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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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
  • And remember, ALCOHOL AND FIREWORKS DON’T MIX!

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.

December 17, 2020 - Past District Governor Roger Doyle was presented with a Lions Club International President's Certificate of Appreciation for serving as the 2019-2020 District Champion for the North American Membership Initiative. There were nine districts from the U.S. and Canada involved in the NAMI pilot program. District 2-S1, of which Center Noon Lions Club is a member, led the program in membership growth and retention.

Presenting the award is Immediate Past District Governor Chris Gunstream of the Carthage Noon Lions Club.

December 16, 2020 - The Center Noon Lions Club has recently donated a total of $8,000 to the Shelby Outreach Ministries.  Besides the recent storm damage to their building, there is an increased need for food and services for the local folks they serve. 

Executive Director Sherry Harding was present at the club meeting to accept one of our checks. 

December 16, 2020 - As Sheriff Willis Blackwell's time in office draws near, family, friends and employees gathered at the Shelby County Sheriff's Department to celebrate his time in law enforcement on December 16, 2020.

Sheriff Blackwell's wife Ann opened with a few words and expressed enthusiasm about the coming change.

"Thank you for supporting him the last eight years, because it hasn't all been roses for sure, it's been some pretty tough times," said Ann Blackwell. "Y'all have all stuck with him, and you just don't know how much that means to us."

She thanksed everyone for being supportive of Sheriff Blackwell and turned to Chief Deputy Kevin Windham to share his thoughts.

"On behalf of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, not only the Sheriff's Department, but also as a citizen of the county we would like to thank you for what is it? 50 years? 50 years of service that he's taken out of his life to serve other people," said Windham. "That says a lot, because most of us I mean it's hard when you're always in the public's eye."

For Blackwell to put in 50 years of service in law enforcement Windham commended him and stated, "It's like they say, 'once a King, always a King,' once a Sheriff, always a Sheriff."

Sheriff Blackwell was then presented with a Henry Golden Boy rifle on which was imprinted his Sheriff's badge and it read, "Sheriff Blackwell Shelby County."

Sheriff Blackwell thanked everyone and said, "I appreciate everybody being here for the last eight years, it's been great. You know there've been some low times and lots of high times, but I appreciate it. I don't plan not to come by and see everybody, visit everybody. Thank you very much."

December 16, 2020 - It's time for a change and a little Christmas fun with Christmas just over a week away!

Did you know Friday is the national day for 'Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf!' According to National Today, on December 18, wear something green, pick up the phone, and celebrate 'Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day!' There have been dozens of excellent Christmas movies released through the years, but perhaps none as lovable as Will Ferrell’s Elf. So, this December 18th repeat after us: “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” Don't believe? Check it out here.

National Today also lists Friday as 'Bake Cookies Day' and 'National Ugly Sweater Day!'

December 19th includes 'Look for an Evergreen Day' and 'National Hard Candy Day.' Saturday is also 'National Wreaths Across America Day' which has a simple mission to "Remember fallen U.S. Veterans; honor those who serve; and teach your children the value of freedom." This important day is an annual event that takes place every third Saturday in December at Arlington National Cemetery as well as other cemeteries in the U.S., at sea, and abroad.

December 20th is 'Go Caroling Day' and 'National Sangria Day!' For the shy carolor, Sangria Day may be a great match.

December 21 is 'Look on the Bright Side Day!' The year 2020 with all the doom and gloom definitely needs December 21st as there is much to appreciate. For the vertically challenged female, this Monday is your day - 'National Short Girl Appreciation Day!' Be sure to check it out as the advantages listed go along with 'Look on the Bright Side Day.'

December 22nd is perfect for those that participated in Friday's 'Bake Cookies Day!' Congratulations, you are ready for Tuesday's 'National Cookie Exchange Day' which can be celebrated with family and friends who share the love of baking fresh cookies. Yum!

For the short of stature who felt neglected on 'National Short Girl Appreciation Day' then December 22nd is your day. Great things come in small packages and is celebrated all together on 'National Short Person Day!'

December 24th is 'National Christmas Movie Marathon Day.' Be sure to have Will Ferrell's Elf in the movie lineup after all it inspired 'Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day!'

Have fun and a Merry Christmas!

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