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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • 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

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