Obituary: Marlon Fisher

Marlon Fisher, 62, of Newport departed this life Friday, February 28, 2020, at his home.  He was born March 26, 1957, to Harold and Betty (Barnett) Fisher.

Marlon enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling, and deer camp.

He was preceded in death by brother; Ricky Dean Fisher, sister; Chiryl Fisher, paternal grandparents; Ralph and Agnes Fisher, maternal grandparents;

Monroe Barnett, Inez Prine, and A.A. Prine.

His survivors are his parents; Harold and Betty Fisher of Newport, brother; Mitchell Fisher (Elaine) of Swifton, nieces and nephew; Allison Beard of Jonesboro, Kristi Mathis of Rosie, and Gage Davidson of Bentonville, five great-nephews and three great-nieces.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Dillinger Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the Dillinger Chapel followed by interment at Watson Cemetery in Newport.

Obituary: Vaughn Dean Matlock

Vaughn Dean Matlock, 78 of Cave City died Sunday, March 1, 2020. He was born September 16, 1941, in Cave City, Arkansas to Fate and Virgie Matlock.  He was retired manager of North Arkansas Farm Supply, retired manager of Fly Ash/Headwaters in Newark and in recent years had been a Delivery Specialist for Bad Boy Mowers.  He attended First Free Will Baptist Church in Cave City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary “Mert” Matlock.

Survivors include two daughters, Angie Womack and husband Reid and Jody Hawkins and husband Richard II both of Cave City; one sister, Mary Ellen Goff of Cave City; two grandchildren, Dane Womack (Jill) of Paragould and Corey Womack (Patricia) of North Little Rock; two great-grandchildren, Edith Jane Womack and William Holden Womack; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Cave City with Rev. Dane Womack and Bro. Steven Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Cave City Cemetery with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Rustin Wooldridge, Curt Wooldridge, Carson Day, Paden Day, Tim Mobley and Larry Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers are Gerald Provence, John Ables, Tyler Parsley, Cody Parsley and Eric Perkey.

Obituary: Jody McDougal

Jody McDougal, 41 of Kimberling City, Missouri died Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. He was born March 16, 1978, in Searcy, Arkansas to Joe and Maggie McDougal.  He was a truck driver and a member of West Baptist Church in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Daniel and Floe McDougal and John and Mabel Scoggin and a brother, John David McDougal.

Survivors include his wife Megan McDougal of the home; his parents, Joe and Maggie McDougal of Southside; nephew, Cory McDougal; niece, Grace Medley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the West Baptist Church in Batesville with Bro. Cory Majors officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Cemetery at Pleasant Plains with arrangements by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chad Goff, Jon Fleetwood, Wesley Shaver, Adam Dale, Brian McTigue, Anthony Hughes, Lynn Fryman and Dustin Treadway.

Honorary pallbearers are Tammy Smart, Brandon Smart and Barnes Jewish Hospital Staff.

Mountain View man cited for DWI and careless driving in Independence County

The call came into the Independence County Sheriff’s Department that a man was at a residence in the 4700-block of Heber Springs Road knocking on the door and getting into the complainant’s vehicle.

Deputy Bobby Tate arrived early Sunday morning and he noticed a red-four-door Jeep upside down in the ditch on Heber Springs Road.

He also found the man knocking on the door and getting in and out of the complainant’s vehicle. 

The man, identified at Zachary D. Thomas,23,  of Mountain View was soaking wet, smelled of intoxicants, and had watery, bloodshot eyes, according to Deputy Tate.

Thomas told Deputy Tate that the people at the residence told him that the vehicle was his. Tate asked Thomas if he knew anything about the red Jeep that was upside down in the ditch.  Thomas said he had one, but didn’t know about it being wrecked, but he did say he was driving the Jeep.

Thomas also told the deputy that he had been drinking somewhere in Batesville and he was trying to get home to Mountain View. 

Thomas was taken to the Independence County jail where he was given standard field sobriety test inside the sally port. Thomas did not do well on the tests. Authorities also administered a blood alcohol test the results were 0.197. 0.08 is considered intoxicated.

Deputy Tate cited Thomas for driving while intoxicated and careless driving.

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Obituary: Aline J. Lindsey

Aline J. Lindsey, 76, of Locust Grove passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

She was born June 24, 1943, in Reed Springs, Missouri to William Woodward and Gertie (Siesser) Woodward.

Survivors include her daughter, Lucendy Lindsey of Locust Grove; two grandchildren, Katrina Tosh and Kelsie Lindsey; three brothers, Dallas Clines, Dan Clines and Chuck Clines; and one sister, Debbie Woolard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene Flynn Lindsey; and sister, Brenda Smith.

Graveside services will begin at 1:00 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Maxville Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Steve Morris officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Independence County Deputies find and arrest wanted man in a wooded area

Batesville police were chasing a man wanted for questioning about a fight at a Batesville motel.

After a search of a wooded area by Independence County Sheriff’s Department deputies, authorities found and arrested Mitchell Bret Bell, 24, of Strawberry.

Deputy Zach Spohr found Bell in the woods and held him at gunpoint until other officers arrived to assist.

After a struggle, Bell was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Independence County Detention Facility.

Bell remained combative at the jail and had to be placed into a restraint chair.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens placed Bell on a probable cause hold.

Bell could be facing several charges including fleeing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct/fighting or other violence, public intoxication, second-degree battery against an officer of the law, and terroristic threatening.

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Independence County jailers undergo training

A number of Independence County jailers are in the middle of a training class at the West Batesville Substation. 

The Substation currently serves as a training center.

Independence County Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody, said Tuesday that the class is a 56-hour jail standards training course. 

The course consists of learning legalities, defensive tactics, reports, and much more.

Moody said this course will go a long way in getting the jailers certified for the job.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar Drops Out Of Democratic Race For President

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has dropped out of the race to become the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 US election. Kobluchar endorsed her rival Joe Biden at a rally in Dallas on Monday night, ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday primary elections. “I cannot think of a better way to end my campaign than joining his,” she told the crowd.  Klobuchar is the latest in a string of dropouts; former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg decided to end his campaign Sunday evening, also endorsing Biden on Monday. And billionaire Tom Steyer dropped out over the weekend after a disappointing showing in the South Carolina Democratic primary.

59-year-old Klobuchar had touted her experience and history of statewide wins in Minnesota, arguing that she was the best fit to face Donald Trump in the general election. However, despite a high profile endorsement from the New York Times, Klobuchar failed to break through into the very top tier of the primary field.  Klobuchar, never polled beyond the high single digits or low double digits, and failed to rally to remain in the race beyond the earliest primary contests. Klobuchar was dogged by persistent allegations that she was cruel to her staff. Even when the New York Times endorsed her, the paper’s editorial board noted that those reports were problematic.

Amy Klobuchar Drops Out of Presidential Race and Endorses Biden

Via www.nytimes.com
 

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U.S. Death Toll From Coronavirus Rises To 6 In Washington State

Health officials in Washington state announced four additional deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, raising the U.S. death toll to six. A man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s died in King County on Sunday from the virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19. The sixth death was reported in Snohomish County. Information about the patient has not been released.

Dr. Kathy Lofy, Washington’s state health officer, told reporters at a press conference Monday, “Unfortunately, we are starting to find more COVID-19 cases here in Washington that appear to be acquired locally here in Washington. We now know that the virus is actively spreading in some communities.”  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide emergency proclamation over the weekend, saying in a statement: “This means our state can respond quickly and effectively. Our priority now is to slow the spread of this virus. Our health care professionals say the easiest way to do that is to practice good hygiene – wash your hands often, sanitize frequently touched surfaces and stay home when you’re sick. Preventing future cases will require the work of all of us.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has at least 91 cases of the virus. The global death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 3,000.

4 more coronoavirus deaths reported in Washington state, bringing death toll to 6

Via www.nbcnews.com
 

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