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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
January 19, 2016 - The 2016 Woodmen Life Chapter 250 officers were installed during the annual officer installation dinner held Monday, January 18th. New officers were sworn in by Chris Beckendorff, WoodmenLife Community Outreach Manager. The new officers are Ellen Manning - President, Venorah McSwain - Vice-President, Joyce Hurt - Secretary, Ashton Askew - Treasurer, Cecilia Boles - Musician, Walter Manning - Sergeant at Arms, Rhonda Patterson - Trustee, Peaches Conway - Trustee, and Norman Hurt - Trustee.
Following the installation of officers, a donation was presented to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Shelby County, for a new project - Result Demonstration and Community Garden Project. The donation of $1,000 was accepted by Jheri-Lynn McSwain, AgriLife County Extension Agent (CEA) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) for Shelby County.
The project will provide an opportunity for Shelby County civic organizations and youth needing to complete community service hours to learn general horticultural practices while providing fresh produce to local food banks. A Result Demonstration Garden will be established and maintained which will allow visitors to learn about vegetables and plants that grow well in Deep East Texas.
January 19, 2016 - Marissa Cooper graduated Air Force Basic Training on Friday, December 4, 2015 from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas San Antonio, Texas. She is currently in technical training in San Antonio for security forces. Her first duty station following technical training is Maelstrom AFB, Montana.
Cooper was a 2015 graduate of Tenaha ISD and the daughter of Donald and Katherine Raymond of Joaquin. Her proud brothers are Collin and Brayden who both attend Tenaha ISD.
January 19, 2016 - A reunion of LaGrone cousins was held Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, at the Deadwood Methodist Community Center.
Twenty LaGrones were present and talked family history, looked at pictures, and walked the cemetery.
Those present are all descendants of Andrew Jackson LaGrone (1820-1885) and Lucinda Gibbs LaGrone (1827-1892), who were issued the first marriage license in Panola County. Jack was the son of Adam and Christina LaGrone, founders of Deadwood, the first Anglo settlement in Panola County east of the Sabine River. Jack served in the Texas Revolution and in the Confederate Calvary.
Jack and Lucinda had 13 children, Hiram Clark (1847-1928); William S. (1849); Walter Jackson (1851-1884); Arminta "Minta" (1853-1870); Lucinda Clementine "Clemmie" (1855-1933); Grayson Killis (1857 - 1872); Daniel Fayett (1859-1892); Thomas Huel (1860-1919); Ambrus (1862-1865); Jefferson Bragg - (1864-1932); Itty (1865-1872); Charles Horace (1867-1939); and Mary Ella (1870-1920).
Those in attendance were Garth LaGrone, JoNell LaGrone-widow of Jimmy LaGrone, Mack LaGrone, Viginia “Jenny” Wood, Butch Marsalis, Merry LaGrone Bagley, Sue Ann McMillian Ware, Kathy Waggoner LaGrone, Tommy LaGrone, Kelly LaGrone, Mike LaGrone, Gavin LaGrone, Jimmy Nell LaGrone Oliver, Jimmy Ray Oliver, Brenda LaGrone McLane and her grandchildren Alyssa Fensom, Brenton Fensom, and Courtlyn Fensom, Brandi McLane Kelley, and Rodger Glen McLane.
The group discussed plans to hold another gathering in the springtime. For more information on that reunion you may join the “LaGrone Family” Facebook group or contact anyone who attended the December reunion, or call Rodger McLane at 903-754-3899.
January 18, 2016 - T-Shirt Fundraiser to benefit Michael Howard aka Lil' Mike who was in a terrible automobile accident Dec. 13th.
We ask all to help us pray for a miracle for Michael; we've already been given one that he survived the wreck. He broke his back (T11 Burst) ribs, collar bone & Shoulder blade as well as collapsed lung. Michael's injuries are severe. Michael is 26 years old and has 2 daughters.
All proceeds will go towards his medical needs. Shirts are Youth xsmall- large $15, Adult small-xlarge $20, 2x-5x $24, and can koozie $6. Shirt comes in blue, green, red or purple. Or to make donation, contact Nancy at 936-591-4729. May God richly bless you.
January 18, 2016 - The Piney Woods Photography Society (PWPS) held their monthly meeting Saturday, January 16, 2016. The January challenge featured "Open" subject with a very informative workshop presented by Janet Hughes.The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.
The next regular meeting will be held Saturday, February 20, 2016, First United Methodist Church basement, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The meeting will consist of a workshop theme "Lightroom - Develop Module" with the February Challenge Theme being "Food". Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member. For more information, contact any club member or Billie Jones, 936-598-7778.
The PWPS would like to congratulate member JANET HUGHES on being accepted into the "Perspective Photography Exhibit" being displayed at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.
January 2016 Challenge Winners - Theme: Open
January 16, 2016 - 936 Crossfit held their ribbon cutting event on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at their new location at 139 Catco Drive in Center. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors helped to introduce Grant Belrose, 936 Crossfit Owner, to visitors attending the ribbon cutting event.
"The biggest question I get is, 'what is crossfit?' and 'what do we do?' and really the best way to answer that is to get in here and try," said Belrose. "What we define crossfit as, we have three big bullet points of crossfit and that's functional movement, constantly varied and high intensity."
Belrose explained you don't have to be in his facility to do a crossfit workout, as it can be done anywhere. The type of workout is different in that it doesn't rely on machines for the most part, instead it is more about body motion.
"We're really big on functional movement, and that means as far as just picking stuff up, putting stuff overhead, moving light weights for a long period of time," said Belrose.
One thing clients can look forward to is a constantly changing workout program. Since the business first opened February 2, 2015, Belrose says members who started during that time have rarely done the same workout twice, because of the variety offered.
"I'm not going to sugar coat it, it's not for everyone, but it is for anyone," said Belrose. "Some people have tried it, and they're fit and they come in here, and they don't like it. That's fine with me, you like to do what you workout and then I like to do mine. It's not for you, and that's perfectly fine, but it is for anyone to try."
Additionally, 936 Crossfit has a fitness program for children, "Crossfit Kids is a program we started just to get kids active you know and we like to keep fitness fun. So, a lot of times what we do in here are games"
Belrose explained, starting a good fitness foundation with children will help them to have a better health and fitness awareness as they get older.
During the ribbon cutting event, Belrose introduced his mother Teresa Belrose who owns Teresa's Tumblers which offers tumbling classes for ages three and up; his fiance Tyler Paige, who is also a trainer with 936 Crossfit; and Joy Wilburn, on staff masseuse.
936 Crossfit is open all week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday there are classes at 5am and 6am. All week there are classes at 8am, 12-noon, 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
For more information on 936 Crossfit contact Grant Belrose at 936-332-1415.
January 15, 2016 - The Pineywoods Beekeepers Association met January 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office in Lufkin for the first meeting of 2016 with 57 members and guests attending. Program Coordinator Marie Kocyan discussed beekeeping policies and regulations in Texas. The Pineywoods Beekeepers Association meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Dues are $10 for e-mail membership and $16 for postal per family.
The February 11 meeting speaker will be Kacy Cole, manager of the Paris, Texas, branch of Dadant & Sons, Inc. Beekeeping Supplies. For more info, contact Mike Bordelon (936-332-4457)
January 13, 2016 - Album - Go Tell Crusade with Rick Gage held a kick-off banquet for the Go Tell Resurrection Celebration which will be held at Roughrider Stadium March 25-27, 2016.
All attending the banquet were welcomed to the event by Rick Thompson, followed by the meal with a prayer and blessing led by Aubie McSwain, Crusade Chairman. Rick Gage was the speaker and he brought the message. The Go Tell Crusade has been to Shelby County twice in the past, in 1999 and 2013.
"We saw many souls saved, and many lives that were touched by the spirit of God. We spoke in many of the schools across the region and was able to touch thousands of teenagers across this region, because of the school assemblies," said Gage. "About maybe six months, eight months ago we got a call from some of the lay leaders in this community who felt a desire from the spirit of God to have an evangelistic outreach event in 2016 at the football stadium once again over the Easter weekend."
Gage stated, contacts have once again been made to others in the region about the return of the crusade and plans have been being put into motion over the past several months.
Following Gage on stage were Crusade Chairmen Rusty Hall, and David Koonce as well as Center First Baptist Church Youth Pastor Josh Sanford.
For more information on the Go Tell Resurrection Celebration, contact Rusty Hall at 318-422-1511 or David Koonce at 936-590-0994.
January 14, 2016 - Suzanne Ihlo was the guest speaker for the January 13 Center Garden Club meeting at the Community House in Center, Texas. She discussed the history and plants of the Historic First Methodist Church Cemetery (1861-1939), and she has submitted an application for it to be named as a Texas Historical Cemetery Marker.
Members make plans for future projects, fundraising, the April 22 Flower Show, and the Southern Zone Workshop which Center Garden Club will host June 16 at the Community House in Center.
Submitted by Linda Bordelon
January 14, 2016 - Delta Gamma's January Program "Modern Day Slavery:Human Trafficking" was presented by Loretta Bedford of San Augustine. "Refuge of Light" is dedicated to establishing a safe home for victimized girls under the age of 18 years in the U.S. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. It generates $32 billion per year and impacts as many as 300,000 American children.