Early voting is under way at the Marshall County Courthouse. If concerned about COVID-19, mail ballots are easily requested at ksvotes.org or by calling the county clerk’s office at 785-562-5361. The county will send voters their ballots, which can be mailed back or returned in person up unt…

Marshall County school districts are preparing for how to bring children safely back to school this fall. Fortunately the state has an exemplary physician at the helm of the state health department to advise Kansas’ education department as it prepares guidelines for the fall semester.

At Friday’s Marshall County commissioners meeting, the board agreed to leave it up to the public to wear masks. On Monday, they weren’t willing to allow the public without masks into the county’s courthouse.

In many other countries where masks are widely used or required, the COVID-19 infection rate has significantly dropped. Meanwhile in America, where masks have not been mandatory, we are reaching record rates of COVID-19 spread.

While this country’s leadership has a long way to go in coming to terms with the bigotry that has plagued the U.S. since its founding, there are encourageing signs of change all around.

Kansas House District 106 Rep. Bill Pannbacker has announced he will not run for reelection. As a newspaper, we were disappointed to hear that Pannbacker was calling it quits after his first two-year term.

I don’t know if a governor could face anything more difficult than walking the line between saving lives in a global pandemic and saving businesses that put food on the table for Kansans.

Community bankers in Marshall County have stepped up in the last several weeks and shouldered the responsibility of keeping our business communities intact. They’ve been the conduits and local administrators for the federal CARES Act and its Paycheck Protection Program, known as the PPP. The…

In an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Linn County Health Department has asked businesses to keep track of patrons who visit their premises for the next month.

Mother’s Day weekend is approaching and this year offers a chance to consider what moms realy need across a nation battling COVID-19. It’s clear from reports so far that the virus disproportionately hits the poor. Why? Lack of access to health care.

Marysville’s historic corner Post Office and the nine other post offices across Marshall County are not just vital delivery services for rural residents and businesses, they provide 45 local jobs.

“Life was, for people who lived through that generation...more precious. It was like living through the Blitz. People began to know what was important in life and what wasn’t.”

Kansas’ top health official was angered last week. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, expressed fury after Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman and Senate President Susan Wagle led Republicans on a legislative committee in voting to revoke the governor’s or…

Marshall County business owners have local banks ready to help them apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, which started late last week to gather applications for the forgivable loans.

Monday is when Marshall County’s schools go back in session — this time online. It’s time to think of ways to give teachers a morale boost as they make the whiplash turn to e-teaching children they had in the classroom just a few weeks ago.

The Kansas Legislature’s battle over Medicaid expansion took an ugly turn this month and the victims are Kansas children, their parents and other low-income working adults who can’t afford health insurance.

Next month you will open your mailbox and find a mailing that only comes once each decade: an invitation to be counted in the 2020 Census.

Our story begins in Denver where President Dwight D. Eisenhower was campaigning. Kansas Senator Frank Carlson was manning the door at an event, letting in the people he believed Ike would want to see.

The U.S. Senate abdicated its role in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump by rejecting witnesses. It was a clear signal that congressional Republicans no longer have the will to question the executive branch. They prefer to close their ears to new information about Trump’s involv…

Former Marshall County Clerk Sonya Stohs’ 32-month state prison sentence meted out by Judge John Weingart Monday closes a dark chapter in Marshall County history.

Marshall County isn’t alone in its demand for labor. Job openings, many in manufacturing, health care and elder care, as well as education, technical posts and the trades abound here locally, across Kansas and throughout the nation.

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?

• 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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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The Blue River Rail Trail has been developed from North Street in Marysville to the state line, where it connects with another string of trails to Lincoln, Neb.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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