Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 26, 2016
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Season of success

Bock racks up accolades in final coaching season

When the opportunity to hire a new assistant athletic director presented itself, Mike Lee knew exactly whom he wanted at that position. “My first and only conversation regarding that job was with coach [Kirk] Bock,” said Lee, the athletic director at Bryant High School. “He is the perfect person to assume those duties.” As the new assistant athletic director, Bock — who is this year’s Tri-Lakes Edition Baseball Coach of the Year — will ... READ MORE


    Pitchers, Hoarders fight for control

    For years, I have been witness to rival gangs in this newspaper office. It’s been the Pitchers versus the Hoarders. This is an advertising office that I am, thankfully, allowed to share so that I don’t have to drive back and forth to Little Rock. Newspaper people in general tend to be messy — I’ve rarely met a neat one in my 30-plus years in this business. Real newspaper reporters usually have scribbled-in notebooks, stacks of newspaper... READ MORE


    From Benton to ZZ Top and back, musician has heart for kids

    He remembers it was 1966, and the gymnasium in Dyess, Arkansas, was hot. He was 9 years old, and the musician, a local artist come home, was set to take the stage soon. “I watched The Statler Brothers, the comedian, June come out, and I had sort of heard of all of them,” Michael Shipp said. “But then Johnny Cash came out and started with “Folsom Prison Blues.” I remember thinking at 9, ‘That’s what I want to do.’” Shipp grew up in nearb... READ MORE



    June 27 Healthy Living Workshop BENTON — Join the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Workshop at 1 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. Attendees will learn about research in the areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. For more information, call (501) 778-4766. Tommy Terrific BENTON/BRYANT — Children of all ages are invited to watch the Tommy Terrific magic show at 1 p.m. at the Mabel Bos... READ MORE