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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To the People of Shelby County and Area Churches:

October 20, 2020 - On behalf of the entire Bonner family of Joaquin, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the prayers lifted up during our recent bouts with the Covid-19 virus. It is truly a blessing to live among such caring and sincere people. We believe those prayers for healing were answered as those family members are doing better and on the mend. What a testament to the power of prayer and to the power of Almighty God! What an awesome God we serve. God is good!

Once again, thank you all so much.

May God Bless You All,
The Bonner Family

Randy, Jeannette and Family
Zach, Laurie and Family
David, Holly and Family
Mark, Debbie and Family
Tim, Jenifer and Family
Justin, Callie and Family

October 19, 2020 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society did not have their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday, but the October Challenge, "The Eyes Have It," was done virtually. Club members posted three of their favorite photographs, with "EYES" being the main subject, for voting and critique by fellow members. To view all the Challenge Photos view the PWPS Flickr page, or "Like" our Facebook page,

The PWPS is a club for all levels of camera enthusiasts, whether a beginner or more advanced, we offer something for everyone. For more information about the Piney Woods Photographic Society contact any club member or Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426.  

October Challenge Winners - "The Eyes Have It"

1st Place Tie - "1 More Pic for Mom" by Summer Kontonski

1st Place Tie - "Pretty Girl Tahoe" by Anna Jones

2nd Place - "Eye on You" by Bobbie Jean Wood

3rd Place -  "The Stare" by Billie F. Jones

October 13, 2020 - A new member ribbon cutting was hosted at C&J A/C and Electrical on Tuesday, October 13th to welcome them as the newest members of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

Owners Carl Jernigan and his wife Vicki were welcomed by Ambassador President Stephanie Elswick who spoke on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, "We are here to welcome C&J A/C to our business community in Center. They have been a part of Tenaha's community for 30 years, I believe, and we are very happy to have them here."

Carl Jernigan thanked everyone who attended the ribbon cutting and thanked them for their support, "We appreciate everything about Shelby County so far; its been actually a blessing to work out of Shelby County. The move to Center was, a couple of motivations behind it, of course Center's the hub of Shelby County and its an ideal location to operate out of." Jernigan gave the second reason being the next generation which are the future of the business, "I don't see myself retiring any time soon, but I see myself slowing down a little bit and I'm relinquishing more and more power and authority and control to the next generation because they are on top of what the generations are expecting and what they want. Fortunately, I'm really confident in doing that because over the past several years they've definitely shown they have the attitude and the drive and the will to give customers exactly what I've always wanted to give customers and that's the best job you can give them, the satisfaction of a job well done and honesty and fairness."

The next generation of C&J A/C mentioned by Carl Jernigan are Joshua Jernigan, Lauren Jernigan Smith and her husband Sean Smith.

C&J A/C and Electrical is a family owned business started in 1990 by Carl Jernigan. For 30 years, C&J A/C and Electrical has been dedicated to providing the best possible cooling and heating solutions for you home or business. The trained technicians keep customers up to date with new laws and energy saving technology offering the safest and most efficient equipment for your home or business.  

C&J A/C and Electrical is located at 955 Southview Circle, in the old Radioshack building. Hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm. They also offer 24/7 Emergency Service for their customers.

October 9, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries would like to say 'Thank You' to Brookshire Brothers in Center.

On May 14th, they launched an initiative to raise money to provide food to those who have lost jobs, income, and their health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers were given the opportunity to donate $1, $3, or $5 during checkout. For every customer donation, Brookshire Brothers matched it dollar for dollar!

The money raised through this effort will help Shelby County Outreach Ministries continue to feed the hungry and assist the needy in Shelby County.

We want to thank all the generous customers and Brookshire Brothers for their efforts and support. Together, we can do more and make a difference.

October 8, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. Food boxes will be available on Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you. We hope you have a blessed holiday.

From left: Johnny Montemayor and Dr. Kyle Coffin stand beside Montemayor's watercolor "Chickens."

October 7, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic mantra has been 'we are in this together' and Kyle Coffin, DDS is putting actions to the words by reaching out to local artists.

On September 28, the Facebook page Kyle S. Coffin DDS, PLLC posted, "We know that the art community has been hurt by the covid-19 pandemic with art galleries closed and trade shows not happening. We want to display your work on our walls and will share it on our social media pages (while giving our office a fresh look, of course)." With the post was an image of artwork by Jack Bartlett, an oil on canvas "Fall Water."

“Fall Water” by Jack Bartlett - Oil on canvas

Dr. Coffin was excited to share on October 6th, artwork by Johnny Montemayor will also be displayed at his office located at 514 Tenaha Street, Center, Texas.

The artwork is available for purchase as well as contact information for the artist if you wish to commission work.

October 4, 2020 (Photos coming soon) - A fun fan favorite of the East Texas Poultry Festival is the Strut, Cluck, and Crow Chicken Clucking Contest which was held Saturday, October 3rd with a large crowd attending. Youngsters of all ages took to the stage competing for Chicken Clucking bragging rights.

The following won their divisions:

Peeps (Ages 5 and under)
1st place - Maggie Mathews
2nd place - Carson Russell
3rd place - Joanna Lowe
Honorable Mention: Amelia Windham

Chicks (Ages 6-11)
1st place - Olivia Lowe
2nd place - Jebediah Lowe
3rd place - Caitlyn Madden
Honorable Mention: Vance Payne, Nicholas Volz, Carrie Mathews

Pullets (Ages 12-16)
1st place - Andrew Volz
2nd place - Abby Burkhalter
3rd place - Joel Volz

Roosters and Hens (Ages 17 and up)
1st place - William Jacobs
2nd place - Clayton Paul Windham
3rd place - Logan Vincent

October 3, 2020 (Photo Album) - The East Texas Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show had quite a few entries to the arts and crafts this year! Judges Angela Stanley, Nancy Dickerson, and Jerry Faulkenberry had a difficult time picking the winners. Many thanks to them for donating their time to the event!

Thanks to everyone who entered Artwork. Many thanks to the teachers who encouraged their students to enter! 

Kindergarten Art
1st Place - Della Graves
Honorable Mention - Della Graves

2nd Grade Art
1st Place - Jaxon Merritt
2nd Place - Keelan Wilburn
3rd Place - Kyree Thompson
Honorable Mention - Brennan Eberenz, Briley Williams, Aymar Hernandez, Brandon Hewitt, and Brianna Black

3rd Grade Art
1st Place - Alexia Swindle
2nd Place - Cannon Warr
3rd Place - Saylor Scarborough
Honorable Mention - Camille Whiteside, Tucker Shelton, Molly Collins, Jonathan Coleman, Lily Denby, Brayden Garden, Maci Mince, Cooper Raymond, Chloe Galaviz, Steven Smith, and Tatun Vickers

Youth Art
1st Place - Shelby Freeman
2nd Place - Brooklyn Penning
3rd Place - Joedan Litten

Adult Art
1st Place - Jeannie Gaines

Adult Woodwork
1st Place - Frankie Desoto

October 3, 2020 - East Texas Poultry Festival Photography Contest winners

Children Division

Best of Show: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX

People’s Choice: Kelsi Wood, Center, TX

Fine Arts
1st place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX
2nd place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX
3rd place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
Hon Mention: Kelsi Wood,Joaquin TX

1st place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
2nd place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX
3rd place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
Hon Mention: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX

Digital Manipulation
1st place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX

1st place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX

1st place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
2nd place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
3rd place:Jamie Lee, Center TX

1st place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX
2nd place: Jacie Lee, Center TX

1st place: Chance Stringer, Center TX
2nd place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
3rd place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX
Hon Mention: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX, Jacie Lee, Center TX

1st place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
2nd place: Kelsi Wood, Joaquin TX
3rd place: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX
Hon Mention: Kinsey Bryant, Joaquin TX

Youth Division

Best of Show: Parker Chase, Shelbyville Tx

People's Choice: Parker Chase, Shelbyville, TX

1st place: Parker Chase, Shelbyville TX
2nd place: Emma Wilburn, Center TX
3rd place: Anahi Castillo, Center ISD
Hon Mention: Lizbeth Florencio, Center ISD

Fine Arts
1st place: Emma Wilburn, Center TX
2nd place: Anahi Castillo, Center ISD
3rd place: Andrew Hill, Arnold MO 
Hon Mention: Zachary Massey, Center ISD

1st place: Kayden Davis, Center ISD
2nd place: Andrew Hill, Arnold MO
3rd place: Jesus Bustos, Center ISD
Hon Mention: Katrina Contreras, Center ISD

1st place: Emanuel Chavez, Center ISD
2nd place: Benjamin Garcia, Center ISD
3rd place: Lizbeth Florencio, Center ISD
Hon Mention: Andrew Hill, Norman MO

1st place: Jairo Gonzalez, Center ISD
2nd place: Andrew Hill, Norman MO

1st place: Karina Contreras, Center ISD
2nd place: Andrew Hill, Norman MO
3rd place: Emanuel Chavez, Center ISD
Hon Mention: Channing Daniels, Center ISD

Digital Manipulation
1st place: Channing Daniels, Center ISD
2nd place: Monia Sandieyo, Center ISD
3rd place: Zachary Massey, Center ISD
Hon Mention: Emanuel Chavez, Center ISD

Adults Division

Best of Show: Lawrence Davis, Center TX 

People’s Choice: Bobbie J Wood, Center TX

1st place: Jan Carter, Milam,TX
2nd place: Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville,TX
3rd place: Donna Holt, Center,TX
Honorable Mention: Jan Carter, Milam, TX

1st place: Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville TX
2nd place: Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville TX 
3rd place:  Jan Carter, Milam TX
Honorable Mention: Billie Jones, Center TX

Digital Manipulation
1st place: Lawrence C Davis 
2nd place: Jan Carter 

1st place: Jan Carter , Milam TX
2nd place: Billie Jones, Center TX

1st place:  Bobbie J Wood, Center TX
2nd place: Jan Carter, Milam TX 
3rd place:  Lawrence C Davis, Center TX 
Honorable Mention: Jan Carter,Milam TX 

People Category
1st place: Lawrence C Davis, Center TX
2nd place: Hannah Jacobs, Shelbyville TX
3rd place: Annette Belrose, Shelbyville TX 
Honorable Mention: Lawrence C Davis 

Fine Arts
1st place: Lawrence Davis, Center TX
2nd place: Jan Carter, Milam TX
3rd place: Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville, TX 
Honorable Mention: Brittany Barreraz, Center TX

1st place: Lawrence C Davis, Center TX
2nd place: Brittany Barreraz,Center TX
3rd place: Jan Carter, Milam TX
Honorable Mention: Summer Koltonski, Shelbyville TX

October 1, 2020 - The 44th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival opening ceremonies were held this morning on the Francis Oates Stage under the big tent for the first time at the John D. Windham Civic Center and past Poultry Festival royalty returned to the hen-house to officially open the festival with the cutting of the feather boa. Past Queens attending were Shana Bowen Brittain (1984), Terrie Moore Elliot (1988), Macayla Perry Hill (2013), Madelynn Hutchins (2016), and Kristen Orsak (2019). The current year's Poulty Festival Queen's Court which usually does the cutting of the feathers was unavailable due to the Chamber having to postpone the Queen's Pageant activities.

Shana Brittain (center) enjoyed the honor of cutting the feathers with Macayla Hill (left) and Terrie Elliot (right).

Josh Payne, ETPF Chairman, welcomed everyone to the festival which is presented by Farmers State Bank, "I just want y'all to know that we almost didn't have this this year but we met and decided this community needs it. We just trust that everybody will be responsible and we think everybody will have a great time. We couldn't ask for better weather."

Payne then thanked Focused Care of Center for sponsoring the opening ceremonies and gave thanks and appreciation to the Poultry Festival steering committee. He next introduced Malcolm Monroe, the new pastor at First United Methodist Church, who then gave the invocation, followed by the Center High School band who performed the National Anthem under the direction of Chris Smith.

Opening ceremonies missed several key ingredients due to COVID-19 limiting the ability of some to participate including the Timpson kindergarten students who have led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance for years at the festival. The show must go on and thanks to Shelby Chick the Pledge of Allegiance was honored at the event.

Shelby County Judge Harbison then gave a welcoming speech, "This festival brings all the people of the county together to celebrate the poultry industry which is a vital part of the county's economy." She ended by challenging everyone to make the world a better place to live urging everyone to be diligent during the festival to practice social distancing, wear your mask especially in a crowd, be kind, be respectful, be safe, be smart, be responsible and to remember the life you save may be your own or someone that you love.

David Chadwick, City of Center Mayor and President of Farmers State Bank, addressed those in attendance, "Quite a different group than we are used to seeing today but you know what? It still has the same excitement that we have had for 44 years." He commended the success and perseverance of the Poultry Festival and those who organize it each year.

Mayor Chadwick then gave an update on construction downtown which more than halfway complete and looks forward to the festival returning to downtown next year. "This is a year for adjustment and we have certainly adjusted to a different location with different rules and the Judge listed all the things that we need to do to take care of ourselves. But the one thing that we don't have to adjust is how much we enjoy one another. We are here to have a good time, we are here to be wise with what we do and we are here to celebrate East Texas to the fullest. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Enjoy."