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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Could Help Return Rocket Slide
6:20 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

Keokuk Could Help Spur Development

Keokuk could make it easier for downtown properties to be developed.

Fire Chief Gabe Rose says city code requires sprinkler systems be added to a downtown building if it is renovated for mixed use. 

Mixed use generally refers to commercial/retail business on the first floor and residential units on the upper level.

Rose is proposing a change that would provide an exemption to the sprinkler system requirement for certain buildings.

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Appointment Tuesday PM
5:21 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

Six Candidates So Far for FM Vacancy

Fort Madison City Council

The field of candidates for a vacant seat on the Fort Madison City Council continues to grow.

The opening was created by the resignation of Alderman At-Large Brad Randolph upon his appointment as Mayor.  He replaced Steve Ireland, who passed away last month.

Six men have applied for the position, including two former aldermen.

 

CANDIDATES

Former alderman Neil Boeding feels his experience on the city council would be a value as the panel continues to move the city in what he describes as a “positive direction.”

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Salvation Army 125th Anniversary in Lee County
11:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Emphasis – April 27

Major Diana Amick of the Salvation Army of Lee County

Major Diana Amick with the Salvation Army of Lee County is this week’s guest on Emphasis.  She and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the organization’s 125th anniversary in Keokuk and the challenges it faces today.

Amick says the organization reached the United States in 1880.  She says by 1887, the Salvation Army was established in 600 cities, including Keokuk.

“I heard Keokuk referred to as the Gateway to the West,” says Amick of her research in preparation for the 125th Anniversary.  “I am sure that is why the Salvation Army came this direction.”

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Document To Be Finished By November
7:29 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Burlington Updating Comprehensive Plan

Burlington residents still have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on a new “blue-print” for the city.

Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland says it has been at least 15 years since Burlington updated its comprehensive plan.  He says this type of document is crucial to future planning and development.

“It looks at all aspects of the city,” says Tysland, “from land-use to streets to infrastructure and public services (police & fire).  Basically every aspect of the city is addressed in the plan in one way or another.”

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Pay Raises in Each Deal
12:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Two Schools Finalize Teacher Contracts

BURLINGTON, IA

The Burlington School District has wrapped up contract negotiations with its teachers.

The school board and the Burlington Education Association have each ratified a new one-year contract for the 2012-2013 school year.

The agreement calls for a $1,006 increase in the base pay.  The result is that entry-level teachers will start out at around $31,000/year.

Teachers are also in line for pay raises based on their experience and education.

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