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Brown County Democrat named best nondaily in state
Updated on: 12.09.13

For the second time in four years, the Brown County Democrat has been named the best nondaily newspaper in Indiana.

The award was announced Dec. 7 at the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest in Indianapolis. Judges were journalists from out of state, who were asked to consider which newspaper does the best job of serving its readers, all variables considered.

About The Democrat, the judges wrote: “The clear winner. Photography really stood out, as did the layout.”

Nondailies publish three or fewer editions per week. There are more than 70 such HSPA member newspapers.

The Democrat has been one of three Blue Ribbon finalists each of the past four years. The staff last won the award in 2010.

“Home News Enterprises is fortunate to have journalists in Brown County who are as committed to quality journalism as they are to their role in the community,” Publisher Chuck Wells said.

“The people of Brown County deserve to have a paper they can be proud of.”

This is The Democrat’s sixth Blue Ribbon since the award was established in 1972.

Home News Enterprises-owned sister newspaper, the Seymour Tribune, with one of the smallest daily circulations in the state, came in third for the daily Blue Ribbon, with the Indianapolis Star winning second and the Lafayette Journal & Courier winning first.

The Democrat also won first place in General Excellence, an award given for total points in the contest. The staff took home 27 awards across nearly every category, including sweeping the community service awards for enterprise reporting that makes a difference.

Home News Enterprises newspapers in Seymour, Franklin and Pendleton also won first place in General Excellence in their divisions, with sister paper The Republic in Columbus tying for third with the Bloomington Herald-Times.

Brown County Democrat’s 2012-2013 HSPA awards

First place

Nondaily Blue Ribbon: Staff

General excellence: Staff

Best ongoing news coverage: Kevin Lilly for Brown County Courthouse renovation

Best business/economic news coverage: Sara Clifford and former reporter-photographer Megan O’Bryan for “Tiff over TIF”

Best spot news photo: Lilly for crash on Clay Lick Road

Best multiple picture group: O’Bryan for Brown County High School graduation

Best use of graphics: Staff

Best feature section: Clifford, Lilly and O’Bryan for section B

Best business section: Clifford, Lilly and O’Bryan

Best community service: Clifford and O’Bryan for coverage of Brown County Schools’ financial trouble

Best newspaper design: Clifford and Home News Enterprises copy editors Jennifer Gaskin and Johannah Pollert

Best editorial cartoonist: Irene Olds

Second place

Best news coverage under deadline pressure: Clifford, temporary reporter Suzannah Couch and Lilly for the Blizzard of 2012

Best business/economic news coverage: Staff for “Sock factory plans full of holes”

Best sports news or feature: Lilly for “Doubles trouble” about the tennis-playing Miller twins

Best general news photo: O’Bryan for a praise meeting on the courthouse lawn

Best feature photo: Clifford for a blizzard shot

Best multiple picture group: O’Bryan for Brown County 4-H Fair barns

Best editorial page: Staff

Best community service: Clifford and Lilly for “Town-county rift”

Third place

Best ongoing news coverage: Lilly for EDC account inquiries

Best headline writing: O’Bryan

Best short feature: O’Bryan for USS Indianapolis survivor Edgar Harrell’s story

Best general news photo: Lilly for a veteran at school district’s program

Best sports section: Clifford and Lilly

Best special section: Clifford and former ad designer Jenna Clossin for 4-H fair preview

Best community service: Clifford and Lilly for Brown County Courthouse renovation

 

Obituaries
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George D. Higgins, 86, New Whiteland
  Father of Iris (Mike) Gindling of Spearsville

Dorothy B. Hash, 97, Columbus
  Mother of Richard Collins and John Collins, both of Brown County

Stephen Wesley Spicer, 69, Nashville
  Husband of Mary Jane Spicer (Eilar)

  • March 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 27
    'Big Hero 6' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • March 27
    Live music at winery
    7 to 10 p.m. Chateau Thomas Winery, Coachlight Square, 225 S. Van Buren St.
  • March 27
    Live music at sports bar
    6 to 8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • March 28
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • March 28
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • March 28
    Annual cemetery meeting slated
    1 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • March 28
    Live music at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • March 28
    Saturday at Brown County State Park
    10 a.m., 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • March 28
    Live band at dance barn
    8 to 11 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • March 28
    Live band at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • March 28
    Live music at winery
    7 to 10 p.m. Chateau Thomas Winery, Coachlight Square, 225 S. Van Buren St.
  • March 29
    'Big Hero 6' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • March 29
    Mountain bike benefit to aid cheer fund
    noon to 2:30 p.m. Explore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road
  • March 30
    Registration deadline for gardening soils workshop
    Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • March 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • March 31
    Nashville Development Review Commission
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • March 31
    Representative's staff to conduct local office hours
    10 a.m. to noon County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • March 31
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 1
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 1
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees retreat
    10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • April 1
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • April 1
    Brown County SWCD
    6:30 p.m. SWCD Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • April 1
    BC Commissioners
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 2
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artist Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 2
    Go Club meeting Thursday
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 2
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 School House Lane
  • April 2
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 2
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • April 2
    CSCD Ecology Commission
    7 p.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • April 3
    Nashville/Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • April 3
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • April 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 4
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • April 4
    Carnival and egg hunt at Hamblen Township Fire Department
    9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Hamblen Township Volunteer Fire Department, 5612 Gatesville Road
  • April 4
    Egg hunt at grocery store
    11 a.m. Brown County IGA, 30 Hawthorne Dr.
  • April 4
    Egg hunt at Deer Run Park
    1 p.m. Deer Run Park
  • April 4
    Egg hunt at assisted living facility
    2 p.m. BC Health & Living Community, 55 E. Willow St.
  • April 5
    Church events slated for Easter Sunday
    .m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • April 6
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 7
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 7
    Bean Blossom Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 7
    CSCD Building Commission
    7 p.m. CSLOA Clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road
  • April 7
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • April 8
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 8
    CRC Steering Committee
    6:30 p.m. CRC, 246 E. Main St.
  • April 9
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 9
    Local Coordinating Council
    10 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
  • April 9
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • April 9
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 9
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 10
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • April 10
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 11
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • April 11
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • April 12
    Mother’s Cupboard Soup Bowl benefit planned
    5 to 7 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • April 16
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 16
    Local history and heritage presented at the library
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 17
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • April 18
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • April 18
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • April 24
    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • April 25
    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • April 26
    Wildflower foray slated at historic site
    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont