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Business Briefs

December 24, 2006

Edward Jones workshop, seminar

The six local Edward Jones investment representatives will host a free broadcast presentation entitled "Perception vs. Reality: How to Stay Focused on What Matters," Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Alan Skrainka, Edward Jones chief market strategist, and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, will help put news events and their potential impact into perspective in terms of investment strategy.

The interactive event is presented at select Edward Jones branch offices nationwide via the firm's private video network.

To reserve a seat or obtain more information about the program, those interested may call one of the following investment representatives: Greg Garner, 301-733-9465; Joan Bowers, 240-420-8514; Cort Meinelschmidt, 301-766-7300; Shelby Penn-Ross, 301-733-0625; Gary Clark, 301-371-0041; or Todd Streett, 717-597-1713.

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Gary Clark, an Edward Jones investment representative in Middletown, Md., will host a financial workshop for individual investors. The five-week workshop is designed to assist people in setting financial and investment goals.

The class will provide an in-depth look at the different types of investments available to and suitable for investors who are working or retired.

The workshop will begin on Jan. 17 and will continue through Feb. 14. Classes will meet once a week from 5 to 7 p.m. at Loyalton of Hagerstown.

The enrollment fee for the workshop is $8 per person and includes all course materials.

More information can be obtained by contacting Clark at 301-371-0041.

Willard Agri-Service

Willard Agri-Service, an ag retailer in the region, has been profiled on a new Web site, www.potashcorpenriching.com because of its commitment to the environment, according to a prepared release.

Willard Agri-Service, founded in Frederick, Md., serves customers in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to the Web site.

It is a full-service crop input and consulting company, the Web site says.

Fulton Financial Corporation

Fulton Financial Corporation, a $14.9 billion Lancaster, Pa.-based financial holding company, has extended the stock repurchase program originally announced in March.

Originally, the corporation said it might repurchase up to 2.1 million shares of its own stock (adjusted for the 5 percent stock dividend paid in June) through Dec. 31.

The company has repurchased 1,061,510 of these shares, leaving nearly 1 million shares still available for repurchase. The board on Dec. 19 approved an extension of the program through June 30, 2007.

Any repurchased shares will be added to the corporate treasury and will be used for general corporate purposes. The corporation currently has 173.6 million shares of stock outstanding.

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