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Coronavirus-related closings, postponements and cancellations in the Kearney area

Coronavirus-related closings, postponements and cancellations in the Kearney area

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KEARNEY — Concerns about potential spread of the coronavirus have caused entities to reschedule or suspend activities or adjust their routines.

Following are notices the Hub has received. To report changes, email the Hub at news@kearneyhub.com.

Frank Vignola concert postponed

KEARNEY — The Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio concert set for April 24 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center has been postponed. It will be rescheduled. Call 308-627-2717 or email kearneyconcerts@gmail.com.

JDRF has ‘virtual’ walk April 19

KEARNEY — To keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will not hold its JDRF One Walk April 19 in Kearney. Instead, JDRF will host a virtual experience.

The virtual Kearney One Walk will start with opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. The walk starts at 1 p.m. Anyone may participate at any time that day by joining JDRF on the Chapter Facebook page, JDRF Nebraska-Southwest Iowa.

People can lace up their sneakers and walk around the block, hop on a treadmill, go for a jog — anything they choose.

They are invited to take a video or snap a photo of their activity and share it on their social media channels. Be sure to tag the chapter page JDRF Nebraska-Southwest Iowa and use the hashtag #UnstoppableType1.

The event will help fund Type 1 diabetes research and more.

Parkinson’s meeting canceled

KEARNEY — Due to COVID-10, the Parkinson’s Support Group will not meet Monday at the First United Methodist Church. Questions, call Theresa Harris at 308-224-9908.

Living Faith offers drive-by message

KEARNEY — Living Faith Fellowship Church, located at 33rd Street and I Avenue, is offering a “Drive By Message of Hope” by tuning to 87.9 FM on your car radio now through Easter Sunday. All are welcome to park in the lot to listen to the music and message.

U-Save Pharmacy still serves customers

KEARNEY — U-Save Pharmacy has closed its lobby for the safety of their customers and employees but will continue to serve the central Nebraska region by offering a fast, touchless, two-lane drive-thru, curbside service, and as always free delivery and mail out. They also have compounded hand sanitizer available for the public. Call 308-455-1555 with questions.

Faith Christian fundraiser postponed

KEARNEY — The Faith Christian School “Bowl-Bash” fundraiser scheduled for April 19 has been postponed. Contact Deb Keeney, Faith Christian School, 308-236-9797.

Ongoing updates for changes, closings and cancellations

- Volunteers are available for homebound residents who cannot shop for groceries, who find themselves short of resources, or who simply yearn for a friendly conversation. Interested volunteers may call their church to sign up. To be connected with a volunteer, call 308-234-1852.

- Meadowlark Hills Golf Course is closed until further notice.

- Comstock Festival has been postponed until June 10-12, 2021.

- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is by appointments on the phone and via other remote services until further notice. To enroll, go to signupwic.com or visit communityactionmidne.com.

- United Way of the Kearney Area annual meeting, 12-12:30 p.m. April 15 on Zoom. To attend online, visit zoom.us/j/744285770. The meeting ID is 744 285 770. Find your local number at zoom.us/u/aoeWd9AxL.

- Village of Riverdale meeting postponed.

- BraveHeart fundraiser scheduled for 7 p.m. April 16 postponed.

- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suspending the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits to deter the spread of COVID-19. Nebraska’s spring turkey season opened March 25 for archers. The shotgun season opens Saturday for youths and April 18 for adults. All turkey seasons close May 31.

- Nebraska’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency offices are open only by phone appointment until further notice.

- Family Fresh Market Pharmacy will offer free, same-day prescription delivery for customers within a 10-mile radius, 308-236-5488.

- City of Kearney offices will be closed Fridays. Email covid19@kearneygov.org if you need assistance.

- Custer County Sheriff’s Office in Broken Bow has suspended walk-in services, 308-872-6418.

- Miller community dances. No dances through April, 308-325-2909.

- University of Nebraska at Kearney’s April 9 concert featuring Granger Smith has been canceled, 308-865-1563 or lopertickets@unk.edu.

- Hy-Vee is suspending its return, refund and rain check policy until further notice.

- Nebraskans have until July 15 to pay federal and state income taxes and estimated tax payments due April 15.

- Museum of Nebraska Art is closed, 308-865-8559 or mona@unk.edu.

- G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture is closed, 308-865-8284 or frankmuseum@unk.edu.

- Peterson Senior Activity Center at Yanney Heritage Park, 308-233-3290. Noon take-out program closed. Patrons are encouraged to utilize the Hot Meals USA program.

- South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging, 308-234-1851 or aging kearney.org.

- No overnight camping at state parks through at least May 8. State park lodging facilities and cabins will be closed at least through May 8. State parks and recreation areas remain open for day use, including fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing.

Faith Christian postpones fundraiser

KEARNEY — The Faith Christian School “Bowl-Bash” fundraiser scheduled for April 19 has been postponed. Contact Deb Keeney, Faith Christian School, 308-236-9797.

Send Messages of Hope to Make-a-Wish kids

KEARNEY — Make-A-Wish Nebraska has launched Message of Hope to bring hope and joy to wish kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since Make-a-Wish must postpone most wishes that involve travel right now, the public is encouraged to write, record or photograph a message of hope and encouragement for children waiting for a wish.

The message will be shared publicly on-air or on social media with the tag @makeawishnebraska on Facebook and Instagram, and @MakeAWishNE on Twitter, and the hashtag #WishesareWaiting.

People are urged to tag or challenge two or more friends when they share messages because the more messages received, the greater the impact on wish kids and their families.

For more information, call Marion McDermott at 308-440-6500.

City closes Meadowlark golf course

KEARNEY — Because of recent directed health measures, and additional recommended precautions related to COVID-19, Meadowlark Hills Golf Course is closed until further notice, the city of Kearney Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday.

Volunteers stand ready to help

KEARNEY — Volunteers are available for homebound residents who cannot shop for groceries, who find themselves short of resources, or who simply yearn for a friendly conversation.

Leaders of the faith community have developed a system for volunteers to help with these issues and more. It is being done with the help of the South Central Area Agency on Aging.

Interested volunteers may call their church to sign up. To be connected with a volunteer, call Erin at 308-234-1852.

2020 Windmill Festival postponed until 2021

COMSTOCK — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the June 11-13 Comstock Festival has been postponed until June 10-12, 2021.

The same musical acts that already were scheduled for 2020 will appear at the 2021 event.

Because it’s nearly impossible to reschedule nine performers to another 2020 date, and Comstock Festival event manager Henry Nuxoll did not want to compete against other 2020 Nebraska summer/fall fairs and local events, the decision was made to postpone the festival until 2021.

With the pandemic uncertainty, travel bans in most states and job losses in Nebraska and across the U.S., it was better to reschedule now that to be uncertain, according to a Comstock Festival press release.

WIC offers services by phone

KEARNEY — The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is altering its operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska in Kearney.

All WIC appointments will be taken on the phone and via other remote services until further notice.

WIC will continue to provide services to its families and new enrollees during the pandemic. WIC serves pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children 5 and younger. The program provides healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding support, nutrition information, and referrals to about 3,000 women and children in its 12-county coverage area.

To enroll, go to signupwic.com or visit communityactionmidne.com.

Applications, donors for relief funds accepted

KEARNEY — The Kearney Area Employee Emergency Relief Fund — KAEER (pronounced Care) is accepting applications for grants and also is accepting donations.

The KAEER Fund helps people in the community who are suffering loss and hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This emergency relief fund, a joint effort of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and Kearney Area Community Foundation, is seeking donations. They can be made payable to KAEER Fund, c/o Kearney Area Community Foundation, and mailed to 412 W. 48th St. Suite 12, Kearney, NE 68845. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100 percent will go to employees in the Kearney area.

Kearney area employees can apply for a grant by visiting kearneyfoundation.org/employee-emergency-relief-fund and filling out the online form. Approved applicants are eligible for up to $500 every 30 days.

Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated hardship and financial need;
  • Employment in a business in the Kearney area; and
  • Verification of employment and business status.

Hub conducts business remotely

KEARNEY — Kearney Hub will conduct business via telephone and email. The decision to reopen the lobby will be evaluated weekly. The Hub plans to deliver a newspaper Monday through Saturday as normal. Send emails to your Hub contact or to news@kearneyhub.com. The numbers to call:

  • Advertising — 308-233-9701
  • Business — 308-237-2152
  • Classifieds — 308-233-9785
  • Circulation — 308-233-9777
  • News — 308-233-9790

Ongoing updates for changes, closings and cancellations:

  • United Way of the Kearney Area annual meeting, 12-12:30 p.m. April 15 on Zoom. To attend online, visit zoom.us/j/744285770. The meeting ID is 744 285 770. Find your local number at zoom.us/u/aoeWd9AxL.
  • Village of Riverdale meeting postponed.
  • BraveHeart fundraiser scheduled for 7 p.m. April 16 has been postponed.
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suspending the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits to deter the spread of COVID-19. Nebraska’s spring turkey season opened March 25 for archers. The shotgun season opens April 11 for youths and April 18 for adults. All turkey seasons close May 31.
  • Nebraska’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency offices are open only by phone appointment until further notice.
  • Family Fresh Market, 3920 Second Ave., will offer free, same-day prescription delivery for customers within a 10-mile radius. Call 308-236-5488.
  • City of Kearney offices will be closed Fridays. Email covid19@kearneygov.org if you need assistance.
  • Custer County Sheriff’s Office in Broken Bow has suspended walk-in services. Call 308-872-6418 for specifics.
  • Miller community dances. No dances through April, 308-325-2909.
  • U-Save Pharmacy temporarily is restricting access to its front lobby, 308-455-1555.
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney’s April 9 concert featuring Granger Smith has been canceled, 308-865-1563 or lopertickets@unk.edu.
  • South Central Nebraska Area on Aging office closed, 308-234-1851.
  • Family Fresh Market will install 36-inch square, clear plexiglass sneeze guards throughout the store by Friday for the added safety of shoppers and employees.
  • Hy-Vee temporarily is suspending its return, refund and rain check policy until further notice.
  • Nebraskans have until July 15 to pay state income taxes and estimated tax payments due April 15.
  • Kearney Eagles Club.
  • The Museum of Nebraska Art, 308-865-8559, mona@unk.edu.
  • G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, 308-865-8284, frankmuseum@unk.edu.
  • Great Western Bank, by appointment only, 308-234-2473.
  • NebraskaLand National Bank has closed its lobby, 308-698-2280.
  • Signs of Spring craft show will be July 11 at the Expo Center at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 308-440-0153.
  • Kearney Cinema 8 and The World Theatre closed.
  • Buffalo County Fairgrounds events, 308-236-1201, buffalocountyfairgrounds.com.
  • Kearney Family YMCA, kearneyymca.org, closed.
  • Crane Trust at Alda closed.
  • Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary closed.
  • South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging, 308-234-1851, agingkearney.org.
  • The Archway closed.
  • Kearney Elks Lodge 984 closed.
  • The Arc of Buffalo County, 308-237-4343, closed.
  • The Buckle store at Hilltop Mall.
  • Merryman Performing Arts Center events rescheduled — Stunt Dog Experience, TBA; The Lettermen, June 17; Bar J Wranglers concert, May 8. Contact mpacboxoffice@kearneycats.com or by calling 308-698-8297.
  • Overnight camping at state parks, Monday through May 8, with a possible extension. State park lodging facilities and cabins will be closed at least through May 8. State parks and recreation areas remain open for day use, including fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. A limited number of restrooms are open. They will be disinfected regularly using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.

No more meals at Peterson Center

KEARNEY — The noon take-out meal program offered at the Peterson Senior Activity Center will end after today’s meals until further notice.

Patrons are encouraged to utilize the Hot Meals USA program. Meals are free and may be picked up at the Museum of Nebraska Art parking lot 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Hot Meals also delivers lunches. To have a meal delivered, call the Kearney Jubilee Center at 308-234-3880 by 1:30 p.m. the day before you want it.

Campgrounds will close at state parks at least through May 8

LINCOLN — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will prohibit overnight camping at state parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas starting Monday, April 6, through May 8 with a possible extension. Refunds will be given to campers who have prepaid their fees.

State park lodging facilities and cabins will be closed through May 8 and possibly longer.

State parks and recreation areas remain open for day use, including fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Visitors should stay at least six feet away from others.

A limited number of restrooms are open. They will be disinfected regularly using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.

Volunteers stand ready to help

KEARNEY — Volunteers are available for homebound residents who cannot shop for groceries, who find themselves short of resources, or who simply yearn for a friendly conversation.

Leaders of the faith community have developed a system for volunteers to help with these issues and more. It is being done with the help of the South Central Area Agency on Aging.

Interested volunteers may call their church to sign up. To be connected with a volunteer, call Erin at 308-234-1852.

WIC offers services by phone

KEARNEY — The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is altering its operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska in Kearney.

All WIC appointments will be taken on the phone and via other remote services until further notice.

WIC will continue to provide services to its families and new enrollees during the pandemic. WIC serves pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children 5 and younger. The program provides healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding support, nutrition information, and referrals to about 3,000 women and children in its 12-county coverage area.

To enroll, go to signupwic.com or visit communityactionmidne.com.

April 16 BraveHeart fundraiser postponed

KEARNEY — The BraveHeart fundraiser scheduled for 7 p.m. April 16 has been postponed.

It will feature R.P. Smith, and David Glatter, a cowboy poet and musician. It will be rescheduled.

United Way holding annual meeting through Zoom

KEARNEY — United Way of the Kearney Area annual meeting is planned 12-12:30 p.m. April 15 on Zoom.

The meeting had been scheduled March 18 but will be conducted online due to COVID-19.

To attend online, visit zoom.us/j/744285770. The meeting ID is 744 285 770. Find your local number at zoom.us/u/aoeWd9AxL.

Library offers online continuing education service

KEARNEY — In partnership with Recorded Books, Kearney Public Library has announced the availability of an online continuing education service Universal Class.

Through the library’s website, patrons have access to lifelong learning courses in more than 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units.

More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter.

Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a range of topics is available, according to the library’s announcement. Universal Class offers courses in exercise and fitness, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden, cooking, computers and technology, health and medicine, homeschooling, job assistance, law and legal, parenting and family, pet and animal care, plus hundreds of more subjects.

Patrons may call the library at 308-233-3282 for more information.

The Buckle closes

KEARNEY — Because of COVID-19, The Buckle store at Hilltop Mall has closed indefinitely.

Fort Kearny playground closes

KEARNEY — As of Monday, the playground at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, and playgrounds at all other state parks and recreation areas, are closed as part of the Nebraska Game and Parks effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The closures are in keeping with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages maintaining physical distance and limiting in-person social interactions.

The park’s grounds and trails remain open because they provide space for proper physical distancing. These offer opportunities to hike and fish. Parks permits may be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org.

All state parks and commission offices, service and education centers and other facilities are closed. Starting in April, state park and recreation area lodges, cabins and public shower buildings also will be closed. A limited number of public restrooms, which are sanitized regularly, will remain open. For more details, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/healthinfo.

Nonresident spring turkey permit sales end

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suspending the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits to deter the spread of COVID-19.

Nonresidents who have purchased permits can use them, but they cannot purchase more. They will receive further information via email in the next week.

Nebraska’s spring turkey season opened March 25 for archers. The shotgun season opens April 11 for youths and April 18 for adults. All turkey seasons close May 31.

A cost for senior lunches

KEARNEY — There is now a $4.50 cost for take-out lunches at the Peterson Senior Activity Center at Yanney Heritage Park.

The lunches may be picked up 11:30-12:30 p.m. They must be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling 308-233-3278.

Fort Kearny playground closed

KEARNEY — As of Monday, the playground at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, and playgrounds at all other state parks and recreation areas, are closed as part of the Nebraska Game and Parks effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The closures are in keeping with national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages maintaining physical distance and limiting in-person social interactions.

The park’s grounds and trails remain open because they provide space for proper physical distancing. These offer opportunities to hike and fish. Parks permits may be purchased online at OutdoorNebraska.org.

All state parks and commission offices, service and education centers and other facilities are closed. Starting in April, state park and recreation area lodges, cabins, and public shower buildings also will be closed. A limited number of public restrooms, which are sanitized regularly, will remain open. For more details, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/healthinfo.

Minden eFree Church postpones auction

MINDEN — The April 17 auction at Minden eFree Church has been postponed due to COVID-19.

The auction will raise funds for the church’s Zambia Mission Project. Together with Zambians, the church is building an orphan care center in a remote part of the country that will support orphans and foster children, raise vegetables and provide more opportunities.

So far, the church has raised $25,000 for the project.

The church has started a monthly support pledge drive for the project. Donate at zambianmissionproject.org/monthly-support-pledge-drive.

Merryman reschedules several shows

KEARNEY — The Merryman Performing Arts Center is postponing the April 7 performance of Stunt Dog Experience. The show will be rescheduled at a later date. Current tickets will be honored for the new performance date that will be announced by the end of April.

The Letterman, originally scheduled for two performances on March 24 are rescheduled for performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 17. Current tickets will be honored. Merryman season members unable to attend may receive a credit toward the 2020-21 season.

The Bar J Wranglers Concert originally scheduled for March 27 is now May 8. Any current ticket will be honored for the rescheduled date. Tickets for both rescheduled performances are on sale at merrymancenter.org

If unable to attend any of these rescheduled events, contact the box office at mpacboxoffice@kearneycats.com or by calling 308-698-8297. The Merryman box office is closed to the public.

FSA offices open by phone appointment

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency offices are open only by phone appointment until further notice.

FSA staff are available to help ag producers with farm, commodity and farm storage facility loans; disaster and safety net programs; conservation programs; and acreage reports by phone, email and online tools, whenever possible.

FSA is relaxing the loan-making process, including extending the deadline for farm loan applications.

Call your local FSA office for details about these and other programs and services.

BCCP survey asks about needs during COVID-19

KEARNEY — Buffalo County Community Partners is asking residents to complete a brief survey regarding their important needs during COVID-19.

Responders may select options outlining access to food, shelter, transportation and employment.

The survey will take five minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish at bcchp.org/COVID19. For more information, call 308-865-2280.

Miller dances canceled

MILLER — Community dances planned 7-10 p.m. Saturdays at the Miller Community Hall are being canceled because of COVID-19.

No dances will take place Saturday or throughout April. Call 308-325-2909.

Skeeter Barnes is open

KEARNEY — Skeeter Barnes at 516 S. Second Ave. remains open noon to 8 p.m. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited seating is available.

Find the menu on SkeeterBarnes.com or by texting SKEETER and 33733. They can have meals ready when you arrive, or bring them to your car.

City offices closed Fridays

KEARNEY — City of Kearney offices will be closed Fridays.

Hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday until further notice. Staff is answering the telephone, but the offices are closed to the public.

Email covid19@kearneygov.org if you need assistance.

SCNAA is taking calls

KEARNEY — The South Central Nebraska Area on Aging office at 620 E. 25th St. is closed, but the staff is still taking phone calls and assisting people. Call 308-234-1851.

No more curbside library pickup

KEARNEY — Kearney Public Library, 2020 First Ave., will end curbside book pickup as of noon Wednesday.

The library started the service when it closed because of COVID-19 last week, but now, with at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buffalo County, it has become too risky for the health of both the public and the library staff, said Matthew Williams, the library’s director.

Library staffers have delivered between 300 and 400 books each day to pull-up customers, he said.

Also, materials no longer can be returned through the library’s west side book depository. Patrons can wait until the library reopens. Late fees will be waived. The library’s website still is accessible at kearneylib.org.

NebraskaLand National Bank closes lobby

KEARNEY — Because of COVID-19, NebraskaLand National Bank, 4615 Second Ave., closed its lobby on Monday until further notice.

The bank will operate 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays by phone, email and drive-thru.

The public may make appointments, 308-698-2280 and nebraskalandbank.com.

U-Save closes lobby, but drive-through open

KEARNEY — U-Save Pharmacy, 3611 Second Ave., temporarily is restricting access to its front lobby.

It encourages customers to use its two-lane drive-thru for prescription drop-off and pickup, along with the purchase of over-the-counter items.

It also is offering curbside service, along with free mail out and delivery on prescription medications. Call 308-455-1155.

Shelton food pantry moves to Kearney

KEARNEY — The Mobile Food Pantry scheduled Friday in Shelton is planned 9 a.m.-noon at the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Pantry, 114 E. 11th St., in Kearney.

Due to COVID-19, those who want food must make an appointment, 308-865-5675. There is no charge.

When vehicles pull in, volunteers will bring out boxes of food to eliminate human contact.

Last Friday, this procedure went smoothly when the Gibbon Food Pantry was moved to Kearney, according to Kyla Martin, director of development at Community Action. “It was pretty close to flawless with just a few hiccups,” Martin said.

That Food Pantry served 138 households of 415 people from 14 towns and gave out 5,763 pounds of food, plus milk donated by area schools.

Individuals do not have to be residents of Shelton to get free food.

The Food Pantry distribution in Gibbon and Shelton has been temporarily moved to Kearney because the schools that serve as drop-off points in those towns are closed.

The locations of April’s Mobile Food Pantry distributions have not yet been determined.

Granger Smith concert at UNK canceled, refunds given

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s spring concert featuring Granger Smith has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Smith was scheduled to perform at UNK’s Health and Sports Center on April 9. The concert will not be rescheduled.

All ticket purchases using a credit or debit card will be refunded automatically through the UNK Ticket Office. Customers can expect a refund on their statement by April 13. Any questions or issues with refunds should be directed to the box office at (308) 865-1563 or lopertickets@unk.edu.

NebraskaLand National Bank closes lobbies

KEARNEY — Due to COVID-19, NebraskaLand National Bank at 4615 Second Ave. has closed its lobby starting Monday.

The bank will operate by phone, email, and drive-thru 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The public can make appointments by calling 308-698-2280. Visit nebraskalandbank.com.

Arby’s open

KEARNEY — Arby’s at 100 W. 56th St. (308-234-4559) and 819 Second Ave. (308-234-6435) has both of their drive-thrus open.

Visit Arbys.com.

Cozad library closed Saturday

COZAD — The Wilson Public Library in Cozad will be closed Saturday.

It will reopen Monday, but the staff will work behind locked doors due to risks of COVID-19.

If the public wants to renew items, or would like to check out items and knows the titles/formats of those items, call 308-784-2019. Library staff will collect the items, check them out and leave them outside the north door to be picked up. Items may be returned in the book drop on the north side of the building.

The card catalog can be found at wpl.follettdestiny.com. Click on Wilson Public Library for the catalog.

Those who need essential services such as fax, copies or computers (for unemployment benefits, for job applications, etc., not for checking Facebook, playing games, etc.), will be let into the library briefly if they call ahead.

All public programs are canceled at least through the end of March.

Lettermen, Bar J Wranglers reschedule Merryman concerts

KEARNEY — The Merryman Performing Arts Center has announced new dates for two events. The Lettermen, originally scheduled for two performances on March 24, are rescheduled for performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 17. The Bar J Wranglers Concert, scheduled for March 27, now is May 8.

For The Lettermen, current tickets will be honored on June 17. Season members unable to attend on June 17 may receive a credit toward a 2020-21 season membership. Non-season members may receive a gift certificate for any future Merryman performance. Those unable to attend the rescheduled performance should contact the Merryman at mpacboxoffice@kearneycats.com by May 18.

For the Bar J Wranglers, any current ticket will be honored on May 8. If unable to attend the rescheduled performance, contact the box office at mpacboxoffice@kearneycats.com.

Little demand stops Chicago flights

KEARNEY — Commuter flights from Kearney to Chicago will cease April 1.

According to a city of Kearney press release, “The aviation industry has seen significant reductions in demand in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.”

As a result, the city’s commuter service, SkyWest, will suspend service from Kearney to Chicago with United Express until further notice.

“We will continue to monitor demand closely and will make adjustments in the future based on that response,” the city said.

Passengers who may need to change or cancel reservations may do so at www.united.com.

Culver’s open to drive-through only

KEARNEY — Culver’s, 5010 Second Ave., has closed its dining room and will serve guests via drive-through only. Updates will be posted at www.culvers.com.

Chamber offers business listings

KEARNEY — The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a complete listing of area restaurants and their status. The information is available at kearneycoc.org/covid19.

There are multiple resources compiled by the chamber team under the COVID-19 Community Resources section. Chamber President Derek Rusher emphasizes the importance of continuing to shop local as often as you can.

The chamber staff members still are available by appointment only until further notice. Contact the chamber at 308-237-3101 or kcoc.org.

Frank Museum closed until further notice

KEARNEY — The G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, 2010 University Drive, is closed to the public until further notice. Contact the Frank Museum at 308-865-8284 or frankmuseum@unk.edu.

Craft show pushed back to July 11

KEARNEY — The Signs of Spring craft show, sponsored by the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, will not be held April 25. It has been rescheduled for July 11 at the Expo Center at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Call 308-440-0153 for details.

Great Western starts in-office restrictions

KEARNEY — Great Western Bank, 2120 First Ave., will be open by appointment only. Business should be conducted through the drive-through window. Online banking is available. Call 308-234-2473.

NPPD suspends ‘walk-in traffic’

COLUMBUS — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nebraska Public Power District is suspending all “walk-in traffic” at its service centers, including Kearney.

The transmission and distribution operations at each service center will remain in operation to ensure reliable electric service. Visit www.nppd.com for payment options and to manage accounts online with NPPD On The Go!

Buckle temporarily closes stores

KEARNEY — The Buckle Inc. announced Tuesday that it will temporarily close all brick and mortar stores through March 31. During this time, the company’s online store will remain open and The Buckle will provide pay and benefits for its teammates during the full period. Company management will continue to monitor as additional guidance is issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with U.S. and local governments and may adjust these timelines as necessary.

MONA closed to public

KEARNEY — The Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney will be closed to the public starting Wednesday with a reopening date to be determined.

During this time, all public programs and classes are postponed or canceled, and if possible will be rescheduled at a later date.

While the museum is closed, staff will be available on a limited basis. If you need assistance, contact 308-865-8559 or mona@unk.edu.

Chamber of Commerce closes office

KEARNEY — In order to continue to assist its members, the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce is taking various steps to remain fully operational throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

“After careful consideration and extensive preparation to ensure we can maintain high levels of productivity, and alignment with the city of Kearney and our other partners, we will be closing our door to the chamber and will be working by appointment only as of today (Wednesday),” Chamber President Derek Rusher said in a statement to members.

Contact information: 308-237-3101 or kcoc.org.

NPPD suspends ‘walk-in traffic’ at customer service centers

COLUMBUS — Because of the COVID-19 outbreak Nebraska Public Power District is suspending all “walk-in traffic” at its service centers, including Kearney.

The decision is based on guidance from state and federal agencies and is in the best interest of the safety and health of NPPD customers and employees, according to a press release.

The transmission and distribution operations at each of the service centers will remain in operation to ensure reliable electric service throughout the state. NPPD offers several, convenient ways to pay a bill and manage an account online. Visit www.nppd.com for available payment options and to manage accounts online with NPPD On The Go!

Movie theaters closed

KEARNEY — Kearney Cinema 8, 300 S. Third Ave., and the World Theatre, 2318 Central Ave., have closed indefinitely.

Lenten Lunches canceled

KEARNEY — The Community Lenten Lunches, which have been served Fridays from Ash Wednesday through Good Friday for the last 28 years, have been canceled because of the threat of COVID-19.

“We appreciate the wonderful speakers, the food provided from various churches and the Jubilee Center, the hospitality of First United Methodist Church and their kitchen assistance,” said John Gosswein, pastor of Family of Christ Lutheran Church and chair of the multi-church effort.

“We must be cautious during these days of a disease, particularly dangerous to the primarily older population who is able to attend the lunches. We will miss it,” he said.

“But perhaps we all can find another moment later to share our experience together when health issues aren’t as risky.”

Todd Becker Foundation event postponed

KEARNEY — The Todd Becker Foundation fundraiser on Friday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds has been postponed. The new date has not been determined.

CRA postpones events

LEXINGTON — The Center for Rural Affairs has postponed several small business trainings, including Thursday’s “Working Together, Celebrating Each Other” Lexington Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Madeline’s Cafe & Bakery; March 21 - Child Care Academy at Dawson Area Development; and March 30 - Financial Literacy at Dawson Area Development.

Curbside pick-up at library

KEARNEY — While the Kearney Public Library building remains closed, the public can place items on hold by phone, website and the mykpl app. You be notified by text, email or phone when they are ready. Patrons should drive to the west doors, call the library and they will be brought out. They can be picked up 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Service is limited to up to 20 items at a time.

Patrons should be prepared to show their library card or photo I.D. when picking up items. Late fees are suspended until the library reopens.

The library urges people not to use the curbside service if they think they are sick.

Call 308-233-3282 or visit www.kearneylib.org.

Tornado drills canceled

HASTINGS — Next week, March 23-27, marks Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska.

The annual test tornado watch and warning scheduled for March 25 has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. It will not be rescheduled.

The months of April, May and June are most active for severe weather. Nebraskans are encouraged to learn more about its hazards.

Next week, NWS offices serving Nebraska will post facts and figures and safety tips about severe weather on Facebook, Twitter and the web. The packet is available at www.weather.gov/media/gid/awareness/swaw/SWAW2020.pdf

The Archway closes for now

KEARNEY — As a precautionary measure, The Archway will be closed to the public today through Sunday. The Archway administrators will re-evaluate this decision on a weekly basis.

Elks Lodge meetings canceled

KEARNEY — All meetings and activities at the Kearney Elks Lodge No. 984 have been temporarily canceled.

Merryman performances canceled

KEARNEY — The Merryman Center for the Performing Arts, 225 W. 24th St., has canceled the March 24 performance of The Lettermen, and the March 27 performance of the Bar J Wranglers. The theater hopes to reschedule both shows. More information should be available by Tuesday. Call 308-698-8052.

Peterson Senior Center closes

KEARNEY — The Peterson Senior Center at Yanney Park will remain closed until at least April 6 due to the coronavirus threat, according to Deb Eirich, the city’s senior services coordinator.

Announcements will be made in early April about the date of the center’s reopening. Call Eirich with questions at 308-233-3290.

Children’s Museum shuttered

KEARNEY — The Kearney Area Children’s Museum at 5827 Fourth Ave. is closed indefinitely. All activities, including Thursday’s Family Fun Night and next week’s Spring Break Camp, are canceled. Call 308-698-2228.

Fort Kearny changes

KEARNEY — All Nebraska Game and Parks Commission-sponsored events and activities scheduled through May 31 have been canceled, including Saturday’s Dutch Oven Cook-off, the Outdoor Discovery Program and Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo at Fort Kearney State Recreation Area.

The Fort Kearny State Historical Park Visitor Center is closed to public walk-in access through May 31, but the NGPC district office in Kearney remains open to the public.

State parks, recreation areas and historical parks remain open for day use and camping.

For more information or to purchase permits, visit the website at OutdoorNebraska.org or call 402-595-2144.

ARC activities suspended

KEARNEY —The Arc of Buffalo County is suspending all activities through April. It will let members know when activities resume. The board made the decision Thursday evening, according to Executive Director Sherry Stansberry. The Arc office will remain open on a limited schedule. Call 308-237-4343.

No UCM dinner theater

KEARNEY — United Campus Ministry’s Dinner Theater slated for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, has been canceled. The Rev. Laura Stubblefield issues deep regrets but said she “wants to keep everyone safe.”

UNK poetry conference canceled

KEARNEY — The Don Welch Conference on Teaching of Poetry planned for Friday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has been canceled.

Democrats won’t meet

KEARNEY — The Buffalo County Democrats’ monthly meeting, scheduled for Monday evening at the Kearney Public Library, has been canceled.

UWKA annual meeting postponed

KEARNEY — The United Way of the Kearney Area has postponed its annual meeting set for noon Wednesday at the Kearney Holiday Inn, 301 Second Ave. It will be rescheduled, said Executive Director Nikki Erickson.

Mount Carmel limits visitors

KEARNEY — Mount Carmel Home, 412 W. 18th St., is limiting visitors to only essential personnel. All essential visitors will be screened upon entrance and may be refused entry, according to administrator Emily Birdsley.

Shelton Fish Fry canceled

SHELTON — The fish fry scheduled for Friday at Sacred Heart Church, 508 B St., has been canceled.

Dutch Oven Cook-off canceled

KEARNEY — The March 21 Dutch Oven Cook-off at Fort Kearney State Recreation Area has been canceled.

Game and Parks temporarily closing four facilities to public access

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is temporarily closing four facilities.

Through May 31, the following facilities are closed to public walk-in access: Schramm Education Center near Gretna, the indoor Activity Center Building at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Wildcat Hills Nature Center near Gering, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The park grounds remain open to the public.

Rowe cancels tours, Crane Festival

GIBBON — Starting today, Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary will close all public tours and programs due to the concerns of the COVID-19 virus.

This includes Audubon Nebraska’s 50th Anniversary Crane Festival March 20-21, and Rowe’s Crane Carnival April 4.

This is being done for the safety of, and risks posed to, its staff, volunteers and visitors. Blind and program registrations will be refunded within 10 to 14 days.

The center will remain open for now, but that may change. Rowe will continue to update its website and social media. Visit www.rowe.audubon.org

Alda Crane Trust closes

ALDA — The Crane Trust in Alda has been closed to guests and volunteers through April 5.

Kearney Little League Cancels Skills Assessment

The annual Skills Assessment event for Kearney Little League baseball players has been cancelled. All registered players will be placed on teams, and will be contacted by their team’s manager in early April. Practices are tentatively scheduled to begin in April, and the game schedule is set to begin in May.

Homestead restricts visitors

KEARNEY — Homestead of Kearney, 4205 Sixth Ave., a senior living community, is restricting all non-essential visitors. The decision was made by Midwest Health Inc., the facility’s owner/operator.

For more information, call the Homestead of Kearney at 308-234-5600.

KRMC: Keep ‘helpers’ at a minimum

KEARNEY — Kearney Regional Medical Center and Platte Valley Medical Group, 804 22nd Ave., have requested that all patients who require care arrive with as few healthy individuals as possible. Anyone under the age of 16 must wear a mask at all times.

For more details, call 308-455-3600.

NWS spotter talks canceled

HASTINGS — The National Weather Service has canceled the remaining in-person spotter talks for the spring season due to COVID-19 concerns.

Hub Territory presentations affected are: Wednesday in Alma; March 24 in Oxford; March 25 in Axtell; March 26 in Kearney and April 14 in Elwood and Cozad.

Soil Sisters & Misters

KEARNEY — Due to Kearney Public Library closed to public meetings at this time, Soil Sisters & Misters garden club will not meet Tuesday.

Kearney Visually Impaired meeting 

KEARNEY — The Kearney Visually Impaired meeting set for Thursday has been canceled.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. April 16 at the Elaine Wiseman Pavilion at the Kearney Housing Authority, 2715 Ave. I.

'Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit' at Kearney Community Theatre postponed

KEARNEY — The Kearney Community Theatre is postponing its scheduled performances of 'Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit,' that were set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

According to KCT's post on Facebook, "If and when a future date has been determined, we will make decisions about honoring previously purchased tickets and exchanging."

BCCP survey asks about needs during COVID-19 KEARNEY — Buffalo County Community Partners is asking residents to complete a brief survey regarding their important needs during COVID-19.Responders may select options outlining access to food, shelter, transportation and employment.  The survey will take five minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish at bcchp.org/COVID19/. For more information, call 308-865-2280.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Kearney Hub News Team will continue to compile a list of cancellations, closings and updated service during the coronavirus outbreak. The changes are happening quickly, so please check kearneyhub.com for the latest information. Send your information to news@kearneyhub.com.

City closes Meadowlark golf courseKEARNEY  — Because of recent directed health measures, and additional recommended precautions related to COVID-19, Meadowlark Hills Golf Course is closed until further notice, the city of Kearney Department of Parks and Recreation announced Friday.

Volunteers stand ready to helpKEARNEY — Volunteers are available for homebound residents who cannot shop for groceries, who find themselves short of resources, or who simply yearn for a friendly conversation.Leaders of the faith community have developed a system for volunteers to help with these issues and more. It is being done with the help of the South Central Area Agency on Aging.Interested volunteers may call their church to sign up. To be connected with a volunteer, call Erin at 308-234-1852. 

2020 Windmill Festival postponed until 2021COMSTOCK — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the June 11-13 Comstock Festival has been postponed until June 10-12, 2021. The same musical acts that already were scheduled for 2020 will appear at the 2021 event.Because it’s nearly impossible to reschedule nine performers to another 2020 date, and Comstock Festival event manager Henry Nuxoll did not want to compete against other 2020 Nebraska summer/fall fairs and local events, the decision was made to postpone the festival until 2021.With the pandemic uncertainty, travel bans in most states and job losses in Nebraska and across the U.S., it was better to reschedule now that to be uncertain, according to a Comstock Festival press release.

WIC offers services by phoneKEARNEY — The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is altering its operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska in Kearney.  All WIC appointments will be taken on the phone and via other remote services until further notice.WIC will continue to provide services to its families and new enrollees during the pandemic. WIC serves pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children 5 and younger. The program provides healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding support, nutrition information, and referrals to about 3,000 women and children in its 12-county coverage area.To enroll, go to signupwic.com or visit communityactionmidne.com

Applications, donors for relief funds acceptedKEARNEY — The Kearney Area Employee Emergency Relief Fund — KAEER (pronounced Care) is accepting applications for grants and also is accepting donations.The KAEER Fund helps people in the community who are suffering loss and hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.This emergency relief fund, a joint effort of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and Kearney Area Community Foundation, is seeking donations. They can be made payable to KAEER Fund, c/o Kearney Area Community Foundation, and mailed to 412 W. 48th St. Suite 12, Kearney, NE 68845. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100 percent will go to employees in the Kearney area.Kearney area employees can apply for a grant by visiting kearneyfoundation.org/employee-emergency-relief-fund and filling out the online form. Approved applicants are eligible for up to $500 every 30 days.Selection criteria:n Demonstrated hardship and financial need;n Employment in a business in the Kearney area; andn Verification of employment and business status. 

Hub conducts business remotelyKEARNEY — Kearney Hub will conduct business via telephone and email. The decision to reopen the lobby will be evaluated weekly. The Hub plans to deliver a newspaper Monday through Saturday as normal. Send emails to your Hub contact or to news@kearneyhub.com. The numbers to call:n Advertising — 308-233-9701n Business — 308-237-2152n Classifieds — 308-233-9785n Circulation — 308-233-9777n News — 308-233-9790

Ongoing updates for changes, closings and cancellations:n United Way of the Kearney Area annual meeting, 12-12:30 p.m. April 15 on Zoom. To attend online, visit zoom.us/j/744285770. The meeting ID is 744 285 770. Find your local number at zoom.us/u/aoeWd9AxL. n Village of Riverdale meeting postponed.n BraveHeart fundraiser scheduled for 7 p.m. April 16 has been postponed.n Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suspending the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits to deter the spread of COVID-19. Nebraska’s spring turkey season opened March 25 for archers. The shotgun season opens April 11 for youths and April 18 for adults. All turkey seasons close May 31.n Nebraska’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency offices are open only by phone appointment until further notice.n Family Fresh Market, 3920 Second Ave., will offer free, same-day prescription delivery for customers within a 10-mile radius. Call 308-236-5488. n City of Kearney offices will be closed Fridays. Email covid19@kearneygov.org if you need assistance.n Custer County Sheriff’s Office in Broken Bow has suspended walk-in services. Call 308-872-6418 for specifics.n Miller community dances. No dances through April, 308-325-2909. n U-Save Pharmacy temporarily is restricting access to its front lobby, 308-455-1555.n University of Nebraska at Kearney’s April 9 concert featuring Granger Smith has been canceled, 308-865-1563 or lopertickets@unk.edu.n South Central Nebraska Area on Aging office closed, 308-234-1851.n Family Fresh Market will install 36-inch square, clear plexiglass sneeze guards throughout the store by Friday for the added safety of shoppers and employees.n Hy-Vee temporarily is suspending its return, refund and rain check policy until further notice.n Nebraskans have until July 15 to pay state income taxes and estimated tax payments due April 15.n Kearney Eagles Club.n The Museum of Nebraska Art, 308-865-8559, mona@unk.edu.n G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, 308-865-8284, frankmuseum@unk.edu.n Great Western Bank, by appointment only, 308-234-2473.n NebraskaLand National Bank has closed its lobby, 308-698-2280.n Signs of Spring craft show will be July 11 at the Expo Center at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 308-440-0153.n Peterson Senior Activity Center at Yanney Heritage Park, 308-233-3290. Noon take-out program closed. Patrons are encouraged to utilize the Hot Meals USA program. n Kearney Cinema 8 and The World Theatre closed.n Buffalo County Fairgrounds events, 308-236-1201, buffalocountyfairgrounds.com.n Kearney Family YMCA, kearneyymca.org, closed.n Crane Trust at Alda closed.n Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary closed.n South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging, 308-234-1851, agingkearney.org.n The Archway closed.n Kearney Elks Lodge 984 closed.n The Arc of Buffalo County, 308-237-4343, closed.n The Buckle store at Hilltop Mall.n Merryman Performing Arts Center events rescheduled — Stunt Dog Experience, TBA; The Lettermen, June 17; Bar J Wranglers concert, May 8. Contact mpacboxoffice@kearneycats.com or by calling 308-698-8297. n Overnight camping at state parks, Monday through May 8, with a possible extension. State park lodging facilities and cabins will be closed at least through May 8. State parks and recreation areas remain open for day use, including fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. A limited number of restrooms are open. They will be disinfected regularly using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  protocols. 

Frank Vignola concert postponedKEARNEY — The Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio concert set for April 24 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center has been postponed. It will be rescheduled. Call 308-627-2717 or email kearneyconcerts@gmail.com

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