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Mansfield Radio Station Changing Hands, According To Industry Publication

17 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

A Mansfield radio station is changing hands, according to a broadcasting media publication AllAccess.com.

The site, which is said to be the web’s largest radio and music industry community, has shared that radio station WVMC will soon have new ownership after a recent transaction and approval by the FCC.

WVMC-FM went on the air in 1979 and has been owned by Mansfield Christian School. It has recently broadcast under a contemporary praise and worship music format.

According to the article, Mansfield Christian has agreed to sell the station to Soaring Eagle Promotions, Inc. for $190, 000. This price includes $20,000 in cash and $170,000 in a promissory note.

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A Chapter Ends As Bookstore Announces Closure

9 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a sad day on Main Street.

In an announcement on its website, Mansfield’s “Bookstore Lady,” Llalan Fowler, manager of Main Street Books, announced that the county’s only independent bookstore will be closing.

The last day for the store will be on Saturday, September 26.

In the post, Fowler shared words of gratitude.

“As the manager for over nine years, I want to thank all of you who have supported the bookstore. It’s not easy for independent bookstores to survive anywhere, but is especially challenging in little towns like Mansfield. I fought day in and out to keep the bookstore open, but it was ultimately a losing battle,” the statement shared. More…

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Support Local Entrepreneurs At Social On Main

2 Sep , 2020  

Local small business find a spot at Social on Main.

No doubt this year has been rough on small businesses all over. At Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI), we’ve opened up our newly renovated storefront and will be welcoming small business. On Friday, September 4 from 12-8 and Saturday September 5 from 10-4, stop in 128 North Main Street and shop with entrepreneurs growing their small business right here in downtown Mansfield.

We are excited to bring you Winnie James Boutique, Calla Lily Yarn Works, Jessiegail’s Jazzed Up Junk, Papparazzi, Mani Adventures with Alyssa, GJRP 3D Printing, Lola & Lily’s Pastry Shop, Star Dazzlerzz and more. More…

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Home Asian Bistro Opens In Former Wokano Location

23 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Fans of Chinese and Thai food take note. Home Asian Bistro, Richland County’s newest eatery, opened this past week at 2067 West Fourth Street (the former Wokano’s Restaurant in front of Gabe’s).

Officials from Richland County Chamber & Economic Development were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony, as was Ontario City officials. More…

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Retail Apocalypse, COVID, Economy Combine To Change Ontario Retail, Restaurants

19 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the last twelve months, a number of divergent factors have combined to change the face of shopping in the city of Ontario, north central Ohio’s largest retail center.

In some cases, local stores and restaurants have fallen victim to chain-wide bankruptcies and closures; in others, there are signs of renewal, with some new faces joining the retail mix.

The so-called “retail apocalypse,” the closing of retailers facing dwindling sales in the face of the growth of ecommerce, has now been joined by the fact that many retailers were considered “nonessential” and therefore shuttered for weeks at the beginning of Ohio’s COVID-19 response. More…

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The Times, They Are A-Changin’

16 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield has a new online news site.

Well, in a way it does.

In the last five years, Richland County has seen the closing of one weekly newspaper, the Bellville Star, and the arrival of a new independent online news site, 1812Blockhouse. Other than that, the media scene has been rather stable with daily and weekly print publications, as well as another independent online site and a TV/online newsroom, continuing to operate.

A newcomer has possibly joined that mix. More…

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Ribbon Cutting Held For Emerson Expansion

12 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, officials from Emerson Automation Solutions joined officials from the Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The 23,000 square foot expansion of Emerson’s operations on Park Avenue West in Ontario will bring an increase of nearly a million dollars in annual payroll.

The expansion will accommodate a new product line designed, engineered and manufactured at the Richland County plant and growth of the legacy business. With this opportunity, Emerson plans to hire 20 new employees while retaining its current workforce of 174. More…

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Richland County, More Slurpees Are Coming

11 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Get ready to enjoy more Slurpees.

Richland County’s seven Speedway locations are soon to become 7-Elevens after the sale of the Speedway chain by Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Marathon recently announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc., a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Seven & I Holdings Co., Ltd, whereby 7-Eleven will acquire Speedway for $21 billion in cash. More…

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84 Lumber Opens New Truss Plant

10 Aug , 2020  

84 Lumber, the nation’s largest privately held building materials supplier, is continuing to expand with its newest truss plant opening in Mansfield. The plant is fully automated and outfitted with the latest design software, computerized saws and laser projection equipment. It is now building trusses and servicing customers throughout the Columbus and Cleveland markets.

“The need for engineered and manufactured wood products is rapidly increasing in Ohio and across the country,” said Ken Kucera, vice president of installed sales and manufacturing at 84 Lumber. “We’re excited to be fulfilling that need and following through with our growth plans in 2020, and we have big plans to continue expanding throughout the rest of the year.” More…

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Richland Mall Losing National Retailer

30 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Another national chain is closing multiple locations in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. One of those locations shutting its doors is at 663 Richland Mall.

Ascena, the New Jersey-based parent company of chains including Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, and more, has announced closure of 1,600 of its 2,800 current stores. More…

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Law You Can Use: Returning To Work During The COVID-19 Pandemic

20 Jul , 2020  

By: David Truman, Ohio Capital Journal

Whether you’ve been working from home or laid off during the coronavirus pandemic, the decision of whether to return to the workplace pushes on the need for regular income and pulls at fears of the pandemic.

How do you decide? The details matter, and every situation is different, but these factors are important to consider in virtually every case.

Losing Unemployment Eligibility More…

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Mask Up At These Richland County Retailers

19 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Several national retailers have announced facial covering requirements for customers in the last several days.

Of course, with its current Level 3 status under Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, everyone in Richland County is required to wear a facial covering while in these stores. Nevertheless, once that level is reduced, these requirements may well continue for the foreseeable future.

Here is a list of several of those retailers with operations in Richland County. Please note that this is undoubtedly an incomplete list.

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What’s Old Is New Again: Charley’s Reportedly Reopening In Ontario

17 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

For two years, the former Charley’s Philly Steak restaurant building has sat in a forlorn condition on the northeast corner of West Fourth Street and Lexington-Springmill Road.

According to a report Thursday on WMFD.com, that is about to change.

Since its closure, the empty building has generated a great deal of interest, in large part because of its prime location on one of the busiest intersections in Richland County. More…

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Restaurant Workers Choose Between Earning Money And Risking Infection

12 Jul , 2020  

by Abbey Marshall, The Devil Strip

When Tori Haye went to the hospital in the first few weeks of the stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic, they found out they had Type 1 diabetes: Immunocompromised during a pandemic.

An employee at both Mr. Zub’s Deli and Nervous Dog Coffee Bar, the 21-year-old had been one of the 1.36 million Ohioans who filed for unemployment since Gov. Mike DeWine announced statewide shutdowns and restrictions in March. At that time, restaurants were restricted to carry-out only, but they were permitted to reopen for dine-in starting at the end of May.

Now, only weeks after their diagnosis, Tori is facing a question many bartenders, baristas and servers are contemplating: Do I risk my life in order to support my livelihood? More…

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Richland Mall Losing Chuck E Cheese

30 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

]The sound of games and the smell of pizza will be a thing of the past at Richland Mall, as the local Chuck E Cheese operation is closing its doors.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a filing this past week. In doing so, it identified some 45 stores nationwide that it does not intend to reopen. These represent almost ten percent of the chain’s 550 stores. More…

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