Ark-La-Tex Coronavirus Update

    Ark-La-Tex COVID-19 Closures Postponements and Updates

    Pleasant Grove ISD, Liberty Eylau ISD, Hooks ISD, Redwater ISD, Redlick ISD, and Maud ISD will be out of school starting tomorrow March 17th until March 27th.

    Also on the list -

    Atlanta, Bloomburg, Leary, Malta, McLeod, New Boston, Queen City, and Simms ISD. TISD and DeKalb have not made plans past Spring Break this week yet.

    There may be an evaluation extending that date, depending on circumstances.


    Arkansas, Fouke, Ashdown and School sports complexes shut down starting Monday March 16th

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced that all public schools in Arkansas will be closed for on-site instruction starting Tuesday.

    Monday will be an optional day for school districts.

    All Texarkana Arkansas School District schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through March 30, 2020. Additional information regarding Alternative Method of Instruction(AMI) schoolwork will be sent soon.

    Fouke school district will be open Monday but closed Tuesday through March 30.

    Genoa will also have school as usual Monday in order for teachers and staff to get instructional materials to students.

    Ashdown schools will be closed starting Monday.
    All Texarkana, Ark. sports complexes are also closed. This includes Pondexter Sports Complex, Ed Worrell Park, Bramble Field, and the Boys and Girls Club Fields.

    Grab-and-go breakfast and lunches will be available March 16 – 20* at two of the TASD campuses:

    • College Hill Elementary – (200 Artesian) and
    • North Heights Junior High School – (2118 E. 35th Street):
    • Breakfast – 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
    • Lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Miller County officials will hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Courthouse to discuss preparations being made regarding Coronavirus concerns.

    The meeting is open to the public.

    Local Courts Postpone Hearings


    Non-essential hearings scheduled for March in Bowie, Cass and Red River counties are being postponed in consideration of COVID-19.

    Fifth District Judge Bill Miller said defendants on bond who have hearings set in March will be rescheduled and should keep in touch with their attorneys regarding future hearings. There will be no jury selections in March, Miller said.

    Non-essential hearings in civil cases will be postponed as well.

    Essential hearings, such as bond hearings, hearings for people in jail, juvenile detention hearings, some child custody and emergency removal Child Protective Services hearings will continue, Miller said.

    Contact your local probation/parole office for information concerning reporting and other activities related to probation.

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    Circuit Judge Carlton Jones said judges are receiving guidance from the Arkansas Supreme Court.

    Court hearings are currently being held as scheduled but that could change, Jones said. Defendants and parties with hearings scheduled should contact their attorneys or the court if they are not sure if they are supposed to attend court.

    Jones said all defendants scheduled for criminal court Tuesday in Division 3, Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson, should plan to attend.

    Anyone with flu-like or other symptoms or illness should contact their attorney or the court for guidance.


    Miller County officials will hold an emergency meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Courthouse to discuss preparations being made regarding Coronavirus concerns.

    The meeting is open to the public.

    Quilting club postpones today's event

    The Pleasant Hill Quilting Club has canceled today's presentation of historic quilts and stories at the Regional Arts Center. The event will be rescheduled for January 2021.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders' appearance postponed

    Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' visit to the Miller County Republican Women Trump Day Dinner, originally slated for next week, is being postponed.

    TC postpones courses, will shift to online courses

    Texarkana College is on spring break next week and plans to postpone courses March 23-27 and shift to online course delivery March 30-April 10.

    During the week of March 23-27, while classes are postponed, all full-time and part-time workers will report to campus to complete training and professional development to prepare for the transition to delivering courses online.

    The Pinkerton Center will be open Saturday and will then close for Spring Break.

    Monday, March 23—Friday, March 27

    The Palmer Memorial Library will reopen for TC students only on Sunday, March 29, to give students access to the technology they need to complete their coursework and tutoring services.

    The Testing Center will be closed to students and community members. Any tests that are currently scheduled will be rescheduled.

    All adult education courses (such as high school equivalency/GED and ESL) and Community & Business Education Center courses scheduled during this time will be rescheduled.

    During the next few weeks, Texarkana College officials will reassess the situation and make changes to this plan as needed.

    All updates will be posted at and will be shared on the official Texarkana College Facebook page (

    Jonquil Festival canceled

    The Jonquil Festival at Historic Washington State Park, scheduled for March 20-22, has been canceled.

    Spring Break Art Camp canceled

    The cancellation of the March 25-27 Spring Break Art Camp has been announced on the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council page. The April 15-17 dates have been put on hold as to assess the future severity of the situation.

    Party with Picassos postponed

    This year's annual Women for the Arts celebrity live auction, Party with Picassos, has canceled its March 28 date. An alternate date will be announced as soon as it is finalized.

    University interscholastic League Suspends all High School Activities though March 29th

    To support the health and safety of our students and communities, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is suspending all UIL sanctioned contests due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Texas. Effective March 16, all UIL interscholastic competition is suspended through March 29. 
    Rehearsals and practices may be held at the discretion of the local school district.