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Labor Day festivities return to downtown Mansfield on Monday with a parade and free hot dogs and popcorn at the carrousel.

Local Ohio National Guard members help with Hurricane Ida relief; Mansfield's Labor Day celebrations; Cooper Progress Park lands first tenant
1486th Transportation Co. activated in Mansfield to assist Louisiana with hurricane relief:


Labor Day Parade returns to Mansfield on Monday, Sept. 6:


'The first domino has fallen': Local leaders react as Cooper Progress Park lands first tenant:


Harry Franklin Andrews:


You're listening to Source Daily. Join us Monday through Friday to stay up to date with what's happening in North Central Ohio. We’ll be sharing a closer look at one of our top stories, along with other news, local history, memorials, answers to your questions, and more. Today - About 100 members of the Ohio Army National Guard's 1486th Transportation Co. from Mansfield are being activated to assist with Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana. 

Before we begin, we’d like to take a moment to thank our Sponsors at First Federal Community Bank. Today, First Federal Community Bank wants you to meet Travis Smith, Assistant Vice President in Commercial Banking, as he continues to help Mansfield area business owners and investors expand their business or start a new one.  

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About 100 members of the Ohio Army National Guard's 1486th Transportation Co. from Mansfield have been activated to assist with Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana. 

On Friday, Governor Mike DeWine announced that 250 total soldiers with the 1486th, the 112th Transportation Battalion from North Canton and the 1485th Transportation Co. from Coshocton will be ordered into state active duty on Wednesday.

DeWine's decision came after a request for assistance from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana National Guard. 

Stephanie Beougher, public information officer with the Ohio Adjutant General, said that the Ohio units will head down to Louisiana with several dozen tractor-trailer rigs.

Beougher explained that mission-wise, they won't know exactly what they will be doing until they actually arrive in Louisiana and are tasked. Soldiers will report to duty stations on Wednesday and will spend a few days there before leaving for Louisiana. They’ll be there for about three weeks, and the soldiers will provide general-purpose support during the relief mission. 

To stay up to date on this story and learn more about ways Ohioans are helping with the relief efforts visit us at richlandsource.com

Now, some local history… The Labor Day Parade, an annual tradition for many years in Mansfield, returns today! The parade saluting American working men and women steps off at 10 a.m. - so hopefully you haven’t missed it.

The first Labor Day Parade was in New York City. And in 1887, Oregon was the first state to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, 30 states already celebrated it, including Ohio in 1890.

Our parade was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns and even for this year the recent surge in cases is on top of mind for organizers.

This year there were 25 groups registered to participate, which is down a little from previous years. The parade will go east on Park Avenue and then turn north on Main Street. It’ll end at Richland Carrousel Park. But the fun doesn't end there. Free hot dogs, drinks and sno-cones will be offered at the carousel, as well as free rides on the merry-go-round. As you may already know the carousel is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Next, we’d like to take a moment to highlight Friday’s beautiful ceremony to honor 2021 Lexington High School graduate Payton Jones. Jones, an 18-year-old, passed away on August 28th in a car accident in Morrow County. Jones recently began her freshman year at Southeastern University's Ohio Regional Campus in Columbus, a Christian college. She was active at Lexington High School, including as a cheerleader, athlete and photographer. Students and football players from Lexington and Clear Fork participated in a pre-game event, which included a moment of silence in Jones' memory. Students wore yellow in honor of her favorite flower -- the sunflower. We have a gallery of photos from the ceremony on our website. Just use the link in our show notes.

Next, From Knox Pages… We spoke to a handful of local leaders to get their reactions as Cooper Progress Park lands its first tenant. First, we hear from Jeff Gottke, the president of the Knox County Land Bank and Area Development Foundation. We also spoke with Matt Starr, the Mayor of Mount Vernon to get his take on the recent development. You can learn more about this story at knoxpages.com

Finally, we’d like to take a moment to remember Harry Franklin Andrews of Waverly. Harry was born in 1932, in Belleville. He was united in marriage to Saundra Andrews, who survives him. Also surviving are a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Harry was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, DIVCO Club of America, and the RSVP in Richland County. He worked as a milkman for 44 years and was a church youth group leader. He enjoyed traveling, including visiting all 50 states and internationally.

Thank you for taking a moment with us to remember and celebrate Harry’s life.

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