The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Washburn was pleased with the way his players started Wednesday’s game, and he noted that, while they kind gave up some things defensively, Orange was “coming off of a lot of momentum” after narrowly edging Western Albemarle in the game before.,On Friday, Powhatan was taking on a Louisa team that up to that point had just one loss: a recent 67-52 defeat to Western Albemarle.,Washburn was really pleased with the way that Powhatan started Friday’s game.,But Washburn added: “I thought that maybe we could’ve done a little bit more [in the first quarter] because as the quarter ran on, I thought we got some defensive stops but weren’t able to capitalize off those opportunities...even though it was a good quarter I thought it was a quarter that we could’ve even extended the lead more than we had...”

Louisa then started to heat up in the second quarter and capitalize on Powhatan’s misses.,Despite the loss, the Indians saw three players score in the double figures (Van Natter had 23 points, Chipper Ford had 15 and Williams had 12) and Washburn said his players did a really good job of limiting the Lions’ open looks. read more

Big changes could transform the town’s critical South Churton Street corridor over the next decade, giving people more ways to get around, visit and live in Hillsborough — instead of sitting in traffic.,The town has been working with the N.C. Department of Transportation for years on a plan for improving Churton Street, which connects the town’s commercial strip and its historic downtown.,The plan would expand South Churton Street to four lanes with center turn lanes, and add bike lanes and sidewalks from Interstate 40 to Orange Grove Road.,Amtrak station

Also this month, the Hillsborough Town Board could begin the process of designing and building an $8.1 million Amtrak station at South Churton and Orange Grove streets.,The goal, Hauth said, is to get people on U.S. 70A to use the new route and reduce the number of cars waiting to turn downtown at the Churton Street stoplight. read more

Typically, all of this year’s Top 100 offer a variety of possibilities, from leadership training and formal mentoring to experiential initiatives, such as Ceridian’s career exploration program which allows employees to participate in job rotation, job shadow a colleague or swap roles with another employee for a month.,Canada’s Top 100 Employers are also breaking new ground when it comes to employee benefits.,In keeping with the federal government’s recently extended maternity and parental leave policies to 18 months, both the City of Toronto and Vancouver City Savings Credit Union introduced combined maternity and parental leave top-ups for 78 weeks, as well as extending the parental leave portion for new dads and adoptive parents.,Each employer’s application is judged by rigorous criteria in eight key areas: 1) physical workplace; 2) work atmosphere and social; 3) health, financial and family benefits; 4) vacation and time off; 5) employee communications; 6) performance management; 7) training and skills development; and 8) community involvement.,Story continues below advertisement

Best Buy Canada Ltd., Burnaby, B.C. Retail; 5,656 employees. read more