Mass Gatherings of 500 or More Added to Kansas Travel Quarantine List

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list, removing the state of Florida and adding attendance at mass gatherings greater than 500 people. Additionally, those countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice with restrictions remain. This list is effective for all persons returning to or entering Kansas on the effective dates. The state will review/update this list every two weeks. A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansans who have: Attended/traveled to mass gathering events of 500 people or greater on or … Read More

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Dental Records Confirm Identity of “Miss Molly”

SALINA – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says a woman’s body that was unidentified for more than three decades, and came to be known as “Miss Molly”, has been identified as Robin Ann Green, 28, from Los Angeles. At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Sheriff Roger Soldan said Green’s identity has been confirmed through DNA and dental records. Last July, the woman’s body was exhumed so that samples could be obtained for DNA testing. He said Robin Ann Green was married to Michael Lewis Green in 1985. The couple went to Minnesota in December of 1985 to visit Robin’s four … Read More

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Section of McReynolds Road Closed Tuesday

SALINE COUNTY – A section of a Saline County road has been closed. According to a media release, McReynolds Road, between Halstead Road and Burma Road, was closed Tuesday morning to through traffic due to a bridge being damaged. The bridge will be closed indefinitely. Motorists are advised to allow a few extra minutes of travel time to reach their destinations. Local and emergency traffic will be provided access to private property within the sections of closed road at all times, but only from the side upon which the property lies.

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Salina Public Library to Add Open Building Hours

SALINA – As the number of new COVID-19 cases declines in Saline County, the Salina Public Library will add limited building hours for the public to access in-person library services. According to a media release, the new hours will begin August 12 and will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Masks must be properly worn, visits should be limited to 30 minutes, and entrance will be through the north doors only. While in the building, library patrons will be able to browse the collection, check out materials, get a library card, have staff make copies, use … Read More

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases

SALINA – There are 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, August 7 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 389, with 99 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 285 that have recovered, and, and a total of five deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of four hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who … Read More

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Kansas Leaders, Schwan’s Company Announce 225 New Jobs, New ‘World-class’ Facility in Salina

SALINA – Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday a major expansion in Salina with the Schwan’s Company and Tony’s Pizza. The project is set to add 225 new full-time jobs and secure the long-time future of more than 1,000 current Schwan’s employees, according to the governor. The project will also include a new 400,000 square foot, highly-automated, state-of-art pizza making facility, officials with the company said. The governor was joined by Sen. Jerry Moran, Salina mayor Mike Hoppock, Schwan’s Company CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios and the company’s leadership team for the announcement which was made at Tony’s Pizza Event Center. City leaders … Read More

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Severe Thunderstorms Possible through This Evening

Thunderstorms, some severe, may redevelop later this afternoon and evening. At this time, it appears the greatest risk of severe thunderstorms will be across southern Kansas, but stay tuned for updates through the day as the threat area may change.

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UPDATE: Familial Match Found in 1986 Saline County Murder Case

UPDATE: The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says a familial match has been made with an unidentified woman who was found murdered more than three decades ago in Saline County. According to a statement issued Monday morning by Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan, DNA and dental records have confirmed the identity of the woman, whose body was found in Mulberry Creek west of Salina on January 25, 1986. Investigators were not able to identify the woman at the time and she was given the nickname “Miss Molly”. Her murder remains unsolved. A press conference has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday … Read More

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Whataburger Confirms Expansion into Kansas

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – Whataburger confirmed Friday it will be expanding its market into Kansas. The expansion will also include Missouri and Tennessee, according to a press release. The Texas-based fast-food restaurant didn’t say how many or where their new locations in Kansas will be. Whataburger is celebrating its 70th anniversary and also unveiled a food truck at an event Thursday to support educators.

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases Identified, Possible Public Exposure Under Investigation

SALINA – There are 10 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, August 5 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 377, with 88 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 284 that have recovered, and, and a total of five deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of four hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who … Read More

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Salina Police, Crime Stoppers Seeking Tips in Recent Shoplifting Case

SALINA – Salina Police and Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect in a recent shoplifting case. According a media release, a man was at Dillon’s, 2350 Planet Avenue, between 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. on June 28, and shoplifted packages of meat from the store, placing one package of meat down his pants. He also failed to ring another package at the self-checkout. The approximate value of the meat has been placed at $50. The man was described as a Hispanic male, mid to late 30’s, with a mustache and beard stubble, wearing a red Kansas … Read More

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KBI Releases Kansas Crime Statistics for 2019

TOPEKA – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has released the 2019 Kansas Crime Index Report. The report compiles crime statistics reported to the KBI by state and local law enforcement agencies across Kansas. Violent crime analysis The 2019 Kansas Crime Index Report indicated that violent crime in Kansas increased by 2.6% in 2019. A total of 12,694 violent crimes were reported in Kansas in the categories of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery. The violent crime rate is currently 17.3% above the 10-year average. In 2019, aggravated assaults and batteries increased by 6.1%, which drove the violent … Read More

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Pardon Our Noise, It’s the Sound of Freedom: Jaded Thunder Returns to Salina

SALINA – More than 800 military personnel are set to converge on Salina and the surrounding area for the next several weeks to participate in the joint-service exercise, Jaded Thunder. According to a media release, the exercise will include joint corps integration by members of Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army units, as well as representatives of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The training provided during Jaded Thunder is essential for national defense. All participants will comply with detailed COVID-19 mitigation measures. Exercise participants will maximize social distancing and wear face masks. Facilities will be sanitized daily. The Salina … Read More

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Hot Temperatures Return for the Weekend

Above normal temperatures are expected to return for the weekend, with highs topping out in the mid and upper 90’s. This Afternoon – Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South southeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Friday – A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near … Read More

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One Injured in Motorcycle Accident South of Salina

SALINA – One person was injured in a motorcycle accident south of Salina late Wednesday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, Chase B. McIver, 28, Council Grove, was riding a Suzuki VI1500 westbound on K-4 Highway, about four miles northeast of Lindsborg, when an unknown vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle to enter the northbound Interstate 135 on-ramp. McIver attempted a maneuver to avoid the vehicle and laid the motorcycle down on its side. McIver was not injured. A passenger on his motorcycle, Jennifer R. Long, 31, Topeka, was taken to Salina Regional Health Center for … Read More

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SPD Accredited for the 8th Time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

SALINA – The Salina Police Department (SPD) has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1996. The SPD is proud to be one of 729 nationally accredited agencies, and one of only 11 agencies in Kansas to bare that distinction. CALEA accreditation increases community advocacy, provides stronger defense against civil lawsuits, reduces risk and liability exposure, provides for support from government officials, and allows for greater accountability within the agency. In order for the SPD to become a nationally accredited agency, the agency must show compliance with 158 standards and provide 451 proofs … Read More

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City Commission Schedules Special Meeting for Thursday Afternoon

SALINA – The Salina City Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday afternoon. According to a media release, Commissioners will convene at 4 p.m. in the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash, Room 107. Once the meeting is convened, Commissioners will move to recess into executive session to discuss financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations regarding two economic development projects with possible public action to follow.

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 19 New Cases Identified

SALINA – There are 19 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, August 3 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 367, with 92 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 270 that have recovered, and, and a total of five deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of three hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who … Read More

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 3 New Cases Identified

SALINA – There are 3 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, July 31 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 348, with 79 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 264 that have recovered, and, and a total of five deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of six hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who … Read More

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Salina City Commissioner Appointed to Kansas African American Affairs Commission

SALINA – Salina City Commissioner Trent Davis was recently appointed as a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission (KAAAC). The KAAAC addresses issues of equity for African Americans and serves as a conduit for programs, legislation, grants, research, and policy advice for state and local organizations in addressing concerns that are unique to the African American community in the State of Kansas. The goals and objectives of the KAAAC are to: Gather and disseminate information on legislation and public policy issues of concern in the African American community. Communicate the public policy concerns of African Americans to state … Read More

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KHP Troopers Begin Inspecting Buses to Prep for School Year

TOPEKA – The Kansas Highway Patrol is working to ensure students are safe on their travels to and from school. According to a media release from the agency, every July and August, KHP troopers, in conjunction with school districts across the state, check all school buses to ensure they are in good working condition. Troopers began checking the buses in the middle of July and will continue to do so until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles will load, transport and unload students safely. Lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits … Read More

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Two Injured in Single Vehicle I-70 Crash

SALINE COUNTY – Two people were taken to the hospital after a single vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Saline County late Saturday afternoon. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, Scott J. Lucas, 56, Kaysville, Utah, was driving a 2013 Ford Fusion eastbound, about a mile west of the Solomon Road exit, when the vehicle left the roadway to the left. The Ford then entered the median, struck the paved crossing and went airborne, and overturned at least one time before coming to rest on its wheels facing east in the median. Lucas, and a passenger, Thomas F. … Read More

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Storms Possible Late Tuesday Night into Wednesday Morning

Scattered showers and storms are expected late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The stronger storms may produce small hail and brief gusty winds. Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 57. East southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Tuesday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming east southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tuesday Night – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. Increasing clouds, with a low around 62. East southeast wind around 7 mph. Wednesday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m. … Read More

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Saline County COVID-19 Update: 11 New Cases Identified

SALINA – There are 11 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, July 29 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 345, with 76 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 264 that have recovered, and, and a total of five deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of two hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who … Read More

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Salina Police, Crime Stoppers Asking Public’s Help to Identify Suspect in Recent Theft from Walmart

SALINA – Salina Police and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a recent theft from a local retail store. According to a media release, a man was inside Walmart, 2900 S. 9th, between 7:30 and 7:55 a.m. on June 30, and damaged display brackets in the electronics department and took two Samsung Cell phones. The total loss of the theft and damage was valued at $2,194. The Salina Police Department was advised that this person may be involved in similar events at other Kansas Walmart Stores, including Great Bend, Hays, and McPherson. The … Read More

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