All Things Business

Retail Apocalypse, COVID, Economy Combine To Change Ontario Retail, Restaurants

19 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the last twelve months, a number of divergent factors have combined to change the face of shopping in the city of Ontario, north central Ohio’s largest retail center.

In some cases, local stores and restaurants have fallen victim to chain-wide bankruptcies and closures; in others, there are signs of renewal, with some new faces joining the retail mix.

The so-called “retail apocalypse,” the closing of retailers facing dwindling sales in the face of the growth of ecommerce, has now been joined by the fact that many retailers were considered “nonessential” and therefore shuttered for weeks at the beginning of Ohio’s COVID-19 response. More…

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Sports

Have Disc, Will Golf

18 Aug , 2020  

We’re all looking for something to get us out of the house these days. If you’re looking for a physical activity that involves time outside and a bit of skill and competition, visit a Richland County Disc Golf course. Disc Golf has been growing in popularity throughout the United States. It’s a great lifetime sport and the perfect healthy activity for the whole family! It’s easy to learn and accessible to all ages.

Disc Golf is played in a similar way to golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players throw discs at a disc golf basket and attempt to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. Starting from a tee area, players progress through a fairway, finishing when they land the disc in the hole. The hole can be any target, but most often it’s an elevated metal basket. More…

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All About Richland

The Great Richland Quiz Number One: Geography

17 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

By request, we are happy to re-share the initial post in our Great Richland Quiz series with a few new questions to ponoder.

How well do you know your own back yard? You are encouraged to try your hand at answering questions without the use of Google, your Amazon Echo, etc.. We’ll publish the answers on Wednesday. More…

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All Things Business

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

16 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield has a new online news site.

Well, in a way it does.

In the last five years, Richland County has seen the closing of one weekly newspaper, the Bellville Star, and the arrival of a new independent online news site, 1812Blockhouse. Other than that, the media scene has been rather stable with daily and weekly print publications, as well as another independent online site and a TV/online newsroom, continuing to operate.

A newcomer has possibly joined that mix. More…

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Sports

MOAC Sets 2020 Schedule; Michigan Moves Football To Spring

15 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

With recent updates from the Ohio High School Athletic Association related to fall sports, the Mid Ohio Athletic Association (MOAC), which includes three Richland County high schools, has set a tentative, six game schedule for 2020.

Recent statements from Governor Mike DeWine suggest that football and other fall contact sports might be allowed. His comments also revealed that spectators may be limited to parents and close family members.

Should area high schools be given the green light, the first week of play would begin on Friday, August 28. Two MOAC games would include Richland County schools: More…

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All About Richland

Shade Tree Commission Heritage Tree Program Winners Announced

14 Aug , 2020  

Mayor Tim Theaker has announced that the City of Mansfield Shade Tree Commission has designated two (2) trees for Heritage Tree Status.

The City of Mansfield Heritage Tree Program, launched in 2019, is based upon the “National Big Trees” program recognizing Heritage Trees of each species within the City of Mansfield Corporation limits.

The city received ten (10) nominations, which were initially visited by the Shade Tree Commission and then forwarded onto a volunteer who utilizing a “Biltmore stick”, provided accurate measurements and a thorough evaluation of the tree which was nominated. The Commission members at their June 2020 meeting approved the trees to be officially recorded as Heritage Trees and will make bi-annual awards. More…

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All About Richland

Local Food Producer List Being Created

13 Aug , 2020  

By Richland SWCD; 1812Blockhouse

Now, more than ever, buying locally grown and produced food is important.

That message is currently being shared by Destination Mansfield, NECIC, OSU Extension –  Richland County, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development,  Richland County Farm Bureau, and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.

With the events of 2020 impacting some food availability, those groups are assembling a list of where consumers may purchase locally grown and produced food. More…

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All Things Business

Ribbon Cutting Held For Emerson Expansion

12 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, officials from Emerson Automation Solutions joined officials from the Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The 23,000 square foot expansion of Emerson’s operations on Park Avenue West in Ontario will bring an increase of nearly a million dollars in annual payroll.

The expansion will accommodate a new product line designed, engineered and manufactured at the Richland County plant and growth of the legacy business. With this opportunity, Emerson plans to hire 20 new employees while retaining its current workforce of 174. More…

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All Things Business

Richland County, More Slurpees Are Coming

11 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Get ready to enjoy more Slurpees.

Richland County’s seven Speedway locations are soon to become 7-Elevens after the sale of the Speedway chain by Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Marathon recently announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc., a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Seven & I Holdings Co., Ltd, whereby 7-Eleven will acquire Speedway for $21 billion in cash. More…

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History & Tourism

Gotta Love Richland Diners

10 Aug , 2020  

Affordable American comfort food and breakfast all day. Familiar faces and eating at the counter. Bottomless coffee and a slice of Americana.

Diners are a staple of every community’s dining scene and every local has their personal favorite. Many regular customers feel at home in our diners and get to know the owners and servers by name. We might be biased, but our diners hold a special place in our heart. Here’s why we love our local diners…

Diners are an American tradition. Many of the earliest diners in America were built in refurbished rail cars. In keeping with this tradition, Buckeye Express Diner in Bellville, OH is located inside a refurbished train complete with an old steam engine, dining car, and caboose. This locomotive eatery sits high on a hill to beckon hungry travelers on Interstate-71 with the promise of diner food and Ohio State Buckeyes themed decor. Buckeye Express breaks with diner tradition in that it doesn’t serve breakfast, but you will find American classics galore on its wide menu. Locals and travelers alike keep coming back to this diner for the hefty burgers and their homemade fries. More…

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All About Richland

Renaissance to Offer New REN-spiration Classroom Series

8 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre will offer a “sequel” to its successful series of QuaRENtine Classroom sessions, beginning the week of August 16th. New classes will be formatted as a four-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for four weeks.

The schedule allows families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating new school year schedules.

The REN-spiration Classroom will provide a variety of educational theatre activities designed with creativity in mind. The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, expanded its offerings to the community in a series of live “classes,” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon the popularity of its first series of online classes, the Ren’s Education Department continued with a new series of classes for the summer. More…

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History & Tourism, Schools

Interactive: See the Lands Sold to Fund Ohio’s Land “Grant” Universities

7 Aug , 2020  

Native Americans Demand More Recognition From Universities They Funded, Sometimes Unwillingly

By Caitlin Hunt

This story was funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This article provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join our free mailing list or text us at (216) 867-6327 as this helps us provide more public service reporting.

Growing up in Cleveland, Cherokee tribal member Nicole Doran said Chief Wahoo always made her uncomfortable. 

“I remember growing up and seeing this caricature of Native Americans that I knew wasn’t true,” Doran said. 

Later she earned a biology degree at the Ohio State University. Doran loved the campus and appreciated the opportunities given to her, but she was not happy about the lack of Native American acknowledgement on campus. Instead, she found the university took pride in their status as a “Land Grant” university. The school sits in the heart of Columbus, home to the best-selling Land Grant beer. More…

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All About Richland

OSUM, NCSC Officially Open New Campus Entrance

6 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s no question that Lexington-Springmill Road is a busy place these days.

The trucks and cars may have created more than one loud roar during Wednesday morning’s ribbon cutting at the new campus entrance sign for the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College, but the enthusiasm and excitement were clearly evident.

Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development President Jodie Perry introduced the Facebook Live event, calling the new entrance and sign a “great new front door.” More…

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History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield Photo Collection Accessible Online

5 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through a partnership with the Cleveland Memory Project, an online location for thousands of Cleveland area photographs sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, the Mansfield Richland County Public Library has set out to connect Mansfielders with their past.

To that end, the MRCPL is in the process of uploading over 1,000 images housed in the Library’s Sherman Room. The project is an ongoing one, although many have already been added to the site. The main page of the MRCPL Collection can be accessed by clicking here. From that page, the entire local collection can be searched or browsed. More…

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All About Richland

Pollinators, Butterflies, and More

4 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Richland County Park District

An annual event that celebrates all things creepy-crawley that also fly will be taking place this weekend with the 7th Annual Richland County Park District Pollinator & Native Plant Festival.

The event actually begins on Wednesday with the visit of Fran LeMasters and her “All a Flutter” live butterfly exhibit, which you can actually physically enter and have the opportunity to interact with native butterfly species. Come inside and visit live butterflies from the caterpillar, larvae, and flying stage, including feeding.

LeMasters will be at the Gorman Nature Center from Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 4 PM (on Thursday, the hours will be somewhat limited due to another event at the Center. More…

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