City of Paragould
Rich in History and Tradition
Paragould is located 150 miles northeast of Little Rock and 80 miles northwest of West Memphis. Paragould is situated atop Crowley’s Ridge and located along the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway. We are near to some of the most plentiful lakes, streams, and rivers in all of Arkansas.
Paragould is a growing city that is rich in history and tradition. The Greene County Fair is more than 100 years old and is the single largest county fair in the state.
Our historic downtown is home to Art and Stroll and the State's largest Zombie Walk. The downtown area is located on Pruett Street and includes the restored Collins Theatre and the Greene County 1888 Historic Courthouse, home of the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce.
**A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR MIKE GASKILL**
To the Citizens of Paragould:
Without a doubt, we are currently in some unprecedented times. Along with the state and the nation, our city is battling to prevent the spread of a virus that has caused serious illness, or even death, to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. As your mayor, I want you to know that the City of Paragould has been taking proactive steps to keep our citizens and our employees as safe as possible in these times of uncertainty.
We are routinely keeping in contact with other local and state leaders to stay abreast of any and all changes in this situation as they occur. As a city, we are asking each and every one of you to practice social distancing whenever possible, as that has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of contracting and spreading not only the coronavirus, but ANY communicable disease. We know that this is not an easy task, however, we also know that this is the most impactful way that we can make a difference right now.
Governor Hutchinson and his team of medical experts have worked around the clock for many days in an attempt to find the best ways to combat this disease and its rapid spread in our state and in our communities. As a result, Governor Hutchinson has enacted several executive orders regarding closings and social distancing procedures to help slow the spread as much as possible. We encourage each of our citizens to heed those executive orders, as well as the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, in order to best protect ourselves during this time. Please limit your contact with others by only performing essential tasks such as work or acquiring necessities such as food and medications.
The citizens of Paragould have a long, well-known reputation of taking care of one another in times of need and crisis. I have no doubt that we will rise up to meet that reputation once again as we do our part to help slow the spread of this disease. Please be sure to take care of yourselves, and remember to check on those that are elderly and/or homebound and ensure that their needs are met during this time. With the help of one another, we will make it through this trying time together.
With kindest regards, I am,
Mayor Mike Gaskill
COMMUNITY UPDATE NEWSLETTER
courtesy of Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce
With regards to Halloween trick-or-treating or festivities, neither the city of Paragould nor the Paragould Police Department govern whether those activities take place or not in any given year. We understand, however, that this year there may be more questions and/or concerns regarding Halloween.
Below is a link to an Arkansas Department of Health document with their guidance and recommendations for Halloween activities and COVID-19 this year. We share this as a resource to our citizens to help you with your planning or answer any questions you may have.
Click for Halloween Guidance