Some Risk for Severe Thunderstorms This Evening; Hot Weather Likely Returns Next Week

There is an increasing risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening. The main threats for these storms are baseball sized hail or larger and 80 mph winds. Wind driven large hail is definitely a concern with this activity. A tornado cannot be ruled out. Locally heavy rainfall could produce minor or lowland flooding. The greatest risk is primarily along and east of the Kansas Turnpike. Storms have developed in northeast Kansas and are already producing baseball sized hail. Above normal temperatures will likely return next week, with dangerous heat possible (especially across southern and eastern Kansas). This Afternoon … Read More

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UPDATE: Woman, Father of 3-Year-Old in Custody After Body Found

UPDATE: The father of 3-year-old Olivia Ann Jansen, has been arrested, according to online jail records for Wyandotte County. As of Friday night, the Wyandotte County Detention Center says 29-year-old Howard Jansen is charged with abuse of a child and first-degree murder. Jansen will be held for 48 hours. Early Saturday morning, jail records show Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse. The case numbers for Jansen and Kirkpatrick’s case are the same, according to reports. This comes after an Amber Alert was issued Friday for the missing girl. Officials believe they found her body … Read More

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25 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are 25 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, July 8 report. According to a media release, all cases are associated with other positive cases. The total for the county is now 215, with 143 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 70 that have recovered, and 2 deaths. The other cases are isolated at home. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reporting 192 positives for Saline County, which is incorrect. The total for Saline County is 215. Saline County continues to have a … Read More

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Saline Wholesale Liquor Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

SALINA – Salina Wholesale Liquor has announced that an employee at one of their locations has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a social media statement, an employee at the store located at the intersection of Iron Avenue and Ohio Street recently tested positive. “We at Salina Wholesale Liquor (Ohio and Iron location) value our customers and want to let the public know that we have had an employee test positive for COVID-19,” store officials said in the statement. “The employee contacted the virus outside of the store and showed no symptoms while working. The employee has not worked at … Read More

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Salina Police, Crime Stoppers Seeking Public’s Help to Identify Suspects in Gift Card Theft

SALINA – Salina Police are asking the public’s assistance to identify two women suspected of gift card theft at a local retail store. According to a media release, the two women were observed obtaining numerous blank gift cards at Walmart, 2900 S. 9th, between 7:10 and 7:55 a.m. on May 17. After obtaining the gift cards, they proceeded to unoccupied cash registers, activated the cards, and placed over $200 credit on each card. The total value exceeded $2,000. Walmart reported that the same two women were involved in similar schemes in Great Bend, Hutchinson and McPherson. The two women, who … Read More

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One Hospitalized After McPherson County Crash

MCPHERSON COUNTY – One person was hospitalized after a crash involving two semis is McPherson County early Wednesday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 2015 Freightliner semi driven by Larry R. Magaee, 42, Magee, Miss., was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 56, behind a 2016 Freightliner semi driven by Joseph Balikowa, 44, Tulsa, Okla., when Balikowa slowed his semi to make a left turn onto 7th Avenue, and was struck from behind by Magaee’s semi. Magaee’s semi, which was carrying a load of baby chicks, then entered the ditch, overturned, and caught fire. Balikowa was not … Read More

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Section of Holmes Road Closed

SALINE COUNTY – A section of a Saline County has been closed to allow for a road work project. According to a media release from the Saline County Road and Bridge Department, Holmes Road, between Schilling Road and Water Well Road, will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time to through traffic for replacement of a cross road drainage structure. 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 … Read More

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17 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINE COUNTY – There are 17 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, July 6 report, according to a media release. The total for the county is now 190, with 118 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department and 70 that have recovered. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting 169 positives for Saline County, which is incorrect. The total for Saline County is 190. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, there are now 17,618 cases and 282 deaths statewide. This information can be found … Read More

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Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Opportunities Now Available

SALINA – The City of Salina has temporarily reduced the schedule of its workforce in an effort to prepare for expected budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a media release. Summer staffing for the Parks and Recreation Department was cut by 80 percent, which has resulted in noticeable changes within City parks, facilities and programs. In an effort to assist with beautification efforts, numerous citizens have inquired about volunteer opportunities. The scope of opportunities includes picking up trash, weeding, maintaining flower beds and pots, and emptying and removing trash cans. Additionally, mowing and trimming of parks will … Read More

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Full Mask Ordinance Information Released

SALINA – Salina City Commissioners voted at the July 6 City Commission meeting to enact an ordinance to require the wearing of masks or other face coverings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The local order is nearly identical to Governor Laura Kelly’s state executive order. The ordinance (No. 20-11034) mandates that face coverings are worn when individuals are in any public space where social distancing of six feet at all times is not possible. It also requires that all businesses, organizations and non-profit associations in the City of Salina must require employees, customers, visitors, members, or members of the public … Read More

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Salina City Commission Approves Mask Ordinance

SALINA – The Salina City Commission passed an ordinance Monday evening that requires masks to be worn inside businesses, and at outdoor public places where social distance cannot be maintained. Under the new ordinance, masks will be required inside businesses and organizations within the city of Salina. Masks will also be required at public outdoor spaces where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained. The mask ordinance will go into effect once it is published in The Salina Journal. Commissioners approved the ordinance by a vote of 4-1. More information, including the full ordinance, will be released at a … Read More

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Pilot Hospitalized After Jewell County Plane Crash

JEWELL COUNTY – A pilot from Jewell County was hospitalized after the aircraft he was flying crashed near the airport in Mankato early Monday morning. According to the Jewell County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot, a resident of Mankato, was flying an experimental aircraft just before 8 a.m., when he experienced mechanical difficulties just after takeoff. The pilot attempted to turn the plane around, but lost control, and crashed onto the east side of the runway. The pilot was taken by EMS to the Jewell County Hospital and then airlifted to a Wichita hospital with critical, but non-life threatening, injuries. The … Read More

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84th Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in McPherson County

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department on Monday confirmed the 84th case of COVID-19 in that county. According to a media release, the new case is that of a symptomatic male in his 30’s, with unknown exposure, but is recovering at home. Of the 84 cases in McPherson County, 76 have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. There are zero current hospitalizations and zero deaths. McPherson is currently in Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas. Updated documents can be found at the McPherson County website by clicking here, and under “COVID-19: Reopening … Read More

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Walk-The-Stage Ceremonies for 2020 Graduates of Both Salina High Schools Officially Set

SALINA – On August 1, both USD 305 high schools will host a Walk-The-Stage ceremony for their 2020 graduates at Salina Stadium. According to a Monday media release, the ceremonies will take place at the following times: Central High School: 8 a.m. South High School: 10 a.m. With safety precautions in place, 2020 graduates will wear their cap and gown, have their name read, walk across the stage and be photographed. Students will receive a letter with information about where and when to report, social distancing and hand sanitizing. Guests and families are asked to wear facemasks and social distance, … Read More

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Second Staffer at Heartland Early Education Center Tests Positive for COVID-19

SALINA – Heartland Early Education Center received confirmation on Monday that a second staff person, who has not been working with students, tested positive for COVID-19, according to a media release. This individual was directly connected to the case announced last week. The Saline County Health Department is in the process of contacting anyone who needs to be notified. Ensuring the health and safety of children at Heartland Early Education Programs is foremost. The building has enhanced measures including deep cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Masks and social distancing are a part of how the district staff operate. Employees and families … Read More

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29 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are 29 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, July 3 report, according to a media release. The total for the county is now 173, with 101 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department and 70 that have recovered. *KDHE is reporting 151 positives for Saline County, which is incorrect. The total for Saline County is 173. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, there are now 16,901 cases and 280 deaths statewide. This information can be found by clicking here. The Saline County Board … Read More

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17 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are 17 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, July 1 report, according to a media release. The total for the county is now 145, with 73 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department and 70 that have recovered. *KDHE is reporting 130 positives for Saline County, which is incorrect. The total for Saline County is 145. With the holiday weekend, Saline County Health Officer Jason Tiller stated, “Celebrate your freedoms by making the right choice and wear a mask, practice social distancing, as well as continued … Read More

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UPDATE: Saline County Will Not Order Public to Wear Masks

UPDATE: More information has been released regarding the Saline County Board of Commissioner’s decision to not require the usage of masks in Saline County. The Saline County Board of County Commissioners met this evening in a special session with Saline County Health Officer, Jason Tiller to discuss Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 relating to the mandate of wearing of masks statewide. Full statement from Saline County: “After much review, discussion, and hearing public comment, the Saline County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to exempt Saline County from Executive Order 20-52 due to the concern of enforcement of the order … Read More

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Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers Seeking Tips Regarding Recent Theft

SALINE COUNTY – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers is seeking tips from the public regarding a recent theft. According to a media release, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1421 N. Solomon Road in Rural Saline County on Monday, June 22, on a report of a stolen John Deere Gator. Deputies say unknown suspect(s) entered a large metal outbuilding on the property, sometime between June 21 and June 22, and stole a green, 2010 John Deere Gator that was stored in the building. Total loss and damage has been estimated to be in excess of $12,000. … Read More

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Kansas Governor Signs Statewide Face Mask Executive Order

TOPEKA – Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday released an executive order that requires Kansans to wear face coverings in most public spaces beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Kelly first introduced the order on Monday, and the language of the order shows it would impact the day-to-day lives of almost every single Kansas resident. “The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. … Read More

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Recent Visitor to Salina YMCA Tests Positive for COVID-19

SALINA – The Salina Family YMCA confirmed Wednesday that a recent visitor to the facility has tested positive for COVID-19. A statement from Salina Family YMCA President & CEO Angie Lassley is below: “The Y was notified today, July 1, by the health department that an individual had utilized the family (warm water) pool between the hours of 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25. Since then, she has tested positive for the coronavirus. Based on the contact investigation there seems to be no contact with others during her time here and we are not required … Read More

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18 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are 18 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, June 29 report, according to a media release. The total for the county is now 128, with 56 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department and 70 that have recovered. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting 106 positives for Saline County, which is incorrect. The total for Saline County is 128. The Saline County Health Department has received information about an outbreak where all close contacts have not yet been identified. If you attended any … Read More

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USD 305 and NEA-Salina Reach Agreement for the 2020-2021 Teacher Contracts

SALINA – Salina USD 305 and NEA-Salina reached an agreement today, July 1, on the teacher contracts of employment for the 2020-2021 school year, according to a media release. Items agreed to include: Salary schedule modifications and increase to the base resulting in a new base salary of $40,385; Step and movement on the modified salary schedule for all teachers; An increase of $5 per month to the to the Employer Paid Health Benefit; The addition of five days of paid parental leave for employees upon the birth or adoption of a child; An increase of middle school plan time … Read More

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2020 Tri-Rivers Fair and Rodeo Cancelled

SALINE COUNTY – The Tri-Rivers Fair board has decided to cancel the 2020 Tri-Rivers Fair and Rodeo, with the exception of the 4-H events. “Due to the unpredictability of COVID-19, the Tri-Rivers Fair Board has decided to cancel 2020 fair events,” Fair officials said in a statement Wednesday. “We will be supporting the needs of 4-H portions that will still be taking place. This decision was a difficult one, but it is important for us to keep the best interest of our community in mind.” Any food vendors, commercial vendors, or parade entries that have already submitted payment may call … Read More

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Ellsworth County Confirms Fourth Case of COVID-19

ELLSWORTH – Health officials in Ellsworth County on Tuesday confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in that county. According to a media release, this case involves a male over the age of 40, who is currently isolated at home and is stable. The Ellsworth County Health Department is working diligently to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. Close contacts will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient. Health officials encourage anyone that develops symptoms such as, but not … Read More

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