Library closed

The Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System advertises its online resources — available at — while the physical building is closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The closure started Sunday and the library is expected to reopen March 30.

Updated 9:52 a.m. March 24

Organizers and officials have submitted the following cancellations, modifications and closures to The Moultrie Observer. If you know of others, please email us at

Church services

Several churches in the community have reportedly made changes to their service plans, but few have notified The Observer. If you know of others, please contact us at

• Riverside Holiness Church has postponed services until April 1.

Events canceled/postponed

• NAMI Moultrie has canceled all of its events through the month of April. A decision on May events will be made later.

• The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group canceled its meeting scheduled for March 19.

• MADD South Georgia is postponing its awards banquet, which was planned for March 20.

• Moultrie Federated Guild’s 63rd annual Vintage Market, planned for March 20 and 21.

• Calico Arts and Crafts Show, planned for March 21 and 22.

• Needmore Speedway has canceled the race scheduled for March 21. The next event is scheduled for April 11, and the decision whether to cancel it has not been made yet.

• The Colquitt County Board of Education has canceled its March 23 meeting.

• The Presidential Preference Primary, which was scheduled for March 24, has been postponed to align with the May 19 primary and non-partisan election. Votes cast in the abbreviated early voting period will be counted.

• The Southwest Georgia Community Action Council has canceled its March 24 board meeting.

• Moultrie City Council meetings scheduled for April 7 and 21 and May 5 have been canceled. Meetings will be called if business requires, and they may be held in an alternate format.

• All special events planned for city-owned facilities for the next eight weeks (ending on or about May 17), which include Spring Fling and Backyard BBQ Competition (April 17-18) and Second Saturday events on April 14 and May 9.

• Relay for Life, planned for April 24. A new date and format are expected to be announced.

• The Veterans Express Bus to the VA hospital in Lake City, Fla., is canceled until further notice.

• All scheduled ABAC events including intercollegiate athletics have been canceled through the end of the spring term on May 7.

• The Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce has canceled all in-person programs through March 29, which includes Leadership Colquitt County, Coffee and Commerce, and a meeting of the Workforce Committee.

• Colquitt County School System has canceled classes, although some staff are still required to work. The local schools initially planned to resume March 30, but a gubernatorial order extended the closure through March 31. This includes all school-related events, including “all school building activities, extracurricular activities, athletics and trips,” according to Superintendent Doug Howell.

• The Southern Circuit of Superior Court has suspended all grand jury sessions and jury trials in the circuit, which includes Colquitt, Lowndes, Brooks, Echols and Thomas counties until mid-April.

Services modified

• Southwest Georgia Community Action Council’s senior meals program will deliver all meals to the home instead of providing them in a group setting.

• Colquitt Regional Medical Center is limiting patient visitations. Employees are screened before each shift.

• PCOM South Georgia is delivering instruction through online classes.

• All schools of the University System, including all campuses of ABAC, will finish the remainder of the spring semester by receiving all of their instruction online. In the case of ABAC, that will begin March 30 when students return from a two-week hiatus that was also caused by the coronavirus.

• The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8), a group that includes VA facilities in South Georgia and North Florida, are transitioning to virtual appointments as much as possible so veterans can stay home and avoid exposure. The facilities will cease non-urgent elective procedures and are further restricting visitations

Facilities closed

• Moultrie City Hall lobby. Business can be conducted through the drive-through or two walk-up windows.

• Moultrie Police Department lobby. Non-emergency calls will be handled by telephone, he said, but emergency calls will be dispatched just as they have been. Anyone who needs a copy of a police report can call the police department at 229-985-3131 and one will be faxed or mailed.

• Doerun Police Department lobby. If you need a report or any other police or court related paperwork or you need to speak with someone about a citation, please contact the Clerk of Court at (229)782-5441 during regular business hours. If you have an emergency, please dial 911 and police will respond, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

• Colquitt County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex are closed 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to allow for extraordinary cleaning. Both will operate normally 1-5 p.m.

• Colquitt County Arts Center, through March 27.

• HeadStart, operated by Southwest Georgia Community Action Council.

• Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce.

• Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System, through March 29.

• The Moultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Authority has closed all ball fields, tennis courts, gyms, pools, parks and offices to the public. This includes the cancellation of all athletic and recreation programs through March 29.

• Moultrie Senior Center, with the decision of when to re-open being made on a week-to-week basis. Clients can get their regular lunch meal from the side door in the parking lot area.

• Southern Regional Technical College, through April 3. This includes moving spring break from the week of April 3 to the week of March 30.

Businesses closed

• Lazarus department store is closed this week and will decide when to reopen on a week-by-week basis.

• Shoe Show.

• The Moultrie Observer. While the business office is closed, reporters will continue covering the news based at their homes. They and all other staffers are available by phone and email. Newspaper delivery will continue on the normal schedule.

• Turner Furniture stores.

• Moultrie Cinemas.

• Belk Hudson.