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Access Advertising & Public Relations, a Roanoke-based advertising and media relations firm, won three Western Virginia ADDY awards, as well as Best in Broadcast and Best in Show from the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke. The best-of awards came for a Carpet Shoes spot for Carpet Factory Outlet. (News release)  

Bristol Regional Medical Center opened a new cardiac care center, the Alpha Natural Resources Center for Interventional Cardiology, a partnership between Wellmont Health System and Bristol-based Alpha Natural Resources. The facility features a fully equipped cardiac catheterization lab, along with support and nonsurgical areas. (Bristol Herald-Courier)  

The urgent care center at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital has become a clinic that encourages appointments but still treats walk-ins. Renamed Carilion Clinic Community Care, the center reduced its hours after a study of past patients found more demand for primary care than urgent care. (The Roanoke Times) 

First Community Bancshares Inc., a Bluefield bank holding company, acquired Peoples Bank of Virginia, based in Henrico County, for $40.6 million. Peoples Bank has assets of $286 million; First Community has $2.16 billion in assets with 55 locations in Virginia and three neighboring states. (Richmond Times-Dispatch) 

Global Contact Services LLC, a Salisbury, N.C., provider of call center operations, shuttered its Pulaski office, with the loss of about 40 jobs. The move came after Global lost a telemarketing services contract for banks. (The Roanoke Times) 

MKB Realtors, an independent Roanoke real estate firm, was sold to a group of its associates and brokers when several of the firm’s owners decided to retire. The new ownership group, led by Kit Hale, managing partner, plans to expand the firm’s reach beyond residential real estate by establishing a commercial real estate division. (The Roanoke Times) 

Moog Inc., an East Aurora, N.Y.-based manufacturer of motion and fluid control systems, plans to cut 5 percent of the work force at its Blacksburg facility. The company will ask for 50 volunteers to accept an enhanced severance package. If enough volunteers are not found, then job cuts would be the next step. The move comes in response to reduced demand from Defense Department orders. (The Roanoke Times) 

Virginia Tech’s alternative transportation system, a mix of telework, compressed workweeks and transportation options for employees, was one of 15 programs nationwide to be honored in the Best Workplaces for Commuters program, administered by the National Center for Transit Research. It is the third year Virginia Tech has been recognized. (The Roanoke Times) 




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