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Positivity plentiful throughout our community

| December 30, 2021

Here’s hoping everyone in Beacon land had a very Merry Christmas and are ready to jump into the New Year of 2022. With the loss of many that we keep in our hearts, 2021 was a difficult and emotional year for many in our community and beyond. The ravages of COVID-19 and its variants continue to wreak tragedy throughout our community, state and nation. Hopefully 2022 will be the year we can wrestle this to the ground and look back on it as one of those periods in history where we overcame.

Our community moved forward in big ways during this past year, with dozens of new businesses opening, many others expanding and several manufacturers adding more capacity and employees. The difficulty of finding staff has not escaped Coshocton County as many business owners will tell you it is their most pressing matter – even more than supply chain issues.

Everything is lined up for a positive and successful year for Coshocton County as momentum is clearly on our side right now. A much-needed Justice Center, a sorely needed building for the Coshocton EMS and other projects all point to good things that we can point to as a community moving in the right direction.

Sure, like everyone else we have our distractions, but the good things far outweigh the bad. Let’s talk up the good stuff, work on the negatives and keep going forward.

You know we need to talk about the Buckeyes – which team will show up against Utah in the Rose Bowl? Prediction – Buckeyes 35 – Utah 14. We also have that playoff game with another team from our state going up against Alabama. Does Cincinnati have a chance? You bet. They match up well with a solid secondary against the Crimson Tide pass offense. The boys from the Queen City are a bit suspect in the special team category – if the game comes down to a field goal the bet would be on Alabama. But if the Bearcats can get their high-powered offense going, that won’t matter.

We have two other teams from our state that also play the gridiron game – and it appears as of this writing that the team from the Queen City will be the one standing at the end of the regular season – and while they are not exactly eliminated yet – the Browns gave it a good effort this year but too many key injuries and the COVID factor got in the way at the wrong time. Baker Mayfield is just not himself in this stretch part of the season – my expectation is for the Browns to rebound next year in a big way. Hopefully they won’t trade away key players in the off-season.

As we wrap up another year of publishing The Coshocton County Beacon, thanks to our readers and especially our advertisers for supporting us throughout this past year. There is always plenty of positive news about our community to print! Thank you and Happy New Year!

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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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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