Nine New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are nine new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, July 24 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 327, with 120 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 203 that have recovered. An additional death was reported over the weekend, bringing the county total to four. 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 … Read More

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Drive Through Picture Opportunity to Replace Walk-the-Stage Graduation Event

SALINA – Due to public safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, Salina Central and Salina South High Schools have changed the format of the walk-the-stage event to a drive-through picture opportunity at the individual high schools. Central High School’s drive-through will occur between the stadium and gym or East side of building. Salina High School South will use their main front drive (located on the north side of the building). On Saturday, August 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Central and South will hold a drive-through picture opportunity for all 2020 graduates. Graduates may drive up and have a photograph … Read More

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Several Items on Monday’s Salina City Commission Meeting Agenda

SALINA – Several items on the agenda for Monday’s Salina City Commission meeting: Agenda for the 4 p.m. regular City Commission meeting: Finalize the 2021 budget and authorize public hearing dates for August 10 and August 17; Execute a lease agreement with Saline County for the Saline County Expo Center; Review a development agreement with Baseball Enterprises, USD 305 and Kansas Wesleyan University for building and maintaining proposed baseball and softball complexes; Determine whether the East Crawford Recreation Area is a qualified facility eligible for naming rights with a $650,000 donation; Rezoning St. John’s Military School for use by Saint … Read More

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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 well. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued from Sunday evening through Monday morning. Sunday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high … Read More

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Treasury Secretary Says $1,200 Stimulus Checks are Coming in August

WASHINGTON D.C. — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Republicans were set to roll out the next COVID-19 aid package Monday and assured there was backing from the White House after he and President Donald Trump’s top aide met to salvage the $1 trillion proposal that had floundered just days before. Mnuchin told reporters at the Capitol that extending an expiring unemployment benefit — but reducing it substantially — was a top priority for Trump. The secretary called the $600 weekly aid “ridiculous” and a disincentive for people to go back to work. He also promised a fresh round … Read More

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Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair Canceled

SALINA – The Smoky Hill Museum has canceled its annual Street Fair. The event was originally scheduled to take place September 26. “The health and well-being of our guests and community, as well as that of our volunteers and staff, is our number one priority,” said Susan Hawksworth, Museum Director. The Street Fair, which typically takes place the fourth Saturday in September, takes months to plan. Prime planning would have started in March and April, just when the Museum closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, the Museum is still closed with reduced staffing, making it impossible to plan for … Read More

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2020 Salina Shrine Circus Canceled

SALINA – After initially being postponed, the 2020 Salina Shrine Circus has now been canceled entirely, according to a statement from Tony’s Pizza Events Center officials. The event was originally set to take place in April, but was moved to September due to concerns stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “This decision did not come easily, but was made in the best interest of the health and safety of everyone,” officials said in the statement. All tickets purchased for the 2020 dates are good and will be honored for next year’s circus, which will be April 16, 17, and 18, … Read More

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Six New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are six new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, July 22 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 318, with 120 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 195 that have recovered, and three deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of five 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 may be hospitalized. According … Read More

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UPDATE: USD 305 Releases More Information Regarding Re-opening Plan

SALINA – The Salina USD 305 Board of Education unanimously approved August 31 as kindergarten-grade 12 students’ first day of school. The district will begin in a hybrid model which allows buildings to operate at 50% capacity with students alternating between on-site and off-site learning. The reopening document is posted on the district website, which can be found by clicking here. The reopening plan, Connect2Learn, details two learning options, on-site learning and remote learning. The on-site option will be responsive to the community health status, providing three models that range from less to more restrictive. On-site: face-to-face learning (when community … Read More

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Theft of Powers Tools from Construction Site is Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

SALINE COUNTY – The recent theft of power tools from a rural Saline County construction site is the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week. According to a media release, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6500 block of E. Cloud Street on July 23 on a report of a theft. Deputies say sometime between July 22 and July 23, unknown suspect(s) entered the construction site and stole a Master Force air compressor, a Tool Shop framing nailer, and a water pump with a red hose. The tools were taken from a building that is under construction. Total loss … Read More

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Salina, Saline County Awarded Grant Funds

SALINA – The City of Salina and Saline County, working together with the North Central Regional Planning Commission, have been awarded an allocation of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Supplement (CDBG-CV) funds specifically aimed at addressing issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic. According to a media release, the City of Salina was awarded $169,200 and Saline County awarded $132,000. Grants were made available in two categories, Economic Development and Meal Programs. Economic Development grants can be used to help local businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate-income people by covering working capital expenses such as inventory, wages, and utilities. Meal Program grants … Read More

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USD 305 Board of Education to Hold Special Meeting Friday

SALINA – The Salina USD 305 Board of Education has called for a special meeting at 8 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2020 at the District Office, 1511 Gypsum. The meeting will be live-streamed. Action items for USD 305 Board of Education consideration include: Coronavirus Relief Fund Agreement 2020-2021 Calendar USD 305 Reopening Plan To access the live meeting, go to: www.usd305.com/about_us/board_of_education/livestream.

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Salina Drive-thru Recycling Center to Resume Normal Hours Next Week

SALINA – Beginning Wednesday, July 29, the Salina Drive-thru Recycling Center (SDRC) will return to its normal operating hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The SDRC is located at 125 W. North, on the corner of Santa Fe Avenue and North Street. For a listing of acceptable and unacceptable items, please click or tap here. For more information, or if you have any questions, please call City of Salina General Services at 785-309-5750.

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Salina Tech Announces Spring Honor Roll

SALINA – Salina Area Technical College has announced its honor roll for the spring semester of 2020. The honor roll includes two levels. The President’s Honor Roll is for students who were enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of classes, and had a GPA of 4.0. The Dean’s Honor Roll is for students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99. Students listed as “Concurrent” are taking college-level General Education classes such English Composition I, College Algebra, General Psychology or Human Anatomy at their high school. PRESIDENT’S HONOR ROLL Abilene Chase Day, Emergency … Read More

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11 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are 11 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, July 20 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 312, with 115 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 194 that have recovered, and 3 deaths. The update received from Salina Regional Health Center yesterday, Tuesday, July 21, reported 7 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 24,104 cases and 308 deaths statewide. This information can be found … Read More

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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 this pandemic. We know that the passengers appreciate all that we do for them so we’re happy to provide another month of free fares.” Counties served include: Saline, Ottawa, Cloud, Republic, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Osborne, Smith, McPherson, Marion, Dickinson, Clay. OCCK, Inc. provides services … Read More

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State School Board Rejects Gov. Kelly’s Plan to Reopen Schools After Labor Day

TOPEKA – The Kansas State School Board voted to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order postponing school reopening Wednesday. In a 5 to 5 vote, the Kansas State School Board rejected Gov. Kelly’s executive order to postpone school openings for three more weeks. The vote needed a simple majority to pass. The decision on when to reopen schools now goes back to school districts. Gov. Kelly signed an executive order to delay school reopening to after Labor Day on Monday, her decision drawing approval and push back from state officials. When K-12 schools reopen, students and staff will be required … Read More

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Near Normal Temperatures, Slight Chance for Afternoon Thunderstorms Wednesday

Temperatures on Wednesday will be near-normal for the time of year, topping out in the low 90’s. Although an isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out in eastern and north central Kansas, the chances are rather low. Wednesday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Sunny, with a high near 92. Light southeast wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Wednesday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Southeast wind 8 to 14 mph. Thursday – Sunny, with a high near 91. South … Read More

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Highlights from the July 21 Saline County Commission Meeting

SALINA – The Saline County Board of County Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 21. Here are the highlights from the meeting: Commissioners approved for the Chairman to sign the certification of local government approval for Central Kansas Mental Health to apply for and accept an Emergency Solutions Grant. This grant opportunity was made possible for community mental health centers to apply for under the CARES Act to be used for homeless assistance. Central Kansas Mental Health is applying for $53,000 in hopes to provide rapid housing for homeless as well as the ability to purchase some personal protective equipment for … Read More

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Walmart to Close its Stores on Thanksgiving Day

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart will close all its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs on Thanksgiving Day this year, saying that it wants to have its employees spend time with their families during the coronavirus. The move marks the first major indication of how COVID will affect Black Friday store shopping, which for almost a decade kicked off with big crowds on the turkey feast and expanded into Friday. However, safety concerns are making stores rethink their plans for the holiday. Given Walmart’s clout as the nation’s largest retailer, other major retailers could very well follow its lead. Walmart also said … Read More

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33 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Saline County

SALINA – There are 33 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, July 17 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department. The total for the county is now 301, with 153 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 145 that have recovered, and 3 deaths. The last update received from Salina Regional Health Center reported five patients are currently admitted to their hospital with COVID-19. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, there are now 23,334 cases and 307 deaths statewide. This information … Read More

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Governor Kelly Releases Details of School Executive Orders

SALINA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly gave details Monday on the two executive orders she’s signing regarding school in the fall. One of those executive orders is to delay opening schools until after Labor Day. As of Monday afternoon 22,265 positive cases of coronavirus were reported across the state. That includes 308 deaths and approximately 12,491 recoveries. Gov. Kelly started the news conference by announcing eight Kansans died over the weekend, marking over 300 coronavirus-related deaths in the state. She then went on to describe the two executive orders she’s signing. “I’m asking each Board of Education member to put … Read More

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Search Continues for Salina Man Missing Since November

SALINA – The search continues for a Salina man who has now been missing for just over eight months. According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), Kenneth Frances “Kenny” Reitcheck, 70, was last seen on November 4, 2019, in Salina. The KBI issued a Silver Alert for Reitcheck on December 2, 2019. That alert remains in effect. Reitcheck suffers from diminished mental health capabilities and is on disability, but he has not accessed those funds since he was last seen. Reitcheck has been known to frequently visit several areas in and around Salina. He may also have traveled to … Read More

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Salina Family Healthcare to Offer Free Sports Physicals, Dental Screenings

SALINA – Salina Family Healthcare Center will be offering no cost school and sports physicals and dental screenings this Saturday, July 25, from to 9 to 11 a.m. at their facility at 651 E. Prescott. According to the organization, this service is being provided for Salina and Saline County students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. A dental team will also be on hand providing dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications. No appointments are necessary and insurance will be billed if available. Facemasks will be required.

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Protest Planned at City-County Building Monday Afternoon.

SALINA – A demonstration and protest in support of abolishing the 1033 program and the clear discrepancies in the Police Advisory Review Board is set to take place today. According to a media release, the demonstration and protest will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., during Monday’s Salina City Commission meeting, at the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. Local artist Priti Gulati Cox and organizer Miranda Bachman say this will be a peaceful protest and demonstration in lieu of being inside due to COVID-19. The event is open to the public. Cox is inviting others to demonstrate support for … Read More

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