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.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    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.
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    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

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