Ogden’s Jubilee returns to Commerce Center

LIVINGSTON -- Ogden’s Country Jubilee has announced its return to the Polk County Commerce Center Saturday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. This performance will be the ninth show Ogden’s has presented in the venue.

The owner and producer of the show is Debbie Ogden Mayes. She is a lifelong resident of Polk County who also performs in the show with her three original comedy characters.

The Ogden’s Country Jubilee band is a collection of musicians who have played for acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard and many others. They are seasoned musicians who have chosen their families over a life on the road. Several cast members have a role in each show, but feature ever-changing acts, songs and entertainment for audience members.

The affordable and family-friendly Branson-style country, gospel and comedy variety show has entertained those in and around Polk County for more than two decades. It began in a remodeled Onalaska grocery store in September of 1994. In 2002, the show moved to the newly-remodeled Old Town Theater in Huntsville. It has performed in Woodville at the Dogwood Festival and most recently in various venues around Livingston and as a Main Street Livingston fundraiser.

This show will feature country music star Doug Supernaw. After an almost 20-year hiatus, Supernaw is back with a new release of nine re-recorded Greatest Hits, plus two new songs. He was back in the studio in January to record all songs on the album, including two of many that he penned during his break.

Ogden’s will welcome back a returning feature to the show. In the late 1950s, Dennis Ivey was taken to the World Champions Fiddlers Festival in his hometown of Crockett. Johnny Horton was performing that evening and Ivey decided that was what he wanted to do.
He joined a band and it soon began to gain popularity. He opened shows for stars like George Jones, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and many more. In 1975, he found a song he really liked, “Amarillo By Morning.”

Ivey played it at performances and it became his most popular song and he would be asked to play it three or four times a night. He recorded it in 1975, nine years before George Strait put it out, but was told by disc jockeys that it was “just a local type song.” This will be the sixth performance with Ogden’s from Ivey, where he will also emcee.

As always, the show will also highlight vocalists Kari Hlavinka of Pasadena, Texas, Glenda Lynn Hundl of Pearland, Texas, Kevin Carter of Lufkin, Texas, Steve Nelson of Huntington, Texas, and Ronnie Vaughn of Madisonville.

The audience will see the regular shenanigans of U.R. Nutz and Droop. A miracle will happen, as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash make their appearance. Elva Jean is rumored to be looking for a “Long, Tall Texan.” Debbie Ogden Mayes and Brenda Ogden Kelso won’t be recognizable in their comedic antics.

The outstanding Ogden’s Country Jubilee Band, features Livingston native Rocky Coward on lead guitar, Huntington’s Steve Nelson handles the piano and vocals, and Kevin Carter from Lufkin on fiddle and vocals. Carter was recently inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame. Ronnie Vaughn will be playing steel.

The band members individually have all earned many awards and accolades in their careers as musicians and singers. Mayes has promised a nice variety of both country and gospel music.

Tickets for the show are $15, while ages 3 and under are free. They may be purchased at the Livingston City Hall, all three locations of First National Bank Livingston, Downtown Treasures, and on the day of the show, may be purchased at the Polk County Commerce Center from 3 p.m. until show time.

For more information, call Debbie Ogden Mayes at (936) 933-5852 or visit

Opening Day at Livingston City Pool (Photo)

Livingston-City-PoolREADY TO COOL OFF? -- The start of summer vacation means splashing in the water for a group of young swimmers on the season’s opening day at the Livingston City Pool. The pool, located at Matthews Street Park, is open to the public Sunday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Admission is $2 for ages 7 and above. Children ages 6 and under are admitted for $1.


Driver life-flighted to Houston


A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she slammed her vehicle into the back of a Livingston school bus during morning pick up on Thursday. Details to be published in Sunday's edition of the Enterprise.


Annual rodeo includes new features

LIVINGSTON -- With the week-long 72nd Annual Trinity-Neches Livestock Show kicking off on Monday, plans for one of its signature events, the rodeo, call for both traditional and new activities.

The rodeo will be held on Thursday, March 9, and will open at 6 p.m. with the traditional TNLS Queen’s Contest in the Barney Wiggins Memorial Arena off South Houston Street (Hwy. 146) in Livingston.

Contestants from each Polk County FFA Chapter and the Polk County 4-H will take part in all of the rodeo event to claim the title of 2017’s First Place Rodeo Team.

One of the new attractions this year is something that organizers hope the audience will enjoy. Vern Kaylor of Jasper is scheduled to bring a couple of his mini-bucking bulls and plans call for a riding exhibition from one of Kaylor’s famous riders.

Then, for the crowd’s enjoyment, one of the Polk County agriculture teachers or county extension agents will ride one of the bulls. The rider will be determined by how much money their chapter or 4-H raise throughout the week. Those attending the livestock show throughout the week will be asked to place money in containers at the concession stand for each FFA chapter or the 4-H and the “winner” will be the group that raises the most money.

The funds raised by the event will be used to provide a scholarship to a senior participating in this year’s show.

Wrist bands for the rodeo will be sold throughout the day Thursday and at the gates starting at 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

Other events planned during the rodeo include a mutton busting for children six and younger. Registration will be prior to the start of the rodeo at the information booth by the bucking chutes.

A goat scramble also will be held for the children in the audience.

Concession workers as well as outside vendors will be on hand to offer food items.

The annual show will run through Friday, March 10, and will conclude with the annual livestock auction.

Casino Royale Gala will benefit children

Childrens-Haven-Gala2Area residents will be able to place their bets on Childrenz Haven at the 2017 Casino Royale Gala fundraiser from 6-11p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Polk County Commerce Center.

The evening will be a “whirlwind of table games” as well as live and silent auctions, a raffle, entertainment, and a steak dinner prepared and served by the Polk County Cookers.

Those attending will be invited to try their hand at Texas hold-em, Black Jack, roulette and craps. They will be able to bid silently or live for items like premier Rockets tickets, hunts, spa days, local restaurant and retail offers and of course gourmet cakes. They also may choose to stylishly sit, have a drink and people watch the action.

Three winners who end the night with the most chips will win Visa gifts cards of $2,500 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. One raffle winner will win a $3,000 gift certificate for travel and accommodations through Moore Travel.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person, $130 per couple or $650 for a table of 10. Each ticket also will include two drink tickets, $1,000 in gambling chips, a $25 raffle ticket for Moore Travel gift certificate and a steak dinner by Greg Pearson’s cooking team for each ticket purchased. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the event for $25 each or five for $100. Players can add to their chip pile for $25 per 1,000 chips.

Childrenz Haven is also seeking sponsors to offset costs. Individuals and businesses are invited to join the Williams Firm and Polk County Abstract as a Table Sponsor for $2,500, Naskila Entertainment Center as a High Roller Sponsor at $1,200; and Americare EMS/Allegiance Mobile Health and Dr. Ralph Jenke, DDS as a Glitter Ambiance Sponsor for $500.

Additionally, Veronica Cuevas, an event decorator extraordinaire, is donating her magic to transform the Commerce Center.
All proceeds will help Childrenz Haven, a Texas Child Advocacy Center, meet the increasing need for support and counseling to victims of child-abuse and their families throughout and after the legal process.

Call Childrenz Haven at (936) 327-4757 to for ticket information and to become a Casino Royale sponsor. Tickets also may be purchased online at

Seniors receive holiday "prayer bears"


Hundreds of local seniors will get a special Christmas Day surprise as church volunteers will deliver teddy bears to residents of six Livingston-area nursing homes.

The public is invited to volunteer Sunday morning as members of First United Methodist Church will deliver the Christmas “prayer bears” to senior residents of The Bradford at Brookside, The Gardens at Livingston, Pine Ridge Health, Provident Memory Care, Tall Pines Assisted Living and Timberwood Nursing Home.

“This is our first time doing this and it’s something we wanted to give to the community,” said FUMC secretary Cheyenne Lusk. “Instead of just going home [after church,] we will be out singing and delivering these gifts.”

Church members started collecting the bears on the first day of Advent on Nov. 27 and have made them a big part of worship services at FUMC.

“The bears have all been prayed over, loved and blessed during church each week,” Lusk said.

“This will be special for the seniors because a lot of them won’t have their loved ones with them and they just want something soft to hug,” she added.

The church was able to exceed their original goal of 387 teddy bears, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.

“Because of all the people at our church wanting to bring extra, we now have 400 bears to give on Christmas.” said Lusk.

FUMC invites anyone who would like to volunteer during the delivery, which will begin immediately after Christmas services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Christmas-BearsA VERY BEARY CHRISTMAS — Members of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston have collected 400 teddy bears to give to the residents of local nursing homes. The public is invited to join the church members in distributing the bears on Christmas Day following the morning services.