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

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…

In the years I owned bookstores, the tiny profits and hard work were, at least in memory, totally offset by the many and lasting friendships made around conversations about — you guessed it — books!

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My family went to a number of concerts when I was a kid. I continued attending shows through college, and now my wife, Mandy, and I try to give our children the same opportunities.

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.

If you have never sat on a cabin porch with a book on your lap while overlooking a tree-lined lake in the summertime, this is the summer to do it.

Critical Race Theory has led to unnecessary alarm across the country at both K–12 and higher education levels. One portion of the public believes teachers should only teach what their local or state school boards approve. Another portion believes that teachers have some sort of absolute acad…

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Lately, I have been following the stories about resurgent COVID-19 outbreaks in various parts of the country, driven primarily by the highly contagious delta variant.

The “Wall That Heals” is coming to Marysville on Tuesday, Aug. 24, between 3 and 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. It will arrive from the north on U.S. Highway 77 and enter town on U.S. Highway 36 from the west.

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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.

While the American press, British BBC and German DW have focused on Western vaccination rates, there has been nearly no notice that half of the world’s currently administered vaccinations have been by the Chinese SinoVac and SinoPharm vaccines.

Reading an article in a business magazine the other day about consumer spending re-bounding in the luxury and high-end sector of the economy made me smile in reminiscence of my foray into the luxury book market.

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.

It’s this time of the summer I love most — when homemade ice cream melts easily atop a slice of homemade pie. The time between the first and last bite are  what I consider a moment in heaven.

The big story in agriculture today is how carbon is going to be the next cash crop for farmers and ranchers. There are lots of headlines about how changing agricultural practices can remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the soil.

One of the greatest perks for book sellers is having access to publishers’ “proofs.” These are the so-called pre-pubs sent to selected critics, reviewers and interested parties before a book appears on the stands with a glossy cover for sale to the public.

Our host told a story as the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad excursion train pulled away from town: Years ago, a local young woman turned down the offer of a date from a local young man — he was not counted among the area’s most desirable suitors, and pressure from her family to say no was…

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.

At the end of the movie “The Prom,” a 2020 straight-to-Netflix release, the antagonist played by Kerry Washington says to her newly-out daughter about her sexuality, “I just don’t want you to have a hard life.”

It can be confusing to make travel plans now that the COVID-19 seat belt sign has flashed off and we are “free to move about the cabin.” Sort of more for less. Maybe. Kinda.

If you’re out for a drive in the area or enjoy walking, biking or jogging on trails, there’s a great stop about 25 miles north of Marysville just east of U.S. Highway 77 and the town of Blue Springs, Neb. It’s about a mile north of Wymore.

With all the negativity and malice toward those who bravely serve and protect our families, it is important to support those who wear the badge as local police department and sheriff’s department peace officers.

As a bookstore owner in a former incarnation, I can attest to the fact that people come at you with all kinds of requests for a book to solve a particular personal problem they are experiencing at that particular time.

Almost daily, news reports crop up documenting attempts by Republicans to tighten voting opportunities for Americans.

Whenever I visit Marysville, I always drive by a handful of places important to me. One is St. Gregory’s Hill. I like to approach from 14th and Center so that I can see the bas-relief showing the hill as it was when I was growing up.

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.

As a member of the Pony Express Museum board in Marysville, I was aware of the proposed National Heritage Area. I wasn’t aware of the organized well-orchestrated opposition that was going to come out against it. I have not attended any of the public meetings but I was present at the Marshall…