COVID-19, coronavirus cases in Angelina County

There are four confirmed case of COVID-19 in Angelina and Polk counties as of late Monday afternoon, according to the Angelina County & Cities Health District.

The Texas Department of State Health Services website shows Nacogdoches County is reporting two cases. Cherokee County is reporting one confirmed case.

The Cherokee County case involves a Wells resident, according to a release from mayor C.W. Williams and mayor pro-tem Robert Kalka.

Nacogdoches city and county leaders amended their original disaster declarations on Sunday. The city and county issued separate but joint stay-at-home orders, effective at noon Monday. Failure to comply could result in a fee of up to $10,000 or confinement in jail for up to 180 days, according to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

The Texas Department of State Health Services website reports there are 2,877 confirmed cases statewide that have resulted in 38 deaths.

To contact the Angelina County & Cities Health District coronavirus call center, call 630-8500. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Those who are not in the ACCHD jurisdiction are asked to call the Department of State Heath Service’s COVID-19 call center at (877) 570-9779.

2 organizations partnering on emergency food distribution on Tuesday

The East Texas Food Bank and T.L.L. Temple Foundation are working together to provide free emergency food assistance boxes to food-insecure households.

The boxes will be given away from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Angelina County Exposition Center. The organizations gave away 670 food boxes during the first distribution in Lufkin last week.

No paperwork or identification needed. Community members just need to provide their name, address and number of members in the household to receive a free box.

The boxes contain shelf-stable groceries such as dried beans, rice, pasta and canned meat, fruits and vegetables, with each box providing items for 20 meals.

Any family seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic can visit EastTexasFoodBank.org and click “find food” to get information on the nearest food resources.

Angelina County Schools closed

All Angelina County public school districts have closed through April 17. This includes Lufkin, Diboll, Hudson, Central and Zavalla. St. Cyprian's Episcopal School also is closing until April 17. Huntington ISD is closed through April 10. Pineywoods Community Academy will remain closed until the city's disaster declaration is lifted. We have no word yet about Wells ISD, Stubblefield Learning Center and St. Patrick Catholic School.

Waste Management Center closing to public

The Angelina County Waste Management Center temporarily will close to the public effective Monday, March 30.

National Forests and Grasslands in Texas closes recreation sites

Effective immediately multiple recreation sites on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

These sites will be closed and unavailable to reserve via Recreation.gov where applicable.

Davy Crockett National Forest

■ Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, campsites, day use and 4C trailhead — Davy Crockett Ranger District, Houston County.

■ Piney Creek Horse Camp and White Rock Horse Camp, closed to overnight camping, but day use/trails remain open — Davy Crockett Ranger District, Houston County.

Sabine National Forest

■ Indian Mounds Recreation Area, closed to camping, boat ramps open, Angelina/Sabine Ranger District, Sabine County.

■ Lakeview Recreation Area, closed to camping, boat ramps open, Angelina/Sabine Ranger District, Sabine County.

■ Willow Oak Recreation Area, closed to camping, boat ramps open, Angelina/Sabine Ranger District, Sabine County.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to promote social distancing.

Reservation holders will be notified via email or cellphone text messages if any changes are affecting their reservation. In the event of any delayed openings either for a portion of or the complete recreation areas and campgrounds, visitors will receive a full refund for their reservation.

For status on recreation sites and activities visit: fs.usda.gov/texas.

March grand jury session canceled

Angelina County's March session for grand jury has been canceled, with a tenative date for the next grand jury set to April 23.

Businesses that have added curbside service:

— Abeldt's Gaslight Pharmacy

— Biscuit Eater Bakery/Curbside Cafe

— The White Peacock Olive Oil & Vinegar Company

— Lone Star Charlie’s

— 58 Junction

— Grandough Baking Company

— Nutrishop

— MarTeres Tea Room

— In the Stix

— Ralph & Kacoo's

— La Unica

— Keto Couple's Kitchen

— Confections

— Tomé Express

— Crown Colony Country Club (limited curbside menu available to public, including non-members)

— Cotton Patch Cafe

— Front Porch Distillery (bottle sales)

— Tsubaki

— Herraduras Mexican Fire & Grill

— Cafe Del Rio

— Restoration Bistro

— Angelina Brewing Company

— Whataburger (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

— Newk's Eatery

— Farmhouse Frozen Yogurt

— The Hole in One

— IHOP

— Chili's

— Skyline Burrito Bowls

— Lufkin BBQ

— Olive Garden

— Casa Morales

— Simple Simon (Hudson)

— Cracker Barrel

— PetSmart

— Manhattan Fine Dining (5-9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday)

— GNC

— Guacamole's

— Casa Olé

— Schlotzky's

Businesses that have added delivery:

— In the Stix

— Nutrishop

— Texas Custom Catering

— Olive Garden (orders of $40 or more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.)

— Lone Star Charlie's (from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on orders of $30 or more)

— Cafe Del Rio (with $50 minimum)

— Bodacious Bar-B-Q (Timberland location; $75 minimum)

— 58 Junction (Beulah community only)

— Cracker Barrel

— The White Peacock Olive Oil & Vinegar Company

— Guacamole's

— Wing Stop

— Lone Star Charlie's

— Outback Steakhouse

Businesses offering contact-free delivery by request:

— Marco's Pizza

— Domino's Pizza

— Grubhub

— Door Dash

— Uber Eats

— Pizza Hut

Businesses with modified hours:

— Applebee's will be open from noon-9 p.m. until further notice.

— Brazos Transit District fixed route services will be from 5-10 a.m. and 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— McAlister’s Deli will close at 8 p.m. until further notice.

— Walmart will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice.

— H-E-B will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.

— Sam’s Club will shift its operating hours to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours will remain 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-scheduled Club Pickup orders will still be available for pickup starting at 7 a.m.

— Target will close stores by 9 p.m. daily until further notice.

— Home Depot is shifting its hours to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

— Cracker Barrel has reduced its hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.

— Catfish King is closing at 8 p.m. until further notice.

— Tomé Express is shifting its hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

— Papa's Pit is shifting its hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

— The AT&T store on Brentwood Drive is shifting its hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

— Ralph & Kacoo's is closing at 8 p.m. until further notice.

— Juzi Spot is shifting its hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Casa Morales is closing at 8 p.m. until further notice.

— Hernandez Grocery & Mexican Restaurant (Central) is shifting its hours to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. through April 3.

— The Spud on Frank has shifted its hours to 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

— The Grill at Wendi's (Highway 94) has shifted its hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Marble Slab has shifted its hours to 3-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

— The White Peacock Olive Oil & Vinegar Company has shifted its hours to 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

— Walgreens is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice.

— Lone Star Charlie's is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday until further notice.

Businesses that are temporarily closing:

— Deeleon’s Fine Dining in Wells

— Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter will be closed to adoptions and intake until further notice.

— Crawfish Landing

— Logan's Roadhouse

— Golden Corral

— Great American Cookies

— Hunan Chinese Restaurant will be closed through April 3.

— Corn Dog 7

— Hunan

— Standpipe Coffee House

Local businesses modifying services

Through April 28, Walmart will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Their pharmacies will also be open during this time.

Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Tuesday and Wednesday, from 8-9 a.m. to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Discount Tire is not performing non-essential customer needs at this time, including, but not limited to, tire rotation and balancing. Customers also are encouraged to reserve an appointment ahead of visiting their stores to redue wait times. The store will continue to repair flat tires, replace tires with low or unsafe tread and perform tire air pressure maintenance.

VeraBank on First Street will be closing its lobby starting March 20 until further notice. The other location will continue to have its lobby open.

Brookshire Brothers is offering free curbside pickup at all of its online locations through April 10.

Dollar General stores are strongly encouraging their first hour of operations be dedicated to senior shoppers. Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.

Additionally, all stores will close an hour earlier in order for employees to clean and restock shelves as well as for their health and wellbeing.

Genco Federal Credit Union is temporarily closing branch office lobbies in an effort to protect the health and safety of members and employees.

Genco is asking its customers to use the drive-thru for all teller transactions. Drive-thru hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Tome Catering is offering free delivery to medical offices and hospitals.

Commercial Bank of Texas is restricting lobby access to one customer at time by appointment only until further notice.

Cotton Patch Café is offering free delivery on Door Dash for orders of $15 or more.

Hernadez Grocery will allow customers to call in their grocery orders for pickup.

Sam's Club will offer special operating hours from 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for members who are 60 or older or who have a physical disability or compromised health.

Cotton Patch Cafe and Ralph & Kacoo's will deliver food and drop it off at the front desk for guests staying at the Best Western Plus.

Walgreens on Frank is offering a seniors-only shopping hour from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesdays. They're also offering drive-thru shopping.

Texas primary runoff elections delayed

Gov. Greg Abbott has pushed the Texas primary runoff elections from May 26 to July 14 due to public health concerns.

Goodwill temporarily closing retail stores

Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas Inc. is temporarily closing its retail stores through April 3 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus.

Goodwill will reevaluate the situation before that date.

“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. “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:

■ Voluntary Income Tax Assistance will operate as a drop off only at the Lufkin location.

■ Vocational Rehabilitation Services will continue virtually.

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

Southside Bank updates branch service hours

Southside Bank is committed to the safety and health of its customers and communities and is doing its part slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.

Beginning Monday, the bank will temporarily close lobbies at all branch locations. The drive-thrus at all other locations will continue to operate under normal business hours. Both the lobby and drive-thru at the Crown Colony branch are closed.

Customers can schedule appointments for essential in-branch services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information and details regarding temporary branch hours and closures, visit southside.com/covid-19.

Texans urged to use 2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline For COVID-19 information and referrals

Texas Health and Human Services encourages all Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals to community resources to call the 2-1-1 Texas hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“As we encourage people to use social distancing and to stay at home when possible, this state resource can help the public stay informed, stay calm and stay safe,” said Wayne Salter, HHS deputy executive commissioner of access and eligibility services. “Our trained staff are working tirelessly around the clock to respond to all the public’s questions, through 2-1-1 as well as our HHS social media platforms.”

DETCOG operates one of 25 area information centers that are part of the 2-1-1 Texas network. The Deep East Texas call center handles an average of 30,000 calls each year.

Texans, no matter where they live, can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6 to get information and referrals to COVID-19 social services, including testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits and more.

Texans can also dial 2-1-1 to find information about local community resources such as financial assistance for utilities or rent and food pantries, housing assistance, crisis counseling, utility payment assistance, and senior services.

Front Porch Distillery offering free hand sanitizer

Front Porch Distillery began making hand sanitizer available for free on March 23. They ask that citizens bring their own dispenser or container to fill, and that they leave enough for the next person. Give them a call at 564-3999 to see if they're on premises before arriving.

American Cancer Society closes office, cancels events

All American Cancer Society offices are closed to the public. The Relay For Life events and Survivor Dinners have been postponed and are in the process of being rescheduled to a later date.

Senior Supply Drive underway

The Senior Center is taking donations for those 65 and older so they can get a few supplies to help them get by.

Due to the current situation, the center is mandated to have no more than 10 people at one time on site, so donations must be made by appointment only. Here's what we can do:

If you have donations (a list of basic needs to follow), you can call the Senior Center and schedule a time to drop off your donated items. If you are a senior 65 or older, you may also call to schedule a time to pick up some donated items.

Please contact Wendy at 634-4179. Appointments to pick up or drop off will be scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The address is 2801 Valley Ave.

Here is a brief list of needs:

— Toilet paper

— Kleenex

— Hand soap

— Hand sanitizer

— Antibacterial soaps

— Tylenol

— Powdered milk

— Water

— Canned goods

— Nonperishable food items.

Please, consider donating what you can. Not only are these the members of our community that are among the highest at risk, but they are falling through the cracks and having trouble getting the supplies they need.

If you know of a senior who is in need, have them call Wendy at 634-4179.

Museum of East Texas closed

The Museum of East Texas will be closed to the public until further notice due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Contact executive director J.P. McDonald 639-4434 or jmcdonald@metlufkin.org for more information.

DETCOG cancels upcoming meeting

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments' executive committee will meet March 31 at the DETCOG Building in Lufkin. DETCOG bylaws authorize the executive committee to act on matters that require action in between board meetings.

 A public meeting to receive input on regional scoring priorities for the Community Development Block Grant program will be held in conjunction with the executive committee meeting at 10 a.m. March 31. However, with COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, the agency is encouraging written comments.

 More information about the CDBG regional priorities is available online at detcog.gov. Written comments will be received by mail or email until 4 p.m. March 30. Comments can be emailed to Bob.Bashaw@detcog.gov or may be mailed or delivered to: DETCOG, Attn: CDBG Comments, 1405 Kurth Drive, Lufkin, TX 75904.

ANRA cancels 'Soil Saturday'

The Angelina & Neches River Authority has canceled the “Soil Saturday” compost sale event, in an effort to comply with COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The drive-thru event was originally scheduled for April 4.

“In an attempt to minimize the potential exposure to any infectious diseases, all scheduled public meetings, training, non-essential travel, and events are officially canceled until the nationwide disaster declaration has been lifted,” ANRA general manager Kelley Holcomb said.

ANRA’s central office remains open to take care of customer and public needs, but diligent sanitary measures are being exercised by all employees and the public is encouraged to direct questions or concerns by phone, through the website or through social media.

Marco's offering Pizza Pals

Marco's Pizza in Lufkin is introducing Pizza Pals stories for children. All parents are encouraged to use the videos as their child’s bedtime story, or as something for their children to watch to pass the time.

Pizza Pals will be posted at 5:30 p.m. each day throughout the week, and all of the books featured are purchased from Absolutely Fiction Books.

Marco's offering Pizza with a Purpose

Marco's Pizza in Lufkin is offering Pizza with a Purpose. Each day through March 28, the store is spotlighting a business that has been impacted by recent events. Customers can call Marco's Pizza at 634-1111 and pay for a large pepperoni or cheese pizza (or several) to donate. Donations will be delivered at 6 p.m. every night, so please place donation orders by 5 p.m. every night.

On Tuesday, March 17th, Marco's selected Brookshire Brothers on South Chestnut Street. Three pizzas were donated by customers and Marco's Pizza donated the additional six.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kit McConnico Park canceled

The city of Lufkin Parks & Recreation Department has canceled the Easter egg hunt in partnership with K-Fox that was scheduled for April 4 at Kit McConnico Park.

“This truly disappoints us to have to make this decision,” Parks & Recreation Director Mike Flinn said. “In the interest of safety to our youngest participants and their families, we feel this is the best decision to make."

Angelina Arts Alliance cancels performances

The Angelina Arts Alliance has canceled the following performances: The Underwater Bubble Show (March 29 – Temple Theater), MOMIX (April 4 – Temple Theater), Ranky Tanky (April 21 – Pines Theater) and the Schooltime Performance of Diary of a Wombat (April 24 – Pines Theater).

The Arts Alliance hopes to reschedule performances by Doolin’ and Ranky Tanky to a later date, which has yet to be determined. Patrons may request a refund of their tickets or make a tax-deductible donation for the value of their tickets to the Angelina Arts Alliance.

TxDOT taking action to keep public, employees safe


TxDOT is postponing or canceling its in-person public hearings and gatherings through April 3, although that date is subject to change.

This excludes the Texas Transportation Commission meeting on March 26, which will be addressed separately. When possible, TxDOT will look to offer virtual participation strategies for public input.

Work on projects to maintain and improve the state’s transportation system continues, including ferry operations.

TxDOT has closed the lobbies of its 12 Travel Information Centers until further notice to help combat the threat of COVID-19. Outside restrooms will remain available at all times and will be regularly cleaned between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The safety rest areas on highways throughout the state remain open.

Travelers can still speak with center counselors about road conditions or travel information from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone can call 1-800-452-9292 or visit drivetexas.org to obtain road condition information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

TxDOT also is requiring its office-based employees to telework.

Jury selection for state district courts canceled

Local jury selections at Angelina County state district courts have been postponed. The March 23 jury selection in the 217th district court presided by Judge Bob Inselmann and the April 6 jury selection in the 159th district court presided by Judge Paul White have been canceled at this time, to be rescheduled to a later date.

County fair canceled

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, the 2020 Angelina County Fair has been canceled by the Angelina County Fair Board.

Angelina College transitioning most classes to online only

Angelina College is transitioning the face-to-face component of lecture classes to fully online learning until further notice.

Academic administrators are currently building a schedule to finalize plans for moving completely online, according to a press release from Krista Brown, executive director of marketing & strategic enrollment for AC.

"In this time of uncertainty, please be proactive, solutions-oriented, and flexible," Brown said. "During these extraordinary times, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available."

For courses that cannot be delivered online — like shop courses, laboratories, clinicals, etc. — instructors are developing a schedule that would allow three or less students to engage in the lesson in the physical setting while maintaining acceptable social distancing.

On March 23, every student is asked to log into their Blackboard account to see communication from their instructor, whether it’s for a class that is switching from face-to-face to online or if it will still require some sort of attendance, Brown said. There will be guidance from the professor on the course, a schedule and a revised syllabus. Students will have access to at least one week's worth of instructional materials and recorded lectures on March 23.

Forestry museum closed; Pollinator Party postponed

The Texas Forestry Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. They will be available to serve the community by telephone and email, a post on their Facebook page states.

The Texas Forestry Museum, Visit Lufkin, Angelina Beautiful/Clean’s Pollinator Party will be postponed and a possible future date for this event will be announced at a later date.

Harold's House not accepting unannounced donations or visitors

Due to health and safety precautions, Harold's House will not be accepting unannounced visitors or dropoff donations at this time. Call 634-1999 or 205-9162 for any questions.

County jail volunteers and inmate visitation canceled

Due to concerns about COVID-10, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office has canceled all offender visitation and volunteer programs. Attorney and parole visitation has not been suspended at this time. The jail's administration will continue to take precautions as needed to ensure the safety of inmates and staff.

No fines while Kurth Memorial Library is closed

For those who currently have items checked out, there will be no fines accruing while the library is closed.

While the library is closed, their Wi-Fi, e-books and e-audiobooks are still accessible.

Download the Libby app to access the library's e-books and e-audiobooks 24 hours a day.

Open the app and set up a free account using your library card, select Kurth Memorial Library as your local library, then search their Overdrive collection for your favorite author.

Chamber postponing all events

The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it will be postponing all events, meetings and ribbon cuttings through April 10.

The Chamber based its decision, in part, on a recommendation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Local Chamber officials will reevaluate as necessary, according to the announcement.

Angelina County Extension Office

The Angelina County Extension Office has canceled all educational programs and face-to-face meetings. They will reevaluate this policy and carefully look at events through May 31.

The History Center closed to public

The History Center is taking recommended safety precautions and is making the following changes starting today until further notice.

The facility will be closed to the public, remaining open for staff only. All research visits and tours will be canceled and rescheduled.

Executive director Jonathan Gerland said the center will otherwise be available to serve its user community by telephone, email and ongoing digitization and website work.

Naranjo Museum closing; Dancing with Dinos rescheduled

The Naranjo Museum of Natural History will be closed through March 20. The Dancing with Dinos Spring Gala has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.

Diboll library to close March 16-21

The T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll will be closed March 16-21. They plan to reopen Monday, March 23, if they feel it is safe for staff and the public to return at that time.

Material due dates will be shifted to account for the library’s closing. The library encourages users who might be ill or experiencing any symptoms to keep materials for an additional 14 days after they are symptom-free. Library users will not be penalized for materials kept past their due dates at this time, and all materials coming back into the library upon reopening will be thoroughly cleaned for the safety of the public.

The library encourages users to take advantage of its online materials found at dibolllibrary.com. The free Libby app has eBooks for all ages, and regular library users can log in with just their library card number and phone number. All Diboll ISD students and faculty also have access using their school ID numbers.

The library will post updated information on its Facebook page as needed.

Some US providers offering free Wi-Fi, data

AT&T is among U.S. internet and wireless providers offering free public Wi-Fio for 60 days.

Verizon was among many providers to also announce a moratorium on late fees and disconnections.

T-Mobile said it would provide unlimited smartphone data to all current subscribers and increase the data allowance to schools and students using their digital learning programs.

NJCAA suspending all competition 

The Angelina College Roadrunners’ basketball season came to a premature end as the NJCAA elected to cancel all spring sports and championships due to the COVID-19 situation.

UIL suspends all contests due to coronavirus

The University Interscholastic League has suspended all UIL sanctioned contests due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Texas. All UIL interscholastic competition is suspended through May 4.

With competitions already being suspended, the UIL later added to its mandates by suspending any practices and workouts conducted outside of the normal school day.

That suspension of activities is also set to go through May 4. At that time, the UIL will reassess the situation.

During that time, schools may not practice and students are not allowed to use the school’s facilities or equipment.

All athletic facilities are to be closed for both school and non-school functions.

The mandate also applies to spring football. In addition, the statement said if spring football is eventually canceled, all schools would be eligible to begin summer practices on Aug. 3 while adding an extra scrimmage.

TJJD suspends in-person visitations

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is postponing visitations at its facilities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. TJJD is working to expand access to virtual visits and phone calls by increasing the number of tablets available for Skype and designating additional staff to facilitate extra phone calls. Extra minutes will be added to each youth's account as well.

Grubhub drops commissions on delivery from independent restaurants

Grubhub on Friday said it will temporarily waive $100 million in commissions on the meals it delivers from independent restaurants as a way of helping them contend with fallout from the coronavirus epidemic.

The delivery service, which recently started operating in Lufkin, also pledged to establish a fund to assist drivers and restaurants whose incomes have dropped because of the crisis.

Global chains, like McDonald’s, are exempt from the break, but Kentucky Fried Chicken, which operates stores worldwide, will start offering free delivery via Grubhub starting Saturday and running through April 26.

City of Lufkin Little League games postponed

City-sponsored Little League games will be postponed until after April 6. Little League International sent the request to postpone out late Thursday evening.

“While each community is being affected differently by the coronavirus, the Little League International Board of Directors and staff feel that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and participant families to delay the implementation of the Little League season to begin no earlier April 6,” the request stated. “As the situation continues to develop, Little League International will do our best to continue to keep our leagues, volunteers, and families informed."

City-sponsored events, classes, programs and other sports through Lufkin Parks and Recreation are not affected.

“They will still have their baseball season,” assistant city manager Jason Arnold said. “Everything will get rescheduled and we’ll get this thing kicked off as soon as we can.”

No photo sessions

The Lufkin Mall canceled all Easter Bunny photo sessions as of the close of business Thursday as a health precaution for mall staff and customers.

Diboll’s preparations

The City of Diboll has issued laptops to employees so that those employees will be able to accept calls from home in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. The city has implemented additional cleaning and sanitation procedures to keep employees and citizens safe.

“Our city leadership team will follow school district actions, as they come in contact while educating our children,” a release from the city said. “For example, if Diboll ISD decides to shut down as a precautionary action, the city will shut down the Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center operations, along with all youth sports activities in Old Orchard Park.”

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