Daily Update of (COVID-19) FROM CRITTENDEN CO. JUDGE WOODY WHEELESS 3/30/2020:
I'm home today and just a bit under the weather but still answering my phone and keeping everyone updated.
This afternoon during the Governors daily press conference at 1:30pm, he gave an update on the total positive cases in the state.
The total today is 473 and that's an increase of 47 new positive cases since yesterday. The state death total is 7 and that's an increase of 1 from yesterday. The latest person to die from the virus was in a nursing home and was over the age of 65.
Crittenden County currently has 17 positive cases. That number is the same as yesterday.
Currently 62 of the 473 people are in hospitals across the state with 21 of them on ventilators. Nursing homes across the state currently have 47 positive cases.
The breakdown of the 473 positive cases are as follows:
17 are children (0-18)
307 are adults between the ages of 19 and 64
149 are adults older than 65 years of age
The trend continues with females having the most positives.
60% of all the cases are female
40% of all the cases are male
Of all the Positive Cases:
74% are white
15% are African American
11% are other
For more information on COVID-19 visit the Arkansas Department of Health.
This week, please continue to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet and washing of hands. No groups larger than 10 and according to the Health Secretary, basketball games in general should not be permitted because of the close contact.
Have a Great Monday!
Judge Woody Wheeless
IMPORTANT CITY OF MARION UPDATES
As information regarding Coronavirus precautions are changing rapidly, be assured that the City of Marion is dedicated to providing city services while protecting our employees and residents. The following is updated information from each city department.
The Sultana Museum is closed until further notice.
All City of Marion ballfields have been closed through April 17, at which time city officials will re-evaluate and either re-open or extend the closure. These decisions are based on information provided by Federal and State agencies. All walking trails, parks and playgrounds will remain open to the public, but we ask that you follow the rules of social distancing and do not gather in groups or allow children to play in groups.
The garbage pick-up schedule is unchanged. Please call 870-739-5419 with any questions regarding garbage pick-up or any other sanitation issues.
The Water department is closed to walk-in traffic. Residents are encouraged to use the payment drop box, or to pay online via x-press-pay.com, or call 870-739-3073 to pay with credit or debit card. Cash payments, in a sealed envelope, may be placed in the drop box located next to the front door of the water department. If requested, a receipt will be mailed for cash payments.
The Building Inspector and the Permit Office are operating but closed to walk-in traffic. Those services may be arranged and conducted by calling 870-739-5416.
The City Court is under the governance of the Arkansas Office of the Courts and will remain open until further notice. However, walk-in traffic is discouraged. If you have any business with the city court, please contact 870-739-5411 for amended court schedules and instructions for payment of fines.
Marion Police Department:
Police officer patrols are continuing as usual. With respect to employee safety, access to the Police Department building is controlled. If you have questions or concerns requiring an officer, please contact 870-739-2101.
Additional questions or concerns may be directed to Mayor Frank Fogleman, 870-739-3289. You may also contact Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Brick, 870-733-5767.
WATER BILLS CAN STILL BE PAID ONLINE
“EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY XPRESS-PAY.COM IS UNABLE TO PROCESS 'UTILITIES, FULL PAYMENT,' BUT CUSTOMERS CAN STILL PAY THEIR WATER BILL BY CHOOSING UTILITIES, PARTIAL PAYMENT AND ENTERING ACCOUNT NUMBER, NAME, ADDRESS AND AMOUNT OF PAYMENT.”
This temporary issue is due to a necessary software upgrade. Please call (870) 739-3073 for any questions or clarification. We apologize for any inconvenience over the last few weeks due to this change, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.
The purpose of the FEMA Rumor Control page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Stay informed with the updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response here: www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control (Coronavirus Rumor Control Page).
The City of Marion has several part-time positions available, primarily on the street department crew (cutting grass, weed eating, cleaning storm drains, etc.). A valid drivers license, clean drug test, and reliable transportation are required. Hours are part-time - 6 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday with the possibility of a future full time position if you prove to be on time and reliable.
To apply, visit our 'employment' page under the 'Residents' tab above, or call 870.732.5419.
Take a moment to enjoy the video tour of Marion by clicking on any heading on the menu shown here. You'll discover why Marion is such a great place to live, work, and play.
From the neighborly community spirit to an exceptional school system to a successful business climate to ever-improving healthcare opportunities to its prime location, Marion is, indeed, the
Center of Living!
A message from Mayor Frank Fogleman
Welcome to Marion and thank you for visiting our website. There is much to learn about Marion and I encourage you to use each of our links for more information about our great city.
The county seat of Crittenden County, Arkansas, Marion lies in the shadow of downtown Memphis. Marion combines the very best of a small town atmosphere and a highly regarded public school system with the nearby amenities of big city Memphis. A recent article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper described Marion as a bedroom community to the city of
Memphis. Many of our residents confirm this thought with comments on how much they enjoy living in our small town and yet are able to access big city amenities in just a few minutes.
Marion has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, growing from over 10,000, as confirmed in our September 2006 special census, to over 12,000 in April of 2010. We expect our population to exceed 13,000 by the time of the next decennial census as we continue to experience new homes being built at a steady pace.
Although Marion has been called a bedroom community, there is far more to us than that. Being a runner-up in 2007 for the location of Toyota Motors’ eighth automotive plant in North America created a positive “buzz” about Marion both locally and nationally. This “buzz” has helped Marion become a catalyst for attracting several automotive related industries into North Eastern Arkansas. 2004 saw the breaking of ground in Marion for the Hino Motors Manufacturing axle assembly plant, Hino Motor’s first plant built specifically for Hino in North America. Other notable industries in Marion include Cooper Glass and Ritter Disposables. In 1996, Marion became home to one of Union Pacific Railroad’s largest inland intermodal operations. Marion is also becoming a welcoming place for visitors to the Mid-South as nearly 300 hotel and motel rooms are available daily with easy access to Exit 10 of I-55.
We are a progressive, forward looking city that has overwhelming civic support and pride. A four million dollar bond issue to build a recreation complex in 1998 received a voter approval rating of over 80%. Eight years later, an almost nine million dollar bond issue to finance several public improvements received voter approval rating between 79% and 92% on the various questions before the voters. Again, in 2017, voters approved over seventeen million in projects for each city department with voter approval ranging from 74% to 80% for the different projects. Our school district has embraced the magnet school concept and is rapidly becoming noted as a school district focused on quality and innovation.
Our citizens take pride in the many youth, school, church, and civic activities that provide the fibers of weaving the fabric of a small town. In fact, many of our new residents are drawn to Marion because of the quality school system and the various opportunities for youth, family and civic involvement, as well as our low crime rate and property taxes that are less than half those in the nearby areas.
Again, thank you for visiting our website and please take a few moments to visit our links or give us a call. We will be glad to forward you more detailed information about our great city and you will be glad you checked us out.
Mayor Frank A. Fogleman