- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Log Cabin Democrat of Conway and Saline Courier of Benton won the newspaper sweepstakes awards in the 2013 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors contest.

The awards and others were announced Saturday at the group’s annual meeting. The contest was judged by AP-member editors in Oklahoma.

The winners of the sweepstakes awards in each of the contest’s three divisons were determined by how many awards each newspaper won across the contest’s 28 categories. A points system is used that gives more weight to winning the General Excellence category as well as for each first place award.

The Arkansas AP also gave its annual Mark Twain Award for Cooperation to Arkansas Business of Little Rock.


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SWEEPSTAKES AWARD_Saline Courier.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE_1, Saline Courier; 2, Blytheville Courier News; 3, Forrest City Times-Herald.

SPOT NEWS PHOTO_1, Stephanie Dunn, Camden News, Car ablaze; 2, Fred Conley, Forrest City Times-Herald, How’d this happen?; 3, Stephanie Dunn, Camden News, Back to school.

FEATURE PHOTO_1, Stephanie Dunn, Camden News, Fright night; 2, Brent Davis, Saline Courier, A Foggy Start to Thursday; 3, Kendall Owens, Forrest City Times-Herald, Training.

SPOT SPORTS PHOTO_1, Aaron FitzPatrick, Blytheville Courier News, GCT spoils homecoming; 2, Rick Nation, Saline Courier, Hornets dealing with injuries; 3, Aaron FitzPatrick, Blytheville Courier News, The agony of defeat.

FEATURE SPORTS_1, Fred Conley, Forrest City Times-Herald, Swing away; 2, Jay Manning, Saline Courier, Senior Jessica Hardig attempts a bunt; 3, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier, Bryant takes 7th BP title.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S PORTFOLIO_1, Brent Davis, Saline Courier; 2, Wil Chandler, Saline Courier; 3, Brent Davis, Saline Courier.

SPOT NEWS STORY_1, Alan Smith, Forrest City Times-Herald, Millbrooks fails to return to court for sentencing; 2, Brent Davis, Saline Courier, Chase ends in shootout; 3, Jennifer Sheridan, Camden News, Truck strikes moving train this morning.

NEWS FEATURE_1, Brent Davis, Saline Courier, Home(less) for the holidays: A local man’s story; 2, Brent Davis, Saline Courier, His name was Ron; 3, Lynda Hollenbeck, Saline Courier, Uganda mission changes family.

COLUMN-HARD NEWS_1, Shannon Spears Harris, Blytheville Courier News; Blythville, The sunsets will wear purple too; 2, Andy Weld, Blytheville Courier News, Students deserve choices in education; 3, Mark Brasfield, Blytheville Courier News, Dirt, lake project will go down as failure.

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