Obituary: Jim Ed Cash

Jim Ed Cash, 47, of Mountain View, entered into rest Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

Jim Ed was born April 10th, 1974 in Mountain Home, Arkansas to Jim and Pat Cash. He was a member of Vine Street Baptist Church.

Jim Ed was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, riding four wheelers, junking and Sunday Fun Days. He loved sports and watching football on Monday nights. Jim Ed worked for many years as a comedian at the White River Hoedown as Bumpy Miles in the family business. He also worked in construction, and as a Guide for the US Forest Service at Blanchard Springs Caverns. He enjoyed entertaining and making people laugh. He loved his community, Sylamore Creek and the Ozark National Forest. Jim Ed was a kind, soft-hearted and compassionate person and loved reading his Bible and attending church.

Jim Ed is survived by his parents Jim and Pat (Decker) Cash of Mountain View; two sisters, Pam (Jake) Dobbins and Jana (Brent) Wickham of Mountain View; three nephews, Garrett Wickham, Will Dobbins, Trent Wickham of Mountain View; two nieces, Laramie Dobbins of Mountain View and Brittany Fountain Binnie of Calico Rock; one great-niece, Kaisley Ray Binnie of Calico Rock. Two aunts, Beverly (Cash) Looney of Greenbrier and Mavis (Avey) Decker of Mountain View. Cousins, Curt (Brenda) Decker of Mountain View, Robin Franke of Conway, Mary Beth (Tim) Ward of Wooster, Abbie (Ross) Rucker of Little Rock. And a host of many other friends and family.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents C.L. “Buster” and Mae Hinkle Decker; paternal grandparents, Edwin and Dora Storey Cash; one uncle, Benny Decker; one nephew, D.J. Binnie.

A visitation will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Mountain View, Arkansas. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Bro. Ray Brown and Bro. Junior Barham will be officiating the service. Burial will take place at Flatwoods Cemetery, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,

Honorary Pallbearers are Paul Harris, Rusty Clark, Chris Deitrick, Monk Buchanan, Cotton Greenway, Robert Smith, Fred Hubberd, Curtis Decker, Ross Rucker, Todd Avey, Josh Cullums, Afton Fletcher, Jesse Moody, and Howard Dale Stewart.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Service.

Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to testify voluntarily

The chairman of the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol said the panel will ask Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter who served as a top White house adviser, to testify voluntarily.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday: “You will anticipate the committee inviting some people to come talk to us. Not lawmakers right now — Ivanka Trump.”  The January 6th Committee said it has evidence that Ivanka Trump “was in direct contact with the former President on Jan 6th,” and she may have “direct knowledge of the former President’s attempt to persuade Vice President [Mike] Pence to take action to stop the counting of electoral votes.”

Thompson said in a letter to Ivanka Trump that rather than respecting court rulings or the outcome of the Electoral College vote, Trump planned to enlist Pence to “unilaterally reject certain states’ votes” to change the outcome of the 2020 election.

The panel was seeking her voluntary cooperation with the investigation in four specific areas, according to the letter. The letter proposed meeting with Ivanka Trump in early February to discuss these matters.

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President Biden clarifies his stance after Ukrainian President takes issue with his comments

On Thursday, President Joe Biden attempted to clarify his stance on a potential Russian incursion into Ukraine, this after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took issue with comments Biden made during a U.S. presidential briefing. Biden said Thursday that Russia will “pay a heavy price” for any invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Biden addressed the military buildup Wednesday during a news conference, drawing a distinction between a potential “minor incursion” and a stronger invasion, saying:  “I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades and it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, etc., but if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces they’ve amassed on the border it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine and our allies and partners are ready to impose severe cost and significant harm on Russia and the Russian economy.”

However Ukrainian President Zelensky said Thursday that no invasion into Ukraine would be considered minor, tweeting: “We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations. Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones. I say this as the President of a great power.”  In response, Biden attempted to clarify that no matter the size of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United States and its allies would stand against Moscow, explaining: “I’ve been absolutely clear with President [Vladimir] Putin. He has no misunderstanding. If any — any — assembled Russian units move across Ukrainian border, that is an invasion. But it will be met with severe and coordinated economic response that I’ve discussed in detail with our allies, as well as laid out very clearly for President Putin. Let there be no doubt at all: If Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price.”

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Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball to miss 6-8 weeks due to left knee surgery

The Chicago Bulls announced on Thursday that guard Lonzo Ball will have arthroscopic surgery on his injured left knee and will be out for six-eight weeks. Earlier Thursday, there remained a possibility that Ball might try to play through the injury, described as a ‘small meniscus tear.’

The decision for surgery was made after “an initial period of rest and targeted intervention.” Coach Billy Donovan said that Ball’s knee had not responded well to treatment: “We were giving him some therapy on his knee, there wasn’t a great response to that, so that’s when he left to come back from the trip in Memphis, and now they’ve switched to a different kind of treatment for him and they’ll see how that treatment works out, and then there’ll be another step after that if we need (there) to be. But right now it’s just more just trying to help him just get healthy.”

Ball has missed Chicago’s three most recent games, as has guard Zach LaVine, who suffered a knee injury of his own last Friday during a game against the Golden State Warriors. Neither will travel with the team for the Bulls’ upcoming three-game road trip.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for ‘directing obscene language’ at Cavaliers fans

On Thursday, the NBA fined Brooklyn Nets’ guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for ‘directing obscene language’ toward a fan. The incident occurred with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter of the Nets’ 114-107 loss to the Cavaliers on Jan. 17.

Irving began the season away from the Nets because he was not vaccinated (New York City’s COVID-19 laws meant he could not play in New York). The team initially chose not to have Irving play in road games, but as the Nets lost players to health and safety protocols in December, they welcomed Irving back part-time.

In five games, Irving is averaging 22 points, five rebounds and 5.4 assists. The Nets are No. 3 in the Eastern Conference with a 28-16 record.

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Obituary: Rebekah A. “Becky” Way

Rebekah A. “Becky” Way, 70 of Cave City passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022.  She was born October 6, 1951, in Anderson, Indiana to Oal O. and Agnes (Creech) Ring.  She was a retired insurance agent for Farmers Insurance and a member of Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church near Cave City, where she played piano and organ and sang.  She taught youth and ladies classes as well.

She served with her husband in Music and Youth Ministries throughout their marriage, serving alongside him in churches, youth camps, revivals, organizing children’s choirs and other associated work in the ABA and BMA.  Her love, besides her family, was teaching the Bible and telling others about Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; several aunts and uncles and other relatives.

Survivors include her husband of 48 ½ years, John R. Way of the home; one son John A. Way (Kara) of Hot Springs; one brother. Danny Ring (Jolene) of Shawnee, Kansas; one sister, Betty Greiner (J.R.) of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; two grandchildren, Hope Way and Karlie Way; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bro. Brandon Wright and Bro. Adam Liles officiating.  Burial will follow in the Parsley Cemetery with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation will be Friday, January 21, 2022, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.

Pallbearers will be J.R. Greiner, Robert Ring, Gary Ring, Steven Brown, Nathaniel Eddington, David Bates, Keith Bates and Madison Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers are Harry Curtis, Vernon Gann, John Hughes, Larry Bates, James Hanson, Henry Carter, Marty Phillips and Leonard Shaw.

Obituary: James N. Hodge

James N. Hodge, 72, of Gainsboro, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

He was born December 31, 1949, in Independence County to William Marshal Hodge and Irene (Nothern) Hodge.

James was a veteran of the Arkansas National Guard and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He worked in the storeroom for Entergy for more than 25 years. James was also a licensed real estate agent and owner of The Property Shoppe; he also worked at Coldwell Banker. He was strong-willed, enjoyed working on his farm, and spent time outdoors.

Survivors include his son, Tim Hodge of Gainsboro; brother, Gary Hodge (Joy) of Gainsboro; sister, Marsha Rounds (Freddy) of Sulphur Rock; grandchild, Landen Hodge; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma Jean Raney Hodge; sister, Carolyn Qualls; infant son, Terry Hodge; and infant daughter, Tammy Hodge.

Pallbearers will be Tim Hodge, Landen Hodge, Gary Hodge, Gary Lynn Hodge, and Tra Grissom.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 am Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Tracey Grissom officiating. Burial will follow at Wood Cemetery in Gainsboro.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, January 21, 2022, at the funeral home.

Obituary: Gary Pigg

Gary Pigg, 73, of Grubbs departed this life on Friday, January 14, 2022.  He was born June 15, 1948, to Hugh Wayne and Patsy Jean Pigg.

Gary loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.  He enjoyed hunting, shooting his guns and fishing.  He was in the Army National Guard and spent most of his life farming.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles Pigg and his sister, Linda Jean Pigg.

He is survived by his son, Chandler Pigg of Cabot; two daughters, Miranda Vines (Jimmy) of Bauxite and Jen Schiavo of Crystal Falls, Michigan; his grandchildren, Everly Pigg, Kyler Pabon, Allie Pabon, Carter Vines, Taylor Montgomery and Ashleigh Mullin.

There is no service scheduled at this time.

First Community Bank pledges $150,000 for career services center

Featured image (From left): First Community Bank President and COO Boris Dover, Lyon Interim President Melissa Taverner, Director of Career Services Patrick Lynch, Chairman and CEO of First Community Bank Dale Cole, and Vice President for Advancement David Hutchison commemorate FCB’s pledge to support the Lyon College Career Services Center.


First Community Bank (FCB) has pledged $150,000 to developing and supporting the Lyon College Career Services Center, including establishing a permanent endowment.

Dale Cole, chairman and chief executive officer for First Community Bank, said in a media release from Lyon that the gift of $30,000 per year for five years will help with the college’s plan to “provide meaningful support for students.”

“I always measure the success of Lyon College by measuring the outcomes of their students,” said Cole. “First Community Bank’s commitment for the career service center is important for students to connect with a career for their studies while at Lyon College and their career beyond Lyon College.” 

Making this connection early will help students build their plan of studies and find a meaningful career and possibly employment, both during and after their time at Lyon, the release said.

“This will improve relationships between Lyon students, their professors, the business community of Batesville, and the surrounding areas,” said Cole. “We believe this program can also foster the students remaining in the Batesville area upon graduation.”

FCB’s commitment provided startup capital for the newly hired full-time director of career services, Patrick Lynch, who will be scaling up a new series of comprehensive career service programs for the student body. 

The endowment will also create permanent funding to support new programs and make these improvements sustainable long-term.

“The mission of our Career Services Center is to help every Lyon College student explore, identify, and capture career opportunities that will leverage the skills and knowledge,” said Lynch. “First Community Bank’s generous gift will provide us with the resources to deliver on this mission and positively impact the lives of every student we serve.”

The revamped Career Services Center will increase chances for students to participate in paid internships and expand the annual career fair to showcase a wider range of employment and graduate school opportunities. FCB’s gift will enable the Center to create a new series of workshops on career readiness, expand digital resources for students to improve their resumes, interview techniques, and networking opportunities with potential employers, and expand programming for first-year students so that they begin exploring career paths early and shape their education accordingly.

Career Services will realign its mission with the academic experience so that students can explore the practical applications of their education while progressing through their courses. Faculty and staff will also receive career services training so they can be a stronger resource for students.

Career readiness is one of the first things prospective students and their parents consider when exploring options for college, and these changes will help Lyon stay competitive with other institutions, the school noted in the release.

Interim President Melissa Taverner said Lyon College has a strong tradition of “helping its students to prepare for their post-graduate lives,” as evidenced by the exceedingly high graduate school and job placement rates. About 94 percent of Lyon students are employed or enrolled in graduate school after graduating.

“The expanded Career Services facility with Patrick at the helm will accelerate important career conversations with students,” Taverner said, “beginning in their first year and continuing throughout their time at Lyon. The most important outcome, cultivated by faculty and staff as well as Career Services, will be helping students to connect their courses of study to their roles as professionals and citizens in the world beyond Lyon.”

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