Tri-State briefs

November 15, 2002

Enrollment on rise at Technical Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Enrollment at the Community and Technical College of Shepherd is up 30 percent from this time last year because the college moved downtown, a Shepherd College official told Martinsburg City Council members at their meeting Thursday night.

Provost Peter Checkovich told council members the college has been doing "swimmingly" since moving into the former Blue Ridge Outlet Center.

"We think Martinsburg is a great town," he said. "It's been a wonderful experience for us."

Still, one move remains.

College officials plan to move across the street to the Dunn Building, a separate structure within the former outlet complex. The move will increase the college's space from 19,000 square feet to 34,000 square feet, Checkovich said. The move won't occur until the Dunn Building is remodeled. A contract has not yet been awarded for the work.

Free parking downtown approved for holiday

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Visitors to downtown Martinsburg will not have to feed any parking meters if they visit on upcoming Fridays.


At their meeting Thursday night, Martinsburg City Council members approved a request from Parking Authority officials that parking be free on Fridays, starting the day after Thanksgiving, and running through the Friday before Christmas.

Parking will be free Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

Martinsburg's annual Christmas festival is slated for Dec. 6, with the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Martinsburg/Berkeley County Public Library. Santa will make an appearance and many downtown shops will stay open late.

Pa. council adopts preliminary budget

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council adopted its preliminary 2003 budget Tuesday with no changes. Final adoption will be Dec. 17.

At its next meeting Nov. 26, the heads of the police, fire and recreation departments have been asked to answer any questions from council members about their departments' budgets.

The budget leaves the real estate millage rate at 12.2 mills for the 14th straight year.

The net budget is $57,373,585 and includes a 3 percent pay increase for all borough personnel, except firefighters and police officers, who are in arbitration with the borough.

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