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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    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.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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