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Panola County organizations, churches and groups are cancelling or postponing events in an effect to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a recommendation that organizers cancel or postpone in-person events consisting of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

This list will be continually updated as information comes in. Don’t see your event or business? Please send any updates to news@panolawatchman.com.

Panola County

All of Panola County’s schools are on Spring Break this week. Carthage ISD, Gary ISD and Beckville ISD announced Monday they would remain closed through March 27 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Panola College on Monday announced it was cancelling all community events hosting groups larger than 50 people through April 15.

“This decision is made with our students, faculty, staff, and community in mind,” the college said. “Any determination to reschedule these events will be made at a later date.”

These events include:

• Designer Purse Bingo — March 27

• Mock Interviews – March 30

• SRTC Open House & Spring Fling – March 31

• Jazz and Piper Show – April 2

• NJCAA athletic events through April 3

• Ballet Austin II – April 7

• College and Career Fair – April 8

The City of Carthage has shut down large events at its facilities, cancelled league play and closed the Sammy Brown Library in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) threat.

In a release issued Monday afternoon, the city said it was implementing the following actions:

  • Cancelling events with 50 or more people at the Carthage Civic Center, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Davis Park Community Center for the next 30 days. All other events at these facilities are asked to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Closing the Sammy Brown Library until further notice.
  • Shutting down league play for baseball, softball and soccer at the Carthage Municipal Ballpark until April 4, including practice and games. This affects the Panola County Baseball Association, the Panola County Girls Softball Association and the Carthage Soccer Association.

The Sammy Brown Library will be closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. The library said no late fees or fines would accrue while they are closed. Items can be returned via the library’s drop box. Phone calls will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Library patrons can check-out audio and e-book items through the Overdrive program during the closure.

Carthage ISD had announced last week all its sports were cancelled through March 30.

The Panola County Historical and Genealogical Association announced Sunday that both the Old Jail Library and Museum and the Veterans Museum would be closed through April 1.

Deadwood United Methodist Church announced on its Facebook page Saturday that their conference has asked them to minimize exposure. Elderly persons with health issues and those experiencing symptoms should stay at home. The church said it would continue to have Sunday service, but it was stopping Sunday School, Bible study and all luncheons until further notice.

The Country Music Hayride is postponing the Sock Hop Concert to benefit the Down Syndrome Diagnostic Network originally slated for March 21.

The Panola County Baseball Association announced Monday on its Facebook page that all league activities, including team practices, are delayed until further notice. The association said it would have more detailed information on Tuesday.

Panda Express in Carthage has closed its dining room until further notice. Customers are able to come in and order to-go food or use the drive-thru.

The Panola County Shrine Club has cancelled their fundraiser set for March 27-28.

The planned Spring Fling event to be held at Deadwood United Methodist Church on March 28 will be rescheduled to a later date in April or early summer, organizers said.

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is closed until March 28. Its John Ritter Tribute Showcase Auditions have been moved to July 11. More information about the rescheduled auditions will be posted soon.

The Agrilife Extension Office has postponed its planned Mid-Sabine Cattleman Conference, originally set for March 27. Organizers say it will be held at a later date.

All activities at the A.L. Turner Community Center in Carthage have been cancelled until further notice.

Surrounding Region

Workforce Solutions East Texas announced Monday it was cancelling its Windows to Opportunity mass hiring event scheduled for tomorrow.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and will resume or reschedule hiring events when it is safe to do so,” the group said.

The Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport announced it was postponing some elective surgeries and non-emergency procedures beginning Monday.

“The postponements are on a case-by-case basis,” the hospital said. “Not all surgeries or procedures will be postponed. Patients will be notified if the surgery or procedure is postponed.

Additionally, all out-patient/primary care clinic visits, including specialty care services, are being evaluated for virtual care via VA Video Connect or Telehealth options.”

The VA hospital also announced it planned to reschedule its Vietnam War Veterans Day event set for March 27.