History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 97

26 Jan , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Richland County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. Other “Everything You Always Wanted To Know” posts in this series are available here.

It is not the longest, or the most-traveled, highway in the state or even the region.

Along its length, however, which runs almost 35 miles along farm fields, along rivers, and through small towns, State Route 97 adds a lot to the character of this place we call home. It even boasts the birthplace of a United States President! More…

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Grande Dame Of Science Fiction

25 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today, we deviate just a bit by looking at the life of someone who may have never lived in Mansfield, but lies buried in Mansfield Cemetery and has strong familial connections to the city.

Her birth name was Mary Alice Norton, but her legions of fans know her by her pseudonym, Andre Norton. Other pseudonyms used by Norton included Andrew North and Allen Weston. More…

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All About Richland

Facade Improvement Program’s First Project Showcases Landmark Building

24 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Driving along North Main Street this weekend, something attracted our attention.

The first visible signs of Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI)’s new Facade Improvement Program became apparent over the last few days with new awnings installed on the historic Voegele Building.

The black and white awnings draw attention to the period storefront of the four story brick building, which dates to 1897. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield Art Center Launches Year With Central Ohio Artists Exhibition, Book

23 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Art Center has unveiled its 2021 Exhibition Calendar, which begins with an exhibition showcasing local artists and ends with the 52nd Annual Holiday Fair this November.

This month, it is an exhibition, In Between Everywhere, which sets out to highlight the work of 42 central Ohio artists in multiple mediums and styles. Each was chosen for consistency of vision and quality of work.

Curator for the exhibition is Adam Brouillette of Blockfort Gallery. More…

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All Things Business, Schools

Curfew To Stick Around; Richland Schools COVID Numbers Continue To Fall

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s 10 PM to 5 AM curfew will be extended past its expiration date this coming weekend, Governor Mike DeWine said in his Thursday briefing.

“Look, we would love to get rid of it,” DeWine said. The culprit that will keep it around is the arrival in Ohio of new, more contagious strains of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty that creates.

The curfew began in mid-November, and was extended an initial time the next month. More…

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All Things Business

Ribbon Cutting Goes Roadside

21 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Wednesday, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development participated in a different kind of ribbon cutting.

The setting was familiar — a Richland County business opening a new business location. What was certainly different was that this particular location is actually on wheels.

The Chamber joined Truckin Trav for ribbon cutting in hour of its new food truck. More…

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All About Richland

Inkcarceration Sets 2021 Dates

20 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The folks at Inkcarceration made a major announcement on Tuesday.

The annual music and tattoo festival is officially back for 2021, and will be held in Mansfield on July 23, 24, and 25. Lineup and ticket information will be available soon.

In its announcement, organizers stated that the festival will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols in place for outdoor music festivals this summer and present plans are to operate at a limited capacity, pursuant to anticipated local and state health restrictions.

More information and an email list signup is available on the Inkcarceration website — click here to access.

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All About Richland

DMI’s Gift Boxes Are Back For 2021, Starting With Valentine’s Day

19 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Downtown Mansfield, Inc is excited to continue the Love Local Downtown Gift Boxes we started in 2020! In a cooperative project between DMI and downtown merchants, we are bringing together our love of love and shopping local featuring some of the best items downtown has to offer.

Whether you purchase the gift boxes for your spouse, a parent, a child, your friends, or yourself, it is a great way to enjoy downtown and support our community of business owners.

Gift boxes will include a variety of local goods from Tara’s Floral Expressions, Buckeye Bakery, Relax, It’s just coffee, The Phoenix Brewing Company, Two Cousins Pizza, Studio 19 Salon Spa, and more! There are two sizes available for both men and women. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: General Franklin Sawyer, A Hero Of Gettysburg

18 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In our Richland Roots series, we briefly present the lives of men and women from Richland County — either by birth, or residence — that have made important contributions to American history but who may not be household names.

Other posts in our series can be viewed and read here.

Today, we share a bit about Brevet Brigadier General Franklin Sawyer. More…

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All About Richland

American Communities Project Maps Richland County

17 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockouse

Before you read this post, take a few moments and think of how you would answer this question:

How would you describe Richland County in one to three words?

Put another way, what few words capture the essence of this place, from culture to economy to opportunity?

Now consider whether any of the following 15 words or sets of words apply: More…

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All About Richland

January Fun Continues In Richland County

16 Jan , 2021  

From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

2021 is finally here and while we enter the new year with caution, it’s thrilling to start planning or schedule. Join us in getting excited about the possibilities of what this year might hold. Events are starting to pick up so here’s what we’re adding to our January calendar: winter fun, online concerts, art classes, and more!

Enjoy some snow and crisp January weather! Fresh powder is waiting for skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers at Snow Trails. Get in extra time on the slopes and at Vertical Descent tubing park from 9 am to 9 pm with MLK Extended Hours (Jan 15 – 18). More…

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All Things Business

Richland Mall Likely To Lose Women’s Clothing Retailer

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national chain with a location in Richland County is the most recent in a string of retailers to shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christopher & Banks, a national retailer of women’s clothing, has filed for bankruptcy on Thursday in New Jersey and is expected to close most if not all of its locations.

The company recently announced third quarter sales that resulted in a $10.8 million loss. In a press release, the company said,

“Despite the tremendous advancements we have made in executing our strategic plan, due to the financial distress resulting from the pandemic and its ongoing impact, we elected to initiate this process and pursue a potential sale of the business in whole or in part to position the Company for the future.” More…

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All About Richland

You May Resume Your Browsing: The Library Is Open Again

14 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Great news this week for local book lovers.

For the first time since early December, all branches of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library are again open for in-person browsing.

The Library began modifying hours and services back on March 16 with the closure of all locations. Since that time, the availability of services has been governed by State of Ohio health directives and a desire to maintain the health and safety of patrons and staff. More…

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All About Richland

Remember The Census? Here’s A Bit Of A Release Timetable

13 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

We are sure you remember the 2020 US Census, that decennial count of Americans that, for the first time in recent memory if ever, took place in the midst of a pandemic.

Now that it’s 2021, you might expect the numbers to be released soon for Ohio, Richland County, and the county’s cities and villages. You would be mostly right. Here’s what’s up.

Just before New Year’s, the Census Bureau shared the following:

“Data collection is just one part of producing a complete and accurate 2020 Census. Since mid-October, Census Bureau experts have been hard at work on processing the data. More…

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All About Richland

Local COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb: Monday’s Numbers

12 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The end of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday COVID-19 infection watch is within sight, and local numbers reported Monday by Richland Public Health do show a continued rise in cases.

The statistics are sobering and key numbers have reached record levels, with infection totals increasing by over 75& in the last month. On December 7, the total number of confirmed and probable cases stood at 4,627; it is now at 8,386.

Assuming that each person would become infected only once, the number of cumulative cases would now represent approximately 6.7% of county residents. More…

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