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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Our status is still pending

Our status is still pending

| May 27, 2020

Do you feel like the above headline is where we are on “reopening the economy,” “reopening the state,” etc? When in your life did you ever think that we would even consider uttering phrases like that – let alone have them as part of our daily language? It almost seems like the past two months […]

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Let’s get out and support local businesses

Let’s get out and support local businesses

| May 13, 2020

Based solely on the amount of traffic that I see in town now I think just about everyone is tired of this and ready to move on with their lives, jobs and some recreational opportunities. That could be everyone actually. For all of you mother’s out there in Beacon readership land, here’s hoping that even […]

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Get ready to go and stay positive

Get ready to go and stay positive

| May 6, 2020

I think that I could use the same headline from week to week for this column and it would still be appropriate for our circumstances and our situation. And I am not just talking about the COVID-19 pandemic nor the re-opening – as it is called – of our state. Our community is faced with […]

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What have we learned during this crisis?

What have we learned during this crisis?

| April 29, 2020

A global pandemic that shuts down many businesses and has many others working from home should be considered an opportunity to learn – more about ourselves, our family and friends and our community. Have we done that? I’m not sure that I have done as much of that as I would like to. And that […]

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Time for reflection and perspective

Time for reflection and perspective

| April 22, 2020

Is this the new normal? What will the new normal look like? How will we know when the “new normal” has arrived? One thing is almost certain – it is highly unlikely that the world as we knew it earlier this year will return to that point in any rapid form. Or maybe not at […]

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Will we be back to normal by May 1?

Will we be back to normal by May 1?

| April 15, 2020

This was certainly an Easter to remember. If you followed the recommendations there were no large family gatherings, no visits to the nursing homes or assisted living facilities to enjoy an Easter meal with a loved one – and the list goes on and on. Perhaps, though, you were still able to enjoy a slice […]

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My books have arrived!

My books have arrived!

| April 8, 2020

You’ve heard the old saying of course. I heard my dad use that phrase often during his life, but it seems to be fading from our vocabulary and it seemed appropriate to pull this out with the recent passing of the 2.2 trillion stimulus bill. Somebody will pay. For those of my generation it will […]

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Grab some bottled water – and donuts!

| March 17, 2020

Are we on the brink of the apocalypse? I don’t think so, but you would not know it by gauging the store shelves – empty – the shutting down of schools, sporting events and more. Is the government taking the necessary – or too many – risks? I think we need to step back a […]

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