Staff members of the Pacesetting Times won seven state awards in the recent Better Newspaper News-Editorial Contest conducted annually by the Arkansas Press Association.
In the Smaller Weekly Division, Coverage of Education Category, Karen Sherrell, Carrie Johnson and Cassie Stafford won Second Place. Judges comments were, “Dedicated page for education news, what a great thing for your readers; good variety of topics.” Sherrell and Johnson won Third Place for Best Front Page, and Sherrell placed third for her News Story, “One Year Later” about a tornado hitting Horseshoe Bend. Judges comments were, “Good photos to illustrate article.” Johnson received Third Place for a Single Feature Photograph, “Good things come in twos.”
Stafford received an Honorable Mention for her Single Sports Feature Photograph “Salem Teammates” and Bobby Stapleton received Honorable Mentions for Sports News Story, “Greyhounds battle Panthers” and Single Sports Action Photograph “Putting on a show.”
“I’m so proud of our staff and their hard work recognized by the Press Association,” said Sherrell, owner of the newspaper. “It’s wonderful when everybody wins!”
This year 55 Arkansas newspapers submitted 1,874 entries, 20 daily newspapers sent 830 entries, 33 weekly newspapers sent 1,044. Their submissions were then judged by members of the Colorado Press Association.
Locally, the Melbourne Times received Honorable Mention for Picture Page in Medium Weeklies; the Batesville Daily Guard received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies; and the Stone County Leader of Mountain View received Honorable Mention in General Excellence.

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