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.
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Mondays - $5 Admission

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February 5, 2021 - My wife and I received our first Covid-19 vaccination through the Hope Clinic at the First Baptist Church (Thursday) and it could not have been a better experience. Everyone there was helpful and very nice; the nursing students from Panola College did a great job administering the vaccine and checking on each patient. Their treatment and kindness is far beyond what I experienced in boot camp; half naked and receiving injections from two unfeeling corpsmen, delivering an injection in each arm simultaneously, no complaining allowed!

Thank You!
Steve and Lisa Thomas

February 5, 2021 - In celebration of February 4 being National Mail Carrier Day, Focused Care of Center resident and former mail carrier Thomas Murphy presented their local mail carrier Dayna Hale with a thank you candy basket!! Murphy served as a mail carrier for 40 years providing a service regardless of "snow, rain, heat, or gloom of night." Thank you to all the postal service workers for all you do each and every day!

"Crawfish and Burgers for Cancer 2021 presented by Boo's Battle Support Fund"

February 4, 2021 - Celeste Lewis with announces this is the last week to order shirts to help Boo's Battle Support Fund. Please be sure to get those orders in to guarantee yours. Remember all proceeds go to help local families during their battle with cancer. You can bring payments by The Hair Loft, The Pink Boutique, or pay through PayPal.

Shirts cost $20 for youth sizes small to large and adult sizes small to x-large. Adult sizes 2x and 3x cost $23.

To learn more about Boo's Battle Support Fund, visit them on Facebook at

February 1, 2021 - Sam Houston State University would like to recognize three students from Center, Texas for earning the honor of being on the Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester. The students are Katelyn Bolton, Daniel Chavez, and Alfredo Maldonado.

The students listed on the Dean's List of Academic Honors at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, are undergraduates who have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 out of a perfect 4.0 in all work attempted while enrolled in not less than 12 semester hours.

January 28, 2021 - Hana Bonner, of Joaquin and majoring in Kinesiology, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at LeTourneau University. The Dean's List recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford said being named to the Dean's List is a significant academic achievement and honor.

"As the comprehensive Christian polytechnic institution in the country, LeTourneau University attracts students who are among our nation’s best,” Lunsford said. “I'm especially impressed with these honor roll students, and I expect them to have a significant impact on our future."

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs online and at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, located 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas, and 60 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit

January 28, 2021 - Many Shelby County graduates were among the students honored for their academic achievements at Stephen F. Austin State University during five different commencement ceremonies in Johnson Coliseum on December 11 and 12.

In a previous SFA press release, Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA President said, “We and our students were heartbroken when we had to cancel the May and August ceremonies, so we have been planning for and looking forward to this ceremony for months.” Gordon, president of SFA since August 2019, served as commencement speaker for each ceremony.

The following Shelby County graduates received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University:

Center High School Graduates

  • Birginia Marina Blanton - degree from the College of Liberal/Applied Art
  • Emmalee Rea Tomaszewski - degree from the College of Liberal/Applied Art
  • Joni Renee' Windham - degree from the College of Education
  • Jozlyn J. Moore - degree from the College of Education
  • Juan Carlos Garcia - degree from the College of Fine Arts
  • Karen Valeria Salazar - degree from the College of Science/Mathematics
  • Khrystane Sherae Patton - degree from the College of Education
  • Mackenzie Bland Dockens - degree from the College of Education
  • Mari-Carmen Garcia - degree from the College of Liberal/Applied Art
  • Robert Mooney III - degree from the College of Business
  • Robert Trammell Hughes - degree from the College of Liberal/Applied Art
  • Sydney Faith Denney - degree from the College of Education
  • Zachary Randal Fausett - degree from the College of Forestry & Agric

Joaquin High School Graduate

  • Lance Aaron Lawson - degree from the College of Business

Shelbyville High School Graduates

  • Aaron Scott Gilchrist - degree from the College of Business
  • Allison V. Griffin - degree from the College of Education
  • Halie Renee Lavergne - degree from the College of Education
  • Hannah Claire Hall - degree from the College of Education
  • Katie Rae Cox - degree from the College of Liberal/Applied Art

Tenaha High School Graduate

  • Wendy Michelle Spence - degree from the College of Education

Timpson High School Graduate

  • Monica Montoya - degree from the College of Education

January 28, 2021 - Shelby County Shooters Club is having membership drive starting this week, 15 months for $75 Single.

Family memberships are $85.

Paid memberships are from February 2021 till May 1, 2022.

Club range is located South of Center on Highway 96.

Shooting range for rifle - handgun- shotgun. Organized over 30 years ago as a nonprofit civic club.
Information call or text: Terry Carriker 936-590-2939

January 25, 2021 - The Shelby County Courthouse has a dumpster located in the parking lot behind the structure strictly for the use of the courthouse.

A sign located on the dumpster clearly indicates in English/Spanish, "Not for Public Use! Video Surveillance in Use! May Be Fined!"

Staff at the courthouse have requested individuals utilizing the dumpster cease doing so, as the dumpster is not intended for the use of the general public and at times becomes too full for it's intended purpose resulting from the abuse.

Individuals who have utilized this dumpster in the past are strongly encouraged to no longer use of the dumpster.

January 21, 2021 - Over the past nine years, the Shelby County CAC Princess Ball has grown into a highly anticipated and well attended event in our community. We want to make our 10th annual Princess Ball extra special, so we have decided to postpone the event until February 2022. In doing so, we hope to ensure that all attendees can enjoy the event without worrying about the safety of their loved ones. We appreciate all of the community support of the Princess Ball and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2022!

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January 19, 2021 - Women around the country came together today in celebrating the dream coming true of having a woman in the White House and Shelby County women joined the celebration in 'Chucks and Pearls' style on the Historic Courthouse grounds.

Vanessa Davis, spokesperson for the group said, "This is a group of women coming together just to celebrate women. To celebrate a milestone, we feel like Vice-President Kamala Harris broke that glass ceiling. We haven't had, we've only had men in the White House in those major positions - President and Vice-President, and so to have the first woman Vice-President is reason to celebrate. And then to have the first black woman Vice-President is a dream come true for little black girls and young women who aspire to serve and to uplift and to build up our communities.

"'Chucks and Pearls' was a way to come together to celebrate one another and to celebrate her accomplishment and who she is and to just emulate her. Those are two of the things that are dear to her. She loves her Chuck Taylors and as she's moving about, she is so busy, she's been a D.A., she's been an Attorney General. So, she's been running around in suits and heels and it came a time when she had to get out of those and kick them off and get comfortable and just feel good in her skin and be able to do what she needed to do. So, her Chuck Taylors afforded her the opportunity to be able to move about like she needed to.

"The pearls, she is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority which is a Greek-letter sorority which encourages young women, young college women, to be the best that they can be and to be leaders and to uplift other young women. They focus on having good ethics and just being of good character. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded and incorporated by a group of women, 20 women, and they call those 20 women the 20 pearls. She wears pearls and the other members of Alpha Kappa Alpha wear pearls to commemorate their founders.

"Two people from Texas decided it would be a good idea and they went on Facebook and started a Facebook group called 'Chucks and Pearls' and it would be a good way to honor her. Now, there are other women who will aspire to wear pearls. Pearls are something that makes women feel elegant and always have. I think that its a good way to celebrate her and to celebrate one another as women."

"She had made a quote saying that the university that she went to and family and her sorority and the Divine Nine [Black Greek-letter Organizations] are people and things that are very important to her. I'm a member of the Divine Nine being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority which is also a Greek-letter sorority that focuses on service, service to our community, and to leadership."

The women in the community who have celebrated Vice-President Kamala Harris and her journey to the White House wore their 'Chucks and Pearls' t-shirts along with wearing their pearls and their Chuck Taylors stood together for a group photo on January 20, 2021 to remember this moment in history.