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.

Pages

Salvation Army 125th Anniversary in Lee County
11:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Emphasis – April 27

Major Diana Amick of the Salvation Army of Lee County

Major Diana Amick with the Salvation Army of Lee County is this week’s guest on Emphasis.  She and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the organization’s 125th anniversary in Keokuk and the challenges it faces today.

Amick says the organization reached the United States in 1880.  She says by 1887, the Salvation Army was established in 600 cities, including Keokuk.

“I heard Keokuk referred to as the Gateway to the West,” says Amick of her research in preparation for the 125th Anniversary.  “I am sure that is why the Salvation Army came this direction.”

Read more
Document To Be Finished By November
7:29 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Burlington Updating Comprehensive Plan

Burlington residents still have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on a new “blue-print” for the city.

Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland says it has been at least 15 years since Burlington updated its comprehensive plan.  He says this type of document is crucial to future planning and development.

“It looks at all aspects of the city,” says Tysland, “from land-use to streets to infrastructure and public services (police & fire).  Basically every aspect of the city is addressed in the plan in one way or another.”

Read more
Pay Raises in Each Deal
12:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Two Schools Finalize Teacher Contracts

BURLINGTON, IA

The Burlington School District has wrapped up contract negotiations with its teachers.

The school board and the Burlington Education Association have each ratified a new one-year contract for the 2012-2013 school year.

The agreement calls for a $1,006 increase in the base pay.  The result is that entry-level teachers will start out at around $31,000/year.

Teachers are also in line for pay raises based on their experience and education.

Read more
Ferneau Comes From Sergeant Bluff
10:41 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

New Burlington City Manager In Place

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau

Burlington’s new city manager says he will spend his first few weeks on the job getting to know as many people as possible.

Jim Ferneau comes to town via Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, where he served as city administrator.  He has been involved in city government for about 15 years.

Ferneau says he and his wife grew up in the Marshalltown area.  They have nine children and are in the process of moving to Burlington.

Read more
Homeless Shelter, New Chief, Rezoning, Raises
6:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Around The Region

KEOKUK, IA

Keokuk has agreed to sell a home at 2018 Missouri Street to God’s Way Christian Church for $1.

The property was donated to the city by a bank in the hopes it would be used to benefit low-to-moderate income individuals.

The city contacted Habitat for Humanity before reaching out to God’s Way Christian Church, which plans to use the home as a single family homeless shelter.

 

WEST BURLINGTON, IA

West Burlington Mayor Hans Trousil has named Lt. Frank Newberry as the city’s new police chief.

Read more

Pages