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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Public Plays Key Role
10:33 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Busy 2012 for Task Force

Lee County Narcotics Task Force Commander Stacy Weber

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force got its start in 1992.

The organization has been extremely active since the start of 2012.  It has made public dozens of arrests throughout the county.

Commander Stacy Weber credits the work of the detectives involved with the task force.             He says they are three of the most highly motivated officers he has ever met.

Weber also credits the flow of information coming from inmates and staff within the Lee County Jail.

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Borrowing $450,000
9:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Des Moines County to Help E-911 Board

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors

Des Moines County is being asked to borrow $450,000 on behalf of the county’s E-911 Board.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Broeker says the agency still owes money to a local bank for some computer equipment purchased years ago.

Broeker says a recent state audit revealed that Des Moines County’s E-911 Board should not be carrying any debt.  He says that means the agency cannot renew the loan, which must take place within the next few months.

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Restructuring Elementary Schools
8:51 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Keokuk Shows Off School Addition

The Keokuk School District is showing off its recent addition to Hawthorne Elementary School.

The expansion includes six full-size classrooms, two half-size classrooms, and some additional square footage within the library.

Superintendent Lora Wolff says the addition will allow the district to restructure its elementary schools.  She says, next year, K-3 students will attend Hawthorne while 4-5 graders will go to George Washington Elementary.

Wolff says this will balance out class sizes and allow the district to close Wells Carey Elementary.

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City to Hire Engineering Firm
7:19 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Residents Want Bridge to be Priority

Burlington continues to wait for information in regards to the future of Cascade Bridge, which has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years.

The city was ready to start building a new roughly $4-million bridge months ago.  The project was delayed, though, to allow for a new study to be done to determine if the roughly 120-year-old bridge could be repaired or if replacement is required.

The recommendation for the new study came from the State Historic Preservation Office and was supported by several local preservation groups.

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Garages to be Slightly Larger
6:44 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Keokuk Board Approves Changes

The Keokuk Board of Adjustment has signed off on a couple of small changes to the design plans for several garages that will be built behind the former Eagles building.

The property is being re-developed for commercial and residential use.  There will be four high-end, upper-story apartments, which require the construction of the garages.

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