BY MELANIE BUCK –
Kim Hughes was honored and gifted into her retirement by a large crowd of friends, family, and coworkers on Friday, March 11th, for her tireless work for Polk County. Hughes has been a volunteer of organizations like 4-H, in both Polk and Montgomery Counties, Master Gardeners, and Homemakers Extension. And as Extension Agent Carla Vaught told it, Hughes volunteered so much that when a position came open, Vaught said, “you’re here so much already, why don’t you just work here,” The rest they say, is history.
For the past 12 years, Hughes has poured much of her time and effort into each of those clubs, and more, as a Polk County Extension Agent. Hughes has written the Home and Garden section of The Pulse for many years as well. She has taught many how to plant, what to plant, and how to cook and preserve foods.
For her years of service, her coworkers purchased her a large hammock to enjoy her retirement in. The Homemakers Extension Club President Debbie Thompson presented Hughes with a gift certificate and Allen Stewart of Polk County Farm Bureau presented her a plaque for her many years of dedication to the area. Beth Phelps, the district agent representing the University of Arkansas Extension Administration presented her with an engraved crystal vase.