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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Wichita Man Killed in Dickinson County Crash

DICKINSON COUNTY – A Wichita man was killed early Tuesday morning in a single vehicle rollover crash in Dickinson County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by Luis A. Salazar, 38, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 56, two miles south of Herington, when he failed to negotiate a curve. The pickup entered the west ditch and overturned. Salazar was ejected from the pickup. He was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to a Herington funeral home. The crash occurred at about 1:23 a.m., according to the KHP report.

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OCCK Transportation Now Requiring Masks for All Bus Passengers

SALINA – Amid COVID-19 concerns, OCCK, Inc. Transportation will be requiring face masks for all passengers on all transportation services including CityGo, 81 Connection, Regional Paratransit, City of Abilene, and KanConnect public transportation beginning at start of business on Friday, July 3, and continuing until further notice, according to a media release. A small number of masks will be available upon request for passengers each day starting on Friday July 3. However, all passengers must have their own masks starting Monday, July 13, in order to board transportation vehicles. Social distancing guidelines will still be followed. Extensive cleaning of vehicles … Read More

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Coronavirus Relief Fund Advisory Committee Approved

SALINA – Saline County Commissioners signed a resolution today to receive $11,026,434 in Coronavirus Relief Funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security Act (CARES Act) signed by the President back in March, according to a media release. With the best interests of Saline County residents, businesses, and organizations in mind, the Board of County Commissioners approved to form a committee to advise the Commission on fund disbursements. This committee will be composed of three County staff members and four citizens. The committee will provide recommendations on how funds will be used to cover expenses that are … Read More

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Heartland Early Education Center Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19

SALINA – A staff member at Heartland Early Education Center has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a media release. A statement issued by USD 305 is below: “Heartland Early Education Center received confirmation on June 30, 2020, that a staff person who has not been working with students tested positive for COVID-19. The Saline County Health Department is in the process of contacting anyone who needs to be notified. Safety protocols remain in use including sanitizing equipment and classrooms, and taking precautions against COVID-19 such as handwashing and social distancing. All USD 305 staff continue to self-screen prior to … Read More

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McPherson Police Asking the Public’s Help to Locate a Stolen Dog

MCPHERSON – The McPherson Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen dog. According to a social media statement, someone stole a 5-month-old yellow lab sometime between Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29, from the 1100 block of N. Wheeler. The suspect(s) also took a dog crate for the dog. If you have any information, please contact McPherson County Crime Stoppers at 800-241-8118 or click the “Contact Us” button on the McPherson County Crime Stoppers Facebook page to submit a tip anonymously.

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Both Salina High Schools to Have “Walk-The-Stage” Ceremonies

SALINA – Both USD 305 high schools will soon have a “Walk-The-Stage” ceremony for their 2020 graduates. According to a social media statement from the district, the ceremonies will be held Saturday, August 1 at Salina Stadium at the following times: Central High School: 8 a.m. South High School: 10 a.m. The district says precautions will be in place for the ceremonies. Graduates and their families will receive details in an email sometime this week.

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12 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Saline County

SALINA – There are 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, June 26 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 110, with 78 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. All of the new cases are associated with prior positive cases and all of these individuals are isolated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reporting 94 positives for Saline County but that total does not include the most recent cases received since their last … Read More

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AMC Pushes Back Planned Reopening of Theaters

SALINA – Movie theater giant AMC has announced that the planning reopening of its venues in the U.S. has been pushed back until July 30. This includes the AMC Theater at the Salina Central Mall. The company said general managers at all their locations have returned to work in preparation for the reopening in a month’s time. AMC Theatres, which is based in Leawood, Kansas, originally planned to reopen most of its U.S. theaters in mid-July in time for the blockbuster releases of Disney’s “Mulan” and Warner Brothers’ “Tenet.” The new date aligns with the updated release schedule for “Mulan,” … Read More

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Kansas Governor Implements Statewide Mask Policy Beginning Friday

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced Monday she is implementing a statewide mask policy. The policy is set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3. Kelly says that as of that time, every Kansan in a public space will need to wear a mask. In support of her decision, Kelly said that places where masks are being worn, such as dentist offices or hair salons, have not reported any COVID-19 clusters. It’s places where they aren’t being worn, Kelly said, where the clusters have been reported. “We have enough data to prove masks work,” Kelly … Read More

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Two Earthquakes Reported in Saline County Early Monday Morning

SALINA – Two earthquakes were reported in rural Saline County early Monday morning. According to the Kansas Geological Survey, the first quake, a magnitude 2.1, was centered northeast of the intersection of S. Holmes and E. Salemsborg Roads. It occurred at about 1:40 a.m. The second quake, a 2.6 magnitude, was centered just north of K-4 Highway on the west side of S. Simpson Road. It occurred at about 4:44 a.m. There have been no reports of injuries or damage associated with these two quakes, which both occurred southeast of Salina.

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City Commission to Host Open Public Forum Monday Evening

SALINA – Salina City Commissioners will be hosting an open public forum and listening session regarding local law enforcement, and community and race relations this evening beginning at 6 p.m. in Sam’s Chapel, located on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University, 100 E. Claflin. The public is encouraged to share their local experiences, concerns and/or compliments. Per CDC guidelines, please practice social distancing during the forum, to include while seated and at the podium. The CDC also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The public forum can be viewed … Read More

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High Heat Indices Expected Tuesday

Temperatures in the mid 90’s to around 100 degrees Tuesday will make it feel like a hot one out there! Heat indices will range from 103 to 105 degrees by Tuesday afternoon. A Heat Advisory has been issued for Tuesday. More information on that can be found by clicking here. Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 75. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Tuesday – Sunny and hot, with a high near 103. Heat index values as high as 107. South wind 13 to 17 mph, with … Read More

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Saline County Jail Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19; Jail Lobby Closed to Public

SALINE COUNTY – A female inmate of the Saline County Jail, who was awaiting transport to the Kansas Department of Corrections, has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a media release Monday from Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan, this inmate is asymptomatic and had been housed in general population since early June. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Saline County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment in this matter. Fingerprinting and outside activities involving traffic into the jail, including visitations, have been suspended until further notice. The jail lobby has also been closed until further notice. … Read More

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2016 Saline County Murder Still Unsolved, Investigation Still Active

SALINE COUNTY – Thursday marked the fourth anniversary of Saline County’s most recent unsolved homicide and authorities say the investigation into the 2016 homicide remains active. It was on June 25, 2016, that 57-year-old Lori J. Heimer was brutally murdered in her home at 10525 S. Hopkins Road, just outside of Assaria, in rural Saline County. Her body was found by a family member shortly before 8 p.m. that evening. At the time of her death, Heimer maintained a dog breeding business at her home named “Lori’s Poodle Patch”, and was known to advertise her business as far away as … Read More

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Fallout Continues from COVID-19 Cases Connected with MAYB Tournaments

WICHITA – The fallout connected with a pair of MAYB (youth basketball) tournaments last weekend in Wichita and Hays continues with further reports of possible exposures. The City of Great Bend Friday afternoon announced an employee at Wetland’s Waterpark had secondary exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case while participating in a June 21 MAYB tournament in Hays. The city said the employee is being quarantined and hasn’t had contact with the waterpark or its staff since Monday, June 22. “Additionally, a second (waterpark) employee had contact on June 23 (Tuesday) with members of a team that also participated in that … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Releases Statement Regarding Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Local Soccer Game

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has released the following statement regarding a possible COVID-19 exposure in Salina: “On June 22, 2020, a soccer game took place in Sunset Park located at 700 Sunset Drive in Salina. At least one symptomatic person participated in that game and potentially exposed others to COVID-19. This game took place between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. This was not an organized game, so there is no roster of attendees. If anyone was in attendance we ask that you quarantine, monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, and call the Saline County Health Department at 785-826-6600. … Read More

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