The Morning-Herald cited for good work

March 02, 1997

The Herald-Mail newspapers have won 31 awards in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association contest, more than any other newspaper of its size.

Two staffers also beat out entrants from newspapers of all sizes to win "Best in Show."

Photographer Joe Crocetta won for his photo of Hagerstown City Police officers stopping a suspect in the middle of a street.

Sports writer Bob Parasiliti won for his story about a hearing-impaired athlete at North Hagerstown High School.

The awards were:


First place, spot news: Reporters Ellen Lyon, Laura Ernde and Clyde Ford for coverage of the public hearing in April on Washington County's plans to raise water and sewer rates.

First place, public service: Reporters Lyon, Guy Fletcher, Franca Lewis, Ford and Ernde for continuing coverage of the water and sewer crisis in Washington County.


Second place, public service: Reporters Fletcher and Diane Pryor for a package of stories about domestic violence, "How to get out of an abusive relationship."

First place, religion: Marlo Barnhart for a story about cell churches, which meet in homes to worship.

Second place, series: Lifestlye Editor Lisa Tedrick Prejean and reporters Teri Johnson, Pryor, Kate Coleman and Justina Stevens for "A Kiss a Day," a Valentine's Day package.

Honorable mention, general news: Fletcher and Julie E. Greene for stories about community support of cultural activities in Washington County.

Honorable mention, general news: Johnson for a story about local fans of the rock group, Kiss.

Honorable mention, local government: Greene for a story about how low-income Washington Countians are able to buy houses through a city program.

Second place, headlines: Editor Bob Fleenor for "Cluster's last stand," "Twin piques," and "Black Rock: A line in the sand trap."

Honorable mention, headlines: Copy editor Mark L. England for "Faith, hope, parity."


First place, sports story: Sports writer Parasiliti for coverage of Williamsport's first awards banquet for female athletes.

Second place, sports story: Sports writer Joel Huffer for coverage of a game featuring Julie Foltz, a junior guard at Brunswick, who scored 11 points in the first quarter, leading her team to the girls Class 1A state title.

Honorable mention, sports story: Herald Sports Editor Sheldon Shealer for a story about DeMatha basketball coach Morgan Wootten attending his first game after a liver transplant.

First place, sports feature: Parasiliti for a story about a hearing-impaired athlete at North Hagerstown High School.

Second place, sports feature: Shealer for a locker room piece about an unexpected Musselman High School defeat.

Honorable mention, sports feature: Huffer for a story about a Shepherd College football player who paid tribute to his dying niece by dedicating the season to her.

First place, sports column: Huffer for two columns. One explored options available to people other than a Hagerstown Suns game. The other was on the woes of tiny Oldtown High School and the obstacles facing its athletes.


First place, spot news photo: Photographer Joe Crocetta for a photo of Hagerstown City Police officers stopping a suspect in the middle of a street.

First place, feature photo: Photographer Ric Dugan for an unusual feature of a man bent over a porch railing troweling cement on a new sidewalk.

Honorable mention, feature photo: Crocetta for a nice picture of a grandfather and granson raking and playing in the fall leaves.

Second place, picture series: Photographer Kevin G. Gilbert for a series of portraits of African Americans featured in a Black History Month package.

Honorable mention, picture series: Dugan for a package of photographs from the Lollapalooza music festival.

Honorable mention, sports photo: Photographer Richard T. Meagher for funny second base baseball action of a runner getting a hand in the face while breaking up a double play.


First place, page design: Prejean for page layouts Sept. 1 about a woman who cross-stitches and Oct. 13 for "How to get out of an abusive relationship."

Second place, page design: Design Editor Kelly Zimmerman for a package about a Martinsburg, W.Va., soldier who helps guard the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C.

First place, info/graphics, general: Graphic Artist Kim Bain for a map showing Hagerstown as the hub of the Civil War in this area.

First place, art & illustration: Bain for a colorful illustration of a sunflower for a story about garden gifts at Christmas.

Second place, info/graphics-sports: Bain for a graphic about the West Virginia Breeders Classix.

Honorable mention, Page 1 design: Copy editors Chris Fordney and Mark L. England.


Second place, local column: Editorial Page Editor Bob Maginnis for a column, "Locals turn back on business."

Honorable mention, local column: Reporter Terry Talbert, for "How it feels to turn fi...,fif..., fift..."

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