NR wins score of awards
The paper picked up eight firsts, seven seconds and six thirds in awards announced Thursday night at ONPA's annual conference. It swept the top two places in five categories.
That was good for its 14th Sweepstakes Award in 15 years.
The News-Register also picked up a third in general excellence. Winners of general excellence honors were recognized at a Friday luncheon.
The staff claimed first in special sections with Discover Yamhill Valley, published annually, and second with Green Living, published quarterly.
The paper's weekly Viewpoints section took first for editorial pages. It also claimed top honors in website design.
Photographer Marcus Larson placed first in news photography for a picture of a Relay for Life balloon launch. He also picked up second and third place awards in feature photography and a third in sports photography.
Features Editor Racheal Winter placed first in headline writing for a selection of her work, with Regional Editor Karl Klooster claiming second. She also took both first and second honors in graphic design for Green Living covers.
Reporter Paul Daquilante placed first in education reporting for a story about Yamhill-Carlton High School's new manufacturing skills program and third in spot news for coverage of a small plane crashing into a McMinnville house
Columnist Nathalie Hardy took first in column writing for Raising the Hardy Boys. Colleague Elaine Rohse placed second for her longtime column, "Rohse Colored Glasses."
Hardy, a former county government and politics reporter, also claimed third-place honors in enterprise reporting for her "Betting on Recovery" series.
Reporter Starla Pointer placed second in the education reporting category, for a story about a home schooling family, and second for lifestyle coverage, for a story about canning. She also picked up two thirds, one for a feature story about a couple that visited every big league ballpark and another for a personality profile of Gallery Theater actor Seth Renne.
Managing Editor Steve Bagwell said the News-Register is blessed with a veteran staff well-deserving of the acclaim. "I think we are all entitled to bask in the reflected pride," he said.