Call for donations: AISD Back to School Bash

Back to School Bash

Athens ISD is getting ready for its annual Back to School Bash … and they need your help.

This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 10, at the high school.

“The Back to School Bash is an event where parents and their children can come to get needed immunizations and information from the school the child will be attending and meet some of the staff,” AISD Parent Liaison Yadira Chairez wrote in a letter. “Also, we work with the HELP Center to provide school supplies and backpacks for children in need.”

This year, AISD is hoping to pump up the event in an effort to get more families to attend. Chairez said the school would like to include bounce houses and hot dogs and drinks, giving it a festival feel. Continue reading “Call for donations: AISD Back to School Bash”

Red Hot 18 coming July 29

Red hot 18CCL Chamber of Commerce press release

Among all the “hot” activities during the summer, you can always count on a repeat of the annual Red Hot ‘18’ Golf Tournament, hosted by the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Traditionally held the last Monday of July, this year’s fundraising tournament will be on July 29 at Twin Lakes Golf Course.

The tournament is a four person scramble, with gross/net prizes. Check-in is 7:45 a.m., with a shot-gun start at 8:30 a.m. Price is $70 per player (early bird registration) and $75 per player the day of. The price includes a light breakfast, golf, cart and lunch. Two (2) Mulligans will be allowed and are $10 per player.

Featured events for the day will include Hole in One Contest-Sponsored by Tri-County Ford, Buy-a-Drive $20 per team, Buy-a-Spot on the Green $20 per team, 50/50 Raffle $5 or 5/$20.

In keeping with the tournament date and the median temperature in East Texas in summer, the descriptive name Continue reading “Red Hot 18 coming July 29”

Obituary: Tony Gilfillan

Tony Gilfillan
Tony Gilfillan

Funeral services for Tony Gilfillan, 38, Malakoff are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Malakoff with Dr. Nathan Lorick officiating. Burial will follow in Concorde Cemetery in Anderson County.

Mr. Gilfillan died Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Tyler.

He was born April 9, 1975 in St. Paul, Minn. to James Wayne Gilfillan, Sr. and Elizabeth Catheryn Rettenmayer Gilfillan and had been a resident of Texas since 1978 growing up in Corsicana. Tony had resided in Malakoff the past 10 years and was owner of Rightway Flooring. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Malakoff. He loved four wheeling, fishing and all activities in the outdoors.

Tony was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ben Fitzgerald.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Andrea Gilfillan, Malakoff; sons Christian Gilafillan, Malakoff, Arron Bynum, Mildred; parents Continue reading “Obituary: Tony Gilfillan”

Around Malakoff: Getting ready for Christmas in July

Loretta Humble
Loretta Humble

By Loretta Humble/Around the Town

Christmas will be here before you know it. Really before you know it. Like in another week or so here in Malakoff, where downtown merchants are getting out their Christmas decorations for their second annual Christmas in July event. And this year they plan to have 12 days of it, like the song, having some special event every day, starting Friday, July 19 and going through Tuesday, July 30. There will be an art show, and a couple of teas, and a book sale, and cash drawings, and demonstrations, and I don’t know what all. There will be refreshments in many shops, and of course, extra special specials. My Cedar Lake companies are going to be participating by offering some checkups like blood pressure, glucometer and oximeter readings, and whatever else we can think of. Maybe we’ll even weigh you if you want us to. The list of events will be elsewhere in the paper, and in Henderson County Now and all over the Internet. I sure don’t have room to list them all here. Don’t miss the fun!

I got a late birthday present last week when my daughter Liz and daughter Tina and her whole family took me blueberry picking at Echo Springs Blueberry Farm. That was fun. I’ve posted a lot of pictures of that on They have great muffins and free coffee Continue reading “Around Malakoff: Getting ready for Christmas in July”

Obituary: Di Ann Barthalow

DiAnn BartholowA gathering of friends and family of Di Ann Barthalow, 63, of Athens will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 1-3:00 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens. A private graveside service at Pawhuska City Cemetery in Oklahoma will be held at a later date.

Ms. Barthalow passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Athens.

Di Ann was born July 28, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the daughter of Donald H. Hampton and Jean Francis McAllister Hampton. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Athens, having been a former member of the St. Michaels Episcopalian Church of Dallas. She took pride in the fact that she was a former member of the Junior League Continue reading “Obituary: Di Ann Barthalow”