TSPR Local

Legal Concerns To Blame
6:55 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Carthage High-Speed Internet is on Hold

Carthage's effort to acquire high-speed Internet service is on hold.

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.

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.”

Nightingale did not specify those concerns.

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More Services Will Be Offered
11:08 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Rushville Beefs Up City Website

An image from Rushville's home page
  • Interview with Rushville Mayor Scott Thompson

Mayor Scott Thompson said the city has officially rolled out its new website.

Thompson said it's taken a year to get to this point because the city is doing the project in-house. He added it's still a work in progress.

“Is it sparkling and does it have all the cool features right now? No. But it looks nice, it's going to be functional, it's going to serve the purposes for which it's intended, and we'll grow it as we can,” said Thompson.

City Shows Little Interest
12:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Carthage to allow Video Gambling

The Carthage city council has changed its position on gambling.

Aldermen have overturned a century-old ban on gambling to allow video poker machines. The state now allows these machines.

Mayor Jim Nightingale says the owner of a bar, the Wood Inn, asked for the change.

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.”

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Barefoot Gardens CSA
12:20 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Growing Food Despite the Drought

John Curtis picking tomatoes in one of the hoop houses at Barefoot Gardens
Rich Egger

This summer's combination of high temperatures and little precipitation has impacted just about every type of farmer. Nonetheless, some are finding ways to get by.

John Curtis, owner and operator of Barefoot Gardens, said he's dug a deeper well to come up with enough water for his crops. However, he's also had to contend with a problem pump.

“Sometimes I have water, sometimes I don't. When I don't, it really shows quickly,” Curtis said.

He had to conserve water until he deepened the well.

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Will Fund Expansion and Refinancing
2:22 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

McDonough County Approves Wesley Village Bonds

Wesley Village

The McDonough County Board has approved the use of part of its bonding authority to fund several projects at Wesley Village in Macomb.

The county will not bear any liability for the bonds.

Wesley Village can use up to $6.5 million of that authority. CEO Shelly Ward says the nursing home plans to use about $1.3 million on four projects. About $4.8 million will refinance existing debt.

Ward says the facility has limited seating for events. The biggest construction project will remedy that with a new 250 seat community center.

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