The Advocate and KNDY Radio are prepared to query the candidates at this week’s election forum at 7 p.m. Thursday in Marysville City Building.

Marshall County residents have long shown their desire to maintain and grow local communities. The prospects for this only increase with a financially sound and independent hospital. Community Memorial Healthcare carries its name because it is owned by all of us — this county community. Its …

Many U.S. communities today are similar to the Marysville of a century and a half ago. Multiple languages are spoken on the street and in schools, workers hail from many countries and bring their talents to boost the local economies.

Plans for a county jail have progressed to the point of seeking a bid from contractors. Surprisingly, there has been no county contact with the city to determine what setbacks and utility hookups might be needed for this major project, according to City Administrator Austin St. John, who att…

You may have received this edition of the Advocate unexpectedly. It’s part of our annual mass mailing. We’ve sent this week’s paper as a sample to every household in Marshall County.

Last weekend’s shooting deaths in El Paso and Dayton shouldn’t be passing events. They should stop us in our tracks. So many people died by the gun, and that should spur greater restrictions on guns. In Australia it has and in  New Zealand, too, after mass shootings in both those countries.

In June, Air Force veteran William Shuttleworth stopped in Marysville on his cross-country walk from East to West Coast. He was here to raise awareness for the plight of veterans.

In today’s marketplace, food production is largely controlled by the few. According to the Organization for Competitive Markets, 82 percent of agriculture is now in the hands of four transnational corporations.

Many thanks to organizers and sponsors of last week’s wide range of activities and delicious food for Marysville’s Fourth of July.

Marshall County Republican Party selected Meghan Voracek on Tuesday night as their nominee to be the next Marshall County attorney. After seven years of work in civil and criminal law, Voracek has the experience to serve well as the county’s top law enforcement officer.

Marshall County Partnership for Growth is a coalition of county businesses, industry and local governments. But a glaring shortage in this organization is our county government’s commitment. The county budgeted a paltry $5,000 for the Partnership last year. Compare that to $60,000 in Nemaha …

Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are probably the most likable guys in the U.S. Senate. They understand the issues facing Kansas, plead for agricultural interests, and depending upon the makeup of the crowd they are addressing, stay bullish on opposition to President Donald Trump’s ludicrous trad…

The first Friday each May has become a much-anticipated day in this community. It’s Pony Up Marysville match day, when people peer into their pocketbooks, bank accounts and stock portfolios and commit to sharing their wealth with others.

Marysville just got a new attraction in City Park. A new disc golf course, purchased with funds donated by local businesses and installed for free by local resident Kyle Goracke who used a donated Bobcat from a local business.

Winter ended this month with tornado sirens blaring in Alabama and highways collapsed and bridges washed downstream in Nebraska. Climate is wreaking the change that scientists warned it would.

Across rural America, small businesses are the heart of main street. From local coffee shops to the hardware store, these businesses employ local residents, provide important services to the community, and serve as anchors for their local economies. With the Consolidated Appropriations Act o…

Christel Highland found herself shocked and saddened by a bill her father co-sponsored recently in the Kansas Legislature. Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, was among a group of legislators who signed on to a measure that sought to label same-sex marriage as “parody marriage” and to erase it from…

The Kansas Department of Transportation recently chose Marysville’s proposal as one of 23 projects in its $8.5 million Transportation Alternatives program next fiscal year.

The state Department of Health and Environment recently handed out the Kansas Health Champion awards to shine a spotlight on those exemplary people and communities who are making real strides to give Kansans longer, better lives.

Kimbrook Tennal is well known for leading his Centralia volleyball teams to success in this region of  powerhouse small-town sports.

President Trump and Congress need to quit wasting U.S. resources, playing politics and reopen government. Trump has decided not to accept the congressional decision against funding his U.S.-Mexico border wall, so he cut off non-essential government services. These are services we all pay tax…

Medicare for all: The cost of health care, which blocks many Americans from getting medical attention when they need it, and the viability of our community hospitals is at stake. Congress must begin in earnest to study the future of these issues and determine how to pay for a universal syste…

The United States took yet another battering last week as its president, Donald Trump, in rapid-fire succession announced all U.S. troops are to withdraw from Syria and half of U.S. forces are to leave Afghanistan. He then fired his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, who had announced he was qui…

Many local residents choose to spend in their home county for the holidays. As a result, their purchases go directly into the local economy, rippling out to benefit all those who live here.

Sen. Jerry Moran stopped by Marysville Rotary Club Monday and afterward said that across the state in recent months he’s heard from many about the Trump administration’s trade wars now affecting agriculture, as well as other industries.

The federal government released its Fourth National Climate Assessment this week. It describes the growing body of scientific research that bodes devastating effects of climate change.

It’s a new day in Kansas. A new governor-elect, Laura Kelly, pledges to work with both political parties to remedy much of the devastating policies of the Gov. Sam Brownback years.

Early next year, the Kansas Legislature will hear results of the Kansas Reservoir Protection Initiative now under way in Marshall County and a handful of other counties in Kansas. The state has targeted four watersheds with $900,000 in funding issued late this summer for landowners to plant …

We could say we’ve saved the best for last, but the Advocate actually just didn’t have room last week in its editorial page election endorsements to expound on the laurels of Brian “BAM” McClendon, who is running for Kansas secretary of state.

In this year’s election, voters have choices that merit research. Individuals should carefully consider the information they receive from special interest groups by also reading up on candidates in various newspapers and other sources, not just a single channel on TV or a single website, soc…

Learn what local, state and federal candidates want to do once they’re in office after this November’s general election.

The encore of Saturday night’s concert at Alcove Spring Historic Park, as the band Kansas launched into its signature “Carry On Wayward Son,” capped one of the best Septembers in Marshall County in recent memory.

Monday’s public talk by Marysville High School graduate Darol Rodrock, a well-known Kansas City area developer, aims to shed light on his own experience as a foster child and today’s teens in foster care.

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