Crestline Mayor Allen Moore resigns over racial slur video

October 22, 2018

Crestline Mayor Allen Moore has resigned, less than a month after a video was released showing him using racial slurs and village residents and council members began calling for his resignation.

Land bank votes to join Shelby in legal action against Napoli's owner

October 22, 2018

The Richland County Land Bank plans to join the City of Shelby in any legal action against a Shelby business owner who allegedly hasn't paid either entity back for tearing down his crumbling building in 2015.

Richland County Land Bank makes final offer to Logan Road house contractor

October 19, 2018

The Richland County Land Bank approved its final counteroffer as part of a months-long settlement process with the contractor on its first planned home rehabilitation project at 845 Logan Road.

'There is life after trauma': Domestic Violence Shelter hosts candlelight vigil

October 19, 2018

Kim Williams had to learn to forgive after her stepfather shot and killed her mother and grandmother right in front of her.

Ontario officials consider options for former General Motors site

October 09, 2018

Ontario officials are taking steps toward finding a new future for the former General Motors property on West Fourth Street.

Crestline releases video showing Mayor Allen Moore using racial slurs

October 02, 2018

Crestline officials released a video recorded on Crestline Police Chief Joe Butler’s body-worn camera in June showing Crestline Mayor Allen Moore using racial slurs.

A massive pool, dancing and a wooden roller coaster: Locals share Seccaium Park memories

October 01, 2018

At a gathering on the grounds of Seccaium Park, which closed 70 years ago, some people were old enough to remember going there. Some remembered stories passed down from family members. Others just wanted to know what was with that wooden roller coaster that towered over Ohio 19 for decades.

Records: Crestline police chief feared retaliation for reporting mayor's racial slurs

September 27, 2018

The Crestline police chief feared retaliation for reporting racial slurs made by the mayor in June, according to documents obtained in a public records request.

Man wanted by FBI sought in area after stolen truck crashes on I-71

September 16, 2018

Shawn Christy is wanted for allegedly threatening to harm or kill President Donald Trump, a police chief, other law enforcement officers and a district attorney. 

Madison students get detention after criticizing superintendent on Twitter

September 14, 2018

Several Madison Local School District students and parents expressed outrage after nearly a dozen students received in-school detention after criticizing superintendent Shelley Hilderbrand on her Twitter account.

Woman shares story of rescuing drowning boy from North Lake Park

September 05, 2018

Mansfield resident April Jones was walking at North Lake Park when she saw a young boy go into the water. She jumped into the water and pulled the boy out, saving his life.

Recovery is message of International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2018

Seven singers and poets met with people in recovery and penned artistic tributes based on their stories.

Madison parents share school district concerns at town hall

August 27, 2018

Madison parents and community members are not happy with the Madison Local School District.

Church offers support program for kids with addicted parents

August 22, 2018

Brian Olar, a Roseland native, is working to help children of addicted parents through a new program at Belmont Community Church called New Destiny.

Community rallies against Ashland County fracking

July 30, 2018

Community members gathered on the bank of the Clear Fork of the Mohican River to protest Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas' plans for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Richland, Ashland and Knox counties.

Madison school board approves one-year STEM contract

July 25, 2018

The Madison school board unanimously approved a one-year contract with a company that will allow the district to offer a STEM curriculum this school year.

After massive search, endangered toddler is safe; Amber Alert suspect arrested

July 25, 2018

After an hours-long search, a missing toddler was recovered and the suspect in an Amber Alert chase was captured.

Basketball league aims to keep kids active this summer

July 12, 2018

"There's nothing for kids to do in Mansfield." A group of community members are planning to change that narrative with a community basketball league.

Water treatment plant manager Angelo Klousiadis retires after 45 years with city

July 09, 2018

Angelo Klousiadis moved to Mansfield from Greece more than 60 years ago, but he hasn't moved much since then.

Mansfield projected to spend more money than it generates over next 5 years

July 05, 2018

Mansfield is predicted to spend more money than it brings into its general and safety service funds for the next five years.

Community rallies to support Madison Township woman who lost home to fire

July 02, 2018

As donations pour in and volunteers help clean out and eventually demolish the house a fire destroyed, a Madison Township woman couldn't be more grateful.

Madison parents express frustration with district leaders at school board meeting

June 27, 2018

Hundreds of parents attended a Madison school board meetingexpress their frustrations and criticize the leadership of Superintendent Shelley Hilderbrand and the board.

His birth defect is often fatal, but now Mansfield infant has 'excellent prognosis'

June 25, 2018

A Mansfield family is grateful to be returning home soon, bringing home a baby boy who was diagnosed with an often-fatal birth defect before he was even born.

Tiny house, big plans: West Point cadet and his dad work together to finish home

June 17, 2018

Edmund Coleman and his dad, retired Army colonel and veterinarian Gary Coleman, will spend the next two years finishing a tiny house for Edmund to live in throughout his military service.

In honor of late mom, third-grader turns birthday into fundraiser for humane society

May 23, 2018

Christian decided to ask for supplies for the Humane Society of Richland County instead of birthday presents this year and donated them in honor of his mom, who died one year ago.

Democratic governor candidate Rich Cordray stops in Mansfield to discuss opioid epidemic

May 22, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray stopped in Mansfield to discuss the opioid epidemic with community leaders on the front lines of the crisis.

'You're wiping out somebody's legacy': How can the community help reduce gun violence?

May 10, 2018

In the wake of two shooting deaths in less than a month in the city, community members gathered to brainstorm ways to reduce gun violence in Mansfield.

OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital celebrates 100th anniversary

May 10, 2018

One hundred years later, Mansfield General Hospital, now known as OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, has six times as many beds as it had when it opened.

Father, sister mourn loss of Galion native shot dead and put in storage tote in Florida

May 02, 2018

Cheyenne Snyder was more than just a woman found shot to death in a plastic storage tote in a shed in Florida.

Galion native shot, killed and found in storage tote in Florida, St. Petersburg police say

May 01, 2018

The body of a Galion native was found in a shed in Florida, and authorities have arrested a Florida man they say admitted to her death.

New detox center will keep addicts seeking help closer to home; groundbreaking is in May

April 27, 2018

Richland County is getting a detox center and a new residential facility for people seeking addiction treatment, expanding the addiction services available in north central Ohio.

Is a dry dam to stop flooding in Mansfield's future?

April 20, 2018

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'My second chance:' At least 2,000 naloxone doses used in Richland County in 2017

April 19, 2018

In 2017, an estimated 2,000 doses of naloxone were given in Richland County. The estimate includes only doses used by hospitals and paramedics, so the figure could be much higher.

Five years after liver transplant, Madison Township man shares story of gratitude

April 19, 2018

Steve Reeder said he was likely days away from death when he received his liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic on April 10, 2013.

Holocaust survivor shares story during Holocaust Remembrance Day service

April 15, 2018

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Mansfield native places 13th in Alaskan Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

April 07, 2018

Mansfield native and current Alaska resident Matthew Failor calls competing with his dogs in sled dog racing "the ultimate freedom."

One year later, still no sign of Holly Crider

March 29, 2018

Holly Crider was reported missing one year ago, on March 30, 2017. One year later, her family still worries about where the Mansfield resident and mother of three could be.

Madison parents question new STEM requirements

March 28, 2018

Parents of children in the Madison schools questioned district officials about new STEM requirements scheduled to take effect this fall during a school board meeting.

Ex-Pentagon official says U.S. needs to negotiate with 'eyes wide open'

March 28, 2018

A former Pentagon official said the United States needs to negotiate with its "eyes wide open" when it talks with other nations with different views of diplomacy from America.

Opioid epidemic: Mansfield files lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

March 14, 2018

The lawsuit accuses opioid manufacturers and distributors of misleading health care professionals and the public by marketing opioids as rarely addictive and as a safe substitute for non-addictive pain medications, such as ibuprofen.

Two Shelby police officers placed on leave after Tiro shooting

March 01, 2018

Two Shelby police officers are on leave after a 27-year-old man was shot dead in Tiro in February.

'Children have lost a father': Westerville mourns and looks for answers

February 11, 2018

The news of two Westerville police officers killed on the job came as a shock to many residents of this suburb.

How do you tell real news from fake news?

February 08, 2018

How can you tell if the news story you're reading is a reliable, accurate report of something that's happened?

Revised Mohican-Memorial forest plan approved by Forest Advisory Council

February 05, 2018

The Forest Advisory Council has officially accepted several changes to the five-year management plan for Mohican-Memorial State Forest that will permit the removal of existing pine trees to allow for the regeneration of native hardwood forests.

Community questions possible fracking in Richland, Ashland counties

February 01, 2018

Community members have formed a tri-county landowners' coalition to discuss concerns with a Houston-based company's plans for possible fracking in Richland, Ashland and Knox counties.

Ink in the Clink lawyer: Some of lawsuit's claims 'absolutely were not true'

January 25, 2018

The lawyer representing the organizers for tattoo and music festival Ink in the Clink says several claims made in a Medina County lawsuit alleging they owe a Medina man millions of dollars are untrue.

Medina man's civil suit claims Ink in the Clink organizers owe millions

January 24, 2018

In a civil suit filed in Medina County, a Medina man alleges the organizers of the annual Ink in the Clink tattoo and music festival owe him millions of dollars.

'Teach kids police are good': Cops and kids face off in dodgeball game

January 11, 2018

The police officers might have worn their protective vests, but they were no match for the dodgeballs the kids were pelting at them.

Fourth person charged in egg farm migrant trafficking scheme

December 27, 2017

A fourth person has been charged in a labor-trafficking scheme that forced migrant minors to work at egg farms, according to an unsealed indictment.

Residents voice concerns with possible Ashland County fracking

December 11, 2017

Residents voiced their concerns with a company's plans for possible fracking in Ashland County after Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation began initial work in recent months for potential exploratory wells in Ashland County.

Forest Advisory Council agrees to tweak Mohican forest plan

December 07, 2017

The Forestry Advisory Council approved several changes to a proposed five-year management plan for Mohican-Memorial State Forest, including allowing some pine trees to remain in the forest and requiring management of invasive species before thinning trees, after decades of vocal community disapproval of the plan.

Ontario grads create medical socks to prevent hospital falls

November 26, 2017

Ontario native Patrick Baker knew there was a better way to help hospitals prevent patients from getting out of bed on their own and potentially falling and hurting themselves.

Parents of girl killed in crash serve Thanksgiving meals at Friendly House

November 23, 2017

Ben and Theresa Williams lost their daughter, Candice, in a car crash 14 years ago, but they keep her memory alive by giving back to the community.

'Nothing more than an eyesore': Ontario council grills Adler Group on GM site

November 15, 2017

Ontario City Council members grilled representatives from the Adler Group during a nearly two-hour discussion after five years of apparent frustration with a lack of development at the former General Motors site.

Grassroots group calls for better conditions for dogs in puppy mills

November 09, 2017

A grassroots movement, Stop Puppy Mills Ohio, is calling for better treatment of dogs in Ohio puppy mills and collecting signatures to try to put the issue on the ballot.

Mansfield eliminates pit bull ban, discusses animal control officer

November 08, 2017

Mansfield City Council members voted to remove the city's breed-specific legislation, which banned American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire terriers and any mixed breed of those dogs.

Sale of medical marijuana banned in Mansfield

November 07, 2017

Mansfield City Council members approved banning the sale of medical marijuana in the city, which includes the cultivation, processing and distribution of the drug.

179th Airlift Wing returns from Puerto Rico hurricane support mission

November 05, 2017

The 179th Airlift Wing returned home to Mansfield after spending a month in Puerto Rico supporting hurricane relief efforts. 

'It's time to come home': Holly Crider's mom, husband plead for answers

October 27, 2017

Holly Crider, a 38-year-old Mansfield resident and mother of three, was reported missing by her husband on March 30. There have been no significant clues to her whereabouts since then.

Couple meets on 'The Voice' after she's cut and he makes it

October 24, 2017

After Lexington grad Kiersten Dawson and Texas native Jeremiah Miller parted ways after Dawson was eliminated from "The Voice" and Miller was selected to move on, they thought they'd never see each other again.

Ohio AG candidate Steve Dettelbach campaigns in Mansfield

October 09, 2017

Ohio attorney general candidate Steve Dettelbach wants the law to apply to all people, no matter who they are.

Residents call for answers, changes to proposed Mohican plan

October 03, 2017

Residents concerned with the state's proposed changes to the management of Mohican-Memorial State Forest asked many questions but were left with few answers during a public forum Tuesday night.

Mansfield finance director: 'We don't have enough cash to make it through 2020'

September 20, 2017

The City of Mansfield does not have enough funding to make it through 2020, the city's finance director told Mansfield City Council members.

Would pine removal create new hardwood forests in Mohican?

September 16, 2017

The Ohio Division of Forestry plans to overhaul its management strategy for Mohican-Memorial State Forest. The new plan calls for the removal of existing pine trees to allow for the regeneration of natural hardwood forests, along with updating how the forest is zoned.

At county jail, opiate epidemic forces a new way of thinking

September 08, 2017

The Richland County Jail's new body scanner is working to prevent any potential future drug use or overdoses inside the jail's walls. Treatment programs designed to get inmates help both while they're in jail and after they get out are offered to combat the opiate epidemic.

Ex-deputy shot by pot grower asks for medical weed ban

September 05, 2017

A former Morrow County Sheriff's Office detective shot by a marijuana grower asked Mansfield City Council to consider banning the cultivation, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana within city limits.

'Get them off the streets': Mansfield flag football league celebrates championship

September 03, 2017

Damien Beauford wanted to erase the stereotype that Mansfield has nothing and Mansfielders don't do anything. So three years ago, he reshaped an existing 40-and-older flag football league into one perfectly suited for young people in the area.

NAACP bringing back youth chapter

August 31, 2017

Walk into a meeting of the Mansfield branch of the NAACP, and chances are good there will be few young people in the room. The chapter has struggled to attract younger people in recent years, but members hope that will change with a new NAACP youth chapter.


Mansfield native's Facebook parenting video goes viral

August 29, 2017

Terrel Crawford decided to go live on his Facebook page, showing his daughter's tantrum and explaining his philosophy of firm but loving parenting.

50 to 100 gallons of fuel spilled from truck, some into creek

August 23, 2017

Some of the fuel spilled into a creek behind several residences on Truxell Drive, off Ohio 39, and some residents are concerned the fuel could contaminate their water supply, which is mostly from wells.

Mohican forest plan targets removal of pines; residents rally to protect 'little jewel'

August 22, 2017

The proposed changes to a five-year plan for Mohican-Memorial State Forest do not allow logging in the forest, although it would create zoning updates and the long-term removal of planted pine trees to allow for the regeneration of natural hardwood forests.

Ashland church hosts vigil after Charlottesville attack

August 15, 2017

Dozens of people gathered for a "Stand With Charlottesville" candlelight vigil in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church as a way to grieve, gather together and pray after the weekend's events.

28-year-old Mansfield woman needs heart transplant

July 28, 2017

Sarah Adkins doesn't have a pulse. She has a mechanical hum, powered by a device in her heart that keeps it pumping. If the pump stopped working, Adkins' heart would stop, too.

Marine comes home to surprise Navy veteran grandfather at hospice ceremony

July 17, 2017

A Vietnam-era veteran in hospice care was surprised with a special ceremony and a surprise visit from his Marine granddaughter.

Mansfield man OD'd 24 times before December death

July 16, 2017

Jerrie Servedio says her son, Randall, was a supportive father, loving son and racing aficionado. But he battled a 15-year heroin addiction, overdosing more than 24 times in his lifetime before his death four days after another overdose in a parking lot in December.

Bellville mom calls for changes in opiate epidemic fight

July 12, 2017

A Bellville mother who lost her daughter to a drug overdose is leading a call for change in the fight against the opiate epidemic, saying it needs to begin locally.

Land bank's first rehab project behind schedule

July 10, 2017

Officials say the Richland County Land Bank's first home rehab project at a Logan Road house is over budget and behind schedule, with not enough money remaining in the contract to finish the work.

'I'll be dead': City won't pay for damage to domestic violence survivor's home

June 30, 2017

The city refused to pay damages to a Mansfield woman, a domestic violence survivor, after Mansfield police damaged doors in her residence during a well-being check

'Stop the violence': Offenders offered last chance

June 30, 2017

Dozens of law enforcement officials and community members offered a last chance and warning to nine local violent offenders. The mood in the room ranged from supportive to angry, but the message was clear: "Put down the guns. Stop the violence."

Mansfield Choice Academies hasn't paid rent in year

June 21, 2017

Mansfield Choice Academies hasn't paid rent to the City of Mansfield in nearly a year, with an outstanding balance of more than $60,000.

Marion native promoted to fire department chief

June 16, 2017

When Chuck Deem was first starting out working in emergency medical services, he had no intention of becoming a firefighter.

Seton Square senior residents sweltering in recent heat without AC

June 15, 2017

 Senior citizens living in a subsidized housing community have been without air conditioning for months.

County commissioners dispute city's dog warden claims

April 13, 2017

Richland County officials disputed claims from city officials that the county dog warden is not enforcing city ordinances, including Mansfield's pit bull ban.

County dog warden responds to city officials' complaints

April 05, 2017

City officials believe Mansfield taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth when it comes to animal enforcement laws. But the Richland County dog warden said he is not required to enforce city ordinances — only state laws.

City says county not enforcing laws

April 04, 2017

City officials blasted the Richland County dog warden's office, saying the county is not enforcing the city's pit bull ban.

Mansfield's oldest firefighter retires after 28 years

March 31, 2017

Most people are relatively well-established in their careers by their early 40s. But when Wes Welch, now 70,  was in his early 40s, he was starting a new career as a Mansfield firefighter, finally living out a years-long dream.

VOA women's facility still open illegally

March 31, 2017

A Volunteers of America women’s facility on North Main Street is still operating more than two weeks after it received a cease and desist letter from the city.

Local leaders condemn new EPA head as Trump signs order

March 28, 2017

Local community leaders voiced their disapproval for the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back climate change policies.

Health insurance increases big city budget worry

March 22, 2017

Mansfield City Council passed the city's $123.2-million 2017 budget. One of the biggest concerns facing the city in the budget is the rising cost of health insurance for city employees.

As ACA repeal looms, locals fearful of health care future

March 10, 2017

Medicaid and Medicare help Yvette Hallabrin's paralyzed son receive care. But with a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, she doesn't know how her son would be able to afford health care and treatment.

Argument in car led to homicide, police believe

March 09, 2017

An argument in a car apparently led to the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman at the Brookwood Way Apartments and the abduction of her 7-week-old daughter, according to law enforcement officials.

Baby found safe after shooting death of mom, police say

March 08, 2017

A seven-week-old baby who was abducted following the shooting death of the child’s mother Wednesday night is safe and with family members, police said.

Newlyweds find love 50 years after meeting

February 13, 2017

Pete and Audrey Thacker never thought they'd become newlyweds more than 50 years after they first met.

Passionate mom leading effort to build a 'field of dreams'

January 03, 2017

Madison Township mom Jenni Yoder just wanted a place for her kids to play baseball, so she started a community effort to clean up Cyclops Field after her sons and other community children struggled to find a place to play.

Overdoses, deaths on record pace in Richland County

December 29, 2016

At least 48 people died from an accidental drug overdose in Richland County in 2016, and more than 450 people have overdosed in the county this year.

'Scott Banks, my hero': WV man raises money for truck driver

December 21, 2016

The man Scott Banks stopped to help on a West Virginia freeway before he was killed is raising money for the family of the man he calls his hero.

U.S. 30 shut down for almost two hours after pig truck fire

December 12, 2016

U.S. 30 eastbound was shut down for nearly two hours after a livestock hauler carrying pigs caught fire, killing several animals and causing several to run loose on the roadway.

Few are buying non-prescription naloxone at pharmacies

December 03, 2016

Eighteen Richland County pharmacies started selling naloxone without a prescription this year, but few residents apparently are purchasing the opioid overdose-reversal medication.

OhioHealth Mansfield restructuring eliminates 80 jobs

November 14, 2016

Restructuring at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital affected 80 employees as the hospital outsources the functions of three departments and eliminates more than 20 middle management positions

Plymouth man walking 800 miles in 'pursuit of positivity'

November 08, 2016

Plymouth resident Bruce Tanner took a bus to Maine, with no money. He walked nearly 800 miles back home, relying on people he met along the way for food, shelter and sometimes rides to get him back home.

Hospice of North Central Ohio suspends inpatient services

October 26, 2016

The Hospice of North Central Ohio is suspending its inpatient services at Hospice House in Ashland.

Columnist Cal Thomas calls election 'most depressing'

October 20, 2016

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas spoke about the November election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the current state of government, at Ashland University.

Lexington church closing down after 184 years

October 13, 2016

The membership at First Congregational Church has dwindled for the last several years. Its weekly single traditional worship service is not enough to attract younger churchgoers, so the congregation is dissolving.

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