Observer wins MPA awards 10.10

Written by David Green.

The State Line Observer won eight awards in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Michigan Press Association.

The Observer earned a general excellence award again this year, as it has for all but one of the past 11 years.

A judge from the Wisconsin Press Association awarded third place in general excellence to the Observer, among 17 of the entries in the small weekly division.

The judge commented: “Very clean look. Easy-to-read pages. They know how to lay out attractive front pages in small tab format. Stories informative.”

Members of the Heritage Newspaper chain from Dexter and Chelsea finished ahead of the Observer this year.

The Observer placed second in design. The judge said: “This front page is a knock-out with dramatic nameplate and well-chosen cutout as teasers. Visual effects in packaging stories are tasteful and attractive. Inside pages reinforce strong, cutting-edge design throughout.”

Other awards included third place in editorial writing, second place to David Green for a news photo of a house fire and third place for a news photo of an accident near the intersection of U.S. 20 and St. Rt. 108; second place for David Green’s sports story about Zac Johnson’s state wrestling championship; third place for lifestyle pages; and an honorable mention for Jeff Pickell’s column, “Standard Deviant.”

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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