Carroll County News garners four first-place news and design awards at Arkansas Press convention

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Carroll County News Sports Editor David McNeal and Staff Writer Virginia Wietecha were CCN's representatives at the Arkansas Press Association's Super Convention, held last weekend in Hot Springs. Carroll County News Mid-Week and Weekend Editions garnered a respectable four first-place awards in competition with the state's largest weeklies, as well as winning six other awards in a total of nine categories. Photo by Alice McNeal

HOT SPRINGS -- Carroll County News walked away with 10 awards, including four for first place, Saturday at the Arkansas Press Association Convention.

Sports Editor David McNeal crossed beats to take first place in single news photograph in larger weeklies with an elevated shot of the bomb scare at the county courthouse in Berryville which appeared in the Sept. 30, 2005, Weekend Edition.

The published version of the photo included an inset of the purported bomb taken by freelancer Larry Plumlee.

The judge commented that the entry was "A hard to shoot story that you made come to life. Great quality with impact." McNeal said the credit goes to Managing Editor Jerry Dupy, who "made the photo look good."

Dupy, in selecting the entry, noted the coverage and teamwork of the staff on deadline.

Dupy took a first place for graphics and design work in the Weekend Edition. Comments included, "The mark of good design is an easy to read, easy to follow layout, with headlines and photo/art that cleanly, directly leads you through a page. Well organized, good use of headline/deck fonts."

Dupy also took an honorable mention for a Weekend Edition entry in single feature photograph, captioned "Wolf moon rising." The shot showed a January full moon against silhouetted locust trees.

The Weekend Edition also took a first place award for coverage of business/agriculture, with entries primarily written and photographed by staff writers Anna Mathews and E. Alan Long, which appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Farmer, a supplement which appears four to five times each year. Graphic design for the Farmer is handled by Perlinda Pettigrew-Owens.

Mathews also took an honorable mention for an October Weekend Edition story headlined "Deer getting a second chance" on relocation and rehabilitation work at Dogwood Canyon.

The Midweek Edition took a first place in humorous column with Joshua Young's "Be fearful when ordering chickens." The judge praised Young's vivid descriptions. Young also took an honorable mention in humorous column with "Very first last Thanksgiving."

Dupy earned a second place in editorials with an April Midweek Edition entry titled "What the Lord God Bird teaches," with the judge praising excellent research and an interesting conclusion.

McNeal took a third place in sports column with a Weekend Edition entry headlined "Fan base slipping here."

Staff writer Virginia Wietecha took an honorable mention in news stories with a Midweek Edition story about a confrontation between Mayor Richard Deweese and businessman Bob Tanner during an October Green Forest City Council meeting.

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