Reminders issued as classes begin

Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Department has issued a reminder about school zones and school bus laws as classes being for many county schools.

Today is the first day of school for Woden and Etoile students, and students in Chireno ISD began classes Wednesday. Douglass ISD begins school Monday, and Garrison students return Wednesday. Cushing, Central Heights, Martinsville and Nacogdoches ISDs begin school Monday, Aug. 26.

Drivers are required to stop when bus lights are flashing, even if traveling in the opposing direction unless the highway is divided by a concrete or grass median, the department states. In school zones, cellphone activity is illegal and deputies will be monitoring school zones for violations.

Speed limit to be lowered on Highway 7

The speed limit on State Highway 7 is being lowered from 70 mph and 75 mph to 65 mph for about three miles in the county, beginning at the city limits, the Texas Department of Transportation announced.

The change is the result of a recent study, TxDOT states, that indicate lowering the limit would increase safety of the motoring public. The new speed limits will be enforceable once signs are placed.

TxDOT also announced that evening and overnight work at two major intersections will continue through Monday. Drivers should expect delays at State Hwy. 21 E at Loop 224, and at US 59 S and Loop 224.

Motorists going north on U.S. 59 will be diverted to Loop 224, and those traveling on Loop 224 will be diverted to exit ramps at state Hwy. 21 East. Traffic control and signage will be in place, according to TxDOT.

Mission Tejas to host Geocaching Adventure

Mission Tejas State Park near Alto will present a session on geocaching this Saturday as part of its ongoing educational series.

The park-wide expedition will introduce participants to the science of geocaching. A number of GPS units will be available, but those who wish to download a smartphone app for offline use can use those, as well.

Afterward, a Ranger talk titled “Oawsome Opossums” takes place at the Visitor’s Center from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Park visitors also should bring drinking water, bug spray and sun protection. The park, 120 Park Rd. 44, lies about an hour east of Nacogdoches between Alto and Crockett on State Hwy. 21 in Houston County. All education programs are free with park admission, which is $3 for ages 13 and up. For more information, call 936-687-2394.

Bag re-purposing group recruiting new volunteers

BAGS2MATS, a community organization creating sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags, welcomes new volunteers.

No experience is needed, and volunteers can learn the art of plastic crochet. The group meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays at Democratic headquarters, 901 E Main St. and at 9 a.m. Fridays at the Senior Center, 621 Harris St.

It takes about 400 plastic bags to create one mat, which is lightweight, washable and dries quickly; and different colors can be used to create patterns.

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