For the Record - Shenandoah Valley

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Augusta County approved rezoning requests that cleared the way for a 755-unit housing development just outside the Staunton city limits. The Villages of Vista Ridge will be a 10-year, $110 million project by Barterbrook Investment Co. LLC. Plans call for 400 apartments, 270 town homes and at least 85 homes. (News Leader)

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission contracted with Chmura Economics and Analytics of Richmond for an economic impact study on a possible agritourism program. The commission earlier received a $56,000 grant from the state to study the possibility. (News Leader)

Mary Baldwin College will build its health sciences facility in Fishersville, within a mile of Augusta Health and Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. The college’s new program, slated to begin in 2014, will provide study in physical therapy and physician assistant programs. (The News Virginian)

The Northern Virginia Daily, a six-day-a-week paper in Strasburg, was bought by Ogden Newspapers Inc. of Wheeling, W.Va., which operates 40 daily papers and a number of other publications. Some of the printing operation is expected to be moved to Martinsburg, W.Va. (Daily News Record)

Rockingham Memorial Hospital received a three-year accreditation for the breast-care program in its women’s center from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, which is administered by the American College of Surgeons. (News release)

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board received $5 million from the Department of Labor for a program to provide education, training and job placement services for the long-term unemployed. The grant was part of a $183 million nationwide effort made through public and private partnerships. (Daily News Record)

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