Business of the Month


    Photo by Cathy Wilkinson

    Circle T Realty was started by Steve Torno and opened for business in Leon County in 1991. Shortly after that, Steve opened the Centerville office in 1993, which, was then located in the parking lot of the old Mama Mike’s restaurant. Within six months or so after opening that office, Steve joined forces with Wilson Real Estate, which was owned by Bill and Geneva Wilson, and began working in the same office with them. While the thought of two separate realty firms working out of the same office seems unorthodox to say the least, this was a relationship that flourished for 20 years until Mr. and Mrs. Wilson both retired and closed Wilson Real Estate. Steve contributes the success of this partnership to the fact that the Torno and Wilson families had been lifelong friends and attended the same church in Centerville.

    Lisa Taylor, who is Steve’s sister, is also the office manager for Circle T Realty and has been with him since he opened the Centerville office and is the driving force behind the day-to-day operations at Circle T Realty. The entire Circle T bunch freely admits that Lisa is the “cog in the wheel” and she makes life at work much more pleasant and successful, besides, we could not do what we do without her, nor would we want to.

    In 2000, Steve asked Tyson Henson to come to work with him in the business. Dennis Coffey joined the Circle T Realty team in 2011. All three salesmen are Texas A&M University graduates and are licensed real estate brokers. Linda Matthews came aboard in 2005 and works out of the Buffalo office. In 2011, Steve purchased the land on Hwy 7 across from the original office and began building a new office for Circle T Realty. Steve said “We closed the old office on Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend of 2012, packed and moved everything across the street, unpacked, and were open for business in our new office on Tuesday morning after Memorial Day. It was a long weekend, but it was worth it. We love our new office and are very thankful to have it”.

    Steve and the whole gang at Circle T Realty are proud to be members of the business community here in Centerville and pride themselves in the fact not only do they work here, but they also live here and are always willing to support different community and school functions. “We just want to give something back to the community and the people that have supported us for all these years.” Circle T Realty is a full-service real estate company that deals in residential, commercial, and farm and ranch land. These guys work six days a week, and Sunday afternoons when necessary, and are willing and ready to help you with any real estate need you have.

    Circle T Realty
    870 W. St. Mary’s Street
    PO Box 809
    Centerville, Texas 75833
    (903) 536-3318
    Circle T Realty





    Events, New Members, and Information


    Thinking of Moving to Centerville?

    Come to the country! Centerville is located half-way between Houston and Dallas on Interstate 45, in the middle of it all. The pace is slower in Centerville, and the hometown values are from days gone by.

    Strangers still wave at each other when they pass on the roads. It has almost all the conveniences of larger communities, just not the hassle.

    Join families, retirees, and professionals that have moved out of the hustle and bustle of Houston, Dallas, or Bryan/College Station to an affordable life in the center of the rural life.

    According to

    Population in 2012: 891
    Median resident age: 45.2 years
    Texas median age: 40.8 years
    Median household income in 2011: $36,576
    Median house value in 2011: $81,530
    Median real estate property taxes in 2011: $642 (1.1%)
    Median gross rent in 2011: $496

    Important Information:

    (Water Department. Trash Pickup, etc.)
    Address: 325 St Mary’s Street
    Phone: (903) 536-2515

    Open Wednesdays and Thursdays only,
    8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (closed 12-1)
    Address: 125 East Main Street
    Phone: (903) 536-3095







    Interested in joining the Centerville Chamber of Commerce?

    Interested In Joining the Chamber of Commerce?

    Membership has its privileges.

    • Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings
    • Detailed Listing of your business on the Chamber website
    • “Classic Currency” gift certificates that can only be used at Chamber member stores
    • Workshops and seminars
    • Representation at the state and federal levels for small business owners

    It’s easy to join, and only costs $35

    Download the correct application: Businesses or Individuals & Families, complete it, and then drop it off with a check for $35 (made out to “Centerville Chamber of Commerce”) at either Circle T Realty, Karen’s Kowlicks, or Bobby Walters Insurance.

    Mail the application and a check for $35 to:
    Centerville Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 422
    Centerville, TX 75833-0422

    Call (903) 536-7261 if you have any questions.

    Outdoor Recreation.

    There's plenty to do in Centerville


    Deer Hunting

    Leon County is known for its deer hunting. Hunters come from all over Texas to hunt wild game as well as exotic deer. You can find a list of available deer leases and exotic game by clicking here.



    If fishing is your game, the fifteen-acre lake at Ft. Boggy State Park gives you the opportunity to fish from the pier, the embankment, or small boat. It is part of the Angler Education “Tackle Loaner Program” where individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.


    Ft. Boggy State Park

    Fort Boggy Creek State Park is one of Centerville’s favorite places to go. You can fish, swim, hike, ride bikes, grill, play on the playground, or just sit under the canopy of thick shade trees. Watch this excellent video.

    Admission is free. Rut reservations for the covered pavilion must be made through the Texas Parks & Wildlife by calling (512) 389-8900. The park is open Saturdays and Sundays only, from 8 AM to sunset.