All About Richland

Cleveland Church Turns Membership Struggle Into Gift For Community

28 Aug , 2022  

By Nate Flauto, The Land

Publisher’s Note: Many churches in Ohio, including some in Richland County, are facing the twin challenges of declining attendance and increasing maintenance costs. This article shared with permission from The Land in Cleveland sounds a positive note on opportunities in such situations. The Land is a local news startup that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods and inner ring suburbs. They deliver in-depth stories that foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action. Like 1812Blockhouse, The Land is a member of LION Publishers.


Since putting down their roots at Archwood United Church of Christ (Archwood UCC) in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center (the Center) has flourished. The recreation room is now a dance studio home to Latin dance classes, the basement is now a frequently booked place for celebrations, and the dormant classrooms once used for bible study are now filled with children attending programming such as the Latin Image Leadership Program.

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All Things Business

Unemployment Rates Steady In North Central Ohio

25 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in July 2022, unchanged from June (and, for that matter, from May as well), according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,000 over the month, from a revised 5,477,000 in June 2022 to 5,484,000 in July 2022.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 224,000, unchanged from June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 71,000 in the past 12 months from 295,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1% in July 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for July 2022 was 3.5%, down from 3.6% in June 2022, and down from 5.4% in July 2021.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of August 13-14

13 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

This weekend’s edition is a special one, as it is the first we have shared passage and signing of the “Chips Act,” which was cited by Intel as important to maximize its investment in Ohio.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • Intel attends a local independent fair
  • School system gets ready for population boom
  • Licking County residents react to Chips Act passage
  • Lt. Governor Husted interviewed about Intel
  • Cleveland Mayor hopes impact reaches northeast Ohio
  • Road expansions in Columbus
  • Can Ohio colleges and universities train enough workers?
  • What kind of pollution does a semiconductor plant make?
  • Extended transportation options needed
  • Another chip maker to build in Columbus

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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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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History & Tourism

Ohio Experiencing Record Travel In 2022

6 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Ohio. Find It Here.

Demand for travel is high and Ohio is well-positioned to attract tourists from outside and inside the state. Take this past weekend for example – AAA expected Ohio travel would build on the record travel numbers set in 2021 to reach a new high this Independence Day. National numbers are expected to fall just shy of 2019.

In 2021, Ohio’s tourism industry reported its second-best year ever with nearly $47 billion in visitor spending, which was only slightly behind its record year in 2019 of $48 billion. A recent travel forecast from the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) confirms this is far better than the United States average in 2021, which was only 76% of 2019 total travel spending. The USTA predicts that the rest of the U.S. won’t be back to record levels until 2024, yet Ohio is already leading the way when it comes to travel and tourism.

“This year Ohio is on track to set another tourism record,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “The diversity of our state, from our beautiful state parks that are always free for visitors, to our charming small towns and our vibrant cities – Ohio offers something for everyone.” 

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of July 2-3

3 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • As Intel expands, communities must increase housing
  • Columbus utilities to be expanded
  • Excavation work begins
  • OPA grants water permit amidst concerns
  • 100% tax abatement OK’d by New Albany
  • Another company expanding nearby
  • Ohioans mourn loss of houses
  • Intel CEO urges Congress to act
  • Work begins at plant site

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

Image by Paul C Lee from Pixabay

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All About Richland

Millions Of Ohioans Facing Home Gas And Electric Rate Hikes

1 Jul , 2022  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio utility companies have asked state regulators for permission to raise home gas, electric and water costs on more than 2.75 million Ohio customers.

Those charges could be spread between customers of Columbia Gas, AES Ohio, Duke Energy, and Aqua Ohio. The utilities, all investor-owned, are collectively asking for another $400 million in annual charges.

Any base rate increases require the approval of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which is headed by five commissioners chosen by the governor for five-year terms. The PUCO’s staff review the companies’ requests and pose recommendations to the commissioners, who decide what the utilities can ultimately charge their customers.

The utilities’ requests come in an inflationary period — consumer prices are up 8.6% over the year ending May 2022 and unleaded gas costs just below $5 per gallon. Last week, the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve said a recession is a possibility.

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All Things Business

Mirror Image Holds Grand Opening At New Location

23 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mirror Image Beauty Studio has made a move and is now ready to meet your hair styling needs from a brand new location on Lexington Avenue in Mansfield.

The studio made the move back in March, and time was here on Wednesday to celebrate that relocation. Civic officials were on hand as was Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.

Not only that, but the newly-crowned Miss Ohio, Elizabeth Nies, was in attendance and guests enjoyed Buckeye Bakery Inc. treats.

The Mirror Image Studio Facebook page is here, where you can get an idea of what services they offer. Be sure to catch the review page – over 30 responses and a five star rating.

The Studio is at 1118 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield near V&M Family Restaurant.

Source, Photo: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of June 11-12

12 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • Central Ohio needs to make more housing available
  • Intel construction team chosen
  • Labor shortage looms
  • Opinion: Johnstown needs to end small-town politics
  • Licking County residents question incentives
  • $2 billion Ohio incentive package lacks safeguards
  • New Intel site leader moves to New Albany
  • Intel will raise standard of living says Husted
  • $1.1 billion in financial incentives
  • TechCrunch considers why Intel chose Ohio

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

Image by Paul C Lee from Pixabay

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Schools

OSU Raises Tuition For Incoming Freshmen, Including For OSUM; DeWine Not Pleased

21 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

New freshmen arriving this fall at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, like their counterparts across the OSU system, will be paying more for tuition, room and board.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that new rate will be locked in for the next four years, making the Class of 2026 the seventh in a row to have that kind of guarantee.

The increase is pegged at 4.6%, which translates into a $549 annual change from last year’s rate. For non-resident students, that increase amounts to $1,703. The rate at regional campuses, including Mansfield, will be $8,944 for in-state tuition and fees, up from $8,562.

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All Things Business

Gorman-Rupp Spends $525 Million To Acquire Pump and Meter Manufacturer

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s Gorman-Rupp Company, a leading designer, manufacturer, and international marketer of pumps and pump systems, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Fill-Rite and Sotera (“Fill-Rite”), a division of the Tuthill Corporation, for $525 million. When adjusted for approximately $80 million in expected tax benefits, the net transaction value is approximately $445 million. Gorman-Rupp expects to fund the transaction with cash on-hand and new debt. Subject to customary closing conditions and necessary regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of April 23-24

23 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage that considers:

  • Is Ohio the next tech stronghold?
  • New Albany City Council actions
  • OSU President talks “big wins”
  • Licking County manufacturing growth
  • Intel CEO to speak at OSU commencement
  • Knox County looks at possible Intel investment
  • Will impact reach Sandusky County?
  • Licking County bickering must end: Editorial
  • Possible Intel impact on NE Ohio

he Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of April 16-17

16 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage that considers:

  • Licking County schools anticipating growth
  • Welcome Intel Task Force formed
  • Commercial real estate developers charting uncharted territory
  • Intel makes greenhouse gas commitment
  • Intel impact on northeast Ohio
  • School in northeast Ohio had a hand in luring Intel to Ohio
  • Two townships explore merger
  • Negotiations are reaching a final stage
  • A look at an Intel plant in the state of Oregon
  • Johnstown prepares

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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All Things Business

New Retailer Coming To Ontario

18 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The bend in the Springfield Square shopping center in Ontario is a busy place these days.

Formerly the home of Staples, the storefront at 542 Lexington-Springmill Road is sporting a bit of a different look.

A sign on the facade heralds the imminent arrival of Ross Dress for Less, a discount department store chain from California. As of 2018, it was America’s largest off-price retailer with 1,483 stores in 37 states.

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All Things Business

Inflation Hits The $5 Little Caesars Pizza

7 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Press Release

Inflation has become a way of life recently in north central Ohio. While some commodities are holding steady in terms of price, others are increasing rapidly.

Rising costs have also impacted several almost-sacred elements of consumer culture. Consider, for instance, the $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza at many Ohio Little Caesars locations.

On Monday, the chain issued a press release suggesting that there’s more than pizza dough that’s rising there. It reads:

Little Caesars, the brand known for value, quality, and convenience, revealed a new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza today. The new version of the brand’s most popular pizza adds 33% more pepperoni and has the same high-quality ingredients. Beginning today, consumers nationwide can get the new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza for the price of $5.55* for a limited time, at participating locations, plus tax.

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