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Grand Island, NE - The Central District Health Department on Monday afternoon reported to KRGI News that there are now 1,320 total positive lab confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the three county area that the district serves. That's an additional 150 cases from last Friday May 1st to Monday, May 4th. The CDHD also has no additional deaths to report. The lives claimed due to Covid-19 complications remains at 37. Breakdown by county is as follows. Hall 1,247, Hamilton 50, Merrick 13. 



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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy who escaped from a Kearney juvenile center was recaptured but three other escapees remain at large. The Nebraska State Patrol says one juvenile was arrested early Monday after a pursuit near Grand Island. Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas says a trooper tried to stop a speeding car on Interstate 80 but the driver sped away. During the pursuit, the car reached speeds of more than 125 mph before another trooper successfully deployed spike strips. He and the others escaped from the he Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney on Sunday night. 

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North Platte, Nebraska - The West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has 8 new cases of COVID-19 from Lincoln County this weekend. This includes One is a lady in her 30’s who is hospitalized. Three females, one in in her 30’s and the other in her 20’s, and female in her teens who is home isolating. There were Four male's, two under the age of 18, and a male in his 50’s and a male in his 60's home isolating. All individuals are isolating at home. 

 

“All of these cases are still under investigation to determine how the virus was contracted,” said Shannon Vanderheiden of WCDHD.

To date, we have tested 762 individuals in Lincoln County for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Of the tested 762, thirty-three have been positive.  Five are travel-related, six are community spread, sixteen are due to close contact, and the remaining six are under investigation. Sixteen of these cases have recovered, fourteen are self-isolating, one is in the hospital, and two people have passed away.  All thirty-three cases are within Lincoln County.  Stay informed of new cases by visiting our website at https://wcdhd.org/ (information will be updated daily at 5:45 PM).

 

Also Frontier and Keith County have reported their first cases this weekend.

 

Counties

Confirmed

Tested

Deaths

 

Travel

Community Spread

Close Contacts

Under Investigation

Lincoln

33

745

2

 

5

6

16

6

Logan

0

5

0

 

0

0

0

0

McPherson

0

2

0

 

0

0

0

0

Thomas

0

5

0

 

0

0

0

0

Hooker

0

5

0

 

0

0

0

0

Arthur

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

33

762

2

 

5

6

16

6

 

Social and physical distancing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

This includes:

 

  • Stay home and practice social and physical distancing

Stay Home

Avoid gatherings, if you must gather, keep individuals to 10 or less

  • When out stay 6 foot away from others
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not touch your face
  • Wear a community mask - this will help mitigate the spread of the virus

 

Public health officials would like to remind you that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.  If you are tested, have been in direct contact of a lab-confirmed case, or traveled outside of Nebraska in the last two weeks REGISTER with WCDHD athttps://consultinglhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a67PjRi6skYXMrP

 


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The Central District Health Department in Grand Island is reporting that as of today, May 1, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,170, and there are 37 deaths.

The increase represents anadditional 70 cases over the last 24 hours.

There are 10 cases in Merrick County, 50 cases in Hamilton County and 1,110 in Hall County.


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North Platte, Ne - Nebraskaland Days in North Platte has made the decision to postpone the 2020 State Celebration. David Fudge, the Executive Director in a Press Release said " We hope to produce the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and other events later this summer, and are working through rescheduling the concert series for 2021.

Those who have purchased tickets to this years events will have a couple of options including holding them for the rescheduled dates or receiving a full refund of the face value of the ticket. The refund period will be announced in the coming days as we finalize the process with our vendor. We will contact you directly through the email associated with the order.

We've held out as long as we thought we could in hopes that we'd be in a position to get the festival produced in in's normal time slot, but it's unrealistic at this point to think we'll be able to get it in.

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 30, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 1,100. Two additional deaths have been reported by the CDHD now bring the total to 37. On Wednesday 10 deaths alone were reported. 7 in Hamilton County and the remaining three in Hall County. To date, there are 9 cases in Merrick County, 49 cases in Hamilton County and 1,042 in Hall County.

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APRIL 30, 2020 (GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  —A multi-agency effort, including the Nebraska State Patrol and Clay County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Sutton man after an extensive investigation into allegations of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Linus Cloet, 58, of Sutton, was arrested in Clay County this morning on charges of sex trafficking of a minor, child abuse, three counts of pandering, and two counts of solicitation. Cloet was lodged in Clay County Jail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or other allegations is encouraged to call the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C office at 308-385-6000.

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (April 30, 2020) — With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions.
 
The need for blood for trauma patients, children battling cancer, mothers experiencing childbirth complications, patients with sickle cell disease and others continues. Donated blood has a limited shelf life of 42 days for red cells and just five days for platelets, so the supply must constantly be replenished.
 
Make an appointment
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  
 
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.  
 
Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15:
 
Adams
 
Hastings
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 501 N. Burlington
5/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hastings College, 710 N. Turner Ave.
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St.
5/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St.
 
Kenesaw
5/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 208 N. Doane Ave.
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Buffalo
 
Gibbon
5/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 205 Garfield
 
Kearney
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 4511 6th Ave
5/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Selectel Wireless, 3712 2nd Ave
5/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th
5/15/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kearney Regional Medical Center, 804 W 22nd Ave
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Dawson
 
Lexington
5/12/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 E 8th St
 
Sumner
5/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Building, 5th and Main
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Fillmore
 
Milligan
5/1/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 541 Main Street
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Hall
 
Grand Island
5/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grand Island YMCA, 221 East South Front
5/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 1304 N. Custer
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Harlan
 
Alma
5/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johnson Community Building, 601 Main Street
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Nuckolls
 
Nelson
5/6/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., City Auditorium, 301 South Main Street
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Phelps
 
Holdrege
5/5/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., YMCA of the Prairie, 1415 Broadway, PO Box 618
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Thayer
 
Davenport
5/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 110 S. Linden
 
 
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
 
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
 
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Grand Island, NE - On Thursday morning in the bi weekly Covid-19 update from Grand Island's City Hall Mayor Roger Steele cited that he would be sending a letter reaching out to the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The agenda of the letter is looking at the Covid-19 situation at the Grand Island JBS meat processing plant. Mayor Steele asked to provide the government's plan to test the employees at JBS along with an invitation to Sonny Perdue to visit Grand Island to discuss the efforts to protect meat processing employees and citizens of Grand Island. 

Read a copy of the letter from Mayor Steele to Sonny Perdue below.  

APRIL 30, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Michigan man following a crash on Interstate 80 that injured a Keith County Sheriff’s Deputy.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, a trooper was providing traffic control for a semi-truck that was broken down on the inside shoulder of I-80 at mile marker 142 near Sutherland. A deputy from the Keith County Sheriff’s Department was positioned, with emergency lights activated, approximately ¼ mile east of the scene to alert drivers of the motorist assist taking place ahead.

The deputy’s vehicle was then struck from behind by a 2019 Nissan Sentra, occupied by three people. The deputy was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision and was injured in the crash. A person who claimed to be a passenger of the Nissan was also injured. Both were transported to the hospital in Ogallala with non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy was treated and released late Wednesday evening.

After investigation, troopers determined that the injured person from the Nissan had actually been the driver, and not a passenger in the vehicle. After being treated for minor injuries, the driver, Emmanuel Phifer, 24, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested for false reporting, violation of the move over law, no operator’s license, and reckless driving. Phifer was lodged in Keith County Jail.

Westbound I-80 was closed for approximately 2.5 hours due to the crash.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld has died at age 74. Unseld is one of two players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season. He died Tuesday after a series of health issues, most recently pneumonia, according to a statement from his family released by the Washington Wizards. Unseld was a powerful 6-foot-7, 245-pound center who dominated as a rebounder and led Washington’s team — then known as the Bullets — to the 1978 NBA championship, earning Finals MVP honors. He was a five-time All-Star who played all 13 of his NBA seasons with the franchise that drafted him in 1968.

UNDATED (AP) — All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo are among those that stage training camp elsewhere. Dallas usually trains in Oxnard, California, and Pittsburgh in nearby Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens says he supports the decisions of several of his players, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter, who have taken part in recent protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stevens says he wrote a letter to his players letting them know he was with them and that he hopes the recent demonstrations around the country can help lead to healing and create sustainable change. 

BOSTON (AP) — A former technology executive has pleaded guilty to paying $300,000 to bribe his son’s way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit — even though the son didn’t play tennis. Federal prosecutors say Peter Dameris pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The government will recommend sentence of time served, 21 months of home confinement, a fine of $95,000 and restitution when Dameris is sentenced on Oct. 5.




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Nebraska’s Leighton Banjoff earned a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America Team, announced by the publication on Tuesday.

Banjoff, who was one of six designated hitters on the team, played in all 15 games for the Huskers in 2020, making 13 starts, before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He led Nebraska’s offense in batting average (.341), stolen bases (3), slugging percentage (.636) and on-base percentage (.517). Banjoff also racked up four doubles, three home runs, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored during the shortened 2020 campaign.

After going 0-for-6 in his first three games, he went 3-for-3 in his next game on Feb. 21 at San Diego. On March 1, Banjoff blasted two home runs and drove in six runs as part of a 4-for-6 performance at Arizona State, which included a double and a stolen base. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 2 following the series against the Sun Devils.

Banjoff becomes the 20th different Husker to claim Freshman All-America accolades, earning the 33rd certificate in program history. Last season, Colby Gomes was named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA as a relief pitcher.




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UNDATED (AP) — Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses. TMZ originally reported Mayweather’s offer, and said he will also pay for services in Minnesota and North Carolina.

UNDATED (AP) — FIFA has urged soccer competition organizers to apply “common sense” and consider not sanctioning players over in-game expressions of solidarity with George Floyd. The recognition of the “depth of sentiment” over Floyd’s death came in a rare statement telling the global game to show flexibility and not enforce laws of soccer which FIFA helps to set. Players used weekend games in Germany to reveal messages demanding justice for Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.  

NEW YORK (AP) — A legal swing and a miss for Lenny Dykstra. The former Met’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling has been dismissed. Dykstra’s suit followed the publication of Darling’s book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.” Darling accused Dykstra of directing racist comments toward Boston starter Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series. The court ruled that Dykstra’s reputation “for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured by the reference."  

UNDATED (AP) — The Mountain West is eliminating postseason tournaments in baseball, men's and women’s tennis and women’s soccer and shortening other postseason events. At the end of the conference's virtual spring meetings on Monday, the Mountain West announced several cost-cutting measures, including an 18% reduction in the conference operating budget. The conference will also reduce baseball and softball series from three days to two, playing a double header on one day. The conference will also use virtual meetings and virtual football and basketball media days.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Dylan Cantrell to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Cantrell is switching positions to tight end after being selected as a receiver by the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He played in college at Texas Tech under current Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Cardinals also said on Monday that they released cornerback Sojourn Shelton.




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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been rained out and rescheduled for Thursday night. The starting order for the second Cup race at Charlotte this week was set based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 but with an inversion. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman will start from the pole, while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th.

UNDATED (AP) — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing. But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One of the people said many players were angered by the proposal teams made Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN that the enshrinement ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and five others will be delayed until the spring of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place in Springfield on Aug. 29. Bryant, Garnett and Duncan all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman (EYE'-zur-muhn) is keeping coach Jeff Blashill (BLA’-shihl) despite missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Yzerman told reporters his previously announced plans to keep Blashill behind the bench have not changed. The Red Wings won an NHL-low 17 games this season and are 153-194-52 under Blashill.

UNDATED (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses to the rescheduled Triple Crown series is June 3. Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series at a cost of $3,000. That’s half the original price as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing the series to be run out of order for the first time since 1931. The late nominations were originally due March 30 but were postponed until the Triple Crown races were rescheduled.




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Hastings, Neb. - Warrensburg, Missouri-native John Grinde will be joining the Hastings College football staff as the offensive coordinator Head Coach Tony Harper announced on Tuesday. Grinde spent the past four seasons as the offensive line coach at University of North Carolina Pembroke.

"I feel Very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity, and excited to be a Bronco! My wife and I cannot wait to get back to the Midwest where we grew up," Grinde continued. "Especially in such a great and welcoming community like Hastings. I intend to bring energy, enthusiasm, and create a spark for these talented young men and to the campus as well. We are going to play hard, be disciplined, and most importantly have some fun and success doing it!"

During his time with UNC Pembroke, Grinde coached seven All-Conference Academic Honor Roll recipients, an All-American while helping guide the team to the 2016 NCAA DII playoffs making it to the second round.

"Playing wide receiver allowed me to see the offensive picture as a whole. As far as coaching  offensive line, I am so passionate about the position being that my father was a long time offensive line coach. This helped me understand what the position truly means to the game of football. Having coached four different positions on the offensive side of the ball along with many great mentors, has provided me with the experiences necessary to be successful here at Hastings. "

As a graduate assistant at the University of Central Missouri where he helped coach the offensive line, tight ends, and running backs over three years, he saw plenty of success with an appearance in the Live United Texarkana Bowl along with coaching two All-Region and All-American performers.

“With experience coaching multiple positions on the offense, coach (Grinde) will be able to communicate specifically with each player and create a trust in the overall scheme," Harper said. "We are excited to have John and his wife Bailey join the Bronco Family.”  

Grinde brings a wealth of experience having coached four different positions while also competing in the NCAA DII playoffs as a wide receiver at University of Central Missouri. He knows the game very well and also comes from a quality football background as his father is a former college offensive line coach and is currently the Head Football Coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, CO.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among "Great Schools, Great Prices" by U.S. News & World Report and a "Best in the Midwest" by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.





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Beginning June 1st NSAA member schools are permitted to conduct voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.

While permitting school-sponsored summertime conditioning programs, prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school.

These requirements must be followed:

Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart at all times.
Groups of a maximum 25 persons (students) or less must be pre-determined
50% of rated occupancy does not apply to high school weight rooms per the express directive of the Governor’s office.
Member schools located in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota counties are limited to groups of 10 students per local directed health measures (DHMs).
Once groups are determined, students may not switch from one group to another.
Interaction between groups shall be avoided.
Sessions can only include weightlifting, running, and exercises designed to promote physical fitness.
Sport-specific drills are not permitted, and sport-specific equipment may not be used as part of school-sponsored summer conditioning.
Implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC.
Additionally, NSAA member school-sponsored camps and clinics are prohibited in any sport at this time.

Pursuant to the Governor’s DHM, the following activities are prohibited: basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, and wrestling (“Prohibited Sports”).

NSAA member schools may have open gyms where sport-specific drills are permitted, and sport-specific equipment may be used by individuals except in the Prohibited Sports.

It is the responsibility of each NSAA member school to comply with:

The above requirements; and,
The NSAA Summer Activities Bylaws.
Should the Governor issue further DHMs that would modify the foregoing provisions or other conditions warrant, these requirements will be adjusted.

Any further official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.

 




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TORONTO (AP) — There’s no date set for it to begin, but the National Hockey League is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol early next month. That includes opening practice facilities and allowing small group workouts. Six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts. No on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted. The NHL season was paused March 12 because of the pandemic.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing is thanking his doctors and nurses and his fans as he battles COVID-19. Ewing, who played for Hoyas and the New York Knicks for 15 seasons has been released from a Washington hospital and is recovering at home. Patrick Ewing Jr. tweeted this his dad is getting better and appreciates the thoughts and prayers given.

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Medical Association has urged the National Rugby League to slow down on its plans to have spectators in stadiums by July 1, describing the move as “absurd and dangerous.” The AMA made the call two days before the NRL is set to restart of the 16-team competition in empty stadiums. Just two rounds of matches were played in March before the season was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

UNDATED (AP) — The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team training on May 30 once they complete five days of small group training. The small groups cannot exceed eight players during Phase 2 of the nine-team league’s return to play protocol. Players must complete a pre-training assessment and undergo daily symptom and temperature screenings as well as other tests.

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans have proved they are starved for TV sports, even golf. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity" attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. It raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.




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(North Platte, NE) - Dehje Belmore, a 5’10” forward for the North Platte Community College Knights, has accepted an offer to continue her basketball and academic collegiate career at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. Belmore, of Denver, CO., graduated with her Associates Degree from Mid-Plains Community College while carrying a 3.55 Cumulative GPA.

Belmore played in 28 games for the Knights this past season while starting in 11. She averaged 3.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while also serving as a team captain. Belmore helped lead the Knights to a 10-21 record during the 2019-20 season along with a Region IX and District F championship.

“We are excited and proud of Dehje on continuing her education and athletic career at McMurry University,” said NPCC Head Coach Jeff Thurman. “She has worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the basketball court to achieve an opportunity like this. Dehje has done so much for our program for the last two years and she deserves this. McMurry is getting a great individual that will make an immediate impact within their program.”

 




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NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has given management a wide-ranging response to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. The union says it addressed protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures. Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft submitted last week as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are making tough financial decisions concerning their front office staff with the major league season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs are instituting pay cuts based on compensation, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday that they are instituting furloughs for several employees in business operations beginning June 1.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has altered its schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling the June 27 race at Richmond and the July 12 street course event in Toronto. The open-wheel series is slated to finally begin June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, but its next event won’t be held until July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to alleviate an issue that cropped up during the team's spring workouts in March. Ross led the Tigers with 66 catches last season that went for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman, highlighting his season with a 74-yard TD in the national championship win over Alabama.

UNDATED (AP) — Some Louisville football and basketball players will return to campus Wednesday in a phased approach and begin voluntary workouts on June 8. The first phase of 30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players will arrive next week after being advised of safety protocols. Indiana University hopes to have some student-athletes back by mid-June.




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This week has been a big one for North Platte Community College alum Maddy Krebs.

On Monday, she opened a new Jazzercise business and Wednesday she was named as the head volleyball coach at St. Pat’s High School in North Platte.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Krebs said. “I never would have had the confidence to be where I am today without NPCC and my former college volleyball coach, Sally Thalken.”

Krebs is no stranger to St. Pat’s. She graduated from the school in 2008 then attended NPCC on a volleyball scholarship.

“Going to NPCC was a pretty easy choice,” Krebs said. “The scholarship was a big incentive, but I had also been offered a scholarship somewhere else. I chose NPCC because I could still be close to my family, and because I liked the size of North Platte. I did live in the dorms to make it feel more like I was away from home.”

Aside from playing volleyball, Krebs wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do with her college career.

“I love children, so I knew I wanted to work with kids somehow,” Krebs said. “The advisors at NPCC were great. They helped me narrow down a path, and I never had to guess what classes to take. They lined me up in the right direction.”

Krebs graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from NPCC in 2010 then transferred to Peru State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2012. In 2014, Krebs also obtained a master’s degree from Peru State in curriculum and instruction.

She returned to North Platte after that and spent three years teaching at Jefferson Elementary and two years at McDonald Elementary before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters. By the fall of 2019, she was ready to go back to work.

“I had been a Jazzercise instructor since 2014,” Krebs said. “For some time, the Jazzercise owner had been talking about selling the business if the opportunity came up. In November, I decided I was ready to be that opportunity.”

Krebs took over the business, formerly located at 1220 W. A St., and moved it to 421 N. Dewey St. right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“I signed the lease on the new building in February and started renovating then found out I couldn’t open because of coronavirus,” Krebs said. “So, I began doing live classes on Facebook until I was finally able to open this week. We’re still respecting the 10-person social distancing rule, but to actually see customers come in the door is fabulous.”

Krebs plans to fall back on many of the skills she learned at NPCC in both of her new roles.

“Those personal skills will definitely come into play,” Krebs said. “I will be using all of the things I learned about communication, time management and expectations. I also have a lot of great connections in the community from my time spent at NPCC. I’m excited about what the future holds.”

Krebs is offering a discounted Jazzercise membership to NPCC students - $30 a month as compared to the regular price of $60 per month.

More information about her Jazzercise location can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Jazzercise-North-Platte-247186945339752/ or the Jazzercise website at https://www.jazzercise.com/location/north-platte-jazzercise.




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