Mark’s Musings – April 29, 2015

| April 28, 2015
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

Thank you. It is with gratefulness and appreciation with a dose of humility thrown in that all of us here at The Coshocton County Beacon thank you for supporting us for seven years. Our mission remains to publish a weekly community newspaper that focuses on the positive aspects of Coshocton County. “Positively Coshocton County” is our tagline and we strive weekly to live up to that mission.

The issue that you are holding in your hands – or reading online – is Volume 8, Number 1. In the publishing world that simply means that a year of publishing has rolled over and we are beginning – for us – year number eight. The numbers alone really don’t mean much – except that over the past seven years we have published thousands of articles with tens of thousands of words and thousands more photos with even more photos available on our website photo galleries.

All of this is possible because of the support of this community, our readers and advertisers that continue to find value in The Beacon. Our goal is to bring people together in the pages of The Beacon, making connections throughout our many communities whether those be our schools, civic groups, churches, business or political entities. And although we don’t always hit the bar that we set, we constantly strive for it, making improvements where needed and adjustments when necessary. We are always evaluating our coverage and throughout the rest of this year you can expect to see that reflected in the pages and online versions of The Beacon.

Thank you for your continued support of Coshocton County’s locally owned newspaper.

If you are a registered voter that resides in the city of Coshocton you get to vote on a levy that will be on the May 5 ballot for a one half percent increase in the city income tax. This tax is for the purpose of increased law enforcement coverage and other safety measures as deemed necessary by the Coshocton City Council. There is a question and answer in this week’s issue of The Beacon that can give you more information as to how council intends to utilize these funds. One of the goals of this levy is to get back to former levels of sheriff’s deputies patrolling the city that were considered adequate.

All registered voters that live within the defined school district of the Coshocton County Career Center will have the opportunity to vote on a permanent improvement levy on May 5. This is the third time the levy has been on the ballot. I have listened to Superintendent Rick Raach speak about the needs for the school on several occasions this spring and can tell you that Mr. Raach is passionate about the students and the opportunity that the Career Center provides to our community. Tech schools, as they are called, are helping educate our youth in electrical, welding, cosmetology, culinary arts and many more fields. Mr. Raach has pointed out that next year’s enrollment at the school is an all-time high.

As always, it is your choice which way you vote. The Beacon would ask that you thoroughly research the issues and talk to people involved versus listening to the latest rumor before you register your vote.


Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

About the Author ()

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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