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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Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the testing won't start until 9:30am.

January 15, 2021 - There will be a COVID-19 drive through testing site conducted at the John D. Windham Civic Center, 146 Express Blvd in Center on Wednesday, January 20th from 8:00 am-4:00pm.

The testing is free to all and no appointment is necessary.

January 18, 2021 - The virtual challenge  for January "Photographers Choice" always has been one of my favorites. It gives each photographer the chance to show their favorite style of photography. Club members enjoyed a variety of Photography styles to select from for favorites.

January Challenge Winners - "Photographers Choice"

First Place - "Golden Morning"

First Place Favorite is Jan Huffman Carter. "Golden Morning,"

Second Place Tie - "The Texan"

Second Place Tie - "Annie & Tahoe Snow Play"

Second Place Favorites are: Bobbie Jean Wood, "The Texan" and  Anna Jones, "Annie & Tahoe Snow Play" and 

Third Place Tie - "Marble Night"

Third Place Tie - "Gate Post"

Third Place Tie - "Pampas Grass"

Third Place Favorites are: Lawrence C Davis,"Marble Night," Billie Haggard Jones, "Gate Post" and Melvin Henson, "Pampas Grass."

Congrats to everyone who submitted photos for this challenge and hopefully next month's challenge will be even better. 

Pictured are (from left): Tanner Peace, Lieutenant; Ruth Gonzalez, Chief; Taylor Fanguy, Constable Precinct 4; Kevin Windham, Sheriff; Don Moore, Jail Administrator; and Leah Chase, Sex Offender Registration/Public Relations.

January 18, 2021 - Focused Care of Center recognized our local Sheriff and Center Police Department for National Law Appreciation with lunch thanking them for all they do to protect our community!

Pictured are (from left): Amy Lindley, Dispatcher; Donna Dugger, Communication Supervisor; and Jim Albers, Police Chief.

January 15, 2021 - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is looking to add an unwanted medication disposal unit in our lobby for public use.

The purpose of this unit will be to allow the public to dispose of unwanted, expired medications in a safe way. The unit will be available to the public FREE OF CHARGE and access to the unit will be 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

The total cost for the unit and one pack of extra liners is $2,888. If you or your business is interested in a sponsorship for this project, please contact Leah Chase at the SCSO by calling 936.598.5601 or by email at

January 14, 2021 - T-Town Nutrition in Tenaha celebrated with a ribbon cutting event Thursday, January 14 hosted by the Tenaha Businessman's Club and the City of Tenaha.

Speaking on behalf of both was Amanda Treat, Tenaha City Secretary, who welcomed the businesses owners Jalysa and Felicia Steadman.

"We just appreciate everyone, all of our customers and everything and we just thank God for the opportunity to be of service to our community," said Felicia Steadman.

Jalysa Steadman shared several of the products the business offers including protein waffles, meal replacement shakes, energy teas and protein bars.

T-Town Nutrition is located at 208 S. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha. They can be reached by telephone at 936-248-2540.

January 14, 2021 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. 

Food boxes will be handed out on Wednesday from 10-2. We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

Have a safe and blessed holiday.  

January 11, 2021 - San Augustine actually had a beautiful snow last night. Our backyard birds flew into their suet and grain in numbers I had never seen. I am sure there were fifty or more. I took a lot of their pics this morning and I am glad I got an early start. It is ten o’clock and the snow is quickly melting. 


January 10, 2021 - Due to the spike in Covid 19 cases, the Piney Woods Photographic Society January meeting has been cancelled. There will be a virtual monthly challenge “Photographers Choice” to be viewed on the club Flickr Page - 

PWPS encourages everyone to stay safe and be considerate of others and hopefully February will be a better outlook.

January 8, 2021 - In the small town of Tenaha, Texas, any news is big news. This year will prove particularly newsworthy for Tenaha’s own historic King’s Nursery as 4th generation owner and manager Dr. Andrew King returns home to take over the family business.

Andrew and his family return from College Station where he earned a PhD in Horticulture from Texas A&M University and where he served on the faculty in the Department of Horticultural Sciences for the past five years.

Why now? “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at A&M University and genuinely appreciate the many friends that we worked with there, but as we spent more time away from the nursery, the harder it pulled on us. This nursery is a legacy that has been handed down from the previous 3 generations, and I’m finding out that legacy is not something you can outrun!” King’s Nursery, begun by Andrew’s great-grandfather and continued by both his grandfather and father, has been in continuous operation since 1915.

For many in East Texas, it is an institution, as many of their customers are also 2nd and 3rd generation. “It’s a very surreal situation to be helping a customer knowing that 60-70 years ago my Grandy waited on their grandparents. But it makes me incredibly proud.” 

During his father Aubrey’s tenure at the nursery, the selection of plant material exploded as he searched for the latest and greatest in the plant world. Andrew plans on continuing this tradition. He states “a trip to King’s should excite you because you know you’re going to find interesting and improved plants that you can’t find anywhere else. And even if you do not know a petunia from a pansy, I’ll be here to help.” King’s will also be offering an assortment of fruit trees during January and February, over 25 varieties of tomatoes this spring, all the other vegetables that you will need for your spring garden, annuals, perennials, tropicals, shrubs, trees, roses, and much more.

“One of the issues that most folks have while designing their landscape or even putting together a fruit or vegetable garden, is that they’re not well-versed in plant material and therefore they just stick with a few plants that they know and have had luck with” says Andrew. “At King’s, we respect that; but we want to provide the opportunity for our customers to come out of their horticultural comfort zone if they so choose. That is why we spend so much time finding and growing new plants. If you come in 2-3 times a year, we want to have something new for you to try each and every time.” 

King’s Nursery has had a longstanding relationship with SFA Gardens, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. For generations now, the goal of the nursery has been horticultural education and innovation. There is hardly an East Texas Master Gardener group or garden club that has not heard a lecture by one of the King’s.

For more information on King’s Nursery visit their website at or contact them at 936-248-3811 or at You can also follow them on Facebook at “King’s Nursery, LLC.” The nursery is located at 956 N George Bowers Dr. Tenaha, Texas 75974.

January 7, 2021 - Caroline Clay Scull, a student at Baylor University and 2020 Center High School graduate, was recently awarded the Welma Aiken Scholarship by the District III Texas Garden Clubs. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to one student in the District III area that encompasses 41 counties in the State of Texas. The students considered for scholarship must be a current college enrolled student, studying horticulture, biology, forestry or related subjects with a 3.5 or better academic average. Caroline is currently studying biology at Baylor University. She is the daughter of Terry and Alison Scull. Center Garden Club congratulates Caroline and wishes her the best in her future studies!