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Schedule and Operations Adjustments


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Government and Public Facilities: Emporia

*City of Emporia city offices, Municipal Court and White Auditorium closed effective Monday until further notice. All offices will be open for assistance by phone or email

Government and Public Facilities: Lyon County

*Lyon County Courthouse closed until further notice. Essential personnel only to report. Residents needing to pay bills need to contact respective offices.
*Fifth District Court Trustee dockets for April 27 and May 18 continued
*Lyon County and Chase County District Court continuing all jury trials scheduled through June 1. Numerous dockets suspended. Offices in Emporia and Cottonwood Falls closed to the public. Essential staff only to report. No marriage ceremonies until further notice. No tours, meetings or events allowed or scheduled until further notice
*Lyon County Attorney's Office available by phone or by appointment if issues cannot be resolved over the phone
*Lyon County Clerk's Office services provided by email, mail or phone only
*Lyon County Community Corrections questions will be answered by phone or email. Probationers are told to contact their officers with questions
*Lyon County Extension Office closed to the public until further notice.
*Lyon County Annex, Fairgrounds, Anderson Building and Bowyer Community Building closed until further notice
*Lyon County Highway Department office closed to the public until further notice. Residents can call 340-8220 to relay road concerns or ask questions
*LCAT suspending regional service for all trips outside Lyon County. Hours now 6 am to 4 pm weekdays and 7:30 am to 3 pm Saturdays. Office closed
*Lyon County Hazardous Waste and Noxious Weed Office closed except for appointments. Only drop-off allowed at Hazardous Waste.
*Lyon County Human Resources questions will be answered by email or phone
*Lyon County Register of Deeds business conducted by phone, mail or email
*Lyon County Treasurer's Office past due amounts must be done by calling office. Motor Vehicle Office walk-in transactions suspended. Renewals will be done online at, by mail or at the courthouse dropbox. Title work must be done by calling the office to set appointment times. Second-half payments can be handled online at
*Lyon County Zoning and Floodplain Management questions will be handled by phone, mail, email or social media

Government or Public Facilities: Area

*City of Americus City Hall closed to the public. Residents are told to call, email or fax correspondence with the city and to leave payments in the city dropbox or KansasLand Bank
*City of Burlington asking residents to pay utilities and other bills at the City Hall dropbox or online
*City of Cottonwood Falls asking residents to pay utility bills by using city dropbox or by mail
*City of Hartford asking residents to pay utility bills by using city dropbox, mail, online or phone
*City of Lyndon City Hall closed until further notice; city is asking residents to pay utility bills by using dropbox or going online. All city business will be handled at city drive-thru window or by phone. Events at Lyndon Community Center canceled until further notice
*City of Madison recommending residents pay utility bills or mention concerns by using the city dropbox, go online or mail
*City of Reading City Hall closed to the public. All community-building rentals have been canceled. Residents are encouraged to utilize dropbox, phone and or email for city contact. City council meeting for March 18 on as scheduled, future meetings to be determined.
*City of Strong City City Hall closed to the public. City asking residents to pay utility bills by using the city dropbox or by mail
*Chase County State Lake closed until further notice
*Chase County Courthouse closed to the public with essential personnel only to report and residents directed to call respective offices if payment is needed. Chase County Treasurer's Office encourages residents to renew vehicle tags online or by mail unless absolutely necessary
*Coffey County Courthouse with limited public access. Residents must call ahead and go through a health screen. Payments need to be put in dropboxes or mailed. Commission meetings to be held in basement conference rooms until further notice. Coffey County Lake closed until further notice
*Greenwood County Courthouse closed to the public with essential personnel only to report and residents directed to mail payments to the respective office. Courthouse public and employee entrance restricted to northeast handicapped-accessible automatic door until further notice
*Morris County Courthouse closed to the public with essential personnel only to report and residents directed to call respective offices if payment is needed. Sheriff's Office fingerprinting for the public suspended until further notice
*Osage County Courthouse open 8 am to 1 pm weekdays for phone calls and by appointment only. Noxious Weed open for chemical sales by appointment only from 8 am to 1 pm weekdays. Recycling Center closed. Transfer Station open normal hours
*Wabaunsee County Courthouse closed to the public. Residents can call or email all departments. Health Department offering services by appointment

Mental Health

*Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness offices open with essential personnel reporting and emergency services continuing on a 24-7 basis. Residential Home will continue to be staffed as needed. Therapeutic Preschool, Gateway/Children’s Psychosocial or Adult Psychosocial Groups suspended until further notice. Therapists, medication providers, case managers and peer support services will continue


*Flint Hills Community Health Center billing office closed to the public; residents are told to pay online, mail payments or call the office at 342-4864 ext. 5720. Dental care restricted to emergencies. March Board of Directors meeting canceled
*Haag Pharmacy lobby closed. Delivery, carryout and drive-thru service available
*Newman Regional Health visitation hours now 10 am to 6 pm with visits limited to one person at a time for a maximum of 30 minutes; no visits allowed in same-day surgery pre-operating area, operating room recovery area or Cath Lab recovery areas; one visitor may remain in same-day surgery or Cath Lab waiting areas after successful verbal screens. Visitors in the emergency room, ExpressCare and Clinical Decision Unit will be allowed under special circumstances and are limited to immediate family only. Visitors are now required to use Entrance F and pass a verbal health screen before proceeding. One visitor allowed to accompany patient for outpatient clinic or hospital appointments after completing a successful verbal screen. Fiscal Affairs and Billing office closed to the public until further notice; residents told to pay bills online, mail payments or call 343-6800. Snack bar, Gift Shoppe and all volunteer information desks closed until further notice. Auxiliary closed until further notice.

Nonprofit Agencies and Service Clubs: Emporia

*Abundant Harvest building closed until further notice. Agency will offer free drive-through cooked, packaged, and bagged meals from 5:00-5:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Food will be packaged and bagged. Drive-through only, while supplies last. One bag per person. Must be present to get food.
*Cradle to Career Literacy Center closed because Kansas schools are closed. Staff is working from home teaching current students. Residents with questions can call 342-6954.
*Emporia Community Foundation office closed until further notice. Staff working remotely during the office closure and are available through cell phone, email, text message and Facebook
*Hetlinger Day Services postponed
*Humane Society of the Flint Hills office closed. Staff available via email and Facebook
*Emporia Kiwanis Club meetings, fundraisers and volunteers canceled through April. Includes Emporia State Circle K Club, Sacred Heart Catholic School Builders Club and Olpe High School Key Club
*Emporia Rotary Club remaining April meetings canceled
*Emporia Sertoma Club meetings and activities canceled through April, including private parties at the Soden's Grove miniature train
*Kansas Children's Service League offices closed to the public except for Juvenile Intake and Assessment services in Topeka and ongoing construction in Wichita. Essential staff reporting to offices. Home visitors and case managers performing virtual home visits
*Patriot Guard Riders in "stand-down" mode until further notice
*Salvation Army of Emporia office and thrift store closed to the public until further notice
*SOS Child Visitation and Exchange Center suspending all visitation/exchange services through April 23
*United Way of the Flint Hills office closed. Staff available by phone, email or social media

Nonprofit Agencies and Service Clubs: Area

*North Lyon County Child Development Center closed. Child care and preschool programs suspended indefinitely.
*North Lyon County Youth Association fish fry and auction April 4 postponed

Law Enforcement

*Emporia Police enacting temporary reporting procedures effective Tuesday until further notice. Officers will respond to basic non-life-threatening calls, including theft, criminal damage, burglary to vehicle or dwelling, lost or found property and non-injury crashes by phone. Officers will respond as necessary to life-threatening situations and crimes in progress.
*Lyon County Sheriff's Office lobby and detention center closed until further notice. Work release suspended until further notice. Ride-alongs suspended until further notice. Residents are asked to call 620-341-3205 to report a crime and, If possible, meet the deputy outside of your residence. All exterior providers to the Lyon County Detention Center, including clergy, mental health providers, etc will not be allowed inside the detention center until further notice. Offender registrations will be conducted over the phone at 341-3206 through the end of March.
*Chase County Sheriff's Office having offenders register by phone. Vehicle inspections suspended until further notice

Churches and Religious

*Admire United Methodist Church, Allen United Methodist Church and Miller United Methodist Church combined Easter service will be at 6:45 am April 12 at Admire Cemetery. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services and Bible studies canceled
*Catholic Masses in Lyon, Coffey, Osage and Wabaunsee counties canceled unless in cases of funerals. Funeral Mass attendance limited to 50 people. Temporary dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation remains in place for Catholics in Chase, Greenwood and Morris counties
*Emporia Christian Church not holding live services until further notice. Church will record sermons, articles and other worship materials to be posted on church website and Facebook pages
*Emporia Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Holy Thursday Mass at 7 pm April 9, Good Friday service at 7 pm April 10 and Easter Vigil Mass at 8 pm April 10 will all be live-streamed. Sunday Mass at 10 am will be live-streamed until further notice, including Easter Sunday Mass. All adoration hours are also canceled until further notice
*First Christian Church Sunday worship services canceled until further notice
*First United Methodist Church ceasing all meetings in the church until further notice. Sunday worship service to air on KVOE and
*Flint Hills Baptist Church is live-streaming its main Sunday service and encouraging congregation members to mail offerings or drop them at office
*Grace United Methodist Church activities and meetings canceled until further notice
*Messiah Lutheran Church Sunday services will be held at the Lyon County Fairgrounds at 9 am and will be broadcast on 14 KVOE, 96.9 FM and
*Olpe Knights of Columbus activities canceled through May 1. March meeting canceled. Club's biscuits and gravy breakfasts canceled until further notice
*New Life Christian Church will no longer hold services at the church or have traditional meetings until further notice. Services and Bible studies will be held online. Music and Ministry NIght and Worship Training Seminar postponed to June 19-20. Praisefest in the Lot and Seder Service postponed until further notice
*St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Emporia has suspended all public worship services until May 17th. Morning prayer now online each Tuesday and Thursday at 9 am, as well as Sunday worship service at 10 am at:
*Sunrise Free Will Baptist Church will be open for prayer services Tuesday at 5:30 pm and utilize live-streaming over Facebook for Sunday morning worship at 11:30 am. Sunday School, Sunday evening Bible study and Wednesday evening Bible study are suspended until further notice.
*St. Mark's Lutheran Church is suspending all events, including worship service, until further notice
*Sunrise Free Will Baptist Church is utilizing live streaming over Facebook and Audio Streaming for Sunday Morning Worship at 11:30am. Tuesday Evening Prayer Service will be audio streamed.
*Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church 10 am worship service moving online to
*West Side Baptist Church will use a virtual online service at regular Sunday morning and evening times. Both will be available at church website and Facebook Live. Wednesday night West Side Kids programs suspended until further notice

Community Facilities: Emporia

*David Traylor Zoo closed to the public. Zoo Education Center closed. All scheduled events and programs canceled
*Emporia Animal Shelter adoption appointments canceled until further notice
*Emporia Arts Center spring classes, Blowout 2020 artist reception for April 11, Sybarite5 performance April 23 canceled
*Emporia Farmers Market Winter Market on April 18 canceled.
*Emporia Granada Theatre closed through May 16. Eli Young Band concert postponed to Aug. 7. Ashley Barron concert postponed until further notice
*Emporia Public Library closed until further notice
*Emporia Senior Center closed until May 4. Monthly board meeting for April 13 canceled
*Lee Beran Recreation Center spring soccer canceled
*Lyon County History Center closed and events or rentals canceled until further notice. Donation of artifacts and archival materials suspended

Community Facilities: Area

*Americus Township Library closed until further notice
*Council Grove Public Library closed. Residents are encouraged to go online to view catalog holdings and then call in requests for curbside delivery
*Elmendaro Township Library closed until further notice
*Pioneer Bluffs events canceled or postponed through May 9. All properties and grounds are closed until further notice

Community Events and Activities

*ABATE of Kansas District 12 Spring Fling Bike Show has been postponed to July 11
*AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services at the Emporia Senior Center and Emporia State Federal Credit Union's Industrial Road branch suspended until further notice
*Art With a Promise and Sip and Support fundraiser for Family Promise of the Flint Hills on April 16 postponed until further notice
*Becoming a Mom (BAM) Prenatal Class will be offered through a virtual, online class.
*Breastfeeding Support Group has been canceled until further notice
*Corner House group activities canceled until further notice. Agency will continue individual appointments and assessments
*Diabetes Community Health Fair has been canceled.
*Dirty Kanza postponed to Sept. 10-13
*Emporia bike share program deactivated until further notice
*Emporia Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale postponed to April 25-30
*Emporia Main Street The Taste on April 4 postponed to Sept. 26
*Flint Hills Technical College Night of Inspiration Gala benefit auction postponed to July 31
*Friends of the Plains Dinner on April 24 canceled
*Glass Blown Open canceled
*Hunters Education class at Flint Hills Refuge on April 18 canceled
*Keep It a Safe Summer canceled
*KVOE Working Women After Hours on April 2 postponed until further notice
*Lyon County 4H Shooting Sports activities canceled through April, including air pistol practices Tuesday and upcoming shotgun safety meetings. Ribbon shooting events will be rescheduled
*Lyon County Community Baby Shower has been canceled with plans to reschedule at a later date.
*Newman Regional Health Medical Partners Orthopedics & Sports Medicine / OrthoKansas Ribbon Cutting has been canceled.
*Senior Prom at Emporia State University on April 16 canceled
*Southeast KansasWorks Self-Employment Seminar on April 17 postponed until further notice
*Tallgrass Writing Workshop on April 17-18 canceled
*Teddy Bear Clinic canceled

Higher Education

*Emporia State University offering all classes through remote access through end of spring semester. Commencement activities canceled. Residence halls to be closed for the rest of the semester
*Flint Hills Technical College offering all classes through remote access through end of spring semester. Face-to-face classes, internships and clinicals suspended. Campuses closed to the public. All on-campus activities canceled

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