Salina’s Most Wanted – December 2020

SALINA’S MOST WANTED – DECEMBER 2020 Since the inception of the Salina’s Most Wanted program in 2000, a total of 3,354 arrests have been made from the monthly list. As a result of tips generated by the list, 421 rewards have been paid out. If you know the whereabouts of any of the individuals shown … Read more

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McPherson County Health Department Reports 89 New Cases of COVID-19

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department reported 1,679 total cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in McPherson County on Friday. This number includes 89 new positive cases, according to a media release. 987 of the total cases have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the KDHE or have passed away. There are six current … Read more

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Saint Francis Ministries Accused of ‘Rampant’ Financial Mismanagement

By Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector TOPEKA – Top management at Saint Francis Ministries purchased $80,000 worth of Chicago Cubs tickets and agreed to pay $7 million to the president’s business partner for software development as the organization tumbled into financial chaos, sometimes relying on loans to cover weekly expenses, according to a whistleblower’s report. The chief … Read more

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One Injured in Six Vehicle Crash West of Salina

SALINE COUNTY – One person suffered minor injuries in a six vehicle crash three miles west of Salina Friday afternoon. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, five vehicles were stopped about 4/10th’s of a mile east of K-140 Highway on Crawford, when a 1993 Ford Ranger driven by Georga Diane Stelter, 16, Salina, rear-ended a … Read more

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Annual Mill and Inlay Project Continues Monday

SALINA – Beginning Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11, APAC Shears of Salina will continue work on the City of Salina’s annual asphalt mill and inlay project. According to a media release, the schedule is as follows, weather permitting: The work consists of milling the existing asphalt street surface 1.5” and replacing it with … Read more

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Two Salina Presbyterian Manor Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

SALINA – Two Salina Presbyterian Manor employees have tested positive for COVID-19. No residents or any other employees tested positive. According to a media release, the senior living community conducted two rounds of employee surveillance testing and one round of outbreak testing for residents. All resident tests were negative for COVID-19. However, two employees tested … Read more

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Mild Weekend Ahead, Above Normal Temperatures Likely Next Week

Plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures will be in place through this weekend. Look for highs both Saturday and Sunday to generally be in the 50 to 55 degree range. Looking ahead to next week, above normal temperatures are likely, especially be the middle of the week. By Wednesday, highs may reach the 60’s for … Read more

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Three New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed at Salina Schools

SALINA – Three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Salina schools. According to USD 305’s COVID-19 incidents page, the new cases, all confirmed Friday, included one at Central High School, one at South Middle School and one at Sunset Elementary School. Overall, there have now been 159 cases at Salina schools since September … Read more

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 167 New Cases, 2 Additional Deaths

SALINA – There are 167 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, December 2 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 2,786, with 830 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total … Read more

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USD 305 Confirms Two New Cases of COVID-19 at Salina Schools

SALINA – Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Salina schools. According to USD 305’s COVID-19 incidents page, the new cases, both confirmed Thursday, included one Cottonwood Elementary School and one at Central High School. Overall, there have now been 156 cases at Salina schools since September 3. The full list of cases … Read more

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Crime Stoppers Asking Public’s Help to Identify Shoplifting Suspect

SALINA – Crime Stoppers of Salina and Saline County is asking the public’s help to identify a suspect in a recent shoplifting case. According to a media release, the suspect was at Walmart, 2900 S. 9th, between 12 and 12:40 p.m. on November 20, and obtained over $140 in merchandise while in the store. This … Read more

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Governor Orders Flags to be Flown at Half-staff in Honor of Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice

TOPEKA – In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, Governor Laura Kelly has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Sunday, December 6 until sunset in honor of Tyler Charles Lockett, former Justice on the Kansas Supreme Court. “Justice Tyler Lockett was a long-standing and respected Justice on the Kansas Supreme Court, who served our … Read more

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KWU Names Pair of Eisenhower Scholarship Recipients

SALINA – A pair of incoming first-year students were recently awarded Kansas Wesleyan’s top scholarship, the Eisenhower Scholarship. Katherine Madsen (Hiawatha, Kansas/Hiawatha HS) and Alayna Behrman (Craig, Colorado/Moffat County HS) were the two recipients. Madsen is the soon-to-be valedictorian at Hiawatha High School and intends to major in Biology (pre-med), as does Behrman, who plans … Read more

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OCCK Transportation Extends Free Rides through End of January 2021

SALINA – OCCK Transportation will continue free fares for all public transit services, including CityGo, 81 Connection, Paratransit, City of Abilene and KanConnect through the end of January 2021. “With increasing positive COVID cases in our area, we are looking for additional ways of keeping our passengers and drivers safe,” said Michelle Griffin, Mobility Manager. … Read more

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Seasonable End to the Week

Much drier conditions expected for the remainder of the week with seasonable temperatures. Today – Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 43. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Southwest wind around 7 mph. Friday – Sunny, … Read more

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Salina Public Library to Feature Work of Harley Elliott

SALINA – The Salina Public Library is pleased to announce the next artist exhibiting in the virtual Gallery 708 is local artist and poet, Harley Elliott. According to a media release, the exhibit “Harley Elliott’s Allies” will be on display at salinapubliclibrary.org/virtual until January 3, 2021. While Elliott has created more than 140 mixed media … Read more

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Craft Kits Available for Christmas at Smoky Hill Museum

SALINA – While the Smoky Hill Museum remains open to visitors, the Holiday Open House will not take place this year to protect the health of museum visitors and their families. Instead, the Museum is handing out craft kits for make-at-home fun. Craft kits may be picked up starting Saturday, December 5 through Saturday, December … Read more

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Reservations are Encouraged to Visit Smoky Hill Museum

SALINA – The Smoky Hill Museum remains open to the public, but reservations are now strongly recommended to guarantee entrance times. In light of the Saline County Public Health Order, there will be a limit to the number of people entering the Museum. As an exhibit hall, the Museum does fall under an exemption to … Read more

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USD 305 Confirms New Case of COVID-19 at Cottonwood Elementary School

SALINA – One new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at a Salina school. According to USD 305’s COVID-19 incidents page, the new case was confirmed on Tuesday at Cottonwood Elementary School. It was the first new case to be confirmed at Cottonwood since November 18. The district did not confirm any new cases on … Read more

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CDC Announces Shortened COVID-19 Quarantine Periods

TOPEKA – In conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plan to reduce the quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19, KDHE is issuing similar guidance in Kansas. Counties may choose to opt in to the shortened quarantine period, either 10 or 7 days with testing, or continue with the 14 days. … Read more

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Iron Avenue Bridge Repairs Underway

SALINA – Reece Construction has begun work to repair the west side expansion joint of the Iron Avenue Bridge over the Smoky Hill River. According to a media release, lanes have been narrowed and traffic has been shifted to the northern side of the bridge with cones and delineators. Please slow down and proceed with … Read more

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 192 New Cases, 7 Additional Deaths

SALINA – There are 192 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, November 30 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 2,427, with 665 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total … Read more

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