Business briefs

January 05, 2009

Edward Jones

Edward Jones was ranked No. 1 for the 16th consecutive year by Registered Rep in the magazine's annual survey of the nation's eight largest financial services firms.

Edward Jones' overall score was 9.4 out of a possible 10 points. The overall average for all financial services firms was 7.4.

Edward Jones' local financial advisers include Joan Bowers, Greg Garner, Cort Meinelschmidt, Brad Myers, Shelby Penn, Todd Streett and Benito Vattelana.

Creek's Jewelers & Designers

Creek's Jewelers & Designers recently has expanded its fine moissanite jewelry selection to include a wider variety of fashion-forward moissanite jewelry.


Moissanite, created by Charles & Colvard, has 2.4 times the fire of diamond and 10 percent more brilliance. Moissanite is extremely durable, resistant to chipping and scratches, and is second only to diamond in hardness.

Creek's Jewelers & Designers is in the South Pointe Center at 222 E. Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown.


Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (Shentel), a Sprint PCS affiliate of Sprint Nextel, recently announced it has made a $475,000 investment in the Hagerstown community to expand and enhance its wireless network coverage.

Shentel invested in its network in 2008 by adding 70 new cell sites and adding wireless broadband equipment to an additional 150 existing sites. The technology upgrade expands the coverage of the company's network, increasing coverage throughout the community and delivering its reliable network coverage to previously uncovered and remote areas.

The investment is part of Shentel's effort to expand its coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and mobile broadband network. In 2008, Shentel increased its capital budget 84 percent to $25.9 million, with similar investments planned in 2009.

Delta Telephone & Cabling Inc.

Delta Telephone & Cabling Inc., a leading local provider of advanced telecommunications and data services, recently announced the early renewal of its contract with the government of Washington County.

Under the extended agreement, Delta will provide maintenance and site monitoring for the county government's phone systems until April 2010, while also implementing an upgrade to the system's fiber connections, which is expected to save taxpayers thousands of dollars in telecommunications costs over the next several years.

Delta, which has been providing ongoing maintenance and monitoring services to Washington County since April, will provide the concept, engineering and equipment to link the county's four main PBXs (Private Branch Exchanges) using existing fiber optic connections provided by the State of Maryland for the county government. The connections will include three sites in the city of Hagerstown, and eventually include the Washington County Detention Center.

Implementation was scheduled to be completed in December.

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