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Newspaper wins Georgia Press Association awards

The McDuffie Mirror won several awards in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

In all, The Mirror received four awards for its news coverage.

"We are so proud to be recognized among our peers as one of the best newspapers in Georgia," said Publisher Jason B. Smith.

Mr. Smith won two first place awards in the 2008 contest. The first came for investigative reporting for his analysis of the 2006 state audit of the McDuffie County Board of Education.

Mr. Smith said the award compliments the newspaper's commitment to the McDuffie County community.

"This award shows that we are not content with scraping the surface of stories," Mr. Smith said. "We take our role as the eyes and ears of the public very seriously."

The second award for Mr. Smith was the Otis A. Brumby Trophy for serious column writing. His entry included his memories of Inez Wylds and Ruth "Gam" Knox, along with commentary on the accidental shooting death of a McDuffie County youngster.

The newspaper also received a second place award for layout and design.

McDuffie Mirror Staff Writer Lynn Davidson earned a third place trophy for feature writing.

Winners of the news categories were announced last Friday night during the Association's annual convention held in Panama City, Fla.

Earlier this year, The Mirror received two awards in the press association's annual advertising contest.

The Mirror won second place in the Newspaper Promotion category for an ad recognizing the military service of several local soldiers, and a second place award in the Signature Page category for a page of Halloween safety tips.

Web posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008

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