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1,000th January COVID Case in Salina

Todd PittengerJanuary 11, 2022

Thus far in January, more than 1,000 Saline County residents have tested positive for COVID. According to the Saline County Health Department, due to this overwhelming number, COVID investigators at the Saline County Health Department and KDHE are unable to contact everyone in a timely manner, and may not be able to contact everyone. If you tested positive for COVID, you and everyone in your ho...

Hospital Changes Visitation Policy

Todd PittengerJanuary 11, 2022

The surge in COVID cases in Salina is prompting Salina Regional Health Center to make some policy changes. According to the hospital, they are modifying their COVID-19 visitor guidelines due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 infection in the community. As of Tuesday morning, SRHC had 24 inpatients admitted with COVID-19. The Saline County Health Department’s most recent report also noted 1...

Salina Business Damaged

KSAL StaffJanuary 11, 2022

Police are investigating an attempted burglary at a Salina business. According Captain Paul Forrester, officers watched video surveillance of a white male who apparently tried to break into Ponton Construction located in the 1300 block of Armory Road on Saturday around 5:30am. Police say the 6-foot male who was dressed in an army style jacket tried to break a window two times with a limeston...

City: Searching for New Fire Chief, Parks Director

Jeff GarretsonJanuary 11, 2022

The City of Salina is looking to fill two prominent positions in 2022. According to City Manager Mike Schrage, staff is in the process of interviewing candidates for Parks Director and are in the process of setting up interviews for a prospective Fire Chief. Schrage tells KSAL News that each position requires a unique skill set to lead those departments and in the case of Parks Director - to...

School Board Meeting Canceled over Mask Requirement

MetrosourceJanuary 11, 2022

The Wichita School Board's meeting is canceled due to non-compliance with the district's mask requirement. Board President Stan Reser suspended yesterday's meeting without calling the session to order after most people in the room allegedly refused to comply with the mask rule, including the three new board members Diane Albert, Kathy Bond, and Hazel Stabler. The meeting was supposed to incl...

VIDEO: New Mayor, New Commissioners

Todd PittengerJanuary 10, 2022

There’s a new year, a new mayor, and new faces on the Salina City Commission.  Salina has a new mayor, Dr. Trent Davis, and two new City Commissioners, Greg Lenkiewicz and Bill Longbine. As part of the Salina City Commission’s annual reorganization  Monday commissioner Davis was selected by his peers to be mayor for the next year. This is his second term as Mayor, previously serving as Ma...

219 New COVID Cases, No New Deaths

Todd PittengerJanuary 10, 2022

There have been 219 new COVID cases in Saline County since Friday and no new deaths. According to the Saline County Health Department, there are currently 1,328 active cases in the community. Salina Regional Health Center reports that 27 patients require hospitalization related to COVID-19. There have been 188 COVID related deaths overall. The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 an...

Free COVID Test Kits to be Available

Todd PittengerJanuary 10, 2022

Free COVID rapid at home test kits will be available in Salina on Tuesday. Salina Family Healthcare Center is making the test kits available at a drive-thru event. The event will be from 11am until 1pm, or until supplies last, at the Ace Hardware Parking Lot at  321 S. Broadway. There will be a limit of two test kits per vehicle.  ...

Driver Hits Salina Business on Pursuit

KSAL StaffJanuary 10, 2022

A Salina man is facing several charges after he led deputies on a winding pursuit that ended in hitting a Pizza Hut. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that the incident started at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. A deputy saw a vehicle with no headlights on accelerate hard onto S. Broadway Boulevard. A traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle fled. The white 2014 Chrysler 300 made ...

Fire Northwest of Salina Leads to Substantial Losses

KSAL StaffJanuary 10, 2022

A shed fire Friday afternoon has led to a reported loss of $10,000. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that deputies got a fire call around 1:50 on Friday and were sent to 7829 W. Satanta Road. A 12 x 30 ft wooden shed had caught on fire, which was believed to had been started by a heat lamp from inside. There was lots of hay in the shed that burned up, and Rural Fire Distric...

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