Papers bring home awards

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LITTLE ROCK -- Carroll County Newspapers picked up nine statewide journalism awards on Saturday at the Arkansas Press Association's Better Newspaper Editorial Contest awards banquet.

The awards including one first-place nod, going to former Carroll County News managing editor Linda Caldwell for her column "Angels among us," which opined the loss of an ex-husband in the Joplin tornado last year. It took the top prize in the General Interest Column category, competing against other weekly newspapers with similar size circulation.

Caldwell now serves as director of the Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow.

Former reporter Anna Matthews, who has since retired from Carroll County News, won third place in News Story category for "Baker begins serving sentence."

Former sports editor David Healy won third place in Best Sports Page category and Honorable Mention in the Picture Page/Photo Essay category.

The newspaper's staff as a whole won Honorable Mention in the Community Coverage category.

CCN's sister paper, the Lovely County Citizen in Eureka Springs, brought home four awards, also competing against other weeklies with similar size circulations.

Interim editor and longtime writer there C.D. White won second place in the Editorial category for the article "Of Walmart stores and violins."

Cartoonist Wolf Grulkey won third place in Editorial Cartoonist Portfolio, competing against all dailies and weeklies of all sizes in the state.

White won an Honorable Mention prize in the News Story category for an article titled "Broken gas line."

And the staff as a whole won an Honorable Mention in the Community Coverage category.

"I am very proud of and grateful for the recognition from our peers in the journalism industry that we have received this weekend," said Publisher Bob Moore. "With all the staff changes we have undergone at both papers recently, and the improvements in both editorial content and design that we've been working on, I look forward to even bigger things to come in the future, and even better-quality products for our readers both at Carroll County News and the Lovely County Citizen."

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