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        INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas and the public health emergency declared by the United States and the State of Arkansas, please be advised of the following effective immediately for Madison County:

Unemployment Benefit Information for Citizens:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has directed the Arkansas Department of Commerce to expedite unemployment benefits to assist Arkansans whose employment status may be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

To apply for unemployment benefits online visit:  www.ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov

To apply by phone call:  (479) 521-5730


Madison County Courthouse & County Buildings:

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Madison County Courthouse and all other county buildings, except the Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling Center, will be closed to the public until further notice.   This encompasses all Courthouse Offices, including Adult Probation & Parole, Juvenile Probation, and the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter Outreach Office, the Madison County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center & Administrative Offices, the Madison County EMS Business Office, the County Road & Bridge Shop, the E-911 Addressing Office, the Department of Emergency Management Office, the Madison County Public Library, the Kingston Community Library, the St. Paul Public Library, the Cooperative Extension Service, and the Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society Office. 

All non-essential county services and certain essential services will now be provided to the public through alternate means, including, but not limited to, telephone, fax, e-mail, online, drop box, curbside delivery, Justice Bridge court teleconferencing system, and other available means. 

Citizens should contact the appropriate county office or department to ascertain the best alternative method to conduct their business.  Phone numbers are listed below:

County Judge  (479) 738-6721 County Clerk (479) 738-2747
Circuit Clerk          (479) 738-2215 Treasurer        (479)-738-6514
Collector   (479) 738-6673                 Assessor          (479) 738-2325
Sheriff (479) 738-2320         Juvenile Probation     (479) 738-5200
Prosecuting Attorney (479) 738-1900         Road & Bridge Dept   (479) 738-6822
EMS Business Office  (479) 738-2621         E-911 Addressing        (479) 738-1908
Dept of Emergency  Adult Probation &
Management (479) 738-7606 Parole (479) 443-8000 Madison County St. Paul Public Public Library (479) 738-2754 Library (479) 677-2907 Kingston Community Cooperative Ext. Library (479) 665-2745 Service (479) 738-6826 NWA Women's Shelter Madison County Genealogical Outreach Advocate (479) 257-4079 & Historical Society (479) 738-6408
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


Madison County Circuit Court:

All court appearances will be limited to essential court proceedings only, which include all criminal initial appearances, requests for an Order of Protection and related hearings, emergency custody hearings in Probate and Domestic Relations cases, Adult Protective Services cases, and mental commitment proceedings.  All civil jury trials will be suspended for at least 45 days.  Default divorces may be taken by affidavit.  If you have a pending criminal or domestic relations court date, contact your attorney for further instructions.

Update:  
 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued an order suspending all in-person judicial proceedings in all circuit courts in the State of Arkansas beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020, subject to the exceptions listed below:

  • Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and juveniles, including, but not limited to, criminal initial appearances; probable-cause hearings; speedy trial; cases in which victims are under fourteen years of age; juvenile probable cause hearings; juvenile detention hearings; and hearings on writs of habeas corpus;
  • Proceedings in which civil or criminal jury trials are already in progress as of March 17, 2020;
  • Proceedings pertaining to relief from abuse, including but not limited to, order of protection;
  • Proceedings related to emergency child custody orders;
  • Proceedings related to probable cause, emergency child placement, and ICWA in dependency-neglect proceedings;
  • Proceedings related to petitions for temporary restraining orders or other forms of temporary injunctive relief;
  • Proceedings related to adult protective services and emergency mental health orders;
  • Proceedings for emergency guardianship or conservatorship;
  • Proceedings directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Oral arguments regarding time-sensitive matters; and
  • Other exceptions approved by the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The order further encourages all judges and court clerks to utilize all available technologies – including facsimile machines, e-mail, teleconferencing, and video conferencing – to continue handling judicial matters and further limit in-person courtroom appearances. 

If you have an upcoming court date, please contact your attorney for guidance on how and when your case will proceed.  DO NOT ASSUME YOUR COURT APPEARANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  

Madison County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

The Madison County Prosecuting Attorney's office will be conducting business as usual, other than that business with the prosecutor should be addressed by calling his office at (479) 738-1900, rather than visiting in person.  Detailed messages will be returned as soon as possible. 

Payments for hot checks may be made by mailing a money order or cashier's check for the exact amount owed to the office at PO Box 577, Huntsville, AR 72740.

Anyone with an upcoming court date should assume they must appear as scheduled unless you receive official word to the contrary.  Defendants are advised to contact their attorney or check official sources such as this website for any updates.
  

Madison County Sheriff's Office

With the number of COVID-19 Coronavirus cases increasing, the Madison County Sheriff's Office is continuing to do all we can to help in protecting employees and detainees in preventing cases of COVID-19 in our facility.

In trying to do so, the following changes will be in effect until further notice.

1.  No court commits

2.  No public fingerprinting 

3.  No community service

      A.  If you are in the community service program, you are not expected to come in to work until contacted by the MCSO.

      B.  You will not be penalized during this time, no warrants will be issued.

      C.  Notify MSCO of any changes in your status.

4.  Child exchange cannot be done inside the building, only on camera outside.

5.  Reports will be taken by phone at dispatch center.  To file a report, call 479-738-2320 or 479-738-5610

6.  For copies of police reports or questions, call the Business Office at 479-738-5612 or 479-738-5624

7.  Payments of fines or tickets can be done online @ www.ecourtpay.com, or by contacting 1-844-874-8624, or by leaving your payment in the drop box at the business office in an envelope with your name, mailing address, call back number and who you are paying for, or by mail - Madison County Sheriff's Office, PO Box 476, Huntsville, AR 72740

8.  For drivers testing contact State Police at 479-751-6663

9.  Sex offenders needing to verify address, change info, or register for the first time can do so by filling out the form that is available in the folder outside the business office and putting it in the drop box.  Directions and information are on the form.

10.  Copies of Reports - Fill out a request form located in the folder outside of the business office, along with $10.00 for the copy, and place in the drop box.  The report will be returned as soon as possible.

We will continue to keep you informed as best we can as we receive information from CDC.  Please continue to safely check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.  Thank you for your patience during this disruption in our daily routine.

Sheriff Rick Evans


Madison County EMS

Madison County EMS is ready to respond to your emergency ambulance needs as we have been throughout any other issues that face our County and the citizens of Madison County.  

Our EMS personnel have been trained to provide treatment of the patient that presents with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and any other virus that we may come in contact with.

Our business office is available for your needs by calling 479-738-2621 and setting up an appointment. 

With our response to the citizens of Madison County, you will be required to have your temperature checked as you enter our building, regardless of any symptoms or lack thereof you may have.

We sincerely appreciate everyone understanding how important it is for the communities we serve and the desire we have to make sure you are well protected and cared for during this trying time.

Keith Edmonds, Director
Madison County EMS

 
Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling Center

The Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling Center will be open to the public during the normal business hours of Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 am - 3:45 pm & Saturday 9:00 am - 12:45 pm.  The resale area of the center will be closed.  All other services will be provided at this time.  We ask that customers conduct their business at the center as quickly as possible in order to help minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The South County Convenience Center near St. Paul will be closed until further notice, to safeguard the health of the sole employee who works there.  South County residents may bring their trash and recyclables to the Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling Center in Huntsville. 

The Kingston and Clifty convenience center drop-off locations will remain open during normal hours.   


Madison County Public Libraries (Huntsville, Kingston, & St. Paul):

All libraries in the Carroll and Madison Library System will be closed to the public until further notice.  

All libraries will provide curbside service and reference services via Facebook messenger, email, and telephone during normal operating hours.  Wi-Fi is accessible outside the library buildings.  To place a request for curbside delivery please call, or leave a message via Facebook messenger with the titles you would like to check out.  You will be provided a time to arrive at the library for your delivery.  Please stay in your vehicle.  A staff  member will check out your items and deliver them to you at your assigned time.  All materials coming back into the library will be disinfected.   Library2Go via camals.org is always available for downloading eBooks and audio books.  If you have materials to return to your library, please use the outside book drops.  If you would like to renew items, please call, e-mail, or message your library via Facebook.


Department of Emergency Management

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may soon be made available to eligible small businesses and private non-profit organizations in Arkansas who have been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  These working capital loans of up to $2 million can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.  For more information regarding program eligibility and the application process, please contact the Madison County Department of Emergency Management at (479) 738-7606.

Madison County Veteran
 Service Office

Due to the closure of the lobby of 4D Sanitation, which currently houses the Veteran Service Office, the Madison County Veteran Service Officer will be working remotely from home.  If you need to reach the Veteran Service Officer for assistance, please call (479) 738-6537.



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Madison County Arkansas                                           County Population   15,717
201 West Main Street                                                     (Population based on 2010 Census)
Huntsville, Arkansas 72740
                                        Square Mileage  832