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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
June 16, 2015 - Town Historian Buster Bounds has shared a little piece of history with a YouTube video of the Dr. Y. W. Rogers family of Center, Texas who recorded their trip to Barksdale Field circa 1939. Barksdale Field later became Barksdale Air Force Base in January 1948. The video reflects a Sunday afternoon family outing.
To view the video on YouTube, click the following link - https://youtu.be/JIhpwbp58T0
The video was provided to Bounds courtesy of Dr. John Rogers, the son of Dr. Y. W. "Hap" Rogers. Bounds converted the footage to a digital format and uploaded it to YouTube.
June 15, 2015 - The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held a drawing for their Father's Day raffle on Saturday, June 13th. The raffle winners are as follows:
58-piece tool set from Wilson Supply: Nick Ham of Joaquin.
7 1/2 gallon propane tank (filled) from Haslam Sales: Richard Strickland of Haughton, Louisiana.
Two-piece tool chest from ACE Hardware: Daniel Loftin of Joaquin.
Four-door window tint from Ultra-Shade Plus: Buren Lowe of Joaquin.
250 Amp battery charger from NAPA in Center: Mickey Shull of Center.
4000 Watt generator from Dean's Hardware: Stew Lowe of Joaquin.
Handmade hunting knife by Webb and Michael Bates: Theresa Dickerson of Joaquin.
The raffle was a huge success, and the JVFD would once again like to thank all of the sponsors who donated items, as well as everyone who purchased tickets.
June 13, 2015 - The first Cinco De'Mayo Dream Girl Pageant was held Saturday, June 13th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Beautiful contestants walked elegantly across a princess decorated stage and presented their best attire in sportswear and evening wear. Junior Miss division young ladies participated in an interview portion of competition.
Below are the pageant results:
Tiny Miss Division
Queen - Rachel Ontiveras
Photogenic - Marceliene Rico
Sports Wear - Brianna Trejo
Evening Wear - Brianna Trejo
Princesses - Allison Lopez, Marceliene Rico
Junior Miss Division
Queen - Arlette Lopez
Photogenic - Arlette Lopez
Sports Wear - Arlette Lopez
Evening Wear - Arlette Lopez
Interview - Arlette Lopez
Princesses - Veronica Galvan
Ultimate Supreme (ages 0-10) - Aylin Mendoza
Mega Ultimate Supreme (All ages, contestant with highest score) - Brianna Trejo
June 13, 2015 (Album1, Album2, Album3) - The 2015 Miss Deep East Texas Dream Girl Pageant was held Saturday, June 13th at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Beautiful girls and young ladies from all over Shelby County took to the stage in hopes of being crowned Miss Dream Girl. Contestants presented their best attire in sportswear and evening wear as well as junior miss and older divisions participated in an interview portion of competition. Those old enough for the interview also presented a campaign which they supported. The young ladies spoke about what was important to them and topics included 'say no to drug', stop domestic violence, importance of volunteering especially at nursing homes, stop bullying, colon cancer awareness, and many more great causes.
Below are the pageant results:
Tiny Miss Division
Queen - Kensleigh Osby
Photogenic - Madilyn Polley
Sports Wear - Madilyn Polley
Evening Wear - Madilyn Polley
Lil Miss Division
Queen - TyBella Grover
Photogenic - TyBella Grover
Sports Wear - TyBella Grover
Evening Wear - TyBella Grover
Princesses - Amika Hill, Queen Driver
Junior Miss Division
Queen - Genesis Odom
Photogenic - Derrionna Duncan
Sports Wear - Genesis Odom
Evening Wear - Genesis Odom
Interview - Genesis Odom
Princesses - Galea Bell, Ja'Briyah Ratcliff, Derrionna Duncan
Queen - Kiana Collin
Photogenic - Kadence Polley
Sports Wear - Kiana Collins
Evening Wear - Kiana Collins
Interview - Kiana Collins
Princesses - Breanna Windham, Jailen McDonald, De'Asijah Ikner, ZaCoria Thedford, JaKayla Parks, Kadence Polley
Teen Miss Division
Queen - LaKasia Lister
Photogenic - Leandra Scurlock
Sports Wear - LaKasia Lister
Evening Wear - Leandra Scurlock
Interview - Leandra Scurlock
Queen Miss Division
Queen - Alyssa Harris
Photogenic - Alyssa Harris
Sports Wear - Alyssa Harris
Evening Wear - Alyssa Harris
Ultimate Supreme (ages 0-10) - Kadence Polley
Ultimate Supreme (ages 11-19) - Leandrea Scurlock
Mega Ultimate Supreme (All ages, contestant with highest score) - Madilyn Polley
Cover Girl - Genesis Odom
June 13, 2015 - (Album) In recognition of Flag Day, members of VFW Post 8904 and Ladies Auxiliary held a U.S. flag retirement ceremony at their post home.
Assisting the members were Boy Scout troop 119 and local residents.
Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, led the initial ceremony. He provided a history of Flag Day which commemorates the adoption of the United Sates flag on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
"The flags that we retire here today that are on this table have served us well, but due to their condition are no longer suitable for display. Fresh flags now fly in their place and they carry on the honor and dignity of 'Old Glory,'" said Hume.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said one last time in the presence of the flags before their retirement followed by Taps as presented by Post Commander Mike Langford.
Langford then directed everyone participating in the flag retirement ceremony on the proper etiquette to retiring the U.S. flag.
Information on proper flag etiquete can be read by clicking here
June 12, 2015 - Children attending the Summer Reading Program at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library were participating in outdoor activities on Thursday afternoon, June 11, 2015 in the front yard of the library.
Several of the activities the children were invested in included panning for gold in wading pools, roping, Snake in the Boot, target practice with rubber bands and aluminum cans as well as a watermelon seed spitting contest.
Roy Davis led the activities and he was assisted by Catherine Spann, librarian. The program will continue for the next five weeks.
June 11, 2015 - Traffic in Shelby County was slowed down considerably in certain areas as a large convoy rolled through on U.S. 96 hauling enormous tanks on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. As the convoy transitioned through Center on Hurst Street at 1:30pm, utility trucks could be seen moving in place ahead of the haulers to raise power lines and move any other obstacles out of the way.
Police officers on motorcycles from another area also assisted by directing traffic along the route. Previous to the tanks entering the intersection of Moffett Drive and Timpson Street, the pole holding the stoplights on the northbound side was unbolted and lifted out of the way and the convoy continued toward Tenaha.
A member of the convoy stated the convoy began in Houston and they were traveling to Arkansas. The tanks had coverings on them which had the name Hormecal on them which is a company out of Spain who manufactures equipment mainly for water works and steel works.
Although there were delays, and a brief power outage of about 20 minutes near the north circle in Center, the convoy moved through relatively quickly considering the size of the equipment they were moving.
For those curious about the equipment, Hormecal can be found online at the following link - http://hormecal.com/ing/em.html
June 10, 2015 - (More photos) First responders were honored with an Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, June 5, 2015 hosted by Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
The meal was a buffet of brisket, chicken, sausage, baked beans, and potato salad prepared by Pete Low. Portacool, a sponsor for the event, provided those attending with a cap and a tactical flashlight. Sponsoring the event were Specter, Inc., Portacool, and McAdams Propane.
First responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials were the honored guests. The appreciation lunch recognized the contribution and personal sacrifice first responders makes to the community.
June 10, 2015 - The Center Garden Club issued a proclamation on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 declaring June 7-13, 2015 as National Garden Week.z
Center Garden Club members gathered in the Community Room for a meeting on the second floor of the Shelby County Courthouse in Center. The proclamation was presented to Charles Rushing, Mayor Pro Tem, who received the proclamation on behalf of the City of Center.
June 8, 2015 - The Pony Express visited Joaquin and Center today June, 8, 2015 to announce the approach of Timpson Frontier Days. Danny Dixon astride his horse Pepper, Rose Dixon and Sarah Dixon on her horse Floyd arrived at each location in the presence of Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce representative Marilyn Corder as they invited one and all to the event.
Joaquin and Center residents greeted the Frontier Day ambassadors at each stop. One behalf of Joaquin were Mayor Bill Baker, Amanda Willey, and Barbara Pridgen. Center representatives included Sheriff Willis Blackwell, County Judge Allison Harbison, Leigh Porterfield, Meg Camp and Dennise Meek.
Timpson and Tenaha will be the other Shelby County cities visited in anticipation of Frontier Days with Timpson at 10am and Tenaha at 10:30am. All are invited to attend.