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2015 Editorial Winners

Empathy and Knowledge

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in 2015 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Original Writing – Editorial 1st Place   By Jasmine Cupp – Schaffner Publications   A friend posted a quote online that has been resonating with me ever since I read it: “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self-kind of understanding.” Bill Bullard This, to me, is very reflective of the back...

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Loss of fair board funds under investigation

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in 2015 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Original Writing – News Story 3rd Place By Kristy Zurbrick – Columbus Messenger On Jan. 13, the Madison County Agricultural Society (senior fair board) issued a press release stating the organization lost $60,491 last year due to what they allege to be a misuse of fair board funds. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the matter for the past three-and-a-half months and recently turned the investigation over to the county prosecutor’s office. At this time, no charges have been filed. “Prosecutor...

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2,659 miles completed; Ready for next step

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in 2015 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Original Writing – News Story 1st Place By Kristy Zurbrick – Columbus Messenger   The once-in-a-lifetime journey was coming to an end. With his video recorder running, Zack Starr narrated the last few steps, then fell silent for several minutes. “I was overwhelmed with emotion,” he said. On the morning of Oct. 3, Starr, a London resident, finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), all 2,659 miles of it, from Mexico to Canada, through the deserts, forests and mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. What he...

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Sweet, Sweet Honey

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Original Writing – News Story 1st Place By Christine Bryant – Columbus Messenger   For many local beekeepers, what was  a hobby has turned into a passion for saving the tiny creatures that have an enormous impact on the world around them. About one-third of all food Americans eat is derived from the honeybee pollination — from fruits and nuts to vegetables and field crops. Yet since the 1940s, the honeybee population has seen a dramatic decrease. Researchers say colonies have decreased from 5 million to about 2.5 million due to a...

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Putnam paints a bleak picture of Port Clinton

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in 2015 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Original Writing – Featured Story 2nd Place   By Jasmine Cupp – Schaffner Publications   On March 10, Dr. Robert Putnam, Port Clinton High School alumni and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, released his newest novel Our Kids which paints a bleak picture of Port Clinton as well as the rest of the nation. Putnam, who called Port Clinton his hometown in the 1950s, starts his book off by saying “life (now) in Port Clinton, Ohio, is a split-screen American nightmare, a community in which kids from the wrong side...

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Wooden Wonders

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in 2015 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Original Writing – Featured Story 1st Place   By Kristy Zurbrick – Columbus Messenger   Bill Duncan’s eyes twinkle when he talks about making things out of wood. The London resident is especially fond of building small versions of big vehicles, like excavators, drilling rigs, cranes, tractors and helicopters. “It’s a lot of fun. I love doing it,” he said. “I like the challenge. That’s what it is, more than anything.” Duncan comes by his skill naturally. “I’ve always liked...

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Seven Indicted on 74 Counts in Multi-County Theft Ring

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in 2015 Editorial Winners | 0 comments

Original Writing – News Story 2nd Place By Clinton Randall – The Early Bird   DARKE COUNTY – Officials from multiple departments and agencies publicly identified seven suspects involved in a theft ring operation that plagued numerous businesses and property owners from central Ohio to the Indians state line for more than a year. The suspects’ names were made public during a press conference held at the Darke County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon. A Grand Jury recently handed down a 74 count combined indictment out of Clark...

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