Neosho Daily News writers Rick Rogers, Buzz Ball, John Ford, Todd Higdon and Wes Franklin captured first place in community affairs/public interest reporting for smaller newspapers during the annual Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) awards presented today in Branson.
The Daily's coverage included a special section detailing both sides of the argument over whether Moark should be allowed to expand its facilities near Neosho.
It was an impressive performance for the Daily in its first year under Rogers' guidance. The newspaper not only took first place in the community affairs/public interest reporting, but swept the category.
Kay Hively, Michelle Pippin, Rogers and Ball took second place for "Survivors" while Franklin garnered third for "Medicaid," according to the Associated Press news release.
The Daily also took first place in spot sports for Sports Editor Cody Thorn's article "Lions Lose their Leader,"