The Fort Frances Times brought home several awards from the annual spring convention of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association last weekend in Toronto.
Competing against more than 100 community newspapers (regardless of circulation size), the Times took top honours in the province in the “Use of Art Service” category for a McTaggart’s ad designed by Cheryl Behan.
The Times also won two third-place awards, in the “Local Retail Layout” category (for a Mario’s Jewellers ad designed by Jennifer Harvie) and for “Best On-Line Edition” (co-ordinated and expanded by Leanne Donaldson).
Meanwhile, the editorial department earned an “Honourable Mention” in the “Best Broadsheet Front Page (Black and White)” category.
In the General Excellence awards, the Times finished 11th out of 24 newspapers in Class 3 (circulation of 3,500-6,499) with 879 points out of a possible 1,000.
But in fact, the judging was so close the Times was just 10 points out of the top five.
Newspapers are judged in several categories, including front page, community news, editorial and op-ed pages, presentation, photography, ad content, ad design, classified ads, local features, sports, and production quality.
Times publisher Jim Cumming also was honoured Saturday night as the recipient of the Mary Knowles Award for Community Service, presented by her two children.
The award was first presented in 1997 in honour of Mary Knowles, well-known for her exceptional commitment to her community in southern Ontario both as a newspaper employee and a citizen.
She succumbed to cancer in 1996.