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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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Squeezin’ the stuffins out

| December 1, 2022

That’s what it looked like to me – the Buckeyes maybe ate too much Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Brilliant at times, lethargic when it mattered. Apparently TTUN just wanted it more. Serious fans have already crunched all the numbers and know that the Buckeyes still have an outside chance to make the four-team playoff – […]

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It’s another crummy Christmas commercial

It’s another crummy Christmas commercial

| November 10, 2022

It’s like going from one form of punishment to another – while still enduring the first punishment. I thought we typically had a few days of respite between the political “vote for me” commercials and the onslaught of Christmas television commercials that started this past weekend. Are these starting a bit early this year? Or […]

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Could they, will they, might they, should they?

Could they, will they, might they, should they?

| October 20, 2022

I’m referring to the newest miracle on the shores of Lake Erie. Certainly not the Browns. The Cleveland Guardians are the darlings of the diamond – having surprised everyone but themselves and their coaches. And probably a few fans too. As I write this (Monday morning, Oct. 17) the Guardians are headed to the Bronx […]

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The Coshocton County Fair is about the past, present and future

| September 29, 2022

Sure, that’s quite a lengthy headline for a subject that’s familiar to everyone in Coshocton County. It’s exciting to see the calendar flip to September and even more so as we hit the autumn season. We’re so fortunate that our county fair is the next to last fair in the state with only Fairfield next […]

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There’s a feeling of fall in the air

There’s a feeling of fall in the air

| September 15, 2022

I know that many of you will agree that a favorite time of year in Coshocton County is the fall season. With one week to go on the calendar before it is “officially” fall, it’s time to recap why I consider fall my favorite time to be in Coshocton County. There is only one not […]

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A statistic is a statistic is just a statistic

| August 18, 2022

I dare ya to say that three times real fast – in fact, I double dog dare ya! Yes, I know. That is a breach of etiquette and of course, I know how to spell “you.” I just chose the shorter option. I am referring to the most recent statistics posted on inflation – they […]

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Where, oh where, are you going?

Where, oh where, are you going?

| July 28, 2022

Summertime that is. As my wife shared something with me yesterday from an author that we both enjoy reading, “the days are long, but the months, years and decades are short.” They sure are. June – gone. July – only a few days remain when you read this. It seems that school starts at the […]

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Farm Bureau recognizes several at annual meeting

Farm Bureau recognizes several at annual meeting

| July 26, 2022

The Coshocton County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting at Schumaker Farms on Monday evening, July 25 with a catered meal of meatballs, cheesy potatoes, salad, corn on the cob, rolls, beverages and cookies. Kayla Durbin, current president of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau, called the meeting to order following dinner and asked members to […]

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