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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
March 2, 2021 - On this day, in 1836, during the siege of the Alamo, another handful of men met one hundred fifty miles to the east in a large unfinished blacksmith shop at Washington-on-the-Brazos. There, on his forty second birthday, Sam Houston with fifty eight other duly elected delegates to the Convention of 1836 met to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, prepared by George C. Childress and his five man committee.
Among those signing were William Carroll Crawford and Sydney O. Pennington, representing what would become Shelby County. Most of the signers wished to be on the battlefield with their fellow Texans but Houston convinced the delegates that the declaration would give the emerging republic a basis of legality and would draw more help from the United States. Four days after the signing Houston departed the Convention as commander of all military forces of the new Republic and the Republic had a constitution and an ad interim government headed by David G. Burnet and Lorenzo de Zavala.
On this day, March 2, Texas Independence Day, fly your Texas flag proudly.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
William Carroll Crawford Chapter
March 1, 2021 - The Shelby County Livestock Show was held at the Shelby County Expo on Saturday, February 27th with exhibits from around Shelby County competing with their livestock for Grand Champion honors. To see backdrop photos from the event, click here.
Each exhibitor which had their photo taken will receive a free 8x10 print courtesy of Shelby County Today. Look for details of how to receive your free print to be released soon. Prints will either be delivered to each schools FFA sponsor or to the AgriLife office for pickup.
February 27, 2021 - There’s a new book author in town! Carmen Whitaker, author of ‘A Living Hope,’ welcomes everyone to join her at Mooney’s Emporium on the downtown square from noon until 3pm for her inaugural book signing today, February 27th.
February 25, 2021 - The City of Center will be able to provide some assistance in removal of storm debris on Monday and Tuesday, March 1st and 2nd.
Please call City Hall at 598-2941 to provide your address to ensure collection.
Only large limbs, branches and shrubs that cannot be bagged for normal trash collection may be placed beside the curb.
February 23, 2021 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary members gathered at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial located at the Historic Shelby County Courthouse on the Center square February 22, 2021 in honor of the USS Maine and its crew.
Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, spoke to all present and shared with them the history of the USS Maine and the tragedy which was the inception of the Spanish-American War.
"123 years ago February 15, 1898 the USS Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. In that explosion, 266 American crewmen and Marines were lost. Spain was blamed for the explosion and the Spanish-American War began as a result. Less than four months later on August 12, 1898 the United States had won a decisive victory, and this was the first war the United States had ever fought beyond her shores. 3,000 American military were lost, but mostly from Yellow fever and fighting in the jungles of the Philippines. You all remember Teddy Roosevelt of the Roughrider fame. When the war was over, he told his troops as they mustered out, 'Enjoy the next 15 days, because after that you will be forgotten,' and they were. And because of the United States Government's refusal of proper medical care, these veterans banded together in an organization that would eventually become the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Today we are here to remember the lives lost so long ago in the explosion of the USS Maine and the Spanish-American War that ensued, we thank them for their service, just as we thank our veterans of all wars."
Travis Snider, VFW Post 8904 member, placed the Memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial.
Hume stated Shelby County, Texas has participated in all wars and he has found through research veterans connected to the Spanish-American War. According to Hume, Elijah Webb who was born in Center in 1866, was killed in the Philippines. He voluntarily enlisted at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Webb was first in Cuba and then was sent to Manila, Philippines with Company H of the 44th U.S. Volunteer Infantry.
"While the Spanish-American War ended in August 1898, the first Philippine Republic objected to the terms under which the United States took possession of the Philippines and fighting continued there until July 2, 1902," said Hume. "During this fighting in the Philippines, Elijah Webb was killed on June 16, 1900, and his body was returned to Shelby County for burial in August 1901."
Hume referenced a Houston Post newspaper article from August 8, 1901, "On the large box which held the metallic coffin was his name, the number of his company and the cause of his death which was stated on the box as knife wound to the head. It went on to say that Leige had many friend here and good crowd witnessed the casket in which rested his remains."
Webb was buried in what was known as the city cemetery, but is now known as the Methodist cemetery located behind the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street.
Others from Shelby County who served and survived the Spanish-American War included Edwin Booth who is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson; Brunson Cline who is buried in Carroll Cemetery; Charles Hudson who is buried in the Corinth Cemetery near Timpson; Charlie Matlock who is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery; and James Mosby Jr. who is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Center.
"Today we can honor these local veterans and all the other forefathers of our great organization by continuing to fight for veterans rights and benefits just as they did," said Hume.
In their honor, Taps was then sounded as presented by Gene Hutto, Post Commander.
February 23, 2021 - A Presidential Proclamation has been issued to fly the US Flag at half staff in honor of the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19. The US Flag and all flags flying with it should be at half staff until sunset, Friday, February 26, 2021.
If you have an outside flag that cannot be lowered, respect can be paid by tying a black cord or ribbon at the top of the mast.
February 23, 2021 - The PWPS was not able to have their February meeting this past Saturday, but were able to hold the February Challenge "Window Lighting" with members voting on-line for their favorites.
To view all the photographs submitted in the Challenge view the PWPS Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/groups/pineywoodsphotographic/.
For more information about Piney Woods Photographic Society meetings like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/PineyWoodsPhoto.
1st Place Favorite - "Toward The Sun" by Janice Carter
2nd Place Favorite (Tie) - "Peace & Quiet" by Billie F. Jones
2nd Place Favorite (Tie) - by Melvin Henson
There was an unprecedented 4 way tie for Third Place Favorite:
3rd Place Favorite (Tie) - "Hurry Up, I'm Melting" by Bobbie J. Wood
3rd Place Favorite (Tie) - by LeaAnn Robertson
3rd Place Favorite (Tie) - "Autumn Harvest" by Janice Carter
3rd Place Favorite (Tie) - "Morning Light" by Anna Jones
February 21, 2021 - The Shelby County Emergency Management Office and other county officials distributed drinking water and MRE (meals ready to eat) packages at the courthouse on Friday, February 19, 2021.
Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison handed out MREs and cases of drinking water with the help of John Harbison and Walter Shofner.
Once the stock was depleted, Judge Harbison stated another distribution is expected soon and to stay tuned to media outlets for the next time.
Additional distributions have been available in the county by Donna Hughes, Justice of the Peace Pct.1, and her daughter Courney Hughes along with other volunteers. They distributed water, cheeseburgers and food plates at the United Pentecostal Church parking lot and Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center. James Ragan with 3P's Mobile Pressure washing joined forces with them and also distributed water amongst other good deeds; thanks in part to water donated by Fastenal.
Carports and similar coverings in the area succumbed to the weight of ice and collapsed on vehicles. Jason Burch with Hughes Wrecker offered and was helping people to lift their sheds/carports off their vehicles so they could safely retrieve them.
There are so many more people out there doing what they can for their neighbors.
Although warmer temperatures have arrived and the majority of the ice has melted away, Shelby County is still not yet clear of the storm. People still need help.
Utility crews continue to try and bring things back to normal. Thanks to them and all of the volunteers out there bringing everyone together and doing what they can to help.
February 21, 2021 - We are offering hot food and showers at Hillcrest starting at 10am.
Pull behind the Church on the right side to the gym/fellowship hall in back (we are not inside the Church). We will also be delivering plates to those in need.
We have bottled water and will distribute it until supply runs out.
Hillcrest Baptist Church is located at 901 Southview Circle in Center (U.S. Highway 96 South).
February 20, 2021 - Cheeseburgers and water for those in need are available at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center.
Also, a place to take a break and get in out of the cold as well as take a shower.
Hillcrest Baptist Church is located at 901 Southview Circle in Center (U.S. Highway 96 South).
Their doors are open now and they are ready and willing to help those they can.
February 19, 2021 - All Shelby Savings Bank locations are open and ready to serve you! If you have any questions or need additional assistance contact your local branch. Thank you for choosing SSBTX!
Click here for a list of all SSB locations and their phone numbers or to visit online services.