Closings and Delays:

Submissions of announcements can be sent via email to:


Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce– Chamber lobby will be closed to the public starting Friday March 20.

In-person classes at all K-12 schools in Kansas canceled for remainder of 2019-2020 school year.

Manhattan Public Library – closed until further notice. Items currently checked out won’t be due until the library reopens.

Riley County Seniors’ Service Center – Closed through March 30. Home-delivered meals will continue but no on-site lunches will take place.

Meadowlark Hills – closed indefinitely, visitation is strictly limited.

Kansas State University – Limited operations. No in-person classes March 16-20. Online classes will resume as normal. All in-person meetings events and meetings are canceled until further notice. Virtual meetings and events are encouraged. In-person classes will resume remotely March 23 until the end of the semester. This impacts all K-State campuses. Athletics and activities suspended. All in-person commencements at the Manhattan and Salina campuses are canceled. Residence halls and dining centers will close March 20 and there will be a 10 day moving period for students.

Manhattan Area Technical College – extending spring break for all students and employees for one more week. The campus will be closed March 16-20.

Manhattan Christian College – extending spring break for all students for one week March 16-20. Residence halls will be open but only for those students who must be back for work or for another local commitment. If not,, students are encouraged to stay home. Offices will remain open.

Cloud County Community College – Junction City and Concordia campuses extending spring break through March 22. Face-to-face classes will move to Canvas March 23 and will resume for the remainder of the semester.

Highland Community College – Wamego campus will have no in-person classes March 16-20. Offices will be open to all faculty and staff and online courses will continue to be in session.

Manhattan Parks & Recreation – all Parks & Recreation programs, activities and facility rentals will be closed or canceled until March 30.

Douglass Center – closed until March 30.

Flint Hills Discovery Center – closed until March 30.

Sunset Zoo – indoor activities canceled including Zoo Sprouts Day Care until March 30. Gift shop and Nature Exploration Center are closed until March 30. Outdoor areas remain open.

AARP Tax Prep – All services suspended.

ServSafe – Class from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM is cancelled for Monday 3/16.

Columbian Theatre – Closed through April. Elton John Tribute concert postponed until June 13th.

12th Street Community Center – Closed through April. All activities, reservations and programs have been cancelled.

Spin City Roller Rink– Closed through April. All activities, reservations and programs have been cancelled.

Manhattan City Hall – Closed to the public until April 6. Essential emergency and operational services will continue to be provided.

Riley County offices – Closed through April 2nd (does not include transfer station).


First United Methodist Church, Manhattan – closed through at least Sunday, March 22. The office and building will be closed with meetings and activities canceled.

Faith Manhattan – All onsite gatherings are canceled through March 28. Live stream of services will be held on church web page, NextGen at 9:15 a.m. and Worship to follow at 9:30 a.m.

Manhattan First Assembly – All church canceled from March 15 through March 28. Services can be viewed online on the Manhattan First Facebook page at 10:15 am on Sunday mornings.

First Congregational United Church of Christ Manhattan – Worship ONLY for at least the next two weeks (Mar. 15 and 22). Worship service at 10:45am will be streamed on our Facebook Page (“First Congregational UCC Manhattan KS”). Second Helping community meal will still be at 6:00pm but will be carry-out meals only.

First Presbyterian Church – All activities and in-person worship services are cancelled until further notice. You may view a live stream of Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. on their Facebook page or YouTube.

First Lutheran Church of Manhattan – All scheduled activities, including in-person restaurants, are either cancelled or postponed until March 31.

Westview Community Church in Manhattan: All activities and in-person worship services are cancelled until further notice. You may view a live stream of Sunday worship at 11:00 a.m. on their website or Facebook page.

Walsburg Lutheran Church near Leonardville has canceled all church
services and activities through the end of March.

Riley Presbyterian Church canceled services for 3.22.20 and 3.29.20.

Fairview Presbyterian Church canceled services for 3.22.20 and 3.29.20.

Cancellations and Delays

Flint Hills Job Corps– Spring break has been extended till April 14.  Effective immediately student arrivals at Job Corps centers will cease, and all off campus student activity is suspended.

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation – Community Foundation Awards (CFA’s) scheduled for March 23 are postponed until May 22.

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce – all activities canceled March 15-21, including the March 23 Legislative Coffee at Sunset Zoo.

Bluestem Electric Cooperative – annual meeting scheduled for March 23 is canceled.

Beach Museum – All activities canceled through March 31.

McCain Auditorium – All March shows canceled

Clay County Medical Center – Riley Family Physicians groundbreaking and open house March 19 is canceled.

St. Patrick’s Day – Parade/Race canceled

Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club – Annual spaghetti dinner originally scheduled for March 28 has been postponed. Information regarding rescheduling and tickets already purchased to follow next week.

Boy Scout Troop 74 Pancake Feed for March 28 is cancelled. Tickets already purchased will be good for their fall pancake feed.

National Weather Service – All storm spotter classes, including March 31 event in Riley County are canceled.

Thrive of the Flint Hills – Poverty simulation for March 21 is canceled

Junction City Police Department – The retirement ceremony for Marsha Rich has been postponed.

2020 K-State Open House – Events on all campuses canceled.


Ascension Via Christi and the Wamego Health Center

-No visitors who have flu-like symptoms and/or cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, runny nose/nasal congestion or sore throat.
-Visits by children under age 14 will be at the discretion of patients and clinicians involved in their care.
-Visitors should not visit if they have returned from a country within the last 14 days that the CDC has designated as Level 3 Warning or Level 2 for Novel Coronavirus.
-Visitors should be limited to two at any given time.

The guidelines are in place until further notice.

Junction City

Effective immediately, the City will absorb the transaction fee for both online/website and Pay by Phone payments for utilities. This fee will be temporarily absorbed until March 31, 2020, and a credit will be placed on the customer’s bill for the amount of the transaction fee.  Utility billing due dates will not change, and past due accounts will be shutoff.  To make a payment by phone, please call 1-888-730-7263, and this service is available 24 hours a day.  You can also make payments online, via the drop box outside City Hall, in person at City Hall, or by calling us at 785-238-3103.


Manhattan Town Center – Hours changed to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Businesses in the Manhattan Town Center may have different hours.