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The Grant County News captured an award for news writing from its parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers LLC annual awards contest.
Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, received a second place award for news writing. Her entry consisted of three stories – an Easter tornado in 2011, a Dry Ridge pastor who was charged for pornography and a raid at the former El-Amin Pain Clinic in Dry Ridge.
The judge’s said “I was most impressed by the thoroughness of Baker-Nantz’s reporting. With her coverage of two tornadoes touching down in the area, she included a story on whether a weather warning did what it should. With her story about the pastor arrested for posting and soliciting child pornography, she went after the drama of the investigation and subsequent arrest in one story. In another, she wrote about the heartbreak of the church where he was pastor.
There are also some nice turns of phrase in her stories. One example: “Neighbors hugged police officers and clapped when federal agents raided El-Amin pain management clinic last week” – the lead on a story about an alleged “pill mill” getting shut down.
The Grant County News competed against other weeklies in the Landmark company.