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.
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flowering water lilySeptember 10, 2020 - Center Garden Club met for its first monthly meeting of the new year on September 9, 2020 in the home of Lisa Albers. President Carole Ann Chance presided. Horticultural reports on both summer tomato production and river birch trees were presented and discussed.  Members also enjoyed a covered-dish salad luncheon and social hour after which they exchanged “pass-along plants.” Pictured is a flowering water lily grown by Carole Chance and passed along to Carolyn Bounds.

Center Garden Club meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. Come participate; call Carole Chance for more information at 598-7588.

September 9, 2020 - The winner of the Bar-B-Q trailer for the Sam Samford Lodge Scholarship Raffle is Keith Jefferson, Automotive Collision Specialist. 

Congratulations to Keith and a big thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for Center High School Seniors Scholarships.

September 9, 2020 - Friday, September 11 is Patriot's Day. All flags should be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown. If you cannot have your flag lowered at sunup please lower it the evening before. If your flag cannot be lowered you can still show respect for the day by attaching a black ribbon or cord at the top.

East Texas Food Bank “Feeding the Hungry” forms partnership between Tri-County Community Action’s “Harvest for Home Food Pantry” and Tyson Foods, Inc. in providing an additional Produce Drop in the Center, Texas area.

September 9, 2020 - The East Texas Food Bank has made it possible for Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. (TCCA, Inc.) and Tyson Foods to come together in a partnership with providing additional produce to individuals and families within our community. This has been made possible by being able to provide 2 produce drops each 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2020 until further notice.

Tri-County will continue to also have our regular produce drop on the 4th Wednesday of each month (September 23). The process and procedures will remain the same as far as disbursement of food and sign-in. Anyone is able to receive produce and food items. We will be located in the parking lot of the Wolf Plaza on the furthest end opposite of Ivan Smith Furniture (Where Sombrero’s used to be). Please meet us there on September 9, 2020. The truck arrives around 9:00-9:30 a.m.

September 7, 2020 (Entry Form- The 44th Annual East Poultry Festival Open Photography Show will be held at the Windham Civic Center located at 146 Express Blvd, October 1, 2 and 3, from 10am to 5pm. The show is sponsored by Light and Champion.

According to Photography Competition coordinator, Billie Jones, photography entries will be accepted at First United Methodist Church (basement), 211 Porter Street, Saturday, September 19th from 9am to 12 noon. Entries may also be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office before 3:00 on Friday, September 18th. For late entries, please contact Billie Jones at 936-591-2426 or 936-598-7778.

Photography Show entry forms and rules may be downloaded here, picked up at all branches of Farmers State Bank, Deb’s Boutique, Blake Furniture, or online at

Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation/Photo Restoration, Flowers, and Themed (specifically/primarily poultry). The age groups are Children 12 and under; Youth 13-18; and Adults 19 and over. The rule packets give additional information regarding the categories and classes.

Entry fees are $3.00 per entry. There will be a panel of judges choosing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention in each category, and Best of Show for adults, youth and children and People’s Choice Award.

Entries may be picked-up on the final day of the Poultry Festival, Saturday, October 3, between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the exhibit location.

Farmers State Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the East Texas Poultry Festival. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Tyson Foods, and Pilgrim’s Pride.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit

September 4, 2020 - The Unique Boutique is CLOSED until further notice due to hurricane damage to the roof and interior. We are not accepting donations at this time. We are working hard to get it repaired and opened again. Thank you for understanding. For more information, call us at 936-598-4990.

September 3, 2020 - The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the John Harris Community Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF).

These funds will be used to retain contract mental health therapists who will provide counseling at no charge to the children and families who qualify for our services.

We are grateful to ETCF for their support of our agency and their investment in the wellbeing of children in our community.

August 31, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries (SCOM) is now taking bids on the damage done to the roof and interior of The Unique Boutique resale shop. Please call or email us to set up an appointment to come view the store and the damage. The number is 936-598-4990. You can email Sherry at Bids need to be submitted by 3pm on Thursday, September 3rd.

September 1, 2020 - Hurricane Laura blew through Shelby County the morning of August 27th and brought down a Water Oak tree (Quercus Nigra) which is believed to be over 100 years old.

The tree located on Clyde and Edwina Samford's property on FM 699 in Center near the airport was known to be on the property in 1934 when Clyde was born and it was not a seedling then. The family estimates the tree is at least 100 years old.

Clyde passed away in February 2019. Trevor Campbell is shown in the photos with the sprawling tree and he is the grandson of Clyde and Edwina.

Sherry Oliver submitted the photos and the information. She is the daughter of Clyde and Edwina Samford and is a registered nurse at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

August 31, 2020 - VFW Post 8904 veterans and auxiliary gathered before the Shelby County Veterans Memorial at the Historic Shelby County Courthouse August 31, 2020 in remembrance of those who served in the Iraq War. 

"The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003 and continued until the 31st of August 2010. It's been 10 years since the end of hostilities, and it's our duty as fellow veterans and citizens to insure that this piece of history and scrifices made are never forgotten," said Larry Hume, Quartermaster.

Hume explained over 4,400 Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice during 9-plus years of the war, and that includes U.S. Army Specialist Larry E. Polley Jr., of Shelby County, on January 2004.

"Larry graduated from Center High School in 2001 and was 20 years old when killed in action," said Hume.

Many more Americans suffered wounds and loss of limbs in that war. 

One veteran present during the ceremony who served during the Iraq War was Mike Langford, VFW Post member, and he hung the memorial wreath upon the Shelby County Veterans Memorial.

Taps was then sounded as presented by VFW member Gene Hutto.

Hume announced the VFW Post 8904 would be hosting another ceremony September 2, at 10am in remembrance of VJ Day.