Updated, March 23 – The following is a list of area closures, cancellations, changes and announcements:
Monticello District Court
The Monticello District Court building will be closed to the public until further notice. During the closure, court staff will be in the court office to assist the public by telephone. The court office number is (870) 367-4420. Those who owe fines may pay their fine online at MyFinePayment.Com or by phone at 877-591-8768. There is a nominal service charge for using the service. Those who have questions about fines may call the court office at (870) 367-4420. Questions may also be submitted by email to [email protected] Judge Anderson asks for continued understanding and patience as the court seeks to protect the health and safety of the public by taking these steps to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Lakeport Plantation, near Lake Village, is closed until the end of April.
Drew County Historical Museum
The Drew County Historical Museum and Archives will be closed until further notice.
Chicot County Courthouse
The Chicot County Courthouse and Annex is on restricted access to protect the employees and citizens of Chicot County. You can call any office to get information, assess your property by phone, pay taxes by mail, pay solid waste bills by mail and pay taxes by mail, debit card or credit card. “This is an unprecedented action. We do not want to have to do this but it is recommended and we are taking all precautions to abide by the policies of the United States and the state of Arkansas. Chicot County is asking for your patience during this difficult time. I will send out future messages as needed and will be glad to answer questions by phone only. My office number is 870-265-8015. – Chicot County Judge Mack Ball
Ashley County Courthouse
The Ashley County Courthouse is closed to the public to try to limit exposure to COVID-19 for our employees. Please attempt to handle all matters via phone, fax or mail. Call us at (870) 853-2000 or visit our website at ashleycountyar.com We plan to reopen on March 30, 2020 but will reevaluate at that time. We are currently installing a dropbox under the breezeway, between the courthouse and the annex building, to allow paperwork and payments to be dropped off for all offices. – Ashley County Judge Jim Hudson
Lincoln County Courthouse
Due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), access to the Lincoln County Courthouse will be limited. All the offices in the courthouse will be manned. If you have business with an office in the courthouse, call that office to determine if the business can be handled by telephone. If you do need face to face contact, please call the office to set up an appointment with that office. We are doing everything we can to minimize the spread of the corona virus and still conduct necessary business. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has suspended visitation with all prisoners in the jail until further notice. The Sheriff’s Department will continue to respond to all calls for assistance as needed. Routine matters will be handled by telephone, when possible. The Sheriff’s office can be reached by calling 870-628-4271 or in an emergency by calling 911 on your cell phone. We apologize for any inconvenience but are following steps recommended by State Health officials, who are working diligently to prevent the spread of the virus. – Lincoln County Judge Buddy Lynn Earnest
Bradley County Courthouse
The Bradley County Courthouse will be closed to the public effective beginning March 17. All offices will be staffed and will be available to answer calls. All courts are canceled for the next two weeks, beginning March 17.
Drew County Courthouse
The Drew County Courthouse is closed to the public until further notice. For more information, you may contact the circuit clerk’s office by phone at 870-460-6250, fax 870-460-6255, or email at [email protected] Child support payments may be deposited in one of the two drop boxes in front of the courthouse. The drop box is labled for tax and solid waste payments, but child support payments made via the drop box will be provided to the circuit clerk’s office.
Cleveland County Courthouse
The Cleveland County Courthouse is temporarily closed to the public, effective March 17, until further notice to help control the spread of the COVID 19 coronavirus. Citizens will be able to visit the courthouse to conduct business, but it will be by appointment only. Though public access to the courthouse is limited, each department will still have staff on site and will be able to conduct business by telephone. Those who have an appointment, must enter through the glass doors leading to sheriff’s/tax collector’s office. Each visitor will be given a check health check (including having their temperature taken) before they are allowed into the building. Each visitor will also be registered into a visitor’s log.
AAA suspends spring interscholastic competition.
Due to growing concerns over COVID-19, and after the announcement from the governor and the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas Activities Association will implement a “dead period” for all member schools, beginning March 17. During this time, coaches (licensed teacher coaches and registered volunteers) shall be prohibited from engaging in any type of activity involving student athletes whether it be practice, training, weight lifting, tryouts, competition, or travel. Further, school athletic activities will be closed during this period. On Monday, March 30, the AAA will reassess the COVID-19 situation and announce further plans.
Chicot and Desha counties 10th Circuit, Division 4
Judge Quincey Ross, Division Four Circuit Judge for the Tenth District will cancel Chicot County Criminal Court on Monday, March 16 until April 6. Domestic Relations and Child Support Court for Desha County scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 will be cancelled and rescheduled for April 14 at 9:30 a.m.
City of Lake Village
For the safety of city employees and citizens, the office door is closed. To pay water bills, put name, address, and account number on your envelope with payment. A drop box is located to the left of our entrance. A receipt will be mailed to you. We will mail you a receipt. Water payment may also be made over the phone with a debit or credit card. For other water questions, new service, disconnects, transfers, or code enforcement questions, call the office at 870-265-2228. Water payments are still due as scheduled. For ball registrations, forms are available at the front door. Fill out the form and put in the night drop. A receipt will be mailedto the address provided on the form.
City of Monticello
Monticello City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Place water payments in the receptacle on Gaines Street in front of City Hall until further notice. You may also pay your water bill by going to our website, monticelloarkansas.us, or by calling city hall at 870-367-4400. Permitting may be done over the phone. The city will remain staffed.
Crossett City Hall
Due to concerns of the spreading of the Corona Virus and suggestions from the governor’s office and CDC over people congregating in close quarters, the council meeting for March will be canceled. Also, all activities at the Crossett Sports Complex and the Farmer’s Market Craft Fair scheduled or March 28th will be canceled. Please take all precautions necessary to prevent the spreading of this disease. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
City of Hamburg
Due to current health concerns, Hamburg City Hall is limiting the number of visitors entering the building. Do not enter city hall if you have any signs of a respiratory illness, including fever, cough, or sore throat.
The Hamburg Water Department and Hamburg Rural Water Department will remain open at this time. Visits are limited to customers paying a bill. If at all possible, customers are asked to put their payments in the drop box at the east end of the building. Payments may also be made online or by phone. City Water phone payments: 870-353-9826 Rural water phone payments: 870-724-8501
Ashley County District Court
District Judge Reid Harrod has announced that all nonessential court proceedings previously set from March 16 through March 27 will be suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations by relevant public officials. All cases set for March 17 are rescheduled to April 21 at 9 a.m. All cases set for March 18 are rescheduled for April 15 at 1:30 p.m. Court staff will be present in the District Court clerk’s office to assist the public and can be reached by telephone at 870-853-8326. Alternatively, the court may be reached by email at [email protected] The court will remain available for processing criminal warrants and for video conferencing with inmates for first appearances. The court will continue to review petitions for ex parte orders of protection and other emergency matters. If you are on supervised probation please continue to call on your scheduled review date. Those who owe fines are reminded that payment of fines can be made online at myfinepayment.com or by calling 877-591-8768. There is a nominal service charge for using this service. Persons with questions about fines may call the court office at the above number.
Warren District Court
The Warren District Court office will be closed to the public, effective March 17. During the closure, court staff will be present at the court office to assist the public by telephone. The court office number is 870-226-2567. Judge Bruce Anderson reminds those who owe fines that payment of fines can be made online at MyFinePayment.Com or by telephone at 877-591-8768. There is a nominal service charge for using this service. Fines may also be paid in cash or money order at the Warren Police Department. Persons with questions about fines may call the court office at the above number.
City of Warren
The City of Warren Municipal Building and the Warren Water and Sewer Department will be closed to the public effective March 17. All city departments will remain fully staffed and all city services will continue to operate as usual.
McGehee Police Department
Due to the COVID-19 virus and in an effort to limit social contact exposure the McGehee Criminal Justice Facility (police department) will be restricting access inside the facility. Inmate visitation of the jail will be suspended at this time. Each inmate will be allowed to make one free phone call on Sundays while this is in effect. Also, the entrance of the police department will be secured to control access to the facility. We are requesting that if you need to make contact with the District Court personnel please conduct as much business as you can over the phone, if you need to make a payment on your fines please utilize the online or phone payment system we will provide as much leeway as we can by providing a grace period for delinquent payments during this time. We are still providing emergency services if you need fire, police or ambulance service, call non-emergency at 870-222-3636. In the event of an emergency, call 911. If having a medical emergency please give as much detail to the operator as possible such as, if you have self-quarantined or advised by your physician to home quarantine due to having symptoms of the virus, so the medical personnel can wear the proper protective gear to protect themselves and limit exposure to staff, keeping them healthy so they can continue providing you with the care you need.
Southeast Arkansas Regional Library
All branches of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library will be closed March 23-28. Programs will be suspended until further notice.