The Newton County Board of Supervisors declared a civil emergency and has taken measures in county offices to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Town of Hickory will institute a mandatory curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly beginning Thursday, April 2.
City Clerk Joyce Johnson said no one will be allowed to be on the roads during curfew hours except for police officers and emergency services.
“No one but essential vehicles can be out,” she said.
Mayor Murray Weems has issued a citywide curfew beginning Thursday and continuing through April 16 and banned on public gatherings until further notice to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The curfew will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday and continue each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The following arrests were reported for March 20-27 in Newton County. This report was compiled from the daily blotter at the Newton County Jail.
Two men are behind bars after Union Tobacco Store was burglarized late Thursday night and three bags of chips were stolen.
Joe L. Harrison, 21, and James E. Eakes, 18, were booked into Newton County Jail at 4:55 a.m. Friday and charged with burglary of a commercial dwelling.
The East Central Community College Board of Trustees revised a policy and granted authorization to prepare for an extended closure of the college campus as a result of the coronavirus outbreak during a special called meeting Thursday.
Although Union Public Schools are empty of students and teachers, with many preparing to being holding classes online until at least April 17, the district’s food service workers are still cooking, and the Board of Trustee made sure their efforts do not go unnoticed.