PG-13. Ends at 9:10pm

For the first time and due to the COVID-19 Ruling, the RIO Theatre will close after Friday's showing of Bloodshot 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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November 27, 2019 - The Center HS Theater class will be performing "Christmas at the Rio" at 4:30pm with the box office opening at 4pm on Saturday, December 7th.

Be sure to get your popcorn before the parade starts at 6pm. Following the parade, the Rio will be showing "Last Christmas" at 7:30pm.

And best of all downtown businesses will be open all day for Christmas Shopping.

Santa’s Christmas Parade Presented by Shelby Savings Bank

November 27, 2019 - The 2019 Santa’s Christmas Parade “Songs of the Season” is Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00pm on the Center Downtown Square.

Categories for the 2019 Parade will include: Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The Float Competition Sponsor is the City of Center.

Prior to the parade, "Christmas at the Rio," presented by the Center High School theater department will be performed at 4:30pm with doors opening at 4pm. After the parade the movie showing at 7:30pm at the Rio will be "Last Christmas."

Plan on spending the day on the Square to shop and enjoy the Parade. Shops will be open and many will be having their Christmas Open Houses.

Parade will begin on the downtown square at 6:00pm. Line up begins at 4:45 on Malone Drive. Marching bands, Walkers, Motorcycles, Antique Cars will start near the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street.

Due to the construction on the downtown square, the Parade route will be slightly altered. Once the Parade gets to the downtown square, participants will continue on Shelbyville Street and turn left onto Cora Street. The Parade will continue on Cora Street until Crockett Street where participants will turn left and left again onto Logansport Street heading back to the Square. Once participants come to either George Ihlo Drive, Porter Street or Tenaha Street they may turn right and return to their start point.

Parade guidelines are available on the Chamber website at or you may contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email

November 26, 2019 (Application Form) - The Center Police Department's Blue Santa program is getting ready to load the sleigh and needs your help. Blue Santa is asking for donations of new toys, books, or clothes for all ages of boys and girls. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Mark your Calendars for Cookies & Cocoa with Santa for December 8th 2-4pm. Enjoy all your favorite treats, and free pictures with Santa, and don’t forget to bring Santa a toy to donate!

We have started handing out forms! If you know of any child in Shelby County that may not have any Santa this Christmas, please fill out this form. One form for each child and turn back into the Center Police Department Dispatch or Shelby County Today. This form will need to be returned to the P.D. no later than Monday, December 9th, 2019. Any forms turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. This ensures plenty of time to get all the toys needed. Remember, all forms are anonymous.

Forms or Monetary donations can also be mailed to OPERATION BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322, Center, Tx 75935.

If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Department. Items for boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15yrs old.

The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we will be able to provide Christmas to many children in Shelby County. Again thank you, we can not do it without you! Let Blue Santa help you make a Child's Christmas blessed this year!

Thank You,
from the Operation Blue Santa Team!

Blue Santa Application Form

Stephen ShiresNovember 26, 2019 - Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires was the guest speaker at the November Golden Harvest Ministries Club meeting.

He gave updates on the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center, and members brought toys and monetary donations to the Center.

2020 officers were elected and will be installed at the December meeting. Members are asked to bring canned goods for the December project.

Submitted by Linda Bordelon, Reporter

November 26, 2019 - Billie Bailey was honored at the November meeting of Delta Gamma for 50 years of membership in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was presented with a red rose vase and will receive a 50 year membership pin. Delta Gamma is proud to have such a delightful member in their chapter.

Submitted by Nora Robinson

November 25, 2019 - The winner of the handmade Quilt that Shelby County Outreach Ministries raffled off was James Wallace! We know you will enjoy it and use it often. We want to say thank you to all who purchased a chance to win. 

All proceeds will go to help support the ministry so we can continue to support the people of Shelby County.  


November 25, 2019 - Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Fannie Watson to serve as Grand Marshal of the 20th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade. The parade, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Fannie Watson was the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award and was recognized at the annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for her contributions in and around Shelby County which was held on November 7th.

Categories for the 2019, Songs of the Season” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Parade participants are asked to decorate with lights for the nighttime parade and have audible Christmas music playing. There are applicable rules and considerations for entries with horses. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline is November 27, 2019. Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at

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

From left: April Knight, Ashley Balkcom, Kay Desoto, and Shareal Nutter

November 19, 2019 - The 3rd Annual Pine Grove Nursing Center Chili Cook Off was a success with eight entries competing for the 'Golden Ladle Award.'

First place winner was a repeat from last year with Shareal Nutter winning the grand prize with her chili and took home the 'Golden Ladle Award' for a second time. Second place chili was Kay Desoto. First place went to the Pine Grove Therapy department. Accepting the award on behalf of the Therapy department was Ashley Balkcom and April Knight.

Pine Grove thanks all the people that entered the cook off and those who came out to sample and visit with the residents.

November 19, 2019 - The Rotary Club of Center had the unique opportunity to merge their Tuesday meeting with the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce conference held at the Civic Center on November 19th.

Rotary members joined the J.C.C. students at their tables and enjoyed a lunch together. Rotary Club president Collin Mathews opened the Rotary meeting with appreciation to the Chamber of Commerce for inviting the Rotary Club to lunch and encouraged students to ask questions of the Rotarian at their table.

Just prior to the meeting Mayor Chadwick spoke to the group about being a Rotarian but most of all about being involved in your community. He encouraged students to seek out civic groups to join but to not only join but to most importantly be involved.

J.J. Ford, Rotary Club member said, "I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the J.C.C. students at my table who were primarily from Timpson. The students made me proud to hear they were going to go to the Timpson square after school today to help decorate for Christmas. Donating your time to help others is what Rotary is about. Good job J.C.C. students!"

The Rotary Club four way test is 'Is it the truth, is it fair to all concern, will it build good will and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?'

November 18, 2019 - The Piney Woods Photographic Society held their regular monthly meeting this past Saturday. We had a good attendance with the November challenge featuring photographs submitted by members on "Portraits."

There was a total of 24 photographs submitted for critiques with members voting for their favorite photographs. As can be seen the voting was a challenge in itself, by the number of "ties" shown. Our members really stepped out of their comfort zone this month and put forth tremendous effort in their photographs using techniques learned from workshops that are held at each monthly meeting. 

The next meeting will be the 3rd Saturday in December, at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter St., Center, TX. from  9 am -12 pm. This will be a special christmas fun meeting and everyone interested in learning more about how to take a better picture is invited to attend our Christmas fun meeting. For more information about memberships or meetings contact Billie F. Jones, 936-591-2426 or

November Challenge - Portraits

1st Place (Tie) - Lawrence C. Davis

1st Place (Tie) - Melvin Henson

2nd Place (Tie) - Angie Junell Davis

2nd Place (Tie) - Bobbie Jean Wood

3rd Place (Tie) - Billie F. Jones

3rd Place (Tie) - Linda Henson

3rd Place (Tie) - Robyn Broomfield

3rd Place (Tie) - Donna Holt