Jason Parrott

Southeast Iowa Correspondent

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003.  The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main.  Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School.  He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History.  While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie, a middle school teacher, have called Quincy home since 2007.  They have three dogs (Howie, Sunny and Sadie) and they volunteer with the Quincy Humane Society. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.

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Annexation Benefits District
11:23 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Clark County R-1 School Budget

One northeast Missouri school district will have a little more money to spend during the upcoming school year.

The Clark County R-1 School Board has signed off on the district’s $9.1-million budget. 

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht says the spending plan is balanced… with revenues slightly exceeding expenses.

He says annexing the Revere C-3 School District into Clark County has meant a $200,000 boost in assessed valuation as well as additional state aid.

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Public Forums Expected
11:47 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

SCC Narrowing Presidential Candidates

Southeastern Community College has narrowed the field in its search for a new president.

Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Roth says the college received 30 applications from individuals interested in replacing current President Beverly Simone.

Simone is retiring after 6 ½ years with SCC.

Roth says a search committee, consisting of college and community leaders, has identified three finalists. 

He says they were selected based on a review of the candidates and a series of SKYPE interviews conducted Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

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Pushing Honesty, Reliability
11:24 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

IA Governor Pushing For Plant

IA Gov. Terry Branstad addressing Fort Madison's Rotary Club.
  • Raw Interview with IA Gov. Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.

Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.

Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.

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Decision This Week
2:54 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Penalty for Street Damage?

Keokuk Alderman John Helenthal examines the street crews want to cut through to connect a new water line to the former Eagles Building.

A development project in downtown Keokuk is facing a financial penalty from the city.

The former Eagles building, which is located at the corner of 4th and Blondeau Streets, is being renovated for commercial and residential use.

The project requires the replacement of an older, 1 ½” water line with a new 2” line, with the connection being made beneath Blondeau Street.

That is an issue as city code allows Keokuk to impose a penalty of up to $1,000 because crews will be cutting into a street that is less than 5-years old.

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Sentencing To Be Scheduled
4:56 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Pitman Guilty of First Degree Murder

Adam Pitman, 24, of Keokuk has been found guilty of 1st degree murder. He was accused of choking his mother, Rosa Pitman, to death August 30, 2011.

Adam Pitman, 24, of Keokuk has been found guilty of one count of 1st Degree Murder. 

He was accused of choking his mother, Rosa Pitman, 46, to death in her home at 1602 Concert Street in Keokuk in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011.

An autopsy revealed Rosa Pitman died of asphyxiation due to a combination of strangulation and suffocation.

1st Degree Murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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