Saline County Health Officials Report No New COVID-19 Cases, 25 Recoveries

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has no additional cases of COVID-19 to report. According to a statement released Tuesday evening, the Health Department continues to actively monitor one case who is isolated at home. The rest have met the criteria necessary to be considered recovered and have been released from daily monitoring and isolation. The total number of recoveries in Saline County now stands at 25. There have been no additional deaths in Saline County. On Tuesday, Governor Laura Kelly announced that she will be issuing a new statewide emergency declaration that will go into effect on May … Read More

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Kansas Governor Vetoes State Coronavirus Bill, Giving Counties Authority on Social Distancing and Restrictions

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed a bill she said would have longstanding impacts in the fight against coronavirus. The movement removes her Ad Astra reopening plan and leaves all decisions on social distancing and business restrictions up to each individual county health officer Kelly said her office would provide guidance to counties for moving forward. The governor also called all lawmakers to return to session June 3 for a special session to address the pandemic. Kelly said it’s common for governors to announce state disaster declarations, but that her Republican opponents were being “short-sighted” by removing her … Read More

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Evergy Warns of Phone Scam That Has Recently Targeted Salina Customers

TOPEKA – A phone scam is once again circulating in the Salina area where an automated system is warning people their power is about to be disconnected. The automated call states it is from Evergy, and advises the intended target that their power was in jeopardy of being disconnected if they don’t call a 1-844 number and pay their past due balance. “If someone calls threatening to disconnect electricity service in a short amount of time and demanding a certain form of payment – like a prepaid card, it is a scam,” said Evergy spokesperson Gina Penzig. The Salina Scoop … Read More

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Evergy Extends Suspension of Disconnects to July 15, Late Fees Until End of Year

TOPEKA – Evergy announced they will be continuing their suspension of disconnect services for non-payments until July 15. The company will also waive late fees and offer payment arrangements until Dec. 31 “Evergy encourages customers to track and make payments toward their energy usage during this time to avoid balances that are difficult to pay later,” a release by the company read. Federal assistance for energy funds are also available, with applications open until May 29. Assistance with energy bills is also available through the Kansas Department of Children and Families. The LIEAP program will help cover a portion of … Read More

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Severe Storms Possible This Afternoon, Overnight

Areas of showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and continue into the overnight. Severe thunderstorms with very heavy rain are likely with this activity. Ping Pong ball sized hail is possible with the strongest storms early this afternoon. The hail threat will transition to a mainly wind and very heavy threat during the evening and overnight period. Localized flooding is to be expected where the heavier rain falls which could produce flash flooding as well. Use caution on roadways as have rain will make driving dangerous at times. Occasional showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon through Tuesday morning. … Read More

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Flash Flood Watch in Effect from Sunday Afternoon Through Monday Evening

The National Weather Service has issued a… * Flash Flood Watch for portions of Central Kansas including the counties of Barton, Chase, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Rice, Russell, Saline, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ottawa, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne, Phillips, Rooks, and Smith. * Including the cities of Russell, Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Kanopolis, Wilson, Salina, Brookville, Assaria, Gypsum, New Cambria, Lyons, Sterling, McPherson, Inman, Moundridge, Lindsborg, Council Grove, Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody, Cottonwood Falls, Strong City, Belleville, Washington, Hanover, Clifton, Linn, Greenleaf, Marysville, Blue Rapids, Frankfort, Concordia, Clay Center, Wakefield, Minneapolis, Bennington, Tescott, Abilene, Herington, Chapman, Solomon, … Read More

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Flooding Possible Sunday Night through Monday Night

A slow moving front will be coming through Sunday through Tuesday. Sunday night and Monday night look to have the best chances for flooding rains. Some severe weather will be possible Sunday afternoon and evening. Stay tuned to The Salina Scoop for further updates. Tonight – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southeast wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Sunday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a … Read More

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No New Cases of Coronavirus in Saline County; Two Cases Being Actively Monitored

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department did not have any additional cases of COVID-19 to report Friday. In a media release late Friday afternoon, the Department said they are continuing to actively monitor two cases who are isolated at home. The rest have met the criteria necessary to be considered recovered and have been released from daily monitoring and isolation. In all, 24 patients in Saline County have recovered from the virus. “As we enter into the holiday weekend under Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan, this does not mean that the threat of COVID has subsided,” … Read More

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Kansas Governor Directs Flags to be Flown at Half-staff for Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day

TOPEKA – In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, and in recognition of Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has ordered flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sun up to noon on Monday, May 25. President Donald J. Trump also issued a flag directive honoring Memorial Day, May 25, as day of prayer for permanent peace. “The military service women and men of this country have dedicated themselves to protecting the American way of life,” Kelly said. “We owe our most sincere gratitude and respect to the generations of military personnel who … Read More

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Section of Water Well Road to Close May 26

SALINE COUNTY – A section of a Saline County road will close next week to allow for a road construction project. According to a media release, Water Well Road, between Burma Road and Lightville Road, will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, May 26, and will remain closed for a few months. The road closure is needed for the construction of a road improvement project. A detour route will be signed for the project. The detour route will run north of Water Well Road for two miles on Burma Road, then one mile west on Magnolia Road to Lightville … Read More

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Heavy Rainfall Possible Sunday Night Through Monday Across the Area

The risk for locally heavy rainfall will increase late in the Memorial holiday weekend, especially Sunday night through Monday. This may lead to lowland and river flooding across portions of central and southern Kansas. Tonight – Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 56. West wind 5 to 11 mph. Saturday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Saturday Night – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South southeast wind … Read More

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Crime Stoppers Seeking Information Regarding Saline County Burglary

SALINE COUNTY – Crime Stoppers and the Saline County Sheriff’s are seeking information regarding a recent rural Saline County burglary. According to a media release, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2200 block of N. Reese Road on April 14 on a report of a burglary. Deputies says that sometime between April 7 and April 8, unknown suspect(s) cut the locks on an enclosed trailer on a work site and stole a large amount of battery powered tools and other equipment. Several of the brand names of the power tools stolen were Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Stihl. Total loss … Read More

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Kansas Frito-Lay Facility Confirms Employee Coronavirus Case

TOPEKA – The Frito-Lay facility in Topeka has confirmed one positive case of coronavirus at the facility. An employee at the Topeka plant tested positive for the virus and is now being quarantined. Employees that were in contact with this person have been notified and are being quarantined for the next 14 days, according to Frito-Lay corporate communications. The safety of our employees, product and community remains our top priority. We have continued to take all necessary steps to identify and notify individuals who had direct contact with the employee and have asked them to self-quarantine for a period of … Read More

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Top 8,900; Saline County Remains at 28

TOPEKA – The number of coronavirus cases in Kansas has gone up by 419 in the last two days. The state’s total number of positive cases since the pandemic began is now at 8,958. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says COVID-19 has contributed to 185 deaths. That number is up seven from Wednesday. There have been 787 hospitalizations in the state since the pandemic began. Of those tested, 67,476 have come back negative for the coronavirus. Saline County remains at 28 cases as of Friday morning. A county-by-county breakdown is below: Anderson: 1 Atchison: 15 Barber: 1 Barton: … Read More

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Special City Commission Meeting Set for May 26

SALINA – Salina City Commissioners will convene on Tuesday, May 26 at 4 p.m. in the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash, Room 107. This is considered a special meeting as the governing body does not typically meet on the 5th Monday of the month, according to a media release. This meeting is scheduled to include a public hearing as well as action to authorize submission of a grant application, according to City information. In order to observe guidance restricting gatherings to 15 or less, the meeting will take place via telephone conference which can be viewed on Salina Media Connection … Read More

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The Homestead Ministry Receives YW Legacy Grant

SALINA – On behalf of the Elden V. Miller Family Charitable Trust, the Greater Salina Community Foundation has awarded $5,000 to The Homestead Ministry to establish a Salina chapter of the organization, according to a media release. Based in Manhattan, Kansas, The Homestead provides a safe, residential transitional care program for women who are survivors of the sex trafficking industry. The Salina chapter will house up to 8 women, plus a house manager, and will provide all resources for women to complete their GEDs, secondary education or job apprenticeship training. The Homestead will also provide each guest with the tools … Read More

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Friends of the River Foundation Puppet Show Debuts on Facebook

SALINA – The Friends of the River Foundation is taking their educational puppet show online, with help from a grant from the Greater Salina Community Foundation. To teach elementary school children about wildlife found on the Smoky Hill River, the Friends of the River Foundation uses puppets designed by Spartle Twee Puppet Factory for the Salina Arts and Humanities Arts Infusion Program. Bella Beaver, Bartholomew Bullfrog and the Great Blue Heron puppets teach Kindergarten through second grade students about river ecosystems and the animals who live there. Now, instead of performing in classrooms, the puppets are entering children’s lives through … Read More

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Salina Drive-thru Recycling Center to Reopen

SALINA – The Salina Drive-thru Recycling Center (SDRC) will reopen on Wednesday, June 3 with several modifications to its operating hours and procedures, resulting from expected budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the April safer-at-home order, according to a media release. Temporary Hours of Operation Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Vehicle Traffic Long lines are expected during the first few weeks. Please be patient as we work to process a higher than normal amount of recyclables. There may be two lines formed with separate trucks within the fenced-in area, … Read More

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Gas Line Replacement Work on South Street Resumes

SALINA – Work resumed on Wednesday to replace a gas line along South Street from Fourth Street. According to a media release, the work is being done by Northern Pipeline Construction Company, on behalf of Kansas Gas Service, and will continue through Friday, June 12. There will be no parking allowed on the north side of South Street during this time period. The Eighth Street intersection will be closed on the north side of South Street beginning Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, May 28. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling in the active work area. This project is … Read More

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UPDATE: Power Restored to More Than 3,000 After Brief Outage in Salina

UPDATE: Power has been fully restored to more than 3,000 Evergy customers after a brief power outage in Salina late Monday morning. Power was lost just after 11 a.m. to a widespread area from Crawford and Montrose east to east of Ohio Street, and from the Oakdale Park area to as far south as Kansas Wesleyan University. A handful of major intersections, including Ohio and Crawford, lost power to traffic signals and required Salina Police officers to direct traffic until power was restored. As of early Monday afternoon, Evergy has not said what caused the brief outage. —- More than … Read More

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No New Cases of Coronavirus, 24 Recoveries in Saline County

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department does not have any additional cases of coronavirus to report today. According to a media release, Saline County has had 28 total cases as of May 16. Out of that total number of cases, four citizens continue to be actively monitored and isolated and there have been two deaths. The remaining 24 cases have met the criteria necessary to be considered recovered and have been released from daily monitoring and isolation. In a statement Saturday, County officials said, “as we attempt to reopen Saline County, the entire community is counting on each person … Read More

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Salina Police, Crime Stoppers Asking Public’s Help to Identify Pair of Shoplifting Suspects

SALINA – Salina Police and Crime Stoppers are asking the public’s help to identify a pair of shoplifting suspects. According to a media release, two men were alleged to have shoplifted at Walmart, 2900 S. 9th, between 6 and 6:36 p.m on April 10. The persons later left in a Black 1995 Honda Passport SUV with a Kansas tag, registered to an address in Lindsborg in McPherson County. Both males appear to be in their 20’s. The first subject wore a black jacket with blue running pants, with white stripes. The other person was wearing a grey and black sweater, … Read More

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Chances of Thunderstorms Across the Area Tonight Through Saturday

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible after about 9 or 10 p.m. tonight, generally along and north of the Interstate 70 corridor. The main threats will be large hail and locally heavy rain. Additional rounds of strong and severe storms will be possible for Friday and Saturday as the weather pattern remains active across the region. The main hazards will be large hail and damaging winds although flooding could become a bigger concern later in the week due to multiple rounds of thunderstorms. Tonight – Patchy showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then patchy drizzle and thunderstorms between midnight and 1 … Read More

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Friends and Family Searching for Salina Woman Missing Since April

SALINA – Friends and family are searching for a Salina woman that has been missing for over a month. According to Kansas Missing and Unsolved, Christa C. Morrison, 33, was last seen on April 2 in Salina and has not been seen or heard from since then. Morrison is 5’5” tall and weighs 180 pounds. She has dirty blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 785-296-4017 or 1-800-572-7463.

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Kansas Governor Orders Flags at Half-staff Wednesday and Friday

TOPEKA – In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, Governor Laura Kelly has ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 13, until sunset in honor of Overland Park Police Officer Mike Mosher. “Officer Mosher tragically lost his life in the line of duty, while protecting his community,” Kelly said. “He was dedicated to service, and we owe him immeasurable gratitude for his career-long commitment to helping others.” In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, the Governor also ordered all flags at public institutions throughout Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, … Read More

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