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Let there be lights
Holt, Henegar honored during lighting ceremony
Members of the Pete Holt and Leslie Henegar families gather together for the lighting of Pete Holt Field on Thursday evening in honor of both men. Pictured, from left, are McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley, Hayden Hill, Klint Hill, Hunter Hill, Andrea Rigsby Hill, Kathy Rigsby Hill, Wilma Henegar and Eli Henegar.
It was a long time coming and has been in the works for many years, but finally it happened.Thursday night was a special night for the Pete Holt family and former Warren County Youth Baseball president Leslie Henegar’s family at Pete Holt Field as the field finally received lights that were in both men’s honor.Members of the Holt and Henegar families, along with McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley, were in attendance for lighting the field, including Holt’s daughter, Kathy Rigsby-Holt and Henegar’s wife, Wilma Henegar, who was the director of girls softball at the time her husband ran the baseball leagues.Current director of athletics at the Civic Center, Terry Beard, had this to say about honoring both Henegar and Holt. “Pete Holt, Wilma Henegar and Leslie Henegar were all key figures in helping baseball thrive in McMinnville and here at the Civic Center complex. All of them worked to help keep things going and get it going and they made a way for kids to play ball.”Beard added, “We wanted both of their families here when we lit the field for the first time and it was a historic occasion and it had been a long time coming for the city of McMinnville.”Beard said having lights on the field will have a huge impact for years to come at the Civic Center.