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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Residential/Commercial Use
8:31 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Keokuk Development Proceeding

Construction is picking up at the former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk.  The two-story structure is being redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says the biggest reason for the increased activity is the funding for the project is now in place.  She says the development is taking advantage of grants and historic tax credits.

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Could Lead To Federal $$$
12:23 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Keokuk Approves Hospital Funding

The Keokuk City Council has signed off on a plan that could possibly lead to additional federal funding for Keokuk Area Hospital. 

It starts with the panel’s vote of 7-2 last night to contribute $100,000.

KAH CEO Wally Winkler says the city’s contribution will be paired with a $100,000 contribution from Lee County.  He says that money could result in roughly $510-thousand dollars for the hospital.

Winkler says additional state funding is also a possibility.

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Students Will Attend Clark County R-1
12:22 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Revere C-3 To Close Its Doors

Principal Ryan Horner says the Revere C-3 School District has been around for more than 85 years.  He says it was a K-12 district until 2002 when the high school consolidated with the Clark County R-1 School District.

Revere C-3 currently serves about 18 K-8 students.  Horner says that number was at 29 earlier this year, but families left the district for a variety of reasons.

There is currently no one enrolled in kindergarten or fifth grade.

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Complex Denied State Funding
10:46 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Fort Madison Asking County To Up Donation

The Fort Madison City Council

The city of Fort Madison is going to take its turn in trying to secure funding for a proposed sports complex.

The city has already pledged $500,000 over the next two years to the construction of three football/soccer fields and three baseball/softball diamonds.

The city council will write a letter to the Lee County Board of Supervisors to try to encourage the county to increase its contribution of $3,000 over three years.

Mayor Brad Randolph asked for the letter to be placed before the council.

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Mount Sterling Will Remain On Map
11:01 am
Wed April 18, 2012

SE Iowa Town To Discontinue

Alderwoman Tonya Putnam (L), Mayor Tom Allen, and Alderwoman DiAnna Allen participate in the final city council meeting for Mount Sterling.

Mount Sterling is located at the bottom of a hill along County Road W20 in southern Van Buren County.  It’s close enough to the Missouri border that when you look out from AJ’s Bar & Grill’s patio, you can see the Show Me State.

Mount Sterling is known for several things.  When the town was founded more than 150-years ago, it became known as “Dogtown” because reports said more dogs lived there than people.

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