Beatrice Area Groups Issue Join Media Release Concerning COVID-19

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Beatrice and surrounding communities,

We recognize that this is a challenging time for you, our residents and businesses. Many of you have made the difficult decision to lay off employees and cut store hours while bills continue to pile up. Some could face these challenges soon.

Because of this public health emergency, we are calling you to action so that together we can ease the negative impacts of this situation to our community.

Property owners / renters: If you are a renter who is facing hardship, we urge you to keep lines of communication open with your landlord during this time. Landlords, we recommend thinking of creative ways to assist your residential and
commercial tenants. One example is Governor Ricketts’ suggestion for an eviction moratorium for the duration of this
state of emergency.

Short-time employment / unemployment: There are resources available for employers who are facing the difficult decision to reduce or eliminate staff and for employees that have experienced reduced hours or layoffs. The Nebraska Department of Labor has expedited and increased efficiencies for unemployment insurance and has expanded the short- time compensation program. Visit for information.

Business owners: To improve recovery efforts locally, business owners, managers, HR staff, and similar are encouraged to take a short, confidential survey. The results of the survey will allow us to gain insight about our businesses and identify the most impactful ways we can assist. Visit to take the survey. In addition, the SBA has made disaster relief available to all counties in Nebraska. Visit or contact your local bank for more information. Honest communication is key – maintain contact with your vendors, suppliers, creditors, and customers in the coming weeks.

Stay safe: As you’ve heard, “flattening the curve” and “social distancing” are highly recommended during this time. Visit for more information. If you feel you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please call the Beatrice Community Hospital Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-859-0240.

Take action: There are several things we can do to make the best of an unprecedented situation. Your actions speak volumes in keeping our residents and employees healthy, saving jobs and businesses, and improving the lives of families throughout the community. Here are a few ideas that can make a difference:

  • Buy gift cards for later use
  • Make a phone or online purchase with a local business
  • Take a break from cooking – order takeout!
  • Promote local business with reviews and social media posts
  • Tip generously as you’re able

Additional resources: The Beatrice Area Chamber has a dedicated page of information at Main Street Beatrice also has information available on their site at

We’re all in this together: If you need assistance in accessing resources or have questions about the above information, please reach out to any one of the organizations listed below. We’re here to support you as we navigate this – together.

City of Beatrice | 400 Ella St, Beatrice, NE 68310 | 402.228.5200
Beatrice Area Chamber 402.223.2338 | Gage Area Growth Enterprise 402.228.5869 | Main Street Beatrice 402.223.3244

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.