All About Richland

Free Radon Testing Kits Available

22 Jan , 2020  

In recognition of National Radon Action Month, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is encouraging Ohioans to test their homes for the radioactive gas and take steps to reduce risk if elevated levels are detected. Richland Public Health is helping to make that possible. “Long-term exposure to high levels of radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the top cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers,” said ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH. “Running this easy, inexpensive test is an important first step in protecting your family from a devastating disease that kills thousands of Ohioans each year.” Read More

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All About Richland

Show Some Love For the Ohio Bird Sanctuary

21 Jan , 2020  

A few days before Valentine's Day, celebrate the amazing world of owls at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary on February 8. A fun evening has been planned for the two hour event that kicks off at 5:30 PM. Attendees will be able to meet ‘owl ambassadors’, meaning the feathered residents of the sanctuary. There will also be an opportunity to create owl-themed crafts and do other activities. Read More

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All About Richland

The World Turned Upside Down: The Last Decade In Richland County Media

20 Jan , 2020  

Part Two: The Rise Of Social Media

We continue our look at the last decade in the story of Richland County media. The first post in this series can be found here. Before we pick up where we left off, let’s spend a few moments looking at the national trends to which we referred and, in particular, one trend that provided a serious blow to newspapers and traditional news media. Read More

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Mysterious Shooting Of Jack Sturges

19 Jan , 2020  

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to reveal stories of the well-known and less-commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. By all accounts, native Mansfielder John J. “Jack” Sturges lived an adventurous life. It was his demise, however, that still fuels claims of paranormal activity in a most unlikely place - Anchorage, Alaska. Read More

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Schools

Butler Elementary Honored For Commitment To Military Families

18 Jan , 2020  

Ohio State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced this week  that 94 schools across Ohio will receive the coveted Purple Star Award this school year. The Purple Star designation recognizes schools that demonstrate a major commitment to serving students and families connected to the United States armed forces. One Richland County school, Butler Elementary, made the list. The full listing of awardees is available by clicking here. Read More

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All About Richland

“Little Red Riding Hood” Coming To Theatre 166

17 Jan , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre will host the second of three Teddy Bear Concerts, Little Red Riding Hood, on Sunday, February 9 at 2:30 PM. The concerts are part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. The Little Red Riding Hood concert will take place at the Renaissance's Theatre 166 venue with audience members sitting alongside the performers. Geared to children ages 2 through 10, each Teddy Bear concert offers an interactive element as well as a relaxed environment. Small audience sizes, lights up, and low sound levels as well as safe sensory-spaces allow audience members with autism to be accommodated at this performance. Read More

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All About Richland

State Officials Like What They See At Richland Newhope

16 Jan , 2020  

Richland Newhope, the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities, received a visit earlier this week from Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director Jeff Davis. Accompanying Davis was DODD Chief Strategy Officer Raivo Murnieks and DODD Legislative Liaison Jeremiah Wagner. The DODD staff met with Richland Newhope staff at Raintree, a congregate living facility, for a breakfast discussion and a tour of the facility. During the visit, Davis and his staff were able to observe the services provided to the individuals who receive assistance. Read More

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History & Tourism

Richland Carrousel Park Set For Grand Re-Opening

15 Jan , 2020  

In the many years that the Richland Carrousel has made its home in downtown Mansfield, the music emanating from the Richland Carrousel Park has seeped into those who live, work and visit the area. It’s become part of who we are so, while it is closed right now for maintenance, we look forward to the grand re-opening on January 18 when the Carrousel will run again to traditional carousel music such as John Phillip Sousa’s The Washington Post March, all produced on the Park’s Stinson Organ. Read More

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All About Richland

Public Hearing To Be Held On New Private Water System Fees

14 Jan , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Health has added two new fee categories for Private Water Systems; these categories became effective on January 1. Richland Public Health has scheduled a hearing to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the new fees. Each new fee is $100. Ohio’s private water systems program regulates wells, springs, rain water cisterns, hauled water storage tanks and ponds that provide potable water to fewer than 25 people per day and have fewer than 15 service connections. Read More

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Schools

OSU Mansfield’s Spring Play Is A Fresh Take On An Old Poem

13 Jan , 2020  

The Ohio State University at Mansfield’s spring play, “Back to the Divine Comedy”, will offer the audience a rocking new look at the story originally told in Dante’s poem “The Divine Comedy”. In this new telling, a modern Dante starts a journey to the afterlife with the hope of bringing back to life his dead young wife. Following the path of his ancestor, he walks through hell, purgatory, and heaven. Along the way bizarre characters show him how eternal life has changed during the last 700 years. It is a timeless story of love, loss, facing your fears, and finding your way. Read More

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All About Richland

Family-Friendly ‘Mutts Gone Nuts’ Sure To Delight

12 Jan , 2020  

Expect the unexpected from the fast-paced canine comedy show “Mutts Gone Nuts”, coming to the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield on January 19 at 1:00 PM. From animal shelter origins to a life of showbiz, the amazing dogs in the show unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action packed, comedy spectacular. Deemed ‘A Must See’ by the Washington Post, the dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then they might steal your shoes! Read More

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Schools

Public Invited To Strategic Planning Sessions

11 Jan , 2020  

Development of a five-year strategic plan for Mansfield City Schools will move forward with a series of student, staff and community focus groups to be held on January 14 and February 19. The Mansfield City Schools District is reaching out to all community members to receive their input and help in developing a strategic plan that will set priorities, focus energy and resources, and set attainable goals for the District. Read More

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All About Richland

Four ‘Lost’ Ohio Plant Species Rediscovered

10 Jan , 2020  

Ohio botanists found four plant species in 2019 that had not been seen in Ohio for decades and, in one case, more than a century, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP). "Ohio's natural diversity continues to educate, inspire, and surprise us," said Gov. Mike DeWine. "These discoveries are an exciting development for the future of conservation in our state." Read More

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All About Richland, Bellville

Tim Tebow Foundation Brings Special Prom To Local Church

9 Jan , 2020  

Do you know someone with special needs who would love to go to prom? Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for anyone with special needs who is age 14 or older. The prom is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation; in 2019, 655 churches around the world hosted Night to Shine events for approximately 100,000 honored prom-goers. The event requires a substantial number of volunteers; last year, there were roughly 200,000 of them. Read More

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