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Bridgewater College will spend $225,000 to undertake a comprehensive energy audit of utility consumption across the campus. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund will contribute $150,000 towards the cost. (News Leader)

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority wants to extend the community’s “HUBZone” designation. However, Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the EDA, said she isn’t optimistic the federal government will approve the request. HUBZones — Historically Underutilized Business Zones —  were created as a part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 to help businesses get government contracts and incentives in areas that meet specific qualifications. (Northern Virginia Daily)

The Heifetz International Music Institute will move from New Hampshire to Mary Baldwin College. Each summer the renowned music program will bring 62 elite students of violin, viola and cello to Staunton for study and performances. The move builds on an existing arts community and is expected to reap tourism benefits for the city. (The News Virginian)

Northern Virginia Daily owners Pat and Dee Keister told staff members in early October they were putting the newspaper his father founded 79 years ago up for sale. A broker from Gaitherburg, Md., is assisting in finding a buyer, editor John Horan said during the company-wide meeting. Horan, editor of the Daily since 1977, is the trustee of a trust left by previous publisher Bill Keister, the late, older brother of Pat Keister. (Northern Virginia Daily)

The marriage of Tareq and Michaele Salahi has gone sour, but the bankruptcy auction at their winery in September was a smooth, successful operation, the presiding auctioneer said. N.T. Arrington said the auction attracted 200 live bidders and 59 online registrants to the Oasis winery in Hume. Arrington refused to disclose the prices paid for the long list of wine making and storage equipment. The auction was conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Court records pegged the value of the merchandise before the auction at $300,000. (Northern Virginia Daily)

Yount Hyde & Barbour, a Winchester-based accounting firm, has been hired to investigate the financial management of the Front Royal-based Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. Three top executives have left the agency since allegations of mismanagement emerged in August. (Northern Virginia Daily)

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