Hughes/Horseshoe Lake News

By Holly Bacon

Christmas Advent

The Hughes United Methodist Church women held their annual Christmas Advent Luncheon on Dec. 5. Approximately 125 women were in attendance. This year’s program was, “The Story of the Chrismon Tree,” presented by Rev. Michelle Morris, Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Church of West Memphis. She explained the meaning of each Chrismon. Peg Simpson, Pastors wife, also played a flute solo. The ladies of Hughes Church worked all spring and summer making Chrismons for their tree. Some of the Chrismons were made of Styrofoam decorated and some were made of wire and beads. The Presbyterian Church of West Memphis allowed them to borrow some styrofoam ones of theirs, for the patterns. A new 12 foot lighted tree was given by Mary Ann Wise Pittman and her family, in memory of Wilson Pittman and Mrs. Amanda Wise, The Hughes Parson, Jay Stephen Simpson, welcomed the group and gave the blessing for food. They served Chicken Tetrazini, Green Beans, Salad, Italian Spinach , Rolls, Tea and Strawberry Cake with fresh strawberries on the side, catered by Melissa‘s in the Fellowship Hall. Each guest was given a choice of an angel or a Latin cross made of beads and wire. The large tree in the Fellowship Hall was decorated with these ornaments. Last year the Hughes ladies produced a Cookbook Celebrating 100 years. They still have some available. They make great presents. They can be purchased from any member of the Church.

Fireman’s Christmas Party

The Horseshoe Lake Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Christmas Dinner on December 5th. They enjoyed, Steaks, Deep Fried Corn on the Cob, Fries, Baked Potato and Desserts. They also do a Dirty Santa and receive their annual checks. This year the Fire Person of the Year was given to Patti Castle. She completed her EMT course this year and has been on the Fire Department for 5 Years.

Hughes Methodist Church Acknowledgments

Dec. 11- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Dylan Ray Cooper, Erica Gregory, Debbie Bentley, William “Bubba” Harris, Jackie Scott. Dec. 12- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Elmer “Trey’ Smith III, Sharon Latham Barkley, “Ju Ju” Hughes, Lee Davis, Michelle Suttles and Owen Conner West. Dec. 13- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Steve Bernard, Ann Warren, Sarah Sneed, Lauren Alexis Tackeberry, Roland Vondran, Connor Stackhouse, Carrie Wolf, and Jackie Burch. Dec. 14- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Martha June Williams, Keith West, April Bennett Ward, and April Shelton Harshbarger. Dec. 15- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Hope Lofton Rowden, David Lane, Mikel T. Washburn, Cameron Burch, Grant Suttles, Mark E. May and Happy Anniversary to: Joseph and Judith Cupples. Dec. 16- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Dee Bennett, Kallie Wright and Elly Bork and Happy Anniversary to: Curtis and Harley Arnold. Dec. 17- Happy Birthday Wishes to: Daniel Worley, Macy Leigh Hillis, Samuel G . Smith and Clay Harshbarger.

Town Meeting

Report from Water Operator, Ricky Scarbrough , were all water samples were good and he is working on the water pressure problem. The Sewer is working properly, however, Mr. Scarbrough wanted to remind council that colder weather was coming and he encouraged council to consider that Fire Chief Thomen, had been asking for months, to work on getting generator(s). The council agreed to purchase a portable generator with money allotted in the budget, and to check into a stationery generator, possibly on a three year purchase plan. Report from Fire Chief, Billy Thomen, their party was a success and that they took some of the fireman’s funds and bought tables and chairs for the Fire Station. The ambulance has been repaired and he announced the Fire Person of the Year, stated above. He also let it be known that he would offer a class in February or March, since there are new laws saying if you are going to be driving a fire truck you would have to be certified operator through the Fire Academy. Council agreed to renew Rick Scarbrough’s contract for 2016 as Water Operator. No report from Code Enforcement Officer, since not present. However there was discussion on the Billings property being cleaned up and Mr. Perdew has been paid, after the Mayor and three aldermen inspected the work. No decision was made on other property on Horseshoe Cr. since it has been cleaned up. It was brought up about having Santa visit, but with such a short notice and only two weekends left, council decided to skip this year. Tonya Alexander took the time out, to attend this month’s meeting. She will be a candidate for Circuit Judge, Division 6, since Judge Fogelman won’t be running. Early Voting is from Feb. 15-29, 2016 Election Day is March 1, 2016.

Plantation Gallery

The Plantation Gallery, located at 210 Trout Road, will host their Gallery Winter Show, On Dec. 11-13. Hours are from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For more information call Barb McKee at 870-945-2270.


Our prayers and thoughts go out to: Trina Scarbrough of Horseshoe Lake, for the loss of her brother, Steve Roberts of Selmer, TN. He had a massive stroke on Nov. 27. Also Sandy Sanfrantello, formerly of Horseshoe Lake, for the loss of his wife Mary Sanfrantello on Dec. 2. A memorial service was held Dec. 5 at Robin Wood, the community where they were living. A memorial service is to be planned at St. Michael’s in West Memphis and a special Mass is being considered at the St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

Well Wishes

Well wishes and a speedy recovery go out to Nancy Bonds who is recuperating from pneumonia. Horseshoe Lake Utilities Horseshoe Lake Utilities and City Hall will be open regular hours through Dec. 21. Both offices will be closed from Dec. 22 through Dec. 27. Regular hours will resume Dec. 28.

Calendar of Events

Dec. 13th Mass, 7:30 a.m., St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church. Sunday School, 10 a.m., Worship Services, 11 a.m., Horseshoe Lake Baptist Church. Dec. 14th Hughes Rotary meets, 6:30 p.m. Hughes Town Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center. Deadline for weekly news, 8 p.m., contact Holly Bacon at 870-339-3514 or Dec. 15th Zumba class, 8 a.m., Surf Club Building. Quorum Court meets, 9 a.m., Courthouse in Marion. St. Francis Master Gardener’s meet, 11:30 a.m, St. Francis Museum, Forrest City. Horseshoe Lake Ladies Bunko plays, 7:30 p.m., Home of Lethia Jo Cupples. Dec. 17th Zumba Class, 8 a.m., Surf Club Building. Hughes Fire Department meets, 7 p.m., Fire Station on Blackwood. Dec. 18th Hughes Town and Country Garden Club meets, 11 a.m., Methodist Church, Hughes. Next weekly column appears. Last day of school before Christmas break!!!!!


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