Anonymous Open Source

Dear readers, you never cease to amaze and amuse us. 

We have received hundreds of submissions on our Open Source platform, where readers can submit questions to our newsroom that we answer in article form. 

Many of these submissions have turned into some of our most interesting articles, from questions about COVID-19 protocols and hunting regulations to abandoned churches and hidden caves

Other submissions aren't quite fit for a story. Sometimes it's because they're easily answered in one or two sentences. But other times ... well, you can read for yourself. 

Please keep scrolling to find our most random assortment of anonymously-asked Open Source questions, and their answers. And if you'd like to be featured in our next installment, click here to submit your question. 

• Why does your paper continue to reference the Renaissance Theatre as the Ren? It lacks a certain dignity. 

First, we're not a paper. Richland Source is online-only. Just a small pet peeve of ours. 

Second, Renaissance CEO Mike Miller assured me the nickname of "The Ren" has been around for at least 20 years. 

"Officially we're still the Renaissance, but even we call ourselves The Ren," Miller said. "It's simply a less-formal way refer to us. We're certainly not offended, as long as you come visit us." 

• When is the trunk-or-treat at the 301 Auto Repair on Lexington Avenue? I have heard that it is really amazing but don't know the details. 

According to their Facebook page, the third-annual Trunk or Treat will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. You can participate by bringing your car/candy to hand out to the kids, or by bringing your family to get some tasty treats. Call 419-545-8137 with any questions. 

• I appreciate your stories on candidates running in the next election, but I don't know anything about them. Could you please provide some details? 

The best way to learn about the candidates running in contested races in Richland County is to visit our local election section and browse through our published stories. Our reporters interviewed as many candidates as they could to ask about their priorities for their next term, should they be elected. 

• What was Nathan Martin's role in the Jan. 6th insurrection? 

Shelby councilman Nathan Martin was subpoenaed by the House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, due to his alleged affiliation with "Stop the Steal," a right-wing group connected to at least two rallies that took place on or near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

He was instructed to appear for a deposition on Oct. 28. You can read the entire subpoena here


Wow, um ... I am truly sorry to hear this. We have actually published several stories in the past from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the Richland County Sheriff's Office, and the Mansfield Police Department warning about scams

Police urge Mansfield residents to continue to report these types of suspected fraudulent activities and scams to local law enforcement, as well as to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-800-282-0515 or by visiting their website at and clicking on the "Report Tips and Scams" icon.

• Keep up with business news and new companies coming into town. 

There are a couple different ways to keep up with business news happening in Richland County — one is to check out the business section on our site. Another is to become a member, because we would love to hire a full-time business reporter again. 

• School delays.

Direct and to the point, I like it. Bookmark this page to keep up on any school closings and delays as they happen. A reporter wakes up at 5 in the morning to manually input each closing and delay as they are reported to us. 

• Are the Dollar Tree stores going to be more than a dollar? 

I reached out to Dollar Tree's media relations representative Kayleigh Painter for this answer: 

"Based on positive customer reaction and the success of our new Combo and Dollar Tree Plus store formats, we plan to begin adding new price points above $1 across all Dollar Tree Plus stores and will begin testing additional price points above $1 in selected legacy Dollar Tree stores. The test will be rolled out to more than 100 legacy locations across the U.S. in the weeks ahead. We have not disclosed the locations."  

She added, "Our brand promise is that customers get great value for what they spend at Dollar Tree. We will continue to be fiercely protective of that promise, regardless of the price point, whether it is $1.00, $1.25 or $1.50." 

You can read more about their decision here. But the short answer is, we don't know yet whether this change will affect any Dollar Tree stores in our area. 

• Has the homeless problem gotten worse in Richland County recently? I have never noticed so many homeless in downtown before. I thought we had a homeless shelter. 

City Editor Carl Hunnell has recently published a smattering of stories about homelessness in Richland County. This story talks about our existing shelter, Harmony House, and their plans for a new shelter on the city's north side. And this story reports Mansfield will receive $1 million in federal funds to assist with homeless residents through the American Rescue Plan Act. 

• What does Bigfoot look like? 

Per many an urban legend, no one knows exactly what Bigfoot looks like. But we have interviewed two people recently who claim to have had an encounter with a sasquatch in neighboring Ashland County. Read their stories here and here

• Is it raining in Mansfield, Ohio now? 

As of 2:29 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28... no, no it is not. But did you know you can actually keep up with the weather right on Richland Source? Click here to see our daily forecast. 

• Thank you.

You are welcome, anonymous reader. I don't know what for, but you are very welcome. 

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