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Ashland accounting firm Dawson PC has added certified public accountant Jesse C. Smith to its staff. Smith is a graduate of Ashland High School and Southern Oregon University. His accounting experience includes stints with Moss Adams LLP and Harry & David. The office is located at 850 Siskiyou Blvd., Suite 3, and he can be reached at 541-482-0120.

Former KDRV-TV reporter Scott Burton has been named director of community and business relations for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. He deals with employers, business and civic leaders, and nonprofit service organizations throughout the state.

Burton previously spent three years in Regence's communications department, most recently serving as executive communications manager.

Prior to joining Regence, Burton was a reporter and fill-in anchor for KGW-TV in Portland, KTNV-TV in Las Vegas and Chambers Communications stations in Southern Oregon. Burton earned his bachelor's degree in communications from the University of San Diego.

He succeeds Andrew Over, who was promoted to market vice president of Regence in Washington.

Karol Igou of Protectors Insurance in Medford received the 2014 Safeco Insurance Award of Excellence for the fourth straight year. The award goes to the top 2 percent of Safeco's agents who demonstrate superior underwriting skills, appointment tenure and loss-ratio requirements.

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