Obituary: Si Holt

Si Holt
Si Holt

Funeral services for Si Holt, 62, of Malakoff have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Garden of Memories Memorial Park Chapel, 5205 S. First Street, Lufkin, Texas under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Private burial will follow in Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Si passed away Monday in Athens.

He was born in Lufkin, Texas July 23, 1950 to Silas Wayne Holt Sr. and Emma Ruth Law. Si spent his early years in Lufkin but grew up in Dallas. He attended Hillcrest High School and later earned his GED. While in Dallas he was a bar manager and bookkeeper before moving to Malakoff in the late 1990’s. Si had worked for Argon Medical Devices for the past 13 years as a distribution clerk in the international shipping department where he was responsible for ensuring safe shipment of medical devices to countries around the world. Si had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a sweet, warm man with a generous spirit. He loved all kinds of music, particularly gospel and a cappella choirs. He was a devoted fan of NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.

Si was preceded in death by his father Silas Wayne Holt, Sr.

Survivors include his mother, Emma Holt, of Round Rock; sister, Linda Holt, Silver Spring, Md.; and his long-time partner, Kevin Folsom, Malakoff.

He will be greatly missed by a host of loving friends, neighbors, family members, and valued co-workers who were dear to his heart. Visitation for family and friends was held Tuesday evening.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Nominations being accepted for Cardinal Hall of Fame at TVCC

HALL OF FAME LOGOBy Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

Nominations for the 2013 induction class for the Cardinal Hall of Fame are currently being accepted at Trinity Valley Community College. The nomination deadline is Monday, May 6.

The hall of fame, created in 2008, is a recognition program designed to honor former student athletes, coaches and contributors to the athletic department who have exhibited exceptional ability and performance in their selected field of athletics and have represented TVCC in an exemplary manner.

To be considered for the honor, nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Participation for at least one year as a player on an intercollegiate athletics team at TVCC or five years as a coach at TVCC. (Exception: The five-year requirement for a coach is waived if coach won a national championship); and
  • A period of at least five years between last date at TVCC as a full-time student-athlete or coach. (Exception: The period of at least five years between the last date at TVCC as a coach is waived upon retirement); and
  • Must commit to attending induction ceremony/events upon being notified of selection to Hall of Fame. If unable to commit, selection will be withdrawn and considered in the future.

As many as five nominees from 1970-to-present will be selected for induction and as many as two from prior to 1970.

To date, 35 and the 1989 cheerleading squad have been inducted into the shrine.

Nomination forms are available at the Athletic Office, located in Cardinal Gym. Nominations are also being accepted online. The 2013 induction class will be selected in the summer and the induction ceremony is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information, contact Benny Rogers at 903-675-6322.

Stiles visits state reps in Austin

Stiles 1Press release from Fred Head

Athens ISD Superintendent Blake Stiles met with Henderson County State Representatives Lance Gooden and Jim Pitts in Austin on April 12 to thank them for their support of public school education and encourage them to continue their effective work in behalf of all the school children of Texas.

Stiles, shown above with Pitts, who is the chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and former State Representative Fred Head of Athens, was introduced in the Texas House Chamber during Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss’ Speaker’s Reunion Day Activities and attended a breakfast and a barbeque luncheon, as the guest of Head. Below,Also, Stiles is shown with Gooden (center) and Head.

In commenting on his Austin meetings, Stiles said, “I am very thankful for the excellent work being done by Representative Gooden and by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Pitts, both of whom represent Henderson County. We are very fortunate to have these men as our legislators looking after and supporting our interests at the State Capital.”


Obituary: Sidney Ballard Jr.

Sidney Ballard Jr.
Sidney Ballard Jr.

Memorial services for Sidney Ballard Jr., 56, of Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church of Athens with Bro. Perry Smith officiating.

Mr. Ballard went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Athens.

Sidney Paul Ballard Jr. was born Oct. 7, 1956 in Dallas, the son of Sidney Paul Ballard Sr. and Patsy Jean Hatcher Ballard. He was a member of the Living for the Brand Cowboy Church of Athens. He was an outdoorsman who loved farming and growing flowers. Sidney was an avid hunter and fisherman and was well known for his meat processing and cooking. He had a special place in his heart for his side kick “Colby” a black lab/healer mix dog that never left his side. “Papa Sid” was a loving husband, father and grandfather and proud foster parent. He was a family man and will be missed by all he knew and loved.

Sidney was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife Alice Burnett Ballard; two daughters, Brandy Boswell of Athens, Candace Ballard of Bradford; two sons, Forrest Attaway of Kansas City, Travis Attaway and wife Carrie of Uniontown, Pa.; one brother, Glenn Ballard of Ohio; five grandchildren, Kitty Boswell, Katlyn Mitchell, Alia Attaway, Bella Attaway, Lilly Attaway; and special friends, Charlie and Dawson Turner.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to The Living for the Brand Cowboy Church Building Fund in Sidney’s honor.

AMA: Why gas prices fluctuate from town to town

gasBy Michael V. Hannigan

AMA stands for “Ask Michael Anything,” and is a chance for readers to ask reporter Michael V. Hannigan questions about Henderson County. Ask questions through our Facebook Page or our website.

QUESTION: Why are gas prices in Athens and Malakoff so much higher than in Brownsboro and Chandler? … it is a question I’ve been asked several times in the past couple of weeks.

SOURCES: I spoke with some city officials, who basically had the same question. The trouble here is that there is really no one to ask. Gas stations are private businesses, so don’t have to answer me to begin with, and prices come mainly from the refineries anyway. But my research did lead me to the phrase: “Zone Pricing.” (BTW: Any gas station owners in Henderson County who want to talk to me, I’m all ears.)

ANSWER: I’m going to go with zone pricing … although I admit that a complete, bedrock answer eludes me just as much as anyone else. Zone pricing basically means that big oil companies set gas prices at least partly on the demographics of a location, going so far as to even change prices within a city.

Before you even ask, I will point out the word “secret” in the description below. I can’t tell you WHY Athens is higher, I can only tell you that wide swings in prices like between Athens and Chandler are not unusual around the country.

Challenges in court and by lawmakers trying to legislate zone pricing away have been unsuccessful.

Below are a couple of descriptions I found:

Zone pricing “is a practice under which refiners sell gasoline to retailers at wholesale prices that differ across geographic areas. Generally, these geographic areas vary in the level of competition and traffic counts. Thus refiners charge more in areas where demand is high and/or competition is low. This practice is viewed by some as price gouging and by others as a natural outcome of competitive markets.” 

Here is a description from an LA Times article:

“On any given day, in any major U.S. city, a single brand of gasoline will sell for a wide range of prices even when the cost to make and deliver the fuel is the same.”

“The primary culprit is zone pricing, a secret and pervasive oil company strategy to boost profits by charging dealers different amounts for fuel based on traffic volume, station amenities, nearby household incomes, the strength of competitors and other factors.”

“It’s a controversial strategy, but the courts have thus far deemed it legal, and the Federal Trade Commission recently said the effect on consumers was ambiguous because some customers got hurt by higher prices while others benefited from lower ones.”

“To be sure, other industries vary prices by area too. Supermarkets, for instance, price the same brand of bread or cheese differently in different neighborhoods. But gasoline price patterns provoke a response that bread can’t match, partly because other commodities don’t fluctuate as wildly as gasoline does and their prices aren’t posted by the side of the road.”

That is the best I can do on answering this particular question. If I get a better answer, I will let you know.