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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.

With election season fast approaching, the window for across-the-aisle collaboration is rapidly closing as members from each party seek to prevent their political opponents from scoring wins. One issue, however, is picking up bipartisan steam as Americans suffer record inflation: credit card…

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.

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One in a series of columns on investing in the stock market. Michael Welch will present a session on stock market investing for the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Landoll Lanes in Marysville. Soup, sandwiches and sweets will be served. Suggested donation is $40 in support of res…

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.

On a recent westward trek along U.S. Highway 36, Melody Pittman and Sara Boers stopped in Marysville for a day of touring and trying out local restaurants and museums.

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…

As long as I can remember, I have been a nerd for geography. From the arrow-straight map lines representing arbitrary borders to the swooping topography of hills and rivers, there was plenty of interesting minutiae to pour over.

Marysville High School junior Ariona Miller joins the cast of Marysville Area Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the MHS auditorium to present “26 Stones,” a play written in response to the Sandy Hook mass shooting that took the lives of 26 children …

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I am receiving many complaints from veteran secondary teachers, including my former student teachers and other colleagues. They are being ordered to use a grading scale that greatly inflates grades. Some schools are ending recognition of high academic performance by eliminating valedictorian…

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.

Nebraska’s Arbor Day Foundation is promoting the Tree City USA program this month with an offer to send three butterfly-friendly perennials—free! 

Planting season is approaching and with all the sunflowers popping up on social media posts about Ukraine’s national flower, I’m motivated to plant plenty of sunflowers this summer.

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.

Searching for the origins of folklore that turned a small, very black rodent into a Marysville icon brought us last week to meet Scott Rothe of Emporia, a descendant of the family that operated the McMahon Carnival out of Marysville in a three-state area from 1896 to 1946.

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.

Olivia Richardson, a seventh-grader at Marysville Junior-Senior High, was the northeast division winner of the League of Kansas Municipalities “My City, My Home” essay contest.

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.

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The executive board of SPARK, a Kansas committee of appointed leaders proposed late last month to divvy-up some $150 million of Kansas federal COVID relief funding. For K-12 schools, $4 million was proposed for electronic access projects and $50 million divided into $1,000 stipends for famil…

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Bill Crow was a unique individual and a great teacher — a sentiment that seems to emerge whenever his name has come up over the years since his retirement as an English teacher at Marysville High School.

“By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship,” warns/predicts Thomas Homer-Dixon, the former head of a center on peace and c…

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“It has been tough!” lament many teachers and school administrators. Before 2020, the numbers of college students pursuing K–12 teaching credentials was already falling, and shortages were growing in science, special education — and in some geographic regions — all fields of teaching. Now on…

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The Republican Party likes to hold itself up as defenders of fiscal austerity and the rule of law, though there has been little evidence to support either in recent years.

Social media has been full recently of the typical posts about what people are hoping to accomplish in 2022.

• 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…

Much of America’s suburban landscape has become uniform, nothing but an endless array of drive-through coffee shops and ticky-tack strip malls.

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An arm broke off one of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments this week as I lifted it from a box full of memories and continued my rush to end the pensive season of Advent.