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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$10-million+ Goal
10:59 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Culver-Stockton College Fundraising

Culver-Stockton College President Dick Valentine
  • Interview with Dick Valentine

Culver-Stockton College is looking for help in improving its campus and stabilizing its future.

President Dick Valentine says it has been 21 years since C-SC conducted a capital campaign. 

He says the timing is right based on the amount of work to do around its campus in Canton, MO.

The Board of Trustees agreed to begin the “silent” phase of the capital campaign last year.  The result has been more than $8-million dollars raised.

Valentine says that leaves roughly $2-million to raise over the next two years.

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Transportation Honor, ATV Use, Meth Arrests, Clean
10:16 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Around The Region

Burlington, IA

The Iowa Department of Transportation is recognizing Burlington’s public transportation system for increasing ridership and decreasing cuts.

The Burlington Urban Service (B.U.S.) has been named the “Most Improved Urban Transit System” for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011.

The agency says ridership is up about 18% while the cost is down about 15% per ride.

 

Van Buren County, IA

The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors says it will look into a proposal to designate all county roads as legal routes for all-terrain vehicles.

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Structure 80% Complete
9:07 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Clark County Courthouse Construction

Construction continues on the new Clark County (MO) Courthouse.
  • Ron Brewer on new Courthouse

The former Clark County Courthouse in Kahoka, MO stood for roughly 140 years and it was starting to show its age.

Court proceedings had to be moved to a nearby building over safety and security concerns while the foundation was starting to shift.  There were also accessibility issues and limited space.

Talk of restoring or replacing the facility had been out there for years.  In fact, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation started including the Clark County Courthouse in its list of Most Endangered Historic Places in 2005.

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Inspection Next Step
8:32 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Keokuk Rocket Slide Home

Keokuk's original rocket slide before it was restored as part of a television show.
  • Doug Matlick on Keokuk's Rocket Slide

Safety and liability concerns led the city of Keokuk to replace the original “Rocket Slide” in Kilbourne Park with a newer model several years ago. 

There were aspects of the original slide that no longer met federal standards.

Nels Olson of Wisconsin bought the Rocket Slide in the hopes of restoring it and installing the slide on his own property.

With that, people in Keokuk seemed to lose track of the slide, until it ended up on the reality television show, American Restoration.

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Still Accepting Applications
1:50 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Keokuk Superintendent Search Continues

  • Matt Hunt on After-School Program

The Keokuk School Board could soon see a list of potential superintendent candidates.

Business Manager Greg Reynolds says applications will be accepted through July 9.  He says Ray & Associates (Cedar Rapids, IA) will review the applicants in the hopes of presenting a final list to the board by July 23rd.

“They are then going to interview (candidates) the following week,” says Reynolds.  “I believe the 30th and 31st (of July) is the plan.”

Keokuk hopes to have a new superintendent in place before the start of the school year.

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