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James Holt


In a ceremony Tuesday night (6:30 p.m.), the Hays County commissioners will dedicate the Justice of the Peace Courtroom in the new Precinct 2 office building in honor of former Justice of the Peace James A. Holt, Sr., who served in that capacity for 20 years (1975-1995).

The new Precinct 2 building, which primarily serves the Buda and Kyle area, is at 5458 FM 2770.

The Hays County Commissioners passed a resolution on Aug. 13 in support of the dedication.

“It has been my team’s wishes to dedicate the courtroom to Judge Holt since we began planning for a permanent location in 2004,” Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith said. “I feel honored to serve in the same position as the Honorable Judge Holt.”

James Alton Holt, Sr., was born in Lavaca County in 1917. He moved to Hays County in 1933 and spent most of the rest of his life in the Hays County area, marrying Margaret Whisenant of Driftwood in 1941. The couple had seven children.

While working at (then) Southwest Texas University in 1966, the Holts purchased the Kyle Café, which became a local gathering place. The Holts became civic and economic leaders in the area. They sold the café in 1979, but remained active in the community until his death in 1998.

“Judge Holt leaves a legacy of public service and community involvement, and it is a fitting tribute to him and his family that we dedicate our Justice of the Peace Courtroom to him,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones.


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