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Night with the Yotes Tops $155K

Todd PittengerFebruary 23, 2023

It was a record setting night at one of the biggest fund raising events of the year at Kansas Wesleyan University. According to the school, Night with the Yotes has been important for KWU since its inception, but it reached new heights this past Friday when the 12th annual event was held in Mabee Arena. It was the first time the event had been held on campus and it likely will not be the last,...

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad Gets Good News

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad officials have received an unexpected present as the railroad nears its 30th anniversary in June. According to the organization, after filing the required Federal Railroad Administration papers, it was discovered that the railroad’s iconic 104 year old steam engine, Santa Fe 3415, has one remaining year of operation before it must be taken out of service and ...

River Festival Entertainment Announced

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

Salina Arts & Humanities have released details of some of the entertainment for the 2023 Smoky Hill River Festival.  According to the organization,   Salina’s epic arts party will feature a variety of fresh and exciting musical entertainment throughout Oakdale Park for the 47th annual Smoky Hill River Festival. “Entertainment will feature an eclectic group of performers this year...

Urgent Care Clinics to Merge

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

A couple of urgent care clinics in Salina are merging into one single location. According to Salina Regional Health Center, its two urgent care clinics, StatCare and Urgent Care Clinic, will merge into one location at the current Urgent Care Clinic location on South 9th street. Effective March 8th, all patients will be seen at 2265 South 9th street next to Central Mall for their urgent care ...

Students Exploring Teaching Earn Dual Credits

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

A group of Salina high school students have a head-start on a teaching career. According to USD 305, ten juniors and seniors, six at South High and four at Central High, are enrolled in “Teaching as a Career” to earn one credit hour in ED100 through Bethany College. The classes, offered at both Central and South high schools, give students a way to learn more about the teaching career field...

Fort Hays State University could be generating electricity from wind turbines in the next few weeks

Potential $5 Million to Support FHSU Students in Need

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

Fort Hays State University has announced an opportunity to award an extra $5 million in scholarships to students in exceptional financial need through a new grant match. The Kansas Comprehensive Grant program, through the state of Kansas, will match gifts to FHSU dollar for dollar. According to FHSU, Students experience various stressors while attending college, with finances often topping the ...

Meth, Warrants Arrest

KSAL StaffFebruary 22, 2023

A man wanted on eight Saline County warrants was taken into custody early Wednesday. Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 40-year-old Jere Thomas was arrested after a brief encounter with an officer in the 100 block of Euclid Avenue around 1:15am. The officer reportedly noticed Thomas riding a bicycle with a heavy coat on and ski mask over his face when the temperature was abov...

Food Bank Gets $45,288 Grant

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

The Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank has received a grant of $45,288 through the Pathways to A Healthy Kansas grant initiative program from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Officials say the grant funding is for installation of four solar lights and an engineering consultant to assess the food bank property and develop a site plan and recommendations for improved parking access, lighting fo...

Bamboo Bay: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Deep

Todd PittengerFebruary 22, 2023

An exhibit 73 million years in the making is coming to Rolling Hills Zoo. While construction continues on Rolling Hills Zoo’s new Bamboo Bay renovation (formerly the Reptile Building) which will include a 3,000 gallon cylinder shark tank, its “sister” exhibit is now open in the Wildlife Museum’s Earl Bane Gallery. According to the zoo, Bamboo Bay: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Deep ta...

Local Economy, Population Grow

Todd PittengerFebruary 21, 2023

The economy, and population in Salina and Saline County is showing positive growth. According to the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the Saline County economy grew by 12.4 percent from 2020 to 2021, and the city of Salina had its first net growth in population since 2012. The economic growth equates to a record high of over $3 billion total. This change amounts to an addition of $341 millio...




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