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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Mondays - $5 Admission

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November 9, 2020 - There will be NO Produce Drop this Wednesday, November 11. Produce Drop will be November 25.

For more information call 936-598-6315 ext 501.

November 6, 2020 - Family Traditions Southern Eatery and Catering gave a warm welcome to all who attended their Shelby County Chamber of Commerce new member ribbon cutting on Friday, November 6, 2020. Deborah Chadwick introduced the restaurant owners, Nancy and Jerry Lawhorn.

"I've always loved to cook; we love people," said Nancy Lawhorn. She gave acknowledgement to family members who help with the restaurant which includes her brother, Michael Broadway; son, Daniel Lawhorn; husband, Jerry Lawhorn; and sister, Tamatha Howard.

When asked about the menu and biggest sellers, Nancy responded, "We sell a lot of chicken fried steaks, a lot of fried fish. We've got a new menu that has a lot more seafood. We do a lot of home cooked desserts." Jerry Lawhorn added the restaurant also offers daily lunches.

Nancy described their home-style cooking, "Most people say I cook like their mother. So, y'all just come see us. We are open everyday except for Saturdays."

Family Traditions also does catering which includes casseroles that are take-and-bake-it anytime. They can be ordered for funerals or bereavement meals. During the holidays, they do the full holiday menu.

Nancy and Jerry serve delicious southern food six days a week. Daily lunch specials include BBQ glazed pork ribs, chicken spaghetti, pork chops (grilled or fried) and much more. They offer an extensive selection of hamburger options. There are appetizers, sandwiches and salads, and homemade desserts! For over a year, the Lawhorns’ have been serving delicious southern comfort food and making everyone feel right at home.

Family Traditions is located at 246 Tenaha Street in Center, on the corner of Timpson and Tenaha Streets. The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday 11am - 5pm; Friday 11am - 8pm; Sunday 11am-3pm and closed on Saturday.

November 4, 2020 - It's November and the Fannie Brown Booth Library is celebrating DINOVEMBER - a month long celebration of dinosaurs. We will have pictures on Facebook of our dino-friends getting into mischief. If you do not follow us on Facebook, just go to the Fannie Brown Booth Library page and Like us.

The Preschool Activity Bags handed out this month will be Dinosaur-themed.

Our hours at the library have changed due to COVID-19.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am - 4pm.
  • Thursday: 12 noon - 6pm.
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday: Closed

Wear your mask and stay safe!

November 3, 2020 - During the October 28th Commissioners' Court meeting, the court declared November to be Home Care and Hospice Month.

The Proclamation:

While many Texans suffering from illness or injuries receive quality care from dedicated health care professionals in hospitals or other facilities, some Texans need or prefer a more comfortable, intimate setting.

Home Care and hospice organizations meet this need by providing individualized and professional medical care and assistance to the elderly, disabled and chronically ill. The simple yet powerful comfort of a home setting is a key feature of these services that offer excellent care that helps patients achieve a better quality of life. During the month of November, an awareness campaign is conducted to highlight home care and hospice as alternatives to hospitalization and other forms of institutional health care. Home care and hospice professionals help their patients live every day to its fullest, and it is important for their commitment and skill to be recognized and commended.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about home care and hospice options and the invaluable contributions of all Texans health care providers.

Now, therefore, we then Shelby County Commissioners Court do hereby proclaim November 2020 as "HOME CARE AND HOSPICE MONTH" and encourage the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about home care and hospice philosophy of care for elderly, disabled and the terminally ill.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused this seal to be affixed.

Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge
Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Clerk

November 3, 2020 - The National Weather Service is offering an opportunity to attend a virtual Skywarn spotter presentation and to become an official Skywarn Spotter.

GoToWebinar - Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Brandon Thorne will be providing training on how to identify severe weather and report it to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.  Please make sure to register at: NWS Shreveport - Skywarn Spotter Training.

For any questions related to this training session, please contact the presenter,, and NWS Shreveport Warning Coordination Meteorologist

November 2, 2020 - The Center Woman’s Reading Club met October 1st at Center First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Following the business meeting Dottie West presented an interesting program on the book “Presumed Innocent” authored by Scott Turow. The story told in first person by character Rusty Subick who is an attorney. Subick was assigned a case involving the murder of a colleague, Carolyn Polhemus.

Mrs. West pointed out that although the United States has an excellent judicial system, there are often times things that do not directly relate to a case are often brought into the decision making related to the outcome of the trial. A lively discussion of this concept was discussed by club members.

Dottie West

Following the program, members enjoyed Mrs. West’s delicious refreshments and a time of fellowship.

To negate the spread of Covid 19, members wear masks and practice social distancing during the meetings.

Center Women’s Reading Club met September 17th at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.

The club donated $300 to Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Two books were donated to the library including Caricature Drawings in memory of member Eleanor Ginn’s husband Dr. William Ginn and West Texas Cattle Call Kingdom in memory of club member Linda Anderson.

Janene Walker read a resolution in memory of club member Linda Atkinson Anderson noting her 46-year membership in the club where she served as president from 1987-1989. Also noted were her many contributions to the community and her involvement in her beloved church serving as Sunday school teacher and member of Golden Harvest Ministries.

Donna Holt

Donna Holt gave an interesting report on “The Firm” written by John Grisham. It tells the story of a young Harvard law graduate who gave up his dream to work on Wall Street to take a position in a small but wealthy law firm in Memphis.  The plot draws the reader into a situation that shows the choices we make not only for one’s self but also the people who depend on you.

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

October 30, 2020 - Center First United Pentecostal Church Pastor Andy Wilson and his family were welcomed home by church members gathered outside of the church in Center on Hurst Street Friday, October 30, 2020.

Vehicles lined the parking lot as a parade of one, Pastor Wilson and his family drove through the parking lot passing car after car of excited church congregants. Many had signs, and balloons, but all had a warm and loving welcome for their pastor who spent three weeks in the hospital followed by two more weeks of recovery from COVID-19.

October 28, 2020 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend thanks to the public and local media outlets for their assistance with helping us locate and safely bring home Ashiyah Patton. Patton was returned home on October 28, 2020. Our press release received numerous tips and hundreds of Facebook shares, and this is what helped officers bring him home.

Donna Hughes, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 – the SCSO is very appreciative of your quick response and eagerness to assist, in not only this situation but each time you are needed. We thank you.

We are very fortunate to live in a county that pulls together in the time of need.

October 26, 2020 - Tri-County will have a Produce Drop this Wednesday, October 28 at 9:30am at lower end of Ivan Smith Parking lot. For more information please contact LaTisha Stanberry at 936-598-6315 ext 501.

Pictured are (from left): Jerry Agnew, Ron Barker, Paul Ragan, Alan Ricketson, Detective Sgt. Nicole Faulkner, Sammy Arnold, Clay Ihlo, and Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

October 22, 2020 - Sam Samford Lodge 149 in Center, to show support for law enforcement, gathered bags full of stuffed animals for law enforcement and first responders to give the stuffed animals to children who may be in the middle of a difficult time and need comfort.

Lodge members present for the donation were: Paul Ragan, Worshipful Master; Alan Ricketson, Senior Warden; Jerry Agnew, Junior Warden; Ron Barker, Steward; Sammy Arnold, Chaplain; Clay Ihlo, Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master and Treasurer of the Lodge. 

Receiving the stuffed on behalf of the Center Police Department Detective Sgt. Nicole Faulkner and Shelby County Sheriff's Department Sheriff Willis Blackwell.