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Current COVID-19 Hospitalization Levels Reach Record High

24 Jul , 2020  

By: Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Hospital rolls of COVID-19 patients soared to a record high Wednesday as a month-long surge in new cases has spilled over into Ohio’s hospitalization counts.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health reported there are nearly 1,100 Ohioans currently in the hospital with COVID-19, the respiratory and vascular disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The active patient load peaked in early May (when the state began reporting the data point) with about 1,050 people hospitalized. It then tumbled down to a low in late June before marching upward ever since. More…

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Youth: Show Off Your Inner Tarzan

24 Jul , 2020  

Updated on July 23: The Renaissance Theatre will extend auditions for the MY Theatre production of Disney’s Tarzan: The Stage Musical through August 1, 2020.  Audition dates have been extended in order to accommodate the production’s new performance dates of January 15-17, 2021.

Our original post follows:


The Renaissance Theatre will hold auditions for the MY Theatre production of Disney’s Tarzan: The Stage Musical via video submission, through July 15, 2020. Those auditioning must be 18 years of age or younger (unless still attending high school) during the 2020-21 school year and should be no younger than 7 years of age. More…

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Renaissance Postpones Start Of Season

23 Jul , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association will be postponing the official start of its 2020-21 Season.

In previous years, the start of the Season was highlighted by a summer Broadway musical production in July and August. For this season, the start will begin with the Park National Bank Broadway Series production of Cabaret, October 2-11. Patrons who have already purchased tickets for affected events will have their tickets transferred to the postponement dates automatically; or, patrons can contact the Renaissance Box Office for exchange or refund options. More…

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Wide Range Of Subjects Covered During Wednesday Briefing

23 Jul , 2020  

By: State of Ohio; 1812Blockhouse

The Governor of Ohio covered a number of topics during his Wednesday briefing. Afterward, the following was released by the State of Ohio.

Topics covered include: the new statewide mask mandate, a statewide travel warning, informal gatherings, county fairs, a congressional letter, unemployment rates, hospital indicators, new public service announcements, and current COVID-19 data:

STATEWIDE MASK ORDER

Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. More…

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Blacksmith Shop Proposal Heard By City Council

23 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Tuesday’s marathon set of meetings for Mansfield City Council saw that body review over 20 pieces of legislation. Over the coming days, we will review several of those measures.

It may not have a big price tag, but a request of the Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) was one of the items on Tuesday that caused the most discussion.

Bill #20-145, which received a first reading, is a measure which would grant a license to REACH to erect a blacksmith’s shop in South Park in the vicinity of both the Blockhouse and the newly-constructed cabin. More…

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COPS Grant Approved By Mansfield Council

22 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Tuesday’s marathon set of meetings for Mansfield City Council saw that body review over 20 pieces of legislation. Over the coming days, we will review several of those measures.

One of those ordinances with a significant impact for the City involved possible acceptance of a COPS Hiring Program Grant in the amount of $ 1,083,097 through the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”).

As explained by Police Chief Keith Porch, the monies represent a three-year grant which will cover the wages and benefits for four new police officers. In the fourth year, the City has to agree to keep those officers employed in the Division of Police and to cover 100% of those same expenses. More…

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DeWine Calls For Ohio House Speaker’s Resignation

22 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

A whirlwind day at the Ohio Statehouse found Governor Mike DeWine making a call for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.

The move came shortly after US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers, revealed details of a year-long investigation resulting in racketeering charges being levied against the Speaker and others.

Allegations are that Householder operated an organization, Generation Now, that funneled a substantial sum from an unidentified company to 21 political candidates, and also to an effort to thwart a referendum designed to repeal House Bill 6, a $1.3 billion dollar energy bailout eventually passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by the Governor. More…

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Ohio Geneaglocial Society Reopens Library; Unveils New Website

21 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Updated: See below.

Did you know that Richland County was home to one of the major centers for family history research in this part of the United States?

It’s the Samuel D. Isaly Library on State Route 97, just east of Bellville, home to some 60,000 bound volumes, census records, Bible records, newspapers, county genealogical society publications, and lineage documents submitted for various family history groups in the state. More…

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Latest COVID-19 Numbers From Richland Public Health Reflect Active Case Increase

20 Jul , 2020  

On Friday, July 17, Richland Public Health included the following categories and numbers in its report. The numbers in parenthesis represent the total as of Monday, July 13.

The numbers reflect a rise of approximately 13% last week in terms of active cases.

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Shiloh Ox Roast Boasts A Lot Of Beef

20 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

6.000 pounds of beef is a lot of cow!

That is what’s on offer this year at the 54th Annual Shiloh Ox Roast, an event that will look quite a bit different than years past — but which will taste just the same.

The normal, full lineup of food will be on hand, including sales of beef, baked beans, potato salad, hot dogs, cake, and pie — and a corn roast. All bulk orders will be in provided carryout containers; no private containers allowed. Other food vendors will also be present. More…

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Mansfield Police: Mask Reminder And Hotline Established

18 Jul , 2020  

The following news release was shared by the Mansfield Division of Police late on Friday afternoon concerning Richland County’s move to Level 3::

The Mansfield Division of Police wants to remind the community that effective at 6:00 PM this evening, masks or facial coverings are required for everyone when they are out in public. We want to encourage the community to be mindful of the mandate and wear a mask or face covering. While the Mansfield Division of Police can enforce the mandate, it is our hope that the community will voluntarily comply with the public health order as enforcement is the last option. More…

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning July 19

18 Jul , 2020  

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 July 19.

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Northwest County Farmers Act To Conserve Land

18 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District has shared news that two northwest Richland County farmers have acted to preserve over 300 acres of farmland.

Through the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Local Agriculture Easement Program, better known as the Ohio Farmland Preservation Program, Ohio farmers can receive compensation for placing acreage with a qualified organization that can project the area from development in perpetuity. More…

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Columbus Statue To Remain On Ohio Statehouse Grounds For Now

17 Jul , 2020  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus will not be removed from the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse until at least 2025, officials said Thursday.

The 9-foot-tall, copper statue of Columbus, in place since 1932, will remain erected in front of the Statehouse in the largest city that bears the explorer’s name until a formal process for removal is undergone by the agency that manages the grounds.

In its first meeting since January, one prompted by divisions of the sculpture, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board voted to draft rules for the first time that would outline a policy of removing a statue or monument off of Capital Grounds — but with a long timeline. More…