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Enterprise wins awards at state press convention
Polk County Enterprise - July 2008
ARLINGTON — Judges from the Wisconsin Press Association rated the 2007 Welcome Guide produced by the Polk County Enterprise in second place in special sections among large semi-weekly newspapers in Texas. Results of the 2007 Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest were announced June 22 during the group’s annual convention in Arlington. The Welcome Guide is a “good resource guide full of information with great pictures,” judges said. Enterprise Editor Valerie Reddell also won second place in the feature story category for a story about local veteran Matt Martin who served fi ve years, three months and 10 days with the 2nd Cavalry and the 7/10 Cavalry. Martin shared details about his combat experience, and the two serious injuries he suffered. He earned many commendations including the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. The story published in February of three Polk County men who underwent heart transplant surgery was the other half of the winning entry. Johnny Brown, Roosevelt Bogany and Alvin Holley discussed the challenges of preparing for the surgery, waiting for a donor heart and the meticulous routine transplant patients must follow the rest of their lives. Johnny Brown — who shared both of his big hearts with his community, church and family —died April 15, 2007. Bogany and Holley are both continuing to lead active lives. The Enterprise won a third place award in the “Blue Moon” special section category for projects that are not part of the newspaper’s regular annual schedule. The “Lions Football Champions” commemorative section celebrates the record-setting performance of the 2007 Livingston High School football team. The project earned kudos from judges who said the project showed hard work throughout the football season combined into a well-planned attractive product.