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Martinsburg City Council briefs

September 13, 1998

Model railroad competition planned




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Model railroad displays are a common sight in homes around Christmastime.

This holiday season, shoppers in downtown Martinsburg will be treated to some top-notch displays in Main Street Martinsburg's Christmas Model Railroad Showcase Competition, the group's executive director told the Martinsburg City Council on Thursday night.

The competition will be held about three weeks before Christmas, said Tracie B. Ford.

The community will serve as judge, Ford said.

Five of the 10 to 12 downtown stores approached so far about displaying model railroad scenes have committed to participating, she said.

The West Virginia Rail Authority and Amtrak have expressed interest in providing awards, Ford said.

City may control cable rates




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg officials could again have a part in setting city residents' cable rates, thanks to the disbandment of a state agency that took over the role from the city several years ago.

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On Thursday night, the Martinsburg City Council instructed City Manager Mark S. Baldwin to start the process needed to gain FCC permission to regulate cable rates.

The city has that opportunity because the State of West Virginia Cable Advisory Board was disbanded on July 1, Baldwin said.

When the advisory board was created a few years ago, it took over the power to evaluate proposed cable rate increases from local government within the state, he said.

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