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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Getting Infrastructure in Order
11:02 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Fort Madison Looking to Future

Fort Madison is trying to organize and prioritize its future infrastructure needs.

City Manager Byron Smith says the city has not had a capital improvement plan since he arrived in January 2009.  He says city staff has been working on a five-year forecast for the last six months.

Smith says the wide-ranging document will cover a variety of projects, including streets, water lines, sewer projects, vehicles, and large-scale equipment.

The five-year capital improvement plan would include cost estimates and potential revenue sources for the projects.

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Expected to Begin July 1
10:38 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Fort Madison Proceeding with Rental Inspections

The Fort Madison City Council created the rental property inspection program.

Fort Madison plans to have its new rental property inspection program up and running by July.

City Manager Byron Smith says Fort Madison is finalizing the forms and documents related to the program.  It has already received city council approval.

Smith says letters will soon be sent to the owners of rental properties throughout the city.  He says it will inform them that property registration will get underway in July, with inspections to begin shortly afterwards.

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Connected to School District
10:26 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Warsaw Selects New Superintendent

The Warsaw School District’s next superintendent has plenty of ties to the community.

The Warsaw School Board and Matt Runge have reached an agreement on a contract that would have him on the job by July 1.  His base pay is expected to be about $105,000.

Runge currently serves as the superintendent of the Liberty School District near Quincy.

He is no stranger to Warsaw as his wife teaches there and his children have either graduated from Warsaw or are still enrolled in the district.

New Schools Being Built
8:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Four Southeast Iowa School Buildings Closing

Fort Madison Middle School

The field of education continues to evolve and progress, starting with classroom materials.

There was a time when students took notes with pencils and paper while a teacher stood up and wrote on a chalkboard.

Today, there are schools where kids are using laptops or iPads to search the internet while teachers use interactive smart-boards.

School districts are trying to keep up with the evolution of education by building new state-of-the-art facilities that take advantage of the latest technology and other advancements.

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Gravel in Place for Two Years
9:05 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Keokuk Looking to Replace Roads

The Keokuk City Council must decide how to pay for street reconstruction around Wells-Carey Elementary.

The Keokuk City Council must decide how the city should pay for some highly-anticipated street work.

Keokuk replaced some sewer lines around Wells-Carey Elementary about two years ago.

The project required crews to tear up several streets to do the work.

Keokuk did not immediately replace them, though, because the sewer needed time to settle.  Gravel was added for the time being, but that has led to plenty of complaints from residents about dust.

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