COLUMBUS — There likely will be a few extra smiles in the newsroom Monday.
Sunday was the annual Associated Press journalism awards banquet, and The Lima News again brought home our share of the hardware. We received 11 awards among newspapers with a daily circulation of 19,000 to 59,999. Three people each received two awards: free-lance photographer Richard Parrish, sports reporter Jim Naveau and managing editor David Trinko.
One of Parrish’s honors was a first-place sports photography award, something that shouldn’t surprise readers of our Sports section. Such an award was long overdue for Parrish. What separates him from many sports photographer is his keen ability to anticipate where the action may be occurring.
It was the 13th straight year The Lima News has won 10 or more awards. What made this one special were the awards touched on a variety of areas: business, headline writing, editorials, feature stories, columns, community, photography and design.
Receiving honors were:
•Richard Parrish: Best Sports Photo
•John Bush: Best Business Writer
•Jim Naveau: Best Sports Columnist
•Jim Naveau: Best Sports Feature Writer
•Richard Parrish: Best Photographer
•David Trinko: Best Headline Writer
•Amanda Vanness: Best Full Page Design
•David Trinko: Best Editorial Writer
•Craig Orosz: Best News Photo
•Tom Usher: Best Sports Writer
•The Lima News: Best Enterprise for “Lima in Black and White”
The eight-day series, “Lima in Black and White,”examined the stark gap between Lima’s black and white populations when it comes to income levels, jobless rates, poverty levels, crime rates and education attainment.
The series was a team effort that involved reporters Craig Kelly, John Bush, Lance Mihm, Greg Sowinski, Danea King and Amy Eddings as well as editors and photographers.
The awards are special to our journalists, but most of all, they’re a testament to the dedication and commitment this newspaper has to our community.
ROSES AND THORNS: The rose garden now has a health care plan.
Rose: To Dr. Rogelio Decanio and Dr. Julio Salinas, who were honored last week by The Academy of Medicine of Lima & Allen County for 50 years in medicine. They began their medical practices in 1967, the same year that saw the Beatles come out with the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the “Magical Mystery Tour” albums; medical history being made when Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant; the price of gas selling for 33 cents a gallon; minimum wage rocking employers for an unthinkable $1.40 an hour; and a movie ticket selling for a $1.25.
Rose: To Nick Motycka, of Lincolnview High School. He was among the 11 percent of students who applied and were accepted to attend Dartmouth College. He plans to major in government and hopes to one day be a U.S. senator.
Rose: To Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia, who is putting a new focus on fitness training for members of the department.
Rose: To Larry and Beverly Spees, who donated to Perry schools a reprint of the painting of Commodore Oliver Perry’s Lake Erie battle with the British during the War of 1812. The original painting by William Powell hangs in the rotunda of the Ohio State Capitol Building.
Thorn: Four employees of the Putnam County Sheriff’s office have been placed on administrative leave since Sheriff Brian Seifker took office four months ago. One was disciplined for unauthorized use of a computer, another for telecommunication harassment and two for sexual misconduct.
PARTING SHOT: You know you have a business savvy doctor when you tell him your suffering from memory loss and he makes you pay in advance.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.