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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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Can we press the pause button – Thanksgiving is almost here!

Can we press the pause button – Thanksgiving is almost here!

| November 19, 2020

With COVID-19 cases rapidly on the rise, an election that we think is over, a Senate majority that will hang in the balance until early January – and families poised on the edge with holiday plans also hanging in the balance – is it any wonder that we all seem frazzled? Well, most of us […]

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We have a lot to be thankful for

We have a lot to be thankful for

| November 12, 2020

“Barreling” down Main Street early this Monday morning (Nov. 9) the headline above is the phrase displayed on the wonderful Rotary sign at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets. That is close if not the exact words. Yes, we do. Yes, we do. Regardless of how the election turned out for you on the […]

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Chamber presents annual awards and announces date for 2021 dinner

Chamber presents annual awards and announces date for 2021 dinner

| October 29, 2020

The Buckeyes looked pretty sharp in their season opener against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It took a bit to get going, but once they did, it was almost like watching the team from last year on the field. In fact, the Buckeyes made enough of an impression in the first game that they soared from the […]

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Shop early, shop often and shop local this holiday season

Shop early, shop often and shop local this holiday season

| October 22, 2020

Someone said there was a football game in Pittsburgh on Sunday. That’s odd, because I never found a football game. I saw a thrashing though. Just think, only a couple more weeks and all this craziness will be over, and we can go back to being civil with each other. I’m sure that the national […]

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I guess we are still observing things after all?

| October 15, 2020

Town seemed a bit quieter as I made the left turn onto Main Street on Monday morning. Then I remembered – this is Columbus Day – Monday, Oct. 12. Gee, I thought that this may have went away with the dodo bird, statues, monuments, team names, and on and on. You get the idea. So, […]

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There’s none of this or none of that going on

There’s none of this or none of that going on

| October 8, 2020

Sure, I picked up, paid for and chomped down my share of “fair food” at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds over the past few days – it would seem that the candidates for the junior fair king and queen court were right on when they said that, “the Stromboli was their favorite” as witnessed by the […]

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So much to write about, so little space and even less time

So much to write about, so little space and even less time

| October 1, 2020

Yep. That’s the truth. While some weeks it is more challenging to put together a column that neither offends nor crosses any of the many great divides in today’s culture, this week is not that week. Folks are coming to Cleveland. Some really important people actually. Oh sure, I know that President Trump and former […]

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The fair – and the shows – must go on

The fair – and the shows – must go on

| September 24, 2020

There’s a point in time each year in Coshocton County, as the leaves start turning, the hummingbirds head south, the gardens have produced their last tomato, that many of us – I dare say most – start thinking about the Coshocton County Fair. The sights, the smells, the chance to meet up with friends old […]

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