Pony Up Marysville Match Day, the annual community fundraiser, hit another high two weeks ago. More than 1,120 donations paired with matching money grew throughout the 24-hour period to total $455,497 for 53 local funds.

At a lecture and conversation last fall with one of the state’s leaders in rural development, one of the state’s top entrepreneurs spoke about the challenges of that issue.

More than 17,000 farms in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota produced and sold food locally through direct marketing practices, resulting in $577 million in revenue in 2020.

Marysville has a ready asset that two travel bloggers say would make a difference for tourism revenues and population growth here — the Blue River Rail Trail.

Marshall County Extension agent Susie Latta told Marshall County commissioners on Monday that her office was educating the public about possible formation of a five-county extension district.

Thanks to Diane Schroller and Darlene Boss for stepping up to offer their services again to the city. The two former City Council members recently told council they would be willing to join organized efforts to beautify the city. Anyone who regularly walks and drives our streets knows the wo…

New tennis courts planned for Marysville this summer are long overdue and remove current courts that pose numerous tripping hazards on a facility well used by the public.

Many people have been motivated to send money after watching newscasts of children and adults huddling in fear or fleeing bombed-out shells of buildings in Ukraine in recent weeks.

Marysville Area Community Theatre is taking on a unique challenge this spring. They’ve assembled a cast to perform on April 8-10 the play “26 Pebbles,” which is based on the shooting of young children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Gas prices are on the way up. Cutting off Russian oil supplies will push them higher. But it’s a necessary move to pressure Russians to stop the senseless killing of their Ukrainian neighbors and children amid Putin’s scorched-earth rampage.

The national debate over teaching of history, particularly about racism, brings to mind efforts in the former Soviet Union or modern Communist China to erase history, muzzle citizens, burn books and rewrite school texts to reflect what one group wants while ignoring others.

Marshall County’s Board of Commissioners should be commended for setting a professional tone by enacting both a county government conflict of interest policy, which ran in last week’s Advocate, and a county leadership development program.

Most of us who have been around for a while don’t have to think too hard to remember a military veteran who died while waiting for the government to recognize, acknowledge and take care of those who contracted debilitating and fatal illness while serving their country.

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It’s easy to think about how a community hospital is vital to good community health. But it’s important to remember it’s also good for something else: our economy.

Historic downtowns are a fantastic way to draw visitors and an attractive asset for those of us living with them and enjoying their beauty. Thriving downtowns reflect investment by businesses, city governments and, increasingly, residents of downtown apartments and lofts.

• An end to COVID: More people need to get vaccinated. It’s disappointing that Gov. Laura Kelly said earlier this fall that vaccine mandates don’t work when all evidence points to the contrary. The only route out of the pandemic is a higher rate of immunization to a disease that’s costing th…

Kansas Sen. Bob Dole died this past weekend and recollections of him have flowed into this newspaper’s inbox since then.

Lee Isom, a veteran of the Korean War, was a good friend of mine when I served at a church in Mullen, Neb. He died Nov. 17 at the age of 92.

We sometimes complain that we’re in an isolated area, an hour’s drive from big-box stores, except for Walmart and those mini-Walmarts known as dollar stores.

Those driving through Frankfort during the town’s fall festival a couple weeks ago, had a tough time finding a parking space.

Marysville City Council’s unanimous vote in favor of seeking grants to help complete the Seventh Street corridor north of Center Street was an exciting sign Monday night.

The fast spread of the coronavirus’ delta variant has forced continued health-care fiascos for Kansas. New rounds of medical bills, extended illnesses and loss of loved ones. More than 6,000 here in the Sunflower State have died of COVID-19.

Before JoAnn Shum joined the Advocate staff as a reporter fresh out of college in 1972, co-publisher Eulalia Guise had started a recipe column, which she called “Kissin’ don’t last; Cookin’ do.”

Marysville city government has been the target of a social media blastfest lately, with plenty of angry comments, an online petition campaign under way, and signs popping up in a few yards with City Administrator Austin St. John’s name and a line drawn through it.

Last Friday Marysville Public Library held a public viewing of a video looking back on Sept. 11, 2001. It featured many of the family members who grew up without a father, a brother, a mother, after the tragedies of 9/11.

Marshall County’s communities should strive to install electric vehicle charging stations as soon as possible. The county shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to serve as way stations for travelers who need to charge up. Currently it’s a long haul between communities with charging stations …

Union Pacific’s Big Boy locomotive is due back in Kansas this week after what appeared to be a very steamy tour of the south-central United States. Barely escaping Hurricane Ida, the historic engine pulling vintage cars will soon be headed on U.P. track that parallels Interstate 70 toward De…

We’ve written a good number of editorials about the exciting prospect of Newton becoming a passenger rail hub. The hope took a step forward recently with passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill through the Senate.

Students return to school this fall on much more tenuous ground than perhaps their parents realize. The aging workforce, which we see retiring in business, industry and professions across the board, is clearly evident in Kansas’ public schools. Meanwhile our universities’ schools of educatio…

As nighttime temperatures get warmer, researchers at Kansas State University and North Carolina State University are reviewing a growing body of evidence that key biological processes in crops face growing disruption from climate change.

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While COVID-19 continues to spread amid misinformation about the science of vaccination, evidence abounds that vaccines protect those who get them.

The Marshall County town with a name that reflects its scenic spot in the Blue River valley did a bang-up job of marking 151 years this past weekend.

Circle P Processing recently opened the doors to its newly refurbished meat locker along U.S. Highway 77 in Waterville. The Valley Heights community now has access to a steady source of fresh meats.

Memorial Day weekend comes just as spring blooms are at their height. They lend beauty as a backdrop to Americans’ reflection on those who made the ultimate sacrifice to their nation, this United States of America.

Marshall County’s graduates from local high schools, tech schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and  universities set out this month for a future with a new set of skills.

It was good news to learn recently that electric utility Evergy plans to retire its Lawrence Energy Center, a coal-fired plant, within the next couple of years.

Kansas lawmakers spent too much time this year debating a long list of unnecessary and provocative proposals, including banning transgender student athletes and making it harder to vote.

The 2020 Census has released its initial results, which the Advocate plans to profile in next week’s edition. What it will show about Marysville is that it stands alone, or nearly alone, statewide as a rural community that has not seen significant population loss in the last 20 years. Aside …

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