the vaccine “as a bargaining chip.”

“While we expect there will be no consequences for schools that fail to meet this commitment, that doesn’t mean the Governor isn’t harming communities with this action,” the statement reads. “Parents across the state now have unrealistic expectations for a March 1 reopening that simply will not be possible in many school districts.” More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield Art Center Launches Year With Central Ohio Artists Exhibition, Book

23 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Art Center has unveiled its 2021 Exhibition Calendar, which begins with an exhibition showcasing local artists and ends with the 52nd Annual Holiday Fair this November.

This month, it is an exhibition, In Between Everywhere, which sets out to highlight the work of 42 central Ohio artists in multiple mediums and styles. Each was chosen for consistency of vision and quality of work.

Curator for the exhibition is Adam Brouillette of Blockfort Gallery. More…

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All Things Business

The Carousel Works, Inc. Files For Bankruptcy

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Carousel Works, Inc., 1285 Pollock Parkway in Mansfield, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy action on January 9, according to the website BusinessBankruptcies.com.

The action was filed in the Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Court in Columbus.

According to the filings, there are 39 creditors in the case. More…

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