As part of 1812Blockhouse’s coverage of other local media (we believe we’re the only one that does so, by the way), we share news of change at the venerable Mansfield News Journal.
Not a change in the print version, at least as far as we are aware. Instead, we refer instead to recent changes to the News Journal’s online home.
The News Journal on the web has come a long way since this edition which was published on May 2002. For some time, the paper has been owned by Gannett, the country’s largest media chain.
This week, the website has been updated with a new design and presentation, one which apparently is being adopted in most if not all Gannett locations. More…
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced recently that nearly six dozen local victim service projects have been awarded a total of $3.2 million to safely support victims of crime.
A total of 66 projects will be funded by grants through the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) grants program. A Richland County non-profit organization was a recipient.
“This vital funding will help prevent incidents of family violence and provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims and dependents,” said Governor DeWine. More…
Update: In remarks on Thursday afternoon, Governor DeWine shared, “I don’t know where I got it. Frankly, we just can’t figure it out.”
Dewine shared that he intended to undertake his regular duties while in quarantine at his Cedarville home. “I feel fine,” the Governor said, noting that he had had a headache today.
Original story is below:
Governor Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19.
The test came as a part of standard procedures before DeWine was to greet President Trump Thursday morning at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport. More…
The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, has announced recipients for its second round of Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Awards. Two awards were made to Richland County insitutions.
According to its website, OCJS is the lead justice planning and assistance office for the state, administering millions of dollars in state and federal criminal justice funding every year. OCJS also evaluates programs and develops technology, training, and products for criminal justice professionals and communities. More…
There’s no question that Lexington-Springmill Road is a busy place these days.
The trucks and cars may have created more than one loud roar during Wednesday morning’s ribbon cutting at the new campus entrance sign for the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College, but the enthusiasm and excitement were clearly evident.
Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development President Jodie Perry introduced the Facebook Live event, calling the new entrance and sign a “great new front door.” More…
By 1812Blockhouse; Richland County Park District
An annual event that celebrates all things creepy-crawley that also fly will be taking place this weekend with the 7th Annual Richland County Park District Pollinator & Native Plant Festival.
The event actually begins on Wednesday with the visit of Fran LeMasters and her “All a Flutter” live butterfly exhibit, which you can actually physically enter and have the opportunity to interact with native butterfly species. Come inside and visit live butterflies from the caterpillar, larvae, and flying stage, including feeding.
LeMasters will be at the Gorman Nature Center from Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 4 PM (on Thursday, the hours will be somewhat limited due to another event at the Center. More…
For the second consecutive day, Ohio is reporting fewer than 1,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases.
On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 916 new cases, bringing Ohio’s total to 88,134.
Through Friday, Ohio had reported more than 1,000 new cases in 23 of the past 24 days, including Thursday’s pandemic record of 1,649. More…
By: ODOT District Three; 1812Blockhouse
ODOT District Three 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 August 2. More…
The Renaissance Theatre has added three August shows to its summer drive-in series called the ‘Ren Backlot.’ These installations consist of film screenings, sing-alongs, and live performances featuring local talent in the back parking lot of the theatre; food trucks and concessions are often on-site.
The added shows are Newsies: In Concert, You Can’t Stop the Beat: The Best of the Ren Broadway Series and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which are all part of the Avita Innovation Concert Series.
Newsies: In Concert will take place on August 7 and 8 at 9:00 PM. One of the Ren’s biggest hits returns in a concert version, reuniting original cast members and featuring video and photo footage from the Renaissance’s 2018 production. More…
Revised levels for Ohio counties under the state’s Public Health Advisory System were announced today in Columbus.
The news was generally positive throughout the state. Of those counties with elevated levels (Level 3 and higher), 13 remained at Level 3, and nine counties were downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2.
The one county that showed the biggest downgrade in severity was Richland County, which fell from Level 3 to Level 1, the lowest level available. More…
The last day of July is here, which means that it is only two and a half months before the planned opening of the new Garden Gateway at Kingwood Center Gardens.
In the most recently post in Kingwood’s “Project Blog,” several photos are shared of the current state of landscaping around the new structure as well as the reconstructed “allee” which stretches to the north of Kingwood Hall. That post can be viewed below. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Thursday chose former state Supreme Court justice and current Rep. Bob Cupp to lead the Ohio House, replacing the speaker ousted hours earlier amid a scandal.
House members voted in favor of the veteran lawmaker from Lima on Thursday afternoon after a private Republican caucus. It followed a historic, unanimous House vote earlier in the day to remove Rep. Larry Householder as speaker because he was indicted in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme.
Cupp was elevated in a more divided vote and then was immediately sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French. He said he was sorry to be leading “in such difficult and trying and unprecedented times” but promised to do so fairly and humbly and to prioritize transparency and accountability. More…
The Richland Soil & Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Board is seeking interested, conservation-minded, local leaders to promote conservation of the county’s natural resources through education, planning and technical assistance which are key to the success of the District.
Two Board Supervisors will be publicly elected by a special general election held during the District’s Annual Celebration on November 5 and begin their term in January 2021. Board Supervisors are elected to a three-year term as public officials. Supervisors advocate for the District, participate in monthly board meetings, assist with programs and services, and attend area and state meetings.
Anyone who is a resident of Richland County and at least 18 years old is eligible to run for Board Supervisor. Nominations of candidates for the Richland SWCD Board of Supervisors may be made two ways: More…