Mark Fortune

I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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It’s a wonderful time to live in Coshocton County

It’s a wonderful time to live in Coshocton County

| November 18, 2021

As the first bit of snow drifted down from the sky yesterday all seemed right with the world. The Buckeyes were coming off a huge win and statement against the Boilermakers on Saturday in what seemed to be a tune-up for Michigan State and TTUN. The Browns went into Foxboro as the favorite and that […]

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The case of the long missing trillion-dollar coin – I have, err, had one!

The case of the long missing trillion-dollar coin – I have, err, had one!

| October 21, 2021

You’ve certainly heard about this, right? It bubbled up in early October and was originally floated in 2011, to bypass any necessity for Congress to raise the country’s borrowing limit – that is from Wikipedia – through the minting of very high value platinum coins. Here’s the rub. I’m pretty sure, almost sure, that I […]

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Fair, fall, football, baseball and some chicken wings

Fair, fall, football, baseball and some chicken wings

| October 7, 2021

By the time most of you have an opportunity to read this column, the 170th annual Coshocton County Fair will be winding down with maybe a stray Stromboli or pygmy goat rambling across the fairgrounds. A gorgeous Saturday certainly provided fairgoers with a great day to enjoy the fair, food and socializing with friends and […]

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It’s time for the fair, fun and fall festivities in Coshocton County

It’s time for the fair, fun and fall festivities in Coshocton County

| September 23, 2021

There aren’t many residents of Coshocton County that have a lack of enjoying the fall season for so many reasons. Besides the enjoyment of high school football Friday nights – and the occasional Saturday game – you have all the beauty and pageantry of fall foliage coinciding with the event of the year – The […]

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We’re on a hot streak

We’re on a hot streak

| September 2, 2021

Our community is on what sports fans might call “a hot streak.” Sure, the temperature spiked last week to a more normal range for August, yet this week is starting out on the cooler side. Thankfully. I’m sure we’ll get some residual spinoff from Hurricane Ida as well. The forecast is calling for cooler temperatures […]

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There’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air!

There’s a sweet, sweet smell in the air!

| August 26, 2021

We’re fortunate to live here. I’m not sure if you take time to ponder your life circumstances – as in, how did I end up here? Most people probably don’t think about it too much. Most people are probably way too busy just trying to put bread on the table and get the kids to […]

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It’s time to be nice, be kind and give away a smile

It’s time to be nice, be kind and give away a smile

| August 19, 2021

Yes, we’ve all noticed it, been a part of it, and had it happen to us at least a time or two. Especially in the past year and a half. I’m talking about folks just generally not being very friendly. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. This is one of those negative nelly, down the […]

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The dog days of summer are more about July than August

The dog days of summer are more about July than August

| August 12, 2021

That internet thing is just a wonderful tool – you can find out things both meaningful and meaningless. The dog days of summer is just one example – you get to choose whether it is something important – or not important. It certainly won’t put food on your table or help your portfolio grow or […]

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