Here are several updates from The Franklin Advocate related to the local coronavirus outbreak.
JUSTICE COURT LIMITS ACCESS
Franklin County Justice Court, effective immediately, is limiting access to the courtroom – anyone not affiliated with cases pending before the court will not be permitted to be in attendance.
The only individuals allowed in Justice Court beside judges and court staff will include defendants, affiants, witnesses and attorneys.
For additional information related to Justice Court procedures during the coronavirus outbreak, call 601-384-2002.
CHILD SUPPORT CASES DELAYED
The Department of Human Services has announced that any Franklin County resident called to court on child support issues will have their cases continued until at least 9 a.m., on Aug. 24.
Those who previously received a summons for court will get a new summons which will include a date and time that individual will need to appear.
If someone involved in a child support case has questions, they can call the DHS customer service hotline at 877-882-4916.
BANK OF FRANKLIN ADDRESSES COVID-19
Bank of Franklin has announced it is taking precautions to keep its customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 situation.
The financial institution is temporarily closing its Bude branch location, and will provide drive-thru services only at its other locations in Meadville, Brookhaven and McComb.
Lobby services at the locations — other than Bude — will be available by appointment only.
In addition, Bank of Franklin encourages customers to utilize its Internet banking services at www.bankoffranklin.com or download and use its mobile app for your banking needs.
For information, contact Bank of Franklin’s Meadville office by calling 601-384-2305.
UMB ANNOUNCES CORONAVIRUS PLANS
All United Mississippi Bank locations, including the office in Bude, has closed their lobbies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
UMB’s drive-thru services will remain open during normal operation hours at each branch location.
In addition, online banking, mobile banking, and automated telephone banking are available for remote banking transactions. Employees will also be available to offer customer assistance by phone.
Limited in-person appointments are available for customers needing loans, new account services, and safety deposit box access.
To schedule an appointment, call 844-862-4862.
ROXIE MAY DAY CELEBRATION POSTPONED
The Rebirth of Roxie Auxiliary — also known simply as REBRA — has announced it has postponed its annual May Day celebration.
The event, which had been scheduled for Saturday, May 9, will likely be moved to a date after coronavirus concerns have eased, according to organizers.
“Because of the uncertainty that is going on in our county and surrounding counties, the health of our communities are our main concern right now,” REBRA Chairperson Catherine Taylor said.
EXTENSION SERVICES OFFERS NO PROGRAMS THROUGH MAY 10
The Franklin County Extension Service office in Meadville remains open with basic operations continuing as normal until further notice.
However, the Extension Service has postponed all of its in-person events, trainings and meetings through at least Sunday, May 10 amid concerns surrounding COVID-19.
In keeping with its educational mission, the Extension Service will offer its technological resources to serve MSU students needing internet access to continue their coursework for the semester. This applies during normal business hours.
Educational resources to help the public remain informed on the coronavirus are available at http://extension.msstate.edu/coronavirus.
For information related to the local Extension Service office, call 601-384-2349.
SAINT PAUL UMC POSTPONES MEN’S DAY EVENT
Saint Paul United Methodist Church, at 3575 Bedford Tillman Road in Roxie, has announced its second annual Men’s Day celebration — originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29 — has been cancelled.
Organizers said plans are to look at a potential future date for the gathering once coronavirus concerns have eased.
For more information, call 601-786-3053 or 601-384-0652.