Bellville, History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Poppletons

29 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

There are children who you would imagine will live or have lived interesting lives because of their names. Blessed with obviously creative parents, they set out on journeys that take them to places as unique as their monikers.

Such is the case with a set of children born in Richland County in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Poppletons. More…

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All About Richland

Clear Fork Preserve Project Receives $698,891 Grant Award

29 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse with local updates

Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz have announced plans for more than two dozen new H2Ohio wetland projects to naturally improve water quality across Ohio. 

“Our water is such an incredibly valuable resource, and building and restoring wetlands brings us closer to having cleaner water throughout the state,” said Governor DeWine. “We are making great strides through the work of H2Ohio, and I look forward to seeing even more progress in the years to come.”

Twenty-five new wetland projects will soon launch in 22 counties including Allen, Athens, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Franklin, Henry (2), Madison, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Montgomery, Ottawa, Pickaway, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Summit (3), Wayne, and Wyandot. The projects will be funded through ODNR’s $25 million H2Ohio allocation in the current state operating budget. 

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All Things Business

Ohio, Mansfield Metro Area Unemployment Rates Remain Low

28 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Preliminary June 2022 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9% in Mercer County to a high of 6.4% in Cuyahoga County according to figures released on Tuesday from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. From May, unemployment rates increased in all 88 counties. 

Eleven counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5%, including Mercer, Holmes, Putnam, Wyandot, Auglaize, Delaware,  Union, Hancock, Madison, Preble, and Wayne.

North Central Ohio counties had the following reported rates of unemployment:

  • Crawford – 5.0%
  • Richland – 4.5%
  • Huron – 4.4%
  • Morrow – 3.9%
  • Ashland – 3.8%
  • Knox – 3.8%
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All Things Business

Ohio’s Senators Join 62 Others In Passing Chips Bill

28 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It is very possible that looking back from a twenty-years-from-now vantage point, that Wednesday’s vote in the US Senate will be seen as a transformative moment for Ohio’s economy.

At least in the near future, few places may end up as changed as Ohio because of a measure that will provide historic levels of financial investment into the domestic manufacture of semiconductors and related industries. And while Richland County is not the primary location from those manufacturing facilities, the county’s southwest corner is quite close to the building site, and of course neighboring Morrow and Knox Counties will be Intel’s next door neighbors.

From the time of the first announcement of Intel’s building plans to the present, passage of the so-called Chips Bill was singled out as important for Intel to maximize its Ohio investment.

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All About Richland

Mansfield Police Department Reportedly Urged To Stop Chaplaincy Program

27 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The City of Mansfield is the most recent target of a Wisconsin group seeing to, as it states, “free” the country “from religion.”

In specific, the Mansfield Police Department is being urged to halt its police chaplaincy program immediately, according to a report posted today by CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network.

In an article entitled “’Unconstitutional’: Atheists Target Police Chaplains, Demand Ohio Department Immediately Halt Program,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) of Madison, Wisconsin, was the entity that made the demand. The article included a link to a letter from the Foundation President to Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch.

In its letter, the Foundation stated that the program is unconstitutional and opens up the Department to the potential of a discrimination lawsuit.

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Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Mansfield Savings Bank Building

27 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A building with a rich past and an unknown future, the Mansfield Savings Bank Building sits majestically on the northwest corner of North Main and West Fourth Streets,  anchoring the Carousel District and serving as a backdrop for civic festivals and events.

For those who visit, the inside of the building matches the extraordinary presence of the exterior. More…

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Schools

MOESC Hosting Resident Educator Mentor Training

26 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is proud to host the Ohio Resident Educator Mentor Training on August 18 and 25, which will be held virtually. This training provides educators with opportunities to reflect on how their instruction and assessment practices impact student learning. This system of support includes working with a state-certified mentor. 

This is a hybrid training, requiring participants to access both the ODE Learning Management System and the Zoom meetings held by the Mid-Ohio ESC. In order to be certified as a Resident Educator mentor, participants will engage in eight hours of self-guided online work over a two-week period and participate in two 2-hour Zoom meetings. An optional 60-minute virtual orientation meeting will be held on August 11th at 4:00 p.m. Access information will be forwarded to all participants in an email with other course materials and information.

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History & Tourism

Shiloh Ox Roast Boasts A Whole Lot Of Beef

26 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

10,000 pounds of beef is a lot of cow!

That is what’s on offer this year at the 56th Annual Fireman’s Ox Roast in Shiloh, an event that will look quite a bit like it has in years past — and which will taste just as good!

A full lineup of food will be on hand, including sales of beef, baked beans, potato salad, hot dogs, cake, and pie — and other food vendors will be on hand as well.

The fun will take place on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. Bulk sales of meat, baked beans, and potato salad will take place at the fire station on Delaware Street. Food will be served from 11 AM to 9 PM each day.

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All About Richland

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Ohio State Route 61

25 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Richland County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. In particular, we are continuing our look at the county’s collection of highways and byways.

Today, we look at a state highway which may not be the most exciting route in Ohio, but nevertheless starts (or stops, depending on your perspective) in Delaware County, travels through several other counties, and finishes within a stone’s throw of Lake Erie.

We’re talking about Ohio State Route 61, which has its southern terminus at the US36/State Route 37/Interstate 71 intersection near Sunbury. It travels from that point over 91 miles to a junction with US Route 6 near Huron and Vermilion. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfielder Wins $40,004 In Ohio Lottery

25 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

William King of Mansfield did not have to travel far to find a winning ticket in the Ohio Lottery’s current KENO game.

Unlike other Ohio Lottery offerings, KENO is a game in which contestants can win every few minutes. In fact, players can enter up to 50 consecutive drawings on one KENO lottery card.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Dutchess Store location at 1000 Ashland Road in Mansfield.

With all of the applicable state and federal taxes paid or removed for later payment, King will be receiving approximately $28,800 of that amount.

Source: Ohio Lottery

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All About Richland

Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Coming Soon; Here Are Some Tips

24 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday is coming soon, and the Ohio Attorney General’s office has provided information and tips on how best to take advantage of the event.

This year, Ohio’s sales tax holiday is from Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:00 AM to Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

During the sales tax holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less.
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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning July 24

24 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT

This is a weekly report from ODOT District 3 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 24. All outlined work is weather permitting.

All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!

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All About Richland

Get Paid To Be A Buckeye Booster This Fall

23 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Richland Countians that are looking to pick up some extra cash, particularly those who follow the Ohio State Buckeyes, have a unique opportunity this fall as the university celebrates the 100th anniversary of Ohio Stadium.

Each game at The Shoe takes a small army of workers to put on the show. Like many employers these days, OSU is making a strong push to recruit willing and able bodies to undertake those positions.

To that end, the university is hosting a job fair next week to interview for those positions.

This fall, the Buckeyes’ schedule starts out with an amazing five consecutive home games, with eight of twelve contests taking place in Columbus. Home games include:

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: ODNR Natural Resource Park Returns To The Ohio State Fair

23 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Special to 1812Blockhouse from ODNR

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Delaware County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc. We call these Summer Road Trips.

Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Some days ago we posted about the upcoming Ohio State Fair. There’s more to that story this year.

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All About Richland

West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

22 Jul , 2022  

From Richland Public Health

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Jackson Township.

“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but the first positive WNV mosquito samples in Richland County this year,” said Joe Harrod, director of environmental health at Richland Public Health.

Health Department officials will be spraying the WNV positive areas in Jackson Township to discourage transmission of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus where human symptoms are generally mild and often mimic the flu. An at-home COVID-19 Rapid Test may be used to rule out coronavirus as a cause of any illness.

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