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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…

Recent events across our region--a local disagreement in Wichita, a state-wide argument in Missouri, a veto override in Topeka with national implications--push me to reflect upon a seemingly straightforward but actually complicated idea: “democratic legitimacy.”

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It’s always interesting to speculate about what the most important book of that particular year’s crop of publications might be, and for me it’s always been the book which compelled the reader to look at the author’s subject’s in an entirely new way.

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.

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Technically, I should probably not be recommending Sanjay Gupta's book, “Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age”, since I’ve only selectively, not completely, read it.

If you happen to walk into Marysville Health & Fitness any weekday morning, you might just get a grin and a greeting from a man with white hair and a rare delight for lifting a few weights or pedaling away on a recumbent cycling machine.

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 …

Editor’s note: This past year was a challenge for local organizations amid the pandemic. But they kept at it. RSVP is one shining example of this. The Advocate has asked several organizations to share their reflections. The following was written by Joni Spellmeier, executive director of RSVP…

If you are at all curious about what the Chinese are thinking about and planning to do next on the world stage, you could do worse than read the book “Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China” by Jung Chang.

Editor’s note: This past year was a challenge for local organizations and the Advocate has asked them to share their reflections on the pandemic as well as their dreams for the future. The following was written by Jon Ungerer, president of Marysville’s Pony Express Museum board.

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Editor’s note: It’s been a tough year of isolation, illness and caution with COVID-19. The Advocate asked local organizations to reflect on what a year of pandemic meant to them, how they managed and  what their dreams are now. The following was written by Sharon Vogelsberg and Kay Nester wi…

New fire station, new ag complex, local property tax rates, no chickens in city limits, COVID-19 precautions, new school superintendent, teacher assignments, pay raises, infrastructure work, condemned buildings, new street signs, purchases of real estate and equipment.

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When the initial pandemic outbreak occurred over a year ago, it was expected that the COVID-19 coronavirus would be similar to the 2003 SARS coronavirus. That meant many general hygiene measures were needed: handwashing, cleaning of doorknobs and tables, limiting handshakes or other body con…

Because I haven’t been part of the publishing/bookselling industry in almost 40 years now, I found myself wondering how long it took Scott Galloway to write, print and distribute his 2020 book, “Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity.” My guess would be 30 days, but maybe as much as 90. Lig…

Marshall County Parttnership for Growth had a hectic year with writing small business grants, first from the state funds from the Community Development Block Grant’s COVID grant, and then the county SPARK funds.

Since statehood in 1861, Kansas residents have relied upon elected legislators to tackle issues, develop proposed laws, then vote on them — mostly out of earshot or view of ordinary citizens.