Tri-Lakes Latest News

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 1, 2016

High school graduations, baccalaureates scheduled

Following are dates for baccalaureate ceremonies and graduations for high schools in the Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area: Arkadelphia High School 10 a.m. May 21 Wells Center, Henderson State University, 1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia Bauxite High School Senior Celebration 6 p.m. May 17 Auditorium, Bauxite High School 800 School St., Bauxite Graduation 7 p.m. May 24 Jack Stephens Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2801 S. U... READ MORE

Benton event fights to knock out hunger JILLIAN MCGEHEE/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BENTON — More than 15,500 people in Saline County are considered food insecure, according to a recent Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report. The report also states that Saline County has a 13.9 percent food insecurity rate. Many organizations and churches help to combat this insecurity through food pantries. First United Methodist Church of Benton, in particular, is gearing up to prepare 50,000 packaged meals for those in need.

ASMSA student earns perfect score on ACT

HOT SPRINGS — Some good advice from his father and following his regular routine on test day led to Carson Cato accomplishing something very few people do — he earned a perfect score on the ACT.

Master Gardeners plant sale to have native theme CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Master Gardeners want the public to know all about the birds and the bees … and the butterflies, too.

Third year is charm for Malvern coach ERICK TAYLOR/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MALVERN — Chris Meseke knew what he was getting into when he left Fountain Lake to take over a dormant Malvern boys basketball program in 2013, but the veteran coach had a plan in place right from the start.

Transfer MVP guards Leopards to runner-up finish DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MALVERN ­— Andre Jones was the Class 5A State Tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 2015, leading Little Rock McClellan to the title during his junior season.

Defensive junior leads Hot Springs on winning streak ERICK TAYLOR/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

HOT SPRINGS — The odds of having a successful girls basketball campaign didn’t appear to be in Hot Springs’ favor prior to the start of the 2015-2016 season, but junior forward Keyneso Hunter was determined to change her team’s outlook.