KDHE Amends Travel Quarantine List

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list to include those who have traveled to North Dakota and the country of Andorra beginning October 21. Kansas evaluates the previous two week’s case rates by 100,000 population for states and countries. Locations with significantly higher rates – approximately … Read more

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Boil Water Advisory Issued for City of Assaria

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Assaria public water supply system. This advisory is not related to COVID-19. Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice: If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run … Read more

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Annual Curbside Leaf Collection to Begin November 2

SALINA – City of Salina General Services and Streets staff will begin conducting its annual curbside leaf collection from November 2 to December 23, weather permitting, according to a media release. This schedule is subject to change depending on when the leaves actually begin to fall. As the weeks progress, staff will provide public updates … Read more

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Two Presbyterian Manor Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

SALINA – Two employees at Salina Presbyterian Manor have tested positive for COVID-19. According to a media release, one non-direct care employee and one direct care employee tested positive Wednesday morning during the campus’ routine employee surveillance testing for the virus. The employees are now in isolation and quarantined at home. “Our top priority at … Read more

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 38 New Cases, 856 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 38 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, October 19 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 1,025, with 156 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total … Read more

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Warm Thursday with Chances for Showers and Storms, Chilly Friday, Colder Sunday into Next Week

Warm and windy weather will prevail Thursday, with highs in the 70’s and 80’s. A strong cold front will blast south across the region Thursday late afternoon and evening, with much cooler and windy weather Friday. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected Thursday late afternoon through night across the eastern half of Kansas. … Read more

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29th Annual Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum Poinsettia and Wreath Sale Now Underway

SALINA – As the holidays approach, take advantage of the cheer that the Friends of the Smoky Hill Museum’s colorful poinsettias and greenery wreaths bring. The Museum’s poinsettias are long-lasting, nursery-grown plants, available in six vibrant shades for 2020. The flowering plants will brighten home, office or church, to encourage loved ones or shut-ins and … Read more

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Two New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed 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 on Tuesday, include one at Cottonwood Elementary School and one at Lakewood Middle School. Overall, there have now been 48 cases at Salina schools. They are as follows: One positive … Read more

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I-135 to be Closed Overnight in McPherson County for Bridge Replacement

MCPHERSON COUNTY – The Kansas Department of Transportation will temporarily close Interstate 135 on Friday, October 23, from mile marker 58-60 for bridge replacement. The bridge is located approximately one-half mile south of the U.S. 56 exit. According to a media release, northbound and southbound I-135 will close at 7 p.m. Friday, October 23. Southbound … Read more

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Small Earthquake Shakes Part of Southeastern Dickinson County

DICKINSON COUNTY – A small earthquake shook part of southeastern Dickinson County early Tuesday morning. According to the Kansas Geological Survey, the 2.4 magnitude quake occurred at 12:33 a.m. and was centered east of Rain Road, between 800 Avenue and 900 Avenue, northeast of the town of Hope. There have been no reports of damage … Read more

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City Celebrates National Arts & Humanities Month

SALINA – In celebration of October as National Arts & and Humanities Month, the City of Salina and Salina Arts & Humanities recognize the economic and social impact of the arts. The arts have long been recognized as a unifying and strengthening force. Partnerships between arts organizations in Salina and across the U.S. contribute to … Read more

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Slight Chance for Rain Tonight, Chance for Rain and Storms Thursday, Chilly Friday

Chances for showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase tonight across northern Oklahoma, and perhaps into far southern and southeast Kansas. Chances for rain in north central Kansas are very low. Warm and windy weather will prevail Thursday, with highs in the 80’s for most. A strong cold front will blast south across the region … Read more

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Friends of the Library to Have Sidewalk Sale

SALINA – The Friends of the Salina Public Library will have a sidewalk media sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 24, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 25. The sale will take place on the north side of the library building. The sale will feature grab-bags labeled by genre with a … Read more

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Saline County Sheriff’s Office to Participate in Special Seatbelt Enforcement Effort

SALINE COUNTY – From October 26 through October 30, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies to stop what has been likened to an epidemic in Kansas. In 2019, eight children, ages 0-13, lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, 62% of those children were not wearing … Read more

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New Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at South Middle School

SALINA – One new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Salina school. According to USD 305’s COVID-19 incidents page, the new case was confirmed Monday at South Middle School. It is the fifth case confirmed at the school since the district began posting positive cases in September. Overall, there have now been 46 cases … Read more

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 39 New Cases, 856 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 39 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, October 16 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 987, with 118 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total … Read more

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U.S. Attorney Reminds Kansans to Beware of COVID-19 Fraud

TOPEKA – U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister is reminding Kansans to be vigilant against fraudsters who are using the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit American consumers and organizations and to cheat disaster relief programs. In particular, McAllister urges Kansans to be aware of scams perpetrated through websites, social media, emails and robocalls peddling fake COVID-19 vaccines, tests, … Read more

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UPDATE: KBI Identifies Officer Shot Friday in Rice County

RICE COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Lyons Police Department have identified the officer shot Friday afternoon outside of a Lyons residence. According to a media release, Officer Cory Ryan, 36, of Lyons, was shot multiple times when responding to a 911 call from a citizen who reported being threatened with … Read more

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 19 New Cases, 1 Additional Death, 837 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 19 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, October 14 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 948, with 98 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total … Read more

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High Grassland Fire Danger on Saturday

High to very high grassland fire danger is forecast on Saturday. The fire danger is a result of the very dry conditions and the forecast south winds at 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 40 mph. The greatest threat is from mid morning throughout the afternoon for areas roughly east of I-35. Avoid outdoor … Read more

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Lane Closure on Interstate 70 in Lincoln County to Begin Tuesday

SALINA – The Kansas Department of Transportation will reduce eastbound Interstate 70 to one lane in Lincoln County for emergency road repair beginning Tuesday, October 20. According to a media release, work will occur approximately seven miles east of Kansas Highway 156, at mile marker 231. Construction will take place Monday through Friday with occasional … Read more

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KWU to Offer Several Homecoming Weekend Events in Virtual Format

SALINA – Friends and supporters of Kansas Wesleyan University will have an opportunity to participate in Homecoming 2020, albeit virtually. KWU announced recently that a handful of events will be conducted online beginning Monday, October 19, after the full weekend was cancelled during the summer due to COVID-19 concerns. The weekend gets underway with events … Read more

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U.S. Attorney Will Monitor Federal Election Complaints in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal prosecutor will be on duty on Election Day to respond to complaints of possible election fraud or voting rights violations in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. McAllister said he has appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag to serve as the District Election Officer for Kansas. Maag will be … Read more

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City Makes Change to Open Public Forum Regarding Citizen Review Board

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SALINA – The City has received feedback that a large number of Salina residents plan to attend a public forum held by the Salina City Commission to discuss the development of a “Citizen Review Board” for local law enforcement. In order the make sure the event includes precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, … Read more

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Crime Stoppers Seeking Information Regarding Recent Saline County Theft

SALINE COUNTY – Crime Stoppers of Salina and Saline County is seeking information regarding a recent theft in Saline County. According to a media release, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 600 block of Spring Street in Gypsum on October 8 on a report of a theft. Deputies say sometime … Read more

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