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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Fire Chief Offers Tips
11:41 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Keokuk Starts Using iPads

(L to R) 4th Ward Alderman Larry Mortimer, Alderman At-Large John Helenthal, Mayor Tom Marion, City Clerk Barb Barnes and Alderman At-Large Zane Zirkel test out their new iPads during Thursday night's workshop.

Thursday night’s Keokuk City Council meeting had a feeling of Christmas as aldermen opened the boxes containing their new iPads.

The city spent more than $6,000 to purchase the devices for the nine city council members along with the Mayor, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Public Works Director, and Community Development Director.

The iPads are for the specific position or office-holder, not the individuals.  There is a device for the 3rd Ward Alderman, not for Ron Payne, for example.

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Scheduled for May 29
11:18 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Forums Set for Keokuk Supt. Search

Keokuk School Board

Keokuk residents have several opportunities to weigh in on the search for a new school superintendent.

The school board has hired Ray & Associates to help the district find a replacement for Doctor Lora Wolff.  She is stepping down to take a teaching position at WIU.

The Cedar Rapids-based firm will hold two public input sessions at the middle school on Tuesday.  The first will get underway at 12:00 P.M. while the second is scheduled for 5:30 P.M.

Those who cannot attend can provide input through a survey on the district’s website.

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Restoration vs. Reconstruction
10:51 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Burlington to Study Bridge

Burlington's Cascade Bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for roughly 4 years.

Burlington could soon have a better idea of what to do with Cascade Bridge.  The bridge, which is about 115 years old, has been closed to vehicular traffic for about 4 years.

The city was ready to spend several million dollars to tear it down and build a new one.  It even had received a $1-million grant to help cover the cost.

The state stepped in, though, to make sure Burlington considered restoring the structure.

The city council has agreed to have Shuck-Britson, Inc. out of Des Moines study the bridge.

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State to Cover ½ the Cost
10:30 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

SCC Must Use Own Money for Building

SCC's Emergency Response Training Center

Southeastern Community College will need to spend some of its own money to add on to one of its facilities.

The college wants to add some classroom and lab space at the site of its Emergency Response Training Center in Fort Madison.  It is located along Ortho Road roughly one mile from Fort Madison Community Hospital.

SCC planned to pay for the construction of a new building with state money.  The college is eligible for roughly $700,000 over two fiscal years.

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Three Vying for Nod in District 42
9:56 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Education Top Priority for Senate Candidates

The three candidates for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 42nd Senate District say they will make education a top priority.

Bob Morawitz of Fort Madison, Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant and Donna Amandus of Fort Madison each say improvements to the education system equate to economic development.

Morawitz says the key is improving the workforce, adding “we have a lot of people who do not have the skills and need the training.”

He says that starts with focusing on adult education, especially as industrial jobs become more technology-based.

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