1808AM Begins This Week

24 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We are thrilled here at 1808Delaware to announce the  launch of our new, free email newsletter that delivers the widest range of news and information each weekday morning about Delaware County and northern Franklin County. It’s the first and only one in the area.

Condensed, curated and concise, it will save you from spending hours and hours scouring the web for information you need and stories you can enjoy. Become the most informed person in the room each day about local matters!

It’s called 1808AM, and it will launch this week. Get a front row seat by subscribing today.

1808Delaware is a new kind of media for central Ohio. Each, we publish our own stories and collected news from around the area. Now we’re adding a new kind of newsletter as well!

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We’re Expanding Our Footprint A Bit

12 Jun , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As you access 1808Delaware over the coming weeks, you may notice a few changes.

We love being a part of the Delaware County community. That shared, we are obviously aware that the interconnection between the county and the northern parts of Columbus is remarkably strong. Commuters travel back and forth each day, and Delaware Countians routinely shop in Franklin County and vice versa.

In recognition of that fact, we are going to be expanding our focus a bit to bring in the northern suburbs of Columbus, such as Dublin and Worthington, as well as the I-270 northern corridor.

We’re still focusing our primary attention on Delaware, Powell, Sunbury, Galena, Lewis Center, Ostrander, and Westerville. More…

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See You On Saturday!

26 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We’re going to be taking a very rare “day off” Friday at 1812Blockhouse, and for good reason.

On Thursday afternoon, we installed brand new hardware designed to make our site bigger, faster, and better. That, in turn, requires us to move over all non-cloud based information from one system to the other.

That is true for the three sites we currently operate. It’s a big operation. More…

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A Quick Guide To 1808Delaware Series

18 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s a key part of who we are here at 1808Delaware, a place where you can easily follow a favorite topic as we post throughout the year.

That can be done through using the menu bar at the top of our home page on desktop, tablet, or mobile. It can also be done by using the tags underneath any post on the site.

Today, we’re sharing a quick link guide to series of posts we have run on 1808Delaware since our launch. This way, you can catch older articles that you may have missed. Click on any series title to access. More…



Great News: 1808Delaware Renews Membership With LION Publishers

3 Feb , 2021  

By: Thomas Palmer, 1808Delaware Owner/Publisher

For the last several months, we have been connected here at 1808Delaware with the pacesetting association for independent online news sites across the country, LION Publishers.

It can be great stuff, being part of a team. Joining others with similar interests can provide opportunities to share enthusiasm, best practices, and advice. We have learned much and made new connections, with our Associated Press Report for America coverage being one component of that.

As this sector of the media world grows, LION has chosen to update its membership criteria, and asked each local publication involved to re-apply for membership. We are happy to share that we have been approved to continue our affiliation. More…

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Happy New Year From 1808Delaware!

1 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware — who else?

After almost 1,000 posts, 2,000 links to stories from other local media, and countless lessons learned, we’re ready to say good-bye to 2020.

As we do so, we’re taking a day off so that Thursday night can be a night of celebration and looking ahead. We will see you bright and early on Saturday morning, January 1.

We will be updating Delaware County Tweets on Friday,although we suspect that the “tweetflow” will be reduced as locals celebrate the holiday.

We close our 2020 not with our words, but with the words of poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, particularly these three stanzas from his poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells:”

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

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Life in Delaware County

COVID-19 And 2020: A Timeline

31 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

It has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, as a pandemic which struck without regard to social or economic status not only ravaged populations worldwide, but altered the ways in which Americans, Ohioans, and Delaware Countians live and work. The changes have been dramatic and many continue.

On the last day of the year we look back at the story of this public health crisis as told in the pages and posts of 1808Delaware.

It is difficult to know how many posts had the pandemic as a topic. A quick look at analytics revealed that there were 266 posts that referenced the word “COVID,” and 143 that included the word “coronavirus,” but some of those would have occurred in the same article. More…

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1808Delaware Continuing, Launching New Series In 2021

30 Dec , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

As we continue expanding our coverage here at Delaware County’s first digital, independent, and locally-focused news site in the new year, we are continually working on new features.

We thought that we would share with you some of our plans for the next several weeks as 2021 begins. More…



Hey: We’re Back!

27 Oct , 2020  

By Thomas Palmer, 1808Delaware Owner/Publisher

Not only is the entire world reeling from the impact of the pandemic, but it has impacted things close to home as well. Delaware  County schools, businesses, local governments, churches, and more are facing unique and difficult scenarios on a daily basis. People are struggling with illness and uncertainty everywhere you look.

Here at 1808Delaware, the specter of COVID-19 struck about a week and a half ago and became all too real. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that it prompted not only concerns, but was part of what prompted a week-long hospital stay — something completely out of the blue. More…



We’re Taking A Day Off

16 Oct , 2020  

This is Thomas Palmer, Owner/Publisher of 1808Delaware.

This past Saturday, a close friend with whom I have regular discussions several times each week day tested positive for COVID-19.

Within two or three days I was experiencing very strong COVID symptoms. It’s the stuff you read about, but also additional things you didn’t realize came with the mix.

Take hallucinations, for instance. I don’t believe I had ever had one until this week.

1812Blockhouse will be taking the day off on Saturday. We will return on Sunday morning, God willing. Continued thanks for being a reader!


Under The Hood: Delaware County News: We Love Playing Santa Claus

21 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Here’s another post in our short series that we’re calling “Under the Hood.”

Last week, we started with a look at our Delaware County News section on 1808Delaware. Specifically, we shared the process of how we select media posts to link to each morning.

We continue today with a look at why Richland News is a part of this site, and why we believe that this part of what makes us unique also makes us an invaluable resource for Delaware Countians.

As we do so, we’re going to name drop by referring to, of all people, Santa Claus. More…

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Under The Hood: Delaware County News — What We Do Each Morning

17 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re starting a short series today on 1808Delaware that we’re calling “Under the Hood.”

There’s not a great deal of mechanical ability here at 1808Delaware, truth be told. A series entitled “Under the Hood,” therefore, is certainly not going to be about automobile repair or anything of that nature.

Instead, we’re going to pass along, from time to time, some of the behind the scenes activities here and also a bit about why we do what we do.

Today, that means the first of a two-part look at Delaware County News, a feature on the home page of 1812Blockhouse on desktop and at the very top of the site on mobile, immediately following the featured stories. Delaware County News is actually one of the key ways that our site differs from most other news sites in the country. More…

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