We became acquainted with Minna Bobby of Littleton, Colo., a few weeks ago as the new year was just beginning. She was 104 then, and although she doesn’t remember the exact week or year she started reading the Advocate, she continues to subscribe and enjoys keeping up with what’s going on in…

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We became acquainted with Minna Bobby of Littleton, Colo., a few weeks ago as the new year was just beginning. She was 104 then, and although she doesn’t remember the exact week or year she started reading the Advocate, she continues to subscribe and enjoys keeping up with what’s going on in…

Editor’s note: Marshall County Arts Cooperative board member Hannah Malotte was one of several speakers at last weekend’s fundraiser.

Have a concern about the number of uninsured children in your community? How about low teacher pay? Want to assure highways are maintained for the next several decades or that Kansans with mental illness can access treatment?

Word from Australians isn’t optimistic these days in terms of the future of much of its unique wildlife. Koalas have sustained devastating blows to their numbers in recent wildfires.

• Planning by the city of Marysville and related entities with recommendations from the Kansas State University design and landscape architecture classes. Their ideas could help spur new development of blighted areas in central Marysville.

David Hammett’s pen and ink drawings just keep giving us something to write about. Last week, because of David’s 40-year stint of illustrating Marshall County’s everyday life and history, I think we discovered the Advocate’s longest-running subscriber.

Marysville’s historic depot just completed another successful year. Reflections on 2019 — the building’s 90th year — include significant restoration of the interior and exterior of this fantastic relic from Marysville’s railroad past.

“Christmas was a magical time for Charles Koester and his family,” Earl Shreckengast wrote in a post that launched a Koester Christmas series on Facebook Dec. 10.

They steadily work away as the holiday season progresses, making sure that children’s needs are fulfilled. They aren’t in the public eye because they’re behind the scenes coordinating and gathering practical donations of clothing and other gifts that area residents so generously provide.

David Hammett slips into the office quietly once a month and drops off his drawing for our editorial page. This week it’s the sketch of his grandchildren sharing a moment with Choo Choo, the black squirrel statue at the local depot.

Kansas remains among just 14 states who have yet to expand the Medicaid program. The other 36 have now covered more low-income residents because they realized health insurance is simply out of financial reach to a good chunk of working families. Those states, as a result, can draw 90 percent…

Well, how did it go? Were conversations around the Thanksgiving table collegial...or curtailed?

This year’s Thanksgiving meal was as pleasant as any at my family’s gathering. I spent the day with my sister, Mary, and her family at their rural home in Rock Township. It’s a fun place to gather  and share the latest family news, pass around and coo over my niece’s new baby girl, play game…

Marysville Main Street and Marysville Chamber of Commerce members will meet at 7 a.m. next Wednesday at the Wagon Wheel Cafe to discuss combining the organizations into one.

Small Business Saturday is full of incentives to peruse the locally owned businesses in downtown Marysville. More than $500 in Chamber bucks will be given to shoppers when they check in at the Shop Small Headquarters near Eighth and Broadway this weekend. There will be several items downtown…

You can’t do something all day if you don’t start in the morning. This is a cliché true of hard work, drinking or kindness. If you want your efforts to have meaningful longevity, you must start early (or now) and act with continuity and focus.

In the early days of our marriage, Howard and I rented a small apartment. On our first Christmas together, I wanted to start our own traditions and my plans included some beautiful tree decorations and lights. Something really in style: colorful but elegant.

The creator of Peter Pan, James M. Barrie, wrote, “God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.” Many would find that notion to be warm and poetic as it was intended, while others might consider it pure schmaltz. I could go either way, depending, in part, on how much pinot noir…

Come the middle of November and deer-vehicle accidents rise to a fever pitch. Every area sheriff’s report in recent weeks has had a number of such crashes.

Listening to Chuck Otte talk, it’s not a stretch to think that birds’ future depend on people like him.

It’s forecast to be a snow-coated finale to Halloween week, bringing November in with a burst of winter while bidding autumn farewell.

Marshall County’s Board of Commissioners should find a way to help the Marshall County Historical Society when snow covers its walks.

Marysville’s police force will shrink again soon with the loss of Sgt. Dave Ohlde, who is headed to a new job with the state’s Law Enforcement Training Center.

Will Mike Pompeo, current secretary of state and former U.S. House 4th District representative from Wichita, eventually bail out of the mess that is the Trump administration and scurry back to Kansas?

Marysville and its surrounding areas in Marshall County recently lost the curbside recycling service provided byTemps Disposal. The trash hauler simply couldn’t sustain it financially, with markets growing scarce. No one should expect a business to take recyclables at a loss.

Being a leader is never easy. Organizing a large group of volunteers is especially difficult. Ask anyone who has ever put together a big event whether they felt as if they were herding cats and they likely said yes.

After working for two months in our school district, I am thoroughly impressed with the district’s people and those within the community surrounding the district. What a wonderful supportive community.  

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.

It seems every few years I get the opportunity to supply a ride; not for my kids, friends or those who’ve imbibed too much. No, I have the chance to help a hitchhiker move a little farther down the road toward destinations unknown.

An important thing you need to know about the November school board election is that you can vote for four board members — not just for one board member in the position district where you live.

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 …

The Marshall County Arts Cooperative believes the arts bring people together, the arts unite.  Although that’s an ambitious mission, our success can be measured by our county’s commitment to the arts.  Yearly, local residents, businesses, and other organizations give generously to MCAC.  Rec…

Thousands of training miles went into last weekend’s bike and foot races that started from downtown Marysville, resulting over the course of the day in many exhausted but happy runners and riders.

My last update was in July this year. Since then we have moved forward to get bids for the jail, so that we could get a more accurate number that we were dealing with. The architect and construction managers will have met on Monday to give the Marshall County commissioners an accurate update…

Our Scrabble group meets once a week for sharing our knowledge, opinions, experiences, humor and treats. From time to time, we play a little Scrabble. Once in a while we also touch on topics that merit deeper discussion.

I would urge the Marshall County commissioners to delay a decision on building a new jail until our county’s residents have had the opportunity to study what is already in place for operation of a law enforcement center that is safe, efficient and transparent.

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.

There are very few constants in life but the one thing that remained constant for me growing up and into adulthood was the morning show on WIBW with ag programing brought to our house by Kelly Lenz. I grew up eating breakfast while learning about the latest in ag news and notes, not just occ…

Since Marysville started its Black Squirrels on Parade public art project a few years back, it’s piqued my interest in finding more such “parades” in cities around the country.

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…

Experiencing stories from history is only a phone call away since Marysville Convention & Tourism and the town’s three museums launched their audio tours this summer.

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.