Amadeus Mozart

Richland County maintenance, EMA directors retiring at the end of 2021:

Mansfield Municipal Building courtroom mural 1948:

Commissioner urges Ashland County residents to 'stay diligent' in fighting COVID-19:

LaFern Ethel Fisher:

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Today - Two familiar faces will retire from Richland County government at the end of 2021.

Maintenance Superintendent Chuck Minnich and Emergency Management Agency Director Rick Evans have both informed county commissioners of their retirement plans. Commissioners accepted the retirements during a meeting on Thursday morning.

Minnich has worked in the maintenance department for 37 years, the last 18 as the superintendent. And Evans has worked in the EMA office since 2014. Minnich said he is thankful to current and past commissioners for their leadership and for giving him the opportunity to grow as a professional.

He’s enjoyed working for Richland County and has had great satisfaction in the challenges. Minnich’s retirement takes effect on December 22nd. He said he especially enjoyed working on specialty projects, like building the new jail, building automation systems and the recent 9-1-1 project. But now, after 37 years working for Richland County, he’s looking forward to traveling with his wife and enjoying being a new grandpa. And Evans, whose last day will also be in December, told commissioners he had mixed feelings about the decision.

He explained that while he looks forward to enjoying his retirement, he’ll miss being in partnerships with the many county and state partners. Evans also said he was grateful to the county commissioners, past and present.

He continued to say that he’s learned a great deal and believes his skills grew considerably during his time as deputy director and then director of the agency. For him, it’s been an honor to be a part of Richland County government and working alongside so many talented people.

Also on Thursday, commissioners and department heads heard a presentation from Matt Hill in the county auditor's IT department on the new countywide alert messaging system, scheduled to launch the week of Sept. 13. And several other area counties use the system, including Ashland, Crawford and Knox.

Hill has said the outbound messaging system could be used for any number of messages, including snow and weather advisories, as well as alerts on missing persons and "most wanted" individuals.

Before we continue… Do you know about our Newsroom After Hours shows? The next one will take place on Sept 17, it’s heavy metal night! Following that on October 15 - we’ll host Hip Hop Halloween. Both shows will take place in Idea Works at 40 West 4th St in Mansfield. All are welcome - and the show is free! Join us to enjoy free food, courtesy of Doc's Deli, free beer, courtesy of Phoenix Brewing Company, and of course, great music. This 2021 season is powered by Mechanics Bank.

And for those of you who missed our Newsroom After Hours show on the 20th, here’s a peak…That was Winter by Mr Matthew... stay tuned for the rest of the song - we’ll play it at the end of the episode.

Now, some local history. The former Mansfield Municipal Building, located at the corner of Second & Walnut Streets, was about twenty years old when the upper floor was remodeled to accommodate larger courtrooms. At that time, the city commissioned local artist HR McBride to paint a mural over the bench in Judge Lutz’s courtroom.

McBride wisely chose to paint his historic scene on canvas, rather than directly on the wall, in case the plastered surface should ever be remodeled again or damaged in some way. He was worried about water leaks and probably didn’t envision that just 27 years later the building would be torn down.

Fortunately for us, McBride’s foresight made it possible for the mural to be relocated in 1975 where it presently ennobles the hallway outside of courtrooms today. Now, we’d like to take a moment to highlight a few upcoming events...

Today at 7 p.m. head over to St. Peter's Church for a Mozart concert. Relax, and enjoy orchestra, community chorus, and professional soloists.

And tomorrow, head to Pleasant Hill Lake Park for the Summer Concerts Series. Tomorrow’s they’ll be featuring the Gypsy Stew Band. The concert series ends in October, so make sure to check it out while you still can!

Next, From Ashland Source… An Ashland County commissioner took time to remind residents to stay "diligent" in the fight against COVID-19. 

Earlier this week Commissioner Denny Bittle explained that the delta variant is getting a little more difficult to deal with in our county.

His reminder came while his colleague, Commissioner Jim Justice, took time off after being exposed to COVID-19.

Bittle's reminder also comes amidst rising cases around the nation, state and county. In Ashland, there were 54 hospitalizations and six deaths reported in the month of August -- following 17 hospitalizations and one death in July. 

That puts Ashland County in the high COVID-19 transmission category. 

But despite the recommendation, most people in Ashland County appear to not be wearing masks.

Vickie Taylor, the Ashland County Health Department commissioner, said that although masks are highly suggested, there is no 'requirement' or order mandating masks. And she doesn’t not think most people are wearing masks if the location does not require it. 

One group that is masking - employees at the health department.

Finally, we’d like to take a moment to remember LaFern Ethel Fisher of Ontario. LaFern was born in 1934 in Ashland.

She was a graduate of Ashland High School. Later, LaFern worked many office jobs and retired from the Bellaire, Ohio School System following 30 years of service.

She is survived by her sister, her brother, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, two daughters, and a brother.

Thank you for taking a moment with us to remember and celebrate LaFern’s life. Thanks for listening, join us again tomorrow!

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