History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Women’s Suffrage And Children’s Illustrator Emily Hall Chamberlin

31 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

As the country moves toward the centennial of women first voting in a presidential election, we profile a native Richland Countian who contribute in her own unique way to achieving that end. Unfortunately, she never saw the fruits of her work, dying at the young age of 40. More…

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Shelby Third Ward Columbia Gas Project Underway

5 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

No pain, no gain is the old adage. In Shelby, the hope is that inconvenience for a short period of time will result in years of minimal maintenance and disruption for local residents.

In particular, that includes residents in Ward Three this fall.

A large scale pipeline replacement project by Columbia Gas, long in the planning, is now underway. As a reminder:

  • Crews will begin with installation of the new mainline and then proceed to service line replacements for individual homes.
  • Columbia Gas will temporarily restore all property and then follow-up with permanent grade restoration as the project nears completion.

The work is a Columbia Gas project, not a city one. It is part of a large initiative throughout the entire service area, where older pipe is being retrofitted and/or replaced with new plastic pipes as part of a regular schedule.

As a further reminder and to promote workplace safety:

  • Stay safe by keeping children and pets away from construction areas.
  • Do not park in marked construction zones.
  • Drive carefully in construction zones.
  • Follow the direction of traffic signs and on-site crew.

For more information, call 216.215.4103.

A map of the affected area is below.

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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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Mood “Somber” In Shelby After High Bids, Councilman Shares

15 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

As anyone knows who is involved in construction these days – from house repair projects to large scale building erection – the costs of materials and the availability of labor are anything but certain.

More than once in north central Ohio over the last few months, those types of considerations have delayed or, in some cases, stopped worthwhile projects from starting.

It is not known at this point why it was the case, but when bids were opened today for the large Black Fork Commons project in downtown Shelby, the two bids received exceeded the estimate to such a degree that they must be rejected. Such was the news coming on social media Friday from veteran Shelby Council member Garland Gates.


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All About Richland, Shelby

Aladdin’s Lamp To Be Presented Outside In Shelby

21 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the first of two outdoor Teddy Bear Concerts on Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 PM in downtown Shelby.

A part of the 2020-2021 Mechanics Bank Education Series, the outdoor concerts mark the return of the popular live concert experiences for young audiences and their families, which were put on hold due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The performance features the story of Aladdin’s Lamp, adapted by Artistic Director Michael Thomas in an engaging musical adaptation which features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and an array of fun music provided by the String Trio featuring Mansfield Symphony musicians. More…

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Downtown Shelby Set For Major Makeover, Chamber Hears

27 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The talk Friday centered on Downtown Shelby during the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s second “Fri-Yay” presented on Facebook Live. These half hour noontime discussions focus providing insight into happenings and projects in the Richland County area.

Chamber CEO and President Jodie Perry introduced two members of the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), who shared details of a three phase downtown revitalization project taking place along Main Street over the next two to three years.

CIC representatives Jake Penwell and Cody Albert first reviewed where the CIC has been in recent years and the re-orienting that has led to the current effort. As an entity focused on collaboration between public and private sectors, the group now has three main focal points — serving as a catalyst for economic growth, rebuilding the core of the city pursuant to the Revitalization and Placemaking Plan, and solidifying its own organization . More…

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Landmarks of Richland, Shelby

Landmarks Of Richland: Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Church

14 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It is apparent that the architect of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby took particular pride in this building.

After all, while the church was being built in the decade before the Great Depression, Toledo architect William R. Dowling actually moved his family to Shelby, living at 216 West Main Street for two to three years. More…

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All About Richland, Shelby

New Look Coming This Week For Our Shelby Page

17 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Another update is coming to 1812Blockhouse this week with the launch of our new, redesigned Shelby on 1812 page.

This change is the third in the last three weeks. On December 28, our new enewsletter, Richland Roast, reached local inboxes for the first time. In addition to the latest news from all area media in one place, Richland Roast routinely features links to videos, interesting house listings, online tours of Richland County places, and much more — all for free! You can easily subscribe through the link below. More…

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Landmarks Of Richland: Shelby’s 1872 Historic Engine House

26 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Did you know that one of the oldest continually operated firehouses in the country is right here in Richland County?

The 1872 Historic Engine House on Main Street in downtown Shelby is a survivor. The second oldest of its kind in Ohio, it anchors one corner of the Shelby Center Historic District, which itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As the Independent News shared in July, 1872, Shelby City Council purchased “…one of Button’s first class Hand Fire Engines, two Hose Carts, and one thousand feet of Hose” to outfit the building and fire department. The advertisement for contractors later that year called for a brick building 30 by 45 feet in size with a tin roof. The fire engine cost $1,700, the building itself cost $4,000, and the entire expense came in at $10,000. More…

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Free Public Health Fair Coming To Shelby

18 Feb , 2020  

Your health is your wealth, so the saying goes. It’s important to take care of your health because it tends to be one of those things we don’t appreciate until it’s gone.

North Central State College of Nursing is bringing a Community Health Fair to Shelby on February 27. The event will be hosted by the Shelby YMCA (111 West Smiley Avenue) and is open to everyone. There is no charge, so attending is a no-brainer. More…

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Instagram, Shelby

Shelby Swears In New Police Officer, Firefighter

31 Aug , 2019  

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History & Tourism

Shelby Bicycle Days Rolling This Week

7 Jul , 2019  

People-powered transportation with two wheels, and occasionally three wheels or even one wheel, is being celebrated this week as the annual Shelby Bicycle Days welcomes visitors to Black Fork Commons.

Each summer for over two decades, the streets of downtown Shelby have come alive with a celebration of local history, particular the city’s own Shelby Bicycle Company, which operated from 1921 through 1953. More…

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All About Richland

METRICH Serves Warrant, Seizes Drugs, Currency, Handguns And More

28 Jul , 2018  

At approximately 8:46 PM on Thursday evening the METRICH Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office served a drug related search warrant at 2724 Holtz Road in Shelby.

The search warrant was the result of a short term investigation after several complaints of drug trafficking in the area. More…

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All Things Business

Application Window Closing For Two Economic Development Positions

31 May , 2018  

The Richland County Development Group (RCDG) is currently seeking to fill two positions that will match talent with an identified need.

First, RCDG is seeking an Economic Development Liaison to Shelby & Northern Richland County. This position has been developed in collaborative partnership with the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation. More…

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Richland County Football Represent

28 Sep , 2016  

It’s about halfway through the 2016 football season, and two teams from Richland County are included in the current OSHAA computer football rankings. On October 30, the final ranking will be released, at which time the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs.

In Division II Region 7, Mansfield Senior is currently ranked 10th. The Tygers are currently 3-2, and later this week host Ashland. More…

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