Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 17, 2018
PHOTO BY: Sam Pierce

Tommy Gilleran, left, and Dale Smith-Gilleran embrace in front of the press box at the football field at Lake Hamilton High School. Dale played football for Tommy when they were both at the Fountain Lake School District and later moved in with the Gilleran family his senior year of high school. Dale is now an assistant football coach and teacher for Lake Hamilton High School.

Father figure

Coach leaves lasting impact on ‘adopted’ son

When Dale Smith-Gilleran introduces himself, one of the first things people usually ask him is, “Are you Tommy’s son?” And he tells them, “Yes, I am.” “I am proud to say Gilleran,” Dale said. “He has been in the area for most of his life, and people know that name. They know it means hard worker and loving person, and it means sacrificing. “I have never heard anybody say anything negative [about the name]. I make sure to say it because... READ MORE


Area artists show works in annual Delta exhibit

Works by two artists from the Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area are featured in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition now on display at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Both artists — Aaron Calvert of Arkadelphia and Warren Criswell of Benton — have had their art selected for previous Delta exhibits, and both have won previous awards as well.


    Pondering persistent packing problems

    No matter how many trips I go on, packing never gets easier. I am a deadline-pressure packer, and I always have been. My methods are not going to be found in any books on organization, that’s for sure. The way I start the whole process is by looking in my closet and pulling out anything I think I might want to take; then I pile it in the bathroom floor. As I’m doing that, I start cleaning out my closet. I found a skirt with tags on it, ... READ MORE


    New superintendent looking forward to growth, challenge at Poyen

    As a young boy, Ronnie Kissier struggled to read. He had no desire to even pick up a book. It wasn’t until he was introduced to comic books that he began to read almost every day. That collection of comic books has now grown to an estimated 600, with his favorite superhero being Batman. But while his tale of coming to enjoy reading may be similar to that of others, it is that kind of hopeful and positive message with which he hopes to ... READ MORE


    Fun facts you might not know about box turtles

    I found my first one of 2018 in early April — a three-toed box turtle trying to make its way across a busy rural highway. The poor reptile was having a difficult time. Frightened by the vehicles buzzing past it, it had pulled its head and legs entirely into its protective shell. Fortunately, no one ran over the hapless creature, and when I saw it, I did what I always do. I pulled my truck to a safe spot on the shoulder, then went back a... READ MORE



    June 17 Stardust Big Band Concert HOT SPRINGS — The Stardust Big Band will present a concert at 3 p.m. at the Arlington Resort Hotel. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call (501) 767-5482. June 18 Play to Learn BENTON — Children ages 4 and younger are invited to join activities meant to engage and encourage healthy development at 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library. For more information, call (501) 778-4766... READ MORE