Schools

Two North Central Ohio Community College Presidents Nominated For National Honor

21 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

Those centers of learning include two community colleges, including one here in Richland County. North Central State College and Marion Technical College provide excellent learning opportunities which are also affordable.

Now, that excellence has been recognized with the heads of both of those institutions being nominated for the CEO of the Year Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

This award is party of the 2023 Awards of Excellence to be made by the AACC, awards which underscore the association’s priorities and brings national visibility to promising practices among its member colleges.

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Sports

Stover Named Semifinalist For National Tight End Award

20 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A Richland County collegiate athlete is forging new paths in his role as a tight end for the nationally-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

Lexington graduate Cade Stover has received kudos throughout the current season for his excellent performance, and now has been named a semifinalist for the top award honoring collegiate tight ends in the NCAA.

The Friends of John Mackey have announced nine semifinalists for the 2022 John Mackey Award. Listed alphabetically, they are: Brock Bowers, Georgia; Payne Durham, Purdue; Dalton Kincaid, Utah; Sam LaPorta, Iowa; Michael Mayer, Notre Dame; Caden Prieskorn, Memphis; Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas; Cade Stover, Ohio State; and Darnell Washington, Georgia.

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All About Richland

It’s Raining Rubies For Buckeye Imagination Museum

18 Oct , 2022  

The Buckeye Imagination Museum recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation, held Oct. 13 at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky.

Buckeye Imagination Museum received first place RUBY awards in their budget category for their 2022 Member E-Newsletter and 2022 Radio Advertisement, as well as second place Certificates of Excellence for their 2022 Social Media Campaign and 2022 “Same Game, New Name” Marketing Campaign.

Accepting the awards were Fred Boll, Executive Director; Suzanna Roemer, Museum Manager; and April Monroy, Front Desk Manager. Buckeye Imagination Museum was also recognized as a finalist in five additional categories.

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Schools

OSUM Professor Honored With National Science Award

6 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio State Mansfield’s very own Dr. Tim Berra was recently awarded with a 2022 Friend of Darwin award. Given by the non-profit National Center for Science Education, this award recognizes the recipient’s efforts to support NCSE and the teaching of evolution across the country.

Dr. Berra is an Academy Professor and Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology. This year marks his 50th year with The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Dr. Berra’s career has been an even split of teaching here in Mansfield and research, mostly in Australia. There he has studied many species of fish. His research proved that Murray cod and trout cod were two different species and determining elements of the life cycle of the Australian Grayling.

“I’m 50 percent scientist and 50 percent teacher. I wouldn’t want to give up one for the other. They go together like hand and glove. Teachers need to keep their fingers in the research pie,” Dr. Berra said in a 1972 News Journal article.

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Sports

Stover Named As OSU Football Captain

14 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2022 Ohio State football season kicks off in three weeks and on Saturday, nine practices into this fall camp, the team’s captains were named following a players vote. Six Buckeyes, led by repeat captain and Block O jersey recipient Kam Babb, will lead the Buckeyes in 2022.

Those captains include fourth-year Buckeye tight end Cade Stover, a graduate of Lexington High School.

In addition to Babb and Stover, the captains from the offensive side of the ball include overall leading vote getter C.J. Stroud.

The captains on defense feature fifth-year defensive lineman Tyler Friday, fourth-year linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and third-year safety Kourt Williams.

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All About Richland

Richland State Wildlife Officer Recognized With Prestigious Award

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mississippi Flyway Council recently honored Ohio Wildlife Officer Nathan Kaufmann with the Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year award, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Officer Kaufmann has been serving Ohioans as a state wildlife officer since 2014 and is currently assigned to Richland County.

The Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year award is presented to the law enforcement officer who exhibits exceptional dedication and service to protecting the Mississippi flyway’s waterfowl populations. This award highlights officers who go above and beyond by protecting wetlands and waterfowl in their areas of assignment, educating waterfowlers, participating in waterfowl organizations, and promoting youth activities in hunting.

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Sports

Richland County Sportswriters Recognized

14 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield and Richland County were well represented when the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Contest Award winners were announced on Thursday.

In fact, Richland Source’s Curt Conrad was named the 2021 OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year for Division 1 publications (Division 1 includes publications with over 10,000 daily circulation as well as websites). The Division 2 award was made to another north central Ohioan, Rob McCurdy of the Marion Star.

Other awards won in Division 1 by Richland Countians included:

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All Things Business

News Journal Staff Nominated For Multiple Writing Awards

14 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors 2021 broadcast and newspaper contests, according to the Ohio APME. The awards in actual order of finish will be announced April 3 in Columbus along with the General Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and First Amendment award winners.

Forty-eight daily newspapers submitted 1,302 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2021. Entries were judged by editors from The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press, Division V; The Grand Haven (Michigan) Tribune, Division IV; The McComb Daily (Michigan), Division III; Mount Pleasant (Michigan) Morning Sun, and MLive Media Group, Division II; The Holland (Michigan) Sentinel and the Alpena (Michigan) News, Division I. 

The Mansfield News Journal was recognized with multiple finalists, including:

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Shelby’s Forgotten Medal Of Honor Recipient

16 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In the 1980s, the name of David L. Cockley and tales of his heroism on the battlefield of the American Civil War, were largely forgotten. Efforts to organize records and sprucing up of Shelby’s Oakwood Cemetery in that period resulted in the recognition of just who he was.

Cockley was born in 1843 and entered the Union Army on October 20, 1862 as a private, quickly advancing to the rank of Full Lieutenant.

It was at the Battle of  Waynesboro on December 4, 1864 that Lieutenant Cockley did something truly admirable and for which he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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History & Tourism

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum Recognized For Marketing Excellence

17 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation, held Oct. 7 at Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark.

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum received first place RUBY awards in their budget category for their 2020 Richland Gives Digital Campaign and their 2020 Richland Gives Promotional Video, as well as second place Certificates of Excellence for their 2020 Annual Report, 2020 Membership Print Advertisement, 2020 Reopening Plan Digital Campaign, and for their Imagination Stations in the “Spirit of Community” category. Accepting the awards were Fred Boll, Executive Director; Suzanna Roemer, Museum Manager; and Shawnda Schneider, Operations Manager. Little Buckeye Children’s Museum was also a finalist in three additional categories.

Richland County’s Kingwood Center Gardens and Destination Mansfield-Richland County were also recognized at the conference.

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