JC Penney to Close Salina Central Mall Store

SALINA – The Salina Central Mall is losing yet another store. According to information released Thursday, Salina’s JC Penney is one of three Kansas locations that will soon be closed. The company filed for bankruptcy in May and announced that one-third of the company’s locations would be closed. On Thursday, the company issued a list of stores that will closed as part of the bankruptcy filing. Kansas locations that will close include Salina, Emporia and Liberal. “Following a comprehensive review of our retail footprint, JCPenney made the difficult decision to close 154 stores,” the company said Thursday l. “We will … Read More

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UPDATE: More Information Released Regarding North Salina Shooting Incident

UPDATE: More information was released Monday regarding a shooting incident in north Salina late Sunday afternoon. Salina Police say they were sent to The Airliner Motel, 781 N. Broadway, just after 4:30 p.m. on a report of shots fired. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found two .22 caliber casings in a room at the motel. Moments later, another officer located a woman suffering from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle in the 300 block of N. 9th near Dairy Queen. According to police, the woman, identified as 23-year-old Molly Griffin, Salina, had been inside a room at The Airliner … Read More

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Protest March Planned for Sunday in Salina

SALINA – A No Justice No Peace protest march is scheduled for Sunday in downtown Salina. Organizer Miranda Bachman said the protest march is scheduled to begin at noon Sunday in the parking lot of The Temple, 336 S. Santa Fe. Those participating will then walk to the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash, and on to the Salina Police Department, 255 N. 10th, before returning to The Temple parking lot. “In light of recent events involving the murders of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, people are just down right mad,” Bachman said. “White people have … Read More

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Dillons Adding Fuel Center to Sunset Plaza Location

SALINA – Dillons will soon have a new Fuel Center at their Sunset Plaza location at 1201 W. Crawford. An employee of the store confirmed to The Salina Scoop Friday morning that a new Fuel Center will be added in the north end of the parking lot in the near future. Dillons currently has Fuel Centers at its other two Salina locations at 1235 E. Cloud and 2350 Planet Avenue. An opening date for the new West Crawford Fuel Center was not given.

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USD 305 Reopens School Playgrounds and Equipment

SALINA – Aligned with the Saline County Health Officer’s order making Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan a local order, Salina USD 305 playgrounds and equipment are now open to the public, according to a media release. Due to the special equipment at and donor agreements, the Coronado playground is only open during daytime business hours. Frequent hand washing, wearing of masks, and social distancing (six feet or more) in public settings is strongly encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The health, safety and well-being of the Salina community is a priority. District administrators remain in close … Read More

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Crime Stoppers Asking Public’s Help to Identify Shoplifting Suspect

SALINA – Salina Police and Crime Stoppers are asking the public’s help to identify a suspect in a recent shoplifting incident. According to a media release, a female suspect shoplifted at Menards, 809 Virginia Court, sometime between 6 and 6:36 p.m. on May 7. The female appeared to be in her 20 or 30’s and was wearing a mask and glasses. She also had a short “buzz-cut” hairstyle. She was wearing a grey long-sleeved shirt with black sleeves, tan knee-length shorts, and black shoes. Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 785-825-TIPS, text SATIPS … Read More

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City of Salina Reopens Park Playgrounds and Equipment

SALINA – To align with the Saline County Health Officer’s order, which makes Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan a local order, City of Salina playgrounds and equipment are now available for use, according to a media release. Picnic shelters will remain closed until further notice. Playgrounds and picnic shelters affected include: Bill Burke Park, Centennial Park, Country Club Park, East Crawford Recreation Area, Gleniffer Hill Park, Hawthorne Park, Indian Rock Park, Jerry Ivey Park, Kennedy Park, Kenwood Park, Lakewood Park, Meadowlark Park, Oakdale Park, Oxbow Park, Pacific Park, Parker Park, Phillips Park, Riverside Park, Magnolia Soccer Complex, … Read More

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Annual Water Line Free Chlorine and Fire Hydrant Flushing to Begin June 1

SALINA – To maintain high water quality in the City’s water distribution system and Saline County Rural Water District #3, the Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat our drinking water, according to media release. This is a preventative maintenance process and consists of turning off the ammonia feed and increasing the free chlorine feed in order to maintain a more uniform disinfection level throughout the City’s water distribution system and Saline County Rural Water District #3. Customers may notice a strong chlorine taste or odor of chlorine in their tap water during this period. These … Read More

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Salina Public Library, St. John’s Church Partner on Summer Lunches

SALINA – The Salina Public Library, in partnership with St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, will provide free grab-and-go lunches this summer. Pickup will begin June 1 and run through July 31, according to a media release. Lunches will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with priority for youth during the first half-hour. If supplies allow, free lunches for adults will be available after children are served. Lunches are first come, first serve. The service will be available on the lawn on the northwest corner of the library, next to the drive for the book drop. In the case … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Reports New Case of Coronavirus

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has reported a new case of COVID-19 in Saline County today. According to a media release, the new case is a female in her 40’s associated with a previous confirmed case. She is currently isolated at home. The Health Department continues to actively monitor one other case who is isolated at home. As of Thursday evening, Saline County has two active cases. 25 have recovered from the virus in Saline County. There have been two deaths. “While people are seeing other Counties loosen restrictions, we will continue the path and follow the proven … Read More

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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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