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For the first time and due to the COVID-19 Ruling, the RIO Theatre will close after Friday's showing of Bloodshot 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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October 31, 2019 - Below is a list of community Halloween activities from now through Halloween. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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October 31, 2019 - Lisa Crouch, Pre-K teacher in San Augustine, discusses some of the activities she combines with the books she presents to children in her class. Delta Gamma assisted Mrs. Crouch is securing an ASTEF grant from the state organization so all the students in Pre-K and K in San Augustine could receive a book each month during the school year. Delta Gamma is the local organization of key women educators in San Augustine, Shelby, and Sabine County.

Submitted by Nora Robinson

October 31, 2019 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department is selling a limited number of tickets for their annual Raffle Fundraiser which includes a 2019 420 Honda Rancher 4-wheeler 4x4 with trailer. The trailer is donated by L & R Timber and Common Disposal.

The drawing will be held Friday, November 8th at the Shelbyville football game. Only 300 tickets will be sold for $50 each. The raffle also includes chances to win a Taurus 9mm pistol donated by Shelby Savings Bank; a 50" Flat Screen TV; and three (3) drawings for $100 Visa Gift Cards. All together tickets have six chances to win.

The 4-wheeler winner will be responsible for 4-wheeler and trailer tax, title, and license. Gun winner will need to pass a background check.

Contact any Shelbyville Volunteer fireman for tickets and tickets will be for sale at Shelbyville football games played at home. Call Darren Whiteside at, 936-590-2317.

Be sure to support your local fire department! Funds raised help cover operating expenses of our volunteer fire department.

October 30, 2019 - Shelby Savings Bank North Branch and Ivan Smith Furniture are hosting the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Bash on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4pm until 6pm. Come join the fun in the bank and furniture parking lot. Activities include games, face painting, fun and especially candy! Admission is free!

October 28, 2019 - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2019 parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 6:00pm. The Parade is presented by Shelby Savings Bank. The theme for this year’s parade is “Songs of the Season”.

Categories for the 2019 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 20, 2019.

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!

The Taste of the Holidays, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Thursday, December 5th at the Windham Civic Center from 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.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 24, 2019 - Excelsior would like to thank everyone that graciously donated money for our student, Liam Hill, who is battling leukemia. 

Liam is a kindergarten student here at Excelsior. We are still taking donations that will go towards his ongoing medical expenses. Please contact the school if you wish to donate.  

Please continue to lift up Liam and his family in your prayers.

October 22, 2019 - (Album) - The Second Annual Fall Festival of Hope was held Saturday, October 19, 2019 on the Center square. 

To kick off the event a 5K run was held at the John D. Windham Civic Center. After the race was completed, the awards were presented on the square amidst the large variety of vendor booths.

Judy Monroe welcomed everyone to the event and Christine Taylor honored the participants with their medals.

The overall winners of the 5K were: 1st Place - Luciana Moreno; 2nd Place - Delia Diaz; and 3rd Place - Tonya Andrews. (See more results here)

As the day progressed several other activities continued throughout the event. A variety of homemade pies and cakes were brought to be judged by Cindy Lindsey, Kenneth Wagner and Rolando Solis. 

The winners of the pie contest are as follows:
Fruit Category:
1st place - Cheryl Milford - Blueberry Cream Cheese Banana pie
2nd place - Jessica Migues - Pecan Apple Streusel pie

Nut Category:
1st place - Melanie Farmer - Pecan Caramel Toffee pie
2nd place - Kelly Snider - Pecan pie
3rd place - June Stevens - Pecan pie

Custard Category
1st place - Cecelia Boles - Coconut Cream pie
2nd place - June Stevens - Buttermilk pie
3rd place - Leroy Creech - Sweet Potato pie

People's Choice - June Stevens for her Pecan pie

The first ever Crushin Cancer Jeep Show sponsored by Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep was also held during the festival and the winners are as follows:

  • Classic Jeep Pre-1986 - Best in Class - Bill and Cindy Durham 1977 of Shelbyville
  • Wrangler YJ 1987-1995 - Best in Class - Amanda Kirby
  • Wrangler TJ 1997-2006 - Best in Class - Rick Kirby of Center
  • Wrangler JK - Best in Class - Brian Verdeen of Many, Louisiana
  • Wrangler JKU - Best in Class - Amy Stevens of Logansport, Louisiana
  • Wrangler JLU - Best in Class - Greg Hubbard of Center
  • Most Extreme Trail Jeep - Brian Verdeen of Many, Louisiana
  • People's Choice - Dustin Ramsey of Shreveport
  • Kids Choice -  Amy Stevens of Logansport, Louisiana
  • Overall Best in Show - Greg Hubbard of Center

There were three participants in a chili cookoff this year. After the cooks worked hard preparing their chili, and once it was judged the awards were announced. 


1st place and People's Choice was awarded to Michelle Walker; 2nd place to Shelby Savings Bank; and 3rd place to Makayla Swift.

Proceeds are to go to the Boo’s Battle Support Fund, a non-profit organization designed to benefit local families who are battling cancer.  

Boo's Battle Support Fund reports in 2018 they raised $10,000 and their goal for 2019 was $12,500. In fact the 2nd Annual Fall Festival of Hope raised a total of $13,374.47. 

"God is blessing this non profit to be able to help so many people who are battling cancer. We couldn’t do it without any of you. We are so amazed and all the glory to God. We want to thank everyone for all the continued support. If you or someone you know needs assistance please message us or tell them about us. We are here and plan on being here for a very long time."

A variety of raffles were held and the winners were: 
1st prize - Craft Sparks - A guided Axis Buck Hunt donated by EOE Ranch.
2nd prize - Brad Hughes - A Box Stand donated by Haslam Trailers and Buildings. 
3rd prize - John Rutledge - A Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmor.

A pink Yeti cooler with additional items donated was also included in a raffle with the winner being Cindy Throckmorton. 

The Boo's Battle Support Fund organization expressed thanks all those who bought tickets and donated the items. They also had great gratitude to all businesses who donated these items, and they thanked everyone for buying chances and helping raise money for such a great cause. 

In addition, Brookshire Brothers in Joaquin was high on their list of contributors for donating all the pumpkin patch pumpkins for the 2nd year in a row.

October 22, 2019 - The Fall Book Sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Library got off to a great start this morning. Many books have already gone to a new home, but many more are still looking for one. 

We have a big selection and a wide variety of books. The sale continues through Saturday, October 26th, during regular library hours.

October 21, 2019 - Congratulations to Joyce Miller the winner of the quilt from the James-Antioch fundraiser. We want to thank everyone who purchased a ticket and attended the event Saturday night. Also a big thank you to the candidates who came out and spoke.

October 21, 2019 - Tex Ritter and Jim Reeves, two of the most important names in the history of country music, were both from Panola County, so it seems fitting that the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum should be located there. Established in Carthage in 1998, the Hall of Fame recognizes Texans who have made major contributions to country music and the museum displays a wealth of Tex Ritter artifacts and memorabilia, as well as that from other country artists.

“When I went to school to learn to be a Chamber of Commerce manager I learned that the first thing you need to do to attract tourism to your community is find something that is unique about your town and that no can take away from you and one else can brag about,” said Tommie Ritter Smith, President of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum, who also serves as President of the Panola County Chamber of Commerce. “In Carthage that one thing is that both Tex Ritter and Jim Reeves were born in our town,” she added. “When we decided to establish the museum, my first call was to television and movie star John Ritter, Tex's son, to tell him of our plans to establish the museum to honor his father. The family told me they would love that and they had a warehouse full of things that had belonged to Tex Ritter,” Mrs. Smith said. “I made a trip to California and met with Tex's sons John and Tom and their lawyers and made a deal with them to loan the collection to us. In about three months we had a warehouse full of stuff delivered to the old First National Bank building, which was empty at the time. Volunteers inventoried and cataloged the items and an insurance company appraised it.

The museum's first location was upstairs from the Chamber of Commerce. It was created and staffed by Bill and Tommie Ritter Smith and a handful of volunteers, she said. “We did very well with it and had a lot of visitors. I realized that there were still a lot of people who loved Tex and were interested in his things”, she told. “When I got to California and was able to view what the family had, I saw that they had everything that Tex Ritter had ever touched! They had every record he had ever made, they had books about him, they had his whole collection of Western folklore books. They had all of his clothes, some of which were Nudie suits. Nudie was a famous tailor who made many of the fancy suits that country artists like Porter Waggoner wore. They had his boots and boxes and boxes of contracts and correspondence,” Mrs. Smith said.

It took about a year to catalog everything in the collection. The Ritter family decided that they would donate all of the items to the museum and take a tax write-off. It now belongs to The Tex Ritter Foundation, with the stipulation that it cannot be sold and if the museum ever closes the collection will revert to the Ritter family heirs. All of John Ritter's children have visited the museum and are pleased with it, she shared.

John Ritter also visited the museum prior to his untimely death. “He liked to visit Carthage because he could just be John”, Mrs. Smith revealed. “I always tried to get people to leave him alone and let him enjoy himself, because they never would in other parts of the country.” Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't. It is now suspected that Tex died of the same hereditary heart condition as John. John's widow, Amy, has visited the museum and donated some of John's things. “We have a John Ritter exhibit and hope to increase it in the near future.”

“Our big weekend is the second weekend of August every year. That is when we have the Classic Country Music Festival and honor the new Hall of Fame inductees. This year we had the Gatlin Brothers perform. On Friday night before the big show on Saturday night, we have the John Ritter Tribute Showcase to help up-and-coming country music stars. We pare it down to twenty-four contestants and have the finals the night before the big show in August. The person who wins gets to represent the Hall of Fame for the coming year and possibly land a recording deal. For the past twenty years we have had a band backing the singers we put together from session musicians from the Dallas area. We call them the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band and the artists just love them! T.G. Sheppard liked them so much that he takes them with him when he is touring in Texas!” Smith said. “They are going to perform in with T.G. In Branson in November.”

“I want y'all to know about an upcoming appearance by Hall of Fame member Linda Davis and her family who are going to be at the Hall of Fame on November 16. It will be a dinner theater and we will be serving a Thanksgiving meal. Linda and her family will be performing songs from their Grammy-Award winning album, which will be on sale. Tickets are going fast so make your reservations soon”! Mrs. Smith said. “Check out our website!”

Following Mrs. Smith's talk, her husband Bill Smith, the bass singer for the Calvary Boys sang several Tex Ritter songs. He revealed that he was wearing the coat of a custom Western suit formerly owned by Tex. “This is a Turk suit that was made for Tex in the 1950's. Turk of Hollywood was another famous tailor of Western stage wear like Nudie.” Bill opened with “Welcome to My World”, written by Hall of Fame member Ray Winkler, which was a hit for Jim Reeves. He followed with the Tex Ritter hit “Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair”. Bill revealed that when Tex was signed by Columbia Records in 1943 he was their first “singing cowboy” but in 1945 he became the first country artist to have the Number one, Number Two, and Number Three records on the Billboard charts at the same time. One of those songs was “New Moon Over My Shoulder”, which Bill performed. He closed with Tex Ritter's most famous song, “High Noon”, from the film of the same name, which won an Academy Award for Best Song.

The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson. The public is invited.