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 by more than 30% in the first quarter of this year – bolstered in part by Americans spending their stimulus money. Of course, we’re not the only nation that imports a significant amount of goods from China.

The stock market continues to set new records on an almost daily basis as the news of continued vaccinations and economic growth helped along by individual and government spending drives us forward. While some industries were severely impacted by the pandemic – cruise lines, travel, airlines, restaurants, etc., many others reported record years. It remains to be seen how the overall mix of industry profit reporting will impact the market going forward.

Reported COVID-19 cases have ticked up some but seem to be approaching another leveling off benchmark. You can find reported and up to date data on the website.

Reds fans have to be excited as the team sits in first place a few games into the new baseball season. The Tribe is only a half game back of Kansas City as I write this column on Monday morning. The Pirates are at least ahead of the Cubs in the standings. It’s early.

Perhaps you had the pleasure of watching the 56th annual ACM Awards this past weekend – I did not but the media and the audience were wowed by the singing of Carrie Underwood and a duet with CeCe Winans performing songs from her new album “My Savior.” Underwood provided the audience with a medley of four songs from the album.

I don’t know about you, but this seems to be something that we could use right now. Uplifting and positive messages are always welcomed.

Speaking of uplifting and positive things around Coshocton County that continue to bloom – hopefully you have seen the beautiful flowers and plantings provided by Coshocton In Bloom – let’s not take this for granted please. After several years of having this beauty grace our downtown and beyond, it might be easy to just think that it “happens.” It does – with a lot of hard work, time and effort. Be sure to thank the folks that make this happen when you see them out working and watering.

And, while we are on the subject, let’s give a shout out to all those that volunteered on Saturday morning to “Clean Up Coshocton.” This annual United Way of Coshocton County event brings together families and folks to pick up trash, do some weeding or just tidy things up. They are a part of what makes our community great. And if you didn’t get a chance to help out on Saturday, anytime is a good time to pick up some trash. Thanks!

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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; 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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