Commissioners to hear from emergency staff

Nacogdoches County Commissioners will hear an update from County Emergency Management staff and consider extending the disaster declaration for Nacogdoches County at their regular meeting this Tuesday at the County Courthouse.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom and public comment periods are provided. Video recordings of regular meetings are also posted on the county’s website at www.co.nacogdoches.tx.us.

Also on the agenda is approval of a pharmacy agreement for the county jail, approval of financial statements and a consent agenda that includes payment of invoices, approval of an auditor report for the probation department and other timely matters.

Chamber lists canceled events

The Nacogdoches County Chamber has canceled any onsite meetings of 10 or more people and also announced postponements of planned events for March and into April.

Those events include ribbon cuttings for Lucky 7 Blasting and McWilliams and Sons, the March 27 Eggs and Issues breakfast, the March 30 Noble Scholars Banquet, the April 2 Alive After Five at Parkway Health Management, the April 3 Blueberry Golf Bash, a April 14 member mixer, the April 16-17 Lone Star Legislative Summit and the April 28 LOT Convocation.

More details as well as a business survival guide are available on the Chamber’s website at www.nacogdoches.org.

NISD begins meal deliveries

NISD meal deliveries will begin Tuesday via 10 buses and SUVs that will leave from Mike Moses and McMichael middle schools.

Meals for students ages 18 and under are also available for pickup at Carpenter Elementary, Fredonia Elementary, Brooks-Quinn-Jones the NISD Central Kitchen on Hughes Street and Mike Moses Middle school beginning Tuesday.

Beginning Tuesday and continuing weekdays, meals will arrive by Bus No. 1 to 711 E. Lane Drive at 10:30 a.m., Brookhollow and Ridgewood drives at 11:05, CR 521 and Press Road at 11:40 and Ponderosa Drive and E. Spradley at 12:25. Meals will be handed out through the back bus door, and students receiving meals should stand at least six feet apart for pickup. Breakfast and lunch will be distributed.

Bus No. 2 will deliver meals to Pine Forest Mobile Home at 10:30 a.m. Millpond Park at 11:05, Pearl Street Dog Park at 11:40 and Riverside Park Apartments at 12:05 p.m.

Bus No. 3 will deliver to University Club Apartments at 10:30 a.m., Duck Pond on Pearl Street at 11:05 a.m., Commonwealth Apartments at 11:40 a.m. and the CR 205 Trailer Park at 12:15 p.m.

Bus No. 4 delivers to Old Lufkin Road and Spradley at 10:30 a.m., CR 6103 and CR 6105 at 11:05 a.m. and the Old Runway, 2782 U.S. 59 at 11:50 a.m.

Bus No. 5 arrives at CR 823 and Sandyland Circle at 10:30 a.m. and Old Tyler Road and CR 806 at 11:15 a.m. Bus No. 6 delivers to CR 503 grocery store at 10:30 a.m., Thrall’s at 11:05 a.m. and Town Parc Apartments at 11:40 a.m.

SUV No. 1 delivers to Cypress Ridge Apartments at 10:30 a.m., Woden Road Trailer Park at 11:05 p.m. and Eastwood Terrace Apartments at 11:30 a.m. SUV No. 2 delivery to Highway 21 and Meazell Road at 10:30 a.m., 1829 Westview Road at 10:50 pm., Sand Ridge Trailer Park at 11:10 a.m., CR 723 and Valley View Road at 11:35 a.m. and Westwood Trailer Park at 12:10 p.m.

SUV No. 3 delivers to 13197 U.S. 259 at 10:30 a.m., U.S. 259 and CR 808 at 10:45 a.m., Pruitt Hill Housing mail boxes at 11:10 a.m., CR 522 bus stop at 11:45 a.m. and Sunridge Apartments at 12:20 p.m.

SUV No. 4 arrives to Arbor Pines Apartments at 10:30 a.m., W. Seale Street Trailer Park at 11:05 a.m., CR 213 trailer park mailboxes at 11:40 a.m., the blue house on CR 250/Burt Drive at 12:05 p.m. and at Pine Shadows Drive and Twin Oaks Drive at 12:35 p.m.

Goodwill closes store locations

Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas has closed its retail stores through April 3, at which time the company will reevaluate the situation regarding coronavirus.

Eligible employees will be provided one week of paid leave and insurance coverage over the next month, the company announced, and all affected employees have been encouraged to apply for unemployment.

“This is a heartbreaking decision that we are making that will affect the lives of more than 50 Goodwill employees and their families,” President and CEO Kevin Bradford said in a statement issued Friday. “It is a difficult decision, but it is the right decision. Businesses and agencies like ours are not closing because we have lost, we are closing so we can win the fight against the virus.”

Goodwill will keep some donation doors or attended donation centers open at this time. Also, select mission programming will continue, including the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance, which will operate as a drop off only in Lufkin, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services on a virtual basis.

Material donations will continue to be accepted at select locations and financial donations can be made at www.lufkingoodwill.org.

State parks open, buildings closed

Texas Parks and Wildlife has closed all park headquarters, stores and visitor centers and canceled events, but most parks continue to be open.

Huntsville State Park is closed to day use visitors, but open to campers when sites are available, according to TPWD. Also open are Tyler State Park and Mission Tejas State Park in Grapeland. All park activities, including Mission Tejas’ annual Folk Festival scheduled on April 25, have been canceled.

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