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. 

Box office opens at 7:00pm. Showtime at 7:30pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children.
Senior Citizen's Night
Mondays - $5 Admission

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Pictured are (from left): Jerry Agnew, Ron Barker, Paul Ragan, Alan Ricketson, Detective Sgt. Nicole Faulkner, Sammy Arnold, Clay Ihlo, and Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

October 22, 2020 - Sam Samford Lodge 149 in Center, to show support for law enforcement, gathered bags full of stuffed animals for law enforcement and first responders to give the stuffed animals to children who may be in the middle of a difficult time and need comfort.

Lodge members present for the donation were: Paul Ragan, Worshipful Master; Alan Ricketson, Senior Warden; Jerry Agnew, Junior Warden; Ron Barker, Steward; Sammy Arnold, Chaplain; Clay Ihlo, Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master and Treasurer of the Lodge. 

Receiving the stuffed on behalf of the Center Police Department Detective Sgt. Nicole Faulkner and Shelby County Sheriff's Department Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

State Queen Clinic November 21 – 22, 2020

October 21, 2020 - Every year the Miss THSRA program sponsors a rodeo Queen clinic to help girls of all ages learn the ins and outs of being a rodeo Queen. In years past, the clinic has been held in Waco, College Station and Mesquite. This year the High Roller Group has graciously allowed the clinic to be held at their arena here in Center. It’s a fitting location as the THSRA State Secretary, Susan Thompson Baldwin, State Queen Coordinator Ann Blackwell, and the State Student Secretary, Abi DePriest are all from right here in Shelby County.

The clinic covers all categories of a rodeo queen contest in great detail with hands on practice and demonstration. It covers everything from modeling, appearance and personal interview to public speaking and horsemanship. A full half day will be devoted strictly to horsemanship on horseback.

Presenters for the clinic are Queen Coordinator, Ann Blackwell; Joanna Blackwell Huckabee, former THSRA/NHSRA Queen; Chloe Costello, former THSRA/NHSRA Queen; Ms. Codi Cowdin Ward, former Miss THSRA; reigning 2020 Miss THSRA/NHSRA Laramie Dearing; Ms. Caren Gray, Speech Coach; Ms. Judy Gill, past Miss Rodeo America Board President; Caroline Corbell, hair/makeup stylist; and Ms. Tonia Crump Epperson, basic horsemanship. The wealth of knowledge among these incredible women will make for a clinic that any aspiring rodeo Queen will not want to miss!

For more information or to request a registration packet, contact Ann Blackwell, THSRA Queen Coordinator at or phone/text 936-590-1855. The clinic is open to girls of any age or experience level. You do not have to bring a horse to attend the clinic.

October 21, 2020 - The Taste of the Holidays, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at the Windham Civic Center from 4:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. There will be delicious food samplings available.

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

October 21, 2020 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2020 parade will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 beginning at 6:00pm. The Parade is presented by Shelby Savings Bank. The theme for this year’s parade is “A Rustic Christmas”. The Parade will be routed on and near the downtown square.

Categories for the 2020 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

We hope there will be a lot of entries. Decorate your pick up truck, golf cart, horse and buggy etc. Join in the holiday festivities and have fun!

To the People of Shelby County and Area Churches:

October 20, 2020 - On behalf of the entire Bonner family of Joaquin, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the prayers lifted up during our recent bouts with the Covid-19 virus. It is truly a blessing to live among such caring and sincere people. We believe those prayers for healing were answered as those family members are doing better and on the mend. What a testament to the power of prayer and to the power of Almighty God! What an awesome God we serve. God is good!

Once again, thank you all so much.

May God Bless You All,
The Bonner Family

Randy, Jeannette and Family
Zach, Laurie and Family
David, Holly and Family
Mark, Debbie and Family
Tim, Jenifer and Family
Justin, Callie and Family

October 19, 2020 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society did not have their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, but the October Challenge, "The Eyes Have It," was done virtually. Club members posted three of their favorite photographs, with "EYES" being the main subject, for voting and critique by fellow members. To view all the Challenge Photos view the PWPS Flickr page, or "Like" our Facebook page,

The PWPS is a club for all levels of camera enthusiasts, whether a beginner or more advanced, we offer something for everyone. For more information about the Piney Woods Photographic Society contact any club member or Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426.  

October Challenge Winners - "The Eyes Have It"

1st Place Tie - "1 More Pic for Mom" by Summer Kontonski

1st Place Tie - "Pretty Girl Tahoe" by Anna Jones

2nd Place - "Eye on You" by Bobbie Jean Wood

3rd Place -  "The Stare" by Billie F. Jones

October 13, 2020 - A new member ribbon cutting was hosted at C&J A/C and Electrical on Tuesday, October 13th to welcome them as the newest members of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

Owners Carl Jernigan and his wife Vicki were welcomed by Ambassador President Stephanie Elswick who spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, "We are here to welcome C&J A/C to our business community in Center. They have been a part of Tenaha's community for 30 years, I believe, and we are very happy to have them here."

Carl Jernigan thanked everyone who attended the ribbon cutting and thanked them for their support, "We appreciate everything about Shelby County so far; its been actually a blessing to work out of Shelby County. The move to Center was, a couple of motivations behind it, of course Center's the hub of Shelby County and its an ideal location to operate out of." Jernigan gave the second reason being the next generation which are the future of the business, "I don't see myself retiring any time soon, but I see myself slowing down a little bit and I'm relinquishing more and more power and authority and control to the next generation because they are on top of what the generations are expecting and what they want. Fortunately, I'm really confident in doing that because over the past several years they've definitely shown they have the attitude and the drive and the will to give customers exactly what I've always wanted to give customers and that's the best job you can give them, the satisfaction of a job well done and honesty and fairness."

The next generation of C&J A/C mentioned by Carl Jernigan are Joshua Jernigan, Lauren Jernigan Smith and her husband Sean Smith.

C&J A/C and Electrical is a family owned business started in 1990 by Carl Jernigan. For 30 years, C&J A/C and Electrical has been dedicated to providing the best possible cooling and heating solutions for you home or business. The trained technicians keep customers up to date with new laws and energy saving technology offering the safest and most efficient equipment for your home or business.  

C&J A/C and Electrical is located at 955 Southview Circle, in the old Radioshack building. Hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm. They also offer 24/7 Emergency Service for their customers.

October 9, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries would like to say 'Thank You' to Brookshire Brothers in Center.

On May 14th, they launched an initiative to raise money to provide food to those who have lost jobs, income, and their health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers were given the opportunity to donate $1, $3, or $5 during checkout. For every customer donation, Brookshire Brothers matched it dollar for dollar!

The money raised through this effort will help Shelby County Outreach Ministries continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County.

We want to thank all the generous customers and Brookshire Brothers for their efforts and support. Together, we can do more and make a difference.

October 8, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. Food boxes will be available on Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you. We hope you have a blessed holiday.

From left: Johnny Montemayor and Dr. Kyle Coffin stand beside Montemayor's watercolor "Chickens."

October 7, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic mantra has been 'we are in this together' and Kyle Coffin, DDS is putting actions to the words by reaching out to local artists.

On September 28, the Facebook page Kyle S. Coffin DDS, PLLC posted, "We know that the art community has been hurt by the covid-19 pandemic with art galleries closed and trade shows not happening. We want to display your work on our walls and will share it on our social media pages (while giving our office a fresh look, of course)." With the post was an image of artwork by Jack Bartlett, an oil on canvas "Fall Water."

“Fall Water” by Jack Bartlett - Oil on canvas

Dr. Coffin was excited to share on October 6th, artwork by Johnny Montemayor will also be displayed at his office located at 514 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas.

The artwork is available for purchase as well as contact information for the artist if you wish to commission work.