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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April 22, 2020 - The Joaquin Senior Center will remain closed through Friday, May 29. During and after that time, we will reassess.

Questions and comments, please call 269-3975 and leave answering machine message. Stay safe and healthy!

April 21, 2020 - Although Coronavirus is interrupting the lives of so many, Center Middle School teachers didn't let that stop them from celebrating the birthday of one of their work family members.

CMS teachers created a drive by birthday celebration on Monday, April 20th for 8th grade teacher Gladys Andrews. Andrews described her surprise, "My CMS friends circled my driveway, horns blowing, waving posters and leaving a big box of goodies. It was a birthday I will never forget. CMS teachers are the best."

April 20, 2020 - McKade Mettauer was recently recognized by University of California Berkeley as Jonathan and Judy Hoff Scholar - Athlete of the Week.

Mettauer was recognized for taking ownership of his academic development by focusing on the impact of day-to-day tasks and resources via consistent routines. McKade has been praised by tutorial support staff for coming to sessions with an inquisitive mindset and reflective inquiries, yearning to understand key concepts in a focused and patient manner. Beyond his dedication in the classroom and on the field, he is a member of Athletes in Action, an organization that empowers communities of athletes around the globe to use sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith via meaningful service. By maintaining a very centered and selfless approach to his Cal journey, he is well on his way to building an impactful social network and creating a dynamic personal brand.

McKade is the son of Mark and Marissa Mettauer of The Woodlands and the grandson of Joe Bill and Connie Mettauer of Center.

To view his profile on the 2020 Cal Spring Football Roster, click here

The Jonathan and Judy Hoff Scholar - Athlete of the Week was created to recognize the academic development and achievements of its football student athletes.

March 19, 2020 - In an effort to do our part in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Shelby County Appraisal District will close their doors to the public starting Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.

Our staff will still be here to answer phones at (936) 598-6171. You may also correspond with us via fax at (936) 598-7096 or email at

Also, check out our website at for more information that may be  helpful to you. On our website you  can  get certain applications, do property searches, access our map, look up taxes on the tax collector’s website, etc.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the safety of our employees and you are important to us. Thank you for your understanding.

April 14, 2020 - The staff and board members of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center are still working in our efforts to serve the children of our community. We are doing our best to limit contact when possible while continuing to fulfill our mission. We are available to our agency partners and are providing forensic interviews and case staffings as needs arise. Additionally, our counselors are conducting counseling sessions via telehealth. We have provided alternative means of contact to existing clients and agency partners, but we are also checking phone messages at the office on a regular basis. These are difficult times for so many families, and we are here to help in whatever way we can.

April 14, 2020 - Just didn’t want to leave anything up in the air. To comply with Social distancing The PWPS (Piney Woods Photographic Society) will not be holding their regular monthly meeting this month. But there will be an online challenge “Double Up” of photographs submitted by members featuring reflections of their choice.

Enjoy viewing all the photographs submitted by members by going to

For more information about PWPS memberships or meetings text or call Billie F Jones, 936-591-2426 or and remember to stay safe and practice social distancing, hopefully we’ll see everyone at our next meeting.

April 14, 2020 – Michele Clark, representative with the Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) presented the Cooking with Herbs program at the Women on the Go meeting hosted by AgriLife Extension on Wednesday, March 5, 2020. Clark’s program involved properly growing a variety of herbs and using herbs for cooking and making homemade herb mixes.

Feleshia Thompson, County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health, welcomed everyone in attendance and thanked Clark for providing the meal and program for the meeting. Before the program presentation, Clark shared with information about the XYZ Club hosting the District 5 Spring Conference, Dollars for Scholars and Coins for Friendship supporting the 4-H program and the Quilts of Valor sewing program.

Clark started her presentation showing the display of herbs from her own garden, discussing the homemade jars of herb mixes as well as sharing recommendations how to purchase herbs.

“Herbs are easy to grow…if you need basil or mint in the spring or summer for cooking, don’t buy it from the produce department, but buy it from the garden department,” said Clark. “Herbs will last longer and the plants are better.” Clark also recommended using terra cotta pots for planting your herbs because other pots tend to hold the moisture, which it not good for the plant’s roots.


Clark shared a handout with information for making basic homemade spice mixes using fresh herbs and seasonings you might have in your own pantry. “I dried my own parsley and rosemary, and if you seal the herbs in a jar, most will last up to a year.”

When cooking with herbs, Clark recommended starting small with adding herbs to your recipes to suit your own taste. She added, “When cooking with herbs, you don’t want to add them at first because the flavor will cook out, you want to add later, even if the herbs are dried or fresh.  But there are the French stews where you put in the bouquet garnis or when stuffing the turkey for Thanksgiving that you leave (the herbs) in the whole time.”

After the presentation, one question asked about the recipe for Garam masala and how it is used in cooking. Clark explained, “Garam masala is an Indian cooking seasoning and it is just a combination of cumin, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, black pepper, cloves, mace, cinnamon and cardamom,” she added. “I sprinkle it on chicken and other things and there’s just a hint of flavor.”

About AgriLife Women on the Go Club
The focus of this, hands-on club is about learning tips and shortcuts to be more productive and successful in balancing home, family and work through a healthy lifestyle. While the focus of the club is geared toward women, it is open to men who also want to participate.

April 13, 2020 - The Easter Bunny made an appearance at 3Ps food distribution Good Friday, April 10.

Practicing social distancing, the Town & Country Real Estate Easter Bunny was feeling a little lonely this year and decided to pay a visit to those stopping in to pick up meals at the food distribution site.

Those that pulled in to the location waved to the Easter Bunny and received a special Easter egg from the Easter Bunny with their meal.

April 10, 2020 - During a typical year, Shelby County Today would have been busy all week taking photos of Easter Egg Hunts and photos of the first Easter Bunny meeting of many little ones. We have greatly missed seeing and visiting with the community at these various events.

SCT with the help of Rhonda Samford, owner of Always Say A Prayer Handmade Crafts, has an Easter egg patch setup in front of the office at 202 Field Street for families to take an Easter photo!

We encourage everyone to come out while practicing social distancing with one family at a time. If you see a family taking their photo, please wait in your car until they are finished.

If you would like your family's photo to be posted on Shelby County Today in a photo album, we will try to be available and if you don't see us, give us a call at 936-591-9334 and we will come outside.

Due to COVID-19 and trying to limit the spreading of the virus there is not a bench. Please bring a chair if it is needed. If you have a baby and something is needed to place the baby on, please bring what is needed.

We will be sanitizing the display throughout the day. If you or someone in your group is immune compromised and would like to have the display sprayed before using, please call first.

April 9, 2020 - Area residents amassed in their vehicles in the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department parking lot April 9, 2020, to show their love and support for the medical personnel working day and night to save lives.

This isn't the first time they have received this outpouring of support from the community as April 6 vehicles showed up and residents honked their horns and flashed the lights of their cars to cheer on the medical staff as they continue to join in the fight against COVID-19.

As the horns honked and lights flashed during shift change, a group of staff took a quick turn waving at their fans outside the building before they returned to their duties.