The Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the City of Pittsburg, has decided that in the best interest of our community, and in light of the current COVID-19 response, the Texas Hot Link Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, will now take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The scheduled hours will remain the same; the festival will begin at 11 a.m. and run to 8 p.m.
On March 18, 2020, at 10:45 a.m., Pittsburg Police Officers responded to the 900 block of N Greer Blvd in reference to a crash involving a tractor-trailer. Upon arrival, officers located a 1986 Peterbilt pulling a loaded cattle trailer that had overturned. The driver, Marty Seabourn of Henrietta, was unhurt and the surviving cattle were able to be unloaded. Other responding agencies included the Pittsburg Fire Department, Camp County EMS, Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Animal Health Commission. The roadway was reopened at 3:30 p.m.
On March 20, County Judge AJ Mason declared a state of disaster for Camp County based on the following information: a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; the symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe illness and cause further complications including death, and COVID-19 virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. On March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas issued a proclamation certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas. Camp County, Texas, is taking measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in the community, and said state of disaster requires that certain emergency protective measures be taken pursuant to the Texas Disaster Act of 1975, relating to Emergency Management and Public Health, pursuant to Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code.
The University Scholastic League has announced that all events, athletic, academic, and musical will be postponed until further notice. As the situation stands, all UIL contests are suspended until May 4th at the earliest. At this time, all rehearsals, practices and workouts conducted outside the school day, as well as spring football, are postponed also. This means that no rehearsals, practices or workouts outside the school day can be conducted during this time, however, events taking place on a Sunday are still allowed. One Act Play certification deadlines have been pushed back so that schools may compete at a later date. Other events see no change. UIL musical events such as concert and sight-reading contests will be postponed. New event dates for music contests will be chosen after new dates for academic and athletic events have been confirmed.