NE Strong UPDATE

NE Strong UPDATE

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren broke his silence with an open letter talking a little more about the conference’s decision to postpone fall sports last week. Warren called the vote by Big Ten presidents as overwhelmingly in support of postponing the season. Warren says the decision will not be revisited.

Grand Island Senior High has made a plan for watching sports this fall.  Restrictions vary by sport, but  all athletes will be required to wear masks at any time they are not in action. All coaches will be required to wear masks at all times. Fans will be restricted to four tickets per athlete and will be required to wear masks at all times. Unlike the rest of the HAC, GISH will not allow fans from visiting teams. GISH will work to provide live streaming of home varsity football and volleyball games as much as possible and will inform visiting schools of how to watch these events.  Cross country is the only fall sport that will not be able to have fans at the home event.

 Due to an increased number of football players currently withheld from participation due to COVID-19 precautions, football practice and games have been suspended until Aug. 29th for Minden High School.

TestNebraska has released the locations, dates and times for the month of August, as well as a partial list of September and October dates. The department want to remind residents to get tested if they feel symptoms of COVID-19 or feel that they have been exposed. Also a remind for students to stay at home if they have fever or any of the coronavirus symptoms. Nebraskans will need to complete an assessment at TestNebraska.com 

 American Legion Riders Chapter 53 of Grand Island, Nebraska are hosting their 1st Annual Freedom and Independence ride this Saturday August 22nd. Registration starts at 8:15am and ride departs at 10:00am. It is about a 3 hour ride with a couple of stops, a meal, and more. All are welcome to participate. Proceeds will benefit the veteran’s hospital in Grand island, the veteran’s home in Kearney, the Legacy Scholarship fund for gold star families, and the Legion Riders Chapter in Grand Island, Nebraska. Contact the Legion for more information.

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is helping to support local businesses with their new Grand Island Passport Program.  It is similar to the Nebraska Tourism program and features 10 businesses. People who get a stamp from all the businesses can turn in the booklet for a special prize.  The program runs from Aug. 17 to Oct. 30.You can return your passports to the chamber office to get your prize and to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.