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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Combines Education & Job Training
9:39 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Keokuk Re-Engagement Center to Open Soon

Janet Fife-LaFrenz

The Keokuk Re-Engagement Center could be up and running within a few weeks.  It will be located on Southeastern Community College’s local campus.

The goal of the center is to combine education and job training.

The Region 16 Workforce Investment Board has been directly involved in the development of the center. 

Chairperson Janet Fife-LaFrenz says it will allow individuals who are seeking a GED to also gain certification in one of 15 specialized fields.  They include carpentry and auto repair.

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Targeting Downtown Development
9:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Fort Madison Considering New TIF District

A commonly-used incentive program for downtown development is advancing in Fort Madison.

The city council has approved the second reading of an ordinance that would create a new tax increment financing district.

A portion of the property taxes collected on buildings within a TIF district goes to infrastructure projects.  A baseline property value will be developed to determine the amount available for new sidewalks or streets.

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Designed to Help Sports Complex
11:29 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lee County Creates Special Fund

Lee County has started collecting money to cover its share of a potential state grant for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison.

That is possible because the Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a Community Development Fund.

The first donations came in shortly after the official vote.  Supervisors Rick Larkin ($1,000) and Larry Kruse ($500) pulled out their wallets and wrote their checks to back up their verbal pledges from last week.

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Culinary Arts, Speed Limits, Parking, Development
5:17 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Around The Region

A quick look at news from around the Tri-State Region.

 

BURLINGTON, IA

The Burlington School District will be adding a culinary arts program to the high school, starting next year.

Superintendent Jane Evans says it will start out as one course and expand in subsequent years.  It will be taught at the high school with field experience available out in the community.

Evans says it will target 9th-12th graders who are interested in working in or managing a restaurant or other aspect of the hospitality industry.

 

CANTON, MO

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Additional Vote Need For Approval
4:11 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

SEIA City Starting Discontinuation Over

Alderwoman Tonya Putnam (L), Mayor Tom Allen & Alderwoman DiAnna Allen

Mount Sterling, Iowa will try again when it comes to un-incorporating itself. 

Mayor Tom Allen says Mount Sterling has been operating for years under the assumption that its city council has just three members.  The current roster is Tonya Putnam, DiAnna Allen, & Judy Ash.

That is why no one questioned it when Putnam and Allen voted to discontinue the town of roughly 40 people in rural Van Buren County on April 11. 

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