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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A top priority for the Tri-State Development Summit is to make affordable housing available for more individuals and families in western Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri.  The organization was formed after the Flood of 1993 as a means for local leaders to keep in better contact.

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The countdown is on before children take to the brand new athletic fields at the Fort Madison Sports Complex. The first opportunity could be a softball tournament in August.

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Todd Schneider knew the task ahead when he decided to purchase the former Fort Madison Middle School and convert it into an apartment complex with more than three dozen units. Seven years earlier, he transformed a former Catholic school in Fort Madison into a building with 19 offices and eight apartments.

Lee County might have to dig deep to come up with the money needed for security upgrades to four county-owned buildings, including the courthouses in Keokuk and Fort Madison. That's because the recommendations from the county's Courthouse Security Committee could cost more than $100,000.

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Lee County will oversee law enforcement operations in Donnellson following the arrest and subsequent resignation of the city's police chief.

Ron Fedler spent a lot of time on the phone last week trying to find out what exactly happened regarding a 2013 lawsuit regarding a sewer system in rural Lee County. Fedler, who chairs the Lee County Board of Supervisors, said he only recently learned that the case was settled in January.

The South Side Boat Club was the last major enhancement to the stretch of Keokuk's riverfront from the water plant to the sewer plant.  New additions are now in the works.

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Chris King, 41, was released from the Des Moines County Jail after posting bond Monday afternoon. King was arrested in early May on several counts including sexual abuse, indecent exposure and providing alcohol to minors.

Residents of south Lee County now have a much shorter drive to make to renew their driver's licenses.  County Treasurer Chris Spann has reopened the driver's license bureau in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Lee County paid nearly $50,000 last year to upgrade the sanitary sewer system in the unincorporated community of Argyle. The county was hopeful the money could be recouped through a lawsuit, but it doesn't appear that will be happening.

The future of two of Iowa's mental health institutes -- including one in southeast Iowa -- is now in the hands of Governor Terry Branstad, who proposed closing them at the start of the legislative session.

A proposal to build a sewer system in an unincorporated community near Keokuk is moving forward after sitting stagnant for months. The Lee County Board of Supervisors this week authorized Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) to apply for federal funding for the Mooar/Powdertown project.

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The Burlington School District will require principals and assistant principals to wear body cameras when classes resume this fall. Superintendent Pat Coen said the idea came about following an incident during this past school year.

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Keokuk Area Hospital did something during its most recently completed fiscal year that it hadn't done since 2009: end the year with a positive net income.  The head of the firm charged with reversing the hospital's financial struggles during the last few years said while that is great news and shows the result of lots of hard work, there is still a big hurdle to clear.

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Some of the youngest students in the Keokuk School District will have an opportunity this summer to improve their reading skills through the Reach Out And Read program.  The idea behind ROAR is to ensure they do not fall behind while they are outside of the classroom.