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You May Need To Think About An Alternate Route

9 Sep , 2016  

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced the following construction projects taking place in Richland County over the next several days:

State Route 13

SR 13, from Orchard Park to Hanley Rd., is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction as part of a resurfacing project. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction with flaggers. The project is expected to be complete in September 2016.

State Routes 39, 61 & 96

Within the City of Shelby, State Route 39, State Route 61 and State Route 96 may be reduced to one lane of traffic for project finalization work. One lane of two-way traffic will be maintained at all times with flaggers. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be complete in September 2016. More…

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Beautiful Kingwood Evening

9 Sep , 2016  

Beautiful sky tonight at Kingwood!

A photo posted by Jodie Perry (@chamberjodie) on

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Brand New Books At The Library

9 Sep , 2016  


OSUM Alum Wins National Award

9 Sep , 2016  

Alumni Christopher Brown was awarded the American Bar Association’s national “Up and Comer” Award at the Jefferson Fordham Society Luncheon August 5. Brown, who majored in English at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, is currently deputy law director for the city of Mansfield. After completing his law degree at the University of Cincinnati, he returned to Richland County to dedicate himself to public service and the practice of law. More can be read here.

Source: The Ohio State University – Mansfield


Cavs Broadcasters speak to Kiwanis

9 Sep , 2016  


State administrator urges Mansfield City Schools to improve performance

9 Sep , 2016  

 On his last day with the Ohio Department of Education an associate state superintendent urged Mansfield City Schools staff on Friday to adopt a sense of urgency about improving the district’s academic performance.

Lonny Rivera, who served as interim state superintendent of public instruction earlier this year, was the keynote speaker to open daylong professional development sessions for teachers, administrators and support staff. Rivera emphasized the importance of improvement to avoid a state takeover of the district academic program, such as what has occurred in the Youngstown City Schools.    “If things don’t improve within the next two years, the same thing could happen here,” he said. “Teamwork can achieve improvement. It’s the folks in this room that will make it happen.”

Read the entire story here.

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African Violet Show Heading to Kingwood Center

8 Sep , 2016  

A beautiful locale will be made more so on September 16 and 17, as the Ohio State African Violet Show makes it home at the Kingwood Center Gardens. Housed in the Carriage House, plants will be available for purchase and a variety of unique designs will be on display. Educational workshops will also be featured, while several commercial growers will offer plants and related items for sale. Members of the OSAVS will be on hand to answer any questions. More…

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Thanks to Richland Source for posting this timely Blockhouse tribute

8 Sep , 2016  


Welcome to 1812Blockhouse

2 Sep , 2016  

Welcome to 1812Blockhouse.

Over two hundred and eight years ago, three families made their way across miles of forested land and streams, occupied by groups of Native Americans and an intense collection of flora and fauna. The Hedges, Larwell, and Newman families chose a bucolic site in north central Ohio for their settlement. In 1808, they and others then platted a community which they named after the surveyor who had authorized their expedition and planning – Jared Mansfield.

A short five years later, in the midst of tension generated by events leading to the War of 1812, the citizens of Mansfield built two blockhouses — one of round, and the other of hewn, logs. This latter structure served not only to protect settlers against attack but also served as the first courthouse. That blockhouse, renovated and repaired over the years, now sits in South Park where it continues to receive deserved attention as a powerful icon of community.

All across America, another type of pioneer is emerging. As traditional print media declines in the face of technology which has placed tools for news gathering and reporting in the hands of almost everyone, a first wave of online sites have emerged which have moved into uncharted territory. These sites, however, including those aligned with newspapers and many independent of them, have largely only digitized the traditional newspaper model and are now competing against each other for attention, revenue, and position.

It’s basically the same old approach in new packaging.

Consumers of news and information in the second decade of the 21st century have access to a tremendous variety of sources, literally at their fingertips. Quite frankly, it’s hard to stay on top of it all. Social media like Facebook attempt to bring these sources together, however if a news feed is not accessed during the time a particular posts makes its way down the page, it can easily be missed. Independently checking each and every news site — such as the News-Journal, Richland Source, WMAN, WMFD, and others — can be a time-consuming task. Add to the number of Mansfielders on Twitter, and Instagram, and Pinterest, and Snapchat, and other sites…. well, you get the picture.

It seems to us that there’s got to be a better way. There’s got to be a way to emphasize local in the middle of all of this. A ubiquitous Facebook cannot be the future communications hub of Mansfield or any other city. As a matter of fact, one has recently emerged in two urban areas which combines curation of news, independent reporting, collection of publicly posted items, and more. For the first time we know of, this model is now being attempted in a small to mid-sized community through the very site you are looking at. We are mobile-focused, social media-driven, rabidly pro local, and ready to roll.

Like the the Hedges, Larwells, and Newmans, we are pioneers building something to support the community and help move it forward. We are Blockhouse builders.

We’ll be launching in the coming days at: In the meantime, catch us on Facebook ( or Twitter (