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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Multiple Uses Phased Out
10:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Burlington School to be Demolished

The Burlington School District no longer needs the former Washington Elementary School, prompting the school board to vote to demolish the building.

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County, State & Federal Levels
9:57 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Candidates Beat Filing Deadline

Southeast Iowa voters will have a few more choices when they go to the polls in the fall.

Five men beat the deadline to get on the general election ballot for county, state and/or federal office in Lee & Des Moines Counties.

They did so through nominating petitions or conventions.

LEE COUNTY

Former Lee County Maintenance Director Rick Carter will appear on the ballot for the District I seat on the Board of Supervisors.

He filed a lawsuit against the county after being fired in late 2010.

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County Share $500K More
8:13 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Higher Cost for Repairs

It could cost Lee County much more than anticipated to repair a well-traveled road.

A stretch of River Road, between Keokuk and Montrose, had to be closed in June 2010 because of a landslide.

County Engineer Ernie Steffensmeier says the lowest of three bids for a permanent stabilization plan came in at just over $1-million.

He believes the bids are accurate based on the fact that all three are within 10% of each other.

Steffensmeier told the Board of Supervisors, earlier this week, the original estimate for the project was around $540,000.

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Fatal Crash, Port Pledge, School Name, Retirement
6:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Around The Region

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

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Depot to Honor Late Mayor
10:24 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Fort Madison Clearing Way for Amtrak

Fort Madison continues to clear the way for Amtrak to move its operations across town to the former Santa Fe Depot in Riverview Park.

The North Lee County Historical Society has a lease in place, through 2040, that allows it to use the complex for display and storage.

That agreement has now been amended.

City Manager Byron Smith says the historical society has agreed to relinquish the eastern 2/3 of the main building.  He says the organization will also make more space available if requested by Amtrak in the future.

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