The weatherman says it's still summer, but the calendar says, "Back to school."
Most school systems in the Brownwood area will open classes for the 2011-2012 academic year on Monday morning, and that means motorists will need to brush up on the rules on the road around campuses. Speed limits are reduced in the mornings and afternoons when students are in transit, and fines for speeding violations in those zones are stiffer than usual. Drivers' cellphone use is also generally prohibited in school zones.
Families who have waited until the last minute to buy school clothes or supplies for students will enjoy one reward for their procrastination - the Texas "back to school" tax free weekend for dozens of eligible items continues through today. That means savings of approximately 8 percent in some cities, in addition to the sales prices which are common among retailers.