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Let's Revive Marshall!

Posted Friday, January 25, 2013, at 12:48 PM

Saline County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Long.
For those of you who don't already know me, my name is Rebecca and I am one of the newest bloggers for the paper. The main purpose for my blog is to help bring local awareness to Marshall about Marshall. This may sound a little ridiculous to you, but I talked to some residents here that have never heard of some places or businesses in Marshall. I was a little surprised to hear that but I can understand to a point; we all have busy lives and can't always get out. However, Marshall is only SO big. I knew I had to act. It is going to take a grassroots movement to help preserve and improve the small town charm of Marshall.

My family and I are new residents to Marshall. No, we don't have family here, didn't grow up here and have no other previous ties to the town. Shocking, right? There are actually new people moving INTO Marshall! I say that with sarcasm because I wonder why other people wouldn't want to move here. That's the question that should be on everyone's mind. It's important to have an answer.

Here's our story: About a year ago, we searched online for what seemed like forever for a house to buy. We had visited Marshall before because my husband and I are obsessed antique shoppers and drove out here from Warrensburg to visit the local antique store on the square (which is fabulous, by the way). Finally, we found a house online for sale here and came to check it out. Long story short, we fell in love with the house and bought it, gutted it and are now perfecting it.

When we bought the house, I was pregnant with our first child and our main concern was to move to a place that would be good to raise a family. Our first and lasting impression of Marshall is that it fits us well! It's a small town, farm community with awesome historic buildings, great parks, a cool square and small mom and pop businesses.

When deciding whether or not we were going to buy the house, we drove around town, around the square and through the park. And have you seen that awesome retro sign that points you to the square?! We also got a chance to meet some "locals". Everyone was friendly. We were sold! "Smart dog, nice folks", right?

Despite all the positives, there are things that need some attention- neglected (but cool!) buildings, local businesses that need spotlight, interesting local history, events and things to do and news around town of improvements. These are all topics that need public involvement and awareness. I'm not here to blame anyone or anything; I'm here to blog to help promote awareness on the positives and constructive conversation (i.e. talking about the not-so-popular "elephants in the room").

I don't claim to know everything and I probably won't tell you something you don't already know. I am just a resident who wants to see this place succeed and build on the charm that attracted my family and me here in the first place. I would simply like to share with you the highlights that are going on from my point of view as a new permanent resident and offer a place for you to share your opinions and stories. I love to learn new things as well!

I will be frequently writing about Marshall and the local area. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions but please keep it constructive. We all need to work on building Marshall together for the future of the town and our families.

Let's revive Marshall!

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I like your spunk. When I moved there in 2011 everyone asked "why?" Town morale is everything. I admire your attitude and your passion.

-- Posted by SayleenCounty on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:09 PM

Oh my gosh someone who finally feels the same way I do, we need to get together. "Fixing up" this community has become a passion of mine. Thank You.

-- Posted by mommaofthree on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 8:30 PM

Welcome to Marshall. There's lots of clubs that

would welcome you & fresh ideas. Hope you enjoy

your home & Marshall.

-- Posted by nimrod4 on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 6:29 PM

Welcome to Marshall, Rebecca!! I look forward to your future blogs, and good luck with your revival goal!

-- Posted by k_m on Tue, Jan 29, 2013, at 2:11 PM

Really pleased to see this new blog, Rebecca! I love Marshall, too, and want to see a real revival come to our town.

-- Posted by Pastor Keith on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 7:26 AM

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In my blog, I will highlight the historic places in Marshall and Saline County; I will discuss the square, local businesses, different groups in Marshall such as the MDC, MCC, Historic Society etc., festivals and events and highlight improvements to the city. I will also discuss the desire of residents to improve the city and its buildings and neighborhoods, among other related topics. My goal is to promote community interest in preserving the city and to also raise awareness about what the city of Marshall has to offer. I hope my blog generates positive and constructive conversation and helps to raise awareness about the great stuff we have. Since moving to Marshall almost a year ago, I have had several discussions with new and old residents of Marshall about people's desire to improve the city. It's not about expanding the city or bringing in more franchises; Marshall has a lot of small town charm that really is a hidden gem with a lot of potential. Some of the historic buildings, open farmland, great parks and local businesses, just to name a few, are what was so attractive to my family that influenced our move here. Marshall's small town, farm community atmosphere is where I want to raise my family. We moved here for a reason; this place has amazing potential to stay a great small town!
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