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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November 6, 2015 - Weather enthusiast, Larry Rymal, submitted photos of Truitt Cemetery Road off of Highway 7 towards Joaquin, Texas which was overcome by rain water. Rymal said, "This little creek bridge tried its best, but this Friday morning’s 1.8” rain storm was too much for it to handle." Flooding at this location is a regular even during quick and heavy rains.

More rain is expected this afternoon through Saturday.

Camera was located on opposite sides of the creek bridge for each photo.

The morning sun was peeking through on the closer photo, hence the orange color.

November 6, 2015 - The Rio Theatre will be hosting Woodlawn, a limited release Christian movie about a football team who overcomes diversity together, starting Friday, November 6th and running through Tuesday, November 10th. A special Sunday Matinee will show on November 8th at 2pm to allow any football players or athletes who which to see the show an opportunity without conflicting with school and sports.

Box office opens at 7:00pm nightly and at 1:30pm for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children.

Woodlawn is a 2015 American Christian sports drama film directed by The Erwin Brothers, Andrew and Jon Erwin.

The film is based on the true story of Tony Nathan who was a gifted high school football player and other black students who were thrown into a world of turmoil when Woodlawn High School undergoes desegregation. Hank, an outsider, speaks to the team about a better way through following Jesus giving them hope. Nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to Jesus Christ.

Woodlawn stars Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, Caleb Castille, Sherri Shepherd, Jon Voight and C. Thomas Howell. It was produced by Kevin Downes, Provident Films and Pure Flix Entertainment and was released on October 16, 2015.

Movie Trailer -

November 6, 2015 - Margo Hooper, a junior at Stephen F. Austin and Timpson Alumna - class of 2013, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.

This award has been given since 1928, but according to the National FFA Organization Margo is only the third person from Timpson to be a recipient – the first female – and the third female from all of Shelby County.

Margo is majoring in Agriculture at SFA, and is a member of the Honor Society. She is the daughter of Tracy and Robin Hooper of Timpson, the granddaughter of Yvonne Ramsey and the late Glynn Ramsey of Timpson, and the late Tommy Mac and Barbara Hooper of Gary.

November 6, 2015 - Sabine State Bank is hosting Customer Appreciation Day today, November 6, 2015 to celebrate our loyal customers at the Center branch. Come by and register for a Yeti Cooler to be given away every hour 10am until 2pm. Enjoy free cookies, punch, and candy.

Restrictions can apply. Need not be present to win.

November 5, 2015 - Joaquin PTO hosted their annual trunk or treat, costume contest, and silent auction on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. A good time was had by all that attended. Our silent auction was a huge success and each grade that participated earned $475.

Thank you to our winning bidders; Whitton Wood Works, HLH Timber, Natalie Oswalt, Subway, and Bridgette Rogers.

The costume contest was held in the auditorium. There were 5 different age groups this year and the top 4 in each group were selected by judges: Jimmy Hamilton, Lynn Silvey, and Tam Hearnsberger and are pictured below.

Trunk or Treat was held following the contest in the bus lane. Thank you to our teachers and community members that came out and dressed up, decorated and passed out candy.

We also had our BBQ plates fundraisers at this time. The proceeds from those plate sales will benefit the general PTO fund and be used as needed for school requests.

Thank you to our donators that helped with the cost of those supplies and cooking. (Sherriff Blackwell, Subway, Big Zach’s, Brookshire’s, Ram House Café, Rancho Grande, Manuela Shuemaker, and numerous parents) The PTO would like to express our appreciation to each person that had a hand in making this night successful.

If you would like to help with future PTO events, please go to our Facebook page, Joaquin PTO and send us our information!

Birth – 3 years

Finlee Doggett, Dorothy; Maverick Woodfin, owl; David Penning, pirate; Mikenna Ray, cabbage patch girl

4 year – 2nd grade

Copper Tarver, Patrick Star; Haley Cash, grandma; Jaylee Cater, Junie B. Jones; Caleb Remedes, monster

3rd – 5th grade

Kallie Jackson, Indian; Tate Bass, rodeo clown; Blaine Ramsey, headless man; Cheyanne Pilling, tootsie roll

JH – up

Sunshine Carroll, Pirate; Dustin Weir, monster; Jimmy Jackson, coach; Hunner Cummings, headless table

Group 1

Alford Family, Alice and Wonderland

Group 2

Cohen & Kaylee, deer and deer hunter

November 4, 2015 - Mike Bordelon, who owns and operates Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake at Huxley, was the guest speaker for the November 3 Lakes Area beekeepers' Association meeting in San Augustine.

Using a power point presentation, he discussed preparing and caring for hives during the winter.



November 3, 2015 - Running M Feed, Seed & Tack recently held a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 30, 2015 with members of the Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), family and friends welcoming the business.

Paul Smith, TACC President, welcomed the owner of Running M Feed, Seed & Tack, Shelby Milford, to the business community, "We're very proud that you've decided to jump out and do this. We're happy for you, but we're happy for the town, and I want to add that this is the way business I think is supposed to happen, supposed to work. Of course I hate that we lost one feed store, but we're mighty proud that we had somebody else come in and take control and get another one started here in Timpson."

Mayor Debra Pate Smith expressed delight in the new establishment when she stated the city of Timpson is proud to have the business there and hopes it works well for Milford.

Milford said the store carries a variety of animal feeds from Cowtown manufacturer for cattle, and horses, as well as Diamond feed for dogs. The location of the store is 186 U.S. Highway 84 West at the intersection with U.S. Highway 59 and the hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8am to 6pm, Saturday from 7am to 3pm.

Lynk StokesLynk StokesPam Franklin (right) Paul Smith (left)

November 2, 2015 (Album1, Album2) The streets of Timpson were crawling with children and adults clad in all sorts of costumes on Halloween night Saturday, October 31, 2015 and the first ever Zombie Walk was the main event.

Vehicles were parked around the Timpson square for the "Trunk or Treat" offering candy to trick or treaters as they walked the sidewalk for the Timpson Ministerial Alliance & The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. During the evening a costume contest was held as well as a contest for the best decorated trunk.

A crowd of princesses, goblins, zombies, cowboys and all form of costumes were on display as the judges reviewed them all to decide the best costumes in the boys and girls categories.

Costume contest winners:
Boys: Lynk Stokes "The Lion" won $25 donated by Mayor Debra Pate Smith.
Girls: Camrie Flanery "Cowgirl" won $25 donated by Mayor Debra Pate Smith.

Best Trunk
Pam and Larry Franklin won $50 donated by Mayor Debra Pate Smith.

Zombie Walk winners (Prizes sponsored by Timpson Quick Stop, Menzies, Premium Graphics, Factory Direct, Frontier Cafe & Gerald Mackey Insurance):
Best Zombie - Lauren Branch won $200.
Next Best Zombie - Kent Brown and Kendal Brown won $120.
Almost Alive Zombie - Weston Van Haute won $80.

Weston Van HauteKent Brown and Kendal BrownLauren Branch



#Timpson "Trunk or Treat" #Zombie Walk 2015 - See the story and more photos #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link -

Posted by Shelby County Today on Monday, November 2, 2015


Alease CopelinNovember 2, 2015 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club recently met on October 15 at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Alease Copelin was the hostess and program leader. President Janene Walker presided.

Members welcomed new members Carole Rogers and Cindy Brown. Members also welcomed guests Andrea McElroy and Pam Phelps.

Alease Copelin chose The Remarkable Life of Julia Child as her famous woman. Julia Child was truly a remarkable and inspirational woman. She was born Julia Carolyn McWilliams in 1912. Julia graduated from Smith College with a history major. In 1942, she was hired as a typist for the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, D.C. and later transferred to the OSS. Julia met Paul Child in Ceylon in 1944. They married two years later. Paul was attached to the U.S. Embassy in Europe and they moved to France.

It is quite ironic that up until this time in her life, Julia could not cook. In fact, she was notoriously known for being an awful cook. But after one exceptionally delicious dinner at a restaurant in Paris, Julia decided she wanted to learn to cook. In 1949, Julia enrolled in LeCordon Bleu in Paris; graduating in 1951 after taking the test twice. She meets Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholi a year later and joins them in working on a French cookbook for Americans.

Julia and Paul return to the U.S. in 1964, the same year Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol 1 is published. The French Chef airs in 1964. In 1965, Julia wins a Peabody Award for The French Chef, and in 1966, she wins an Emmy. Julia Child was the first woman elected to the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame, in 1993. In 2002, Julia donated her Cambridge kitchen to the Smithsonian. You can see her kitchen at the National Museum of American History where it continues to be one of the most popular exhibits. Julia died on August 13th, 2004, of kidney failure, just 2 days before her 92nd birthday.

Delicious refreshments, from Mastering the Art of French Cooking was served during the program since Julia always like to eat and visit. Bon Appetite!

October 30, 2015 - A new owner ribbon cutting event for Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas was held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Center.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, local officials and community members were present in welcoming the organization to Shelby County. Jenny Fancher, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Assistant Executive Director, welcomed everyone to the event "We're just so pleased that we have this type of new business in Center and Shelby County. It's probably greatly needed here and so we just want to welcome y'all as a new member."

Andy Foster, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Vice President, congratulated the facility staff for becoming a part of the community, "On behalf of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, congratulations for joining the chamber and opening your doors to the community today."

Heather Kartye, Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas Executive Director, described the purpose of the facility and the kind of services that are offered.

"Our agency exists to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our service area actually consists of nine counties here in East Texas, so we have a relatively large area that we cover and we're so pleased to open this outreach office here in Center."

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas provides support and services to the following areas: Angelina County, Houston County, Nacogdoches County, Polk County, Sabine County, San Augustine County, San Jacinto County, Shelby County, and Trinity County.

Kartye introduced staff members and they include: Greta Rich, Community Development Director; Maria Rodriguez, Legal Advocate; Maria Raley, Child Advocate; Lola Scott, Case Manager; Glenna Harkness, Program Director; Whitney Burran, Operations Director; Lori Coon, Licensed Counselor; Shanie Sanford, Executive Assistant; and Yuri Morado, Receptionist.

The Shelby County office is open Wednesday and Thursday and by appointment on other days. Some of the services provided include legal advocacy, help with protective orders and court accompaniment, counseling, support groups, and an emergency shelter in Lufkin.

For more information call the Lufkin Office at (936) 639-1681 or the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at (800) 828-7233.


Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of E. Texas Now Open - Read the story on #ShelbyCountyToday at the following link -

Posted by Shelby County Today on Friday, October 30, 2015