For the Record - Southern Virginia, March 2012

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Averett University received $200,000 from the Charles B. Keesee Educational Foundation of Martinsville to help fund scholarships in the 2012-13 school year. The aid will be worth up to $5,000 per student. (Danville Register & Bee)

Danville received a $600,000 grant from the state for a $1.2 million parking project in support of redevelopment of the city’s Tobacco Warehouse District. The city will purchase a warehouse site for $575,000 and develop it into parking for nearby projects. (Danville Register & Bee)

Danville Regional Medical Center received full accreditation with commendation from the Medical Society of Virginia for its Continuing Medical Education program. The hospital is among four in the state with accreditation with commendation. (Danville Register & Bee)

D.W. Griffin Wrecking Co., of Greensboro, N.C., submitted a winning bid of $731,000 to demolish Danville’s Downtowner Motor Inn. The work will be performed floor by floor instead of by using explosives. The hotel has been empty for 20 years and is being removed as part of a revitalization effort in the city’s River District. (Danville Register & Bee)

Lynwood Golf and Country Club will cease operations. Martinsville and Henry County officials asked that it vacate land leased from the DuPont Co. The company has nearly 500 acres on a site which has attracted attention from prospective business operations. (Martinsville Bulletin)

Philip Morris USA moved its tobacco receiving operation from Danville’s Piedmont Big Sale Warehouse to a facility in Yanceyville, N.C., about 16 miles away. United Tobacco Co. of Wilson, N.C., stepped in to use the 142,000-square-foot warehouse as its receiving station. United will contract for about 6 million pounds of Old Belt tobacco this season and plans to increase that in the future. (Danville Register & Bee)

Nestlé will invest $2.7 million in an expansion of its Danville facility, creating 50 jobs in the production of refrigerated cookie dough, pasta and sauces. Manufacturing will shut down for five weeks for a flooring replacement project. (Danville Register & Bee)

The Virginia Tobacco Commission invested $6.2 million in Pittsylvania County’s Berry Hill mega industrial park. The grant will pay for grading work on a 230-acre site to make it “pad ready” for prospects. The commission also approved almost $2 million for research partnerships at the Institute for Advanced Research for manufacture of medicines and development of biorenewable crops. Tylon BioSciences received $2.7 million from the commission toward development of tobacco as a source for biofuel. (Danville Register & Bee)

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