By: 1812Blockhouse; Renaissance Performing Arts Association release
It seems like a long, long time ago. On March 13, we carried the sad tidings that the Renaissance Theatre was making the first cancellations of its live events.
In the weeks which have followed, the creative folks at the Renaissance have been extremely busy — first with introducing new online programming such as the QuaRENtine Creations and Classroom Sessions, and then with planning an outdoor musical together with a series of moves under the stars in the Ren Backlot.
The time has come for the theatre to reopen, and on Wednesday the Renaissance Performing Arts Association shared the following release detailing its plans for that process as it applies to the health of patrons, performers, and backstage staff: More…
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is excited to announce the expansion of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) into Richland County.
This program helps provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Participants will receive $50 worth of coupons though the growing season to use at participating farmers’ markets and stands. More…
Quick upcoming holiday-related question — What was the day of the week on which our country was born?
If you guessed “Thursday,” good for you. This year, however, the Fourth of July conveniently falls on a Saturday, giving some local communities the chance to do a weekend fireworks show.
Or, in the case of the City of Ontario, what is billed as the “…largest and longest fireworks show ever detonated in Richland County.”
Ontario’s Boom Festival arrives on Saturday at Marshall Park. More…
Since news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke in March, we have engaged in two types of coverage for our readers.
First, we created a single page compendium of links and stories that were updated each day. Then, after a month or so of that approach, we changed to a page of curated links which we also updated daily. A few weeks ago, the “new news” on the pandemic was reduced to the point that we simply inserted stories into our regular news flow. More…
By: Kingwood Center Gardens, 1812Blockhouse
As it is said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Or, in other words, when life gives one lemons, the best thing to do is to make lemonade.
That is just what’s happening at Kingwood Center Gardens this year. In a similar manner to the folks at the Renaissance Theatre downtown, Kingwood is moving activities outside — a beautiful place to be.
Their Live on the Lawn summer concert series is returning for a third year, providing free musical entertainment on the South Lawn. More…
By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal
When a state Senate staffer tested positive for COVID-19 early this (past) week, bipartisan leadership found a rare moment of agreement: Mum is the word.
A spokesman for the GOP Senate President refused to answer questions when rumors of the positive test leaked out. A spokeswoman for the Democratic Minority Leader deferred comment to Republican leadership. The local health department said it’s the employer’s decision who gets to know. More…
By: ODOT District Three; 1812Blockhouse Staff
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 June 28. More…
By: Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal
More than half of the Ohioans who contracted COVID-19 in June are less than 40 years-old, a sign that new cases are skewing younger in the newly reopened economy.
In May, people in the age group comprised about 41% of the month’s new cases, according to a spreadsheet analysis of state data released Wednesday.
The Ohio trend mirrors similar patterns in Texas and Florida, where officials have connected the younger cases to parties and bar outings. More…
Technically, it both is — and is not yet — in our backyard. Seriously, though, it couldn’t get much closer to coming through Richland County.
At this time last year, we shared a post on 1808Delaware relaying news that promoters of the Great American Rail-Trail had unveiled a preferred route for the project.
In reality, while not actually traversing Richland County, the route uses the Ohio to Erie Trail, which crosses Knox County about 15 miles south of the county line. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
Ohio reported a slight decrease in daily coronavirus cases Tuesday with 590, following a series of higher-than-average day-to-day increases.
Gov. Mike DeWine, along with his wife Fran and Lt. Gov Jon Husted, got tested for the virus during the live briefing Tuesday, a day after the state reported 729 cases, its largest daily increase since May 21.
The state had reported 700 cases Thursday, which DeWine identified as a “worrisome” rise in cases in five southwestern Ohio counties. Those counties are Clark, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren. More…
On Tuesday, the Mansfield Art Center joined those cultural institutions which have reopened to the public after a multi-week COVID-19 caused closure.
The Center, housed in an award-winning glass and wood building and sitting on 8.5 wooded acres, will be open from 11 AM until 4 PM each Tuesday through Sunday. All guests will be required to wear masks, and social distancing rules will apply for all. More…
The Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games have been canceled, but that didn’t stop the Mansfield Police Department from having their annual Torch Run to support the athletes in Richland County.
The Torch Run was held last Friday, June 19. About a dozen of Mansfield’s police officers and Richland Newhope staff started the Torch Run at The Mansfield Art Center and ended at the Fraternal Order of Police Memorial at the southeast corner of the square downtown. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
The new AutoZone location at the corner of West Fourth and Lexington-Springmill is going up quickly this summer, as this Sunday evening photo demonstrates.
The $2.5 million project, which replaced a former commercial building facing Lexington-Springmill, is slated to be completed this fall.
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
The Richland County Engineer’s Office is a busy place these days.
According to the office website, projects are currently underway in the following locations: More…