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Mansfield, England Faces Pandemic With Resolve And Sense Of Community

3 Apr , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: We are happy to be sharing posts from Mansfield’s Sister City, Mansfield, England, in the county of Nottinghamshire, through our new relationship with the Mansfield and Ashfield News-Journal. We are posting these both to acquaint our readers with how the coronavirus is impacting those in other parts of the world and, in particular, in a city with which we have a close bond.

Across the pond, the United Kingdom is facing the coronavirus epidemic with clear resolve and a strong sense of community.

On Thursday, the current figure of those infected with the virus in the UK stood at 33,718 with a total of 2,921 deaths.

This story was posted on Thursday in the Mansfield and Ashfield News-Journal:


Nottinghamshire County Council, working alongside the seven district and borough councils, has launched Phase Two of the Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub. The Hub has been designed to offer advice and support to communities over the coming weeks and is a lifeline for vulnerable people, families and residents who can’t leave their homes or who are self-isolating at home. More…

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City Of Mansfield Shares Info About Clear Fork Campground Temporary Closure

2 Apr , 2020  

Shared on Wednesday afternoon by the City of Mansfield:

The City of Mansfield and the Clear Fork Reservoir campground prioritizes the health and safety of our community, the campers, and our employees. Due to the Coronavirus we are heeding the orders of our national, state, and local health officials.

We will not be opening the Clear Fork Reservoir Campground until further notice or the Governor lifts his stay at home order. This is in response to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) order that all persons stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity. We will continue to follow the guidance of the ODH and provide updates should this order be extended. More…

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Grandparent Scam Means $2400 Loss

1 Apr , 2020  

Ohio police say woman lost $2,400 in ‘grandparent scam

MANSFIELD, Ohio – A woman lost $2,400 in a so-called “grandparent scam” after receiving a call that her grandson was in jail, police in Ohio said. The 76-year-old woman in Mansfield in north-central Ohio received the call Wednesday from a man claiming to be her grandson’s lawyer, according to Mansfield police.

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Ohio, Richland Census Response Rates Exceed National Average

1 Apr , 2020  

April 1 is known as “Census Day,” as it is the official reference date used for the US Census, conducted every ten years since 1790.

This year’s version will be different for a couple of important reasons.

First, this is the first federal census which has included the ability for residents to self respond not only via the mail, but also by phone and online. The form is also available in a total of 12 languages for the first time. More…

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Foundation Announces COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

31 Mar , 2020  

In a Monday afternoon announcement on Facebook, Richland County Foundation President Brady Groves shared decisions made earlier in the day during a Foundation Board meeting.

After reaching an undestanding of the situation through discussions with community leaders, the response will include the following: More…

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FDA Gives Total Go-Ahead To Battelle

30 Mar , 2020  

FDA approves technology to sterilize masks at full capacity in Ohio, other states

Earlier on Sunday, DeWine and Husted expressed deep disappointment in the FDA’s decision to limit the use of the technology. The FDA originally authorized Battelle to sterilize only 10,000 surgical masks in Ohio each day, despite Battelle’s ability to sterilize up to 160,000 masks per day in Ohio alone.

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Richland Coronavirus Information Page Now Working

30 Mar , 2020  

As we shared in a recent post, 1812Blockhouse’s new Richland Coronavirus Information Page went live this Saturday.

On Sunday, the site was expanded to include informational pages, or news pages with virus-related information, from Richland County local governments and school districts.

Information from Sunday’s news conference in Columbus was also included, and will be augmented with local media stories and more. The site is updated at least once every 2-3 hours, giving our readers the latest information we can find to make important decisions for their lives and businesses. More…

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Governor Appeals To FDA And Private Labs For Help

29 Mar , 2020  

by: Julie Westfall, Mahoning Matters

Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday made several appeals as the coronavirus crisis continues in the state and across the country.

He appealed to the federal Food and Drug Administration to approve a process designed by an Ohio lab that will allow it to sterilize a potential hundreds of thousands of medical masks a day.

“We’ve been on the phone with the FDA and this is a public appeal. Please do this. It really is truly a matter of life and death. We need to protect our people who are risking their lives every single day,” he said. More…

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Congrats To Sgt. Joe Harwood

29 Mar , 2020  

The Winning Photos of the Military Visual Awards for 2019

The Military Visual Awards has announced its winning photographs for 2019, honoring the best military photos captured worldwide over the past year. This was the first year the competition wasn’t limited to the United States – photographers and videographers from across the globe could submit entries, and over 2,000 photos and videos were sent in.

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The World Has Changed. The News Has Changed. 1812Blockhouse Is Changing.

29 Mar , 2020  

On Saturday, we launched the new Richland Coronavirus Information Page.

The last two weeks have altered the landscape in so many ways and for so many people, as Richland County’s families and businesses have coped with the unthinkable. With each new day, the ground is shaken under our collective feet and we are finding ourselves working hard to maintain our balance. More…

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Flash Flood Watch Through Late Saturday Morning

27 Mar , 2020  

Flash Flood Watch issued through Saturday morning

FLASH FLOODING POTENTIAL TONIGHT ACROSS THE U.S. 30 CORRIDOR WEST OF I-71 A warm front is expected to lift north into the area tonight. A line of storms with heavy rain is expected to linger around the U.S. 30 corridor late tonight and into late Saturday morning.

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Ohio Department Of Health Launches New Interactive COVID-19 Dashboard

27 Mar , 2020  

Ohioans have come to dread the middle of the afternoon.

Earlier this week, the regular 2:00 PM daily online update from the Ohio Department of Health shared many of the same numbers concerning the COVID-19 virus, but did not have a county by county breakdown of the statistics shared.

Today, the new COVID-19 Ohio Dashboard was added to the State of Ohio’s official virus information page at coronavirus.ohio.gov which provides not only case numbers by county but also key metrics including the number of hospitalizations and deaths for each. More…

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