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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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It’s time to soar to new heights

It’s time to soar to new heights

| June 10, 2021

The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival takes off this weekend at the fairgrounds, returning after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering all the fun and thrills that you would expect. This event is a terrific family focused opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy early June in Coshocton County. Take advantage of it […]

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Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember

| May 27, 2021

While there is some dispute, credit is widely given to Union General John A. Logan for founding the holiday that we now recognize as Memorial Day. Meant to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, General Logan set May 30, 1868, as the day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers who […]

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A time to wind down and a time to wind it up

A time to wind down and a time to wind it up

| May 20, 2021

The long school year of 2020-2021 is coming to a close. Can we please take a moment to thank all of our teachers, administrators, coaches, maintenance crews, bus drivers, janitors, cooks, and all of those that worked and endured through the frustration of the COVID-19 pandemic. These folks go to work each day to ensure […]

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Rain, rain, go away, everyone wants to get out and plant!

Rain, rain, go away, everyone wants to get out and plant!

| May 13, 2021

That was a sufficient amount of rain to last us for a week or two, I believe. We need the fields to dry out to ensure that the crops (and gardens) get planted. The cooler temperatures are surely not “May like” with this morning (Monday) at a balmy 39 degrees in our part of the […]

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Hoping and believing that we learned from COVID-19 experience

Hoping and believing that we learned from COVID-19 experience

| May 6, 2021

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? Weeds, grass to mow, a healthy start on a garden and the beauty of spring in Coshocton County. April seemed a bit lacking in rain, although I did not verify the numbers – if memory serves, the past few Mays have seemed to be […]

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Time to wind it up and give it a throw

Time to wind it up and give it a throw

| April 29, 2021

It’s time to toss the month of April to the ever-increasing pile of already completed months in the year 2021. We’re already one third of the way into the year as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. We are making progress as the economy rolls along and more people get vaccinated. Try buying a […]

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It’s bustin’ out crazy all over the place

It’s bustin’ out crazy all over the place

| April 22, 2021

Like dandelions and weeds in the springtime, growth is going nuts. After a year of being sequestered and “on hold” many businesses and industries are swimming in success. The supply and demand curve is out of whack with many vendors two and three months behind on orders. It was reported that the Chinese economy grew […]

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Can we define a ‘back to normal’ world?

Can we define a ‘back to normal’ world?

| April 8, 2021

Here’s hoping that everyone had a Happy Easter and enjoyed, perhaps, more of a family get together than last year. Typically, I review the papers from the year before to make sure we are not missing a community event or happening that we should be aware of. As I flipped through the pages of the […]

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