The Coshocton County Beacon March 4, 2021 - Page 6

6 • The Beacon March 4 , 2021

We ’ re coming down to the line and headed to spring

And I don ’ t mean a line in the sand . New COVID-19 cases are declining across the nation , and as more and more people are vaccinated , we should see a continued decline in cases , hospitalizations and deaths . Cases continue to decline following a peak in early January but are still too high . And now with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved , this provides a third vaccine in the arsenal to beat the virus .
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is unique in that it is only one shot and
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does not require being in a freezer . Refrigeration will suffice .
Perhaps , perhaps , we are starting to return to some patterns of normalcy , and by summer we could see — it would be nice to see — restaurants open at full capacity , live events being held with increased attendance and more . The best news , of course , would be that by fall schools across the nation are back in the classroom in a big way . If we can hold proms and graduation , I would think we can be in the classroom . And some are already .
But the worst thing we could do right now is take our eye off the ball , get complacent and think the virus is already defeated . It is not . As new strains begin to take hold , the battle could be far from over . It would be nice to see a consistent message from the officials on where we stand . Is it one mask , no mask , two masks ?
The Buckeyes put up a solid effort against both TTUN and the Hawkeyes but came up short in both contests . The Buckeyes men ’ s basketball team is still a solid contender and should be able to advance in March Madness depending on who they come up against .
Well , we ’ re now into March . You know what that means ? Daylight Saving Time is only a couple of weeks away , and spring is getting close . I can tell by the piles of dirt in the yard — whatever critters are digging away — critters

Conesville Elementary honors students for their academics

The following Conesville Elementary students were on the honor roll or merit roll for the second nine weeks . Honor roll ( all A ’ s ) Fourth grade : Noah Chaney , Ty Woodward , Josie Wright , Kallen Aronhalt , Brailee Treadway , Jazmin Fox , Jason Fox , Faye Morris , Easton Wesney , Brevin Rahn , Kailynn Van- Sickle , Harmony Fisher , Ezekiel Kaku , Kyler Thompson , Sophia Morris , Wyatt Richards , Lainey Akers and Jaylee Alexander .
Fifth grade : Mark Barnhart , Colt Beatty , Jeremiah Kaku and Hayden McVay .
Sixth grade : Kendall Laudick , Brooks Barringer , Isabella Vickers , Peyton Vickers , Izabella Barnhart and Alex Smailes . Honor roll Fourth grade : Alianna Tittle , Alexis Meek , Avery Wolfe , Alexia Birkhimer , Taylyn Guilliams , Bryson Wiggins , Morgan Lighthizer , Dustin Sammons , Ashlyn Stone and Kaitlyn Brink .
Fifth grade : Remington Lewis , Bladen Hagans , Laynee McFarland , Clara Young , Everett Treadway , Dirk Hawthorne and Traelynn Hough .
Sixth grade : James Shivers , Blaze Klein , Ali Chilcote , Alexander Beal Merit roll Fourth grade : Abbott Lanham , Briar Klein , K ayl a Wa l ke r , A r i a Arden , Nora Sturtz ,
Kaison Giesey , Grayson Fitch and Kalhen Donley .
Fifth grade : Karson Kehl , Miles Thomas , Jullianna Pahoundis , Brayleigh Cox , Mya Dobson , Macy Moody , Anna Mitchell and Levi Blair .
Sixth grade : Kylea Samson , Jazmine Griffith , Jackson Criner , Isabella Crider , Coby Richards , Wyatt Stanton , Addyson Blair , Natalie Huston and Rylnn Rhoades . are either digging up or digging down . I guess they could be tunneling horizontally . But there is one less as a red-tailed hawk grabbed an unlucky creature this morning . They have keen eyesight without glasses . I don ’ t .
Nationwide Arena opens back up to fans after one year of absence as the Blue Jackets “ 5th line ” gets back in the action — with caution being the word of the day . Fans can sit in “ pods ” of two or four , but fans are excited to be back in the stands .
The weather forecast has sunshine for the week , and the long-range outlook has temperatures climbing into the 50s and 60s next week . We could see “ tulips ” popping through the ground in the next couple of weeks .
Sure , we have probably not seen the last of this year ’ s snow . We typically get one or two in March and sometimes a doozy or two in April . Regardless of what happens , you always know that with the passing of each day , there is more daylight and warmer temperatures are on the way . Bring it on . We ’ re all ready for spring this year .

Erman honored at Hiram College

H i r a m C o l l e g e announced Benjamin Erman of Coshocton was named to the dean ’ s list for the fall 2020 semester .
The dean ’ s list recognition is awarded each semester to students who complete 12 or more hours of graded coursework during the semester at Hiram College with a semester GPA of 3.6 or better .
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