Stores announce change in hours

Belk Stores this week announced all stores would be closed through March 30, while Stage Stores announced new store hours in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Stage and its family of brands, which include Bealls, Palais Royal and Gordmans, will have reduced hours to 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Select stores, such as those in areas where only essential businesses may remain open, are closed.

Tax office closed temporarily

The office of the Nacogdoches County Tax Assessor/Collector is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Registration and permits can be renewed online at or

Vehicle registrations can be renewed online 90 days before expiration or up to six months afterward.

Registrations can also be renewed by mail, and notices are mailed to all registered vehicle owners. To register by mail, send the notice, inspection report, fees and proof of insurance to Tax Assessor/Collector, 101 W. Main St. Suite 100, Nacogdoches TX 75961.

Child Support offices go virtual

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced child support offices are transitioning to “virtual” establishment and enforcement services to prevent spread of coronavirus.

“During this time, while physical child support offices will be closed to customers and visitors, services will continue to be provided over the telephone and internet,” an announcement from Paxton’s office states. “We have provided our customers with electronic methods of communication to continue the daily operations of the Child Support Division. Our customers can now submit their questions electronically to a customer service specialist, using their child support account.”

Customers can contact the AG’s office by phone at 1-800-252-8014 or visit

TxDOT working, but closes state travel centers

Scheduled road projects are continuing on road projects throughout Nacogdoches and surrounding counties, the Texas Department of Transportation this week announced.

Projects include drainage structure work near the U.S. 59 flyover, guardrail work on state Hwy. 21 and FM 226, resurfacing on state Hwy. 7 from FM 2782 to Loop 224 and drainage and headwall issues on FM 1275. Sidewalks and driveways are under construction on East Austin Street, also known as FM 2609.

To slow the threat of COVID-19, TxDOT announced it is closing its 12 travel information centers but says outdoor rest areas and restrooms will remain open. Restrooms will be cleaned regularly between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., TxDOT said. In conjunction with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration related to COVID-19, TxDOT is also requiring its office-based employees to telework beginning March 16.

Drivers may can call 1-800-452-9292 or visit for road condition information.

AlAnon goes to virtual meetings

The Murray Hilltoppers AlAnon are suspending their weekly in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meetings will continue online at the usual meeting times each week: Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. using the platform. Call John M. at 936-554-6217 for information on how to access these online meetings.

At AlAnon, everyone is welcome who is affected by someone else’s addiction.

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