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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First Day – Sept. 1
8:44 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Contract Approved for SCC President

Dr. Michael Ash will assume the duties of SCC President on Sept. 1.
  • Interview with Dr. Michael Ash

Southeastern Community College’s new President is excited for the new opportunities awaiting himself and the college.

Dr. Michael Ash comes to SCC via State Fair Community College, where he most recently served as Executive Assistant to the President for Resource Development and External Affairs at the school in Sedalia, MO.

He was selected from a field of more than two dozen candidates to replace Dr. Beverly Simone, who is retiring after 40-years in the community college system, the last seven of which were as SCC’s president.

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Investigation, City Government, Expansion, Hero
10:28 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Around The Region

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

BURLINGTON

The Burlington Police Department has identified Crystal Newman, 33, as the woman found dead, last Thursday, in the home at 800 S. 8th Street in Burlington.

Authorities say Newman had a gunshot wound and there was a firearm/ammunition at the scene, but they have not determined a cause of death.

The children living at the residence were not harmed.

FORT MADISON

Fort Madison residents have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of city government.

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Budge Running Deficit
9:45 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Burlington Could Raise Garbage Fees

Burlington City Hall

Burlington residents could soon pay more to get rid of their garbage.

City Manager Jim Ferneau says the base fee is $12.10/month.  He says that does include recycling and inclusion in a city-wide clean-up.

The fee does not appear to be enough to balance the $2-million sanitation budget, which is carrying a roughly $220,000 shortfall.

Ferneau says part of the reason for that is the city has only adjusted the monthly rate based on increasing tipping fees at the local landfill. 

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Preparation for Downtown Summit
7:29 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Keokuk Clean-Up Saturday

Keokuk is looking for some help as it gets ready for "company."

The city will host the 26th annual Iowa Downtown Summit on August 21 and 22.  The event is expected to bring more than 350 individuals from across the state and the country to Keokuk.

They will hear presentations on a variety of topics: development, preservation, retail and social media.

Mayor Tom Marion says organizers want to put a "bright, shiny face" on the city for the event., so a special downtown clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Public Forum Set for Aug. 16
7:20 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Fort Madison Considers Changes

Future mayors of Fort Madison could have more authority and input on city matters.

The city currently functions with a part-time mayor, a full-time city manager and seven city council members.

Two of the seven city council members are selected at large while the remaining five each represent one of Fort Madison’s five wards.

City Manager Byron Smith says the panel is exploring several potential changes to that current structure.

He says the discussions are based on one of the goals established during a goal-setting workshop held earlier this year.

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