Newest Ark. winery carries on family tradition

December 29, 2009 GAMALIEL. (AP) — Margie Roelands is proudly carrying on her grandfather’s legacy.As a child growing up in southern California, she learned about the wine-making process from her Italian grandfather, Marty Raimondo, and dreamed of the day she’d have a family winery.And now she does even though she’s located at a peaceful, secluded resort in Gamaliel.The Raimondo Winery, one of Arkansas’ newest wineries, began selling wine this year after receiving its small-farm winery permit from the state. But many years of learning took place before the winery came to fruition.

News of other days

December 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 13, 1997.

First Community Bank receives approval on purchase of Mountain Home Branch

December 29, 2009 First Community Bank Chairman and CEO, Dale Cole, announced that the bank has received final approval from the State Banking Department and the FDIC for the purchase of the Mountain Home branch of Community First National Bank. Community First National Bank was founded in 1997 and has two offices in West Plains and one in Mountain Grove.

Teed joins practice

December 29, 2009 Teed Family Dentistry in Batesville has announced the addition of Ralph A. Teed Jr., DDS, to the family practice at 1612 Harrison St.“We provide virtually every dental service available for your oral health,” Teed said recently.Some of the many dental services offered by the practice are routine cleaning, fillings, oral surgery, root canals, crowns, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, mini dental implants and teeth whitening.

AEDC accepting applications

December 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is now accepting proposals for grant funding for General Assistance and Innovative Projects.

Applications for summer internship due Feb. 12

December 29, 2009 Washington, D.C. — Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) is accepting applications for her summer internship program, which provides students the opportunity to learn about the federal government and our nation’s legislative process. Selected college students will work in Lincoln’s Washington, D.C., or Little Rock office.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

December 29, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Dec. 15 at the Batesville Country Club.Norene Trentini, queen mother, presided over the occasion, which centered around a Christmas lunch and entertainment provided by Raymon Hughey on keyboard and Danny Dozier on guitar. The club members joined in singing Christmas carols.Members celebrating birthdays for the month of December are Linda Campbell, Melba Clouse, Judy Hightower, Linda Hix, Kay Lovell, Juanita Painter, Marty Ruiz, Irene Shear, Joan Spinks and Ivone Thorne.

Batesville woman critical from Christmas Eve crash

December 29, 2009 Alene Anderson of Batesville was on her way to a family Christmas party on Kyler Road around 5 p.m. Christmas Eve when she suddenly struck another vehicle head-on and suffered severe injuries that sent her to a Memphis hospital.Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said Anderson, 71, was traveling south on Highway 167 in her 1992 Geo Metro when she went through a green light at the intersection with Highway 14 and struck a pickup truck head-on.

Bar fight sends man to med center

December 29, 2009 A Cord man is listed in stable condition at a local hospital following an altercation at a local bar early Sunday morning, according to a press release from Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers.Bowers said officers were sent to White River Medical Center around 4 a.m. where 34-year-old Cameron Wood of Cord was being treated for injuries he suffered in an altercation at the Loyal Order of the Moose off Brewer Hill Road north of Batesville.According to Bowers officers weren’t able to talk with Wood due to the extent of head injuries.

Missing girls back at home

December 29, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two Cave City teens who had been missing for a couple of days were located by their families Monday evening and are back in their homes, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.Missing were Jessica Tackett, 17, and Kelsey Crock, 16.The search had centered in Jackson County where one of the girls had a friend and because the vehicle they were in had apparently last been seen heading in that direction, Counts said.