Shelby, a community with a real sense of shared heritage, came together on a beautiful Friday morning to mark a milestone in preserving that history that took place 38 years ago.
Local government leaders and guests joined to dedicate a historic marker that commemorates placement of much of the downtown area on the National Register of Historic Places. This took place in 1982, Shelby Historic Preservation Commission Christina Drain told those assembled, however this is the first time that achievement has been publicly recognized. More…
Did you know that one of the oldest continually operated firehouses in the country is right here in Richland County?
The 1872 Historic Engine House on Main Street in downtown Shelby is a survivor. The second oldest of its kind in Ohio, it anchors one corner of the Shelby Center Historic District, which itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As the Independent News shared in July, 1872, Shelby City Council purchased “…one of Button’s first class Hand Fire Engines, two Hose Carts, and one thousand feet of Hose” to outfit the building and fire department. The advertisement for contractors later that year called for a brick building 30 by 45 feet in size with a tin roof. The fire engine cost $1,700, the building itself cost $4,000, and the entire expense came in at $10,000. More…
As July winds down, thoughts to turn to August and the start of school.
What “school” looks like this particular year, however, is not only still being decided in Richland County school districts, but it is very likely that not all districts will be educating students in the same ways.
One district that is currently reaching out to parents is Shelby City Schools. More…
Many Ohio communities are facing difficulties over the last few weeks caused by an unseen agent.
No, we’re not talking about COVID-19. We’re talking about heat. It’s been an unusually warm and humid summer in Richland County, and air conditioners, fans, and other cooling devices have been running at full tilt.
Excessive use can lead to difficulties for energy companies. For municipal electric systems, like those in Shelby and Galion, they can have ramifications not only on systems, but on the cost of power itself. More…
Just think — sometime a couple of years from now, a Shelby resident can stream their favorite movie through their own municipality’s broadband network.
As part of its effort to assess the opportunities for high speed interest service for the entire community, the City of Shelby is currently taking steps to determine what citizens think of the idea.
To that end, the City has authorized an online survey to help determine if a municipal broadband utility would work. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse; Community Improvement Corporation of Shelby
Shelby Bicycle Days is an integral part of the summer event season not only in northern Richland County, but in the entire area. This year, organizers faced the daunting realization that hosting a healthy festival, one that emphasized safe family fun, required that some changes be made.
The result is a different look version of Bicycle Days.
As shared by event organizations, the festival will include: More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
Consistent with the experience of other local communities, the City of Shelby is finding out that the COVID-19 hit on city finances is not as bad as first suspected.
In fact, when Shelby City Council’s Finance Committee met on Monday, the financial news was rather positive as Director of Finance Brian Crum led members through spreadsheets delineating fund balances, income, and expenditures.
The following were among highlights shared: More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
It’s getting to be quite the trend in Richland County, as local governments update their web presence in an effort to keep citizens informed and potential investors impressed.
This past week, we shared news of the City of Ontario’s brand-new website which presents their community in a new way.
Not to be outdone, the City of Shelby is the latest municipality in the area to activate a new website. In this case, however, they launched three new ones — for the City of Shelby, the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), and the Shelby City Health Department. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
At its regular Council meeting on Monday evening, Shelby City Council heard an update on city finances that contained some generally good news.
Finance and Personnel Committee Chairperson Garland John Gates shared a financial report that included a general review of fund balances. Gates said that year to date income tax income is actually up over 2019, and that the City’s General Fund is in basically “good shape.” More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; American Municipal Power
At Monday evening’s meeting of Shelby City Council, Mayor Steven Schag has a bit of good news to share with those gathered.
The meeting in question was held in-person as one of the only public meetings in the area that have continued to be held in that manner. The April 20 meeting of Council was also held in that manner.
In his comments, Schag told members that the City of Shelby had received recognition from American Municipal Power (AMP) for safety levels at the City’s electric transmission facilities. More…
Media site WMFD.com reported Tuesday afternoon that Shelby has its first confirmed COVID-19 case.
According to the post, which can be accessed here, the Shelby City Health Department is addressing the situation pursuant to ODH protocols.
1812Blockhouse will share additional details as they become known.
On Thursday, Shelby Mayor Steven Schag declared a state of emergency in the City of Shelby concerning local impact of the COVID-19/Coronavirus.
In his two page order, Mayor Schag covered a number of points related to City operations, facilities, and personnel. A copy of the order is below. More…
Your health is your wealth, so the saying goes. It’s important to take care of your health because it tends to be one of those things we don’t appreciate until it’s gone.
North Central State College of Nursing is bringing a Community Health Fair to Shelby on February 27. The event will be hosted by the Shelby YMCA (111 West Smiley Avenue) and is open to everyone. There is no charge, so attending is a no-brainer. More…
CLEVELAND – An overnight winter storm dumped several inches of snow across Northeast Ohio on Thursday morning. The National Weather Service has released its “unofficial” snowfall amounts taken over the last 12 hours, with the highest amounts registered in Brunswick and at the Akron-Canton Airport.