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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Will Discuss Graduation Day Note
6:00 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Superintendent to Meet With HS Administration

The Burlington School District is looking into a note left on multiple cars following the recent high school graduation ceremony.

It’s been reported that the note mentioned bullying, intimidation and miscommunication by teachers towards students at the high school.

The signature was from the “Graduating Class of 2012.”

Superintendent Jane Evans says similar concerns were recently raised by a student during a meeting of the School Improvement Advisory Committee.

She plans to meet with the high school administrative team about both incidents.

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City, Humane Society To Share Cost
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Burlington Accepts Animal Shelter Bid

An expansion and renovation of the Burlington Animal Shelter could get underway this summer.

The city council voted 3-2 to hire Myers Construction to do the work.  The $820,000 bid from the firm out of Sperry, Iowa was the lowest of the three received by the city.

Burlington will split the cost of the project with the Des Moines County Humane Society.  The organization has raised more than $500,000 for the shelter since its fundraising campaign began in 2010.

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WIUM Local
2:49 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Fort Madison Downtown Renovations

Downtown Fort Madison will be busy this summer.

Fort Madison’s downtown district will receive a makeover this summer.   The city received a $500,000 state grant to help pay for façade improvements for thirteen buildings. 

The grant will cover 70% of the cost of the project with the building owners picking up the remaining 30%.

Fort Madison Main Street’s Executive Director Mary Ottoson says the façade improvements are currently in the design phase.

She says the project should go out for bid in early July.  Each phase will be bid in a way that one contractor will handle all of the painting or masonry, for example.

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Candidates Have Opposite Views
10:40 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Consolidation Key to Lee County Race

The Democrats running for the District V seat on the Lee County Board of Supervisors are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to government consolidation.

It was one year ago, this month, that the board voted to reorganize county government. 

The final proposal resulted in the moving of the Auditor and Treasurer’s offices to the North Lee County Office Building in Fort Madison. 

In turn, the Assessor and Recorder’s offices are now located in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

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Sidewalk Displays, Sewer, Bicycle Route
10:16 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Around The Region

KEOKUK, IA

A four-to-four vote by the Keokuk City Council means A&B Furniture will not be able to display motorcycles in front of its store on Main Street. 

1st Ward Alderman Mike O’Connor says the city must draw the line when businesses want to place vehicles on sidewalks.

The denial also means A&B Furniture cannot place furniture in front of the property.

In the same meeting, the city council approved a sidewalk display for Willow Tree Flowers and Gifts that calls for plants and a framed sign.

 

LEE COUNTY, IA

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