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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September 30, 2020 - Shelby County Historian Walter Bounds has video documented another phase of the downtown construction on Wednesday, September 16th. The video highlights the opening of another completed corner of the square, the intersection of Nacogdoches Street and Austin Street, and the completely open Austin Street. Austin Street was one of the first streets closed when the construction began late last year shortly after the Poultry Festival ended. Hopes were the construction would be completed in time for the Poultry Festival; however, weather delayed construction moving festival to the John D. Windham Civic Center and starts tomorrow.

One corner opens and another corner closes, the intersection of Logansport/Nacogdoches Street and Tenaha/Shelbyville Street, in front of the RIO Theatre. The last corner of the downtown construction will be Shelbyville Street and Cora/San Augustine Street.

September 30, 2020 - On Friday, October 2, 2020, at 1:30 (Central Standard Time) Lieutenant Commander (Lt. Cmdr.) Nicholas "Nick" Sherrouse will retire from the U.S. Navy after completing 33 years of service to our Nation. The ceremony is being hosted by the Acting Director Defense Media Activity, Colonel Paul Haverstick. 

Lt. Cmdr. Sherrouse is a native of Timpson, Texas and he graduated from the Timpson Independent School District and enlisted into the Navy in November 1987.

Lt. Cmdr. Sherrouse has received a multitude of personal military decorations and honors to include the Joint Service Commendation Medals (2 stars), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals (6 stars), and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various unit and campaign awards.

He is married to Retired LSCM(EXW) Rebecca Sherrouse, U.S. Navy, of Cantonment, Florida.

September 29, 2020 - The Women's Reading Club of Center proudly presented a $300 donation to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. Pictured from left to right are Donna Holt (Club Treasurer), Sandra Davis (Library Director), Dottie West (Club President), and Stephanie Elswick (Club Member).

Submitted by Stephanie Elswick

Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. Social Services Department Announces The Rural Workforce Academy

Are you currently unemployed and have time on your hands?

Do you have reliable transportation?

Are you interested in a certified nursing assistant program, electrical technical certification program, welding certification program, or construction certification program?

AND, are you interested in the cost being FREE?

The Rural Workforce Academy has partnered with Prairie View A&M University and has been awarded funding to be able to support and assist those interested in furthering their education and gain knowledge to become self-sufficient.

If you answered yes, to these questions, please contact your Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. representative in your local county to find out more information on these programs.

For Shelby County, contact the Social Services Department via phone at 936-598-6315 or in person 214 Nacogdoches St., Center, TX 75935.

September 25, 2020 - Beginning October 5, 2020 the Timpson Public Library will be open from 9 AM - 5 PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will also open three of the patron computers. Patrons will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day. Social distancing and masks will continue to be observed.

September 25, 2020 - VFW Post 8904 honored all the Mothers and Spouses who have lost a child, husband, or wife in time of war during a Gold Star Mother's Day program at the Veterans Memorial on Friday, September 25th.

Post Quartermaster Larry Hume welcomed everyone and gave some background to Gold Star Mother's Day, "Dating back to World War I that ended on November 11, 1918, families would hang a banner with blue stars, one for each family member that was in service. And in the event that their loved one would die in service of their country, the blue star would then be covered with a gold one, and Sunday, September 27th is Gold Star Mother's Day. And we are here today to especially recognize two Shelby County mothers, one wife who gave their loved ones to the war on terror.

"Lois Harper, her son Larry Polley, Jr. was killed in Iraq January of 2004; Kevin Casey Roberts was killed in Afghanistan May 28 (2008), he's the husband of Donnice Roberts; and Cory Bertrand, the 18-year-old son of Charlotte Allen was killed-in-action in Afghanistan five months later in October of 2008."

Hume listed the number of Shelby County lives who died in service to their country for each war or conflict: Mexican American War - 14 people; Civil War - 24 people; Spanish American War - 1 person; World War I - 35 people; World War II - 126 people; Korean War - 8 people; Vietnam War - 12 people; and the War on Terror in Iraq - 1 person and Afghanistan - 2 people. He continued by saying, "One thing that all of these people have in common other than having given their life for their country, is they all had a mother."

In honor of all mothers and their families who lost a son or daughter in the service of their country, Auxiliary Chaplian Joy Hutto placed the memorial wreath on the veteran's memorial. Following the wreath placement, Gene Hutto played Taps in honor of those lost.

September 25, 2020 - Center Garden Club is pleased to present its Yard of the Month Award for October 2020 to Tim and Jennifer Wulf whose beautifully designed and manicured lawn at 302 Oak Lane incorporates not only lovely foundation plantings that exhibit a variety of color, texture, and shape but, also, in the foreground, large and  impressive picturesque live oaks. Center Garden Club encourages everyone to drive by the Wulf home and enjoy their truly lovely landscaping.

From left: Jennifer and Tim Wulf

Pictured are (from left): Troy Latham, Theresa Latham, Sherry Bowers and Naylor Bowers.

September 22, 2020 - Family members of former Tenaha mayor George Bowers were present for the August 24, 2020 Tenaha City Council meeting, and were presented an honor recognizing the service of Bowers who was laid to rest Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

At the beginning of the meeting, City Secretary Amanda Treat spoke and presented the family with a plaque on behalf of the city,

"George N. Bowers was born and raised on a farm in the Cedar Yard Community halfway between Tenaha and Center. He graduated from Center High School. He served his country in the Navy during World War II. After his discharge from the Navy he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served as a machine gunner. After serving his country, he moved back home and married Laura Peddy, which they have two children Theresa and Naylor, who both grew up in Tenaha. 

"George started Tenaha Milling Company, a feed store business along with his father-in-law. He later sold the business and worked in the post office. George and Laura had a retail business on the [Tenaha] square. He was active in the Tenaha Businessman's Club, Tenaha Quarterback Club and the Tenaha Industrial Foundation as well as other civic duties. He worked within these organizations to better the community. He was instrumental in getting doctors in town, a pharmacy, the Hope Clinic and several businesses.

"He was a director and one of the founders of Citizens State Bank, which he served in for 64 years. George Bowers was an active man who wanted to serve the community he lived in. George Bowers, in addition to these other services, ran for and was elected mayor of Tenaha, he served the town well for over 50 years, he was the longest serving mayor in Texas. He guided the city effectively through good times and troubled times. His pay for this work was he got his water bill free. George Bowers was a man of integrity and served Tenaha in many different capacities to the best of his ability. He is well-deserving of the recognition of his service."

Treat then stated on behalf of the Tenaha City Council, mayor, and city employees they were presenting the family with a plaque which read as follows:

"In memory of George Bowers, who faithfully served the city of Tenaha as mayor for 56 years. We are forever grateful for his wisdom and guidance. Presented to the Bowers family this day August 24, 2020."

September 22, 2020 - Why did the chicken cross the road? To run in the 2020 East Texas Poultry Festival 5K Chicken Trot. Join us again this year for the 9th Annual 5K Chicken Trot on Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30am on the Center Downtown Square in front of All Hours Fitness. It is always a fun event, with proceeds going toward Health Screenings at the Annual Health and Fitness Fair. Register now, and join the fun!

It is not too late sign up. Registration fee is $30 and includes an entrance button to the Festival, good for all three days.

The Chicken Trot is Sponsored by Badders Law Firm and Presented by 936 Crossfit.

For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or


September 21, 2020 - The 2020 Poultry Festival tee shirts have arrived!!!! Thank you to Center First United Pentecostal Church, this year’s tee shirt Sponsor.

The tee shirts are available for purchase at the following locations: Farmers State Bank Main Branch, Payne and Payne Home N’Suchlike, The City of Center offices and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Regular sizes available – adult small to 3XL and youth small to youth large; Toddler sizes 2T-5T. My First Poultry Festival Onsies are also available.

The 44th Annual East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by Focus Care of Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1st and runs through Saturday, October 3rd at the Windham Civic Center. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are: The City of Center, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods.

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email or visit