Jim Nightingale http://tspr.org en Kibbe Museum to Add Space http://tspr.org/post/kibbe-museum-add-space <p>The Kibbe Museum in Carthage has found a solution to its growing pains.<br><br>It will build a new 40' by 60' addition to the east of the existing complex.<br><br>Storage space has been in short supply since the museum accepted an extensive collection last year that filled two semi-trailers.<br><br>It came from the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield which closed its doors for good in 2009.<br><br>Items from the collection have been stored in a building belonging to a local manufacturer. Mayor Jim Nightingale says that donation is coming to an end.<br> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:43:00 +0000 James Lenz 20899 at http://tspr.org Kibbe Museum to Add Space Carthage Alderman Resigns http://tspr.org/post/carthage-alderman-resigns <p>Carthage is looking for someone willing to serve on the city council.<br><br>Second-ward Alderman Jim Fink resigned his seat on the city council this week. He had served in that capacity for two years.<br><br>He was forced to step down after moving outside the city limits.<br><br>Mayor Jim Nightingale says Fink has suggested a possible successor.<br><br>Nightingale says, “He has a person in mind, which I haven't talked to yet. But, hopefully, I'll have somebody on board by the second meeting in September.”<br><br>The mayor did not identify the candidate.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:28:46 +0000 Jim Lenz 20757 at http://tspr.org Carthage Alderman Resigns Carthage High-Speed Internet is on Hold http://tspr.org/post/carthage-high-speed-internet-hold <p>Carthage's effort to acquire high-speed Internet service is on hold.<br><br>Mayor Jim Nightingale still has confidence the i3 Group will follow through with the project. He says the snag legal and there are no technical barriers.<br><br>He says, “They were going to send us a contract and, I think, their legal department found there were some issues. And they wanted to get that corrected before they got a contract to us.”<br><br>Nightingale did not specify those concerns.<br><br>He expected to see the contract last week. He still expects to get a contract in the next 10 days.<br> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:55:22 +0000 James Lenz 20258 at http://tspr.org Carthage High-Speed Internet is on Hold Carthage to allow Video Gambling http://tspr.org/post/carthage-allow-video-gambling <p>The Carthage city council has changed its position on gambling.<br><br>Aldermen have overturned a century-old ban on gambling to allow video poker machines. The state now allows these machines.<br><br>Mayor Jim Nightingale says the owner of a bar, the Wood Inn, asked for the change.<br><br>He says, “We're really not promoting gambling. Right now there's video poker machines in most of the bards and clubs that are licensed by Illinois. But they're supposed to be for amusement only.”<br><br>The change will allow the city to receiive five percent of the revenue generated by the machines. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:33:31 +0000 James Lenz 20167 at http://tspr.org Carthage to allow Video Gambling City Will Soon Pay Less for Electricity http://tspr.org/post/city-will-soon-pay-less-electricity <p>Carthage will pay less for electricity for city operations beginning next month. The city has signed a three-year contract with Ameren Energy Marketing at a bit more than 4.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.<br /><br />Mayor Jim Nightingale says the city council solicited bids from several energy companies.&nbsp; He says the response was overwhelming and frustrating.<br /><br />He says, &ldquo;Once a company contacts us their sales people just hound you to death.&rdquo;<br /> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:50:02 +0000 James Lenz 17412 at http://tspr.org City Will Soon Pay Less for Electricity