Hughes/Horseshoe Lake News

Hughes/Horseshoe Lake News

Town Meeting

No report from Water Operator, Rick Scarbrough, he was absent. Report from Fire Chief, Billy Thomen was they did turn the tornado siren on the evening of March 13th. Hughes Fire Department also set their siren and both Fire Departments were ready to work together if they needed to. Billy Thomen did ask council to think about a new siren/generator in the next 2-3 years. Council did approve removing an old non-working generator from a trailer and letting the Fire Dept. use to mount their fuel tank on the trailer. He recommended to council selling the generator for scrape metal. The new Fire Truck is ready for pick-up on March 15 and the 1977 Fire Truck is being taking in on March 15 to a salvage yard to be dismantled and then they will receive a release stating that the Truck has been dismantled. Fire Chief Thomen reminded council they will host the last Saturday of every other month, a Pancake Breakfast. Report from Code Enforcement Officer, Vince Mc Dermott was licenses and permits were coming in. Council approved house plans for a lot on the corner of Lakeview Dr. and Horseshoe Cr. Near the Old Cotton Gin.

Under old business they are still waiting on price for mixers for the sewer pumps and new bids. A reminder that they are still testing the Tornado Siren every other Friday at noon. The new software is in and can now be installed, so that Fire Department due statements can be sent out. The Audit for 2014 Utilities has been completed and everything is fine. Under new business grass cutting bid packets are ready and can be picked up at City Hall, during office hours. Packets should be sealed and returned to City Hall by 6:30 p.m. on April 4. Meanwhile if any property needs cutting before April 4, the current contract holder, D & M Services will take care of it. Council agreed to purchase new recording device to record monthly meetings. The Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt is March 19 at 1 p.m. at City Hall/Park on Highland Dr. rain or shine.


Runoff Election

There will be a run-off for Justice of the Peace District 7, on March 22. This is the only run-off in Crittenden County. It will be between Ronnie Marconi, who is currently JP for District 7, and Kyle Watkins. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Early voting ends March 21. If you voted Republican on March 8th, you are not eligible to vote in the run-off on March 22nd. Only polls in District 7 will be open. Those include: Horseshoe Lake City Hall, Bond’s Groc./High Water Landing, Edmondson City Hall, Anthonyville Baptist Church, Civic Center (W.M.) and West Memphis High School. If you voted Democrat or did not vote at all on March 8, you are eligible to vote on March 22. Please take the time to vote, it does matter. If you had contacted the County Clerk’s office between March 9 and until noon on March 15 and had questions in regard to the runoff on March 22, you may need to contact their office and ask again. Their number is 870-739-4434. Some in the office were not aware of the changes regarding eligibility for voting in the Run-off.



Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Betty Wann, formerly of Horseshoe Lake. She passed away on March 5, in Sumterville, Florida.


Hughes United Methodist Church Acknowledgments

March 18th – Happy Birthday Wishes to: Sydni Nicole Duvall and Joseph Cupples.

March 19th – Happy Birthday Wishes to: William Clinton Burch, Zachary Coats and Tami Newell.

March 20th – Happy Birthday Wishes to: Eli West, Monica S. Haygood and Jack Range.

March 21st – Happy Birthday Wishes to; Ray Bennett, Kelly Pouncey, Gail Thomson, Barbara Mc Kee and Jack Moss. Happy Anniversary to: Guy (Gene) & Shirley Arnold.

March 22nd – Happy Birthday Wishes to: Ben Baker, Jimmy Collins, Katie Allison Porter, Elizabeth Allison and Ruby Griffen. Happy Anniversary to: Steve & Barbara Bernard. In Memory: Delma Dillahunty.

March 23rd – Happy Birthday to: Harley Arnold, Caitlin Elaine Brown and Bettie Tarr. Happy Anniversary to: Mr. & Mrs. Darryle Long, Nikki & John Burns and Bill & Kristen Bernard.

March 24th – Happy Birthday Wishes to: Mason Adams Lane and Shaffer Davis. In Memory: Tanna Bixler and Ruth Griggs.


Pancake Breakfast

The Horseshoe Lake Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on March 26, at the Fire Station on Lake Estates Dr. It will be from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. in the downstairs bay. This would be a good time for people to see the new fire truck that was picked up on March 15th. Plates are $ 5 each.



The Town of Horseshoe Lake will have an Easter Egg Hunt on March 19, at 1 p.m., at City Hall/Park on Highland Dr. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and pictures can be taken by phones or their camera’s . Anyone wishing to donate, eggs, candies, cookies, cupcakes, etc.. can contact Marsha Siders at 870-394-2476. Should it rain the event will take place inside City Hall. Volunteers are needed.


Master Gardeners

The 2016 Master Gardener Training Classes were completed on March 5th. Crittenden County welcomes 10 new members bringing their total to 35 Master Gardener’s. St. Francis had 3 new members and Cross County had 1 new member. The new Crittenden County members are as follows: Margaret Harrell, Ann Marotti, George Murphree, Alfred and Susan Creekmore, April Holland, Jeff Tacker, Pamela Myrick, Jeanette Cumbia and Diane Murphy.


Calendar of Events March 18th

Lent Friday!

March 20th

Palm Sunday!!!

Mass, 7:30 a.m., St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

Sunday School, 10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m., Horseshoe Lake Baptist Church.

March 21st

West Memphis School District Spring Break! (March 21-25) Hughes Rotary Club meets, 6:30 p.m.

Surf Club meets, 6:30 p.m., Surf Club Building.

Deadline for weekly news, 8 p.m., contact Holly Bacon at 870-339-3514 or

March 22nd

Zumba class, 8 a.m., Surf Club Building.

March 24th

Zumba class, 8 a.m., Surf Club Building.

Hughes Fire Dept. meets, 7 p.m., Fire Station on Blackwood.

March 25th

Good Friday!!

Tornado Siren Tested at Noon!!

Next weekly column appears.

By Holly Bacon