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If Kansans could vote today on the issues, they would expand Medicaid, legalize marijuana and control access to deadly weapons. Already this year, they showed up at the polls in overwhelming numbers to support abortion rights.

Not surprisingly, people regularly ask about the progress on installing a heating and air conditioning system in Marysville’s Historic Depot. Many have donated their hard-earned money toward this project so it’s only fitting that they receive an update. This is a high-profile project and ess…

The lowly rural post office is a staple of American streetscape and culture. It is a gathering place and too often a last bastion of small town social connectedness.

It’s time to be thankful again and Marshall County has a plethora of things to offer up in gratitude this year. Starting with a decent harvest and moving on to an economy that so far has largely escaped the downturns tugging at some regions of the country.

Over the past several years public opinion polls have gotten a lot of heat — some of it deserved, some of it not — for not accurately predicting election results.

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Over the past several years public opinion polls have gotten a lot of heat — some of it deserved, some of it not — for not accurately predicting election results.

The Marysville Advocate has had a variety of looks through its 137 years. In its early days, there was little rhyme or reason to the paper’s layout. Ads always ran at the bottom of pages and stories and photos were squeezed in above where possible.

Marysville’s Black Squirrel Fest proved successful in drawing hundreds of visitors to town Oct. 22, including a group of explorers from the Kansas City area called the White Squirrel Odd-yssey Group.

A friend suggested that brief descriptions of stories told in the artwork on the new black squirrel statues around town should be included on the back of the map given away in convenience stores, tourism centers and other locations around town.

This weekend’s 50th annivesary celebration of the Black Squirrel City should give us pause to reflect on the future of this furry population of genetically rare mammals.

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A growing energy crisis is creating financial strain for American families and putting our country’s national security at risk. Through innovation and by embracing an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the United States can once again achieve energy independence, lower prices and supply energ…

One major reason to vote for Laura Kelly in this fall’s gubernatorial race is her long-held conviction that Kansans are better off with access to health care.

Printed election flyers now arriving in mailboxes are pushing yet another ill-advised Kansas constitutional amendment in the Nov. 8 election.

Marshall County commissioners have wrestled with a jail construction project for several years. The issue is now drawing a protest petition seeking to put it on the ballot in a special election, which would be paid for by taxpayers.

Counties and cities that work together signal to their populations that both entities want progress, want development and want the best for their residents. Leaders who conduct business through dialogue and fair-minded conversation normally can arrive at solutions to challenges.

Recently I was hauling hay; it was my fifth or sixth load of the day, and I had been hauling hay for the better part of a week. It was probably all too routine. I was making the left-hand turn off of the highway onto the county road. I looked back in my rearview mirror and did not see anyone…

Last Wednesday two Kansas Tourism photographers shot photos and video of the Blue River Rail Trail that runs north out of Marysville. One of them paused to comment on how fortunate this community is to have such a scenic path. The images they took will help promote this area as a destination…

The Kansas Legislature has succeeded in adding yet another layer of bureacracy to our local governments with this year’s new Notice of Estimated Ad Valorem Taxes.

China has now surpassed the United States in the number of most-cited papers according to an annual study of the most-cited science research papers by Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy.

Phil Kasper, Clay Center City Council member and new tap room manager at the Brewhouse in that fair city, threw down the gauntlet in his column written for the Advocate’s Aug. 11 Progress Edition. Not literally, but Kasper certainly prodded Marshall County to take a look at his town’s phenom…

The Marshall County community is fortunate to get a rare and exciting look at K-State’s marching band on Marysville’s football field this Friday night.

When we decided to move our family to the Valley Heights community in 1989, we did so because of the school system. One of the main attractions of the school district at the time was the facilities whose appearance pointed to a high degree of care and pride. Valley Heights was the envy of ma…

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A committee of black squirrel enthusiasts is working on the plans for the city’s big 50th anniversary celebration saluting Black Squirrel City on Saturday, Oct. 22.

As triple-digit temperatures fried the region last Sunday, Marysville Aquatic Center filled with families with small children and plenty of school-aged youth seeking a cool refuge. The water undoubtedly gave a fun diversion to those who had air conditioning at home, and fun as well as much-n…

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One of the greatest downsides to the decline of statewide news coverage is that it’s increasingly difficult to find reports on statewide candidates in election years.

Wildfires and mass evacuations in rural France this week are being compared to similar bush fires in Australia that devastated forests and grasslands like a blow torch two years ago.

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As we approach the August vote on the Value Them Both amendment, it’s important that people become aware of the statistics surrounding abortion.

Kansas is no stranger to regulation of abortion. During the past three decades, Republican state legislators have dedicated themselves to chipping away at the right of choice in women’s health care.

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Kansas legislators want to enlarge their power to control women’s lives. They have proposed a constitutional amendment on the August 2 ballot that hands them that power. Their plan distrusts women and will expand the scope of government. Kansans who value individual liberty and limited gover…

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“Life” does not begin at fertilization. The human egg (ovum) and sperm are both living when they merge. Each carry half of each parent’s DNA and together have the potential to form a new individual. Therefore the question of when a human life begins is not a biological question, but a questi…

Margaret Sanger founded the birth control movement and Planned Parenthood. Born in 1879, Margaret Louise Higgins was the sixth of 11 children. She watched her mother die at age 50 after 18 pregnancies. She married architect William Sanger in 1902 and worked as a young nurse in New York. She …

Typical of the company they built over the past few decades, Ray Shultz and Arnold Nagely were straightforward and kind when asked recently to reflect on their years in the business of veterinary product sales.

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Some of us over the age of 65 or 75 already knew when we woke up on June 11, 2022, that it was going to be a day to remember in Marysville, Kan. After all, Tom Talbot, that ultimate nice guy survivor was turning 80 in spite of all the odds against him doing so, and his family was hosting one…

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As funeral services are taking place this week in Uvalde, Texas, for the 19 children killed by an 18-year-old gunman with an assault weapon, Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall cautioned against overreacting to this latest tragedy.

Fifth in a series of articles intended to improve awareness of investing in the stock market.