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Bragging on the firstborn

Three years ago, my eldest son and his family started a new business in Wisconsin.  Having moved there seven years ago to take a job with big business Ganet Newspaper, he took three of my grandchildren, so I mourned for awhile.When he had enough(I think it was having to remove the Nerf basketball hoop.) he made a decision that showed me he had more guts than I ever will.  He left his corporate newspaper job and started his own weekly newspaper.  He was unhappy over what he could and could not report on and felt strongly about giving people in his small community news that they needed about their local politics and cities.  He has celebrated his third year of publishing, and believe me it was not easy for him to stay in business.  And, there is no guarantee that he will be able to remain, but passing a three-year anniversary gives us hope.

Last week, he won his first award for writing.  He has, in the past, won some awards for design and layout and such, but never for writing.  This is very gratifying for a mother who spent years teaching Language Arts, Writing, and also worked as editor for two small town weekly newspapers.

He and his wife, Kathy, did it all themselves.  They wrote, photographed, attended every small town function imaginable.  They live in Wisconsin, so this often involved lots of ice scrapping and slippery roads early in the morning hours.

So, just to brag on him.  Here is the write-up and a sneak peek at the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/voiceofwr#!/voiceofwr

VOICE newspaper honored at WNA convention

Posted by  on February 28, 2012
The VOICE of Wisconsin Rapids newspaper was honored Feb. 24 at the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention with three awards for reporting and writing.Winning a first place trophy for business writing, Jeff Williams chronicled Element Mobile’s start-up operations. The Jan. 21, 2011 story, a narrative that took the reader through the chaotic beginnings of the Wisconsin Rapids-based cell phone company, was selected as the best business coverage in the weekly newspaper division with circulation up to 2,000.The same story also was honored with a second place in enterprise/interpretive reporting.Another story written by Williams was selected for second place in sports feature. Published in the July 1, 2011 edition of the VOICE newspaper, “The Game Can Wait” explored the long road taken by Wisconsin Rapids Rafter player Garrett Nash to the organization. The Oregon Ducks baseball player turned down an offer by the Texas Rangers baseball organization and spent two years doing missionary work before continuing his baseball career.

The WNA contests are held annually and are open to all WNA members such as the VOICE.

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