The Ohio Department of Education has announced funding for educational service centers (ESC) to staff Family and Community Partnership Liaisons for the 2020-2021 school year. Three million dollars of federal CARES Act funding has been made available to fund Family and Community Partnership Liaisons in each of the 51 ESCs. Mid-Ohio ESC has contracted with Goal Digital Academy to hire Jessica Caughlan for the liaison position in response to the increased needs of school districts and families due to COVID-19. The grant and the position runs from December 2020 to November 2021. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Health
Some rather dramatic statistics were shared today by the Ohio Department of Health relating to the incidence of COVID-19 in Richland County schools.
In this case, “dramatic” is a good thing, at least for almost all districts and schools reported no new infections during the last seven days.
The exception to that rule was Crestview Schools, which appears to have had a localized outbreak. Officials there reported that 24 students and 20 staff tested positive. In the entire rest of the county there were only five cases — one student in Mansfield City Schools, one student and two staff in Shelby Schools, and two students at Pioneer in Shelby. More…
By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small committee of legislators could overrule the Ohio governor’s health orders under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday that marks the latest effort by GOP lawmakers to restrict fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A Senate bill introduced last month by lawmakers would establish “checks and balances” on DeWine’s ability to issue and keep in place executive action during an emergency, including the current coronavirus pandemic.
“As I stated before, this bill is not meant to be, in any way, an indictment of the policies that have been put in place by the administration over the course of the last 11 months,” bill co-sponsor Sen. Rob McColley said on the Senate floor. “But rather is a response.” More…
Think of neighbors of yours which have recently moved into Richland County. Or consider those friends or family which have left the area for other parts.
From where have they come and where did they go?
That is the question which the website Stacker sought to answer as it specifically considered the most common metropolitan areas in the county from which people moved to metro Columbus, and then, in reverse, where Columbus residents have been moving.
As you might expect, the largest number of those transplanting themselves from one place to another come from or go to another metropolitan area in Ohio. It might come as a little surprise, however, that the Mansfield Metropolitan Area ranks in the top 25 in both of those categories. More…
While many Richland Countians engage in the pastime, it’s not everyday that cross-stitch artworks go on display in north central Ohio.
That is precisely what is taking place from March 1 through March 14 at Kingwood Center Gardens.
Cross-stitch is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Around since the Middle Ages, the earliest known example in America was created in 1653. More…
This is the latest from the National Weather Service office in Cleveland about the Winter Storm Warning for tonight and tomorrow.
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
337 PM EST Mon Feb 15 2021
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST TUESDAY…
WHAT…Heavy snow occurring. Storm total snowfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches expected through Tuesday afternoon. Localized higher amounts may be possible for areas near the lakeshore and Snowbelt region. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
Publisher’s Note: Over the last year, we have been happy to share posts from Mansfield’s Sister City, Mansfield, England, in the county of Nottinghamshire, through our relationship with the Mansfield and Ashfield News-Journal. We are posting these 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. This story was posted on Monday in the Mansfield and Ashfield News-Journal:
The Mayor of Mansfield, Andy Abrahams, has spoken of how proud he is of the authority’s response to helping vulnerable residents and people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. More…
Mansfield City Council has a relatively light agenda on tap for their regular meeting this Tuesday night, February 16.
Only two items appear on the regular docket, with the majority of proposed pieces of legislation slated for consideration by Council in its Caucus setting.
One item previously sent through Caucus and receiving its First Reading on Tuesday deals with a transfer of funds needed to purchase computer equipment to be used in conjunction with the City’s new water meters. More…
We are taking periodic looks at a variety of things in the Richland County area – some, like today, are geographic locations; other times, they will be organizations, or causes; or even events and happenings. Each time, we will collect details from across the Internet and combine them into a single list. More…
Beginning with this post, we’re going to share links to virtual experiences from time to time that will connect Richland Countians with interesting offerings only available online.
Knock on wood, we’ll all soon be back to in-person concerts, exhibitions, and other ways to interface with our fellow human beings. For the time being, however, arts institutions across the globe have been experimenting with putting much of their offerings on the Internet. In some cases, there is a charge — but these monies defray operating costs and keep our arts institutions alive.
Here’s our first offering of five online-only experiences from the Columbus area available this month. We hope you’ll find something interesting to enjoy! More…
UPDATED — see below
Truth be told, Richland County residents have been spoiled a bit over the last couple of years, snow-wise.
That luck may be about to change.
Weather experts are sharing tidings of Winter Storm Tabitha, which is set to arrive in our neck of the woods on Monday morning. Between then and Tuesday afternoon, heavy snow is possible here. In the Mansfield area, that translates into 5 to 9 inches of the white stuff. More…
As the dates near for Richland County teachers to begin receiving vaccinations for COVID-19, the number of reported staff and student cases has been increasing again.
Two weeks ago, the weekly Thursday report showed a total of 60 new reported infections in county schools and districts. Last week, we shared the news that that number had dropped to 24 — 17 students and 7 staff members.
This Thursday, the number of reported cases rose to 70. The following schools/districts shared new infections: More…
Publisher’s Note: This story is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. 1812Blockhouse is pleased to share these stories from time to time with permission.
By Linda Poon, City Lab
When the pandemic shut down schools in March, it created a new urgency to narrow the digital gap in the U.S. as millions of students struggled to participate in remote learning because they didn’t have internet access at home. It also reinforced the reality that the divide doesn’t just exist between rural and urban communities, but also within America’s largest cities. Some 500,000 households lack reliable connection in New York City, for example; in Chicago, 1 in 5 students don’t have broadband, according to data published at the start of the pandemic. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
The Renaissance Theatre announces virtual auditions for their 2021 Summer musical, Hairspray. Auditions are open to performers ages 15 or older, and all diversities are encouraged to submit as the Renaissance maintains a policy of ethnically appropriate casting.
Performances will take place live on the Renaissance stage, July 31 – August 8, with rehearsals beginning June 29. Some roles are paid and all safety, masking and social distancing policies are strictly enforced.
Auditionees are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show, and learn a dance combination. Dance instruction videos will be made available at rentickets.org. More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
One of Ohio’s most successful white-tailed deer hunting seasons concluded Sunday, February 7 with 197,735 deer harvested, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. That total is the highest since 218,910 deer were taken during the 2012-2013 hunting season.
Richland County’s numbers were also higher than in recent years.
The final harvest totals represent all deer taken during archery, gun, muzzleloader, and youth hunting seasons that began Sept. 26, 2020. An average of 180,921 deer were harvested during the last three years. More…