Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Support Students During COVID-19 By Cancelling Tuition Increase

2 Apr , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University announced this week that it is canceling a planned 3% tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing dramatic financial challenges for some of our students and families, and we want to support them in this uncertain time,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D.

“We believe canceling next year’s tuition increase will help students continue their educations in the fall and persist to graduation,” Jones said. “The world will need their knowledge and leadership more than ever when we emerge from this challenging time.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Hospitals Remain Mum On Changes To Local Bed And Ventilator Counts

2 Apr , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Health gets daily updates on the total number of beds and ventilators that could be available for COVID-19 patients at hospitals throughout the state. But so far the agency hasn’t provided any hospital-by-hospital breakdown, and the agencies that collect capacity information on their behalf have also declined to release their assessments.

The result: Ohioans don’t know how many beds and respirators are available where they live. Timely and meaningful knowledge could benefit Ohioans from a health perspective, while also helping them understand the range of public policy issues surrounding the crisis. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio, Delaware County, Cities Census Response Rates Exceed National Average

1 Apr , 2020  

April 1 is known as “Census Day,” as it is the official reference date used for the US Census, conducted every ten years since 1790.

This year’s version will be different for a couple of important reasons.

First, this is the first federal census which has included the ability for residents to self respond not only via the mail, but also by phone and online. The form is also available in a total of 12 languages for the first time. More…


History/Tourism, Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan Professor Creates 10-Episode ‘Great Courses’ Lecture

31 Mar , 2020  

The battle against polio, the Red Scare, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, and the birth of rock ’n’ roll.

Ohio Wesleyan University history professor Michael Flamm, Ph.D., covers these memorable moments and more in “How 1954 Changed History,” a new audio course recorded for “The Great Courses Series” from Amazon and Audible Originals.

“The goal was to show how 1954 was one of the most important years in modern U.S. history and present fascinating human stories with historical ramifications,” said Flamm, who joined the OWU faculty in 1998. “In 10 short episodes, you can relive some truly dramatic historical moments.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

The World Has Changed. The News Has Changed. 1808Delaware Is Changing.

30 Mar , 2020  

On Saturday, we launched the new Delaware County Coronavirus Information Page.

The last two weeks have altered the landscape in so many ways and for so many people, as Delaware County’s families and businesses have coped with the unthinkable. With each new day, the ground is shaken under our collective feet and we are finding ourselves working hard to maintain our balance. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Accessible Artwork

29 Mar , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum Launches 3D Tour of Current Exhibit

For art lovers feeling a bit deprived these days, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum is serving up a new visual – and virtual – feast.

“In this moment of global change and uncertainty, it is so important to connect to things that bring us inspiration, insight, and joy,” said Erin Fletcher, director of the Ross Art Museum. “Even though the doors to our building are closed, the Ross Museum staff are still at work. We encourage everyone to be safe, stay well, and follow us on Facebook.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

We’re Retooling Our Coronavirus Coverage

28 Mar , 2020  

Here at 1808Delaware, we’ve been experimenting with formats to bring you the maximum amount of important information about the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic as possible.

As you know, not only are resources from federal, state, and local health experts vitally important, but Delaware Countians want to know the latest on who is doing what locally to treat those impacted and also to learn how their families can deal with uncertainty, changes in employment, and meeting basic needs. More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

Powell Offering Well-Being House Checks

27 Mar , 2020  

The current Stay at Home Order issued by the Ohio Department of Health has resulted in some Ohioans seeing fewer caregivers and relatives each day. For seniors and those who are not ambulatory, this can result in feelings of isolation and worries about security.

The City of Powell is making a difference for such residents. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Support Delaware Boosts Local Businesses During Pandemic

26 Mar , 2020  

The Delaware County community is one where wonderful things can still happen in the middle of uncertainty and concern.

One example of this is the arrival of a website and companion Facebook page that seeks to make a difference for Delaware’s wonderful collection of restaurants, brew houses, and eateries. As each has been forced to end in-person dining, many are offering take out and delivery food; Support Delaware has collected that information and provides it in an easy-to-use online interface. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Transit Makes Route Adjustments

25 Mar , 2020  

Because of the current health crisis, fewer people are relying on public transportation. As a result, Delaware County Transit has made two changes this week regarding ridership.

First, due to Green Route ridership decreasing 75% from last week, and COTA announcing that effective immediately they will be cutting routes, DCT has made the decision to temporarily suspend 3 of 6 Green routes that connect with COTA at Crosswoods Park-N-Ride. This change began on Monday morning. More…

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Life in Delaware County

County Sheriff Shares Info About Stay At Home Order

24 Mar , 2020  

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement on social media Monday in response to the State of Ohio “Stay at Home” Order:

“Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order goes into effect tonight, Monday, March 23 at 11:59PM, and while we cannot address specific questions or scenarios, we request all residents comply with the Ohio Department of Health’s Order, which specifically defines essential workers and businesses—in great detail.

Access the complete Order here:


Deputies will exercise broad discretion.

We will NOT intentionally seek out violators.

There are no planned checkpoints.

If deputies would encounter someone in response to a call for service, such as a traffic crash or a report of a suspicious person, etc. at that time we would inquire as to where they are headed and their reason for travel.

We will handle each incident on a case-by-case basis.

Our expectation is that if you are traveling for an essential need or work, you will be going from Point A to Point B. In other words, should a deputy have contact with someone, the reason they provide for their travel will comply with the Governor’s and ODH Order.

As our residents comply, deputies can direct their energy and services to where we’re needed. I.E.: responding to serious crimes, supporting victims, and assisting the elderly and fragile populations.

We ask residents to use caution in every decision related to their personal actions and the potential spread of COVID-19.

At the Sheriff’s Office, we want what every American surely wants at this time: to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to help protect our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations.


We are asking employers to assist law enforcement as much as possible.

EMPLOYERS: Providing your employees with an “Essential Worker” letter indicating they are required to work is a helpful tool for law enforcement should we come into contact with them during the normal course of our duties. The letter will help us to quickly verify employment and we would be able to expedite our contact.

The letter should include the following: printed on company letterhead, have employee’s name and work hours, address of work, employer contact name and 24/7 phone number, and be dated and signed.

EMPLOYEES: When traveling to and from work, please have in your possession your “Essential Worker” letter (if provided to you by your employer), driver’s license/government issued photo ID, and work ID. This will expedite any potential interaction we may have with you.

Delaware General Health District
Delaware County Emergency Management
Delaware County Ohio

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OSU President Drake Declares State Of Emergency

23 Mar , 2020  

In a letter to The Ohio State University community and issued on March 22, President Michael V. Drake shared the following:

Dear Ohio State Community:

As we start another extraordinary week, I write to update you on some of the important steps we are taking to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on university operations. More…

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