Abilene Schools Move to Online Learning, Activities Suspended

ABILENE – Due to an increase in COVID-19 and potential COVID-19 cases in the teaching staff, USD 435-Abilene schools are moving to online course instruction only. According to USD 435 officials, the move took effect today, Tuesday, September 22, and is due to four adults in the district who have already tested positive for COVID-19 … Read more

Minneapolis Man Dies After Being Struck by SUV

HARVEY COUNTY – A Minneapolis man died Saturday night after being struck by an SUV on Interstate 135 in Harvey County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2014 Lexus RX350 driven by Daniel T. Cosgrove, 61, Wichita, was traveling southbound on I-135, about 12 miles north of Wichita, when a pedestrian, identified as Kalub … Read more

Authorities Searching for Individuals Involved in Rural Dickinson County Shooting

DICKINSON COUNTY – Authorities in Dickinson and Saline Counties are investigating a Friday shooting in rural Dickinson County. According to a media release from Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman, the Sheriff’s Department was sent to Abilene Memorial Hospital after a victim of a shooting checked into the emergency room. Upon arrival, deputies found that Michael … Read more

KDHE Shares Steps to Protect Health Amid Potential Air Quality Impacts from Wildfires

TOPEKA – State health officials want to warn Kansans to potential air quality impacts from smoke from wildfires in the western United States. According to a media release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), ongoing wildfires across the Western U.S. continues to produce dense smoke that is being transported into Kansas by … Read more

Nicer Weather for the Weekend

After a cloudy, cool, and wet end to the work week, the weekend looks milder with more sunshine and a lower chance of rain. Today – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Tonight – Partly cloudy, … Read more

Pedestrian Injured in McPherson County Crash

MCPHERSON COUNTY – A pedestrian was hospitalized early Thursday morning after being struck during the course of a four vehicle crash in McPherson County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Marcus Scott Ehrhardt, 31, Herington, was traveling westbound in the 200 block of U.S. Highway 56 in the … Read more

OCCK Transportation Relaunches KANcycle Bike Sharing Program

SALINA – OCCK Transportation is pleased to announce the upcoming re-launching of KANcycle, the regional bike sharing program that serves north central Kansas. KANcycle has been closed since the end of March because of COVID. The relaunch is planned for September 11th. KANcycle, a program of OCCK Transportation, was started in June of 2019 with … Read more

UPDATE: Wednesday Morning Accident Claims Life of Abilene Student

DICKINSON COUNTY – The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information regarding a Wednesday morning accident that took the life of an Abilene elementary school student. According to a media release, Cecelia Graf, 7, was struck by a vehicle while attempting to board a school bus at about 7 a.m. in the 1100 block … Read more

KDHE Releases First List of Coronavirus Clusters

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its current list of active coronavirus clusters in the state Wednesday. The state reported 177 active clusters. Of those clusters, 57 are long term care facilities, 29 are private businesses, and 26 are related to a college or university. You can see the full breakdown … Read more

Kansas Will Begin Releasing Names and Locations of Active Coronavirus Outbreaks

TOPEKA — The State of Kansas is going to begin releasing the names and locations of active coronavirus outbreaks in the state. The change will begin Wednesday, September 9. Governor Laura Kelly made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a news release. “With our children returning to school, sports resuming, and college campuses reopening – we’re … Read more

Thunderstorms Possible Saturday Night into Sunday Morning

Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and into the overnight in Western Kansas. This thunderstorm activity will slowly move to the east and into Central Kansas during the overnight tonight. Western Kansas could have some scattered severe thunderstorms but as the activity moves into Central Kansas, severe storms become less likely. Tonight – A … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Heavy Rainfall Possible Sunday Evening through Sunday Night

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop along the Interstate 70 corridor late Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening and then develop and move southeastward across central Kansas Sunday night. Where thunderstorms form, very heavy rainfall is expected to occur, and may lead to rises on creeks and rivers. Flash flooding may also occur as … Read more

OCCK Transportation Extends Free Rides Through August

SALINA – OCCK Transportation will continue free fares for all public transit services, including CityGo, 81 Connection, Paratransit and City of Abilene through the month of August. “It’s amazing that another month has come and gone already,” said Michelle Griffin, Mobility Manager. “OCCK continues to provide the same great service for all passengers, even during … Read more