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Beacon, Citizen garner awards for writing, photography

By The Staff

Staff report

Levy County readers enjoy some of the best newspapers in the state of Florida. Staffers and contributors to the Cedar Key Beacon, Chiefland Citizen, and Williston Pioneer received five individual awards from this year's Better Weekly Newspapers contest, sponsored by Florida Press Association.

Writing for the Beacon, then-editor Jenna McKenna took first place for Serious Column with “Still working to be part of the solution,” an account of her late mother's decision to donate her body to science. The column also garnered a major award, the Sally Latham Memorial Award for Serious Column.

McKenna, now the sports editor for the Citizen, also received second place for Community Service for a series in the Citizen that drew attention to the plight of the Chiefland boys' basketball team, following the theft of their uniforms and supplies.

Pioneer editor Carolyn Risner, then the Citizen editor, won first place in the Humorous Column category with “So this is what going nuts means,” a column about too much of a good thing. She also took third place in Feature Stories with her piece on a Chiefland Army soldier, “A Soldier's Story: Keegan Caudill awarded Purple Heart.”

Pioneer and Citizen photo correspondent Dave Colon won first place in Best Sports Photo with a timely shot of Chiefland's Jamantye Thompson fighting for a rebound against Williston. Colon’s work has also appeared extensively in the Beacon.

The awards were distributed Saturday at the FPA Annual Convention in Palm Beach. 

Read Jenna McKenna's column "Still working to be part of the solution" under our opinion section.