Original Writing – Editorial 1st Place By Jasmine Cupp – Schaffner Publications A friend posted a quote online that has been resonating with me ever since I read it: “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge isRead More →

Original Writing – News Story 3rd Place By Kristy Zurbrick – Columbus Messenger On Jan. 13, the Madison County Agricultural Society (senior fair board) issued a press release stating the organization lost $60,491 last year due to what they allege to be a misuse of fair board funds. The MadisonRead More →

Original Writing – News Story 1st Place By Kristy Zurbrick – Columbus Messenger   The once-in-a-lifetime journey was coming to an end. With his video recorder running, Zack Starr narrated the last few steps, then fell silent for several minutes. “I was overwhelmed with emotion,” he said. On the morningRead More →

Original Writing – News Story 1st Place By Christine Bryant – Columbus Messenger   For many local beekeepers, what was  a hobby has turned into a passion for saving the tiny creatures that have an enormous impact on the world around them. About one-third of all food Americans eat isRead More →

Original Writing – Featured Story 2nd Place By Jasmine Cupp – Schaffner Publications On March 10, Dr. Robert Putnam, Port Clinton High School alumni and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, released his newest novel Our Kids which paints a bleak picture of Port Clinton as well as theRead More →

Original Writing – Featured Story 1st Place By Kristy Zurbrick – Columbus Messenger Bill Duncan’s eyes twinkle when he talks about making things out of wood. The London resident is especially fond of building small versions of big vehicles, like excavators, drilling rigs, cranes, tractors and helicopters. “It’s a lotRead More →

Original Writing – News Story 2nd Place By Clinton Randall – The Early Bird   DARKE COUNTY – Officials from multiple departments and agencies publicly identified seven suspects involved in a theft ring operation that plagued numerous businesses and property owners from central Ohio to the Indians state line forRead More →