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Wetzel, Tyler Papers Earn Press Awards

By Staff | Aug 10, 2016

The Wetzel Chronicle and Tyler Star News newspapers received several awards at the West Virginia Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Contest, held Friday and Saturday at Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown.

The awards honored advertising and editorial excellence from newspapers across the state for their work in 2015. The Wetzel Chronicle competed in Division III, for weeklies with a circulation more than 4,000. The Tyler Star News competed in Division IV, for weekly papers with a circulation of 4,000 and under.

On Friday, both papers were awarded Third Place for General Excellence in advertising in their respective divisions.

Individual advertising awards received by the Wetzel Chronicle included the following: Best Special Section, third place (2015 High School Football Preview); Best Recruitment Ad, third place (Wetzel County Landfill – Mechanic); Best Special Section – Sports, third place (Magnolia Basketball State Champs Tab); Best Political Ad, third place (Scott Lemley – Recipe Ad); Best Political Ad, second place (Dave Pethtel); Best Process Color Ad – Larger Than A Half Page, first place (Artslink); Best Process Color Ad – Half Page Or Less, first place (Nail Express); Best Recruitment Ad, first place (Sistersville Park – Lifeguard); Best Single Black and White Ad – Quarter Page Or Less, first place (Wetzel County Autumn Fest 2015).

On Saturday, The Wetzel Chronicle received two awards for their Editorial Department:

Best Lifestyles Feature, first place (Helen Dallison Still Going Strong At 98); Best News Feature, third place (Respects Paid To K-9 Ryder). Both submissions were written by Lauren Matthews.

The Tyler Star News received the following individual awards in advertising: Best Special Section – Sports, third place (Football Preview); Best Single Black and White Ad – Larger Than A Quarter Page (Wetzel County Autumn Festival); Best Single Black and White Ad – Quarter Page Or Less, second place (Adelco); Best classified Display Ad, first place (12 Mile Yard Sale); Best Single Black and White Ad – Quarter Page Or Less, first place (Sistersville Park and Pool Lifeguard); and Best Process Color Ad – Larger Than A Half Page, first place (Tyler County Schools).

The following editorial awards were also received by the Tyler Star News: Best Sports Columnist, first place (Press Box) by Ed Parsons; Best Business, Economic, or Labor Reporting, first place (Longtime Pharmacist Looking to Retirement) by Miles Layton.

“It’s great to see our hard work and dedication be recognized by our peers,” Brian Clutter, Publisher of the Chronicle and Star News, said. “Newspapers play such an important role in the communities we serve, and to be awarded for doing some the best work in the state is really special.”