- Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Newspapers at Little Rock, Conway and Batesville took top honors Saturday in the 2014 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association journalism contest.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won the sweepstakes award among larger newspapers, the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway won among medium-sized newspapers and the Batesville Daily Guard won among smaller newspapers.

The Little Rock newspaper also won the Mark Twain Award, presented by the Arkansas AP staff to recognize outstanding contributions to the world’s largest news cooperative.

The 2014 journalism contest was judged by AP-member newspaper editors in Colorado.

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SMALLER NEWSPAPERS

GENERAL EXCELLENCE_1,Batesville Daily Guard; 2, Saline Courier; 3, Blytheville Courier News.

BEAT REPORTING_1, Alan Smith, Times-Herald, Forrest City Water Commission; 2, Kendall Owens, Times-Herald, FCSD files lawsuit over student transfers; 3, Patric Flannigan, Camden News, Stephen’s School District closing.

BUSINESS REPORTING_1, Donetta Hubbard, Batesville Daily Guard, Sticks of the trade;2, Andrea Bruner, Batesville Daily Guard, Ribbons of Hope;3, Staff, Times-Herald, Woodruff Electric special section.

COLUMN-HARD NEWS_1, Andy Weld, Blytheville Courier News, Hospital plan kicks the can down the road; 2, Kendall Owens, Times-Herald, Time to take a stand; 3, Andy Weld, Blytheville Courier News, Public officials, citizens were unprepared.

COLUMN-LIFESTYLE- HUMAN INTEREST_1, Shannon Spears, Blytheville Courier News, I think she might have eaten some; 2, Lynda Hollenbeck, Saline Courier, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of all; 3, Andrea Bruner, Batesville Daily Guard, Thanks for the little while.

EDITORIAL WRITING_1, Angelia Roberts, Batesville Daily Guard, City idea headed south; 2, Andrea Bruner, Batesville Daily Guard, High praise for city’s lighting displays; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

EDUCATION REPORTING_1, Sarah Perry, Saline Courier, Rachel’s Challenge; 2, Lacy Mitchell, Batesville Daily Guard, BHS seniors dig up past; 3, Chris Pinkard, Blytheville Courier News, Blytheville students get second chance.

HEALTH-RELATED TOPICS_1, Shannon Spears, Blytheville Courier News, Obamacare waves reach local shores; 2, Andrea Bruner, Batesville Daily Guard, Taylor Made; 3, Lacy Mitchell, Batesville Daily Guard, Woman uses teeth to create art.

NEWS COVERAGE_1, Lacy Mitchell, Angelia Roberts, Donetta Hubbard, Batesville Daily Guard, Storm Aftermath; 2, Staff, Camden News, Storm coverage; 3, Staff, Blytheville Courier News, Winter storm coverage.

NEWS FEATURE_1, Angelia Roberts, Batesville Daily Guard, Saturday never came; 2, Shannon Spears, Blytheville Courier News, He’s our son; 3, Lynda Hollenbeck, Saline Courier, Dogs Survive Deadly Twister.

NON-TRADITIONAL NEWS ITEM_1, Saline Courier Staff, Saline Courier, Never Forget 911; 2, Deb Hutchins, Andrea Bruner, J. Ross Jones, Batesville Daily Guard, Twister’s Path Fast Facts; 3, Saline Courier Staff, Saline Courier, Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for.

POLITICAL REPORTING_1, Sarah Perry, Saline Courier, Dabbs unhappy with lack of quorum; 2, Andrea Bruner, Batesville Daily Guard, City could see growth with new ward; 3, Sarah Perry, Saline Courier, 2nd complaint filed against Cox.

SPECIAL PROJECT-COMMUNITY SERVICE_1, Kendall Owens, Times-Herald, Search ongoing for freed murder suspect; 2, Guard Staff, Batesville Daily Guard, Give Thanks series; 3, Alan Smith, Times-Herald, Hughes resigns as interim superintendent.

SPORTS COLUMN_1, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier, Qualls dunk more than winner for Hogs; 2, Aaron FitzPatrick, Blytheville Courier News, Brown builds state championship contender; 3, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier, Earnhardt win right place at right time.

SPORTS FEATURE_1, Tony Lenahan, Saline Courier, Family Affair; 2, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier, COACH MOM; 3, James Leigh, The Daily Siftings Herald, Former teammates ready to ‘Battle’.

SPORTS STORY_1, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier, UN-BRE-LIEVABLE: Benton wins 6A Title; 2, Fred Conley, Times-Herald, “History made, records broken”; 3, Fred Conley, Times-Herald, 5A State Title Belongs to Mustangs.

SPOT NEWS STORY_1, Sarah Perry, Saline Courier, Murder In The First; 2, Larry Stroud, Batesville Daily Guard, Dog alerts Cave City family to house fire; 3, Josh Briggs, Sarah Perry, Saline Courier, Pennington Arrested.

DIGITAL (FORMERLY WEBSITE)_1, Staff, Blytheville Courier News; 2, Saline Courier, Saline Courier; 3, Guard Staff, Batesville Daily Guard.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING_1, J. Ross Jones, Batesville Daily Guard, White River Wonderland; 2, J. Ross Jones, Batesville Daily Guard, Sturgeon prepares for his ride across America; 3, J. Ross Jones, Batesville Daily Guard, Beller Dental Clinic fire.

GRAPHICS_1, Kris Caraway, Batesville Daily Guard, Family’s ticket to U.S.; 2, Andy Weld, Blytheville Courier News, Jessica Williams timeline; 3, Andy Weld, Blytheville Courier News, Where do your sales taxes go?.

HEADLINE_1, Andrea Bruner, Batesville Daily Guard, “U-Haul, U-no return, U-go to jail”; 2, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier, Un-Bre-Lievable; 3, Joe Phelps, The Daily Siftings Herald, Nesbetts plan reTIREment.

PAGE DESIGN_1, Guard Staff, Batesville Daily Guard; 2, Josh Briggs, Saline Courier; 3, Tamara Johnson, Times-Herald.

FEATURE PHOTO_1, Wil Chandler, Saline Courier, Hello Real World: Graduation Sequence; 2, Kris Caraway, Batesville Daily Guard, Nice shot; 3, Kris Caraway, Batesville Daily Guard, Backhoe ice bucket challenge.

FEATURE SPORTS PHOTO_1, Saline Courier Staff, Saline Courier, Please bow your heads; 2, No Second Place Awarded; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S PORTFOLIO_1, Kris Caraway, Batesville Daily Guard; 2, Kendall Owens, Times-Herald; 3, Alan Smith, Times-Herald.

SPOT NEWS PHOTO_1, J. Ross Jones, Batesville Daily Guard, Batesville firefighter adjusts hose; 2, Dale Hinson, Blytheville Courier News, Fire at Goolsby’s; 3, Donetta Hubbard, Batesville Daily Guard, Fire victim reacts.

SPOT SPORTS PHOTO_1, Aaron FitzPatrick, Blytheville Courier News, Baum bound; 2, Stephanie Dunn, Camden News, In yer face!; 3, Jay Manning, Saline Courier, And … There Off!.

SERVICE TO FOI_1, Alan Smith, Times-Herald, FCWU Commission’s illegal meeting prevented; 2, No Second Place Awarded; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

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MEDIUM-SIZED NEWSPAPERS

GENERAL EXCELLENCE_1, Log Cabin Democrat; 2, Baxter Bulletin; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

BEAT REPORTING_1, Michelle Corbet, Log Cabin Democrat, Business beat; 2, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Public Safety; 3, Brandon Riddle, Log Cabin Democrat, Education Beat.

BUSINESS REPORTING_1, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Sticker Shock; 2, Michelle Corbet, Log Cabin Democrat, Let the battle begin; 3, Kaitlyn Schwers, The Baxter Bulletin, Already in a growth mode.

COLUMN-HARD NEWS_1, Jim Patterson, El Dorado News-Times, Contradictions characterize fatal shooting; 2, Jim Patterson, El Dorado News-Times, Climate change debate no longer meaningful; 3, Ricky Duke, Log Cabin Democrat, Equality? We don’t need no stinkin equality.

COLUMN-LIFESTYLE- HUMAN INTEREST_1, Thomas Garrett, The Baxter Bulletin, Running of the shoppers on Black Friday; 2, Thomas Garrett, The Baxter Bulletin, Men just weren’t meant to dress shop; 3, Joan Hershberger, El Dorado News-Times, Give the gift of self.

EDITORIAL WRITING- 1, Ricky Duke, Log Cabin Democrat, Maggio - Time to step down; 2, Chris Qualls, El Dorado News-Times, Death of Fred Phelps; 3, Bob Heist, The Baxter Bulletin, Big news in a small. town;

EDUCATION REPORTING_1, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Sexting uncovered in MH schools; 2, Brandon Riddle, Log Cabin Democrat, A homer for Hendrix; 3, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Where dreams are made and saved.

HEALTH-RELATED TOPICS_1, Kaitlyn Schwers, The Baxter Bulletin, The rise of the cesarean delivery; 2, Michelle Corbet, Log Cabin Democrat, Let the battle begin; 3, Kaitlyn Schwers, The Baxter Bulletin, We saw a need.

NEWS COVERAGE_1, Staff, Log Cabin Democrat, Vilonia and Mayflower tornados; 2, Josh Dooley, Frank Wallis, The Baxter Bulletin, Winter Storm Ion; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

NEWS FEATURE_1, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, “Too young, too much to overcome”; 2, Kevin Pieper, The Baxter Bulletin, Saying goodbye to Liam; 3, Rachel Dickerson, Log Cabin Democrat, Door greeter has joy to spare.

NON-TRADITIONAL NEWS ITEM_1, Courtney Spradlin, Stewart ColeLog Cabin Democrat, Grading Conway’s parks; 2, Donna Braymer, Harrison Daily Times, Harrison Schools Foundation honors history; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

POLITICAL REPORTING_1, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Private option debate in our own backyard; 2, Courtney Spradlin, Log Cabin Democrat, Maggio campaign money linked; 3, Kaitlyn Schwers, The Baxter Bulletin, We are fixing it.

SPECIAL PROJECT- COMMUNITY SERVICE_1, Eric White, Courtney Spradlin, Log Cabin Democrat, An uncertain bill of health; 2, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Prisons; 3, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Guns.

SPORTS COLUMN_1, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, Vilonia celebrates a life cut far too short; 2, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, “From javelin to ice tub, Krug’s a diva in track shoes”; 3, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, “Arkansas-Missouri. letdown: why, why, why?”

SPORTS FEATURE_1, Tony Burns, El Dorado News-Times, Boppin Along; 2, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, 2 points and a dream; 3, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, Taking some tumbles for a title.

SPORTS STORY_1, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, “On the wings of Eagle pitching, Vilonia prevails over Mayflower”; 2, Neal Denton, The Baxter Bulletin, N.C. duo leads BassCat; 3, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, Statistics partially illuminate glitches in UCA’s loss to ASU.

SPOT NEWS STORY_1,, Courtney Spradlin, Log Cabin Democrat, Mayflower faces another crisis with tornado; 2, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Car flies into helicopters; 3, Joe Lamb, Log Cabin Democrat, Stabbing suspect dies of chest wound.

DIGITAL (FORMERLY WEBSITE)_1, Nick Stahl, Log Cabin Democrat; 2, Bob Heist, The Baxter Bulletin; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING_1, Eric White, Courtney Spradlin, Log Cabin Democrat, An uncertain bill of health; 2, Eric White, David McCollum, Log Cabin Democrat, Football previews; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

GRAPHICS_1, Stewart Cole, Courtney Spradlin, Log Cabin Democrat, Grading Conway’s parks; 2, Stewart Cole, Log Cabin Democrat, Nature calling: Explore the outdoors; 3, “Stewart Cole, Lee Hogan, Log Cabin Democrat, Crimes in Conway.

HEADLINE_1, Bob Heist, The Baxter Bulletin, Where the rubber meets the road; 2, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, No walk in the PARCC; 3, Lauren Martin, El Dorado News-Times, A cut above: Chainsaw course offers tips with teeth.

PAGE DESIGN_1, Greg Jelinek, Valeria Rodriguez, The Baxter Bulletin; 2, Stewart Cole, Ricky Duke, Log Cabin Democrat; 3, Lauren Martin, El Dorado News-Times.

FEATURE PHOTO_1, Kevin Pieper, The Baxter Bulletin, Baby Liam hands; 2, Kevin Pieper, The Baxter Bulletin, Prison story (inmate shadow); 3, Michael Orrell, El Dorado News-Times, A night of remembrance.

FEATURE SPORTS PHOTO_1, Kevin Pieper, The Baxter Bulletin, Magic Ends; 2, Eric White, Log Cabin Democrat, Spring has sprung; 3, Eric White, Log Cabin Democrat, Taking some tumbles for a title.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S PORTFOLIO_1, Eric White, Log Cabin Democrat; 2, Kevin Pieper, The Baxter Bulletin; 3, No Third Place Awarded.

SPOT NEWS PHOTO_1, Lee H. Dunlap, Harrison Daily Times, Arson suspected at Hoops; 2, Kevin Pieper, The Baxter Bulletin, Couples escapes house fire; 3, Stewart Cole, Log Cabin Democrat, Tornado aftermath.

SPOT SPORTS PHOTO_1, Eric White, Log Cabin Democrat, Hendrix handles Baccone; 2, Eric White, Log Cabin Democrat, Hendrix offense rolls past Panthers; 3, Neal Denton, The Baxter Bulletin, Blue Devils win again.

SERVICE TO FOI_1, Courtney Spradlin, Log Cabin Democrat, Judge Mike Maggio and his ties to campaign donations; 2, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, Scandal uncovered at county jail; 3, Josh Dooley, The Baxter Bulletin, More hot water for Sutterfield.

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LARGER NEWSPAPERS

GENERAL EXCELLENCE_1, Staff ,Texarkana Gazette; 2, Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; 3, Sun Staff, The Jonesboro Sun.

BEAT REPORTING_1, Debra Hale-Shelton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, A judge’s downfall; 2, Chelsea Boozer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock Wastewater; 3, John Lynch, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, State courts coverage.

BUSINESS REPORTING_1, George Jared, The Jonesboro Sun, Officials break ground on steel mill; 2, George Jared, The Jonesboro Sun, Man creates double shot rocket; 3, Jim Williamson, Texarkana Gazette, Paved by Perseverance.

COLUMN-HARD NEWS_1, Steven Mross, The Sentinel-Record, ‘Bad apples’ breaking the mold; 2, Chris Wessel, The Jonesboro Sun, Police chief’s conduct merits prompt dismissal; 3, Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette, Brouhaha is bubbling over local beer sales.

COLUMN-LIFESTYLE- HUMAN INTEREST_1, Christy Busby, Texarkana Gazette, Better watch what you say to youngsters; 2, Chris Wessel, The Jonesboro Sun, Homeless man puts life in perspective; 3, Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette, Traffic stop takes a toll.

EDITORIAL WRITING_1, Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Geaux, Judge, Geaux!”; 2, Chris Wessel, The Jonesboro Sun, Closed-door meetings cloud budget process; 3, Waylon Harris, The Jonesboro Sun, Judicial seats up for grabs if price is right.

EDUCATION REPORTING_1, Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, College facing growing pains; 2, Brenda Brown, Texarkana Gazette, TC honors Perot; 3, Aaron Brand, Texarkana Gazette, “Fun, learning emerge in CHMS class.”

HEALTH-RELATED TOPICS_1, Celia Storey, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, When the time is right; 2, Ashley Gardner, Texarkana Gazette, Cloudy Issue; 3, Linda S. Haymes, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Untangling Alzheimer’s.

NEWS COVERAGE_1, Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Tornado deaths reach 15; 2, Staff, The Sentinel-Record, Crews raze Majestic Hotel; 3, Dustin Azlin, Sunshine CrumpThe Jonesboro Sun, Officer trades gunfire at trailer park.

NEWS FEATURE_1, Nikki Wentling, Cathy Frye, Ryan McGeeney, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2 very different paths; 2, Christi Crawford, The Jonesboro Sun, Various programs provide hope to homeless.3, Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Lost in the Red River.

NON-TRADITIONAL NEWS ITEM_1, Jason Hopkins, Guy Wheatley, Texarkana Gazette, DRIVE TIME for the REALIGNED; 2, Evan Lewis, Texarkana Gazette, Touch-up Work; 3, Dustin Azlin, George Jared, The Jonesboro Sun, Officers recall cases that made them laugh.

POLITICAL REPORTING_1, Michael R. Wickline, Claudia Lauer, Spencer Willems, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Private option shaky after GOP blitz; 2, George Jared, The Jonesboro Sun, Bookout doled out campaign cash; 3, George Jared, The Jonesboro Sun, Sparks fly in state District 59 election.

SPECIAL PROJECT- COMMUNITY SERVICE_1, Chad Day, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Bound and Punished; 2, Sunshine Crump, The Jonesboro Sun, Public defender caseloads cause concern; 3, Jay Bell, The Sentinel-Record, The changing face of education in Arkansas.

SPORTS COLUMN_1, Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Time still begins on Opening Day; 2, Bob Wisener, The Sentinel-Record, To an absent friend; 3, Bill Owney, Texarkana Gazette, Baylor’s new stadium makes a statement.

SPORTS FEATURE_1, Ben Cowens, The Jonesboro Sun, Basketball Jones: Blazer junior fulfills hoop dream; 2, Josh Richert, Texarkana Gazette, Arkansas High’s Hemperley defies odds in comeback; 3, Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Mary’s baby boy hard to miss now.

SPORTS STORY_1, Jeremy Muck, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, A Lance Encounter; 2, Cory Clark, The Jonesboro Sun, Steady Cook closes St. Jude Classic in style; 3, Troy Schulte, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, UALR clears baseball coach.

SPOT NEWS STORY_1, Chad Day, Claudia Lauer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dazed residents of Vilonia again feeling loss; 2, Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Deadly tornado slams state; 3, Jim Williamson, Ashley Gardner, Michelle Williams, Texarkana Gazette, Manhunt heats up.

DIGITAL (FORMERLY WEBSITE)_1, Arkansas Online Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; 2, Staff, The Sentinel-Record; 3, Editorial Staff, Texarkana Gazette.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING_1, Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Other Side of Nowhere; 2, Arkansas Online Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2014 Storm Coverage; 3, Arkansas Online Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2014 Elections.

GRAPHICS_1, Kirk Montgomery, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Kirk Montgomery portfolio; 2, Nikki Dawes, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Nikki Dawes portfolio; 3, Danielle Dupree, Texarkana Gazette, Top votes of 2013 by regional lawmakers.

HEADLINE_1, Jeff Krupsaw, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Mudders’ day; 2, Bob Wisener, The Sentinel-Record, Who’s the boss? Danza pulls off Derby upset; 3, Andrea Miller, Texarkana Gazette, Cloudy Issue.

PAGE DESIGN_1, Tena Chen, Sean Clancy, Matt Spence, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Democrat-Gazette design; 2, Andrea Miller, Danielle Dupree, Jason Hopkins, Texarkana Gazette, Texarkana Gazette Page Design; 3, Tom Ritchey, Jason Wilson, The Sentinel-Record, Majestic Hotel burns.

FEATURE PHOTO_1, Benjamin Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Team building at UCA; 2, Benjamin Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Practice for season opener; 3, Melissa Sue Gerrits, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Clinton stumps for Democrats.

FEATURE SPORTS PHOTO_1, Stephen Thornton, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, It’s all about the finish; 2, Benjamin Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Central’s Mann ready to Cowboy up; 3, Staci Vandagriff, The Jonesboro Sun, Final stretch.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S PORTFOLIO_1, Staton Breidenthal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; 2, Evan Lewis,Texarkana Gazette; 3, Richard Rasmussen, The Sentinel-Record.

SPOT NEWS PHOTO_1, Melissa Sue Gerrits, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Amid ruin, on trail of life before storm “; 2, Benjamin Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Tornado deaths reach 15; 3, Richard Rasmussen, The Sentinel-Record, Majestic Hotel Fire.

SPOT SPORTS PHOTO_1, Benjamin Krain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; 2, Staton Breidenthal, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dashing round the bend; 3, Mara Kuhn, The Sentinel-Record, Successful Return.

SERVICE TO FOI_1, Chelsea Boozer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Chelsea Boozer: FOIA defender; 2, George Jared, The Jonesboro Sun, Perrin: Vote-polling email was an error; 3, Jay Bell, The Sentinel-Record, Curry’s DWI lab report released.

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SWEEPSTAKES AWARDS

Batesville Daily Guard; Log Cabin Democrat, Conway; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock

Mark Twain Award for member contributions: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock.

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