Observer wins top contest award 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

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

The newspaper earning the most points from the 17 contest categories is given the top award. The Observer was awarded 19 awards by judges in Colorado, including nine first-place awards.

Top awards were earned for editorial page, news photograph, feature photograph, photo story, sports photo (by Dale Bates), sports writing, sports column (by Rich Foley), sports coverage and lifestyle pages.

Lifestyle pages includes features and school stories that inspired the judge to remark, “The section includes great coverage of what makes a community what it is.”

Second place awards were earned for newspaper design, the feature story “Ministering to the victims of AIDS” about Kyle and Heather (Fankhauser) Farran’s work in South Africa, news photograph, feature photograph and sports photograph.

Third place awards were earned for a story  called “Waiting for the phone call” about the missing Skelton boys, a feature story about a kitten in a sewer, Rich Foley’s “Nowhere Road” column, a sports photo and a sports feature about Russ Sutherland and horse racing.

“Newspaper of the Year” awards were also earned in four daily paper divisions by the Detroit Free Press, the Lansing State Journal and the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Other weekly paper winners were the Dearborn Press & Guide Newspapers, the Grosse Pointe News and the Gaylord Herald Times.

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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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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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