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Augusta Health announced plans to build a $42 million cardiac and vascular care facility on its Fishersville campus. The hospital had negotiated with the University of Virginia about partnering on the project but the two sides couldn’t reach agreement. Once approved by the state, the four-story, 100,000-square-foot facility would house offices, an imaging center, testing areas and a 24-bed patient unit. Plans call for it to be ready by late 2011 or early 2012. The facility would create 20 jobs. (News Virginian)

Executive Protection Services, a Winchester-based provider of emergency and security gear, moved to a 17,000-square-foot facility on Commonwealth Court. The doubling of space allows the company to grow its business with the federal government for items used in catastrophic events. The company also maintains a retail area for emergency items used in the home. (The Winchester Star)

Food Lion closed its location at South Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester with the loss of about 45 employees. The company’s Belgium-based parent, Delhaize Group, had identified the store as one of 16 underperforming units. The first Food Lion store to have an in-store pharmacy after opening in 1998, it is the only one in the Winchester area marked for closing. (The Winchester Star)

The George Washington Hotel in Winchester ranked third among the 69 franchise locations of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Opened in 1924, it closed in the 1960s and was used as an adult home until the mid-1990s. The facility underwent extensive renovations before reopening in 2008 under the ownership of GW Development LC. (The Winchester Star)

James Madison University ranked 21st in the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. JMU was also named one of the top 50 Best Values in public universities in the Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2010. (News release)

Waynesboro-based nTelos bought 2,200 miles of fiber-optic line from Allegheny Energy for $27 million. The lines are located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky and Ohio. The lines will allow the company to provide wireline service to new markets as well as wholesale service to other companies wishing to use the network. (News Leader)

Shentel, a Sprint affiliate based in Edinburg, expanded its third-generation, or 3G, wireless networks to parts of Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties where service was previously nonexistent or difficult to achieve. The company erected a series of 10 new tower sites to extend its coverage area. The move is part of an expansion of wireless service, which has seen the addition of 120 towers from Harrisonburg to York, Pa., during the last 18 months. (The Winchester Star)

SusQtech, a Winchester-based provider of content management solutions and Web design services, acquired Live Elements, a social media company and founder of the local networking site, Winchester-Live.com. The company made the move after finding social media were becoming more important to its clients, many of which are associations and nonprofit groups. (The Winchester Star)


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