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Local officials report community moving forward

| July 26, 2013
Award: Rich McElvain, (center) owner of the Warsaw Shopwise in Warsaw, was awarded the Community Improvement Award at the quarterly Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held Thursday, July 25 at Roberta’s Catering Center. The store added a 24 hour fueling station in 2012, a new entrance and other enhancements. McElvain thanked his employees for their dedication and service to customers, saying they are the ones that made the award possible. Also pictured are Bill Owens, chamber community improvement award chair (left) and Jesse Fischer, president of the chamber board. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Award: Rich McElvain, (center) owner of the Warsaw Shopwise in Warsaw, was awarded the Community Improvement Award at the quarterly Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held Thursday, July 25 at Roberta’s Catering Center. The store added a 24 hour fueling station in 2012, a new entrance and other enhancements. McElvain thanked his employees for their dedication and service to customers, saying they are the ones that made the award possible. Also pictured are Bill Owens, chamber community improvement award chair (left) and Jesse Fischer, president of the chamber board. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

COSHOCTON – Coshocton City Mayor Steve Mercer, Coshocton County Commissioners Board President D. Curtis Lee, Chamber Executive Director Amy Stockdale, Port Authority Executive Director Dorothy Skowrunski and CVB Director Jan Myers all provided updates at the quarterly Chamber luncheon held Thursday, July 25 at Roberta’s Catering Center in Coshocton.

Several elected officials or their representatives were present at the meeting and received warm applause from those in attendance.

Chamber Board President Jesse Fischer announced an opening on the board and Dan Brenneman was nominated and received unanimous approval to join the board.

Jan Myers talked about the ongoing Ohio Chautauqua at the fairgrounds and the many community events in July and August. Myers reported that tourism is strong and with the pipeline activity in the county, area hotels, campgrounds and guesthouses are filled to capacity.

Port Authority Director Dorothy Skowrunski reported on the sale of the ethanol plant and that activity will be taking place soon with jobs and providing an economic boost for the community. The Port Authority is also working with RockTenn on a cleanup project involving the former Steel Ceilings property.

Chamber Executive Director Amy Stockdale talked about growth of the chamber, with several new members joining the organization. A very successfully balloon festival has helped fill the chamber coffers and Stockdale thanked Frontier Power and other local organizations for their gracious donations to the festival. The Cash Mob will be resuming in September.

Coshocton City Mayor Steve Mercer unveiled a red, white and blue flag adorned with the “The Made in The U.S.A. City” logo. The slogan is being framed as something Coshocton can market around the world and plans are in place to work with Annin Flag and others to roll out the logo and slogan to community manufacturers. The Mayor also talked about the upcoming Chestnut Street paving project, which also involves new curbs.

Coshocton County Commissioner Board Chair D. Curtis Lee told the crowd that sales tax revenues are on a record setting pace for 2013, and that 2012 was a high point for the county. A significant portion of county funds come from sales tax collected in Coshocton County. Several ongoing issues are in the midst of being resolved and Lee commented on the new benches that adorn the courthouse square and several locations on Main Street.

During the meeting Tim Ross, representing Governor Kasich’s office, presented letters of recognition from the Governor to Ed Kiefer of Kiefer’s Florist for achieving the milestone of 100 years in business and to Sally and Chuck Ellis of Pearl Valley Cheese for 85 years in business. Kiefer and Chuck and Sally Ellis thanked the community for their support and received applause from those attending.

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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; 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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