All About Richland

Findings For Recovery Issued Against Former Mifflin Township Fiscal Officer

7 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Findings for recovery of more than $206,000 were issued Tuesday against the former fiscal officer for Mifflin Township in Richland County, who was earlier convicted on multiple counts of dereliction of duty, Auditor of State Keith Faber said.

Robyn Gast pleaded no contest in March 2022 to five misdemeanor counts in Mansfield Municipal Court after the Auditor of State’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) determined she failed to pay the Township’s tax bills for multiple quarters between 2015 and 2019.

The eventual late payments resulted in penalties and interest of $203,581 to the Internal Revenue Service, $1,333 to the Ohio Department of Taxation, and $1,716 to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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All About Richland

Holiday Happenings From Now Through New Years Eve

6 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While a number of holiday activities have already taken place in north central Ohio, the remainder of December has plenty of opportunities to soak in the holiday spirit.

Our twinkling cities and villages come together to celebrate the season and nostalgia of Christmas with the region’s newest attractions and events. Step into the traditions of holidays past to make your memories of today shine brighter.  Make Mansfield part of your story this season!

While a number of holiday activities have already taken place in north central Ohio, the remainder of December has plenty of opportunities to soak in the holiday spirit.

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All Things Business

Mansfield Area Holiday Spending Predicted To Have Largest Surge In Ohio

5 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If predictions hold true, it will be a happy holiday season for Mansfield and Richland County retailers when sales increase faster than in any other metro area in Ohio.

Each late November, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, together with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Focus on Ohio’s Future, publish an economic forecast for the upcoming shopping blitz.

As noted above, the news is quite rosy for north central Ohio, with the Mansfield area predicted to have the largest percentage increase in sales among the state’s metropolitan areas.

In its report, the UC Economics Center shared the following overall findings:

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Sugar Street

4 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In 1895, a possible conversation between two Mansfielders could have gone like this:

Frannie: “Where should we meet to go to the party?”

Edwin: We can walk. Let’s meet at the corner of Sugar and Bloom at 7:30 Friday night.”

That corner very much exists in 2022 – but do you know where it is? (See link below)

Sugar Street is the original name for what later became known as Franklin Street, then Avenue in downtown Mansfield.

There is no indication of how the name “Sugar” came to be, although there are other nearby communities of comparable age that have streets by that name, such as Mount Vernon. Through the middle of town, it is part of the original platted area of Mansfield. To the north, part of the original street has been lost to development, such as the current post office facility.

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All About Richland

Christmas Season Arrives On A Cold, Windy Night

3 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There was no shortage of activity at the corner of West Fourth and North Main about 5:30 PM on Friday night.

The City parking lot was jammed full with several cars circling for a spot. Dozens of parents were trying to keep children entertained as the clock slowly inched toward 6:00 PM and the hoped-for lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Richland Carrousel Park. Fortunately, not only was the Carrousel happily doing its turns, but Santa was sitting nearby welcoming the little ones.

As the moment neared, a quartet began singing Christmas carols and the crowd was greeted by Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker.

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Schools

Scholarship Created For Applicants That Pick The OSU Campus In Mansfield

1 Dec , 2022  

The Ohio State University has announced a new scholarship for applicants that express a preference for receiving an undergraduate education right here.

Students who apply to The Ohio State University at Mansfield by December 15 will qualify for a $1,000 scholarship when they select the Mansfield campus as their “first choice” on the application, Interim Dean and Director, Dr. Eric Anderman, said.

“This scholarship is very exciting for students – this will make Ohio State Mansfield’s already-affordable tuition an even greater value for students all across the state.”

The application can be found at Mansfield.osu.edu/apply.

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All About Richland

First Woman Elected Bishop Of Ohio; Visited Mansfield In October

30 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Diocese of Ohio News Release

The Rev. Anne B. Jolly was elected as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio during the 206th annual convention on November 19 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower. She was elected on the second ballot after receiving a majority of both clergy and lay votes.

Less than a month before, the Bishop-Elect was welcomed in Richland County.

The election concludes the year-long process of seeking a successor for Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., who began his service in the diocese in 2004.

Jolly is the first woman to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. She was one of three nominees. The other nominees were the Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas and the Rev. Diana L. Wilcox, both from the Diocese of Newark.

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Schools

Andernan’s Term As Interim Dean And Director At OSUM Extended

28 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In its November meeting, the Board of Trustees for The Ohio State University acted to extend the term of a temporary appointment at the Mansfield campus.

The appointment of Eric Anderman, interim dean and director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield, was changed to run from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024, or until a new dean is appointed.

In August, Anderman was appointed to replace Norman Jones, who recently became Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education for all of The Ohio State University. His initial appointment lasted until May 2023.

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All About Richland

Christmas PJs Encouraged To Watch The Muppets At The Ren

27 Nov , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Christmas at the Ren continues to “Bless us all!” with the return of the beloved film “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on the big screen. 

The afternoon of Christmas magic begins behind the Renaissance Theatre with an opportunity to post Letters to Santa and meet live reindeer! 

Inside of the auditorium, families will enjoy hot chocolate and the movie event. Christmas pajamas are highly encouraged!

In this holiday classic, the Muppets perform the Dickens tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets—Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle—weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases—past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

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Sports

This Year’s “The Game” Wager Has A Mansfield Flavor

25 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an annual tradition. Each November, the Governor of Ohio and the Governor of Michigan make a friendly bet on the outcome of “The Game” – the annual OSU/Michigan football game.

As most Ohio sports fans know, this year’s game is more important than usual (if such a thing is actually possible), with both teams ranked in the top 5 nationally.

This year’s gubernatorial wager has a bit of a Mansfield flavor. Literally.

“With Ohio State and Michigan both undefeated entering The Game, and with Big Ten Championship Game and College Football Playoff berths on the line, the eyes of American sports fans will be on Columbus, Ohio and Ohio Stadium tomorrow,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “I am proud of and confident in our Buckeye football team again this year, and am I willing to put a little skin in The Game with another friendly wager showcasing great Ohio food. O-H!” 

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