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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Voters in Lee and Des Moines Counties went to the polls Tuesday and decided that fresh faces were needed on their local school boards.  There were 15 incumbents on the ballots between the two counties and just eight were re-elected, with four of the eight running unopposed.

An out-of-court settlement between Keokuk and a former construction firm will resolve a construction dispute dating back several years. Mayor Tom Marion said paying John W. Sammons Construction $90,000 could prevent a larger payout down the road.

Gary de Gala

It's safe to say Keokuk residents have options when it comes to Tuesday's school board election, with nine candidates seeking four seats. One of them said he is willing to listen and work as a team to do what's best for the students in the school district.

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The race for Keokuk School Board is loaded, with nine candidates seeking four open seats in the Tues., Sept. 8 election. One of the men in the race said he will bring a business mentality to the board if elected.

Residents of southeast Iowa will travel to the polls on Tues., Sept. 8 to choose the men and women who will represent them on their local school boards. One such race is in Burlington, where a field of five candidates is looking to do big things.

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Mary Van Pelt of Montrose and Al Nelson of Keokuk are regulars at the weekly Lee County Board of Supervisors meetings. They were on opposite sides of the debate over the idea of having a single county seat, but that appears to be behind them as they came together to host a pair of "taxpayer forums" that they both are calling a success.

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Keokuk residents have nine people to choose from on Tues., Sept. 8 to fill four seats on the school board. Kim Wyatt said she offers something the other candidates do not: current classroom experience.

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A second bomb threat at Iowa Fertilizer Company's new manufacturing plant in northern Lee County in the last six weeks yielded no explosive device. The first threat, which was made in July, also proved to be unfounded.

Janne Long

There are nine people trying to fill the four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. Janne Long said if she's elected on Tues., Sept. 8, she will make sure to listen to every resident of Keokuk and bring their ideas or concerns to the entire board.

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Keokuk residents have plenty of options from which to choose when it comes to the Sept. 8 school board election -- 9 candidates are running for the four open seats. Tim Glasscock said he brings a skilled trades background to the race, which he feels is needed given the growing trend of high school graduates going right into the workforce.

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Sandy Stark has seen a lot during her 30-year run on the Keokuk School Board. She openly admits she considered calling it a career when her current term expires in a couple weeks, until she thought about what she calls the "great work" being done throughout the district.

Joyce Glasscock

Keokuk has a temporary solution for addressing an eyesore in the downtown district. It will place a large mural in front of what remains of the former Redemption Center, which was destroyed by fire in May.

The field in the race for four open seats on the Keokuk School Board is larger than normal with nine men and women looking to serve. Russ Derr said he entered the race because he brings an unmatched level of experience and knowledge to the race.

Nine names will appear on the Sept. 8 ballot in the race for four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. One of them, Tyler McGhghy, said he brings the right mix of experience and enthusiasm to the board.

The clock is ticking for city leaders in Burlington to convince residents that it's a good idea to borrow money for a new police station.  The $4 million bond referendum will appear on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballot.