Including four first place awards, the Booneville Democrat won 10 awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
Democrat editor Glenn M. Parrish won first place awards in the sports feature, sports column, news photograph and best sports page among medium sized weekly newspapers.
The sports feature was a front page piece on 16-year old Alexa Taylor prepping for her drag week run. Judges said the opening paragraph – the story reads like a Disney script – set the feature apart from its competition.
The sports column was a piece on Mountainburg’s Madison Backus written after the Arkansas High School Coaches Association all star game.
The winning news photograph was taken of Bo Anderson as he was preparing to leave Magazine for treatment for a brain tumor.
In addition to the first place sports page award, Parrish placed second in a single sports feature photo for a picture of third grade Bearcat Muncci Stafford lined up against senior high Bearcat Raymond Chumley during last fall’s Purple-Gold game.
Parrish won third in the best front page category and for coverage of health/medical issues.
Honorable mention awards were presented in the categories of sports news for the state championship game, sports feature story for a piece about Michael Springs, and feature photograph of Farrah Stringer whispering in Santa’s ear.