Salina Airport Prepared for the Return of Passengers

SALINA – Airline, TSA, and Airport Authority staff are ready for the return of passengers to the M.J. Kennedy Air Terminal. Already there has been a slight increase in passengers boarding daily United Express flights to the Denver International Airport. United Express flights flown by SkyWest Airlines operate daily to Denver with connections to destinations throughout the USA. Passengers arriving at the Salina Regional Airport will be greeted by airline and TSA staff who now wear protective masks and gloves for passenger check-in, passenger screening and boarding. Passenger ticketing and screening podiums are equipped with sneeze guards. Arriving passengers will … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Confirms Two New Cases of COVID-19

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in the county. According to a media release, one is a female in her 30’s that is associated with a close contact who is isolated and the other is a female in her 50’s who is also associated with a close contact who is isolated. Saline County now has 27 cases (23 confirmed and 4 probable cases). Out of the total number of cases, four citizens continue to be actively monitored and isolated and there have been two deaths. The rest have met the criteria necessary … Read More

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Severe Storms, Flooding Possible Thursday Through Saturday

Strong to severe storms will be possible late tonight and into early Wednesday and again on Wednesday evening and Wednesday night. The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds. More rounds of storms are expected for Thursday through Saturday with some severe weather possible. Dry weather is expected to return for late Sunday into the beginning of next week. Tonight – A chance of drizzle between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 48. East southeast wind 6 to 10 mph. Wednesday – A chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 a.m., then a … Read More

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Conklin Cars Donates to Salina Tech

SALINA – Thanks to a donation from Conklin Cars, students in the Automotive Technology program at Salina Tech now have a hybrid vehicle to work and learn on. According to a media release, the dealership on Monday afternoon donated a 2010 Toyota Prius to the college, the first hybrid in the college’s stable of vehicles students learn from. Auto Tech instructor Russ Wasson said the program has included classes on hybrid vehicles for several years, but finding some for students to get hands-on experience with has meant asking around and borrowing them as needed. “Now, I won’t have to spend … Read More

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Despite 5-Cent Increase, Kansas Gas Prices Still Fifth Cheapest in U.S.

SALINA – Despite a 5-cent per-gallon increase this past week, Kansas gas prices are still the fifth cheapest in the United States. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Kansas was listed Tuesday at $1.52.8 per gallon, according to AAA. That mark was about 33 cents lower than the national average of $1.85.4 a gallon, which was up about 7 cents this past week. Tuesday’s average price in Kansas is about $1.09 lower than year ago, when the price was $2.61.9. AAA says the national average price for a gallon of gas on Tuesday is down just … Read More

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Walmart to Repeat Cash Bonus for All U.S. Hourly Employees

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart says it plans to repeat its special cash bonus for all U.S. hourly employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer said this includes hourly associates in stores, clubs, supply chain and offices, drivers, and assistant managers in all stores and clubs. Full-time hourly employees will receive $300, and part-time hourly and temporary associates will get $150. The bonuses will add up to more than $390 million, the retailer says. Employees must have been hired by the company as of June 5 to qualify, and the bonus will payout on June 25.

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Eight USD 305 12th Grade Students Receive Seals of Biliteracy

SALINA – Congratulations to eight 12th grade students from USD 305 that have been recognized for their literacy in more than one language by the Kansas State Department of Education. Graduates received a “Seal of Biliteracy” certificate and the recognition has been added to their high school transcripts. “USD 305 proudly celebrates these students’ accomplishments”, stated Linn Exline, Superintendent of Schools. “The Seal of Biliteracy signifies that these students have mastered reading, writing, speaking and listening in two or more languages. This level of proficiency is the result of hours of language study and a strong commitment to learning.” This … Read More

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Kenwood Cove Aquatic Center Will Not Open for 2020 Summer

SALINA – Salina’s Kenwood Cove will not open in 2020 due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Salina City Commissioners decided to suspend the opening of the Kenwood Cove Aquatic Center for the 2020 Summer. Salina Parks and Recreation Director Chris Cotten discussed several different alternative options to have Kenwood Cove partially open in a limited capacity of some kind, however, commissioners agreed that opening the facility in any manner would not at all be practical this summer. ”Last night, the city of Salina commissioners voted to cancel most recreation programming for the summer including Kenwood Cove … Read More

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Salina Public Library Pickup Service to Begin May 18

SALINA – As part of a phased reopening following the lifting of stay-at-home orders, the Salina Public Library will offer limited physical checkout services again. According to a media release, Pickup Service will launch on May 18, and patrons with materials currently checked out are asked to return them by May 31. The library’s building remains closed. The library functions as a community center, greeting 400 to 600 patrons a day and operating with the help of 30 full-time staff and another 20 part-time staff when fully open. In order to ensure the safety of both patrons and staff, the … Read More

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Coronavirus Cases in Kansas Now Over 5,700; Saline County Remains at 21

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports 276 new coronavirus cases in Kansas with seven new deaths since Tuesday. Kansas now has 5,734 total confirmed cases. Hospitalizations in the state have increased by five. There have been 571 hospitalizations total. The statewide death toll is 144. The KDHE reports 36,380 negative tests. The Kansas Department of Corrections plans to finish testing all the more than 1,700 inmates at the state’s largest prison in Lansing this week. As the test results trickle in, Leavenworth County, where the prison is located, reported a 13.8% increase in cases Monday. Most are … Read More

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COVID-19 Cases in Kansas Now Over 5,400; Saline County Cases Remain at 21

TOPEKA – The state has released an update on the number of cases of coronavirus in Kansas. It says the number has increased to 5,458, which is up 213 from Monday. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there have been 137 deaths linked to COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began. That is an increase of one since Monday. Hospitalizations from the coronavirus are up to 566. Monday’s number was 553. The number of cases in Saline County remained at 21 for at least the sixth consecutive day, according to the KDHE. Atchison County: 11 Barber County: … Read More

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Coronavirus Cases in Kansas Now Over 5,200; Saline County Remains at 21

TOPEKA – The number of coronavirus cases in Kansas increased by 215 Monday to 5,245, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Deaths in Kansas went up by 2 to 136. The number of hospitalizations went up 6 to 553. As of Monday morning, Saline County remained at 21 cases for the fifth consecutive day. A county-by-county breakdown is below: Atchison County: 11 Barber County: 1 Barton County: 9 Bourbon County: 6 Brown County: 1 Butler County: 16 Chase County: 1 Chautauqua County: 4 Cherokee County: 8 Cheyenne County: 2 Clark County: 2 Clay County: 4 Cloud County: … Read More

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now Over 5,000; Saline County Remains at 21

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports the state now has 5,030 cases of coronavirus, up by 284 from Saturday. There have been 134 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Kansas. 547 of the 3,425 cases have been hospitalized. Saline County remains at 21 cases for the fourth consecutive day. A county-by-county breakdown is below. Atchison County: 11 Barber County: 1 Barton County: 9 Bourbon County: 6 Butler County: 16 Chase County: 1 Chautauqua County: 4 Cherokee County: 8 Cheyenne County: 2 Clark County: 1 Clay County: 4 Cloud County: 4 Coffey County: 49 Cowley County: 2 Crawford … Read More

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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Burglary of Salina Business

UPDATE: The man accused of burglarizing a Salina business has been arrested. According to a social media post from The Arena, police have arrested a suspect in the early Thursday morning burglary of the business and the theft of several pieces of sports memorabilia, valued at more than $3,000. No further information was released as of early Sunday morning. —- SALINA – Salina Police are searching for a suspect in connection with the burglary of a Salina business that resulted un the theft of thousands of dollars of sports memorabilia. Surveillance footage shows an unknown male subject entering The Arena, … Read More

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COVID-19 in Kansas: 4,746 Confirmed Cases, 131 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the total number of cases of coronavirus in Kansas has increased to 4,746. That is 297 more than Friday. There have been 131 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Kansas. That number is one more than Friday. Saline County remained at 21 cases in Saturday’s report. A county-by-county breakdown in below. Atchison County: 10 Barber County: 1 Barton County: 9 Bourbon County: 6 Butler County: 16 Chase County: 1 Chautauqua County: 4 Cherokee County: 8 Cheyenne County: 2 Clark County: 1 Clay County: 4 Cloud County: 4 Coffey County: 48 Cowley … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Not Planning on Additional Restrictions

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department does not have any additional cases of COVID-19 to report today. According to a media release, the Saline County Health Officer does not plan on adding additional restrictions at this time above and beyond the recommendations set forth by the Governor. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will continue to support increased testing capabilities and robust contact tracing. The Governor’s framework can be found at covid.ks.gov. Business and Industry partners are directed to review the framework and strongly encouraged to follow industry standards. Specific guidance and information from the business … Read More

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COVID-19 in Kansas: 4,449 Confirmed Cases, 130 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the total number of cases of coronavirus in Kansas has increased to 4,449. That is 211 more than Thursday. There have been 130 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Kansas. That number is one more than Thursday. In Saline County, the number of cases remained at 21 as of Friday. An update is expected from the Saline County Health Department Friday evening. Atchison County: 10 Barber County: 1 Barton County: 9 Bourbon County: 6 Butler County: 16 Chase County: 1 Chautauqua County: 4 Cherokee County: 8 Cheyenne County: 2 Clark County: … Read More

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Central High School Student Receives KSU Kassebaum Scholarship

MANHATTAN – Kansas State University has awarded Kassebaum Scholarships to five high school seniors, including one from Salina Central. The scholarship competition was held earlier this semester. K-State received a significant number of applications, and a selection committee chose seven student finalists to interview for the Kassebaum Scholarship. Of those interviewed, William Bannister, a senior from Manhattan High School, Manhattan; Ethan Brown, a senior from Salina Central High School, Salina; Nicholas Saia, a senior from Olathe Northwest, Olathe; Bryce Smith, a senior from Lawrence High School, Lawrence and Jade Valdez-Gomez, a senior from Garden City High School, Garden City were … Read More

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Salina Public Library Working to Establish Pick-Up Service

SALINA – Following Gov. Laura Kelly’s announcement of a phased loosening of restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Salina Public Library will work to establish a pick-up service. While gatherings continue to be limited to 10 people, the library building will remain closed. According to a media release, a pick-up service is tentatively scheduled to begin May 18. Announcements about how to utilize this service will be made through media outlets, on the library’s Facebook page and on salinapubliclibrary.org. Patrons may begin returning library items to book drops on May 12. These are located on the west side … Read More

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Saline County to Begin Road Work Projects Monday

SALINA – The Saline County Road and Bridge Department has announced two upcoming road work projects. According to a media release, Old Highway 40 between Donmyer Road and Field Road in Solomon, will be closed to through traffic beginning next week Monday, May 3 and will remain closed through Wednesday morning, May 6 for the replacement of two railroad crossing on Old Highway 40 at Amos Road. Advanced road closure signs will be placed at Old 40 and Niles Road, and Old 40 and Poplar Street in Solomon in order to provide traffic the option of using Interstate 70. Also … Read More

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Rural Saline County Burglary is Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

SALINE COUNTY – Crime Stoppers of Salina and Saline County is seeking information regarding a recent burglary and theft from a rural Saline County property. 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 say 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, … Read More

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20th Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Saline County

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 in Saline County today. According to a media release, this case is a male in his 50’s with no known contacts and no known travel. This is the 20th case in Saline County. “We have fielded several questions regarding what things will look like after the Governor’s Statewide Stay-at-Home order ends on May 3rd,” said Jason Tiller, Saline County Health Officer. “We anticipate guidance coming from Governor Kelly later this week and we are assembling a task force to look at that guidance and what that … Read More

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COVID-19 in Kansas: 3,056 Confirmed Cases, 117 Deaths

SALINA – Kansas has seen at least 3,056 positive cases of the coronavirus, including 117 deaths as of April 25, according to the Kansas Department of Health Department. The number of cases is up 279 since Friday. There has been a reduction of one death due to an investigation determining that one death was not COVID-19 related. The new KDHE numbers show one new case in Saline County, bringing the county total to 19. More information on this new case is expected to be released late Saturday afternoon. The state is not releasing information on how many people have recovered … Read More

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Saline County Confirms 18th Case of Coronavirus

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has confirmed an additional positive case of COVID-19 in Saline County. According to a media release, this case involves a female in her 30’s associated with an already identified cluster of cases in Wichita. She is currently in isolation at her residence. All direct contacts have been isolated and are being monitored. While exhibiting mild symptoms, the patient traveled to the following places: April 15th, unknown time frame – Dillon’s located at 2350 Planet Avenue, Salina April 20th, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Walmart, 2900 S. 9th, Salina April 21st, between … Read More

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City of Salina Adjusts Staffing and Services in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

SALINA – The Salina City Commission approved an alternate staffing plan prepared by city staff to temporarily reduce the schedules of its workforce possibly through the end of the year in an effort to compensate for projected budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 outbreak and statewide stay-at-home orders. The action includes a furlough for 32 city employees while almost 200 more employees will experience a reduction of work by either 20% or 40%. Emergency and first-responder services such as police patrol, fire response and ambulance services will maintain regular shifts and staffing. The staffing plan is one of several cost … Read More

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