Observer named Michigan's top small weekly 10.06

Written by David Green.

The State Line Observer earned “Newspaper of the Year” honors again this year in the annual Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

More than 120 newspapers entered the contest in four daily and four weekly divisions. The entries were judged by journalists in Minnesota.

The Observer won top honors in the division of weekly newspapers with circulations less than 4,000.

Winners in other divisions were the Detroit Free Press, the Lansing State Journal, the Traverse City Record-Eagle, the Petoskey News-Review, the Southgate News-Herald, the Dearborn Press & Guide, and the Gaylord Herald Tribune.

The Observer won three first-place awards: Colleen Leddy for column writing; David Green for a feature photo of students releasing monarch butterflies; and Green for a sports photo of a baseball catcher leaping to avoid a collision.

Second-place awards went to Green for a news photo showing a series of Toledo Edison trucks forming a geometric pattern; Green for a photo story of a program for young wrestlers; Green for a sports story about the Morenci-Hudson football game; Rich Foley for his sports columns about NASCAR; and to the staff for lifestyle pages.

Third-place awards went to Green for column writing; Green for a sports feature about wild pigs; and to the staff for sports coverage.

Green received honorable mention for a photo story on the Big Bird Fly-in of model airplanes.

Newspaper of the Year plaques will be presented in January at the press association’s annual convention.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • 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.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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