Family Searching for Salina Teen Missing Since Tuesday

SALINA – Friends and family are searching for a Salina teenager missing since Tuesday. According to Kansas Missing and Unsolved, Savannah Rae Balentine, 15, was last seen in Salina on February 18. Balentine is 5’2” tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding Balentine’s whereabouts is asked to call the Salina Police Department is 785-826-7210.

Counterfeit Money Being Passed in Dickinson County

DICKINSON COUNTY – Authorities in Dickinson County say counterfeit money is circulating in the area. According to a media release from Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman, residents and businesses are being warned in regards to the fraudulent money. The Sheriff’s Office is currently working several cases in Dickinson County where counterfeit bills have been passed. “The current money the Sheriff’s Office has collected is clearly counterfeit and easily identified by taking the time to look at it and feel it,” Hoffman said. “Should anyone come into possession of this money, please report it to law enforcement.” Hoffman said the Sheriff’s … Read More

Dickinson County Officials Warning Public of Scam

ABILENE – Officials in Dickinson County are warning the public of a scam. According to a social media post, Dickinson County Treasurer Leah Hern said a company is calling local taxpayers using a phone number that make it appears as if the county is calling. The bogus company claims they are collecting taxes on behalf of the county and that you have 30 minutes to pay or law enforcement will arrest you. This is a scam. “The Dickinson County Treasurer does make phone calls to citizens and sometimes even informs them of payment amounts,” Hern said. “But would not demand … Read More

UPDATE: Suspect Identified in Walmart Shoplifting Case

UPDATE: Salina Police say they have identified a suspect they were searching for in connection with a recent shoplifting case at Walmart. After releasing a surveillance photo Friday morning, police say tips from the public helped identify the suspect wanted in the case, which had been featured Friday morning as this week’s Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week. The suspect’s name has not yet been released. —- SALINA – Salina Police and Crime Stoppers are requesting the public’s help to identify a suspect in a recent shoplifting case. According to a media release, a theft was reported at Walmart, 2900 … Read More

Warming Trend into Weekend, Precipitation Returns Sunday into Monday

Despite a very cold start to the day, a warming trend will begin today and continue into the weekend. By far, Saturday looks like the best day of the weekend, with temperatures running 5 to 10 degrees above normal for late-February. Saturday will be a great day for any outdoor work you may have to do. Keep this in mind as Sunday will be a very wet day. Widespread precipitation is expected Sunday, gradually ending from west to east on Monday. At this time, we are expecting mostly rain with this system, but there is a low-end chance of some … Read More

Ellsworth Man Convicted of Child Sex Crimes

ELLSWORTH – An Ellsworth man has been convicted of four child sex-crime related charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday. Karl Van Nice, 59, yesterday was found guilty by an Ellsworth County jury of two counts of rape, one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Judge Carey Hipp presided over the trial. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. The crimes were committed between September 2015 and January 2016. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Ellsworth Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Will Manly … Read More

Three KWU Football Standouts Sign with Salina Liberty

SALINA – Three former Kansas Wesleyan football standouts won’t have to travel far when they begin their professional careers. According to the Salina Liberty website, defensive end Shaq Bradford, quarterback Johnny Feauto and defensive back Rashaan Broomfield have all signed contracts with the team for the 2020 season. Bradford, Feauto and Broomfield will be among 35 athletes in the Liberty’s preseason camp that opens March 2. The roster will be trimmed to 25 before the season opener against Amarillo on March 21 at Tony’s Pizza Events Center. “This is not a publicity stunt,” Liberty General Manager Francis Flax said. “The … Read More

Cold Tonight, Warmer Weekend Ahead

Clear skies and light winds overnight should allow temperatures to fall into the teens. Any areas with a couple inches of snow and where winds remain calm could drop to 5 to 10 degrees by morning. A mix of clouds and sun is expected on Saturday, with forecast high temperatures mostly in the upper 50’s. Clouds and rain will move in Saturday night, with a good chance of rain throughout the day on Sunday. Forecast high temperatures on Sunday are in the lower 50’s. Tonight – Clear, with a low around 16. Light and variable wind becoming south around 6 … Read More

Saline County Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Enforcement Campaign Near High Schools

SALINE COUNTY – Beginning February 24 thru March 6, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma with increased enforcement near high schools to raise awareness on roadway safety. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States – ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence. “Even one teen death is unacceptable,” Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said. “Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.” Deputies will issue citations to any individual … Read More

UPDATE: Salina Teenager Found Safe

UPDATE: A Salina teenager missing since Tuesday has been located. Kansas Missing and Unsolved tells The Salina Scoop that Dakota Cottrell, 13, was found safe Thursday morning. No further details were provided. —- SALINA – Friends and family are searching for a Salina teenager missing since Tuesday. According to Kansas Missing and Unsolved, Dakota Cottrell, 13, was last seen in Salina at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Cottrell is 5’1” tall and weighs 137 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information regarding Cottrell’s whereabouts is asked to call the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210.

KWU Selects Harbin Construction as General Contractor for Nursing Center

SALINA – The next phase of Kansas Wesleyan University’s first new, on-campus instructional facility in 50 years began Tuesday, as the school announced Harbin Construction would be the general contractor for the school’s Nursing Education Center. Harbin Construction, a Salina-based contracting company, will also be utilizing exclusively local subcontractors for the duration of the project. “We’re pleased to announce the selection of Harbin Construction as our contractor for this project,” said Dr. Matt Thompson, President and CEO of KWU. “We believe that the Nursing Education Center will be an important addition not only to our campus, but to Salina as … Read More

Newton Man Injured in Marion County Crash

MARION COUNTY – A Newton man was injured in a single vehicle crash in Marion County Wednesday afternoon. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, Jerrold L. Unruh, 63, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 50, just west of Yarrow Road, in a 1997 International truck, when for unknown reasons, he left the roadway, and overturned into the north ditch. Unruh was taken by a personal vehicle to an unknown hospital with suspected minor injuries. The KHP reports that Unruh was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, which occurred at about 3:35 p.m.

Highlights from Tuesday’s Saline County Commission Meeting

SALINE COUNTY – The Saline County Board of County Commissioners met on Tuesday, February 18. Here are the highlights from that meeting: – Commissioners approved a facility use agreement with Hermes Healthcare for their continued use of the Senior Center in providing foot care services. – Commissioners signed a resolution adopting the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan covers twelve counties in the North Central Region and outlines the most probably natural and manmade disasters that could occur in the area. By adoption of this plan, Saline County will be eligible to apply for grants that specifically cover mitigation projects. … Read More

Snowfall Forecast Through Tonight

Rain is expected to develop in central Kansas during the afternoon, then change quickly to snow. The snow will spread south across the remainder of the area Wednesday night. Accumulations will generally be an inch or less roughly east of Interstate 35, with one to two inches to the west of Interstate 35. A narrow band of two to three inch snow is possible within the area roughly south of a line from Great Bend to McPherson and north of a line from Harper to Winfield. Flurries may linger near the Oklahoma border Thursday morning in southeast Kansas. This Afternoon … Read More

New Salina Downtown Logo to be Unveiled

SALINA – A new logo for Salina Downtown will soon be unveiled. Join Salina Downtown Merchants on Friday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. to hear the announcement of the new Salina Downtown logo! The announcement will take place at Peaceful Body Welness Retreat, 148 S. Santa Fe. Snacks and libations will be provided.

New Stage Acts Announced for 2020 Smoky Hill River Festival

SALINA – Salina Arts & Humanities announced Wednesday the addition of several acts new to Festival stages for Smoky Hill River Festival 2020, scheduled for Thursday to Sunday, June 11-14 in Oakdale Park. Highlights of Festival entertainment will be shared in coming weeks, with complete details shared at the SHRF Press Briefing on Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the Salina Arts & Humanities offices. Among the music acts set to debut at River Festival 2020 are: *SunDub, an inventively collaborative mix of New York City musicians, offers a classic reggae repertoire peppered with soul and funk selections. … Read More

Snow Expected Wednesday Afternoon into Wednesday Night

Snow should develop Wednesday afternoon and continue Wednesday night. Accumulations will range from a trace to isolated three inches. Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Wednesday – A slight chance of rain and snow between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., then a slight chance of rain after 2 p.m. Increasing clouds, with a high near 40. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Night – A slight chance of rain before 7 p.m., then snow likely. Cloudy, … Read More

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Salina Tech Earns “Military Friendly” Designation

SALINA – For the fifth consecutive year, Salina Area Technical College has been recognized as a Military Friendly® school by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. The Military Friendly® list is created each year based on both public data sources and surveys sent to colleges. The process ranks more than 8,800 colleges and universities nationwide. Factors that go into the rankings include student retention, graduation rates, job placement, loan repayment and default rates for both the entire student population and specifically for student veterans. Statewide, 16 colleges and universities earned the Military Friendly® … Read More

Styx to Perform at Stiefel Theatre

SALINA – Legendary rock band, Styx, is coming to Salina this Spring. According to a media release, the band will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 21 at 12 p.m. The six men comprising Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, and each one of them is committed to making the next show better than the last. Styx draws from over four decades of barnburning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. Like … Read More

UPDATE: Statewide Silver Alert for Olathe Man Cancelled

JOHNSON COUNTY – The Olathe Police Department reported that Fredrick Watterson was located safe in Lansing. The statewide silver alert is now canceled. —- JOHNSON COUNTY – The Olathe Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Olathe man. According to a media release, the whereabouts of Fredrick Watterson, 76, are currently unknown, and the public’s assistance is being requested to help locate him. Watterson was last seen Tuesday afternoon in the 14400 block of south Shady Bend Road in Olathe driving a 2015, black four-door Kia Soul, bearing Washington … Read More

Information Sought in Burglary of Dickinson County Business

DICKINSON COUNTY – Dickinson County Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a recent business burglary. According to a media release, Sunny Days Laundromat on West Main Street in Herington was burglarized during the overnight hours of Friday, January 24. Items taken include: two tool bags and a small amount of money. If you have any information about this or any other crime, or if you know the whereabouts of stolen property, information about underage drinking, or information concerning illegal drugs, please call Crime Stoppers of Dickinson County toll free at 1-888-5DK-Tips (1-888-535-8477). You can also submit your tip using the … Read More

Fog Possible Overnight; Above Average Temperatures Through Tuesday

A mild night can be expected with Monday morning lows expected to be well above normal for this time of year. There will be some areas of fog likely during the night. Areas along the Flint and Smoky Hills may see isolated areas with visibilities below a half a mile at times. Use causing on roadways. Above normal temperatures expected across the area today and tomorrow. While most of the area will remain dry, there’s a slight chance of light rain showers mainly across southeast Kansas tomorrow. Tonight – Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low … Read More

Citizens Invited to Learn About the History and Impact of Housing Segregation in America

SALINA – Citizens are invited during Black History Month to learn about the history and impact of housing segregation in America. There will be a Land of Opportunity viewing, free food, and discussion. The event will take place on February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Salina art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. Individuals who would like to RSVP should contact Evelyn Nelson, Community Relations Division Supervisor, by phone at 785-309-5745, or by email at For needed accommodations, contact the Community Relations Division at 785-309-5745, (TDD 785-309-5747) from 8 a.m. to … Read More

City Offices to Close for President’s Day; Sanitation Schedule Announced

SALINA – The City of Salina has announced their upcoming schedule for President’s Day. According to a media release, City offices will be closed Monday, February 17 for the President’s Day holiday. Staff will return to the regular schedule Tuesday, February 18. There will be no City Commission meeting on Monday, February 17. Additionally, City Sanitation crews will be providing regularly scheduled sanitation collection on Monday, February 17. The landfill will be open during its usual business hours; however, the Household Hazardous Waste, SDRC and General Services facilities will be closed. Normal hours of operation will resume Tuesday, February 18. If … Read More

Warmth is on the Way This Weekend

If Valentine’s Day doesn’t make you warm and fuzzy, hang on for the weekend; 50’s to near 60 degree temperatures through Monday will surely do the trick! Today – Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Tonight – Increasing clouds, with a low around 29. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Saturday – Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 50. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north … Read More

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