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Southern Utah News Front Page: April 19, 2018

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SUN shines at UPA convention

Some of the SUN staff with their nine UPA first place awards: Larry and Kathy Sorensen, Dixie and Dennis Brunner, and Mark Havnes.

The Southern Utah News brought home top honors at the Utah Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest held April 14 in Salt Lake City. The 2017 competition was judged by the Arizona Press Association. The SUN won a record nine first place awards, eight second place and seven third place honors.

Best in the state, first place honors were for Best Front Page-news and features by Dixie, layout by Dennis; Best Editorial-Dixie Speaks on Commission shooting themselves in the foot concerning monument reduction; Best Use of Ad Color-Balloons and Tunes; Best In-House Self Promotion-There’s no good reason not to subscribe to the SUN; Best Digital Breaking News Story-audit of special service districts; Best General News Story-special service district audits; Best Feature Series-Dixie Brunner and Susana Young for Grand to Grand coverage; and Best Special Section-2017 Southern Utah Vacation Guide.

The Southern Utah News also won a prestigious honor that only one newspaper in the state wins each year – the Community Service Award. This is an honor of continuing news and/or feature coverage for community good. The SUN won it for coverage of the Children’s Justice Center and fundraising efforts on its behalf for the new building. 

Second place honors were given to the SUN for Best Feature Photograph-Lantern Launch by Jayme Church; Best Sports Photograph-Angie Reidhead’s baseball photo; Best Community Event-Grand to Grand coverage by Susana Young and Dixie Brunner; Best Sports Story-Cowboy football by Dennis Brunner; Best News Photograph-Barry Glazier’s solar eclipse photo;  Best News Series-five part on 25 years of the SUN; Best Feature Story-Dino-mite Discoveries on the Monument by Dixie Brunner; and Best Sports Column-Spiral Notes by Dennis Brunner. 

Group I third place awards went to the SUN for Best Website; Best Sports Page by Dennis Brunner; Best Circulation Promotion-25th anniversary $25 subscription; Best Staff Produced Ad; Best Photo Page-Grand to Grand;  Best Feature Column-Clint Nielsen’s Old Crankcase; and Best News Coverage-three issues of the entire paper. 

Dixie and Dennis Brunner would like to thank our great staff – Hilda Crutchfield, Brooke Barber and Larry Sorensen for their hard work; and writers – Jeff Frey, Caralee Woods, Daisy Johnson, Myrna Cox, Tracy Hiscock, Mark Havnes and Susana Young for their contributions. We are so grateful to all of you for helping us make the Southern Utah News an award-winning, community newspaper!

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