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 7, 2020 - You are invited to a Facebook Live event on Thursday! We need community now more than ever. The Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) and Women of Courage invite you to a Facebook Live event April 9th, from Noon until 12:30pm on the CACTX Facebook page at Please join Joy Rauls, CACTX Chief Executive Office and Jenna Quinn, advocate and survivor behind Jenna's Law, as they discuss the importance of children's advocacy centers and the issues surrounding child abuse prevention during this time. #childabuseprevention



April 8, 2020 – Center community residents united on the evening of Monday, April 6 to show support for the healthcare workers at the Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC) Shelby County Emergency Department (ED).

Several residents met in the parking lot of the ED to show appreciation for the staff during a shift change. To respect social distancing, the residents stayed in their vehicles while honking their horns and flashing their lights in unison.

The community efforts were reportedly formed by a public Facebook group called the 'Pop-Up Parking Lot Tribute,' a place where group followers share information when they will be visiting the ED and showing support for the healthcare workers.

According to Tammy Hanson, RN at NMC Shelby County ED, sharing publicly on her personal Facebook page and giving Shelby County Today permission to reprint, “Tonight (Monday, April 6), I got to witness something pretty amazing from Shelby County that brought me to tears. Family and friends of Shelby ED came out to support us at shift change. You have no idea how much this means to us. We are working hard and tireless often unnoticed. Love you all for caring. Thank you, Shelby County!"

The description for the page says, "Please join us for a celebration to honor our local health care workers during their shift change with a pop-up parking lot tribute. This will take place at the Shelby Emergency Department on Monday and Thursday (April 9th) at 6:35 PM. Fill the parking lot with our vehicles for an applause (honk) parade! These men and women are risking their lives to help our community get through these trying times. Lets gather in our vehicles to show our appreciation!"

Shelby County Today would like to advise anyone coming out the Parking Lot Tribute today, please make sure you don't park in a place which will block the flow of traffic. ACE Hardware's parking lot is across the street and can accommodate any over flow. Be safe!

April 8, 2020 - In response to schools rolling back meal supply due to COVID-19 safety protocols, James Ragan with 3Ps Auto Detailing, Pressure Washing has joined with volunteers to help fill the void and prevent the hunger.

"We just don't like to see kids go hungry by no means, and with the school closing we just took it upon ourselves to try and give back where we could," said Ragan.

The group provided meals out-of-pocket Monday and donations are now being accumulated through the community.

"We're just trying to keep this going for as long as possible, as long as we've got the funds and manpower with volunteers from the community. I'm overwhelmed with the support," said Ragan.

The group is hoping to provide meals as long as they can. The next two weeks will be their initial goal, while the school will not be providing meals for the coming week and the week thereafter, which is Spring break. 

They plan to reassess after the first two weeks and hope to be able to increase output, as the need is great.

Donations are continuing to be accepted and one method is via a PayPal account set up by Morgan Ragan to accept funds for the cause. James Ragan says 100% of the proceeds go to providing the meals. (Click here to follow the Paypal link)

"The school was providing about 800 meals a day, we're not there yet. [Sunday] we did 100, [Monday] we did 150 and hopefully the numbers keep increasing daily," said Ragan. "I just don't like kids going hungry."

Kids 18 and younger are welcome to a free meal at 717 Southview Circle in Center. Pickup starts at 11am.

In precaution to help prevent the spread, they ask each person to stay in their vehicle as the volunteers hand out sack lunches while wearing gloves and masks.

April 7, 2020 - The Center Garden Club's Yard of the Month award for April has been presented to Melba Williams for her line of white-bloom-laden dogwood shrubs at the end of the drive, her rock collection outlining the flower beds, and her immaculately groomed lawn located on Highway 96 South.

April 7, 2020 - Center Garden Club's March meeting program featured Mrs. Janette Wittmann and her voice and piano students from Joaquin who delighted the Club and its guests with a musical tribute to nature. Mrs. Wittmann designed the program to remind the audience of how nature has influenced the development of music since time began.  

Music has been our vehicle to express our thoughts and feelings through sound. Throughout history, composers have used the muse Nature for inspiration. Among the categories included in Mrs. Wittmann's exploration of nature's influence on our music were space, seasons, water, birds, mountains, hills and valleys, prairies and meadows, trees, garden critters, flowers, air and wind.  For each of the natural categories, examples of orchestral, movie music, spiritual, opera, children's songs, songs of yesteryear, choral, madrigals and rounds, Christmas, ballet, cowboy, college songs, patriotic, metaphysical, folk songs, sacred, pop and other genre were performed or cited.

Student performers and their Nature selections included: Madalyn Bryant, "The Puffin" (vocal) and "The Butterfly"(vocal and piano); Kinsey Bryant, "Icicles" (piano);  Emma Lewis, "Trees" ( a reading) and "The Birch Tree" (vocal); and Anna Claire Lewis, "Over the Rainbow" and "Little April Showers" (both vocal). The Bryant sisters are the daughters of Tracy and Jonathan Bryant. The Lewis sisters are the daughters of Brandi and J.C. Lewis.

In the final segment of the program, Mrs. Wittmann also introduced several unusual instruments:  the 'Sea Organ" in Zadar, Croatia and the Jean Sibelius Monument of six hundred pipes in Helsinki, Finland. Mrs. Wittmann had visited both of the unusual instruments. She also introduced the  beautiful manual  Stalactite Organ located in the Virginia's Luray Caverns which Center's own Ann Harmon had once played. Mrs. Wittmann also cited the annual ice music festival held in Geilo, Norway where instruments are carved from ice and then played. In conclusion she encouraged everyone to view these musical wonders on YouTube.

Through this most informative, inspirational, and moving program, produced and narrated by Mrs. Wittmann and performed by her piano and voice students from Joaquin and her, the audience became vastly more aware of how the marriage of nature and music is therapeutic and inspirational, expressing beauty and showing us as Louis Armstrong used to sing: "What a Wonderful World"!

Following the program, the Club served lunch to the performers, their parents, and other guests in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church.

April 3, 2020 - Along with Shelby County and myself, Tanya Belin, I would like to recognize James Ragan for his dedication to our community. Ragan goes above and beyond for our county with passing out cases of bottled water to people in need and visiting the parks sanitizing everything for the children. I am Shelby County proud and cannot thank this young man enough for all he's doing for our community.

April 3, 2020 - Our Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center staff is proud to wear blue today to help increase awareness and prevention of child abuse in our community. Post your own #GoBlueDay pictures to our page!

April 3, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries is striving to serve our community during this difficult time. We have had to make some changes to our programs due to the safety of our employees and clients. We are still distributing emergency food boxes to our clients by drive-thru only from 10-2 each Friday.

Please stay in your vehicle and have your trunk open to place the food box inside. We will no longer be placing food boxes in the cab of your vehicle to ensure safety.

Please help us continue to help others. If you would like to make a monetary donation, send to:

Shelby County Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box 1029
Center, TX 75935

April 3, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing ALL programs for the week of April 6th – April 10th with the exception of the Helping Hands Outreach Center. Helping Hands will be open only on Friday, April 10th from 10-2 in order to provide assistance. The senior citizens that are currently being served through our senior programs have received extra meals that will cover them through the next 2 weeks. They will also receive calls to confirm that they are safe, and all is going well. 

If you are scheduled to receive an emergency food box for the last week of March or the second week of April, please come to the Helping Hands Outreach Center on Friday, April 10th to receive it between the hours of 10-2. Our lobby is closed to the public. Food Boxes are distributed by Drive-Thru ONLY. Please be prepared to open your trunk of the car and stay in your vehicle. For information, please call us at 936-598-4990.

April 2, 2020 - Tomorrow is #GoBlueDay! Be sure to wear your best shade of blue to show support for #childabuseawareness and the work we do here at the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center!