Schools

OSU Issues Summer Term COVID Guidance

3 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

With the start of summer term, The Ohio State University is updating its COVID-19 protocols based on the state of the pandemic and federal, state and local guidance.

While the university continues to require that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, Ohio State will be shifting to a voluntary testing program for the summer starting on Monday, May 9. Masks remain optional in most indoor spaces.

The university’s COVID-19 response is always subject to change. Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health as well as federal, state and local policy.

The Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website is regularly updated to reflect current guidance.

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All About Richland

Mansfield Police Seek Assistance In Finding Man On Attempted Murder Warrant

2 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Division of Police is looking for a man wanted on a Felony warrant.

According to a press release from the Division posted on Monday afternoon, the man, Michael A. Childress, is suspected in another recent shooting in the city of Mansfield.

The release reads in part: “The Mansfield Division of Police responded to a 911 call for assistance at the Moto-Mart at 1050 West Fourth Street on Sunday morning, May 1, at approximately 2:51 AM, in reference to a 31-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. Once at the location, officers located the victim, Kenneth D. Norris (B/M, 31 years old), near the door of the business suffering from a bullet wound to the head. The victim was immediately transferred to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and was left in the care of hospital staff. No further information on his condition is available at this time.

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US30 Corridor Plan Creators Seek Public Feedback

2 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Now that the website draft has been published, developers of the 2022 U.S. 30 Corridor Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) are seeking public input.

According to the project website, CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development that is the result of a regionally owned planning process. In this case, it was developed as a tool for the four north central Ohio counties along the US30 corridor.

Officials in Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, and Ashland Counties have contributed time to developing and fine-tuning this too. In turn, the Economic Development Administration uses the plan to trigger funds for assistance in infrastructure, and is also shown to companies considering locating a facility in the region.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning May 1

1 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT

This is a weekly report from ODOT District 3 highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on May 1. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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179th Airlift Wing Flying Legacy Final Flight

30 Apr , 2022  

By Master Sgt. Joseph Harwood

The 164th Airlift Squadron conducted a ceremonial final formation flight of two C-130H Hercules as part of their “Flying Legacy” tribute ceremony, April 23, 2022, held at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, in Ohio. The unit invited current members, their family and friends as well as prior service members to join them in a private ceremony in order to pay tribute to the historical flying unit’s aviation history as it enters a new era with a new non-aviation based mission.

Col. Darren Hamilton, 179th Airlift Wing commander, opened the ceremony thanking those in attendance and briefing an outline of the plan for embarking on the ceremonial final formation flight followed by remarks regarding the historical significance of the day for the crowd in front of a C-130H Hercules static display.

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Stage Is Set For A Magnificent May

29 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

May has arrived to chase away the winter blues. Not only does it look like the warm weather is finally here to stay, but some of our favorite events have returned. You can look forward to the return of the popular barn dances at Malabar Farm State Park, races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 77th Annual May Show at the Mansfield Art Center, the Secret City Tour of Downtown Mansfield and Live Music in The Brickyard!

Theater? Races? History? There’s an event for you! 

May 1 is your last day for the Civil War Show and your last chance to watch Once, the breathtaking story of a street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. This performance at Theatre 166 has sold out so make sure to reserve your seat right away.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Beatles vs. the Stones:  A Musical Showdown (May 7) at the Renaissance Theatre.

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History & Tourism

Let RichHistory Weekend Connect You To The Past

28 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, RichHistory Alliance

The second of Richland County’s two spring event weekends is upon us.

Last week. Mohican Wildlife Weekend wowed visitors with displays, exhibitions, and more. On May 7-8, it’s the turn of Richland County’s historical societies, preservation groups, and other past-related organizations to showcase their attractions and events during RichHistory Weekend.

RichHistory Weekend is organized by the RichHistory Alliance, which was formed as a partnership of museums and historical sites in Richland County with a mission to collaborate to discover, preserve, and share history in Richland County. Members collaborate and use their combined efforts to increase tourism and promote our history for all members of Richland County.

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Secret City Summer 2022 Coming Saturday

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

An annual highlight of RichHistory Weekend is taking place this Saturday.

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is holding its summer 2022 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Take a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. With continued interest in downtown development, this tour offers a unique look to the past while challenging us to reimagine the future of these great spaces. 

Buildings on the tour will include 193 North Main Street, 137 North Main Street, 130 North Main Street, 111 North Main Street, 100 North Main Street, 17 East Temple Court, 25 North Park Street, and 87 West Fourth Street.

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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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Mansfield Police Receive Crime Reduction Grant

26 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Office of Governor DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today awarded more than $3.7 million to 21 local law enforcement agencies to help them strategically combat violence in their communities. 

One of those agencies is here in Richland County.

The 21 agencies are the first to receive funding through Governor DeWine’s new Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. Governor DeWine, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, created the program last year to give local law enforcement additional tools to hold accountable the small number of criminals responsible for most violent crime in the state.  

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Richland Soil And Water Is Providing Rain Barrel And Garden Grants; Launches New Podcast

25 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s been a busy winter and spring at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD), highlighted by a grant offering and the launch of a new podcast. 

Grant-wise, in an effort to promote conservation practices by landowners, Richland SWCD is providing cost-share grants to offset some of the cost of installing a rain garden, purchasing a rain barrel, or having soil tested. These practices help protect the health of soil and water resources and conserve water. The funds supporting this grant program came from generous donations made during the Richland Gives event in November 2021.

The application period is open until June 1. For further details and an application, please visit https://forms.gle/XBS1LQ3rc9RZ5p1QA, call 419-747-8685 or email [email protected]

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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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History & Tourism, Shelby

Landmarks Of Richland: Citizens Bank, Shelby

23 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It is very possible that in 2022, the majority of our readers will not immediately recognize the building built by the former Citizens Bank in Shelby, a pacesetting financial institution in its day.

On the other hand, if the name “The Vault” is mentioned instead, many will immediately realize that they not only know where today’s Landmark of Richland is, but that they have actually been inside to consume or beverage.

When the Board of Citizens Bank decided in 1910 to construct a permanent home for their almost 20-year-old institution, they chose a high profile location for that structure – the northwest corner of Main and Washington Streets in the heart of downtown Shelby.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning April 24

21 Apr , 2022  

This is a weekly report from ODOT District 3 highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on April 24. All outlined work is weather permitting.

All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!

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History & Tourism

Get Ready For Mohican Wildlife Weekend

20 Apr , 2022  

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Special to 1812Blockhouse

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly, and educational event, and let’s be honest, just want to get outdoors, you won’t want to miss the annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend. The 2022 weekend event takes place this weekend, April 22-24.

The Mohican Wildlife Weekend has been held for over 20 years and continues to draw visitors from the community and around Ohio. This event is perfect for families that are remote learners, homeschoolers, or just enjoy learning and spending time outdoors. While this event is family-friendly, couples and solo adults are also in the center of the action. The varied topics prevented ensure you’ll find topics that appeal to a wide age range.

Each year, the Mohican Wildlife Weekend chooses a different overall theme and opens with a key-note speaker. This year, the topic is Mohican Under the Stars. Key-note Speaker, Terri Mann, the President of the Dark-Sky Association will kick off this popular event at the Warren Rupp Observatory during Friday Night’s Reception.

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