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. 

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June 8, 2020 - Hunter Sample graduated from Timpson High School Class of 2020 with Honors. Hunter has been very involved both academically and socially in all aspects of his high school career.

His accomplishments include: Varsity Football for all 4 years including making the 4th round of playoffs his Sophomore year; Varsity Football Honorable Mention his Senior year; Golf 2 years; Track 1 year; Baseball 1 year; Basketball 1 year; Band 1 year; FFA for 4 years including FFA Officer for 3 years serving as First Vice President, Sentinel and Reporter; FCCLA 4 years; Youth Advisory Council (YAC) 2 years; Jr. Chamber of Commerce 1 year; Class President 1 year; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Market Lamb participant 1 year; Shelby County Livestock Show participant 2 years including receiving Grand Champion Market Lamb in 2018; UIL Accounting; Dairy Cattle Judging; and Forestry Judging.

Hunter also had 24 college credits from Panola College including certifications in OSHA, Fork Lift Operation, CPR and EMT. Studies include a multitude of Agriculture classes, EMT, General Business, and many other subjects. He currently works at Wal-Mart and plans on attending Panola College in the fall to pursue a degree in business or agriculture.

Hunter was awarded several scholarships in 2020 including the Clint & Clay Donnan Memorial Scholarship, Deep East Texas Electrical, Shelby County Go Texan, Bone Hill Foundation, Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce, and the De'Undria Jackson Memorial Scholarships.

Hunters parents are Jason and Deanne Sample of Center, grandparents are David and Sandi Sample, Debbie Samford and Don Lovell of Center and great-grandparents Ura Lovell and Adell Livingston of Center.

We are very proud of Hunter and his accomplishments and wish him the best for his future. Congrats Hunter!

June 5, 2020 - (2020 Census Flyer) Time remains to Be Counted in the 2020 Census. The attached flyer informs how you can respond to the 2020 Census without a census ID.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it's vital for each household to complete the census for so many reasons, including that the information directs federal funding to local communities for schools, roads and other public services, congressional representation and much more.
Participating in the census is required by law, and it’s really easy and quick. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau at to complete your information online; the process only takes a few minutes, it's safe and your information is kept confidential.

You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020, or call the number associated with your preferred language here from their language support list at

Additional information about the Census can be found by visiting the 2020 Census website at

June 5, 2020 - During the COVID-19 Pandemic, healthcare workers of all qualifications have been the main frontline response to caring for those with the illness as well as protecting from the virus the most vulnerable who are already living under a nurses care.

Healthcare workers are the ones we turn to when we can't take care of ourselves and their dedication to their job are some of the greatest sacrifices there have been.

In honor of those healthcare workers, local businesses, organizations and residents gathered together for a multi-venue Healthcare Worker Appreciation Parade.

All participants gathered on the Ivan Smith parking lot from which the procession led by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department traveled to the following locations: Holiday Nursing Center, Focused Care of Center, Cline Family Medicine, Aurora Concepts, Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department, Pine Grove Nursing Center, Lakeside Village Assisted Living, Dialysis Clinic Incorporated (DCI), Golden Eye Clinic, Vision Source, Hope Community Medicine, and Nelson Family Practice.

The parade participants wanted these healthcare workers and all the healthcare professionals in Shelby to know just how much we all appreciate what they do, saving our lives every day.

A special shout out to Hospice Care and Home Health workers, many of whom were in the parade of vehicles even though they themselves are healthcare workers. They are always willing to support their fellow healthcare workers in the various fields. Driving in the parade was A Pineywoods Home Health, Affinity Hospice, Heart to Heart Hospice and Heart's Way Hospice.

June 4, 2020 - The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes Timpson Quick Stop and Triple J Feed for receiving the COVID-19 supplemental fund for local businesses.

Timpson Quick Stop Receives Supplemental Fund from Chamber

Congratulates to both Timpson Quick Stop and Triple J Feed for receiving the Timpson Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 small business supplemental fund. Each of these businesses applied and received $500 to help with any expenses they encountered during this pandemic. The Chamber appreciates the hard work these, and all our businesses do to serve our town and community.

Triple J Feed Receives Supplemental Fund from Chamber

This project was intended to help our businesses stay open during the pandemic. Small businesses are the foundation of our community and our economy, employing our citizens, keeping our neighborhood running and making our town feel like home.

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce has also waived all membership dues for 2020. All businesses will be receiving new information forms shortly and information about a plan to keep Timpson on the map. We wish to thank every business in our area and only wish the best for each business.

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce also thanks the entire community for the support that is shown for our local businesses. Without consumers no business would be able to operate. Therefore, it’s up to our community to keep our local businesses open.

June 2, 2020 - City officials are excited to open the newly finished corner of San Augustine Street and Austin Street to traffic and parking.

“We are excited that the Streetscape project has advanced to the point that we can open this first intersection to traffic,” said Mayor David Chadwick.

Parking is now available on both streets and the inside corner of the square.

The traffic barricades in front of the Shelby County Courthouse are missing! Many don't want them returned!

June 2, 2020 - Since October of 2019, downtown travelers have had to navigate detours around the square to get to one side or the other. Downtown merchants have suffered greatly with very little shoppers willing to endure the construction signs redirecting them except when necessary. Today, June 2, a glimmer of light shines downtown as travelers can once again travel all the way through the square on San Augustine Street as well as turn onto Austin Street from the square.

Travelers can once again take a right onto Austin Street from San Augustine Street.

Shana Brittain, owner of Southern Seasons, took to the street this morning with confetti and danced in the street to celebrate barricade signs being removed and at least some traffic to her business being restored.

As of today the only street blocked to through traffic on the square is Austin Street in front of Citizen's Bank, the County Clerk's office, Factory Connection, All Hours Fitness, The Balcony, YoYo's Barber Shop, and Gatherings.

A traveler celebrates being able to drive through the newly renovated intersection.

More road barricades will be installed as construction advances to additional streets. Go downtown now while you can drive three of the streets around the square with ease of access to all of the businesses.

The construction project is scheduled to be a year long and to finish on time it has four months left. Let's all pray for good weather to allow for construction to progress quickly and we can all once again fully enjoy our beautiful downtown square!

Roadway is open!

June 2, 2020 - The intersection of San Augustine Street and Austin Street is open to traffic!

May 22, 2020 - It's a hopeful scene on the square as construction crews have spread black top from the corner of San Augustine and Austin Streets and in the direction of the inside of the square. Opening up even just the corner of San Augustine Street and Austin Street would eliminate some of the zigzagging drivers have had to do to get to the other side.

With the paving, it is much easier to visualize the square's new transformation.

It's been rough on businesses since last year who were on dead end streets after construction began with many shoppers unwilling to navigate the chaos. Then COVID-19 struck causing even more financial woes.

Once the corner of San Augustine and Austin Street fully open up, spread the word to all around and encourage shoppers to come say "hello" once again to downtown merchants. They have missed you and need your support!

Shelby County Today will update this article once the corner is open to travelers. It is getting close!

Crews working on Austin Street laying pavement.

Crews working Friday on Austin Street rolling out the new pavement.

Work crews making progess with laying black top.

June 1, 2020 (More photos of parade- Shelby County showed their love and support for Michael Henry Bush and his wife Joyce after they both survived COVID-19. The outpouring of support was shown with a Welcome Home parade on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in the Ivan Smith Furniture Parking lot, just one day after Michael Henry returned home on his 64th birthday after spending 66 days in a Tyler hospital.

Sitting in the back seat of the truck is Joyce Bush and in the front seat is Michael Henry Bush.

Mike or "Buckshot," as many call him, started getting sick around March 23rd and by March 26th he had to be rushed to a Tyler hospital with fever and breathing problems. He was immediately admitted into the hospital and put on a ventilator. The first week his oxygen and blood pressure levels were low. After 14 days on the ventilator, he was improving and doctors started taking him off the paralysis medications he was on. By April 10th doctors reassured the family Mike had survived the 'cytokine storm.' However, Mike's kidneys were not waking up or doing well.

The video says 65 days in the hospital but he was actually in the hospital for 66 days.

Joyce Bush announced April 4th on social media she too had the virus, 10-days after Michael Henry had been taken to the hospital. Joyce was like many others with COVID-19 who were blessed to be able to stay home while they recovered from the virus; however, Joyce's recovery was alone and away from her husband who was fighting for his life. Joyce now had to do her own quarrantine. Her post read, "I tested positive. I was sick and now much better. Mike is still fighting to live. I can't even lay my eyes on him. I miss him."

By April 15th Joyce was much better and for the first time since Mike was admitted into the hospital three weeks previous, he and his family were given the opportunity to Facetime. Mike responded to their voices and opened his eyes moving his head towards an Ipad held by a nurse as he was trying to see them. The exchange lifted their spirits just being able to see each other. The next few weeks included Mike breathing more on his own until finally by April 29th, 33 days in the hospital, Mike was taken off the ventilator completely and a temporary tracheotomy was done.

The virus continued to make the road to recovery hard with Mike developing pneumonia and continuing to have poor kidney function. Good news did come on May 3 when Mike was transferred out of the COVID ICU into a regular ICU and then on May 6 to PAC Unit. On Day 43 Joyce finally got to see Mike in person and on May 18th the temporary trach was removed. With dialysis, Mike's kidneys finally started to do better and with the numbers being good he was released from the hospital on May 30 after 66 days.

When the sign was made for Mike's checkout from the hospital, the number of days was miscalculated. He was there 66 days!

Michael Henry and Joyce say all the prayers of the community and God's love brought them both through to the point of the wonderful homecoming parade which had nearly 100 vehicles pull through. Mike's fellow truck drivers, law enforcement, first responders, family and friends all lined up to drive by Mike and Joyce to show their love and to show how many prayers were answered by his coming home. They praise God and give him the glory!

Michael Henry and Joyce were among the first reported cases in Shelby County and have no clue how they became infected which means it was determined to be by community spread. As of June 1, there have been over 200 confirmed cases in the county since the virus arrived.

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May 27, 2020 - Princess Ball pictures are ready and can be picked up at Dazzle Me Pink & Blue, Tuesday thru Friday 10-6pm, and Saturday 10-4pm. They are located at 902 Tenaha St, Center, TX 75935. Thank you all for your continuous support and we hope to see you next year at Princess Ball 2021!