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CHANDLER — PinalCentral newspapers won 23 awards in the annual Excellence in Advertising Contest of the Arizona Newspapers Association, announced during its annual meeting on Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

The Coolidge Examiner placed second in the overall General Excellence category for its size.

The entries were judged by members of the Nevada Press Association.

The Casa Grande Dispatch was judged in the division for daily newspapers under 25,000 circulation, the Maricopa Monitor in non-dailies 3,500 to 10,000 and the Examiner, Eloy Enterprise, Florence Reminder & Blade-Tribune and Arizona City Independent/Edition in non-dailies under 3,500. In a few cases, divisions were combined.

The area winners were: General Excellence, Examiner, second; Best Black & White Ad, Song Ja Haas-Kent, Byron McConnell, Examiner, first; Jotina McCann, McConnell, Reminder, third; Best Color Ad, Cyndi Burks, Olivia Lewis, McConnell, Dispatch, first; Best Paid Ad Series — Black & White, Haas-Kent, McConnell, Lewis, Examiner, first and second; Zoe Cooper, McConnell, Yvonne Pickell, Dispatch, second; Best Paid Ad Series — Color, Cooper, McConnell, Lewis, Pickell, Dispatch, third.

Also, Most Effective Use of Small Space, Haas-Kent, McConnell, Examiner, second; Best Public Notice Section, Beth Woodward, Veronica Luna, Reminder, first; Dispatch staff, first; Best Special Section, Independent/Edition staff, third; Monitor staff, third; Best Online Ad — Animated, Susan Hillyer, Diana Coop, Dispatch, third; Best Classified Section, Reminder staff, first; Examiner staff, second; Monitor staff, third; Dispatch staff, second; Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section, Cooper, Lewis, McConnell, Enterprise, second; Cooper, Pickell, Monitor, second; Cooper, McConnell, Dispatch, third; Best Pro Bono/Public Service Ad, Cooper, Lewis, McConnell, Examiner, first; Enterprise staff, third.

The Payson Roundup and White Mountain Independent, which along with the Pinal newspapers are part of Kramer Media, won 19 awards.

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