Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 22, 2019
PHOTO BY: Sam Pierce

Michelle Shoppach was hired as the new head varsity volleyball coach for Benton High School in June. She has spent the past 11 years as head ninth-grade volleyball coach for the district.

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Benton volleyball coach gets bump to varsity

As a junior high volleyball coach, Michelle Shoppach was overqualified. “We were lucky to get her when we did,” Brandy Chumley said. “She is from [Benton], and she wanted to be with her family — we were just lucky enough to get her in the first place and keep her as long as we have. “She is good at getting the players to play and getting what she needs out of them.” Shoppach, who has coached eighth- and ninth-grade volleyball for 11 ye... READ MORE


    Restaurant routine runs in the family

    My obsessive need for routine is no more evident than when I’m eating out in a restaurant. Although my husband is a great cook and makes dinner most nights, when he’s too busy or tired, we go out. No, I do not take up that slack, unless he wants scrambled eggs and toast, or a pumpkin pie. That is my full repertoire. When we do go out, I have a one-strike rule. If I don’t have a good experience at a restaurant, I probably won’t give it a... READ MORE


    New assistant superintendent dedicated to leadership, education

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    Community Events in the Tri-Lakes Area

    Today and Thursday Fall Planetarium Show ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University will present Firefall at 2 p.m. today and Universe at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Planetarium. Admission is $3 per person, $1 per person with a student ID. Late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, call (870) 230-5162. Monday Cello Concert ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host cellist and Young Artist Competit... READ MORE