CHANDLER — Pinal County newspapers that are part of Kramer Publications won 15 awards in the annual advertising contest of the Arizona Newspapers Association, including first place in the overall General Excellence category for the Maricopa Monitor.
Also overall, the Casa Grande Dispatch and Coolidge Examiner won second in their respective circulation categories.
Other area winners were: Best Black & White Ad, first, Monitor, Kathy Dodge, Byron McConnell, Melva Bekis, Olivia Lewis; second, Examiner, Song Ja Haas-Kent, Lewis, McConnell; third, Eloy Enterprise, Linda Metz, McConnell; third, Arizona City Independent/Edition, Metz, Bekis; Most Effective Use of Paid Small Space, second, Monitor, Zoe Cooper, Lewis; third, Enterprise, Metz, McConnell, Lewis.
Best Public Notice Section, first, Florence Reminder & Blade-Tribune, staff; second, Examiner, staff; third, Enterprise, staff; second, Dispatch, staff; Best Special Section, second, Dispatch, staff; Best Online Ad-Animated, second, Dispatch, Wiley Acheson, Diana Coop; Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section, first, Examiner, Cooper, McConnell; second, Enterprise, Cooper, McConnell; second, Dispatch, Cooper, Yvonne Pickell, McConnell; Best Pro Bono/Public Service Ad, first, Monitor, Cooper, McConnell; second (tie), Reminder, staff; Enterprise, staff; second, Dispatch, staff.
The Payson Roundup and White Mountain Independent, also part of Kramer Publications won eight awards.
The contest was judged by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards were announced Saturday during the ANA’s annual meeting at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.