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.”

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
  • Front.softball
    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
  • Front.art.park
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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