Local school and business closures and changes, updated as information comes in

Currently there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Richardson County, but Falls City Public Schools announced last night that they would be shutting their doors until April 6, 2020.

This is the most current information we have at the time from our advertisers. We will continue to change and add new information on local closings and changes as they come in.

March 17, 2020, Falls City Public Schools will dismiss 2-hours early. The school is following the guidance of Commissioner of Education Blomstedt and Governor Ricketts to take steps to close all Nebraska schools by the end of this week.

“This is a precautionary measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Heckenlively.

Class is expected to resume  on Monday, April 6. FCPS has been actively collaborating with state officials to assist in this decision.

Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 are cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

All school buildings will be closed to students starting March 18, 2020. Faculty and staff will report as normal. School buildings will not be open or accessible to the public.

Administrators, teachers, and staff will spend the next five days finalizing a plan for extended, outreach learning opportunities and the district will be in communication with families and students. If you have questions, please contact the respective principal of your building.

The district is planning a free Grab & Go breakfast/lunch program for every student in the district due to schools being closed for COVID-19, beginning on Tuesday, March 25. The meal will include a lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. You will be receiving a survey this week to indicate your participation and the details of the meal pick-up locations and delivery options.

Effective Monday, March 16 all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2.  These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant.

The Falls City Library also announced they will be closed until further notice.

The Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry held at Prichard Auditorium on March 20, will be a drive-thru pick-up or delivery option only.

Mutt & Jeff Drive-In issued this statement, “Dear loyal customers, We are fully aware that the president has adviced people to avoid crowds larger than ten and avoid bars and restaurants. We are taking precautions to make sure we are keeping our employees and customers as safe as possible during this crisis. We will be taking extra measures inside our kitchen with gloves and frequent hand washing as usual. We have disinfected and sanitized our kitchen to the best of our abilities. Our carhops will be handling drinks and bags of food from the bottom of theban to help with not spreading germs. Please grab your food and drinks from the top so we can avoid contact as much as possible.”

The offices of Dr. Terry Malcolm, will remain open and operate according to the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC and the American and Nebraska Dental Association. The lobby will be closed, please call ahead. The office will be open Monday through Friday, 9-noon for emergency patients only. 

Falls City Auto Supply, 1820 Stone Street is still open.

Furever Friends at, 2810 Barada Street is open for business by appointment only. Call or Text 402-801-0542.

Kex-RX is operating normally at this time.

Soft Touch Pet Grooming, 810 Pacific Street,  is running business as usual.

Falls City Realty, PC is operating normally.

Dollar General Store will close one our early starting March 17, 2020. Senior Citizens and those at-risk will have priority shopping the first open hour.

Falls City Nursing and Rehab, 1720 Burton Drive is taking the proper precautions by not accepting visitors at this time. The residents are doing very well and finding ways to have fun and communicate with their family via Skype. If you have any questions you can contact Lesa Duryea at lduryea(at)ensign services(dot)net. or call her at 245-4466.

Chaney Furniture Company, 1523 Stone Street is open for business and operating regular hours.

Runza, 1324 Harlan St., Falls City. Lobby is closed. Hours are 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM, DRIVE THRU ONLY

Charles R. James, Jr. D.D.S., 2107 Stone St., Falls City.  Although there are few confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nebraska at this time, the Nebraska Dental Association has recommended that its dentists and dental practices postpone dental care except for emergency services until 6 April  due to everchanging guidelines in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.   We will have restricted hours of operation through the end of March with our office open from 0800-1200 Monday through Friday until 6 April. We will continue to care for patients with dental emergencies.  During this time and in the foreseeable future, we will also use the additional enhanced screening protocols for the virus that we have instituted to insure the maintenance of good health of our patients and dental staff. Please call our office if you have any questions about your treatment.  Ofc   402-245-4122 • Home   402-245-3098

The Falter Museum will be open by appointment only.

At American Family Insurance, Falls City, the health, safety, and well-being of our clients, families, and team is our top priority. We are not closed but we may be working remotely at times.  Please call us at 402-245-2605. We are still capable of handling all your insurance needs. 

Armbruster Motor Company is still open. We will be happy to  pick up and deliver you vehicles back to you, disinfected if you don’t want to leave your home.

Midtown Service Center Currently we are taking appointments. Please call 402-245-2828 . Currently we are open 9-3, but that could change daily. We would be happy to pick up and deliver your vehicle back to you if necessary. 

Dr. McPeak  For the time being, Dr. McPeak will not see patients for routine eye exams and we will not be open at either office for walk-in issues. If you have a concern about your vision or eye health, Dr. McPeak asks you to call him at home 785-742-2969 or call either office. He can then ask you questions and/or do FaceTime. If needed, he will see patients face-to-face. Please call either office if you have a glasses emergency or contact lens emergency, 402-245-2017.

The Falls City Journal 1719 Stone Street, 402-245-2431, made the decision to lock the front lobby door for the foreseeable future. We continue to work in the office to get the paper out. If you need to place information in the Journal or renew a subscription, please email us at nikkifcj(at)sentco.net or chelsiefcj(at)sentco.net, or call us at 245-2431. As always we have our drop box in our vestibule out front where you can leave your information or subscriptions renewals. If you need to come into the office, please knock on the door. We will communicate with you through the door or allow you in after we both clean our hands with antibacterial wipes and stay a respectable distance away from each other. 

Sonic Drive-In is open. Enjoy sonic delivered to your car or use the Sonic app for contactless ordering and payment!

Farm Table Cafe 1022 Harlan St., Falls City, 402-245-3377,  is open from 11-7:30 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Carry out and Delivery only. Dining room is presently closed. Daily specials, fresh pies and cakes.

Farm and City Supply, Ace Hardware at 2618 Harlan Street, has curbside pickup for customers! We’re here for our customers through these times. Call 402-245-3400 for curbside pickup.

Community Medical Center has current proactive measure to help stop the spread of COBID-19. Current hospital visitations are limited to one healthy immediate family member or caregiver per day. No one under the age of 18 or anyone ill or with respiratory symptoms will be permitted unless receiving medical care. Visiting hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CMC is screening patients prior to hospital or clinic services. CMC is postponing carious non-urgent services to preserve capacity. CMC is n longer able to serve visitor meals, except those with inpatients. CMC is working closely with local, state and federal officials and agencies. If you have questions call CMC at 245-2428, visit the CDC website, or call Family Medicine Clinic at 245-4475.

SNC, for the health and safety of our Customers, Employees and Community, our lobby will be temporarily closed. Please use the drop box or contact us to make payments. If you have any questions or concerns please call 245-4451, or our after hours repair line, 402-245-5999.

Falls City Care Center: It is critical we take every precaution possible during the COVID-19 outbreak to prevent the virus from entering our center. Protecting our residents’ health and safety is our top priority! We have no confirmed or suspected cases of the COVID-19 at this time. We are currently:Restricting ALL visitation to emergency only situations. All vendors restricted from entering our facility – all deliveries are made at the back door. Limited to essential staff – all screened for temps & symptoms prior to reporting to work area. All residents monitored for temps & symptoms routinely. All resident non-emergent appointments & resident outings on hold. All communal dining have been discontinued. All group activities have been discontinued. All out of room activity requires social distancing. We are offering virtual communication for our residents with their loved ones through FaceTime, Skype, Google Duo & Messenger – please give us a call to set up a visit 402.245.5252.

W&D’S Auto Care, 1724 Harlan St. Falls City. We are open!

A&G Restaurant and Pizza: Open for Carry out or curbside, Tues-Thurs11-2  &  4-8PM; Fri-Sat, 11-2 & 4-8:30PM; Sun, 11-1:30PM. 402-245-4292 – 402-245-3600

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will update you with information as time goes on.