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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Work to Get Underway Soon
11:02 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Fort Madison Façade Improvements

Downtown Fort Madison is in line for a make-over.

Local contractors will handle a majority of the upcoming improvements to downtown Fort Madison.

The city secured a $500,000 state grant to improve the facades of 13 buildings.  The property owners will contribute another $170,000 to the project.

The city chose to seek bids per category of work as opposed to going project by project so one contractor would handle all windows and doors while another would do the masonry, for example.

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Low-Interest Gap Financing
11:47 am
Fri September 21, 2012

SEIRPC Has Money to Lend

SEIRPC Executive Director Mike Norris

The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) is trying to get more money in the hands of potential employers.

The organization currently administers four regional revolving loan funds.  Its executive committee has signed off on a plan to increase the maximum amount of money available through the funds.

Executive Director Mike Norris says instead of $125,000, potential businesses in Lee, Des Moines, Henry and Louisa Counties could access $250,000.

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New Home for 4 Departments
11:37 am
Fri September 21, 2012

New Facility for West Burlington

West Burlington is proceeding with plans to build a new home for several city departments.

The West Burlington City Council has hired Snyder and Associates (Ankeny, IA) to design a new public works facility.

The roughly 22,000 square foot building would be located at the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Washington Streets.

City Administrator Dan Gifford says Snyder and Associates will also oversee the bid process.

He says the new facility would replace three, aging buildings currently used by the water, streets, sewer and parks departments.

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Local Contributions Key
10:43 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Constitution in S. Lee Courthouse

The donors responsible for bringing a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the south Lee County Courthouse.

A piece of history has been added to a courthouse in southeast Iowa.

Gary Stephenson of Fort Dodge, IA recently approached the Lee County Board of Supervisors about his effort to place a copy of the U.S. Constitution in every courthouse in Iowa.

Stephenson is continuing a project started by his late father.  They have combined to place constitutions in about ¾ of Iowa’s courthouses.

The latest is now in the south Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.  It will hang in the 1st floor hallway of the building.

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Made it to SE Missouri
2:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Escaped Inmate Captured

The Iowa DOC says Steven Adcock is back in custody after a short pursuit in southeast Missouri.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says the man who escaped from a prison work crew in Keokuk on Monday is back in custody.

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