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2014 Editorial Winners

Body and Taser cameras a nice step, but not the answer

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in 2014 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Category 24 – Original Writing – Editorial 1st Place – by Patrick Taylor – On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was choked to death by New York Police Department officers on the street. While the narrative goes that he was selling loosey cigarettes, he had no contraband on him at the time of his death. In fact, he had just broken up a fight when officers approached him and asked him if he was selling loosies, as he had a history of doing so. He claimed he wasn’t, was pulled to the ground by officers and put in a chokehold...

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Strike possible if hospital and WPNA can’t agree

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in 2014 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Category 25 – Original Writing – Original Story 1st Place  – By Ryan Berry – The Early Bird Newspaper – The Wayne Professional Nurses Association (WPNA) and Wayne HealthCare (WH’s) are at odds and a strike may be on the horizon if the two sides can’t come to an agreement soon. The contract between approximately 110 members of the WPNA and the hospital expired on Aug. 18 and the last of the two extension agreements ended on Sept. 30. The nurses have been working without a contract since. The WPNA has rejected two offers thus...

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Weber Avenue property no longer slated for county ownership

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in 2014 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Category 25 – Original Writing – Original Story 2nd Place – by Devin Crum – East County Times – The 53-acre “prime waterfront” property along Weber Avenue in Essex known as the old Huber property is no longer listed on Baltimore County’s registry of properties and will not be purchased as planned for a county park. The disappointing news came from Hawthorne Civic Association President Charles Munzert, who also works with the Baltimore County Planning Board, at the March 5 meeting of the Essex-Middle River Civic...

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Dire straits

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in 2014 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Category 26 – Original Writing – Featured Story 1st Place – By Jasmine Cupp – The Beacon – The City of Port Clinton’s finances and state of being have been a hot topic for some time among residents, part-time residents and frequent visitors to the area. The condition of City streets and infrastructure are a concern for residents and visitors. With a decreasing population and just under half of Port Clinton’s population being retired and not contributing to income tax revenue, the City is receiving less and less...

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Couple overcomes unemployment, homelessness with help from Women of Worth

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in 2014 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Category 26 – Original Writing – Featured Story 2nd Place – by Emily Blackner – East County Times – Life hasn’t been easy for Jessica Carroll and her husband Charles; in fact, the couple met at a homeless shelter where they were both staying. But thanks to the efforts of Shelia Boller and the other Women of Worth (WOW), the Carrolls have become self-sufficient and productive members of the community. Jessica Carroll said that she heard about WOW from friends of hers. “We were staying in a hotel because Charles...

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Dickey’s Story Will Continue to be Told

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in 2014 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Category 26 – Original Writing – Featured Story Honorable Mention – By Ryan Berry – The Early Bird Newspaper – GREENVILLE – The ceremony unveiling Pfc. Douglas Dickey’s Medal of Honor on Nov. 21 was more than an opportunity for visitors to get up close and see the prestigious medal in person. It was a small glimpse into what it takes to earn this medal. It was a chance to learn what is meant by “going above and beyond the call of duty.” It was an opportunity to discover the true meaning of love of country and...

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