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The Times earns 18 Associated Press awards
Hall County Fire Services Lt. Nathan Crowe holds Suger Bear the dog Tuesday afternoon as he is hoisted from an estimated 35-foot abandoned well in Murrayville. From left, Sgt. Matt Carney, Capt. Zach Brackett, Sgt. Parker Camp, Battalion Chief Tyler Dorsey and Capt. Casey Ramsey lowered Crowe into the hole so he could grab the pooch, which may have been trapped in the well for weeks.

The Times earned 18 awards in the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors contest for 2017 in Division II among the state’s largest daily papers, including Story of the Year and Photo of the Year. 

The awards were announced at the Georgia AP Media Editors awards banquet, Saturday, June 23, in Atlanta. 

The story and photo of the year awards were based on points accumulated from awards in those respective categories.

Veteran photographer Scott Rogers earned four first-place awards for best photo portfolio, best picture story for the Big E Elvis competition, best spot news photo for his picture of a dog’s rescue from a well (see above) and for best sports action photo.

Nick Bowman earned first place for best feature photo of a veteran and third for beat reporting.

The editorial board won for editorial writing for a commentary on the Hall County fire department’s troubles, and second in the same category for an editorial on Confederate monuments.

The Times reporting staff placed second in non-deadline reporting for a team report on the working poor.

Jeff Gill earned second place for best feature writing for his story on a local couple having quadruplets. He earned second and third places in business writing for stories on the impact of the Great Recession and a local marble company’s move.

Marcus Rodrigue earned second place in best sports writing for a story on a North Hall baseball player and coach. Sarah Woodall earned third in the category for a story on a West Hall graduate playing college football.

Photographer David Barnes earned second place for best picture story of a dragon boat event and third for best feature photo.

“These journalists are skilled and determined, and we’re proud of the work they turn out every day,” Executive Editor Keith Albertson said. “To be honored by our peers in the industry is always appreciated. What motivates us more is to earn that same respect from our readers, which is the best reward.”

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