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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Could our ‘new normal’ be the new normal?

Could our ‘new normal’ be the new normal?

| July 15, 2020

Some scientists are now beginning to wonder if the COVID-19 virus will ever go away or could it become the fifth of the strains of coronaviruses that are already endemic in humans. The official scientific nomenclature for this virus is SARS-CoV-2. Other coronaviruses can cause anything from the common cold to a severe disease like […]

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Baseball is coming back with changes

Baseball is coming back with changes

| July 8, 2020

As many of us continue to deal with slow or intermittent internet issues, dropped cell phone coverage and many other aspects of the ramped-up pace of working remotely, did we ever consider that COVID-19 would cause us to become more fractured and divided instead of bringing us closer together? Combine that with the riots and […]

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Are we back on track yet?

Are we back on track yet?

| June 24, 2020

As more and more venues open their doors to the public, are we increasing the risk of a spike in the COVID-19 virus? We are already seeing this happening around the world and in some cases, around the nation. As I bounce around on the internet looking at the number of cases, one thing strikes […]

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It’s happening right in front of us

It’s happening right in front of us

| June 17, 2020

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, positive things are happening in Coshocton County. The Three Rivers Bridge project is on tap to be finished this summer – and I think that all of us can see that the project is starting to wrap up – in a few weeks we will be able to […]

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Have we kicked COVID-19 to the curb – or just down the road?

Have we kicked COVID-19 to the curb – or just down the road?

| June 10, 2020

With last week’s column starting out in a bit of a revolutionary tone – that is a play on words of course as the wording was from the beginning of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” There is nothing quite as alarming as that word – not Charles Dickens – but “revolutionary.” Hopefully folks […]

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

| June 3, 2020

While certainly a cliché headline, for some reason the famous line from “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens popped into my head this week and just would not leave. I think it was telling me to write about it. So, let’s at least start with that and see where it leads. The book […]

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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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