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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January 6, 2021 - Hope Community Medicine has COVID-19 Vaccines available and has the following phone numbers available for you to call to get on a waitlist:

  • Center Medical 936-598-2716
  • San Augustine Medical 936-275-4420
  • Carthage Medical 936-690-8395

January 6, 2021 - The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas January meeting has been cancelled. After discussion, it was decided it is best to forego the January meeting. The numbers are climbing in the US, in Texas, in Shelby County and in the schools. Hopefully by February, after people start getting the vaccine, the meetings can resume. Stay safe.

January 4, 2021 - Please join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Jason Newman at a Ribbon Cutting for AmeriSpec Inspection Services. The Ribbon Cutting will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:00 at the Chamber Offices on the historic courthouse square.

Jason Newman is the Owner of AmeriSpec Inspection Services, located in Joaquin, Texas. Jason conducts comprehensive residential and commercial inspections. Jason is certified and insured. Inspections include exterior and interior, mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing and heating systems, room by room reviews and much more. Specialty inspections such as radon, mold, septic systems, carbon monoxide testing, well water quality, irrigation system inspection, water bacteria, sewer scopes etc. are also available.

Mr. Newman is excited about becoming a member of our Chamber and is eager to serve in our local community.

Come to the Ribbon Cutting on January 5th and meet Jason Newman and welcome him to the community.

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

From left to right: (top) Larry Rymal, Ronnie Land, Debbie Norris, (bottom) Terry Wheless, Morgan Ragan, and Paul Ragan.

January 3, 2021 - East Texas Disciples Chapter of Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) presents the 2021 officers and invites potential new members who enjoy riding and have a zeal for regular get togethers. The officers are Larry Rymal, President; Ronnie Land, Vice President; Debbie Norris, Chapter Secretary; Terry Wheless, Chaplain; Morgan Ragan, Treasurer; and Paul Ragan, Road Captain.

The group supports an evangelistic outreach primarily, but not exclusively, to the motorcycling community. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at T&R's Steaks 'n More with a 'Meet, Eat, and Greet' time from 6pm to 7pm and business meeting from 7pm to 8pm. Come ride with us!

December 30, 2020 - Boos Battle Support Fund is currently selling cookbooks for $20. Cookbooks are over 170 pages including advertisements! The books can be purchased at The Pink Boutique or The Hair Loft in Joaquin or message Boos Battle Support Fund page on facebook!

'Cooking for a Cause' brings memorable moments in the kitchen and would be a wonderful gift.

December 30, 2020 - New Years is a time to celebrate a new beginning and fireworks are a great way to get into the spirit of the festive holiday!

Safety Tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at other people.
  • Do not light fireworks indoors
  • Do not light fireworks in your hand

Educate yourselves on the safe and responsible use of fireworks and have a safe and Happy New Year!

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December 29, 2020 - (Album) - First United Methodist Church of Center members and local residents gathered on the Center square to enjoy and participate in a candlelight gathering and Christmas Carols Thursday, December 24, 2020.

The Christmas Eve candlelight service was led by Pastor Malcolm Monroe and Chris Watlington from the bandstand on the east side of the square along San Augustine Street.

Refreshments were provided and as the singing began, Pastor Monroe gave an opening prayer.

The caroling continued, and included: "Joy to the World," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "O' Little Town of Bethlethem," "Away in a Manger," O' Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noel." Candles were lit and the event came to a final conclusion with the singing of "Silent Night, Holy Night."

December 23, 2020 - Christopher Luna was among the students who received degrees during the 2020 Fall semester at Sam Houston State University. Luna, a 2016 Graduate of Center High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

December 22, 2020 - Shelby County Outreach Ministries will be closing at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will be closed on the following Thursday and Friday in observance of Christmas. We will distribute emergency food boxes on Wednesday until we close. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2020 - Mathews Realty wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with hopes 2021 will bring blessings to all. We are grateful for our clients and friends and look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Mathews Realty has been representing buyers and sellers throughout the Shelby County area for many years. Agents Scott Foster and Jane Blount are both Shelby County natives. They have a knowledge and understanding of East Texas. They specialize in commercial, residential and poultry farms.

Mathews Realty is located at 616 Tenaha Street in Center, Texas.