For the first time and due to the COVID-19 Ruling, the RIO Theatre is closed until the COVID-19 restrictions have been removed. The RIO will miss our customers during this time; however, the closing is for the health and wellness of our community. We appreciate our customers and wish everyone well. Check back often for when the RIO announces it will reopen. 

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April 9, 2021 - COVID-19 vaccines are available! Schedule your appointment today for a first dose of Pfizer at a mass vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 10, 2021 starting at 9am at the Windham Civic Center in Center. Registration is open on www.auroraconcepts.net. Click 'Covid Vaccinations' under the MORE tab on the menu bar or click here. In the orange section, click on 'Book Your Appointment.'

The Pfizer Vaccine is administered in two doses three weeks apart.


A view of San Augustine Street from the Austin Street intersection. The barricade is still in place.

April 8, 2021 - Striping is happening on the newly renovated downtown Center square! Will this evening or tomorrow be when the barricades are finally removed?


A view of Austin Street from the San Augustine Street intersection.

Update: Several Shelby County Today viewers have asked if the square will once again be two lanes and the answer is yes. The inside lane will be a turn only lane. The striping on the roadway will be coming soon which will help with the confusion.


April 6, 2021 - Will Tuesday, April 6th be the day? The day all four corners of the square are open once again?

Since October 8, 2019, downtown Center travelers have had to navigate detours around the square to get to one side or the other. The long haul of contruction, 546 days, made it a thrilling sight Monday evening, April 5th to see the black asphalt being paved on the final section of the construction to connect the corner of Shelbyville Street and San Augustine Street with the rest of the square.

If the barriers are not removed Tuesday because the newly paved asphalt has to be allowed to harden and cure, seeing it gives hope the construction journey is truly almost over.

Use caution when traveling downtown because even if all four corners of the square reopen today, contractors may still be working downtown putting in the final touches. Also, remember the square is one way directional travel once it reopens all the way around. Signs are up indicating the two-way traffic once allowed during construction will be no more. The inside lane is a left turn only lane.

Related article: Portions of Center Square Closed for Streetscape Project (Update)

April 8, 2021 - The Shelby County Appraisal District’s phones and computers are down at this time. We will advise when we are up and running.

April 8, 2021 - Join us tomorrow (April 9) for #GoBlueDay! Be sure to wear your best shade of blue to show support for #ChildAbuseAwareness and the work we do here at Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center!#ChildAbusePrevention #EndChildSexualAbuse


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April 7, 2021 - On Monday, April 5, 2021 Shelby County 4-H and Shelby County Farm Bureau teamed up to say thank you to our first responders for all their hard work and sacrifices with a First Responders Appreciation Dinner.  

Men and women from local police, sheriff, and fire departments along with paramedics, state troopers, game wardens and electrical linemen were treated to a hamburger and hotdog dinner complete with chips and cookies.


Farm Bureau (from left) David Hailey, Paul Pustka, Ryan Pinkston, Robert Griffin, Terrie Allen, Mac Warren, Allen Ray, Buren Lowe, Commissioner Tom Bellmyer, and AgriLife Agent Lane Dunn.

Farm Bureau did a wonderful job preparing the meal, and members of 4-H had a great time bagging and serving the meals to all those who attended.

We would like to say a big thank you again to all of those who work so hard and put themselves at risk every day to keep us safe and healthy.

April 7, 2021 - The Fannie Brown Booth Library will have books for sale in the Reddit Room until the end of April.

Hardbacks - $1 and Paperbacks - $.50.

Visit during library hours which are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (10am - 4pm) and Thursday (12 noon - 6pm). Closed Monday.

Come look and maybe find a new favorite author.

April 6, 2021 - The numbers are staggering. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. We are committed to ending child sexual abuse and helping young victims seek safety, justice, and healing. Join us by learning some of the potential signs of abuse #EndChildSexualAbuse: https://bit.ly/3cYLYKG (Link: Signs of Child Abuse)

Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center

April 2, 2021 - Join us in our bold vision to #EndChildSexualAbuse and be a part of the solution. What will you do to keep kids safe? Please watch this video to learn more https://vimeo.com/449708720.

April 1, 2021 - April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. We are proud of the work being done across the state to protect children. Throughout the month, join us as we share the facts, increase awareness, and move toward ending child sexual abuse in Texas. #ChildAbuseAwareness #ChildAbusePrevention #EndChildSexualAbuse 

March 31, 2021 - VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary honored Veterans of Somalia with a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the 1885 Historic Courthouse in Center on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Post Quartermaster Larry Hume explained, "Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both within and outside the continental United States. Never has this humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil war in the East African country of Somalia. Ultimately hundreds of thousands were saved, but unintended involvement in Somali’s civil strife cost the lives of 30 American Soldiers, 4 Marines, and 8 Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 and 1994. The American military has established a tradition for peace in the midst of a famine and civil war but unlike later in Bosnia, the factions were not exhausted in fighting and were not yet willing to stop killing each other and anyone caught in the middle. There was no peace to keep and the United States withdrew all military combat troops in March of 1994. The American G.I. had as always done their best under difficult circumstances to perform a complex, confusing mission. The best military in the world can only lay the foundation for peace; they cannot create peace itself."

To honor the Veterans of Samolia, Post Chaplain Travis Snider laid the memorial wreath. Taps was then sounded as presented by VFW member Gene Hutto.

Following the memorial program, Snider shared that Saturday, April 3rd will be the 50th anniversary of his return from Vietnam and his discharge from the military. Happy Anniversary!

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